About The Project

Charlotte Water

Charlotte Water is the largest public water and wastewater utility in the Carolinas, serving more than a million residents in the City of Charlotte and greater Mecklenburg County – including the towns of Matthews, Mint Hill, Pineville, Huntersville, Davidson, and Cornelius.

To learn more about Charlotte Water, please visit the Charlotte Water website.

Wastewater Management

Once the wastewater leaves a business or home, it travels from your home, place of business or school through 4,200 miles of wastewater pipes to one of our treatment plants. The wastewater is separated into liquids and solids. The liquids are cleaned and put back into our creeks and streams, the solids are converted to biosolids.

Henry Eudy, Wastewater Treatment Plant Supervisor, explains more about the wastewater treatment process.

What Will This Project Do?

The Stowe Regional Water Resource Recovery Facility will implement a regional approach to wastewater treatment to serve communities in northwestern Mecklenburg County and the Cities of Belmont and Mount Holly in eastern Gaston County. Scheduled to be completed in 2025, this new regional wastewater facility will initially have the capacity to process up to 15 million gallons of wastewater per day, and will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This project’s objective is to construct a regional water resource recovery facility that will initially treat wastewater flows from the Long Creek Basin in northwestern Mecklenburg County and from the City of Mount Holly (project implementation phase 1) and ultimately treat wastewater flows from the Paw Creek Basin in northwestern Mecklenburg County and from the City of Belmont (project implementation phase 2).

This wastewater facility will be designed to seamlessly accommodate future facility development with a planned extension of wastewater treatment capacity already included in the project’s implementation plan (phase 2). While there is currently no established timeline, the second phase of the project’s implementation plan focuses on the expansion of the Stowe Regional Water Resource Recovery Facility, including expanding the Stowe Regional service area and increasing the facility’s wastewater treatment capacity to be able to process 25 million gallons of wastewater per day. Designing this new wastewater treatment facility to accommodate future expansion will ensure that the facility will be able to accommodate our growing region’s wastewater needs well into the future.

Why is this Project Needed?

The Stowe Regional Water Resource Recovery Facility is needed to meet the future anticipated wastewater demands that will result from population growth and continued land development in northwestern Mecklenburg County and eastern Gaston County.

This project will streamline regional wastewater treatment services by replacing two older wastewater treatment plants, the Belmont Wastewater Treatment Plant and the Mount Holly Wastewater Treatment Plant, with a new modern, highly-efficient water resource recovery facility. The Stowe Regional Water Resource Recovery Facility will utilize a regional wastewater management approach to accommodate the future wastewater needs of our growing region.

Where is the Project Located?

The new Stowe Regional Water Resource Recovery Facility will be located adjacent to Charlotte Water’s Long Creek Pumping Station in Mecklenburg County, which is situated on Long Creek near its confluence with the Catawba River.

How much will this project cost?

Estimated Project Cost $300+ Million

Charlotte Water will provide wastewater treatment services for the City of Mount Holly and the City of Belmont under an intra-governmental service agreement with these municipalities. The City of Belmont and the City of Mount Holly have both signed detailed wastewater treatment service agreements with Charlotte Water which outline the facility design, project construction details, project financing, facility operations, and facility ownership.

Charlotte Water will provide initial funding for the design, permitting, and construction of the Stowe Regional Water Resource Recovery Facility, as well as the wastewater collection system additions that will provide wastewater system linkage for our regional wastewater management partners. Mount Holly and Belmont will each reimburse the cost for the design, permitting, and construction of their respective project components as outlined in their agreements with Charlotte Water. The City of Mt. Holly has secured a Clean Water State Revolving Loan (CWSRF) to help offset some of their financial contributions. Belmont will ultimately seek funding as well.

Charlotte Water will own and operate the system, including the pumping and pipes needed to connect Belmont and Mount Holly.

Funding allocations for the Stowe Regional Water Resource Recovery Facility and the wastewater collection system additions were included in Charlotte Water’s Community Investment Plan. Funding for the design, permitting, and construction of the Stowe Regional Water Resource Recovery Facility and the wastewater collection system additions will be financed from Charlotte Water’s Revenue Bonds.