City of Crisfield, MD
Somerset County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the City of Crisfield as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Plumbing — See Ch. 85.
Sewers — See Ch. 94.
[Adopted 11-10-1954 by Ord. No. 236]
The sale and distribution of all water from the municipal pumping stations of the City of Crisfield, Maryland, shall be made as set forth herein.
A. 
Application for water services shall be made on forms to be furnished by the Mayor and Council of Crisfield at the office of the Water Department.
B. 
The application must be made by the owner of the premises, who shall be liable for the payment of all water rents and service charges.
One connection not in excess of 3/4 of an inch in diameter from the street main to a point in or near the public sidewalk area will be furnished without charge for each property. Additional water connections to any one property, connections in excess of 3/4 of an inch in diameter and all connections located outside of the City limits shall be constructed at the expense of the owner of the premises to be furnished such water service.
The Mayor and Council reserve the right to install a meter on any connection at its own expense and charge for all water used through a meter in accordance with metered water charges.
A. 
Payment. All charges, including rents and fees, for water service are due on the last day of each calendar month and shall be paid within 15 days thereafter at the office of the Clerk. In the event of default in payment, water service shall be terminated and shall be restored only upon payment of all charges due, including a cut-on charge. Charges shall be liens on the property served.
[Amended 12-10-1962 by Ord. No. 263; 5-21-1976 by Ord. No. 304; 1-25-1984 by Ord. No. 383]
B. 
Adjustments.
[Amended 6-12-2013 by Ord. No. 624]
(1) 
(Reserved)
(2) 
(Reserved)
(3) 
(Reserved)
(4) 
In cases where meters are broken and do not register the consumption of water, the charges shall be based on a previous four months' average and bills rendered accordingly.
[Amended 12-16-1959 by Ord. No. 254; 12-10-1962 by Ord. No. 263; 6-19-1972 by Ord. No. 296; 4-21-1975 by Ord. No. 300; 5-21-1976 by Ord. No. 304; 11-14-1976 by Ord. No. 309-A; 10-28-1981 by Ord. No. 355]
A. 
Flat rate water charges, water rents and charges for all water furnished on a flat rate basis for a dwelling, structure or otherwise, including offices or stores occupied by not more than one owner or tenant, are as follows:
(1) 
Inside City limits: $16.10 per month.
[Amended 6-20-1984 by Ord. No. 392; 7-24-1985 by Ord. No. 405; 5-12-1987 by Ord. No. 422; 7-27-1995 by Ord. No. 491; 6-15-1998 by Ord. No. 513; 6-30-1999 by Ord. No. 521; 5-25-2011 by Ord. No. 608; 6-12-2013 by Ord. No. 624; 6-11-2014 by Ord. No. 638; 6-24-2015 by Ord. No. 648]
(2) 
Outside City limits: $32.18 per month.
[Amended 6-20-1984 by Ord. No. 392; 7-24-1985 by Ord. No. 405; 5-12-1987 by Ord. No. 422; 7-27-1995 by Ord. No. 491; 6-15-1998 by Ord. No. 513; 6-30-1999 by Ord. No. 521; 5-25-2011 by Ord. No. 608; 6-12-2013 by Ord. No. 624; 6-11-2014 by Ord. No. 638; 6-24-2015 by Ord. No. 648]
(3) 
Outside City limits (hookups): $300.
B. 
Metered water charges, water rents and charges for all water used through meters shall be in accordance with the following rate schedules, said schedules to apply to each meter in cases where more than one meter serves a building or structure.
[Amended 6-20-1984 by Ord. No. 392; 7-24-1985 by Ord. No. 405; 5-12-1987 by Ord. No. 422; 7-27-1995 by Ord. No. 491; 6-15-1998 by Ord. No. 513; 6-30-1999 by Ord. No. 521; 5-25-2011 by Ord. No. 608; 6-12-2013 by Ord. No. 624; 6-11-2014 by Ord. No. 638; 6-24-2015 by Ord. No. 648]
(1) 
Inside City limits.
(a) 
First 15,000 gallons: $3.21 per 1,000 gallons.
(b) 
Next 65,000 gallons: $2.78 per 1,000 gallons.
(c) 
All over 80,000 gallons: $1.40 per 1,000 gallons.
(d) 
Minimum monthly charge: $16.09 per owner or tenant.
(2) 
Outside City limits.
