Beginning in 2009, Charlotte Water implemented the Capacity Assurance Program (CAP). This program verifies capacity in the public wastewater system for new developments and redevelopments. The existing system is evaluated from the new customer's proposed point of connection through the existing local gravity sewer, the trunk sewer, and finally the wastewater treatment facilities. The CAP program ensures that new development flows added to the wastewater system can connect safely without exceeding the capacity of the existing pipes, pump stations, or treatment facilities.
All new connections to Charlotte Water's wastewater collections system requesting a new water service 1-1/2 inch or larger (or equivalent sewer flow) require a CAP approval before final connection. All new service requests requiring CAP approval must submit a CAP application to the New Services Group. For development projects submitted through Charlotte Water's Land Development Services (Donated) group, the CAP application will be submitted as part of the Land Development Services review process. A CAP approval is required before the final connections to the public water and sewer systems.
Apply early to avoid project delays. Extensive development and redevelopment can have major impacts to the local pipelines and existing wastewater system. CAP applications and new taps cannot be approved unless capacity is available. Submitting a Preliminary CAP Review (PCR) and full CAP application as early as possible helps to identify any possible capacity issues and their solutions early.