Village of Carthage, NY
Jefferson County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Carthage as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Building regulations — See Ch. 50.
Sewers — See Ch. 110.
[Adopted 2-18-2002 by L.L. No. 3-2002[1]]
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Editor's Note: This local law also repealed former Art. I, Regulations and Charges for System, adopted 8-16-1982 by L.L. No. 4-1982, as amended, and renumbered former § 140-5 as 140-17.

§ 140-1 Application for water service; payment of fee.

Applications for water service shall be made by the property owner or his authorized representative. The fee, as set by resolution of the Board of Trustees from time to time, for the tapping of the water main and for the extension of the service pipe to the applicant's property line shall be paid at the time of filing the application. All bills shall be in the name of the property owner only.

§ 140-2 Water main extensions; service connections: fees.

A. 
All water main extensions which are to become Village of Carthage property, within the Village of Carthage, shall be designed and inspected by the Village Water Department Superintendent. All applicable costs and related fees shall be paid for by the applicant.
B. 
All water main extensions which are to remain privately owned and maintained, as in the formation of a water district such as the Wilna District #1, shall be subject to the review of the Village Water Department Superintendent and be approved by the Village of Carthage, Jefferson County Health Department and/or New York State Department of Health. All applicable requirements for design and installation shall be maintained as if the system were to become publicly owned. All applicable costs and related fees shall be paid for by the applicant at the fees as set by resolution of the Beard of Trustees from time to time.
C. 
Pressure and leakage testing and chlorination shall be performed and accepted in accordance with the requirements of the Village of Carthage and Jefferson County Health Department.
D. 
All taps and connections to the main will be made by the Village for one-inch and smaller connections at the fees as set by resolution of the Board of Trustees from time to time. All taps for connections larger than one inch will be made by the customer at his expense under Village supervision. All applicable costs and related fees for work done by and/or supervised by the Village while exposing the main and making a tap shall be paid by the applicant at the fees as set by resolution of the Board of Trustees from time to time.
E. 
All taps and connections to new water mains or distribution pipes shall be made simultaneously with the installation of said main or distribution pipe either by the Village or by the installer at his expense as authorized and under the supervision of the Village Water Department. All water taps, corporation stops, laterals, curb stops and valve boxes shall be of such size, design and material and shall be installed in such manner as the Water Department Superintendent of the Village of Carthage or his designee shall require. Standard details of taps and corporation stops are available in the Water Department office. The installer of laterals shall mark the location of each curb stop with a sawed timber not less than two inches by four inches extending from the elevation of the curb stop to a distance two feet above finished grade. All such laterals shall be chlorinated in accordance with the requirements of the New York State Department of Health.

§ 140-3 Service pipe mains.

All service connections to the main, including the portion installed by the customer from his property line to his premises, shall be not smaller than three-fourths-inch Type K copper tubing with soldered joints or compression fittings, up to and including two-inch connections. Connections of over two inches shall be of ductile iron, Class 52. All service pipes/mains within state and/or county highways, from the corporation stop at the main tap to and including the house service connection with the premises being served, shall be owned and maintained by the Village of Carthage.

§ 140-4 Meters required; Village to install and maintain; exceptions.

A. 
New water service will only be provided though a meter. The installation of the meter will be at a site approved of by the Village.
B. 
In general, there will be one water meter per customer. A separate water meter will be required for each detached single-family dwelling and for each attached single-family dwelling (townhouse). Only one meter is to be installed for each mobile home park.
C. 
The Village will furnish all meters up to but not including one inch. Larger sizes will be provided and installed by the customer at the customer's expense and shall be of a size, type and make approved by the Village.
D. 
The Village will maintain, repair and test, when necessary, all meters installed by the Village. On meters one inch or larger, all replacement, repairs and testing shall be done by or at the expense of the customer. In case of any questions as to maintenance, repairs or testing, the decision of the Village of Carthage will be final. If the Village of Carthage Water Department believes that the meter is reading inaccurately, it can require that the meter be tested. If, after having the one-inch-or-larger meter tested, it shows the reading to be inaccurate, a new meter shall be installed by the customer at his/her expense.
E. 
If a meter furnished by the Village has to be replaced for any cause which, in the judgment of the Superintendent of Water, was the result of any violation of these rules or any act or omission by the customer, the customer will be charged a fee as set by resolution of the Board of Trustees, from time to time, for the replacement of a three-fourths-inch meter.

