City of Blue Springs, MO
Jackson County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Cross References: See § 110.080, regarding the Mayor's authority to regulate usage during emergency; § 220.395, regarding tampering with utilities; § 505.060, regarding requirements for sewer connection excavations; and Ch. 500, Art. III, Private Construction Of Public Works Projects.
[R.O. 1996 § 700.010; CC 1968 § 22-1; Ord. No. 135 §§ 1, 2, 6-28-1954]
A. 
It is hereby found, determined and declared to be necessary for the public health, safety, welfare and benefit of the City and its inhabitants that the existing waterworks and sanitary sewerage system of the City, and all future improvements and extensions thereto, be combined and that they shall thenceforth be operated and maintained as a Combined Waterworks and Sewerage System.
B. 
The waterworks and sanitary sewerage system of the City and all future improvements and extensions thereto, whether to the waterworks or to sanitary sewerage system or to both, shall be and the same are combined and it is hereby declared that said waterworks and said sewerage system, and all future improvements and extension thereto as aforesaid, thenceforth be operated and maintained as a Combined Waterworks and Sewerage System.
C. 
The combined waterworks and sewerage system are controlled by the City Council through a City Administrator. For the purpose of exercising the powers conferred upon the City Administrator by the City Council relative to the work of the combined waterworks and sewerage system, the policies in this Chapter have been formulated.
D. 
Definitions. The following words, terms and phrases shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this Section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
APPLICANT
The owner or their duly authorized representative, such as builder, developer, or plumber, who applies for a water service connection.
CUSTOMER
The party who has applied for continuing water service and will be responsible for paying periodic bills. Each customer shall be served by a separate water service connection.
CITY
The City of Blue Springs, Missouri.
CITY INSPECTOR
Anyone authorized by the City of Blue Springs to make inspections of the purpose of enforcing the provisions of the Water and Sewer Code.
[Ord. No. 4559 § 1, 8-3-2015]
DEPARTMENT
The Water Department of the City of Blue Springs.
DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS
The Director of Public Works, or their authorized representatives (Director), is hereby authorized and directed to enforce the provisions of this Water and Sewer Code. The Director shall have the authority to render interpretations of this Water and Sewer Code and to adopt policies and procedures in order to clarify the application of its provisions. Such interpretations, policies, and procedures shall comply with the intent and purpose of this Water and Sewer Code. Such policies and procedures shall not have the effect of waiving requirements specifically provided for in this Water and Sewer Code.
[Ord. No. 4559 § 1, 8-3-2015]
PREMISES
Shall mean:
1. 
Each residential dwelling structure;
2. 
Each duplex, triplex, fourplex, apartment building or any other building used for residential purposes;
3. 
Each unit contained in any structure serving a separate tenant, lessee, or owner and used for any purpose other than residential;
4. 
Each structure or group of contiguous structures owned, rented, or leased by one (1) person and occupied by that person, except for a structure serving multiple dwellings were the utility bill is included in the rent or lease.
PUBLIC WATER MAIN
A water main in which all owners of abutting properties have equal rights and is controlled by the City.
WATER DEPARTMENT
The division of the City under the City Administrator's control responsible for the operation of the City's water system.
WATER SERVICE CONNECTION
The water service line from the public water main to the applicant's property, and where the meter is installed within three (3) feet of the right-of-way line at the face of the premises. The water service connection shall include a corporation stop, service pipe to the meter, the meter well or vault, the casting, and the water meter.
[R.O. 1996 § 700.020; CC 1968 § 22-2; Ord. No. 309 § 1, 1-3-1966; Ord. No. 4559 § 1, 8-3-2015]
No connection shall be made from any private property with the City sewerage system unless prior to or contemporaneously with such connection, a connection is also made with the City's water system. Unless City Council approves an agreement, the property connecting to the City's water and sewerage system must be within the corporate limits of the City of Blue Springs.
[R.O. 1996 § 700.030; CC 1968 § 22-3; Ord. No. 309 § 2, 1-3-1966; Ord. No. 4533 § 2, 2-17-2015]
A. 
All buildings hereafter constructed in the City for human habitation or occupancy or which are used in any manner by the general public shall be connected to the water system and sewerage system of the City; provided, however that a permit may be obtained to allow an on-site waste disposal system if all of the following criteria are met:
1. 
The location of a lawful tap to the sewerage system operated by the City is more than three hundred (300) feet from a non-residential property line or one hundred (100) feet from a residential property line;
2. 
