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In 2014-2015, the EFC and the North Carolina League of Municipalities conducted a survey of water and wastewater rates and fees charged by North Carolina utilities owned by local governments, not-for-profit associations, and for-profit entities. As part of this effort, we collected information about recurring water and wastewater charges as well as the one-time fees utilities charge residential customers for new water/wastewater connections to their systems.

This report summarizes what 464 utilities in North Carolina charged (as of January 2015) new homes connecting to their water and/or wastewater systems for the first time. These charges are often called tap fees, connection fees, system development charges, capacity charges, etc.

This short report accompanies published tables that list each utility’s fees.

View our blog post for a summary of the findings in this report.

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