Information for Well Users
Shallow ground water is linked to streams and reservoirs and impacts surface water supplies.
If shallow wells are not being recharged by rain, then the ground water supply will dwindle. We are already seeing evidence of the ground water affecting surface water in some parts of North Carolina. For example, in 2008, 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 ground water - was dry in many places and students were unable to do water quality sampling.
The bottom line is that all of our water sources in North Carolina are connected. When ground water 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.