The lot or parcel is a lawful lot, parcel or tract of land under the City's Unified Development Code;
3. 
Any on-site waste water system will be in compliance with the most current Jackson County, Missouri, On-Site Sewage Rules and Regulations and all applicable Federal, State and local laws and regulations;
4. 
The on-site sewage system will not constitute a violation of any permit or agreement the City has with any agency;
5. 
The Directors of Public Works and Community Development determine that on-site sewage system will not impede or interfere with any plans to provide sewer or other City services to the general area surrounding the property to be served by the on-site sewage system;
6. 
The Director of Public Works determines that the on-site sewage system will not pose any known environmental concerns and that sewer is not presently available to such property;
7. 
Only one (1) connection for the parcel of property to be served by the on-site sewage system is to be allowed;
8. 
An agreement approved by the City Attorney is executed and a covenant in a form approved by the City Attorney is placed on the property that the on-site sewage system will be abandoned according to applicable law and the structure connected to the City's sewage system within one hundred eighty (180) days of notification of: (i) the on-site system has been found to be significantly deteriorated or beyond repair by the City, any agency of the State, Jackson County, Federal government, or court of competent jurisdiction, or (ii) sewer is available within one hundred (100) feet of the property line, and that the owner will pay a sum equal to the cost of providing sewer service to cover the City's costs in monitoring the system for compliance with Federal, State and local requirements;
9. 
All easements needed to provide future sewer service to the property, and/or adjacent properties, which would be located on property owned by the applicant shall be dedicated to the City or an irrevocable consent to dedicate easements signed by such applicant is recorded in a form approved by the City Attorney; and
10. 
The issuance of the permit is approved by the City Council of Blue Springs.
B. 
Following receipt of permission to install the on-site wastewater treatment system from the City of Blue Springs City Council, the applicant shall obtain an individual on-site wastewater disposal permit from Jackson County, Missouri. No building permits shall be issued and no plat shall be recorded until such time as an individual on-site wastewater disposal permit has been acquired from the appropriate agency in Jackson County and such permit has been complied with, or escrow to assure compliance has been provided to the City.
C. 
A property with an approved on-site wastewater treatment system may not be further subdivided until such time as a direct connection to the public sewer system is constructed and available to each lot created by such subdivision.
D. 
The permit to have an on-site wastewater treatment system shall be deemed to be expired and of no further effect upon the occurrence of any event described in Section 700.030(A)(8), or failure to comply with the covenants and agreement required by said Subsection. The City may take any enforcement action necessary to ensure that the on-site wastewater treatment system is abandoned and closed and the property benefited by such permit is connected to the City's sewer treatment system. For purposes of this Section, sewer service shall be deemed available when a sewer line to which the property may connect has been accepted by the City's Public Works Director and is within one hundred (100) feet of any property line of such property. The determination of whether or not a property may connect to a sewer line shall be determined by the Public Works Director and based on sound engineering and environmental regulations and laws.
[R.O. 1996 § 700.040; CC 1968 § 22-4; Ord. No. 309 § 3, 1-3-1966]
Permits for the construction of any building shall be granted only upon proper showing of compliance with the provisions of Chapter 500 of this Code.
[R.O. 1996 § 700.050; CC 1968 § 22-5; 8-26-1936]
It is declared to be to the detriment of the City to permit any competition in the sale and delivery of water for use by the inhabitants of the City. Therefore, it is unlawful for any person to dispense with any water from the municipal waterworks system through gift, sale or otherwise.
[R.O. 1996 § 700.060; CC 1968 § 22-6; Ord. No. 1511 § 1, 5-5-1986]
Water meters serving premises having monthly water consumption, or when estimated by the Water Department to approximate water consumption, may be read and bills for service may be rendered monthly, bimonthly or quarterly, at the discretion of the City Council.
[R.O. 1996 § 700.070]
A. 
Before a water service connection is provided, the owner of the premises to be supplied or their duly authorized representative shall make application for water service as part of the building permit requirements prescribed by the Community Development Department. Upon approval of the application and payment of the applicable charges, the Water Department will install the water service corporation stop and water meter. A separate water service connection shall be required for each premises unless otherwise determined by the Water Department.
B. 