(a) 
First 15,000 gallons: $3.81 per 1,000 gallons.
(b) 
Next 65,000 gallons: $3.21 per 1,000 gallons.
(c) 
All over 80,000 gallons: $1.96 per 1,000 gallons.
(d) 
Minimum monthly charge: $32.19 per owner or tenant.
C. 
Water service shall be furnished to chicken houses not metered, whether occupied or not, at the following rates:
[Amended 6-20-1984 by Ord. No. 392; 7-24-1985 by Ord. No. 405; 5-12-1987 by Ord. No. 422; 7-27-1995 by Ord. No. 491; 6-15-1998 by Ord. No. 513; 6-30-1999 by Ord. No. 521; 5-25-2011 by Ord. No. 608; 6-12-2013 by Ord. No. 624; 6-11-2014 by Ord. No. 638; 6-24-2015 by Ord. No. 648]
(1) 
Outside City limits.
(a) 
Three dollars and eighty-one cents per one-thousand-chicken capacity per month.
(b) 
Minimum charge $32.19 per building per month.
Special agreements or arrangements determined to be beneficial to the city by the Mayor and City Council may be made between the city and any private or public concern whereby special water service charges may be waived, levied or relieved.
[Amended 6-8-1983 by Ord. No. 372]
All plumbing connected in any manner to the water supply of the City of Crisfield shall conform to § 85-1. Any installation found not in compliance therewith may be disconnected from the city water supply.
[1]
Editor's Note: Ordinance No. 339, adopted 5-14-1980, provided that § 30-2 of the Code of the City of Crisfield shall supersede this section to the extent it may be in conflict therewith.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former 109-9, Extension beyond City limits, was repealed 4-10-2013 by Ord. No. 621.
[Added 8-15-2001 by Ord. No. 536]
Any person who maliciously, willfully or negligently breaks, damages, destroys, uncovers, defaces or tampers with any structure, appurtenance or equipment which is a part of the water system shall be subject to immediate arrest under charge of disorderly conduct. In addition, the Engineer and other duly authorized employees of the City may institute legal proceedings against such persons to recover damages for any losses incurred.
[Adopted 5-30-1984 by Ord. No. 390]
[Amended 4-12-2006 by Ord. No. 562]
A. 
The provisions hereof shall apply to all persons using water both in and outside the City, and regardless of whether any person using water shall have a contract for water service with the City.
B. 
The City shall authorize or disallow connection to the City water system pursuant to written policies adopted by resolution of the City Council and amended from time to time.
Upon proclamation by the Mayor, the use and withdrawal of water by any person for the following purposes is hereby prohibited:
A. 
Watering landscapes: the sprinkling, watering or irrigating of shrubbery, trees, lawns, grass, ground covers, plants, vines, gardens, vegetables, flowers or any other vegetation.
B. 
Washing mobile equipment: the washing of automobiles, trucks, trailers, trailer houses, railroad cars or any other type of mobile equipment.
C. 
Cleaning outdoor surfaces: the washing of sidewalks, driveways, filling station aprons, porches and other outdoor surfaces.
D. 
Cleaning buildings: the washing of the outside of dwellings; the washing of the inside and outside of office buildings.
E. 
Cleaning equipment and machinery: the washing and cleaning of any business or industrial equipment and machinery.
F. 
Ornamental fountains: the operation of any ornamental fountain or other structure making a similar use of water.
G. 
Swimming pools: swimming pools and wading pools not employing a filter and recirculating system.
H. 
Escape through defective plumbing: the escape of water through defective plumbing, which shall mean the knowing permission for defective plumbing to remain out of repair including exterior laterals.
The Public Works Superintendent shall have the authority to permit a reasonable use of water in any case necessary to maintain adequate health and sanitation standards.
The Mayor, by proclamation, may establish a schedule restricting the amount of water every business and industry may use to a percentage of the average daily amount of water each used during the corresponding month of the year preceding the proclamation.
A. 
Every police officer, the Public Works Superintendent, the Inspector and his deputies shall, in connection with duties imposed by law diligently enforce this article.
B. 
The Public Works Superintendent shall have the authority to enforce the provisions hereof by discontinuance of service in the event of violation hereof.
[Amended 8-15-2001 by Ord. No. 536]
Violation of this article shall be a municipal infraction. The penalty for violation shall be $250 for each offense.