In an action over two years in the making, the North Carolina Utilities Commission issued an Order in January implementing rules for the “Hot Water Capture, Cold Water Allocation” methodology of water submetering. At issue was an arbitrarily high 20% figure used for subtraction of the common area water usage and leakage – heretofore meaning that no more than 80% of such an apartment property’s usage could in turn be billed to residents. The NCUC modified this language, allowing for tailoring common area usage and leakage to each property situation. Specifically:
1. Where all common areas are separately metered, subtract the actual common area usage from the total amount of water purchases.
2. Where common areas are not separately metered, subtract 15% from the total amount of water purchased where there is an installed landscape irrigation system.
3. Where there is an installed landscape irrigation system that is separately metered, subtract 5% from the total amount of water purchases where there are other common areas that are not separately metered, such as a pool or laundry room.
4. Where there is no installed landscape irrigation system, subtract 5% from the total amount of water purchases where there are common areas that are not separately metered.
This article was originally published by the Cumberland County Apartment Association.