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 (LRWRP) completed in 2013, guides the development of our water supply and management solutions to ensure we continue to provide high quality, reliable and affordable water services to our citizens.

Spring 2017 marks the start of our 12-month effort to update the LRWRP. In support of this effort, we are conducting a water utility survey as a follow-up to our 2011 LRWRP survey. Between May and June, randomly selected residential utility customers will receive a phone call requesting their participation, and results from both surveys will help us better understand perspectives on our community over the years and provide guidance on our future water supply, infrastructure, and utility services. Participation is optional and will require a few minutes to complete over the phone. 

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.

We anticipate the LRWRP update to be complete and available for viewing in spring 2018 . 

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.  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.

Cary submitted a final application in November 2014 for the round four allocation process that supports future water supply needs for Cary, Apex, Morrisville and the Wake County portion of Research Triangle Park. The request is consistent with the Long-Range Water Resources Plan and with the Jordan Lake Partnership's Triangle Regional Water Supply Plan. In March 2017, the EMC approved the  requested increase in allocation of  the Jordan Lake water supply pool from 39 percent to 46.2 percent. This is expected to meet the water supply needs of Cary, Apex, Morrisville and the Wake County portion of Research Triangle Park through 2045 and represents an available water supply of 46.2 million gallons per day. 

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


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

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