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compliance and fiscal responsibility. Projects are identified through a year-round effort to engage the 
community, discuss plans with  local towns, collaborate with other  City and County departments, and 
implement long range planning efforts. 

Projects in the CIP are categorized to help the public and elected officials understand how the project 
supports the community's needs: 

• Rehabilitation and Replacement- ensures that existing infrastructure is maintained and 
continues to provide reliable service. 
• Regulatory Requirements- ensures compliance with state and federal regulations for water 
and wastewater. 
• Capacity for Growth - provides for long term system capacity to support growth. 
• Commitment to Public Projects and Utility Operations- allows for collaboration 

Charlotte Water seeks and incorporates opportunities for energy efficiency in our operations.  Electricity 
costs in this region are relatively low compared to some other parts of the country which, if judged 
solely by cost, can make the business case for energy efficiency improvements difficult.  Nonetheless, 
Charlotte Water recognizes the strong nexus between water and energy and the environmental 
footprint of providing services.  For many years, Charlotte Water staff members have focused on energy 
management as a cost reduction item by reducing power demands, utilizing off-peak rates where 
possible, and replacing equipment with more energy efficient models when available.  More recently, 
Charlotte Water is undertaking more proactive measures to not only improve efficiency but to reduce 
the environmental impacts of the power used. Some examples of current initiatives include: 

 

 

Installation of synchronous pump motors at intakes and high service pumps with a 91.5% wire to 
water efficiency.  Future projects will complete this upgrade effort. 

 

Operational optimization through the use of instrumentation and process control.   Operations 
staff received the WEF Gascoigne Wastewater Treatment Plant Operational Improvement Medal 
at WEFTEC 2015. 

 

Reliability and rehabilitation improvements at our wastewater treatment plants that include 
replacement of high energy equipment with more efficient equipment and processes. One 
treatment plant project currently under design is expected to result in GHG emission reductions 
of up to 21% in addition to significant energy savings. 

 

Excess digester gas from the 64 MGD McAlpine  Creek Wastewater Plant will be used in a CHP 
system to produce 15%-  20% of the electrical energy needed at the plant.  The engine and 
generator installation will be completed in January 2017. 

 

Charlotte Water has undertaken immediate changes to our vehicles, engines, fuel consumption 
and driving patterns to reduce emissions.  The Billing Cycle Realignment that occurred in May 
2015 has already led to an average 16% reduction in meter reading route distance per cycle. 

 

Charlotte Water participated in a study conceived to explore biodiesel production from grease 
interceptor waste.   Although the project was not successful it demonstrates Charlotte Water’s 
commitment to research and innovation for sustainability. 

Charlotte Water organizational culture is a collaborative culture of strong leadership that empowers its 
workforce to excel and grow.  Charlotte Water is a utility moving successfully into the future.