§ 140-5 Standards for meter installation.

A. 
The customer shall install a shutoff valve on the street side of the meter and leave sufficient space for the meter. Meter connections have male threads, and plumbing must be so as to receive the meter. A thirteen-inch space in a horizontal dimension shall be provided for a three-quarter-inch meter. The Village will maintain all meters, up to a three-quarter-inch size, insofar as ordinary wear and tear are concerned. However, in case of damage by freezing, hot water or external damage, the customer shall be liable for the cost of replacement. The Village recommends the installation of suitable equipment properly located and installed to prevent backflow of hot water which may cause damage to the meter or damage to the customer's plumbing, Standard details for meter pits are available in the office of the Water Department.
B. 
No person shall remove or tamper with a water meter installed or authorized by the Village without authorization by the Village or cause the flow of water from the main to the meter to bypass the meter. There shall be no plumbing fixtures, water softeners, etc., tied into the supply line before the meter, with the exception of one hand valve to facilitate the replacement of a meter.

§ 140-6 Location and reading of meter.

A. 
The customer shall provide a place suitable to the Village for the location of the meter (and remote reading device, when and if required by the Village). Meters (and remote reading devices) shall be accessible for inspection and reading by the Village's authorized representative at any reasonable hour.
B. 
The Village may establish from time to time by resolution a fee for any special reading of meters other than quarterly readings.
[Added 10-20-2015 by L.L. No. 3-2015]

§ 140-7 Removal and testing of meters.

A. 
The Village reserves the right to remove and test its meters as deemed necessary by the Carthage Water Superintendent.
B. 
For water meters one inch and over, the owner, with authorization from the Village of Carthage, may remove the meter under Village supervision and have it tested at a Village-approved facility at his own expense.

§ 140-8 Nonregistering meters.

A. 
The reading of a duly installed meter showing the amount of water consumed shall be used for all billing purposes, except where it appears that the meter has ceased to register or has registered inaccurately.
B. 
In cases where it is found that a meter has ceased to register or has registered inaccurately and the percentage of inaccuracy cannot be determined by reasonable test, an estimated bill for the billing period may be rendered the customer. This estimated bill will be based upon the amount of water consumed in the corresponding period in prior years, except where it appears that there has been a change in the occupancy of the premises or in the use of water, in which case an equitable adjustment shall be made.

§ 140-9 Changes in ownership.

The customer shall notify the Village, in writing, of any change in ownership. No changes on addresses of bills will be made by the Village unless due notice has been given the Village prior to the mailing of a bill.

§ 140-10 Water bills.

A. 
Meter readings. Meters will be read on or about the first day of March, June, September and December. Water bills will be mailed on or about the first day of April, July, October and January. The Village reserves the right to bill large water volume consumers on a more frequent basis.
B. 
Payment of bills. All water bills are due and payable when prepared. All bills are payable without penalty up to and including the 30th day after the date of the bill. Payment must be received at the Village Clerk's office. Any payment received after the 30th day from the date of the bill is assessed a penalty of 10%. The date of a check does not enter into the criteria, of determination of penalty. If the 30th day of the billing month falls on a weekend or legal holiday, when the Village Clerk's office is closed, payment without penalty shall be extended to the next business day. Failure to pay water bills within 60 days of rendering a bill may be cause for termination of water service. No partial payments will be accepted.
[Amended 10-20-2015 by L.L. No. 3-2015]
C. 
The Village reserves the right to relevy any unpaid water fees onto the Village tax bill for such property when next issued.
D. 
In addition to any other penalties established hereunder, there shall be an additional nonpayment fee of $50 for bills that are not paid prior to the shutoff date.
[Added 10-20-2015 by L.L. No. 3-2015]

§ 140-11 Discontinuance or restoration of service at request of customer (owner).

