Catawba-Wateree Water Management Group
Catawba-Wateree Water Management Group

 Catawba-Wateree River Basin Water Supply  Master  Plan

Protect and preserve our available water supply and extend it into the next century


Communities along the hardest working river in the Carolinas have an approaching problem. Without significant effort to manage water consumption, this generation could see a time when there will not be enough water flowing in the Catawba-Wateree River to support more people moving into the heart of North or South Carolina. Not enough water to support new jobs. Not enough water to produce more electricity to drive new industry. Not enough water to ensure the quality of life we currently enjoy.


The Catawba-Wateree Water Management Group has worked with stakeholders for more than four years to address this complex issue. Through much collaboration, they have designed a basin-wide Water Supply Master Plan (WSMP) that can help ensure our water supply will fully support the growing needs of the region into the next century.


The Water Supply Master Plan is the most significant water supply management and planning endeavor undertaken in the Catawba-Wateree River Basin since original construction of the eleven-reservoir system in the 1900s. Once implemented, it will provide the following regional benefits.

  • Dependable, resilient, regional water supply that can support more than two million people and a vibrant, growing economy.
  • Efficient, balanced water use to produce electricity to power the region.
  • Environmental protection in accordance with agreements developed during Duke Energy’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission hydro relicensing process.
  • A shared regional vision and implementation plan for coordinated investments in the region’s shared water future.


The Water Supply Master Plan includes:

  • Input and guidance from a 19-member public stakeholder team representing environmental interests, lake users, various local governments and state agencies
  • Updated long-term water use projections in the Basin (to the Year 2065) 
  • Evaluation of numerous options to extend the available water supply 
  • New long-term Basin-wide strategies to ensure sustainable water supplies for decades beyond current expectations


Click here to view a one page overview of the Water Supply Master Plan



Tuesday, June 13, 2017

10:00 AM,Regular Meeting

Lee S. Dukes Water Treatment Plant, Huntersville, NC

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