It is our policy to aggressively deter the theft of water or other services from OWASA.
We may use the full force of North Carolina's Criminal Code (G.S. 14-151.1) to deter theft. This law permits OWASA to charge the perpetrator either $500 or three times the actual losses and damages, whichever is greater. Enforcement may include fines, discontinuation of service, removal of service connections, requiring payment of new service charges to reinstate service, recording liens for unpaid fines and fees, filing criminal changes and other measures allowed by law.