Village of Freeport, NY
Nassau County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Freeport 5-9-1966 as Ch. 23 of the 1966 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Building construction — See Ch. 86.
Drains and bulkheads — See Ch. 102.
Plumbing — See Ch. 162.
Sewers and sewage — See Ch. 176.

§ 201-1 Definitions.

[Amended 2-11-1974]
Unless otherwise expressly stated, whenever used in this article, the following words shall mean:
AIR GAP
The unobstructed vertical distance through the free atmosphere between the lowest opening from any pipe or faucet supplying water to a pool, tank, plumbing fixture or other device and the flood-level rim of the receptacle. The vertical distance shall be not less than two times the diameter of the supply pipe and never less than one inch.
ATMOSPHERIC VACUUM BREAKER
A combination check valve in the supply line and valve member opening to atmosphere when the pressure in the water line drops to atmospheric. It must be installed on the discharge side of the last control valve and above the usage point. It cannot be used under continuous pressure for periods exceeding 12 hours.
AUXILIARY SUPPLY
Any water source, other than the Village supply, which may be available in the building or on the premises.
BACKFLOW
The flow of water or other liquids, mixtures or substances from any source into pipes supplying potable water.
BACKFLOW PREVENTER
A device or means to prevent a backflow or backsiphonage.
BACK PRESSURE
A condition whereby pressure higher than the water supply pressure is created on the premises by pumps, thermal expansion from boilers, etc., causing a reversal of flow into the water supply.
BACKSIPHONAGE
The flowing back of used, contaminated or polluted water from a plumbing fixture, vessel, swimming pool or other source into a pipe supplying potable water and caused by a vacuum or partial vacuum in the potable water piping. It may be caused by:
A. 
Ordinary gravity. When the water supply is lost and a fixture that is elevated is opened allowing air into the system, water will, by gravity, reverse the flow.
B. 
Undersized piping. High velocity water traveling through undersized piping can cause an aspirator effect and draw water out of branch pipes causing a partial vacuum and a reverse flow.
C. 
Vacuum. Caused by pumping water from the supply system, causing a pressure drop or negative pressure in the supply or on the premises. A break in the water main or excessive usage at a lower level in the water system or on the premises can also be a cause.
BAROMETRIC LOOP
A loop of water supply pipe rising approximately 35 feet, at its topmost point, above the highest fixture it supplies.
CROSS-CONNECTIONS
Any physical connection or arrangement between two otherwise separate piping systems, one of which contains potable water and the other contains water of unknown or questionable quality, steam, gases or chemicals whereby there may be a flow from one system to the other.
DEMAND WATER
Water available at a fixed flat rate, previous to or without metering, for temporary use.
DOUBLE CHECK VALVE ASSEMBLY
An assembly of two check valves and test tees designed to open to permit the flow of water in one direction and to close automatically if there is a reversal of flow.
FLOOD-LEVEL RIM
The edge of the receptacle from which water overflows.
HOSE CONNECTION VACUUM BREAKER
A combination check valve and atmospheric vacuum breaker used on sill cocks, hose bibs, water outlets to boat docks or threaded faucets where a portable hose may be attached.
NONPOTABLE WATER
Water which is not safe for human consumption or which is of questionable potability.
OWNER
Includes his duly authorized agent or attorney, a purchaser, devisee, fiduciary and any person having a vested or contingent interest in the property in question.
POLLUTION or CONTAMINATION
The introduction of any foreign substance, organic, inorganic, radiological or biological, in the Village potable water which tends to degrade its quality so as to constitute a nuisance, a hazard or make the water unsafe for human consumption. Hazardous pollutants or contaminants include sewage, lethal chemicals or other substances which, if introduced into the public water supply system, would or may endanger the health of the consumer. Nonhazardous substance would not endanger the health of the consumer but would create a nuisance if introduced into the public water supply system.
POTABLE WATER
Any water which, according to federal and state established standards, is safe for human consumption.
PREMISES
Any building, structure, enclosure or locality to which water is supplied or to be supplied, whether attached to realty or not and further including boats.
PRESSURE VACUUM BREAKERS
A combination check valve in supply line and spring-loaded valve member opening to atmosphere. It may be used under continuous supply pressure and must be installed above the usage point. It cannot be used if it may be subject to back-pressures.
REDUCED PRESSURE PRINCIPLE BACKFLOW PREVENTER
An assembly of differential valves and check valves, including an automatically opened spillage port to atmosphere, to prevent backflow or backsiphonage.
SERVICE AND INSTALLATION
Supply pipes, taps or other connections, pipes, curb boxes and valves from the main to the valve beyond the meter, inclusive.
STREET
Any public street, highway, sidewalk, alley, avenue or other public way or public grounds in the Village, including any property leased by the Village or any easement granted to the Village.
SUPERINTENDENT
The Superintendent of the Water Department of the Village of Freeport.
VILLAGE
The Incorporated Village of Freeport.
WATER DEPARTMENT
The Board of Water and Light Commissioners, the Superintendent of the Water Department, employees of the Water Department, Village Treasurer's office and any person duly designated to act on its behalf.
WATER RENTS, COSTS AND CHARGES
The rates fixed for water supplied or under demand and of any expense in the performance of the functions required by this article.

