Environmental Outreach

Rain Barrels

Learn more about using rain barrels to support water conservation.

Irrigation & Water Conservation

In an effort throughout Cabarrus County to protect our water resources, the Town of Harrisburg practices water conservation year-round. Please follow these water use guidelines:

  • Lawn irrigation will only be allowed on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Those who violate the specified lawn irrigation days water rule will receive written notice of the violation and the appropriate fee will be assessed.
  • Water during early morning hours or in the evening to reduce evaporation and avoid burning grass and plants.
  • Use drought-resistant plants when landscaping and gardening.
  • Irrigate only when plants or lawn need water.
  • Do not apply more than one inch of water per week. A quick way to measure one inch of water is to have a tuna can near your sprinkler. A typical tuna can will hold one inch of water.
  • A hand-held hose with spring loaded nozzle should be used to limit water waste.
  • Check all hoses, connectors and irrigation heads for leaks.
  • Make sure sprinklers are not watering the street, driveway or sidewalk.
  • Do not operate sprinklers when it is raining.

Make the Most Out of Your Grass ClippingsWheelbarrow full of grass in garden

Grass clippings are a natural compost for your yard. Leave clippings on the lawn to add a natural organic additive to your soil. Collected clippings can be deposited in a compost bin and allowed to naturally decay for garden and yard compost in the future. If homeowners rake grass clippings curbside for pick-up, clippings can wash into storm water drains, resulting in a negative impact on water quality and increasing flooding potential.

Create a vegetative buffer around the streams that run throughout Harrisburg by drawing property plat lines around the banks, instead of through the center line, of streams. Conservation easements can preserve these areas and prevent streams from becoming contaminated with grass clippings.


Call Customer Service at 704-455-5614.

Soil and Water Conservation

The Cabarrus Soil and Water Conservation District (CSWCD) encourages informed and responsible stewardship of the land and all of its natural resources. Our customized programs assist and educate local land owners, land users, responsible institutions, students and community groups with understanding, planning, application and maintenance of sound conservation and land use practices.