City of Bridgman, MI
Berrien County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Bridgman as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 1-3-1956 by Ord. No. 9 (Ch. 403.000 of the 1999 Compiled Ordinances)]
No person, company or corporation shall tap any water main or distribution pipe of the waterworks system, or insert therein any corporation cock, stop cock, or any other fixture or appliance or alter or disturb any service pipe, corporation stop, curb stop, gate valve, hydrant, water meter or any other attachment belonging to the waterworks system and attached thereto without proper permit for same. No person shall install any water service pipe or connect or disconnect any such service pipe with or from the mains or distribution pipes of said waterworks system, not with or from any other service pipe now or hereafter connected with said system, nor make any repairs, additions to, or alterations of any such service pipe, tap, stock cock, or any other fixture or attachments connected with any such service pipe, without proper permit for same.
Before any service shall be made to any part of the waterworks system, or any work performed upon old or new connections, a permit shall be obtained from the Water Superintendent. Such permit shall be issued after written application on forms prepared for that purpose obtainable from the Water Superintendent. Applicants for water service shall furnish and lay and install all that portion of the service not provided by the City Water Department at their own expense; subject, however, to the supervision and inspection of the City Water Superintendent. Such permit shall be issued by the Water Superintendent if the proposal is approved by him, and if denied, the applicant may appeal to the City Council, whose decision shall be final.
Upon filing application for permit to connect with any water main or distribution pipe of the waterworks system, there shall be paid to the Water Department a tapping fee, such fees to include all the costs of tapping the main, installing the corporation cock, furnishing and laying the service pipe to the property line and installing stop cock and shutoff box and a meter deposit which shall be equal to the cost of the meter; all such materials to be and remain the property of the City Water System.
The owner or occupant of any building or premises entitled to the use of water from said system shall not supply water to other persons, companies or corporations, except upon written permission of the City Water Superintendent, nor shall he permit unnecessary waste of water. There shall be a separate service in each building except outbuildings and in connection with a main building. No temporary service shall be permitted.
No person shall turn the water from any main or distribution pipe into any service pipe without a permit, in writing, from the City Water Superintendent.
All service pipes connecting with the distribution mains of the waterworks system from the City main to the stop and waste inside building shall be laid under the supervision of the Water Superintendent, and the size of the service and meter shall be determined by the Superintendent.
The use of water for sprinkling lawns and gardens, and the hours for such use, shall be prescribed by City Council by resolution adopted at any regular or special meeting thereof.
The properties of manufacturing institutions, lumberyards, warehouses, elevators, stores, hotels, schools and other public buildings wishing to install large pipes with hydrant and hose couplings, to be used only in case of fire, will be permitted with the street main at their own expense, upon application to the City Water Superintendent and under his direction and supervision, but shall pay for such connection in an amount to be prescribed by the City Council.
The City Water Superintendent or any of his agents shall have power and authority at all reasonable hours to enter upon any premises where water is furnished from the City waterworks system, for the purpose of reading meters or the inspection of all pipes and fixtures connected with said waterworks system, and they shall have power and authority to require any defective pipes or fixtures to be repaired, removed or replaced where the same is deemed necessary by the Water Superintendent, and any person refusing or neglecting to make such repairs when so ordered shall be deemed guilty of a violation of this article and liable to prosecution therefor.
Water meters may be installed upon any premises supplied with water and any damage to said meter resulting from the carelessness of the owner, agent or tenant through neglect to properly protect same shall be assessed to such owner or tenant. Water consumers shall not tamper with nor remove meter from the service, or interfere with the reading thereof.
The City shall have, as security for the collection of any water rates or any assessments, charges or rentals due or to become due for the use or consumption of water supplied hereunder to any house or other building or any premises, lot or lots or parcel or parcels of land, a lien upon such house or other building and upon the premises or lot or lots, or parcel or parcels upon which such house or other building shall be situated or to which such water was supplied. Such lien shall become effective immediately upon the distribution of the water to the premises or property supplied as aforesaid, but shall not be enforceable for more than three years. Such lien may be enforced by the City in the manner prescribed by the general laws of this state providing for the enforcement of tax liens, provided that the provisions of this section shall not be construed as preventing the City from suing such owner by action in the name of the City for the amount so due to it, or from preventing the City from cutting off such water services from the premises at any time such water charges are in default.
The rates to be charged consumers of water shall be as are now in force, or which shall be established from time to time by the City Council. All charges shall become due at such time as shall be established by resolution of the City Council, and if such charges are not paid within 20 days after the same shall become due, then a penalty of 10% shall be added thereto. In the event that the charges for any such service furnished to any premises shall not be paid within 30 days after the same shall become due, then all service furnished to such premises shall be discontinued.
