AN ACT TO PROVIDE CERTAIN SMALL WATER AND SEWER AUTHORITIES WITH THE POWER TO CHARGE A PERIODIC AVAILABILITY FEE.
Enacts GS 162A-6(a)(14e) to authorize water and sewer authorities to require the owners of developed property with one or more residential dwelling units or commercial establishments within the jurisdiction of the authority and within reasonable distance of any waterline or sewer collection line owned, leased as lessee, or operated by the authority, to pay a periodic availability fee. Caps the periodic availability fee at the minimum periodic service charge for properties connected to the waterline or sewer collection line. Restricts the scope of this power to authorities whose membership includes part of more than one county and which has fewer than 3,500 service connections.
Updates GS 162A-6(a)(14d), which allows the owner of developed property located so as to be served by an authority water line which the property owner has connected to continue to use any private water well located on the property for nonpotable purposes as long as the water well is not interconnected to the authority water line (was, sanitary district water line); prohibits the authority (was, sanitary district) from requiring the owner to abandon, cap, or otherwise compromise the integrity of the water well.