[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Yonkers at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The public water supply of the City of Yonkers shall be fluoridated in the following manner: A fluoride compound of a type and manner prescribed by the Commissioner of Public Works for the City of Yonkers shall be added to the public water supply, a concentration of approximately 1.0 part per million of the fluoride ion; provided, however, that the concentration of such ion shall not exceed 1.5 parts per million.
[Amended 6-28-2002 by G.O. No. 2-2002; 8-12-2004 by G.O. No. 4-2004; 6-10-2008 by G.O. 4-2008; 6-20-2009 by G.O. No. 5-2009; 7-14-2010 by G.O. No. 3-2010; 6-23-2011 by G.O. No. 1-2011; 6-7-2012 by G.O. No. 5-2012; 6-30-2012 by G.O. No. 16-2012; 5-31-2013 by G.O. No. 4-2013; 6-10-2014 by G.O. No. 5-2014; 6-30-2015 by G.O. No. 15-2015; 4-26-2016 by G.O. No. 3-2016; 6-1-2017 by G.O. No. 7-2017]
All accounts shall be billed semiannually with a minimum semiannual charge of $95.19 covering an allowance of 2,500 cubic feet. In addition, any account with a noncompliant water meter will be assessed $500 per billing cycle. For the purpose of billing for payment of the rates herein, bills for payment for any semiannual period may be prepared based upon estimated quantities.
All accounts eligible to and that participate in the City of Yonkers 2018 Lead and Copper Study shall receive a one-time rebate of $50 on the next bill cycle after notification of completion.
Editor's Note: This ordinance provided an effective date of 7-1-2017.
The Mayor and Commissioner of Public Works are hereby empowered to declare a public emergency when they deem, in their collective judgment, that such an emergency has arisen and that the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Yonkers would be best served by declaring an emergency to preserve the City's water supply.
During such a state of emergency caused by water shortage, the Commissioner of Public Works shall be empowered to promulgate rules and regulations governing the conduct of the citizens of the City of Yonkers in consuming water, and such rules and regulations shall not be effective until the same shall have been published in an official newspaper of the City of Yonkers at least once before the effective date.
The Commissioner of Public Works shall cause all water supply hydrants within the City to be kept closed. Except in case of fire and for purposes of extinguishing the same or when otherwise authorized by law, it shall be unlawful to take or use the water from any such hydrant.
It shall be unlawful for any person other than an employee of the Department of Public Works or the Fire Department acting in an official capacity to open, use, operate or tamper with a fire hydrant in the City or a valve in the water supply system of the City without a permit, in writing, from the Commissioner of Public Works. Said Commissioner shall charge a permit fee of $75 for each month, or part thereof, for which the permit has been issued, and said Commissioner shall require the posting with him of a deposit of $100 per hydrant covered by the permit to offset any possible damage to the hydrant. It shall also be unlawful to use such hydrant for a longer period than shall be limited in the permit or use water for other purposes than shall have been authorized by such Commissioner.
When used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- A physical connection between the public water supply of the City of Yonkers, New York, and another water supply.
- Any physical connection between the public water supply of the City of Yonkers, New York, and drains, sewers, pipes, open tanks, sumps or vats or any other structures which contain liquids, chemicals, nonpotable water, sewage or any other matter where the possibility of backsyphonage of sewage or drainage or such above nonpotable materials into the public water supply exists.
All water supply used for drinking purposes or domestic purposes, except bottled water, shall be provided by the public water supply of the City of Yonkers, New York.
No person shall add chemicals or other substances to the public water supply in any building or structure without first having obtained, in writing, permission from the Commissioner of Public Works and the Bureau of Water Supply of the City of Yonkers.
No person shall install or enter into a contract for installing any private water supply system without first submitting plans and specifications to the Commissioner of Public Works for his approval.
The owner of every private water supply system in use in the City of Yonkers, New York, shall register the system with the Commissioner of Public Works.
No new or repaired water supply systems nor any structure thereof shall be placed in use before such system or structure has been effectively cleaned and disinfected in a manner prescribed and approved by the Commissioner of Public Works.