§ 201-2 Application for water service; effect.

[Amended 2-24-2003 by L.L. No. 2-2003]
A. 
Forms. All applications for water service, for the use of water or for any modification or repair of an existing installation shall be made in writing to the office of the Superintendent of Water by the owner of the premises in the prescribed form and must state all uses to which the water is to be applied.
B. 
Compliance. The making of application for water service and the granting of a permit therefore shall constitute an agreement by the owner to comply with all the provisions of this article as well as all rules and regulations promulgated by the Water Department of the Incorporated Village of Freeport.

§ 201-3 Granting of permits.

No permit shall be granted under this article unless and until the required street and sidewalk opening permits have been obtained in accordance with the requirements of state, county or Village ordinances.

§ 201-4 Performance of work.

All work performed under this article shall be done only by plumbers and/or contractors duly licensed and bonded in accordance with the provisions of Code of the Incorporated Village of Freeport or employees supervised by them.

§ 201-5 Inspection of work.

All work, both new and any modification performed under this article, shall be inspected and completed to the satisfaction of the Water Department.

§ 201-6 Notice of change of ownership.

[Amended 2-24-2003 by L.L. No. 2-2003]
Notification of change of ownership of any premises, property, building, structure, enclosure or locality having a service connection to a main shall be made to the office of the Village Treasurer and the Superintendent of Water, with the name and address of the party to whom such is conveyed, within 48 hours after the conveyance is delivered.

§ 201-7 Right of entry.

[Amended 10-18-1967]
Any authorized agent of the Water Department, upon proper identification, shall be permitted to enter upon the premises where there is a service or supply pipe or pipes to make the necessary examinations or repairs.

§ 201-8 Installation of supply or service lines.

The installation, connection or maintenance of a private water supply or service line is the owner's obligation and shall be installed, connected and maintained by the owner of the building or premises serviced in conformity with the regulations as set forth in this article.

§ 201-9 Installation regulations.

