Village of Pulaski, NY
Oswego County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Pulaski 3-4-1975 as Appendix 2 of the 1975 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 3-14-2005 by L.L. No. 1-2005]
The Village Board of Trustees, upon recommendation of the Water Board, shall have the authority to change the service rates as part of the annual budget in accordance with New York State Law.
A. 
All permits to use the water from the Pulaski Water Works, as heretofore granted or which may be heretofore granted, are subject to the following rules, regulations and conditions.
(1) 
The Water Board shall purchase and maintain water meters up to one inch in diameter. Meters greater than one inch shall be the type approved by the Water Board and purchased by the customer. All one-inch or greater meter installations shall be at the expense of the customer and inspected by the Superintendent of Public Works. Meters shall be so located and installed as to be readily accessible for reading and testing. They shall not be disturbed or removed without the approval of the Superintendent of Public Works. Access to the meter for inspection, reading or testing shall be afforded to the Water Board, its Superintendent, agents and employees at reasonable hours whenever required by the Board.
[Amended 3-14-2005 by L.L. No. 1-2005]
(2) 
All present consumers required by the Water Board to take service through a meter shall permit a meter to be installed prior to start of service and charges for metered service shall be applicable from and after that date.
(3) 
Charges for nonmetered service shall be billed annually on July 1 of each calendar year commencing July 1, 1985, and said charges shall be paid in full during July of each calendar year commencing July of 1985.
[Amended 1-8-1985 by L.L. No. 1-1985]
(4) 
On all charges unpaid for 30 days after the due date 10% shall be added. If charges remain unpaid for 60 days after due date, the water shall be turned off.
(5) 
Payment for service shall be made at the Village Office. Failure to receive a bill will not eliminate customer’s obligation.
(6) 
(Reserved)
(6-a)
Whenever the Village Superintendent of Public Works or his agent makes a service call for the purpose of turning off the water service, where a person is in default, an additional charge of $50 shall be immediately added to the water charge, and if such charge is not paid at the time of said service call, the water charge shall be considered not paid and the Superintendent of Public Works or his agent shall proceed to shut off the water service. The Village Superintendent of Public Works or his agent shall file with the Village Clerk-Treasurer within 24 hours, notice of the additional charge imposed for the service call.
(6-b)
Whenever a service has been turned off for nonpayment of water bill or other charges, or for any violation of any rule or regulation of the Board, it shall not be turned on again until all charges or fines have been paid or the defects of the service have been adjusted and until a fee of $50 for turning on the water shall have been paid.
(6-c)
The Village Clerk-Treasurer shall give notice of the procedure on the water bill.
[Amended 1-8-1985 by L.L. No. 1-1985; 1-12-1988]
(7) 
All services in use on the last day of any billing period as above defined and continued in use thereafter, must be paid for at the established rates up to the close of the next billing period unless notice is given as prescribed in the next paragraph.
(8) 
Notice of removal of water service pipes must be given to the Village Clerk-Treasurer in writing. Rent will be collected for all connections with the service pipes, whether used or not, until such connections shall have been detached for the service pipes by the Water Board or its authorized agents.
(9) 
Applications for the use of water or for the connection of service pipes or fixtures to supply any premises must be made to the Water Board upon forms for the purpose, by the owners of the premises, and must state fully and truly all the uses for which the water is desired and no other or different use will be allowed except on application to and consent of the Water Board.
(10) 
In case of fraudulent misrepresentation on the part of the applicant, or for uses not enumerated in the application, or of willful and unreasonable waste of water, the Water Board shall have the right to forfeit the payment for installation and stop the supply of water.
(11) 
No extension or alteration of any service pipe shall be made without permission of the Water Board.
(12) 
No person or parties supplied shall allow the water to be taken from their premises without written permission from the Board, except in case of fire.
(13) 
Lawn sprinklers, unless on metered service, must not be converted into fountains or jets, or be allowed to run to waste in the gutters or upon the lawns, but must be closed except when in use for sprinkling as intended.
