The Stowe Regional Water Resource Recovery Facility will be carried out in two main project implementation phases. The first phase is currently underway and scheduled for completion in 2024. In this phase, three components will be constructed:
- Stowe Regional Water Resource Recovery Facility with a capacity to process up to 15 million gallons of wastewater per day
- New pumping facilities to bring Mount Holly wastewater flows to Charlotte Water
- New pumping facilities to bring Belmont wastewater flows to Charlotte Water
The future phase 2 will expand the facility’s wastewater treatment capacity to be able to process 25 million gallons of wastewater per day.
Click through the timeline below to learn about past project achievements and upcoming milestones.
Activities to Date
2007Charlotte Water developed a Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion Plan. This Plan recommended a regional wastewater management strategy and new wastewater facility to serve the Long Creek Basin.2007Charlotte Water and Mount Holly began the Environmental Impact Statement process to explore construction alternatives for a wastewater treatment plant to serve the Long Creek Basin.2007Meetings with a broad range of stakeholders were conducted from summer 2007 through spring 2008 to provide input on the project.2008The project team conducted the environmental review for the Environmental Impact Statement.2008Intra-governmental service agreements with Mount Holly and Belmont were being drafted.2009Project schedule was revised to account for reduced wastewater demand projections due to slowed development during the economic recession.2011Belmont City Council approved intra-governmental service agreement with Charlotte Water outlining key components of the partnership.2011The first draft of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was published. The EIS identified the current location as best site for the future facility2013Mount Holly City Council approved intra-governmental service agreement with Charlotte Water outlining key components of the partnership.2013Charlotte Water purchased site for the new wastewater treatment facility.2015The second draft of the EIS was published and submitted to the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NC DEQ).2015NC DEQ issued a Record of Decision for the Environmental Impact Statement.2016The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit Application for the Long Creek WWTP was submitted to NC DEQ.2018Mount Holly and City of Charlotte enter into an interlocal agreement2019The facility was official named the Stowe Regional Water Resource Recovery Facility in honor of former Charlotte Water director Joseph C. Stowe Jr.2019Belmont City Council approved interlocal agreement with Charlotte Water to create “a regional wastewater treatment interconnect.”2020Charlotte Water formed a Community Stakeholder Committee to ensure that public issues and concerns are communicated and understood during the design phase.2024Construction of pumping facilities to bring Mount Holly wastewater flows to Charlotte Water2024Construction of Stowe Regional Water Resource Recovery Facility2024Construction of pumping facilities to bring Belmont wastewater flows to Charlotte Water