Charlotte Water

​​​​Irrigation Meter Installation

STATE LAW REQUIRES SEPARATE IRRIGATION METERS - DON' T FORGET THE BACKFLOW DEVICE​​

State law requires a separate irrigation meter for all new in-ground irrigation systems connected to the public water supply on land that has been platted after July 1, 2009. The intent of this legislation, House Bill 2499, is to reduce water systems’ vulnerability to drought and allow them a quicker response to water shortages. 


Residential customers needing a ¾” irrigation service now have two options:

OPTION 1: SINGLE SPLIT SERVICE LINE
For new construction with irrigation, one ¾” line will be tapped onto the main, and two meters will be set from the ¾” line. The full connection charge will be collected for the domestic service, while the connection charge for the irrigation tap will be reduced. A full capacity fee will be charged for only a new drinking water / domestic line. On an existing domestic service adding irrigation, a tee will be installed just before the domestic meter on the domestic line. The conn​​ection fee will be reduced and capacity fee waived. Backflow prevention device is typically installed beside house. Contact zoning for setback rules. 

 

 
OPTION 2: DEDICATED SERVICE LINE
The customer can elect to have a separate tap and a separate line run to each meter box. In this case, the standard connection charges and capacity fees will be assessed. This option may be necessary if the existing domestic meter is in a driveway or there is some other circumstance that prevents splitting off the single service line. If customers need more than a ¾” irrigation service, they may purchase larger services for added capacity. Services larger than ¾” will be tapped on the main with standard connection and capacity fees. Backflow prevention device is typically installed beside house. Contact zoning for setback rules. 

​                                          Connection Charge     Capacity Fee      Total Fees

Single Service Line               $1,003                             $0                        $1,003

Dedicated Service Line       $2,206                          $749                       ​$2.955

All fees are for FY18 (July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018)
 

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Irrigation Meter Rates (Since July 1, 2016)​

Tier 3 (1-16 Ccf)             $4.71

Tier 4 (17 + Ccf)              $8.91

All Irrigation meter customers with approved Smart Irrigation technology​ qualify to keep all water usage charges at Tier 3. ​​

Single split service line
​Dedicated service line​