Get in early for water service program

Starting at 9 a.m. Monday, July 2, people can put in an application for funding assistance for residential and non-residential short water line extensions.

According to a county news release, funding assistance is limited (approximately $500,000 per year) and applies to the first 1,000 linear feet of pipeline needed to connect to Union County’s water system. If more than 1,000 linear feet of pipeline is required for a connection, the additional length will be paid 100 percent by the property owner, except in situations where a documented health hazard exist. Business owners requesting to connect to the water system are required to pay 50 percent of the cost up to 1,000 linear feet and 100 percent beyond 1,000 linear feet. Health hazard applicants pay nothing for the first 1,000 linear feet of pipeline and only 50 percent of the cost between 1,000 to 2,500 linear feet. All property owners who participate in this program are responsible for paying tap and capacity fees currently totaling $1,600.

To qualify for an extension, a line must be located within a publicly maintained road right of way or it must be within a dedicated easement providing ingress or egress for the lot to be served. If a citizen applies based on a health hazard, the applicant must furnish evidence from Union County Environmental Health officials that a health hazard exists.

Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis starting Monday. Find more information or print out an application at www.ucpw.co.union.nc.us

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