A. 
Any customer (owner) may discontinue water service or may have discontinued service restored by giving the Village written notice of discontinuance or restoration. Discontinuance may be accomplished either by closing the shutoff valve or by disconnecting and removing the meter; the method is at the option of the customer unless the Superintendent of Water requires disconnection for safety reasons. All water billing shall cease once the service has been discontinued.
B. 
The Village Board may establish from time to time by resolution a fee for discontinue service and a fee to recontinue service.
[Added 10-20-2015 by L.L. No. 3-2015]

§ 140-12 Failure to supply.

The Village undertakes to use reasonable care and diligence to provide a constant supply of water at a reasonable pressure but reserves the right, at any time, after due notice (unless an emergency occurs), to shut off the water in its mains for the purpose of making repairs and extensions.

§ 140-13 Discontinuance of service for violation of rules; restoration.

A. 
Water service may be discontinued for any of the following reasons:
(1) 
The use of water other than that represented in the application or through branch connections on the street side of the meter or place reserved therefor.
(2) 
The willful waste of water through improper and imperfect pipes or by an other means.
(3) 
The molesting of any service pipe, seal or meter or any other appliance owned or authorized by the Village.
(4) 
The cross-connecting of pipes carrying water supplied by the Village with any apparatus which may endanger the quality of the water supply.
(5) 
The refusal of reasonable access to the property for the purpose of inspecting or for reading or repairing testing or removal of a meter.
B. 
The Village Board may establish from time to time by resolution a fee for discontinuing service for violation of the rules and a further fee for recontinuing.
[Amended 10-20-2015 by L.L. No. 3-2015]

§ 140-14 Fire hydrants; penalties for offenses.

A. 
No person shall open or interfere with or draw water form any fire hydrant without permission from the Superintendent of Water of the Village of Carthage or from the Fire Chief in the event of a fire or fire drill. Violation of this subsection will incur a fine not to exceed $250 per occurrence.
B. 
Anyone who wishes to take water from a fire hydrant on a temporary basis may apply for a use permit from the Superintendent of Water. The water will be metered, and the current water fee will be charged accordingly.
C. 
No person shall park any automobile, trailer, etc., or plow snow or place any materials, including trees, shrubs, fences, etc., so as to obstruct any fire hydrant for service, repair, maintenance or usage of said hydrant. There is a fine of $50 for each occurrence; repeat offenders may be fined $250.

§ 140-15 Restriction or prohibition of service.

There may be times when, in the opinion of the Village, it may be necessary to restrict the use of this service to definite periods or to prohibit it entirely. In this event, all customers will be notified by public notice pursuant to Village local law.

§ 140-16 Lawn sprinkler and/or irrigation systems.

No lawn sprinkler and/or irrigation systems shall be placed without permit approval from the Superintendent of Water.
A. 
Prior to issuance of said permit, the applicant shall furnish to the Superintendent of Water a layout of the proposed system showing the location of the connection to the house services and all branch piping, sprinkler heads, cross-connection control devices, backflow preventors, etc.
B. 
Inspection. Prior to any backfilling over the system, the Superintendent of Water or his designee shall inspect the completed system. Any deficiencies noted in the inspection shall be corrected and reinspected as noted.
[Adopted 9-14-1970]

§ 140-17 No new service to be provided.

After September 14, 1970, no new water service will be provided for properties situated outside the corporation limits of the Village of Carthage. Village personnel will not be authorized to repair any private water lines outside the corporation limits.