Customers who water their lawns frequently may choose to pay for a second, irrigation-only water meter. The drinking water flowing through this irrigation meter is separated from the water that enters the home. Since the potable water diverted for irrigation does not pass through the home’s plumbing system, customers pay only water and not sewer charges.
Some customers west of N.C. 55 have access to the town’s Reclaimed Water system. This system uses treated wastewater for irrigation and certain other non-potable purposes.
Customers may also water landscaping with hoses or sprinklers attached to their household plumbing system. Restrictions on usage of drinking water for irrigation may be placed into effect during drought to conserve supplies.