No person shall allow or cause to allow a cross-connection or an interconnection to exist on his or her property without the approval of the Director of the Bureau of Plumbing.
No person shall make or maintain any physical connection between the water supply piping of the City of Yonkers, New York, or any structure containing potable water and any other distribution system tank, reservoir, vat, sump or other structure which is supplied by an auxiliary water supply, provided that, under certain conditions, a person may secure approval for an approved connection, provided that four separate plans showing the proposed piping arrangement shall be submitted to the Director of the Bureau of Plumbing of the City of Yonkers, New York, for approval. A copy of these plans shall then be forwarded to the State Health Department for its approval. Upon approval of these drawings, a copy of the plans shall then be sent to the person submitting them. No alterations, modifications, erasures or changes shall be made in such approved plans.
No addition or modification shall be made to the City of Yonkers water supply piping in any plant, house or structure unless plans have been submitted in the manner prescribed above for each piping change or physical change in the piping system and approval has been granted.
Interconnections are prohibited, except that, when such a connection is installed, it shall be protected so as to prevent the pumpage, drainage, backflow or siphonage of such liquids, chemicals, nonpotable water, sewage or other matter into the potable water system. Plans and specifications for such interconnections shall be submitted to the Director of the Bureau of Plumbing for approval in the manner prescribed above in this section. Annual testing pursuant to the Sanitary Code of the State of New York shall be performed by the City of Yonkers as required. The fee for such testing shall be $50 annually.
No person shall make or cause to be made any connection to any main, hydrant, reservoir, well or any other water supply structure which may affect the sanitary quality of the public water supply without first having secured approval for this purpose from the Commissioner of Public Works and the Bureau of Water of the City of Yonkers, New York.
No person other than a duly authorized City official shall throw or allow to run or pass into any public reservoir, water pipe or aqueduct or into or upon any border or margin thereof or into any excavation of any stream therewith connected or into any spring or well in the City of Yonkers used for drinking or domestic purposes any animal, vegetable or mineral substances whatever; nor shall any person allow the same to be done (having the power or right to prevent the same); nor shall any person do so or permit to be done (having the right or power to prevent the same) any act or thing that will impair or imperil the purity or wholesomeness of any water or other fluid used or designated as a drink in any part of the City of Yonkers; nor shall any person or animal bathe any part of his body in any stream, reservoir or spring in the City of Yonkers containing water used for drinking or domestic purposes.
The owner of each water well within the territorial limits of the City of Yonkers shall register with the Department of Public Works, Water Bureau, all operational and nonoperational water wells under his or her ownership, custody or control. The information provided shall include the name and address of those in responsible charge of the well, the exact location of the well, the size and depth of the well, the amount of water pumped per day, the amount of pressure on the discharge of the pump and whether there is any protective device installed on the waterline to prevent a backflow into the City's waterline.
Whenever, upon examination, it shall appear that water from a well or spring is contaminated with substances which are injurious to health or which may become injurious to health, the use of such water shall be discontinued, and the well or spring shall be filled in, unless special permission is obtained from the Commissioner of Public Works for such use of the water as will not endanger the public health.
The sale, offering for sale or delivery of bottled natural or distilled water intended for human consumption is prohibited unless the person selling, offering for sale or delivering such bottled water shall have first obtained a permit therefor from the Commissioner of Public Works, provided that such water shall be from a source adequately protected against contamination or so treated as to render it safe and sanitary and provided that all bottles and containers shall be effectively cleansed and disinfected before each use and that bottling and delivery of such water shall be performed in a sanitary manner. No permit shall be issued unless all applicable state or county sanitary and health-related requirements are met.
No person shall manufacture, sell, offer for sale or deliver ice in the City of Yonkers without first having obtained a permit from the Commissioner of Public Works. All such ice shall be produced from a potable water supply adequately protected against contamination or so treated as to render it safe and sanitary and shall be manufactured, stored and delivered under clean and sanitary conditions. No permit shall be issued unless all applicable state or county sanitary and health-related requirements are met.
The sale, offering for sale or delivery of any natural ice for domestic refrigeration or for use in foods or beverages is prohibited.