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INFRASTRUCTURE

Most of the water for Asheville and Buncombe County comes from the North Fork reservoir near Black Mountain // photo credit Phillips & Jordan Inc.

Leaked: A deep dive into the troubling history of water woes in Asheville

While the great holiday season water outage of 2022-’23 may seem like an extraordinary event in Asheville’s history, the city has a deep and troubling history of water woes. In fact, the origin dates to the Great Depression and the mountain town’s insistence on paying off a massive debt load while ignoring infrastructure needs. In the middle part of the 20th century, the city even funneled some water revenues toward the Depression-era debt, which was finally paid off in 1976. The most recent outage, which left tens of thousands of customers without water and spanned 11 days over Christmas and…

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Answer Man: What’s up with Carolina Day’s athletic complex? Biltmore Estate does have its own water system.

Today’s round of questions, my smart-aleck replies and the real answers: Question: I’m curious what’s going on with Carolina Day’s bigger athletic field at its complex on Sweeten Creek Road. The grass was stripped off over the summer, and it appeared they might be laying turf, or resodding it. But the field has been covered in what looks like gravel since late summer. Not having the field has to have put a crimp in their athletic plans. My answer: I don’t know, I suspect soccer played on bare gravel really builds character. Real answer: Carolina Day School, which is located…

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