Other Affiliation: Associate Director, Department of Planning and Development, High Point, NC
Realizing that a good water supply is an essential ingredient in economic development and that future water resources such as Randleman Lake are both uncertain and expensive, the City of High Point decided to evaluate its present water supply resources. The objectives of the study were to assess the quality and quantity of present water supplies, to identify potential problems, and to recommend strategies to address the problems so that the City will continue to have an adequate supply of good quality water to meet future needs. For High Point, located in the headwaters of the Cape Fear River Basin, the main concern is the quality and quantity of the stormwater runoff from the watershed rather than the wastewater discharges from points upstream. Unlike most cities. High Point does not receive water from rivers originating outside of the area. Instead it depends entirely on stormwater runoff that results when rain falls in the watershed, accumulates and flows over the land via drainageways and small streams into water supply lakes.