[Adopted 11-12-2015 by Ord. No. 20151112-1]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- CROSS CONNECTION
- A cross connection is defined as any physical connection or arrangement between two otherwise separate systems, one of which contains potable water from the Village of Superior's [by Superior Water, Light and Power (SWL&P)] public water system, and the other of which contains water from a private source, water of unknown or questionable safety, or steam, gases, or chemicals, whereby there may be a flow from one system to the other, with the direction of flow depending on the pressure differential between the two systems.
No person, firm, or corporation may establish or maintain, or permit to be established or maintained, any unprotected cross connection. Cross connections shall be protected as required in Ch. SPS 382, Wis. Adm. Code.
The water utility may inspect, or arrange for an inspection of, property served by the public water system for cross connections. The water utility may require a person, firm, or corporation who owns, leases, or occupies property to have its plumbing inspected, at its own expense by a State of Wisconsin Certified Cross Connection Inspector/Surveyor. The frequency of inspections shall be established by the water utility in accordance with Wisconsin Administrative Code. Any unprotected cross connections identified by the inspection shall be promptly corrected. Failure to promptly correct an unprotected cross connection shall be sufficient cause for the water utility to discontinue water service to the property, as provided under § 392-8 of this article.
Upon presentation of credentials, a representative of the water utility shall have the right to request entry, at any reasonable time, to a property served by a connection to the public water system for the purpose of inspecting the property for cross connections. Refusing entry to such utility representative shall be sufficient cause for the water utility to discontinue water service to the property, as provided under § 392-8 of this article. If entry is refused, a special inspection warrant under § 66.0119, Wis. Stats., may be obtained.
The water utility may request an owner, lessee, or occupant of property served by a connection to the public water system to furnish the water utility with pertinent information regarding the piping systems on the property. Refusing to provide requested information shall be sufficient cause for the water utility to discontinue water service to the property, as provided under § 392-8 of this article.
The water utility may discontinue water service to any property wherein any unprotected connection in violation of this article exists, and take other precautionary measures deemed necessary to eliminate any danger of contamination of the public water system. Water service may be discontinued, however, only after reasonable notice and opportunity for hearing under Ch. 68, Wis. Stats., except as provided in § 392-9 of this article. Water service to such property shall not be restored until the unprotected cross connection has been eliminated.
If it is determined by the water utility that an unprotected cross connection or emergency endangers public health, safety, or welfare, and requires immediate action, and if a written finding to that effect is filed with the Village Clerk and delivered to the customer's premises, water service may be immediately discontinued. The customer shall have an opportunity for hearing under Ch. 68, Wis. Stats., within 10 days of such emergency discontinuance. Water service to such property shall not be restored until the unprotected cross connection has been eliminated.