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Our Survival Depends on Clean and Abundant Water

Clean and abundant water is critical for our current public health, as well as our future growth.  In our quickly urbanizing area, we are experiencing ever increasing pressure on our water supply.

Currently, leaders are moving in the wrong direction regarding our water quality and our water quantity. This means it’s more critical than ever to act quickly and take responsibility and control of our water resources.

Supporting Facts

  • Wake County’s population is projected to DOUBLE in 20 years, which means growing between 50-100 people per day.

  • Raleigh-Cary metro region is the fastest growing in nation from 2000-2012. This means a 43.5% growth trend over the past decade.

  • Our water quality is being challenged due to suburban sprawl. There has been a 242% increase in urban land coverage between 1991-2002, which means more impervious surface.

  • Storm water runoff is now our greatest source of pollution in Wake County. Examples include oil, gas, grease, nitrogen and phosphorus from fertilizers and more.

  • More wastewater treatment plants, including unregulated small plants for private developments (325% increase).

Taking Action:

Protect our Water Supply Watersheds – We need to develop a region wide plan that looks at our water supply watershed and determine best practices for current and future growth and adds the levels of protection for long term water quality.

Add to our Water Supply Now – We need to identify additional sources of water now for future growth, yet there are no current plans for a comprehensive strategy of accessing the most water with the least environmental impacts. It’s time to get started before we start falling behind with our water needs.

Develop Regional Partnerships – We will have droughts in the future and it’s imperative that we begin to work with our regional leaders now to put a plan in place on how to allocate these precious resources that will benefit  everyone.

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