Salisbury-Rowan Utilities (SRU), the water and wastewater provider for the City of Salisbury and other Rowan County municipalities, has been honored for exceeding federal and state drinking water standards for the second year in a row. SRU was one of only 64 out of 6,000 North Carolina water systems to achieve the recognition for 2020.
The award is part of the Area Wide Optimization Program (AWOP) which was developed to help water systems successively meet more stringent regulations and achieve higher levels of water quality. AWOP is a joint program between the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and states. North Carolina has participated in AWOP since 2000. Although all drinking water systems in North Carolina are required to meet stringent federal and state drinking water standards, SRU exceeded those performance goals.
SRU currently serves more than 52,000 customers in Salisbury, Granite Quarry, Rockwell, Spencer, China Grove, East Spencer and other unincorporated areas in Rowan County. SRU also provides contracted operation and maintenance to East Spencer, and wastewater sewer treatment services to Faith and Landis.
For more information, visit the NC DEQ: Area Wide Optimization Program at https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/water-resources/drinking-water/area-wide-optimization-program