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Prescribed burns coming to watershed to enhance and protect the resource, including water quality

    Maintaining a pristine water source means more than managing the North Fork Reservoir itself. It extends to managing the 20,000 acres of forested watershed that surround the North Fork and Bee Tree reservoirs.   A carefully crafted series of controlled burns will happen on the watershed over the course of coming years, beginning […]

Asheville still under flash flood watch following Florence

This Google map images shows Tropical Depression Florence’s location Sunday evening.     A day of nonstop rain from Tropical Depression Florence brought some flooding to the Asheville area Sunday and overnight into Monday. Sunday evening, the City of Asheville closed Azalea Road as the Swannanoa River has begun to rise. Also, the Asheville Fire Department […]

Florence weakens to tropical depression, Asheville under flash flood, wind advisories

Latest Tropical Depression Florence storm track.   Latest updates: The gates at the North Fork Dam were closed at 2:40 a.m. Sunday 703,184 without power statewide Sunday. Asheville remains under a wind advisory. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for Asheville through Tuesday. Flooding impacts may not be apparent until Monday. The storm […]

City of Asheville monitoring hurricane, prepares for storm

Latest Hurricane Florence storm track. Updated information includes: Hurricane Florence has weakened slightly to Category 3 hurricane, with winds near 125 mph (201 kph). It is still considered “extremely dangerous.” How Asheville Fire Department is helping in the storm zone. Link for shelters in the storm zone.   The City of Asheville continues to monitor the […]

Moody’s upgrades Asheville Water Resources debt rating — and it’s a big deal

  Once again, sound management of City assets has translated into a money-saving financial rating. That’s good news for the City and its residents.   The City of Asheville’s Water Resources Fund has received a debt rating upgrade! On September 4, the City learned that Moody’s Investor Services formally upgraded the debt rating for Water […]

Waterline replacement project to cross Tunnel Road

  The City of Asheville will install a new 30-inch waterline to better serve Asheville Water Resources customers along a short section of Tunnel Road, Kenilworth Road and Beaucatcher Road area, starting Aug. 28 (see the project area map below). The project will be installed parallel with an aging, undersized waterline in this area.   […]

City of Asheville prepares for week of heavy rain

A Stormwater Services crew removes silt, dirt and debris from storm drains atop Town Mountain July 31.     In advance of heavy rains this week, the City of Asheville is prepared! The Water Resources Department is following the Flood Operation Plan at the North Fork Reservoir. One gate is slightly opened (6 inches) to accommodate […]

All Asheville streets now reopened

Asheville Public Works crews  cleaned mud off the streets of Biltmore Village Wednesday afternoon and evening, following flooding May 30, 2018.   Following this week’s flooding of the Swannanoa and French Broad rivers, only 1 street remained closed in Asheville Friday morning. Now it is open too. The portion of  Lyman Street closed by flooding earlier […]

City of Asheville offices closed for Memorial Day, ART buses to run on holiday schedule

  Asheville City government offices will be closed Monday, May 28, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. Though City offices will be closed, Sanitation services will run on schedule. Trash and recycling will be collected as normal on May 28. The Sanitation Division will not collect brush on Memorial Day and there will be […]

Asheville’s larger development fees to rise, tennis center passes lowered

    City Council passes fee adjustments for the 2018-2019 fiscal year     With spring comes birds singing, longer days and — the City of Asheville budget season. Prior to adopting the 2018-2019 budget in June for the fiscal year, each April Council passes its fee adjustments. On April 10, City Council adopted its Fees […]

City of Asheville distributes water quality report

The City of Asheville has released its 20th annual Water Quality Report, a federally-mandated “report card” designed to educate customers on what is in their drinking water.  The City of Asheville is pleased to report that the City’s drinking water continues to surpass all U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Safe Drinking Water Standards. The report […]

North Fork Dam improvement construction advances to blasting stage

Updated information regarding North Fork Dam Improvement Project The City of Asheville would like to clarify recent public information on the work being performed for the Dam Improvement Project at the North Fork facility. The construction of the new auxiliary spillway requires the excavation of earth and bedrock to reach foundation grade. In order to reach the required depth, a professional […]

City of Asheville 2018 initiatives: What to look for in the new year

  With a new year comes new programs, facility improvements and projects to improve our community. Here’s a look ahead at Asheville City government initiatives in 2018. We couldn’t get the list down to 10 items so here are a dozen to look for in the coming year.       New, more diverse City Council […]

2017 in review: Bonds and RADTIP get off the ground, equity initiative begins and more

With 2017 nearly in the books, it’s time to take stock of City of Asheville initiatives and developments from the past year. Here are 10 initiatives that your City government got off the ground in 2017. We’ll have 2018 initiatives to look for in another roundup Jan. 1.   Bond projects began In November 2016, […]

As Asheville temps dip chances of frozen pipes rise

With overnight lows predicted in the 20s and teens some nights this week, the Asheville Water Resources Department urges everyone to take precautions to protect their pipes from freezing. In an emergency, however, the Water Resources Department is available 24/7. The City does not assist customers with indoor plumbing issues but can cut off the […]

City of Asheville offices to close for Thanksgiving holiday

  ART bus service suspended on Thanksgiving Day as well     Asheville City government offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 23, and Friday, Nov. 24, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Here is a roundup of City service holiday schedules.   ART bus service ART bus service will be suspended Nov. 23, in observance […]