City of Concord Expands Permanent Water Conservation Efforts – Adopts Permanent Schedule Restricting Days of Irrigation

During this decade, the City of Concord has emerged as a leader in water conservation in the state of North Carolina. Concord has been out-front in working with its citizens on water conservation not only during periods of drought, but also during periods of normal rainfall. For example, Concord adopted an aggressive residential tiered rate system over eight years ago where the cost of water increases as monthly use significantly increases. This system is in place permanently in order to help protect this vital natural resource.

 To prepare for dry periods, Concord residents have made water conservation a way of life all year. Most Concord utility customers understand that irrigation is the single largest contributor to peak water use during the warmer months. Dr. Garry Grabow, assistant professor and N.C. Cooperative Extension specialist at North Carolina State University, highlights this impact stating that "Outdoor water use can range from over half of total household water use during peak use months - June, July and August - to nil during the winter months…" He also found that some jurisdictions in the Triangle region of North Carolina experienced over 50 percent of total water use used for irrigation for single-family homes with an irrigation meter during the warmer months.

 Certainly the entire Charlotte region can also speak to the impact of irrigation on system capacity and reservoir levels.

  At their August 13, 2009 meeting, the Concord City Council extended this leadership role to join a few other North Carolina municipalities in permanently restricting irrigation to specified days of the week even during normal rainfall conditions in case dry conditions surface later in the year. The change amends the water management ordinance to make permanent the current lawn irrigation schedule allowing watering only on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday of each week. Of course, this ordinance continues to provide for the adoption of higher level restrictions should the area experience extensive periods of low rainfall leading to drought conditions.

We would also like to remind users that Concord has three water rate tiers designed so customers pay more per 1000 gallons if they reach these higher thresholds during the month. This also promotes conservation. The first tier covers all use up to 6000 gallons per month (GPM). The second tier is for usage from 6000 GPM to 8999 GPM. The third tier covers all usage above 9000 GPM. Customers can avoid paying these higher rates by always keeping their monthly use below 6000 GPM.

While these changes promote conservation by area residents and businesses, it does not mean that vegetation has to suffer if residents and businesses follow smart water use conservation techniques.

 How can you have healthy vegetation while conserving water?

Continue to conserve water by following the ordinance regulating irrigation.

Keep grass 3-5 inches long. Grass this length requires less water and mowing.

Water for irrigation in the early morning or late evening hours when grass withers.

Make sure your irrigation system is properly set up and maintained. One big water waster is having poorly adjusted spray patterns, so pay attention to where the water is going. It is easy for the alignment of sprinklers to shift over time, or get knocked off target - check them at least once a year.

Over-watering is one of the worst water wasters, watch for runoff. This is an indication that you are water too much.

Aerate your lawn yearly. It prevents soil compaction and greatly reduces run-off from the lawn.

When you do water, water deeply. Many people water lightly and frequently. This does more harm than good because it creates a shallow root system. Water deeply and infrequently to produce a healthier and deeper root system that is better equipped to withstand heat and drought.

Prepare your soil! Add organic matter such as compost to clay soil to improve soil structure and enable plants to develop dense root systems. Amending clay soil will increase the health and drought tolerance of turf and plants.

Use efficient sprinklers. To reduce evaporation and to maximize watering efficiency, use sprinklers that throw large drops of water close to the ground as opposed to fine mists in the air. Throw out that old oscillating sprinkler and replace it with a rotary, impact, or turbine sprinkler.

 For additional information about water conservation, please call our Water Resource Department at 704-920-5337 or 704-920-5342 and the City of Concord website at






The City of Concord cordially invites you to Opening Ceremony for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Plaza

The ceremony site is located on Cabarrus Ave near the traffic roundabout. Parking is available at the Evangel Worship Center on Cabarrus Ave.

Sunday, August 30, 2009 Ceremony starts promptly at 2:30 p.m.

For more information please contact Deborah Clark


Funded by the City of Concord from a special distribution of revenues by the Concord Alcoholic Beverage Control Board



Clean Water Frog’s Golden Rule All stormwater flows to the rivers and streams!


 Here’s how it works… Our city, like many others, gets its drinking water from reservoirs (lakes and rivers). Concord’s three main reservoirs are Lake Fisher, Coddle Creek/Lake Howell. Two City owned & operated water treatment plants clean up the lake & river water so that it’s safe for us to drink.


The water is piped to our homes and used for cleaning and drinking. The used water travels down our shower drains, sink drains and toilets through the wastewater system. Wastewater pipes lead to wastewater treatment plants, managed by the Water and Sewer Authority of Cabarrus County (WSACC). WSACC treats wastewater until it meets state and federal discharge requirements and releases it back into local bodies of water.


 Basically we send our (cleaned) wastewater to our downstream neighbors to drink, and we drink the wastewater of our upstream neighbors.

 Where does the dumping part come in? Two ways, actually; it’s important for us to be cognizant of what we’re sending down the drains of our homes. But, it’s even more important that we are aware of what’s going into our storm drains. Unlike the wastewater system, the storm drainage system DOES NOT connect with any wastewater treatment plant. The storm drainage system skips that part. Water from our storm drains empties directly into our local bodies of water.

Clean Water Frog’s golden rule applies in this situation, too. Dump upstream of others as you would have them dump upstream of you! Make sure only rain goes down the drain.




8/20/2009 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation

8/25/2009 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment



Join us for movies and more on CD Lyons Ballfield at Les Myers Park on the fourth Friday of the summer months, June, July and August.

The outdoor movies have been edited for family viewing. Games and activities and inflatable amusements will begin on the ballfield at 7:30 p.m. The movie will begin at 8:45 p.m. Food and concessions will be available. Don't forget your chairs or blankets to sit on.

FREE to family and friends.

Friday, 8/28 - Wall-E


The following meetings are held at the Municipal Building at 26 Union St. S.

8/18/2009 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning

The Concord Police Department has gun locks for people who wish to have one to secure their weapons at home. Please contact Sgt. Edie Smith at 704-920-5063 for more information on how to obtain a gun lock for your weapon.




 The MURDOCK Study Seeking Cabarrus County Participants

 The MURDOCK Study, was created in September 2007, when Duke University received the generous $35 million gift from David H. Murdock, owner of Dole Food and Castle & Cooke.The first MURDOCK Study participant was enrolled in February 2009. The study is working toward enrolling 50,000 local residents of Kannapolis and Cabarrus County, N.C.

 The MURDOCK Study will re-write the textbook of medicine by reclassifying health and disease using genomic technologies and electronic health records. It is a multi-tiered approach with horizons guiding the study’s plans and objectives. In this far-reaching study design, each component stretches toward incremental knowledge that will illuminate the next horizon of inquiry.

 Ultimately, this unprecedented research opportunity will, by applying modern-day technologies, identify genomic linkages within and across major chronic diseases and disorders that are some of today’s leading causes of illness and death. These connections will initiate disease reclassification by identifying novel patterns and characteristics that may predict risk or response to therapy and reveal underlying pathways with therapeutic potential.

 We need your help.

1,200 Cabarrus County and Kannapolis residents have enrolled in the MURDOCK Study - we hope to enroll 50,000. ENROLL NOW by calling 877-673-2508 or visit the website:

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