#1000Days on Bottled Water


It all started when...

Deborah Graham received her letter stating that her water was not safe to drink in April 18th, 2015. She is just one of almost a thousand families living on bottled water in North Carolina. On January 11th, 2018, it will be one thousand days of living on bottled water for Deborah. 


Life on Bottled Water

Life On Bottled Water Means

  • Your children can't play in the bathtub or swim in your pool.

  • You know how many bottles it takes to create a Thanksgiving Meal.

  • You have to brush your teeth with bottled water. 

  • You have to make your coffee with bottled water. 

  • You don't trust your water even while traveling. 

  • You cover stacks of water and pretend that it is furniture. 

  • You struggle with recycling, if your local facility even has plastic recycling. Pine Hall at Belews Creek does not.

Show Your Support

An Invitation from Appalachian Voices

Looking for ways to get involved in the new year? We need big community turnout at these action events throughout the month of January. Join us to tell N.C. officials to hold Duke Energy accountable and to protect our water!

1,000 Days on Bottled Water Press Conference and Rally

Raleigh: Thur., Jan. 11, 11 a.m. 
N.C. General Assembly Press Conference Room
16 W. Jones St.
Event page

Charlotte: Thur., Jan. 11, 4 p.m. 
Outside Duke Energy Headquarters
550 S. Tryon St.
Event page

On Thursday, Jan. 11, families from across N.C. will join together to share their stories. Duke Energy's coal ash mess has poisoned drinking water and left hundreds of N.C. families with no alternative but to live on bottled water. Jan. 11makes 1,000 days of cooking, cleaning and even brushing children's teeth with bottles and bottles of water.

We will hold a press conference in Raleigh at the General Assembly Press Room and a rally outside of Duke’s Charlotte headquarters to call for tougher groundwater standards for cancer-causing chemicals that many coal ash neighbors find in their drinking water and to demand full excavation of Duke Energy’s coal ash that is poisoning families.

Join the Thunderclap to help spread the word!

Duke Energy Carolinas Rate Hike Public Hearings

Franklin: Tue., Jan. 16, 7 p.m. 
Macon County Courthouse
Courtroom A
5 W. Main St.

Greensboro: Wed., Jan. 24, 7 p.m. 
Guilford County Courthouse
Courtroom 1C
201 S. Eugene St.

Charlotte: Tue., Jan. 30, 6:30 p.m. 
Mecklenburg County Courthouse
832 E. 4th St.

The North Carolina Utilities Commission is holding public hearings on Duke Energy Carolinas’ proposal to hike customers’ rates by nearly 17% to pay for cleaning up the toxic coal ash pits Duke has neglected for decades. Most of this increase will occur in the flat service fee per month just to connect to the grid. This will place the heaviest burden on families with low or fixed incomes and threatens future savings by lowering incentives to invest in solar and energy efficiency.

We’ve already been paying the cost for Duke’s mess: toxic pollution in our waterways and drinking water, threatening our communities’ health and well-being for years. It's time for Duke to be held responsible for its mistakes.

Please join us and show support for these families and thousands of others who are threatened with toxic water right here in North Carolina.

You can make a difference!