Long Range Water Resources Plan

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Cary is committed to proactive, comprehensive planning to guide the future of our community, including effective water resources management. The Long-Range Water Resources Plan will guide the development of water supply and management solutions that are financially responsible and maintain high-quality service for the Town’s customers. This comprehensive effort follows the Integrated Water Resources Management Plan completed in 2007, and supports the Town’s commitments to protecting public health and being good stewards of the environment.

Long Range Water Resources Plan

Town of Cary staff worked with staff of Apex, Morrisville and Wake County through a structured process to develop the Long-Range Water Resources Plan (LRWRP). You can view the various sections of the plan here:

The LRWRP takes a strategic long view – through 2060 – to meet the Town’s water resources challenges in a dynamic and holistic way -- through development of a Water Resources Portfolio. The portfolio provides a mix of practical strategies that the Town can apply to meet its water resources responsibilities by implementing the right actions at the right time.

Key components of the recommended portfolio are to request additional Jordan Lake Water Supply Allocation (more information below); to request a modified Interbasin Transfer certificate and to continue best-management practices like the Town’s water conservation and reclaimed water programs.

Jordan Lake Round 4 Allocation Application

Cary gets its water supply from B. Everett Jordan Lake and operates the Cary/Apex Water Treatment Facility (CAWTF) to deliver drinking water to customers in Cary, Apex, Morrisville and the Wake County portion of Research Triangle Park (RTP South). The State of North Carolina owns the water supply storage in Jordan Lake and periodically allocates that storage to units of local government. The NC Environmental Management Commission (EMC) makes allocation decisions. The NC Division of Water Resources (DWR) manages the allocation process in support of the EMC. The last round of allocations occurred in 2002. DWR started the Round 4 process in 2010.

Cary submitted a final application in November 2014 that supports allocation needs for Cary, Apex, Morrisville and Wake County. The application is for an increase in the current total water supply pool allocation of 39 percent (representing a safe yield of 39 million gallons per day) to 46.2 percent. DWR expects the EMC to make allocation decisions later in 2016. If the request is granted, the resulting total allocation should meet the water supply needs of Cary, Apex, Morrisville and RTP South through 2045. The request is consistent with the Long-Range Water Resources Plan and with the Jordan Lake Partnership's Triangle Regional Water Supply Plan.

Learn more about the North Carolina Division of Water Resources allocation process and schedule.


Jeff Adkins
Water Resources Manager
Water Resources Department
(919) 462-2066

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