[Amended 7-12-1971; 4-24-1972; 2-11-1974; 9-20-1982 by L.L. No. 11-1982; 2-24-2003 by L.L. No. 2-2003]
A. 
Installations. Each service pipe, curb cock or box, tap, tee or wet cut that is installed, connected, replaced or repaired shall be inspected and approved by a duly authorized agent of the Water Department prior to use. The location of any point of connection to the water system shall be that designated by the Water Department.
B. 
Discontinuance. Each service pipe, curb cock or box, tap, tee or wet cut that is to be replaced or discontinued shall be inspected and approved by a duly authorized agent of the Water Department at the time of such replacement or discontinuance. The connection, tap or taps of any service line which may be disconnected by reason of replacement, repair, demolition or other cause shall be killed or disconnected at the main at the owners expense. Charges for water rents for the old service will continue until the disconnection has been inspected as required by this section. Temporary use of water through the old service may be granted at water rents on file in the Village office and shall be by a special agreement, in writing, with the Water Department.
C. 
Private property. The installation, connection, replacement or repair of any service line or part thereof within any private property line is subject to inspection of each such change or alteration of said service line.
D. 
Notification. Notice of any proposed tap, connection or modification of service from the main to the meter shall be served at the office of the Superintendent of the Water Department no less than 48 hours in advance of any such tap, connection or modification. Such notice shall be accompanied by tap or inspection receipt. In case of emergency, the Superintendent of the Water Department or his authorized agent may waive or delay this requirement.
E. 
Street openings. All service work beyond the property line requires a street opening or sidewalk permit as set forth in the Code of the Incorporated Village of Freeport. However, no restoration shall start until the limits of restoration are established by the Village of Freeport Department of Public Works.
F. 
Size and depth. All service lines shall have a four-foot cover using the established street grade as a base. Separate taps shall require a minimum street opening of five feet squared and shall be dug to a depth of six inches below the water main. Openings made for multiple taps or any other service shall be made in the dimensions and kept clean as required by the Water Department. Wet cut openings shall be five feet by seven feet. Any deviations from these requirements shall be subject to a special ruling by the Water Department. No Water Department employee shall do any work in an opening that is hazardous.
G. 
Size of taps. New and replacement taps shall be either three-fourths-inch or one inch and multiples thereof as per the schedule in § 201-11. Connections two inches and larger shall be wet cuts. The minimum service line for residential, commercial and industrial use shall be one inch. For residential use, the size of the tap or multiples thereof and the size of the service shall conform. Three-fourths-inch connections shall be provided to receive a three-fourths-inch meter. For business and industrial use, the size of the tap or multiples thereof, the size of the service and the size of the meter shall conform, except where headers for battery installation of meters are made or where expansion is anticipated. Battery settings of meters shall include horizontal headers, two gate valves for each meter and angle-type back pressure valves for all but one of the meters.
H. 
Separate taps and services. There shall be a separate tap and service for each building, except an accessory building, or premises. No service shall be siamesed or otherwise connected to any other building or premises. Each separate store or place of business in one building shall have a separate tap and service. Any deviation is subject to a special ruling by the Water Department.
I. 
Multiple occupancy. Any building or premises having or designed to have multiple occupancy, be it industrial, business, residential or any combination of recognized uses, shall comply with Subsection H whenever practical and mechanically possible. Where, in the opinion of the Water Department, an exception is necessary and the capacity of the service line is adequate, more than one meter may be installed on a service line, one for each occupancy.
J. 
Cross-connections.
(1) 
It shall be unlawful to cross-connect any private source of water supply or any liquid supply, source or storage with the piping, plumbing or fixtures connected to the Village potable water supply. Where such a condition is found to exist, the Village water supply will be disconnected and service refused until such cross-connection has been removed or the Village water supply has been protected by a device or devices acceptable to the State Commissioner of Health. All expenses shall be charged to the owner of the premises.
(2) 
If the physical connection is subject to back pressure and a hazardous substance involved, the Village water supply shall be protected by an air gap or a reduced pressure principle backflow preventer. If the physical connection is subject to back pressure and a nonhazardous substance involved, a double check valve assembly may be used.
(3) 
If the physical connection is not subject to back pressure and a hazardous substance involved, the Village water supply shall be protected by an air gap or a reduced pressure principle backflow preventer. If the physical connection is not subject to back pressure and a nonhazardous substance involved, a double cheek valve assembly may be used. Only devices acceptable to the State Commissioner of Health may be used.
K. 
Service lines.
(1) 
All service lines two inches in diameter and smaller are to be Type K seamless copper tubing.
(2) 
Service lines larger than two inches in diameter may be either in copper, cast iron or wrought iron. No sweat joints, lead goosenecks or galvanized connections shall be installed in any part of any water service.
L. 
Sewer trench. Any water service line located in the same trench as a sewer line must be located above and to one side of the sewer line and at least one foot away from the sewer line.
M. 
Sleeved services. All services under concrete slabs, floors or other solid material on the street side of the meter shall be sleeved.
N. 
Curb stops. A curb valve, the same size as the service line, must be installed on each service and be complete with curb box and cover. Curb valves must have a full round way for straight through water flow and conform to the American Water Works Association standards.
(1) 
Curb valve fittings.
(a) 
Curb valves one inch and smaller shall be fitted with a stationary rod and enclosed in an extension-type two-piece curb box with the upper section not less than 1 1/4 inches inside diameter, with a heavy cast-iron top marked water, into which a brass bushing is embedded and tapped for the cast-iron access plug.
(b) 
Curb valves 1 1/2 inches and two inches shall be fitted with a solid tee head and enclosed in an extension-type two-piece curb box with a lock-type cover marked water and with the smaller section not less than 2 1/2 inches inside diameter.
(c) 
Curb valves three inches and larger shall be fitted with a two-inch square operating nut and enclosed in a screw-type three-piece curb box with a lock-type cover marked water and with the smallest section not less than 5 1/4 inches inside diameter.
(2) 
Curb valves two inches and smaller shall be brass or bronze of the free turning plug- or ball-type. Plug valves shall have a straight self-lubricated balanced plug with sufficient low friction washers and O-rings to assure a permanent watertight seal. Ball valves shall have a brass or bronze self-lubricated perfect sphere ball with rubber seat ball support and two O-rings in the stem to assure a permanent watertight seal.
(3) 
Curb valves three inches and larger shall be cast-iron gate valves with nonrising stem, bronze disc and two O-rings in the stem.
(4) 
Curb valves shall be located approximately two feet inside the curbline and five feet from any tree or pole with the top of the curb box and cover at the established grade of the curb cut or the established grade of the curb and sidewalk. No curb boxes are to be installed in the concrete sidewalk without the approval of the Water Department. Other locations must be approved by the Water Department.
O. 
Air conditioning. Use of water for air conditioning shall conform to all of the provisions of Village ordinance.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Art. II of this chapter.
P. 
Underground sprinklers. Any underground sprinkler (irrigation) system connected to the Village water system shall include a double check valve assembly acceptable to the State Commissioner of Health.
Q. 
Automatic fire sprinklers. The water available for any automatic fire sprinkler system shall be supplied by a separate water service from the water main not less than four inches in diameter and equipped with a check valve. No antifreeze or foreign substances, either liquid or dry, shall be introduced into the system except as specifically provided by Section 5500, NFPA No. 13, of the National Fire Protection Association recommendations, dated May, 1969, or later revision thereof. The water service connection to the water main shall be by wet cut. Drawings showing and describing the automatic fire sprinkler system and bearing the stamp of approval of the New York Fire Insurance Rating Organization and/or the Factory Mutual Engineering Division shall be filed in duplicate with the Water Department prior to making the wet cut.
R. 
Nonconforming. Any fire sprinkler system in use and not conforming to the requirements of this article shall be made so to conform within 60 days after notice by the Water Department. Upon failure to comply with the notice of the Water Department, the Water Department may do or cause to have done such work as may be required to carry out the intent of this article and charge the premises for the cost.
S. 
Backflow and backsiphonage devices. The Village potable water supply system shall be protected against contamination from backflow and backsiphonage by the owner of the premises by providing and maintaining suitable devices acceptable to the State Commissioner of Health. Approved devices may be installed at each outlet or cross-connection, which threatens contamination from backflow, or an approved device may be installed in the water service adjacent to the water meter. The owner of any existing water service or connection that threatens contamination from backflow or backsiphonage shall install such device or devices within 30 days after notice. All devices must be installed in an accessible location and exposed to view for ease of inspecting and testing.
T. 
Hose bibs. All hose bibs shall be protected from backflow or backsiphonage by barometric loops, vacuum breakers, check valves and/or backsiphonage/backflow preventers.
U. 
Water outlets. Water outlets to boat docks, swimming pools, industrial process or chemical lines, tanks or vats, pumps and/or steam lines shall be protected from back pressure, backflow or backsiphonage by air gaps and/or backsiphonage/backflow preventers. Potable water connections to boiler feed water systems in which boiler water-conditioning chemicals are introduced shall be made through an air gap or provided with a reduced pressure principle backflow preventer assembly.

