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The Water Quality Division seeks to ensure that all of the water resources in Wake County are healthy and sustainable and that surface waters are not contaminated. A comprehensive water quality approach is an integral part of ensuring the quality of life enjoyed and shared by all citizens of Wake County.


Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 550
Raleigh, NC 27602
Business Hours:
8:30 a.m.–5:15 p.m.
Waverly F. Akins
Wake County Office Building


Britt Stoddard

Description of Water Quality Programs and Services

Recreational Waters

Pursuant to EPA recommendations, Wake County adopted Regulations Governing Public Recreational Waters and Beaches in 2000, to protect swimmers from bacteria in recreational water.

Septic & Wastewater

A "septic tank system" is a subsurface wastewater system consisting of a settling tank and a subsurface disposal field. Septic systems are used when sewage treatment plants are not accessible. They safely treat and dispose of wastewaters produced in the bathroom, kitchen and laundry. These wastewaters may contain disease-causing germs and pollutants that must be treated to protect human health and the environment. Although septic systems are usually a permanent solution to wastewater treatment and disposal, they sometimes serve as a temporary solution until sewer lines are installed. 

Groundwater Protection and Wells

The goal of the program is to ensure the safety and sustainability of the groundwater resource by enforcing regulations governing the construction, repair and abandonment of wells. Water sample collection, analysis and consultation services are provided to citizens served by private well water. 

Erosion, Flood & Stormwater

The following programs are implemented on a Watershed Management basis, which differs from other efforts because it integrates the activities of other Wake County programs but also with our external partnerships. The focus is on solving environmental problems at their source and improving watershed health overall, not merely complying with individual regulations.

Environmental Protection

The Environmental Protection program within the Water Quality section is teamed with NCDENR to help ensure that the waters within Wake County are and will remain clean for all our citizens to enjoy.

 Report a Spill 

This link allows you to fill out information and submit a form to Environmental Services to report a spill or release of a hazardous substance into the environment. Please enter as much information as is known to assist our staff in following up on the notification.

Contact the Call Center at 919-856-7400 for program contacts
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