Water Authority Formed  to Address Regional Concerns
In the late 1990s, the NC Division of Water Resources recognized that regional groundwater supplies in eastern North Carolina were being depleted, due to overuse, and developed strategies for managing the continued decline of groundwater levels throughout this part of North Carolina.

Because of heavy use, the Cretaceous Aquifers have become stressed over time. Due to this stress, the NC Environmental Management Commission designated 15 counties as the Central Coastal Plain Capacity Use Area (CCPCUA).

In 2007, the Martin County Regional Water And Sewer Authority (MCRWASA) was formed and began planning for a water treatment plant on the Roanoke River.

The MCRWASA water treatment plant has the capacity to treat 2.0 million gallon per day (MGD). The plant began distributing water to its wholesale customers, the Town of Williamston and Martin County, in March of 2016.