No unauthorized person shall uncover, make any connections with, use, alter or disturb any public water main, water service or appurtenances thereof without first obtaining a written permit from the Town Council of Denton and/or the Superintendent.
There shall be three classes of building water service permits: residential service, commercial service and industrial service. In each case, the owner or his agents shall make application to the Town for a permit. When requested, the permit application shall be supplemented by any plans, specifications or other information considered pertinent in the judgment of the Town.
All costs and expenses incidental to the installation and connection of the building water service shall be borne by the owner. The owner shall indemnify the Town from any loss or damage that may directly or indirectly be occasioned by the installation of the building water service.
[Amended 12-18-2000 by Ord. No. 392]
A separate and independent building water service shall be provided for every building, except as hereinafter provided in § 124-11 or except where one building stands at the rear of another on an interior lot, and no private water service is available or can be constructed to the rear building through an adjoining alley, courtyard or driveway. In the latter case, the building service from the front building may be extended to the rear building and the whole considered as one building service and provided that this shall only apply when both buildings have the same ownership.
In any case in which the Town of Denton Planning Commission has required that a commercial building maintain vegetative plantings, upon request by the property owner, the Town may permit a separate water meter to be installed for the irrigation system designed to support such plantings. When an irrigation meter is approved, the sewer charge for the meter shall be waived.
The Town may permit residential property owners to install a separate water meter exclusively for outside water usage. When a separate water meter for outside water usage is approved, the sewer charge for that meter shall be waived. The outside water meter shall be subject to the following conditions.
[Added 11-5-2001 by Ord. No. 402]
An outside separate water meter and access fee will be assessed. This fee shall be the equivalent 1/2 of the capacity charge for water set by the Town Board.
The applicant will be assessed a fee for the cost of the second meter and meter pit. The fee will be based on the actual cost from the manufacturer plus a handling fee of 10%.
Billing for an outside water meter shall be based on the usage rate established by the Town Council of Denton for the water system.
The property owner will also be charged an annual inspection/review fee to confirm that no additional use/or bypass of use has been made. This fee will be the same as the turn on/turn off fee for water.
It shall be a municipal infraction for any property owner to misappropriate any outside water usage supplied by the Town.
The owner of a property housing mobile homes, trailer units and/or multifamily dwellings used for commercial or residential purposes and having domestic water and/or sanitary facilities therein shall have the options of:
Connecting all units or dwelling units to the public water main via a single building water service;
Connecting all units or dwelling units to the public water main via two or more building water services; or
Considering each unit or dwelling unit as a separate entity and connecting each unit or dwelling unit to the public water main via a separate and independent building water service.
The water rate structure established for use of the Town's public water mains will be such that revenue required from a property owner choosing either option in Subsection A(1) or (2) above will be equal to that revenue secured had each unit or dwelling unit been required to have its own separate and independent building water service.
[Amended 5-7-1984 by Ord. No. 207; 8-2-2004 by Ord. No. 456]
All connections of building water services into the public water mains or public water services or installation of water meters shall be performed by a registered plumber, licensed by the Maryland State Board of Commissioners of Practical Plumbing, or such other contractor as expressly authorized and approved by the Town Superintendent of Public Works.
Existing building water services may be used in connection with new building water services only when they are found, on examination and test by the Town, to meet all requirements of this chapter.
The size, depth, alignment and materials of construction of a building water service, and the methods to be used in excavating, placing of the pipe, jointing, testing and backfilling the trench, shall all conform to the requirements or other applicable rules, regulations and codes of the Town and the plumbing regulations of the State of Maryland. Any deviation from the prescribed procedures and materials must be approved by the Town before installation. Specific provisions of this chapter pertaining to the construction of building water services are indicated herein.
The building water service shall be at least as large as the public water service and larger if required by the water demand, length of service pipe and pressure available. It shall, in no case, be less than 3/4 inch in diameter.
Acceptable water service installations shall be constructed as follows:
The building water service shall be laid throughout to as straight an alignment as practicable and shall have a minimum pipe cover of 3.0 feet and a maximum pipe cover of six feet.
Except as permitted below, the underground water service pipe and the building drain or building sewer shall be not less than 10 feet apart horizontally and shall be separated by undisturbed or compacted earth. The water service pipe may be placed in the same trench with or less than 10 feet horizontally from the building drain and building sewer, provided that the following conditions are met:
The bottom of the service pipe at all points shall be at least 12 inches above the top of the sewer line at the sewer's highest point.
The water service pipe shall be placed at not less than 18 inches horizontally from the sewer on a solid shelf excavated at one side of the common trench.
The number of joints in the water service pipe shall be minimized.
Special care shall be taken to ensure that the pipes are well-bedded on a solid foundation, and any defect due to settlement shall be corrected at the owner's expense. Special precautions shall be exercised to prevent any pipe from resting on the rock. Proper and suitable tools and appliances for the laying of pipe and fittings shall he used. Great care shall be taken to prevent the pipe from being damaged. Pipe damaged in any way shall be repaired to the satisfaction of the Superintendent. All pipe and fittings shall be thoroughly cleaned before they are laid and shall be kept clean until the work is completed. At the close of work each day, the end of the pipeline shall be tightly closed so that no dirt or other substance shall enter the line.