The applicant shall secure all necessary permits prior to requesting the water service connection. The applicant shall provide twenty-four (24) hours' notice to the Water Department for installing the water service corporation stop and water meter. The charges listed in the rate schedule of the revenue manual assume only one (1) call to make the connection. Additional calls may be at the expense of the applicant at the Public Works Director or assigned designee's discretion. In the event of a Water Department emergency, it may be necessary for the Water Department to delay or reschedule the "making" of a water service connection.
[Ord. No. 4559 § 1, 8-3-2015]
C. 
The applicant shall be responsible for the water service line, inlet and outlet side of the water meter, meter box, casting and their proper working order and relationship to grade for a period of one (1) year following the premises final inspection.
[Ord. No. 4559 § 1, 8-3-2015]
D. 
The water service meter box shall be located within three (3) feet outside of the right-of-way line at the face of the premises, unless otherwise determined by the Water Department. All water services will conform to the standards required by the Water Department for location, size, kind, and quality of all materials entering into the water service connection. Only three-fourths (3/4) inch and one (1) inch water meters and corporation stop are furnished by the Water Department, all other material is furnished by the applicant.
[Ord. No. 4559 § 1, 8-3-2015]
E. 
The water service connections from the water main to the inlet side of the water meter are the property of the City and under its sole jurisdiction and control and will be maintained by the Water Department. All portions of the water service connection from the outlet side of the copper setter exiting the water meter coppersetter and meter well or vault are the responsibility of the customer and will be maintained at their expense.
[Ord. No. 4559 § 1, 8-3-2015]
1. 
Water Meter Well.
a. 
City Responsibility.
(1) 
The City will repair water meter wells at no charge when the problem:
(a) 
Prevents or impedes the ability to read the meter;
(b) 
Prevents or impedes the ability to turn service on/off; or
(c) 
Presents a safety hazard.
(2) 
If a customer feels that one of these conditions exist, they should report the problem to the Utility Maintenance Division.
b. 
Property Owner Responsibility.
(1) 
If such a repair is necessitated due to some action by the property owner, the account holder will be billed for the work. The amount billed will equal the City's actual expense in making the repair. If preferred, the property owner may return the well to City specifications.
(2) 
Cosmetic alterations to the meter well are the property owner's responsibility.
F. 
Only Water Department personnel shall turn water service on or off. Plumbers are not allowed to turn water on or off at the angle stop cock for any water service line except to make repairs and test their work, after which they will leave the water service off or on as they found it, unless otherwise directed by the Water Department.
G. 
The Water Department can refuse to provide water service thorough facilities that do not comply with the City's standards and policies pertaining to the nature and location of the water service lines or any other water facilities owned by the customer.
[R.O. 1996 § 700.080]
A. 
The excavation for the installation of the water service corporation stop at the Water Department's main line must be:
1. 
Of approved size, construction and shape to allow Water Department personnel to attach and operate the tapping machine safely;
2. 
Shored, if necessary to be in compliance with OSHA requirements, or if deemed necessary by the Water Department representative; and
3. 
Free of mud and water.
B. 
In addition the exterior portion of the water main must be cleaned where the service corporation stop is to be installed. The water service line complete with appurtenances including coppersetter, meter box, and casting must all be furnished and on site to be installed by the applicant before the tap will be made and the meter set by the Water Department. If the Water Department representative finds that any part of the water service line installation is not ready, the service corporation stop and meter installation will not be performed and the Water Department must be notified again by the applicant of readiness before the work will be rescheduled for a subsequent day.
[Ord. No. 4559 § 1, 8-3-2015]
[R.O. 1996 § 700.090]
A. 
The Water Department may at any time shut off the water in the mains in case of accident, for the purpose of making connections, alterations, repairs, changes, or for other reasons and may restrict the use of the water supply to reserve sufficient supply for public fire service or other emergencies whenever the public welfare may require it. The Water Department may restrict or regulate the quantity of water used by the customers in case of scarcity or whenever an emergency affecting public health and welfare may require such restrictions.
B. 
It is the intention of the Water Department to give advanced notice of any work which will require interruption of the water service. Such notice will be considered a courtesy and not a requirement on the part of the Water Department. Property owners shall so regulate their installations connected with the water supply system that damage will not occur if the water is shut off without notice.
C. 
The Water Department will undertake to use reasonable care and diligence in order to prevent and avoid interruptions and fluctuations in the service, but it cannot and does not guarantee that such will not occur.
[R.O. 1996 § 700.100]
The Water Department may restrict or regulate the quantity of water used by the customers in case of scarcity or whenever an emergency affecting public health and welfare may require such restrictions.
