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Bulk Water Program

Union County understands that contractors have projects which may require access to large quantities of water where no source is available. To make this possible, the County operates a bulk water program. The program allows permitted water trucks to draw water from specific hydrants, or for temporary meters to be installed at sites approved by Union County.

The following is a list of frequently asked questions about the County’s bulk water program. If you have further questions, please contact the County at 704-296-4210.

How do I apply for a permit?

You will need to complete an application to receive a permit. Each vehicle used to draw water requires one.

Do I need to get my truck inspected?

Yes, each vehicle receiving a permit will need to be inspected. Inspections are performed between 8:00a.m. - 9:00a.m at the Union County Public Works Operations Center: 4600 Goldmine Road, Monroe, NC 28110.

Which hydrants can I access with my permit?

A permit allows you to draw water from bulk hydrants, which are easily identified by their blue tops. See a map of authorized hydrants here. A permit does not give you permission to draw water from every hydrant in Union County.

How much does a bulk water permit cost?

The cost of an annual permit, valid July 1-June 30, is $100 per vehicle. This cost remains the same throughout the entire year and cannot be prorated.

What is the cost per gallon of bulk water?

Beginning January 1, 2021, bulk water is $4.85 per 1,000 gallons.

Do I need to use the hydrant meter?

Customers will need to use the hydrant meter with every use, even if a meter is installed on their own vessel. The meter is covered in a green sleeve, with a connection point visible at the end for customer use.

Can I receive a temporary permit for a single use?

Yes. Union County provides temporary meters for individual projects. The meter must be installed, removed, and moved only at an approved location by Union County personnel. No temporary meters will be permitted if water service (account) is available.

What is the cost for using a temporary meter?

Each meter requires a $300 deposit. Beginning January 1, 2021, when using a temporary meter, water will cost $14.60 per 1,000 gallons with a 3/4” meter, and $326.75 per 1,000 gallons with a 3” meter.

What are the penalties for using a hydrant without a permit?

Unauthorized use of hydrants is punishable as a criminal offense, subject to fine and/or imprisonment.