Water Resources Work for DEQ DEQ is looking for top talent to share their knowledge, skills, and commitment to a strong, safe environment for our state and beyond. See all current job openings! North Carolina Drought Conditions Each Thursday, the North Carolina Drought Management Advisory Council updates state-wide drought status and classifications with maps, current conditions, counties affected, resources, and action recommendations. Access Drought Information Here What We Do The Division of Water Resources is responsible for the environmental protection and quality of the State’s surface water and groundwater, and to ensure safe drinking water for its residents. This authority is granted in accordance with laws, policies and rules established by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency, the N.C. General Assembly, the Environmental Management Commission, and the Commission for Public Health. Staff issue pollution-control permits, monitor compliance and conduct regulatory enforcement for environmental violations. Additionally, staff evaluate environmental water quantity and quality via field sampling and two in-house chemical laboratories; develop water quality standards, rules and management strategies; and provide educational awareness. Explore The Division of Water Resources Laserfiche Document Search Water Map/Data Locator Emergency Response Sections & Resources Public Water Supply Public water system compliance and assistance Water Quality Permitting Industrial, municipal, NPDES, all wastewater, 401, buffer transportation, pretreatment program Regional Operations Permit compliance, emergency response, water testing & reporting Contacts & Staff Listing Searchable database to locate staff responsible for specific areas Operator Certification Professional licensure for operators of drinking water, waste water, and animal waste facilities Groundwater Resources Well Construction & Permitting, Corrective Action Program, Underground Injection Well Program, Groundwater Resource Management Water Planning Classifications and Standards, 303(d)/TMDLs, 319 and 205(j) Grants, Nutrient Management, Basin Plans, Local Water Supply Plans, Water Withdrawal & Transfer Registration Water Sciences Water Quality Monitoring, Biological Assessment, Chemistry Labs, Aquatic Toxicology, Lab Certification, Special Studies Topics Animal Feeding Operations BIMS Data & Statistics Drinking Water Drought e-DMR Education & Technical Assistance Emergency Response Employee Resources Forms & Publications Grants & Financial Assistance Other Water-Related Sites Permits & Registrations Planning Public Information River Basins Regulations & Guidance Commissions Learn about commissions that regulate water resources in NC. Organization Chart View the Water Resources organization. Public Notices Public notices and hearings for the Division of Water Resources. Programs It's Our Water NC Drinking Water Protection Program NC Drought Management Advisory Council NC Source Water Collaborative Operator Certification Programs Save Water NC Data & Statistics Explore Water Resources data and statistics. Press Releases Get the latest news from Division of Water Resources. Maps & Data Explore Water Resources maps.