[R.O. 1996 § 700.110; Ord. No. 3487 § 1, 7-15-2002]
This Title is intended to be consistent with the provisions of the International Plumbing Code, as amended and adopted by the City Council and included in Section 500.010, Adoption Of International Building Codes, of this Code. In the event that any conflict is determined to exist between the provision of this Title and the International Plumbing Code as amended and adopted by the City Council, the more stringent provision shall apply.
[R.O. 1996 § 700.120]
There shall be no free water service rendered by the Water Department to any person. All applications for water service shall be subject to rules and regulations contained in this Chapter.
[R.O. 1996 § 700.130]
The City may enter into an agreement with any person, including municipalities, water districts and other political subdivisions and public bodies, for the rendering of any unusual or extraordinary water service; provided that the rates or charges to be paid thereunder shall not be less than the amount which is fair and equitable, taking into account the cost to the Water Department of providing such service.
[R.O. 1996 § 700.140]
A. 
The Water Department does not guarantee a sufficient or uniform pressure or an uninterrupted supply of water, and customers are cautioned to provide sufficient storage of water where absolutely uninterrupted water supply must be ensured.
B. 
In high level installations where system pressure is low, the customer shall, if they desire a higher water pressure than furnished at the water main, install at their own expense a tank or booster pump, of a type approved by the Water Department and with the installation approved by the City.
C. 
Where the pressure to a customer's premises is greater than they wish, it shall be their responsibility to install the proper regulating devise to reduce the pressure to the extent desired.
D. 
The Water Department shall have the right to require the adjustment, modification, or removal of any automated valve or other device installed in a premises. the operation of which results in an unreasonable fluctuation of pressure in the public water system.
[R.O. 1996 § 700.150]
Abandoned or unused water service lines must be disconnected from the Water Department's main line. The disconnection shall be accomplished by the owner of the premises as directed by the Water Department.
[1]
Editor’s Note: Former § 700.160, Water Valve, was repealed 8-3-2015 by Ord. No. 4559 § 1.
[R.O. 1996 § 700.170]
A. 
All fire hydrants shall conform to the American Water Works Association Standard C502 of latest revision. Fire hydrants shall have two (2) two-and-one-half-inch nozzles and one (1) four-and-one-half-inch pumper nozzle with national standard fire hose coupling screw threads. Nozzle caps shall be provided for all outlets with suitable gaskets to provide a tight seal with the nozzles. Caps shall be securely chained to the barrel of the fire hydrant. Cap nuts shall have the same dimensions as the operating nut of the fire hydrant. Fire hydrants shall be one that is specified by the Water Department.
B. 
In water systems serving residential subdivisions, fire hydrants shall be installed at such locations that there will be at least one (1) fire hydrant within three hundred (300) feet of the nearest wall of any structure. Fire hydrants along streets which residences of such subdivisions front shall be spaced not more than six hundred (600) feet apart.
C. 
In commercial, industrial, and apartment house areas, fire hydrants shall be provided so that in no case shall more than three hundred (300) feet of fire hose be required to reach any point at the base of any exterior building wall from the nearest fire hydrant or from each to the fire hydrants required to provide the stipulated fire flow.
[R.O. 1996 § 700.180]
A. 
The Water Department will furnish, subject to availability, temporary construction fire hydrant water meters with the following charges and regulations:
1. 
The customer shall enter into a hydrant meter contract.
2. 
The customer shall provide a deposit with the Water Department as security against damage or non-payment, with such deposit to be returned to the customer upon final payment in full and the return of the water meter.
3. 
A service charge for the backflow certification shall be paid by the customer prior to initial installation of the meter.
4. 
All temporary construction fire hydrant water meters shall be billed monthly at the in-City water rate. In addition to the regular water consumption charge, construction meter customers will be billed a monthly water administrative fee and a rental fee. The amount of the deposits, service charges, administrative fees and rental fees referred to in this Section shall be established by administrative memorandum.
5. 
Installation and relocation shall only be performed by the Water Department.
[Ord. No. 4559 § 1, 8-3-2015]
[1]
Editor’s Note: Former §§ 700.190, Water Mains, Fittings, And Appurtenances, and 700.200, Testing Of Water Mains, were repealed 8-3-2015 by Ord. No. 4559 § 1.
[R.O. 1996 § 700.210]
Nothing contained in this Chapter shall be construed as limiting or preventing the City from extending its water distribution system whenever and wherever it may determine that circumstances so warrant.
