Information for Well Users

A groundwater well that is 1,000 feet deep does not respond on drought time scales.

However, shallow groundwater is certainly linked to streams and reservoirs and, therefore, does impact surface water supplies. So, if the shallow wells are not being recharged by rain, then the groundwater supply will dwindle.

We are already seeing evidence of the groundwater affecting surface water in some parts of North Carolina. For example, hydrology students at N.C. State University recently worked on a project to test water quality in Black Creek near Raleigh. But due to the drought, the creek - which is fed primarily by groundwater - was dry in many places and students were unable to do water quality sampling.

The bottom line: all of our water sources in North Carolina are connected. When groundwater supplies begin to dwindle, many of these supplies pull on the supply of surface water that many people depend upon for consumption, bathing and emergencies such as firefighting. Although private wells used for irrigation purposes are excluded from CFPUA’s advisory stages and restrictions, it is recommended that the same watering schedules be followed. Those using a private well are asked to contact CFPUA’s Community Compliance Division at 910-332-6558 or via email to verify their well.