REGULATION

Weekly Drought Water Use Reporting

Each local government and large community water system must report their water use on a weekly basis if their county is designated as Extreme (D3) or Exceptional (D4).


An expanded unofficial version of GS143-355 is available at this location: pdf version of the statute
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Water Conservation Reporting

Each local government and large community water system must report their implementation of water conservation measures within 72 hours of implementation. To assist the State in understanding the status of the State's water systems, it is important to report changes in conservation levels (both more restrictive and less restrictive).


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SESSION LAW 2008-143

An act to improve Drought preparedness and response in North Carolina, as recommended by the Environmental Review Commission.


An expanded unofficial version of GS143-215.11-.22 is available at this location: pdf version of the statute
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Water Use Act of 1967 G.S. 143-215.11 through .22

Designate a capacity use area where use of groundwater and/or surface water require coordination and limited regulation for protection of the interests and rights of property owners and residents or of the public interest.

An expanded unofficial version of GS143-215.11-.22 is available at this location: pdf version of the statute
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Registration of Water Withdrawals and Transfers G.S. 143-215.22G and 22H

Requires anyone who withdraws one million gallons of water a day or more and non-agricultural water users that withdraw one hundred thousand gallons of water a day to register that withdrawal or transfer with the State.

An expanded unofficial version of GS143-215.22G is available at this location: pdf version of the statute
An expanded unofficial version of GS143-215.22H is available at this location: pdf version of the statute
Additional information concerning Interbasin Transfers (administrative code) is available at this location: pdf version of TA0500

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Dam Safety Law of 1967 G.S. 143-215.25 (4)

Recommend conditions relating to release of flows from impoundments, location or design of the outlets and of water intakes, the amount and timing of withdrawal from a reservoir and the construction of submerged weirs or other structures designed to satisfy minimum instream flow requirements.

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Right of Withdrawal of Impounded Water G.S. 143-215.44 through .50

Gives a person who lawfully impounds water for purposes of withdrawal the right of withdrawal of the excess volume that is due to the impoundment.

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Notification of Potential Water Shortages G.S. 143-354(a)(3)

Notify any municipality or government of potential water shortages or emergencies and supply recommendations for decreasing water use or increasing supply.

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Declaration of Water Emergency G.S. 143-354(b)

Conduct an investigation of water resources to determine if an emergency situation exists when a request for such a study is made by a local government. Hold a public hearing and notify the Governor, who may declare an emergency situation.

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Water Emergency Powers G.S. 143-354(c)

Authorize a diversion and make rules governing conservation and use of the diverted waters if the Governor declares a water emergency.

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Prerequisites to Acquisition of Water by Eminent Domain G.S. 162A-7 (a) through (f); G.S. 153A-285

Issue certificates to an authority to allow it to acquire water rights through eminent domain. Hold a public hearing and consider whether the project provides maximum beneficial use of the water resources of the State. Considerations include the project's necessity, promotion or increase of conservation or storage, extent of probable detriment and feasibility of alternative sources.

"Authority" includes counties and cities acting jointly or through joint agencies to provide water services, sewer services or both.

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