[R.O. 1996 § 700.220; Ord. No. 3167 § 1, 9-20-1999; Ord. No. 4559 § 1, 8-3-2015]
A. 
The design criteria listed in the City's Design and Construction Manual is to be considered the minimum standards to be followed in the design of the water distribution systems within the City of Blue Springs corporate City limits and/or water service area and all water distribution systems installed shall meet these criteria. These minimum standards are not intended to be used as a substitute for actual construction specifications and design computations.
B. 
It shall be unlawful, within the City of Blue Springs, to install any water distribution system, or a part thereof, that does not comply with the design criteria and standards contained in this Section and its Subsections, or to deliver water to residential or non-residential homes, customers or businesses that is not delivered in compliance with, or in excess of, the standards and criteria set by this Section and its Subsections. Each day any violation shall continue shall constitute a separate offense.
C. 
The violation of this Section 700.220 shall, in addition to being a violation punishable pursuant to Section 100.080 of the Code of Ordinances, City of Blue Springs, Missouri, be deemed a nuisance, and as such, shall be actionable under Article II of Chapter 245 of the Code of Ordinances, City of Blue Springs, Missouri, and all of the provisions of Article II of Chapter 245 are applicable to the nuisance and its abatement.
[R.O. 1996 § 700.230; Ord. No. 4576 § I, 12-7-2015]
A. 
This Section shall apply to all premises served by the public drinking water system of the City of Blue Springs, Missouri.
B. 
Water Purveyor Responsibilities.
1. 
This Section will be reasonably interpreted by the water purveyor. It is the purveyor's intent to ban the use of lead based material in the construction or modification of the City's drinking water system or private plumbing connected to the City system. The cooperation of all consumers is required to implement the lead ban.
2. 
If, in the judgment of the water purveyor or their authorized representative, lead based materials not meeting the new "lead free" definitions have been used in new construction or modifications after January 4, 2014, due notice shall be given to the consumer. The consumer shall immediately comply by having the lead base materials removed from the plumbing system and replaced with lead free materials. If the lead base materials are not removed from the plumbing system, the water purveyor shall have the right to discontinue water service to the premises.
C. 
Lead is banned from drinking water plumbing to which this Section is applicable. No water service connection shall be installed or maintained to any premises where lead base materials not meeting the new "lead free" definitions have been used in new construction or modifications after January 4, 2014.
D. 
If a premises is found to be in violation of this Section, water service shall be discontinued until such time that the drinking water plumbing is lead free.
E. 
The following definitions shall apply in the interpretation and enforcement of this Section.
CONSUMER
The owner or person in control of any premises supplied by or in any manner connected to a public water system.
LEAD BASE MATERIALS
Any material containing lead in excess of the quantities specified in this Section.
1. 
In General.
a. 
When used with respect to solder and flux, refers to solders and flux containing not more than two tenths percent (0.2%) lead; and
b. 
When used with respect to pipes and pipe fittings, refers to pipes and pipe fittings containing not more than twenty-five tenths percent (0.25%) lead.
2. 
Calculation. The weighted average lead content of a pipe, pipe fitting, plumbing fitting, or fixture shall be calculated by using the following formula: For each wetted component, the percentage of lead in the component shall be multiplied by the ratio of the wetted surface area of that component to the total wetted surface area of the entire product to arrive at the weighted percentage of lead of the component. The weighted percentage of lead of each wetted component shall be added together, and the sum of these weighted percentages shall constitute the weighted average lead content of the product. The lead content of the material used to produce wetted components shall be used to determine compliance with Subsection (1) of this definition. For lead content of materials that are provided as a range, the maximum content of the range shall be used.
PUBLIC DRINKING WATER SYSTEM
Any publicly or privately owned water system supplying water to the general public which is satisfactory for drinking, culinary and domestic purposes and meets the requirements of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
WATER PURVEYOR
The owner, operator, or individual in responsible charge of a public water system.
1. 
Pipes, pipe fittings, plumbing fittings, or fixtures, including backflow preventers, that are used exclusively for non-potable services such as manufacturing, industrial processing, irrigation, outdoor watering, or any other uses where the water is not anticipated to be used for human consumption; or
2. 
Toilets, bidets, urinals, fill valves, flush-o-meter valves, tub fillers, shower valves, service saddles, or water distribution main gate valves that are two (2) inches in diameter or larger.