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Charlotte Water's new wastewater facility uses new innovative 'regional approach'

The Stowe Regional Water Resource Recovery Facility will use an innovative regional approach to wastewater treatment in Mecklenburg County, Belmont and Mount Holly.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte Water broke ground on the Stowe Regional Water Resource Recovery Facility Tuesday, marking a significant change to how wastewater is recycled and treated for communities near Charlotte and in Gaston County. 

The new facility will replace two aging water treatment plants and will serve residents in northwestern Mecklenburg County, as well as the cities of Belmont and Mount Holly in Gaston County. Construction is scheduled for completion in 2026. 

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The Stowe Regional facility increases wastewater treatment capacity (25 million gallons per day) and reduces the distance waste must travel to be treated. It will connect the two county's systems to each other through wastewater pipelines under the Catawba River. 

Charlotte Water officials said this project is one of the biggest in the agency's history with its regional wastewater treatment methods. As part of the project, Charlotte Water said it has secured a 90-acre plot of land to preserve the natural environment that will include walking trails and partnerships with local schools. 

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