§ 201-10 Repair and maintenance.

A. 
Repairs. It shall be the owner's responsibility to repair and maintain the entire line from the water main tap or connection into the building or premises and to keep the service line protected from frost, heat, leaks and breaks. Any defects must be promptly repaired or replaced and the curb gate and/or valve must be kept in working order, free of dirt or any other obstruction.
B. 
Owner's failure to repair. If the owner fails to observe the maintenance requirements of this article within 24 hours after notification by the Village Clerk to the owner of the premises, the Village may shut off or cause to have shut off the water supply, or it may repair or replace or cause to have repaired or replaced the defective parts of the service line. All costs shall be a charge against the premises serviced.

§ 201-11 Tapping charges.

[Amended 7-12-1971; 2-11-1974; 6-20-1977 by L.L. No. 10-1977; 12-17-2001 by L.L. No. 6-2001]
A. 
Charges for tapping for each service shall be established, from time to time, by a resolution of the Village Board of Trustees.
B. 
Sizes, main limitations.
(1) 
Steel mains: three-fourths-inch tap only.
(2) 
Transite mains.
(a) 
Three-fourths-inch tap in any size main.
(b) 
One-inch tap in an eight-inch main and larger.
(3) 
Cast-iron mains.
(a) 
Three-fourths-inch tap in any size main.
(b) 
One-inch tap in a six-inch main and larger.
C. 
Firematic sprinkler system, unmetered.
(1) 
Fire sprinkler rates are established by the Board of Trustees and are payable at the beginning of each quarter.
(2) 
All water available as a result of such installation shall be used for firematic purposes only, and any use of this available water for other than firematic purposes shall be in violation of this article, and any and all penalties under § 201-22 of this article are applicable.
D. 
Wet cuts. Two-inch services and over shall be wet cuts. Each is subject to inspection by the Water Department at a fee established by the Village Board of Trustees from time to time.

§ 201-12 Service to be metered.

All water services shall be metered by straight gallon register-type meters as approved by the Village Board of Trustees. Upon notification by the Water Department through the Village Clerk, the owner of any premises serviced with water and not metered shall, if required, make such repairs or alterations to the plumbing and premises necessary for the proper installation of a water meter. Upon failure of the owner to make such repairs or alterations within 10 days following such notification, the Water Department may do or cause to have done such repairs or alterations and charge all costs to the owner of the premises.

§ 201-13 Meter installation.