Clearance shall be provided around a water service pipe passing through walls to protect it against chemical action from direct contact with concrete, distortion or rupture of the water service pipe from shearing action due to settlement or distortion or rupture of the water service pipe caused by expansion or contraction. Clearance shall be not less than 1/2 inch between the outside of the pipe and the wall. Sleeves may be used to provide the wall opening. The space between the pipe and wall structure shall be carefully packed or caulked with lead or with waterproof, vermin-and-rodent-resistant material.
Each building water service shall be provided with a gate valve with bleed or a stop-and-waste valve located inside the building near the point where the water service enters.
All excavations for building water service installation shall be adequately guarded with barricades and lights so as to protect the public from hazard or injury. Streets, sidewalks, parkways and other public property disturbed in the course of the work shall be restored in a manner satisfactory to the Town.
The applicant for the building water service permit shall notify the Town when the building water service is ready for inspection and connection to the public water service, and before the water service installation is backfllled or covered. The connection shall be made under the supervision of the Superintendent or other authorized Town representative. The applicant shall obtain the Superintendent's approval before backfilling or covering the water service pipe.
Each property owner shall install a water meter for each dwelling unit or building connected to the Town's water system. The water meter will remain under the ownership of, and will be maintained by, the Town as far as ordinary wear and tear are concerned. The property owner shall be responsible for any injury to, or loss of, the meter not caused by Town.
[Amended 5-7-1984 by Ord. No. 207]
The Town will determine the size and type of any water meter and the type and location of the setting.
The meter housing or meter vault will be installed so that the top is on the ground surface of the permanent grade.
It shall be unlawful for any person not specifically authorized by the Town to interfere with, remove, replace or tamper with a meter or a meter seal.
No connection shall be made to any water service pipe between the water main and the meter, except such bypass as the Town may install. If such unlawful connection is found, the water house connection will be cut off at the main until such unlawful connection is disconnected and abandoned. Any expense to which the Town shall be subjected, due to the above work, shall be paid for by the owner before the service is restored.
Where the water meter fails to register the total amount of water used, the property owner shall pay for such period an estimated amount based on consumption in a similar period. The property owner shall at once notify the Town of any injury to, or any cessation in registration of, the water meter as soon as it comes to his knowledge. In case of a disputed account involving the accuracy of a water meter, such meter shall be tested, upon the request of property owner, in conformity with the provisions of the rules and regulations pertaining to water service utilities of the Public Service Commission of Maryland. In the event the water meter so tested is found to have an error in registration of 4% or more, the bills will be increased or decreased accordingly as provided by the aforesaid rules.
[Added 5-7-1984 by Ord. No. 207]
If water is supplied from the Town water system, then the number of gallons charged for in computing the sewer bill shall be determined from the reading of the water meter supplying the property owner. If water is supplied from a source other than from the Town water system, then the property owner shall install a water meter on each such source, and the reading of such meter shall be used in computing the sewer bill.
[Added 5-7-1984 by Ord. No. 207]
In addition to any penalties prescribed in Article VIII, and in addition to any other charges established herein or established elsewhere by Town ordinance for water or sewer services, any property owner who fails to install a water meter as required pursuant to this chapter within 30 days after written notice to the property owner by ordinary first class mail at his address stated in the Town property tax rolls shall be liable to the Town for the following additional charges during such period until the water meter has been installed.
[Added 5-7-1984 by Ord. No. 207]
If a property owner has a peculiar or exceptional practical difficulty or exceptional hardship in installing a water meter as required under this chapter due to circumstances concerning a particular property, the Town may grant such property owner a variance in the installation of such water meter, but subject to such terms and conditions as the Town deems appropriate. Rates for properties receiving such variance shall be as set forth, from time to time, by further ordinance.
[Added 5-7-1984 by Ord. No. 207]
The Town will maintain all water services from the street main to the property line.
All pipes and appurtenances on private property shall be maintained by, and at the expense of, the property owner. The Town, where it shall deem such action necessary, may do maintenance or repair work on private property, in which case the cost, including overhead expense, shall be paid by the property owner. Likewise, the cost of any work outside of the property line made necessary by the neglect or through the action of a property owner or tenant shall be charged to the property owner.
In the event of a complaint regarding a leak on a water service, the Town will determine if the leak is in the public way, in which case the leak will then be repaired by the Town. If it is found that the leak is not the Town's responsibility, the owner will be so notified, and it shall be his responsibility to have the leak repaired at once by a master plumber at the owner's expense. If the property owner fails to make such repairs within five days after written notification by the Town, the Town, in order to conserve water and protect the public health, will make such repairs as are necessary and will bill the owner for the costs of such work.