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The Upper Cape Fear and Black Creek aquifers drop at the rate of eight feet per year. Fifteen counties, including Pitt, draw water from them. Representatives from state and local governments, agriculture, industry, business, and the North Carolina League of Municipalities met in March 2000 to develop regulations to limit water withdrawals by these counties. This will be the first program of this kind in the state.
Fifteen counties, including Pitt, draw water from the Upper Cape Fear and Black Creek aquifers. The water is with- drawn faster then replacement is possible. Salt water is seeping in from the ocean, and the ground above the aquifers is becoming less porous. State and local governments, industry, business, and agriculture are meeting to develop regulations to save the already-depleted aquifers.