[Amended 2-11-1974; 2-24-2003 by L.L. No. 2-2003]
A. 
Cost. Meters one inch or less in diameter shall be installed by the Water Department without charge for meter or installation. Title to these shall remain in the Incorporated Village of Freeport. Meters over one inch in diameter shall be approved by the Water Department and installed and paid for by the owner with title remaining with said owner.
B. 
Size. For residential installations (single-family dwellings), 3/4 inch fittings shall be provided to receive 3/4 inch meter couplings furnished by the Water Department. For multiple dwellings, business, commercial and industrial installations, the size of the meter shall conform to the size of the water service, except where headers for battery installation of meters are made or where expansion is anticipated. Battery settings of meters shall include horizontal headers, two gate valves for each meter and back pressure valves for all but one of the meters.
C. 
Location. Meters shall be installed horizontally no higher than four feet from the floor and as near as possible to where the service enters the building. Passage to the meter should be at least five feet in height. Area surrounding the meter must be kept free of obstructions and should be of sufficient width to enable the Water Department representative to inspect, maintain and read the meter. Installation should be in the cellar or utility room. Installation in a crawl space, garage, except heated commercial garages, or under the floor is prohibited. Upon notice, the owner of any premises having a meter improperly located shall have said meter relocated in accordance with the requirements of this section. If such meter is not properly relocated within 10 days after the receipt of a notice, the Water Department may perform or cause to have performed the required work and charge all costs to the owner of the premises.
D. 
Facilities.
(1) 
The owner shall provide facilities and support for the setting of the meter in each installation or alteration of water service according to the Water Department Ordinance and the Plumbing Code.
(2) 
The Village will furnish the jumper for any meter not greater than one inch in diameter.
E. 
Valves. Each meter shall be connected to any service line by meter couplings or flanges to a shutoff valve on each side of the meter.
F. 
Connections. There shall be no connection to the service line between the main and the meter.
G. 
Submetering. The sale or charge for water by any owner to any consumer is prohibited.
H. 
Pits. Outdoor meter pits may be installed, upon approval of the Water Department, when inside location of a meter is shown to be mechanically or practically impossible. Each pit for 3/4 inch and one-inch meters shall be of standard-type and material, a minimum of 20 inches in diameter, 39 inches in depth and with standard cast-iron cover and shall provide unobstructed access to the meter. Such meter shall be located at least one foot above ground water level. Pit sizes for all meters shall be subject to the approval of the Water Department to provide adequate space for maintenance of the meter. Installations and maintenance of all pits shall be at the expense of the owner.
I. 
Licensed plumbers. All work performed under this section shall be done by a plumber licensed by the Village of Freeport or by employees under his supervision, except that actual installation of meters one inch or less in diameter shall be done by the Water Department of the Incorporated Village of Freeport.
J. 
Seal. Upon installation, each meter shall be sealed by the Water Department. Thereafter, no seal shall be broken nor any meter removed without written permission from the Water Department. This provision shall apply to all meters, whether title to such meter be in the Incorporated Village of Freeport or individually owned.
K. 
Replacement.
(1) 
The Water Department shall replace all meters without charge for those one inch or less in diameter.
(2) 
The Water Department may direct the owner of any meter over one inch in diameter to promptly replace any worn meter or a meter that has been in service for 15 years at the owner's expense. Should the owner fail to comply with an order to replace, the Water Department may replace or cause to be replaced any worn, obsolete and defective meter and charge the cost to the owner of the premises.

§ 201-14 Responsibility for damage to meters.

[Amended 7-12-1971; 2-24-2003 by L.L. No. 2-2003]
A. 
Negligence. The owner of any premises wherein a meter has been installed shall be responsible for the meter or for any damage to the meter caused by carelessness, freezing, hot water, backflow intrusion, tampering, theft or any other violation of this article. The cost for the repair or replacement of a damaged meter or replacement of a stolen meter shall be charged against the owner of the premises serviced.
B. 
Repairs. Routine repairs of meters of one inch or less not resulting from carelessness or negligence on the part of the owner of the premises shall be made by the Water Department without charge. Upon notification by the Water Department, the owners shall make all necessary repairs to any meter over one inch in diameter at such owners expense. Should the owner fail to comply with an order to repair, the Water Department may repair or cause to have repaired any such defective meter and charge the cost to the owner of the premises.
C. 
Replacement.
(1) 
The Water Department shall replace all meters without charge for those one inch or less in diameter.
(2) 
The Water Department may direct the owner of any meter over one inch in diameter to promptly replace any worn meter or a meter that has been in service for 15 years at the owner's expense. Should the owner fail to comply with an order to replace, the Water Department may replace or cause to be replaced any worn, obsolete and defective meter and charge the cost to the owner of the premises.
D. 
Winter storage. Meters may be winter stored with the Water Department. Breaking of the seal and removal of the meter shall be by or under the direction of the Water Department. The Water Department will seal the meter after it has again been placed in service.
E. 
Testing. All meters shall be tested periodically by the Water Department, and the Water Department may remove a meter at any time for such testing and substitute another meter therefore either temporarily or permanently.

