Take Action: Protect NC's Water Supplies

by Mindy Hiteshue — last modified Jan 30, 2009 11:22 PM
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As our state grows, we’re pushing up against the limits of readily available water supplies for drinking, sanitation, industry, and – especially – cooling power plants, which account for 80% of daily surface withdrawals (much is later returned to rivers and lakes).

Unfortunately, our current water laws are obsolete and do not protect existing users or the environment from overpumping of surface or groundwater. Legislators are weighing whether or not to establish a new water withdrawal permitting program for large withdrawals (over 100,000 gallons per day, or roughly the amount used by 1,000 people). Most states in the nation already require permits for water withdrawals.

Please contact your legislators today and urge them to adopt a strong water withdrawal permitting program to protect the health of our rivers and keep us growing sustainably.

Take action now!

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Comments (1)

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