NC officials begin water supply study; population surge expected

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Sharing limited water resources is becoming
a pressing issue in North Carolina as state leaders grapple with
how to prepare for a projected population surge.
State environmental leaders are starting a yearlong study of
North Carolina's water supply and future demand.
They're considering several questions, including whether to give
state regulators more power in allocating water to local
The effort was spurred by a continuing dispute with South
Carolina, which opposes plans by two upstream North Carolina cities
to pump 10 million gallons a day from the Catawba River. The river
provides drinking water and electricity to both states.
State leaders believe similar disputes could develop between
North Carolina communities, because according to Census figures, 12
million people are expected to live in North Carolina by 2030


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