Under North Carolina law, and subject to approval by the NC Utilities Commission, multi-family property owners that meet certain requirements may bill residents for the cost of water and sewer service from OWASA.
Owners of multi-family developments typically bill residents for water and sewer charges in one of two ways:
Master-meter arrangements (number 1) are more common in Carrboro-Chapel Hill.
Similarly, many commercial and office developments are served through master-meters instead of individual meters for each tenant/business.
In accord with State law, and with approval of the NC Utilities Commission, owners of multi-family developments with master-meters may install private meters, or “submeters,” to measure water and sewer use and bill each residence for these services. This is an increasing trend in our community and others.