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Posted on: January 6, 2021

Water County Public Utilities to Increase Water Tap Fees Beginning February 1st

At their first meeting of the new year, the Warren County Board of Commissioners took action on a recommendation from Water County Public Utilities to increase water tap fees due to the rising cost of materials. This increase will be effective on February 1, 2021.   

 

New customers to the system will be required to pay $1,200 for a ¾” tap and $1,500 for a 1” tap.  Previous costs had been $950 and $1100 respectively.

 

Tap fees help to cover the costs of adding new customers to the countywide water system. Since April of 2020, there has been a slow but continuing cost increase on tapping materials and supplies, most likely caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Macon Robertson, Warren County Public Utilities Director on an interim basis. 

 

“We are proud of our countywide water system and the level of service we are able to provide when it comes to this enterprise,” said Tare Davis, Chairman of the Warren County Board of Commissioners. “Maintaining a high quality of service also means we have to take into account rising costs and adjust fees accordingly. The Board felt it was important that existing customers not assume the costs for new customers joining the system. We feel confident that this adjustment for new customers is reasonable and needed.”

 

The North Carolina Rural Water Association assisted the county in its evaluation of the current tapping fee schedule. 

 

In North Carolina, counties and municipalities are allowed to engage in activities of a commercial nature; these activities are all public enterprises. The majority of public enterprises are self-supporting; local governments are allowed to generate income from user charges to supporting the operating and capital expenses of the service. Water supply and distribution is a public enterprise.

 

Questions regarding the tap fee increase should be directed to Warren County Public Utilities at 252-257-3645.

 

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