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Did you know?
Did you know that according to the AWWA Water Research Foundation, more than a quarter of all water usage in the United States goes to flushing toilets? More than 21 percent is used to wash clothes and nearly 17 percent is used for showers. Be sure you do your part to conserve this important resource—learn how at concordnc.gov/savethedrops.
 
Typical seasonal transition causes taste and odor in safe water
In recent days, some City of Concord water customers have noticed a musty taste or odor in their drinking water. This problem is caused by the normal turnover of the City’s reservoirs. This turnover usually occurs in the fall and the spring of each year, due to the warming or cooling of the water. In response to this problem, the Coddle Creek Water Treatment Plant has increased its dosage of powdered activated carbon, a chemical that helps to remove tastes and odors from the water. Because of this increased carbon dosage, the taste and odor problem has been improving at the water plant, but this water still has to travel throughout the City’s distribution system before customers will notice the improvement. It is important to note that, although customers may notice a taste or an odor in the water, the water is tested every day and it is completely safe to drink. The City of Concord encourages anyone who has questions or concerns regarding their drinking water to call 704-920-5555.
 
Monday and Friday routes begin loose leaf collection next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season continues next week with the first opportunity for residents on the Monday and Friday garbage collection routes. Residents in these areas must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, October 27 for crews to collect them during the first collection cycle. This popular program provides each Concord resident three opportunities to have un-bagged leaves collected curbside, between now and January 30. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage and recycling collection day. Learn more and download the 2014-15 schedule at concordnc.gov.
 
Concord offers Halloween safety tips, encourages early trick-or-treating
Remember that “after 8 is too late!” By going trick-or-treating before 8:00 p.m., children are safer and more visible to drivers and other pedestrians. There will be several opportunities for youngsters to trick-or-treat in Concord before it gets dark such as the Downtown Candy Crawl. Please visit concordnc.gov for all eight reasons to trick or treat early this year and more.
 
North Carolina's second DDI to open in Concord at I-85 and NC 73
Beginning Friday morning, the North Carolina Department of Transportation began the process of opening the Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) on Davidson Highway (NC 73) over I-85. The DDI moves high volumes of traffic through an intersection without increasing the number of lanes and traffic signals, while providing easier access to an interstate. Closures and detours are in place over the weekend with the new, final pattern opening Monday, October 27 at 6:00 a.m. Visit ncdot.gov for more information about the closures, detours, and new interchange.
 
NCDOT invites you to participate in the 485 Madd Dash
Although NCDOT and Blythe Construction were planning to complete work on the final 5.7-mile segment of the Charlotte Outer Loop by the end of December, engineers now are anticipating the completion will be spring 2015. Construction of the final segment of I-485, a 67-mile highway, was coordinated with the widening of seven miles of I-85 through Concord. To provide a sneak peek of this long-awaited milestone, NCDOT is partnering with the State Employees Combined Campaign to organize the 485 Madd Dash at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 2. Participants will be able to run on the final segment of I-485 before it opens to traffic. The 5k/10k/Fun Run will start at 12940 Loganville Road. 10k runners will be able to traverse the new turbine interchange at I-485 and I-85, a new connection to the final section of The Loop. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to run, walk, or bike on I-485 before you can drive on it. Click here for details and registration information, or visit facebook.com/485madddash.
 
How are we doing?
The City of Concord is asking citizens to evaluate municipal services as well as their quality of life through the 2014 Customer Satisfaction Survey. The City hopes to gain feedback on a variety of topics such as municipal services, facilities, and how to best communicate with citizens. The survey will also assess specific functions, such as improved staffing levels in the Customer Care Center and the effectiveness of wireless location technology used for yard and bulky waste collection. The survey is available at concordnc.gov and in hard copy until Sunday, November 23. Visit concordnc.gov to learn more and get started.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2014 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Try a new workout at one of many yoga offerings
Chair Yoga, Gentle Yoga and Harmony Yoga, all instructed by Dawn Grant, start new sessions on Tuesday, October 28. Classes are held at Academy Recreation Center.  For times and fees, please visit concordparksandrec.org or contact Parks and Recreation at 704-920-5600.
 
Final call for the 5 Alarm 5K and Fun Run on Saturday, November 1
Enjoy a great Saturday morning in Historic Downtown Concord. The race will begin and end on Means Avenue, and include the McEachern Greenway and Downtown Connector. There will also be activities for children during the 5K on Union Street. Race day registration is $20. Find out more at concordparksandrec.org.
 
Play kickball and more to benefit community
Relive your youth while helping those in need at the United Way Kickball Tournament November 8 and 9. Proceeds make a difference locally. Visit concordnc.gov for additional details about this and other 2014 City of Concord United Way campaign events.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
November
11 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
 
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