Library of Documents on Water Efficiency

Southeast Water Efficiency Policies
Water efficiency is our best sourse of affordable water and must be the backbone of water supply planning.
Top Water Efficiency Policies for Communities
Water Efficiency Brochure
Clean Water Restoration Act
Language of 2009 Clean Water Restoration Act- Important bill to protect the entire Catawba River Basin!
Water Efficiency Overview
EPA Water Sense Program for New Homes - Fact Sheet
EPA released a Final Specification for Single-Family New Homes on December 9, 2009. This specification establishes the criteria for new homes labeled under the WaterSense program and is applicable to newly constructed single-family homes and townhomes of three stories or less. Because residential water use accounts for more than half of the publicly supplied water in the United States, WaterSense developed this specification for new homes that use about 20 percent less water than a typical new home inside and out. By investing in a WaterSense labeled new home, consumers will save enough water to fill a backyard swimming pool, enough energy to (statistic to come), and at least $100 per year in utility bills.
EPA Water Sense Program for New Homes - Specifications
Specifications for Watersense Certification for new homes.
The Water Efficiency and Conservation State Scorecard
A report produced by the Alliance for Water Efficiency and the Environmental Law Institute, “The Water Efficiency and Conservation State Scorecard: An Assessment of Laws and Policies”, assigns scores for each state based on water efficiency and conservation policies and laws, including plumbing fixture standards, water conservation requirements related to water rights, water loss control rules, conservation planning and program implementation, volumetric billing for water, funding sources for water efficiency and conservation programs, and technical assistance and other informational resources.
New Water Efficiency Report Gives NC and SC Low Grades
A report produced by the Alliance for Water Efficiency and the Environmental Law Institute, “The Water Efficiency and Conservation State Scorecard: An Assessment of Laws and Policies” gives NC and SC low grades for water conservation. North Carolina received "C" and South Carolina received a "C-".
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Jan 25, 2017 NC Riverkeeper Report
From the perspectives of 12 NC Riverkeepers, this report discusses how multiple environmental issues pose challenges in the pursuit of clean, plentiful water. Whether you are in North Carolina or downstream in South Carolina, read this report about the state of environmental enforcement.
Dec 13, 2016 Community Foundation of Gaston County grants $5,000 to CRF for Riverkeeper Program
The Community Foundation will fund Catawba Riverkeeper's work in Gaston County.
Dec 12, 2016 A Successful Launch of our Water Education Program at Great Falls Elementary
Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation in partnership with 4-H Clemson Cooperative Extension successfully completed our pilot Education Outreach Program with 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students from Great Falls Elementary.
Sep 27, 2016 Lake Wateree Fall Cleanup a Sweeping Success
86 volunteers collected 5,490 pounds of trash from Lake Wateree
Jun 13, 2016 Dozens of Youth Reached in Water Education Outreach Program Pilot Lessons
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Report Pollution in the Catawba River

Help protect your River! 

Tell your Riverkeeper if you see:

  • Sewage Overflows
  • Failure to control sediment from construction sites
  • Illegal clearing of buffer areas
  • Fish kills 
  • Unpermitted discharges
  • Other issues that concern you

Click here to fill out a pollution report or to report water pollution to Catawba Riverkeeper by phone, call 1-888-679-9494 or 704-679-9494.  In addition, to informing your Riverkeeper, you should also report spills or contamination to federal, state and local environmental officials.

To report South Carolina water pollution call 1-888-481-0125.

To report North Carolina spills or fish kills, call your local regional Department of Environment & Natural Resources office during normal business hours (704-663-1699 for most Catawba basin areas or (828) 296-4500 for Burke, Caldwell, McDowell and other mountain counties) or 800-858-0368 after hours.  (For more information on NC spill reporting, click here)


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Fish Advisories

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Fish consumption advisories have been issued throughout the Catawba-Wateree River basin.  Many of these advisories are the result of testing initiated by Catawba Riverkeeper and confirmed by state and local officials.  For a chart identifying fish types with the applicable advisories for the Charlotte area, click here.   For more information about the fish advisories, click here.

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