Union County



Primary Applicant: Union County Water System
Source Basin: Yadkin River (18-1)
Receiving Basin: Rocky River (18-4)
IBT (Average Daily for Maximum Month): 23.0 MGD

The Union County Public Works Water System (UCPW) is a provider of drinking water to citizens of Union County, excluding the City of Monroe, serving customers in both the Catawba River IBT Basin and the Rocky River IBT Basin.  Union County is requesting a transfer of 23.0 million gallons per day (MGD) from the Yadkin River IBT basin to the Rocky River IBT basin, calculated on an average day of the maximum month basis, per current statutory regulation.  The requested transfer amount is based upon 2050 water demand projections from anticipated growth in Union County's Rocky River IBT Basin service area.  Union County currently has a 5.0 MGD grandfathered basin transfer from the Catawba River IBT Basin to the Rocky River IBT Basin.  The proposed transfer will avoid the need to increase the amount transferred from the Catawba River IBT basin to the Rocky River IBT basin.

Union County is submitting this request in an effort to meet the water supply needs of their current and future residents, and on behalf of the wholesale communities, institutions, and industries that are served.  The county has observed significant population growth over the past two decades and has worked diligently to meet and manage the increasing demands for water supply services.  The Town of Wingate purchases all of its drinking water from UCPW.  Currently, UCPW purchases drinking water from Anson County to support customers on the eastern side of Union County and to supplement the drinking water from the Catawba River Water Treatment Plant.

Union County IBT map

Past Actions and Current Status:
In 2013 Union County submitted the Notice of Intent for an IBT certificate to the Environmental Management Commission (EMC), as required to comply with NC General Statute §143-215.22L.  Three public meetings regarding the proposed water transfer were held in October 2013 within both the source and receiving basins.  Union County prepared an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and submitted it to the Department of Environmental Quality in December 2015.  The Record of Decision regarding the EIS was signed by the Department in April 2016.  Union County submitted a petition for an IBT certificate to the EMC in April 2016.

Path Forward:
The EMC is expected to make a draft determination on whether to issue the requested IBT certificate at its July 2016 meeting.  There will be three public hearings and opportunity to comment on the draft certificate before the final decision is made by the EMC in early 2017 on whether or not to grant the certificate.

Background Documentation:

  1. Public Hearing Announcement - 2016
  2. Draft Union County IBT Certificate - July 2016
  3. Union County IBT Petition - April 2016
  4. Signed Record of Decision - April 2016
  5. Final Environmental Impact Statement - December 2015
  6. Public Hearing Notice - September 16, 2015
  7. Union County IBT Public Meetings (PowerPoint presentation)
  8. Union County IBT Policy Overview
  9. Public Meetings Notice - October 2013
  10. Notice of Intent (NOI)