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My Brunswick County sewer installation contract states that the county will install meters on homeowners’ private wells. Why is this?

Shelby Sebens
StarNews

When a Brunswick County resident applies for sewer service but does not have county water, the county has to find a way to meter the amount of sewage being sent for treatment. In some cases, the county will place a meter on a private well to tell how much sewage is being sent. This is not a meter to charge a tax or fee for the water. The county is trying to accurately bill customers for the sewage treatment, Public Utilities Director Jerry Pierce said.

“It’s really to protect the customer, “he added.

Pierce said without a way to meter the sewage being sent, the county could just charge an arbitrary rate.

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4 Responses to “ My Brunswick County sewer installation contract states that the county will install meters on homeowners’ private wells. Why is this?”

  1. On October 26, 2010 at 8:06 am Russel Newsome wrote:

    “it is to protect the customer” don’t B.S. us. it is to protect the county, not the customer because you are going to charge a set fee for this service, if you use it or not. it is called availability fee. how about when these people water their garden or wash their cars……then what????

  2. On October 28, 2010 at 3:49 pm Jennifer wrote:

    In the event that a customer wants to avoid paying sewage usage for water that is used washing cars or watering lawns, they can opt to have a deduct meter installed on their property at their own expense. Usually the expense outweighs the benefit.

  3. On October 30, 2010 at 10:47 am Lee wrote:

    Wouldn’t be pretty simple just to install a water hose connector on the line from you pump before the meter and where it goes into the house system? Water used for watering your yard doesn’t make it to the sewer system to begin with so they have no excuse to want to charge for that anyway.

  4. On December 16, 2010 at 12:16 pm Frank D. Harrisson wrote:

    Seems to me that a government entity installing a meter on a private well is a violation of the US Constitution. It would be like if I provide solar panels on my home and become electric independent and the power company puts a meter on my solar panels, I think not. There are effluent waste system meters out there if they are so bent on metering.



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