§ 201-15 Water rents.

A. 
Rents. The rates payable for the water supplied by the municipal water system to consumers within the Village and to those outside its boundaries shall be designated as water rents and shall be those established by the Board of Trustees of the Incorporated Village of Freeport.
B. 
Method of payment. All water rents are payable quarterly at the office of the Village Treasurer. Metered rents are payable at the end of each quarter. Fire sprinkler rents, outlet rents and demand rents are payable at the beginning of each quarter. Other charges are payable when bill is rendered.
C. 
Minimum rent. The minimum rent shall be payable, though no water be consumed, as long as the service remains connected with the Village main.
D. 
Failure to read. When a regular quarterly reading of a meter is not available, each quarterly rent shall be billed as per similar calendar quarterly reading of past year. Estimated bills may be used on new accounts where no similar calendar quarterly bill is available. No more than one regular quarterly reading shall be skipped or estimated, except in the discretion of the office of the Village Treasurer.
E. 
Unauthorized use. When water has been used without authorization or compliance with the terms of this article, bills shall be rendered to the owner retroactive to the date when such unauthorized use began. Payment of such bills shall not release the owner from penalties for such violation.
F. 
Billing. The owner of premises connected with the municipal water system shall be responsible for all bills for water rents, charges, penalties and interest, and such bills shall be sent to each such owner as they become due. Billing for demand water shall start on the date when the tap or connection to the main is made. Meter billing shall start when the meter is installed.

§ 201-16 Temporary water supply; accessories.

[Amended 12-17-2001 by L.L. No. 6-2001; 2-24-2003 by L.L. No. 2-2003]
A. 
One-family. The rent for temporary water supply for the construction of each one-family building with accessory buildings and appurtenances shall be at a rate established from time to time by the Village Board of Trustees.
B. 
Other buildings. The rent for construction for apartment buildings with their accessory buildings and appurtenances shall be established by the Superintendent of Water who shall determine the estimated water usage by using a similar sized building of similar use.
C. 
Accessories. The water supply for accessories and appurtenances constructed on the same premises or for expansion of or addition to an existing building at a later date may be by metered service already in use on said premises.
D. 
Expiration. The maximum period for an unused temporary permit shall be one year, otherwise for the life of the building permit.
E. 
Refund. Failure of the applicant to use water due to lack of construction or any other reason shall not entitle the applicant to any refund.
F. 
Payment. Payment for all temporary water supply shall be at the time of the granting of the building permit and shall be made at the office of the Village Treasurer.

§ 201-17 Water furnished outside Village.

[Amended 2-24-2003 by L.L. No. 2-2003]
A. 
Responsibility. Consumers of water serviced from Village mains to buildings or premises outside the Village boundaries shall be subject to all the terms and conditions of this article.
B. 
Rents. Water rents to consumers outside the Village boundaries shall be 20% greater than those paid by consumers within Village boundaries.
C. 
Deposit. Applicants for use of water outside the Village boundaries shall pay, to the office of the Village Treasurer, for their own meter, together with an estimated rent for a six-month period as determined by the Water Department. This deposit may be used by the Village as payment for any unpaid rent or other charge.
D. 
Failure to maintain deposit. When a consumer outside the Village boundaries whose deposit balance falls below 50% of the established deposit amount, the Village Treasurer shall, on the next quarterly bill, reestablish the deposit estimated by the Water Department.
E. 
Failure to make payment. When a consumer outside the Village boundaries fails to make payments for three consecutive quarters, and does not have any deposited funds remaining, may have their water service discontinued, and the Village may place a lien against the property. Service will not be reactivated until the consumer outside the Village boundary makes full payment and reestablishes the six-month deposit.

§ 201-18 Payment of water rents.

[Amended 9-11-1972; 11-27-1972]
A. 
Location; time. Payment for water rents and other charges payable to the Water Department shall be made at the office of the Village Treasurer during established business hours within 30 days of the rendition of the bill. All bills, including those paid by mail, shall be considered in arrears if not received in the Treasurer's office within said 30 days.
B. 
Penalty for charges remaining unpaid for 30 days after becoming due and payable. To all rents and other charges remaining unpaid for 30 days after they become due and payable, there shall be a penalty of 15% added.
[Amended 3-26-1984 by L.L. No. 3-1984]
C. 
Penalty for rents; charges remaining unpaid as of December 31 for which bills have been rendered prior to December 1. To all other rents and other charges remaining unpaid as of the 31st day of December for which bills have been rendered prior to December 1, there shall be a penalty of 25% added.
[Amended 3-26-1984 by L.L. No. 3-1984]

§ 201-19 Lien for rents.

