The continuing growth of North Carolina's population and economy is requiring additional water. In recent years, a number of water supply problem spots have developed, where increased need for water is threatening to exceed available supplies. The four-year drought, which intensified in 2002, stressed North Carolina's water supply system, spotlighted some weaknesses in many water systems, and pointed out actions that need to be taken to assure a water supply that can support North Carolina's current and future economy.
Meeting North Carolina's water supply needs requires a partnership between state government and local government. The State must monitor water use and water availability statewide, provide a state and regional framework for planning, administer water management laws, and establish policies that will contribute to solving water supply problems.