Frequently Asked Questions For New Water Line Installation Print
  1. Why do we have to pay a connection fee and minimum monthly bill?

Wythe County depends upon Federal and State funding in the form of low interest loans and grants to fund water line extension projects.  The Federal & State Agency’s require Wythe County to guarantee a high percentage of the people located the service areas of newly constructed water lines to connect to the systems and pay a connection fee and at least a minimum monthly water bill.  The only way Wythe County can make such guarantee is to require a mandatory connection.

2.      Will I be required to connect to the county water system?

Any building with water service within three hundred and fifty (350) feet from a right of way containing a water main is required to pay a connection fee and minimum monthly bill.


3.      Am I being required to connect to the public water system?

The requirement is that you shall pay the connection fee and pay the minimum monthly bill.


4.      Do I have to use the water?

Use of the public water is not mandatory.  Anyone within the service area is required to pay at least the connection fee and a minimum monthly bill whether they use the water or not.


5.      Can I still use my existing well or do I have to abandon it?

Owners may use their existing well.  The water supply from the well may not be physically connected to the water supply from the public water.


6.      Do I have to have a separate connection for each residence?

Yes, each residence must have a separate connection to the public water supply unless the residences are apartments or manufactured homes within a manufactured home park.


7.   How much is the connection fee?

Normal connection fee is one thousand ($1,000.00) dollars but for new water line projects the connection fee is at a discounted rate of three hundred & fifty ($350.00) dollars for a period of ninety days after you are notified to connect.  After the ninety (90) days the full one thousand ($1,000) fee will be charged.


8.     Do I have to pay the connection fee all at once?

No, the county has a payment plan with a low interest rate.  A down payment of fifty (50.00) dollars is required and a monthly payment of fourteen dollars & twenty-five cents ($14.25) for twenty-three months and a final payment of $10.82.  Total cost with interest is three hundred eighty - eight dollars and fifty seven cents ($388.57)



9.      When will I have to pay the connection fee?

Customers are required to pay the connection fee within ninety (90) days of being notified that the public water is available.  Connection fees may be paid prior to notification.






10.   What happens if I refuse to pay connection fee and monthly bill?

Property owners with buildings requiring water service within the water service area that do not pay the connection fee within ninety (90) days will be billed the full connection fee of one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) and a minimum monthly water bill of eleven ($11.00) dollars.


11.  How much is the monthly bill?

Water rates are $11.00 for the first 1,000 gallons and $9.00 per 1,000 gallons after.  Rates are set each year by the Board of Supervisors to cover actual cost of the system.


12.  How much will it cost to run the line from the meter to my house?

Contractors have quoted county staff a minimum of $4.00 per foot and a maximum of $8.00 per foot for complete installation.  The price may vary based upon soil/rock and any underground utilities that they may encountered.  Please contact a contractor to receive a quote.


13.  May I install my own line?



14.    How deep should my line be buried?

At least 36 inches.


15.    Where will my meter be installed?

Meters are installed within the public right-of-way at/or near the owner’s property line.  A county

representative will work with you to locate this meter installation.


16.    How far away from my sewer system do I have to be?

The water service line needs to be approximately ten feet from sewer distribution lines.


17.    What assurance do I have that the rate will not increase?

The Wythe County Board of Supervisors determine the water rates based on the maintenance and capital outlay cost as they develop a budget on an annual basis.  Any change requires a public hearing and notice to the public.


18.    Where will the main water line be placed?

Water lines will be placed within the public right-of-way.  Except where the county obtains a signed easement.


19.    How close to my house will a fire hydrant be installed?

Fire hydrants are generally installed approximately one thousand feet (1,000) apart.  Your property should have a fire hydrant within a maximum of five hundred (500) feet from your house. This may have a positive effect on home owner’s insurance policy premiums.


20.    What kind of pipe do I use?

The pipe should be a minimum of 160 psi.  The pipe may be plastic, copper or galvanized.


21.    Is an aerial view of the meter location and the house available?

An aerial view will be available on the county web site


22.    Where is the water coming from?

The water for the West Lee Highway project will be furnished through the Wytheville Water system that is supplied by Reed Creek and New River.