(a) Same contiguous premises. An apartment complex or manufactured home park located on property that is not separated by property owned by others. Property will be considered contiguous even if intersected by a public thoroughfare if, absent the thoroughfare, the property would be contiguous.
(b) Provider. The landlord purchasing water or sewer utility service from a supplier and charging for the costs of providing the service or services to tenants. The provider shall be the owner of the premises served.
(c) Supplier. A public utility or an agency or organization exempted from regulation from which a provider purchases water or sewer service.
(d) Tenant. The lessee of property from the landlord, to whom the water or sewer service purchased by the provider from the supplier is provided.
(e) Apartment complex. Premises where one or more buildings under common ownership comprising 15 or more apartments are available for rental to tenants.
(f) Manufactured home park. Premises where a combination of 15 or more manufactured homes, as defined in G.S. 143-145(7), or spaces for manufactured homes, are rented to or are available for rental to tenants.
(g) Supplier's base charge. The fixed charge imposed by the supplier for providing water and sewer utility service to the provider. This charge may include charges related to the provision of utility service such as the cost of meter reading, billing, and collecting, but may not include charges not related to the provision of utility service, such as stormwater fees, trash collection, or property taxes.
(NCUC Docket No. WR-100, Sub 5, 08/01/04, 01/20/05.)