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Village of Cassopolis, MI
Cass County
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[Adopted 6-12-2006 by Ord. No. 238 (Ch. 54, Art. III, Sec. 54-97, of the 2003 Code of Ordinances)]
As a matter of public health and firesafety, the owners of all premises located in the Village which are used for human occupancy, employment, recreation or other purposes, which require the use of potable water and which abut any right-of-way, easement, highway, street or public way in which there is now or hereafter located a public water main that is not more than 200 feet from such structure used for said purposes, shall connect said premises to the Village's water system.
All connections to the Village's water system required hereunder shall be completed no later than six months after the date of notice by the Village to make said connections. Newly constructed structures required to connect shall be connected prior to occupancy thereof. Any premises using an existing well may continue to use the well as long as that well is functional, without repairs. At the time the well becomes nonfunctioning or needs repair, the premises shall be required to connect to the Village's water system.
Persons failing to complete the required connection to the Village's water system shall be liable for a civil penalty equal in amount to the readiness to serve fee and commodity fee that would have accrued based upon reasonably expected water usage and been payable had the connection been made when and as required. In addition, the Village reserves the right to file an appropriate action in a court of applicable jurisdiction to seek injunctive relief or other appropriate relief to compel such connections.
No new water wells may be drilled to supply potable water on premises to which public water is available. Existing water wells on premises required to be connected to the Village's water system may be used for lawn watering, irrigation, automobile or equipment washing, as a source for a building's heating or cooling system or for other similar purposes not involving human consumption or prolonged bodily contact with such nonpotable water and to the extent permitted by the Cass County Health Department.
Piping connected to a private water well shall be physically and completely separated from all plumbing used for public water.