A. 
Attachment. All unpaid water rents with charges, penalties and interest, as provided for by this article, shall be a lien on the real property upon which or in connection with which water has been used, a service line connected or work performed on the meter or service line for such premises. All such liens shall be prior and superior to every other lien or claim, except the lien of an existing tax levy and levied against the real property in default.
B. 
Date for lien. All amounts unpaid as of the 31st day of December for water rents, with charges, penalties and interest for which bills have been rendered prior to December 1, will become a lien on and, after January 1 following, placed on the next tax roll.

§ 201-20 Use of water; waste.

A. 
Waste. Unless in actual use, all outlets must be securely shut off. The unnecessary waste of water is prohibited. Excessive lawn sprinkling with water running in a street gutter shall be construed as a waste.
B. 
Freedom of use. Each consumer shall have unrestricted reasonable use of water, without waste, for business and homes during the entire 24 hours of each day, subject to the provisions of Subsection C of this section.
C. 
Emergency. If the Village Board, Water and Light Commission or the Water Department at any time determines that an emergency exists threatening a shortage of the water supply, they may prescribe emergency rules for the regulation and restriction of the use of water. Such emergency rules shall have the full force and effect of an ordinance duly adopted

§ 201-21 Fire hydrants.

[Amended 2-11-1974]
A. 
Purpose. Fire hydrants are provided for fire protection only.
B. 
Permit. No person, other than members of the Fire Department or Village employees or agents in the performance of their duty, shall draw water from a Village hydrant unless a permit therefor has been granted by the Village Clerk with the approval of the Water Department.
C. 
Charge. The charge for any special permit for the use of any hydrant shall be in accordance with its intended use as determined by the Water Department. The minimum charge shall be $10. A special seasonal permit may be granted to gardeners for the periodic use of a hydrant to fill a tank truck in the Northeast Water Shed, Lakeview Avenue, from April 15 through October 15 by the payment of a fee of $25 for the season. The cost of repairing any damage caused to a hydrant by such a user shall be paid to the Water Department by said user at the office of the Village Treasurer.
D. 
Connections. No connection shall be made in hydrant outlets except by valves or couplings which are readily detachable in an emergency. The connection shall have a control valve, and all connections must be detached immediately after use has ceased and always at the end of the work day.
E. 
Fire. Hydrants must be made immediately available to the Fire Department upon demand.
F. 
Wrench. The wrench used on a fire hydrant shall be only of a design approved by the Water Department.
G. 
Freezing. No hydrant shall be used for any purpose other than that of supplying water for fire fighting when the temperature is below 34° F.
H. 
Moving of hydrants. The moving of any hydrant by request of an owner of a building or premises shall be by or under the supervision of the Water Department and at the expense of the owner.
I. 
Caps. Cap chains and caps must be protected against breakage and loss, and caps must be replaced after every use of a hydrant.
J. 
Damage. The cost of repairing any and all damage to a hydrant shall be paid to the Water Department at the office of the Village Treasurer, whether such damage was caused by accident or intent.
K. 
Obstruction of hydrant. No person shall obstruct any fire hydrant or throw or pile snow, ice or other substances or materials in close proximity thereto or otherwise obstruct the full vision and use thereof. Substructures, trees, bushes and poles or other objects must be kept at least 10 feet distant from any hydrant.
L. 
Exception. Any exception or deviation from these rules and regulations because of mechanical or practical difficulties may be permitted by the Water Department.

§ 201-22 Penalties for offenses.

A. 
Penalty. Any person, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of this article shall be liable to a fine of not more than $100 for each violation. In addition, any violation of this article shall constitute disorderly conduct, and the person violating the same shall be declared a disorderly person.
B. 
Disconnections. For violation of any provision of this article, in addition to the penalties generally applicable, the Water Department is authorized to disconnect the service to the premises and to withhold restoration of the service until the violation has been removed. The cost of such action shall be charged against the premises.
C. 
License revocation. The license of any duly licensed plumber or contractor may be suspended or revoked for violation of this article.

§ 201-23 Authority to make rules and regulations.

Authority is vested in the Water Department to make such further rules and regulations as it deems necessary for the proper enforcement of the purposes of this article, including emergency repairs.

§ 201-24 Definitions.

