The City of Morganton is a member of the Catawba-Wateree Water Management Group (WMG). During drought periods, the WMG monitors water levels in the basin and works together to encourage conservation among water customers in the region.


Current Conditions

Updated Feb. 16, 2018

i Stage Normal

Drought Stage Normal
Conservation Goal None
Action None



Water Conservation Tips ...

Following a few, easy water conservation tips can save hundreds of gallons of water a week! 

  1. Turn off the water while you shave. You can save more than 100 gallons a week.
  2. Use less power. If you conserve electricity, the power company doesn't need to use as much of the water in our lakes to produce power.
  3. Turn off the water while you brush your teeth. You can save 4 gallons of water a minute. That's 200 gallons a week for a family of four!
  4. Check for toilet leaks. Just put food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the toilet bowl, you have a leak. It's easy to fix, and you can save more than 600 gallons a month.
  5. Run your washing machine and dishwasher only when they are full. You could save 1000 gallons of water a month.
  6. Reduce water use by installing toilet tank displacement inserts. A plastic jug may often be used as an alternative.
  7. Keep a bottle of water in the refrigerator. Don't run the tap to get cold water.
  8. Find and fix leaks in faucets and water-using appliances.
  9. Take shorter showers and shallow baths.
  10. Avoid using the garbage disposal.
  11. Turn off the shower while soaping up.
  12. Install a hot water recirculation system in your home.


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Catawba-Wateree Water Management Group

Incorporated in late 2007, the Catawba-Wateree Water Management Group - a 501(c)(3) non-profit - was organzied during the 3½-year stakeholder process associated with Duke Energy’s relicensing of the Catawba-Wateree Hydro Project. Duke's Comprehensive Relicensing Agreement (CRA) defines how the basin will be managed for the next 40 to 50 years.

The WMG identifies, funds and manage projects that help extend and enhance the capacity of the Catawba River.


noaa logoUS Drought Monitor - North Carolina

The U.S. Drought Monitor, established in 1999, is a weekly map of drought conditions that is produced jointly by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The U.S. Drought Monitor website is hosted and maintained by the NDMC.

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