State officials will be in Mint Hill on Monday evening for a public hearing on a proposal that could extend Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities service to some neighborhoods in the eastern part of the county.
CMUD has asked the state to add the Goose Creek Watershed to the area receiving water from the Catawba River basin.
The Goose Creek Watershed is part of the Yadkin River basin.
Approving the request would allow CMUD to serve neighborhoods such as Ashe Plantation, where residents have been trying to get Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities service for several years. The community now is served by a Pennsylvania-based company, Aqua North Carolina. Some residents have complained in recent years about the quality of service and prices offered by Aqua North Carolina.
The N.C. Environmental Management Commission approved a certificate 11 years ago, allowing CMUD to transfer up to 33 million gallons of water each day from the Catawba River basin to the Yadkin basin.
However, one condition of the certificate was excluding the Goose Creek Watershed, because state officials had not studied the possible impact of runoff on the Carolina heelsplitter, a federally endangered species in the watershed.
Since then, measures have been put in place to preserve the heelsplitter.