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Stage I Voluntary Water Shortage Condition

Iredell Water is encouraging our customers to cut down their non-essential uses of water starting today, November 15, 2023.  The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has designated Iredell County as an area of severe drought.  More than 50% of the state is either in moderate or severe drought.

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When areas are found to be in severe drought, water providers like Iredell Water are asked to inform their customers about the situation and ask them to cut their non-essential uses of water to protect the water supply and fire protection in case the drought conditions do not ease or get even worse. 


As a result, Iredell Water is asking our customers to:

  • Limit lawn and garden watering to that which is necessary for plants to survive.  Cut back on irrigation use to a maximum of two times a week.; 
  • Do not wash down outside areas such as sidewalks, patios, parking lots, service bays, aprons, etc.; 
  • Stop car washing by hand.  If necessary, use a car wash business that captures and reuses its water; 
  • Do not leave faucets running while shaving, brushing teeth, or rinsing dishes; 
  • Reduce toilet flushing; 
  • Limit use of washing machines to full loads;
  • Limit use of dishwashers to full loads;
  • Take showers rather than baths.  Reduce time spent in the shower;
  • All residents, businesses, and institutions are requested to temporarily delay new landscape work until the water shortage has ended. 

Iredell Water thanks our customers in advance for helping us protect our water supply, and we hope that we receive much-needed rain soon.