394808 - Water Partnership - Wake County's Resilient Approach to a Sustainable One Water Concept

Tuesday, June 5
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Northstar B

The basic premise of the one water concept is that all water is critical, regardless of the source and should be managed accordingly “to build a secure water future for all.” Wake County’s leadership established a Water Partnership composed of members from various segments of the community. This ensures that a diverse group will evaluate this complex issue. The implementation decisions of County leaders could ultimately define Wake County’s viability as it relates to a secure water future.

There have been a number of excellent documents developed to evaluate water. What sets this one apart will be the inclusion of the following conceptual relationships.
1. Correlation between surface water and groundwater.
2. The 50-year planning window will be extended to rural areas.
3. Advance the discussion of water rights and water equity.
a. Who has a right to the water?
b. How much water can be extracted?
4. Paradigm shift to increase reclaimed water usage.
5. A resilient approach to a sustainable solution.
6. Benefits of septic system recharge.
7. Inclusion of green infrastructure.
8. Desalination options along the coast.

Wake County and the surrounding region have a rich history of progressive approaches to quality of life improvements. As such, it is anticipated that the community will make a seamless transition towards the implementation of a one water concept. A source of motivation for a secure water future is that the County’s current population of one million residents is projected to double in less than 40 years.

Joseph Lee. Threadcraft, Ph. D., P. E.

Environmental Services Director
Wake County Government

Dr. Threadcraft is a licensed engineer. He has served his country as a Naval Officer and currently serves as the Environmental Services Director for Wake County and President of Threadcraft Engineering, Inc. Some of his noted achievements include:

a. Co-authored a chapter in a book titled Innovations in Home Energy Use

b. Responsible charge of over one billion dollars of complex projects

c. Projects achieved recognition through 28 national or regional awards. Some notable achievements include;

i. Crumbine Award for Excellence in Food Protection

ii. “Landfill Dogs” Segment hosted on ABC World News

iii. Landfill Gas to Energy Project

iv. “Mobile Container Terminal at Choctaw Point” – Inducted into the Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame

v. In 2004, he participated in the commercial evaluation of Cuban infrastructure in advance of normalization

1. Evaluated the Country’s port and rail infrastructure

2. Attended President Fidel Castro’s state dinner

Current challenge – Advance Threadcraft Engineering, Inc. as a research and development firm by transitioning his copyright into patents through opportunities with the U. S. Department of Energy.


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