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Water Quality Report

Annual Drinking Water Quality Report for 2016

Winner of the N.C. Area Wide Optimization Award

For Surpassing Federal and State Drinking Water Standards
System ID# 01-80-010
January 2018
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Salisbury-Rowan Utilities is pleased to present to you this year’s Annual Drinking Water Quality Report. This report is a snapshot of last year’s water quality. Included are details about your source water, what it contains, and how it compares to standards set by our regulatory agencies. Our constant goal is to provide you with a safe and dependable supply of drinking water. We want you to understand the efforts we make to continually improve the water treatment process and protect our water resources. We are committed to ensuring the quality of your water and to providing you with this information. For questions concerning the report or your water, please contact Alan Fowler, Chemist, Salisbury-Rowan Utilities – (704) 638-5372.

Este reporte contiene información importante sobre la calidad de agua en su comunidad. Léelo o llame por teléfono al (704) 638-2168 para una traducción en Español, gratis.

Water Testing

While Salisbury-Rowan Utility does not regulate private wells, we can perform both Bacteriological testing and Nitrate/Nitrite testing. Questions about this process can be directed to our Water Plant Lab at (704) 638-5372.

Testing your private well's water quality on a regular basis is an important part of maintaining a safe and reliable source. The test results allow you to properly address the specific problems of a water supply. This will help ensure that the water source is being properly protected from potential contamination, and that appropriate treatment is selected and operating properly.

It is important to test the suitability of your water quality for its intended use, whether it be livestock watering, chemical spraying, or drinking water. This will assist you in making informed decisions about your water and how you use it.

Why Test?

  • Identify existing problems
  • Ensure water is suitable for the intended use, especially if used for drinking by humans and animals
  • Track changes over time
  • Determine the effectiveness of a treatment system

How Do I Test?

  1. Pick up a water sample bottle
    1. Sample bottles and collection instructions can be picked up at the Salisbury-Rowan Utility Administration office at 1 Water St. between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm Monday through Friday
  2. Collect a water sample from your well
  3. Submit the water sample to SRU
    1. Bacteriological Testing
      1. Return the sample to the SRU Administration Office within 30 hours of collection
      2. Samples are accepted back for lab testing Monday through Thursday between 8:30 am and 2:30 pm
    2. Nitrate/Nitrite Testing
      1. Samples must be collected on Wednesday morning and delivered to 1 Water St. by 9:30 am on the same day


  1. Each test is $30 per sample
  2. Only checks will be accepted as payment. We do not accept cash or credit cards
  3. Have the check ready when you submit the collected water sample
  4. Have the check made out to: Salisbury-Rowan Utilities

Wastewater Report

Annual Wastewater Report for 2016

Download 2016 Wastewater Report

This report covers the calendar year from January 1 through December 31, 2016. 

Any questions pertaining to this report should be directed to Environmental Services Manager.


Salisbury-Rowan Utilities (SRU) provides wastewater treatment at the Town Creek treatment train located near Interstate 85 and the Grant Creek treatment train off of Grubb Ferry Road. The effluents at both trains are disinfected with sodium hypochlorite and then the combined effluents from both trains are dechlorinated with sodium bisulfite at the City of Salisbury Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) and discharged into the Yadkin River.

SRU treats industrial, commercial and residential waste from Salisbury, Landis, China Grove, Spencer, East Spencer, Rockwell, Faith and Granite Quarry. Gravity sewer lines, force mains and lift stations collect and pump the wastewater to the treatment trains. An average of 8.2 million gallons per day is treated using a process called activated sludge. Trash and rags are first removed by bar screens. Heavy particles such as sand and grit settle out as the flow slows in the grit chamber. The wastewater is then pumped to aeration basins, which contain activated sludge. The microorganisms or “bugs” feed on the wastewater particles. The process then moves to clarifiers where the “bugs” settle out leaving clear treated wastewater or effluent. Sodium hypochlorite is used for disinfection at the City of Salibury WWTP.

Solids “left over” from the treatment process are separated from the treated effluent by a filter belt press. The solid material or “biosolids” that is left is applied to permitted farmland in Rowan County as a substitute for fertilizer. Only crops grown for animal feed can be raised after biosolids are applied. SRU’s Land Application Program (Permit # WQ001956) land applied a combined total of 1,236.86 dry tons across 242.6 acres of farmland in 2016. Salisbury-Rowan Utilities has a total of 1,441.9 acres of land permitted.

SRU operates a North Carolina certified municipal laboratory where tests are analyzed 5 days per week.

City of Salisbury WWTP (Permit NC0023884)

The City of Salisbury WWTP had no permit violations in 2016.
The WWTP had no reportable overflows (bypasses) in 2016

SRU Collection System Reportable Sanitary Sewer Overflows (Permit WQCS00019)

Date Location Gallons Gallons into stream Receiving Stream Cause
2/16/16 625 E. Centerview St (China Grove) 35 35 Cold Water Creek Pipe Failure
5/31/16 1500 Blk of McCanless Rd (Salisbury)  32,000 27,000 Crane Creek Pipe Failure
6/10/16 Legion Pump Station (Rockwell)  118 59 Unnamed Tributary to Dutch Second Creek Pump station equipment failure 
12/14/16 1601 Brenner Ave (Salisbury) 750 450 Grant Creek Contractor damaged sewer line
Total Gallons : 32,903 27,544

All discharges of any amount that reach surface waters are reported to the Division of Water Resources. In addition, any spills to the ground that exceed 1,000 gallons are reported. If a discharge of 1,000 gallons or more reaches surface waters, a press release is sent to The Salisbury Post within 24 hours. If a discharge is more than 15,000 gallons, a public notice is placed in The Salisbury Post and The Stanly News and Press (to notify the affected area downstream of Salisbury).

East Spencer Collection System Sewer Overflows (Permit No. WQCS00342)

no reportable sanitary sewer overflows in 2016.


N.C. General Statute Chapter 143, Article 21, Part 1, 143 -215.1C requires municipalities that operate wastewater collection and treatment systems to publish an annual report summarizing the performances of their collection system and treatment works and the extent to which the system has violated their permit, federal or state laws, regulations, or rules related to the protection of water quality.

Contact Us

Environmental Services Manager

Sonja Basinger
(704) 638-5375

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