No free service shall be furnished by the system to the City or to any person, firm or corporation, public or private, or to any public agency or private, or to any public agency or instrumentality. The City shall pay the Water Department an annual hydrant rental charge for each hydrant located within the City in such amount as shall be fixed by resolution of the City Council.
A. 
All fire hydrants erected within and by said City are hereby declared to be public hydrants; and excepting the superintendent of the waterworks, no person or persons other than the members of the Fire Department of said City and Lake Township Fire Department, and then only for the uses and purposes of such department, shall open any such hydrant, or draw or attempt to draw any water therefrom, nor shall any person or persons at any time uncover or attempt to uncover any such hydrant, or remove or attempt to remove therefrom any matter or thing designed or intended for the protection thereof, or in any manner interfere with such hydrant.
B. 
Provided that the Water Superintendent of said City, or its duly authorized agents, may grant to any suitable person or persons written permission to open any hydrant and draw water therefrom, in which event such person or persons shall not open it to any greater extent nor keep the same open any greater length of time nor draw water therefrom for any other purpose, nor any greater quantity, than such as may be specified in and by such permission. Any person obtaining such permit shall pay an annual fee to the City as is established by resolution of the City Council from time to time and shall use only the fire hydrant designated in the permit.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
No person authorized to open hydrants shall delegate his authority to another, nor let out or suffer any person to take the wrenches furnished him, nor suffer the same to be taken except for the purposes strictly connected with the Fire Department, or as they accompany hose carts on occasions of fire.
No unauthorized person shall make any excavations in any street or highway within 10 feet of any laid water pipe while the ground is frozen, or dig up or uncover so as to expose to the frost any water pipe of the City, except by permission of the Water Superintendent.
No person shall make any excavations in any street or highway for the purpose of laying water pipes, or tap any water pipe without written permission from the water superintendent; and all plumbing work required in a building or for other purposes must be completed to the lines of the street before any excavation shall be made in any street for the purpose of connecting with the main.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
A disconnection charge made at the request of the water user shall be paid for turning off the service and for turning it on in an amount as established by resolution of the City Council from time to time.
The City shall not be liable under any circumstances for any failure or deficiency in the supply of water to consumers whether occasioned by shutting off the water to make necessary repairs or connections or for any other cause.
All funds of the Water Department shall be kept separate from other funds of the City and an accurate independent record kept of all receipts and disbursement of the Water Department shall be maintained by the appropriate employee or employees of the City.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine of not more than $500, and costs of prosecution, or by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding 90 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment in the discretion of the court.
[Adopted 11-6-1972 by Ord. No. 48 (Ch. 401.000 of the 1999 Compiled Ordinances)]
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
The City adopts by reference the Water Supply Cross-Connection Rules of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Mich Admin Code, R 325.11401 through R 325.11407.
It shall be the duty of the Bridgman Water Department to cause inspection to be made of all properties served by the public water supply where cross-connections with the public water supply are deemed possible. The frequency of inspections and reinspections based on potential health hazards involved shall be as established by the Bridgman Water Department and as approved by the Michigan Department of Public Health.
A. 
The representative of the Bridgman Water Department shall have the right to enter at any reasonable time any property served by a connection to the public water supply system of City for the purpose of inspecting the piping system or systems thereof for cross-connections.
B. 
On request, the owner, lessees or occupants of any property so served shall furnish to the inspection agency any pertinent information regarding the piping system or systems on such property. The refusal of such information or refusal of access, when requested, shall be deemed evidence of the presence of cross-connections.
The Bridgman Water Department is hereby authorized and directed to discontinue water service after reasonable notice to any property wherein any connection in violation of this article exists, and to take such other precautionary measures deemed necessary to eliminate any danger of contamination of the public water supply system. Water service to such property shall not be restored until the cross-connection(s) has been eliminated in compliance with the provisions of this article.
The potable water supply made available on the properties served by the public water shall be protected from possible contamination as specified by this article and by the state plumbing code. Any water outlet which could be used for potable or domestic purposes and which is not supplied by the potable system must be labeled in a conspicuous manner as:
WATER UNSAFE FOR DRINKING
This article does not supersede the state plumbing code but is supplementary to it.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
Any person or customer found guilty of violating any of the provisions of this article, or any written order of the Bridgman Water Department in pursuance thereof, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine of not to exceed $500 for each violation or imprisonment in the county jail of Berrien County Michigan for a period of 90 days, or both, in the discretion of the court. Each day upon which a violation of the provisions of this act shall occur shall be deemed a separate and additional violation for the purpose of this article.