(14) 
In all cases where permits are granted the Board will tap the main and furnish corporation stop and service pipe to the outside of the street sidewalk and charge the applicant according to existing rates toward covering the cost of the same and the labor of tapping, etc. For larger pipe the applicant will pay the extra cost of same.
(15) 
All service pipe must be laid at least four feet below the surface and be kept in good repair at the expense of the owner. There shall be a stop and waste cock upon the service pipe within the wall of the building, easily accessible to the occupants for their protection in enabling them to turn off the water in case of leaks and to drain the pipe inside to prevent freezing, etc. In no case will water be allowed to run to prevent freezing except upon written authority from the Water Board or Superintendent of Public Works.
(16) 
Each person or persons entitled to the water shall be responsible for his or her branch, and in case of defect the supply of water shall be stopped until repaired.
(17) 
Plumbers must notify the Water Board of all work in new buildings, and of all alterations and addition which increase the water rent of any property as shown by the established rates, as soon as said work is completed.
(18) 
The Water Board, or any authorized agent of the Board, shall have full power to enter the premises of any consumer, at all reasonable hours, to examine fixtures, manner of using water, etc.
(19) 
No person shall open or interfere with the fire hydrants of the Village without permission of the Superintendent of Public Works, except officers of the Fire Department in case of fire.
(20) 
The Water Board reserves the right to apply a meter to any service pipe, and to charge metered rates.
(21) 
The right is reserved to shut off any and all consumers in case of extensions, repairs or other necessity. It is understood and agreed that the Village shall not be liable for any damage which may result to any person or premises by reason of any change in the water pressure, or from the shutting off of the water from any main or service for any purpose whatever, even in cases where no notice is given.
(22) 
No owner or occupant of any house or lot, and no plumber or other person shall tap the pipes leading from the mains into any building, lot or lots without permission from the Water Board.
(23) 
Water used outside the corporate limits of the Village, except such as is not required by contract to be furnished without charge, may be charged for at the foregoing or such higher rates as in the opinion of the Water Board may be deemed advisable. The Board reserves the right to vary its rules and regulations or to make special rules or regulations applicable to any consumer or class of consumers whose property lies outside the corporate limits of the Village. The Board reserves the right to refuse water service to properties outside the corporate limits of the Village.
(24) 
The Board reserves the right to change the rates or alter the rules and regulations as the interests of the Village may demand.
(25) 
All commercial or industrial establishments are required to provide adequate backflow containments on all mains connected to the Public Water System in accordance with Part 5.33(D), N.Y.S. Sanitary Code and Engineering & Sanitation Manual items 133.0 - 133.5.
(26) 
(Reserved)
(26-a)
Cross-connections. It shall be unlawful for the owner of property or the user of Village water, or both, to introduce or permit the introduction into the Village water supply system any pollution or contamination of any kind. Whenever a cross-connection to another water supply into the Village system is found, or wherever any other condition is found which presents the possibility of contamination or pollution, the water supply to such premises and/or other premises from which cross-connection is made shall be discontinued immediately until the cross-connection is eliminated or the condition remedied. The operator of the Water Works may permit or require a backflow preventer of pattern and design which the New York State Department of Health approves as reasonably adequate to prevent contamination, if the operator determines that the complete physical separation from the Village water system is not practicable or necessary, or that adequate inspection for cross-connection cannot readily be made, or that such backflow preventer is necessary because of existing or possible backflow resulting from special condition, use, or equipment.
[Added 6-13-1994 by L.L. No. 1-1994]
(26-b)
Any corrosive measure, disconnection or change on private property shall be at the sole expense of the person in control of such property. Any changes required in the Village system outside the property or between the meter and the supply line or distribution system, and any charges for cut off or disconnection shall be added to the charges for water against the premises necessitating such expenditure.
(26-c)
All physical connections which may constitute potential cross-connection are prohibited unless constructed, maintained, and operated in accordance with the provisions of the New York State Sanitary Code Chapter I, Part 5.
(26-d)
Should any provision of this law be judicially determined to be unconstitutional or invalid, the remaining provisions shall continue in full force and effect.