SC loses round in high court water fight with NC

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court says a water supply company and a major utility must be allowed to intervene in the high court water fight between North Carolina and South Carolina.

But the court said Wednesday the city of Charlotte has no place in the dispute.

South Carolina had wanted the Supreme Court to rule that only the states should be involved in resolving their dispute over North Carolina's plan to allow two cities to pump up to 10 million gallons a day from both the Catawba and Yadkin river basins. Both streams cross into South Carolina. The Catawba River winds 225 miles through the Carolinas and provides drinking water to more than 1 million people and electricity to more than twice that many.

The court says Wednesday Duke Energy and the Catawba River Water Supply Project can participate, but North Carolina can represent Charlotte's interests.

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