Craven County Water is dedicated to promoting water conservation. We do this in a couple of different ways:
Tiered Rate Schedule
In an effort to promote conservation, in October of 2011, Craven County Water changed its Rate Schedule. This means the higher your consumption, the higher you pay per thousand gallons. This is advantageous for those customers that stay under the availability amount of 3,000 gallons, as well as a reminder to those customers that may not be as water conservation conscious. Even with the change, Craven County Water has still maintained a lower rate than the surrounding water services. The average residential household's bill in Fiscal Year 2017 (July 2016 through June 2017) was $17.70 per month for the average consumption amount of 3,900 gallons per month.
Earth Day & Poster Contest
Craven County Water has partnered with Craven County Soil Conservation to promote conservation of our natural resources within Craven County Schools.
Every Spring, 5th graders from different Craven County Schools are invited to participate in Water Conservation Field Days that coincide with Earth Day. The children learn about where water comes from, how it gets to their homes, and how to protect this resource. This is a hands on educational experience where students get the chance to build their own water system. They get the chance to ask questions from our resident expert on our water system and water treatment plant. They usually go home with shower timers, rain gauges, and a lot of tips to share with their families.
Every Winter, 5th graders from a select school get the opportunity to showcase what they have learned in school about the water cycle and water conservation, and they have the chance to create a poster that is judged to win cash prizes! There are 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places awarded as well as a few honorable mentions. Last year the ceremony was held at the North Carolina History Center. The children were excited to share what they had learned.