For the purpose and within the meaning of this article, the following definitions shall prevail:
AIR CONDITIONING
The cooling or dehumidification, or both, of space for human, commercial and industrial occupancy.
DIRECT WATER COOLING
The use of water as a refrigerant as taken from the Village water mains.
INDIRECT WATER COOLING
The use of refrigerants, such as freon, ammonia, methylchloride or carbon dioxide, to cool water, and this cooled water shall cool the air-conditioned or the refrigerated space. (Note: A brine may be substituted in place of water.)
REFRIGERATING MACHINE CONDENSER WATER
The use of water to dissipate the heat picked up by the refrigerating condensing unit.
REFRIGERATION
The preservation of food products and the maintenance of storage temperatures for commercial and industrial purposes.
WATER SAVER
Some method of conserving water such as evaporative condenser, spray pond, cooling tower or some other means of cooling recirculated water.

§ 201-25 Water for direct cooling.

No air-conditioning equipment using water as a direct cooling medium may be installed unless a means of water disposal, other than discharge into the Village sanitary sewers, is provided and such means of disposal approved by the Superintendent of Buildings. Such approval may be withheld if the dispersal methods either do not conform to approved engineering practices or in any way endanger the public safety, health or welfare.

§ 201-26 Water for indirect cooling.

A. 
No air-conditioning or refrigeration equipment using water as an indirect cooling system may be installed of more than five horsepower total connected load per water meter connection, unless:
(1) 
Evaporative condensers, a cooling tower, spray pond or some similar device with no sewer connection, except for seasonal cleaning and flushing, is used; or
(2) 
A means of water disposal, other than the discharge into the Village sanitary sewer system, shall be provided in all installations.
B. 
In no event shall any such air-conditioning or refrigeration equipment be installed or be permitted to operate in which the total consumption of water is in excess of 10 gallons per minute; however, the use of an evaporative condenser, cooling tower, spray pond or some approved similar device that will not exceed 10 gallons of water per minute is permissible.

§ 201-27 Required ventilation.

All spaces in which refrigerating equipment is installed in a common refrigerating machine room or any separate locations shall be properly ventilated in accordance with the following:
Refrigerant Charge
(pounds)
Capacity, Mechanical Exhaust System
(cubic feet per minute)
20
150
50
300
150
300
Or equivalent window area, opposite walls of machine room.

§ 201-28 Permit for installation.

A. 
Proposed installations. No air-conditioning or refrigeration equipment shall be installed without first obtaining a permit from the Superintendent of Buildings. When required by the Superintendent of Buildings, the approval of the Superintendent of the Sanitary Sewer Department and the Superintendent of the Water Department must be obtained before a permit will be issued. Such permit may be withheld if the dispersal plans as submitted either do not conform to approved engineering practice or in any way endanger the public safety, health or welfare.
B. 
Existing installations. A permit to maintain existing air-conditioning or refrigeration equipment shall be issued after inspection shows that such equipment is in compliance with this article.

§ 201-29 Application for installation permit.

A. 
Proposed installations. Before the installation of any air-conditioning or commercial refrigeration equipment, the owner, lessee or the engineer or the person, firm, company or corporation employed by the owner or lessee shall submit a statement, in triplicate, to the Superintendent of Buildings describing the proposed work, together with such drawings as the Superintendent shall require. Such statement constituting an application for a permit shall be accompanied by a verified statement giving the full name and residence address of the owner or lessee of the premises where the installation is to be made.
B. 
Existing installations. Application for a permit to maintain any air-conditioning or refrigeration equipment now existing shall certify, by a verified statement, that the installation is now in conformity with this article.

§ 201-30 Permit fee.

[Amended 4-27-1981 by L.L. No. 8-1981; 2-26-1990 by L.L. No. 39-1990]
The Board of Trustees by resolution shall adopt and from time to time may amend a schedule of fees payable by an applicant for a permit to install air-conditioning or refrigeration equipment.

§ 201-31 Required safety devices.

A. 
Three pounds of refrigerant. All equipment having more than three pounds of refrigerant shall be equipped with approved safety devices and pressure relief valve.
B. 
Twenty pounds of toxic refrigerant. All refrigerating equipment using toxic refrigerants of over 20 pounds in capacity shall be recorded with the Fire Department.
C. 
Potable water connections. Any water supply connection to refrigerating equipment using toxic refrigerants must be equipped with a reduced pressure principle backflow preventer.

§ 201-32 Applicability of Plumbing Code.

Installation and maintenance of all air-conditioning and refrigerating equipment using municipal water is hereby declared to be under the Plumbing Code[1] insofar as water connections are concerned and must be installed by licensed plumbers with necessary permits.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 162, Plumbing.

§ 201-33 Dispersal wells.

All dispersal wells for the disposal of water from air-conditioning apparatus shall be adequate to disperse the entire effluent and shall be maintained in such condition that at no time shall there be an overflow therefrom.