City of Erie, PA
Erie County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
CROSS REFERENCES
Water works — See 25 Pa. Code § 109.1 et seq.
Cross connection control — See S.U. & P.S. Art. 936.
[Ord. 70-1974 § 21-34, 105, passed 8-21-1974]
(a) 
(1) 
Pipes for fire protection shall only be fitted with such fixtures as are needed for fire protection. Each fixture shall be sealed by the Bureau of Water.
(2) 
Whenever practicable the hose shall be kept attached to the fixtures, suspended conveniently for use in case of fire. Parties who use fire protection fixtures for other than fire protection purposes, may be held liable to violation of the rules of the Bureau of Water.
(3) 
Parties having connections used for fire protection, can test their fire apparatus at any time under the following conditions:
A. 
Written notice to be given at the office of the Bureau of Water that such test is desired, a date and hour will then be assigned to applicant when test can begin.
B. 
All tests must be made in the presence of the proper employee of the Bureau of Water whose sole and only duty consists in removing and replacing the seals of the Bureau of Water used on the fire apparatus, and note the time required for his presence.
(4) 
Seals must not be removed except in case of fire, written notice of which is to be given at the office of the Bureau of Water within 24 hours after its occurrence.
(b) 
Fire hydrants may be used only by those authorized members of fire departments outside the City within the areas of service of the Bureau of Water while performing their duties at actual conflagrations or at actual times shall not be carted away for any purpose whatsoever. All fire companies shall notify the Bureau of Water in advance of any hydrant use for fire drills.
(c) 
The Bureau shall be notified within 24 hours after the use of any hydrant by any fire bureau, department or volunteer fire agency of the City water system.
(d) 
Wrenches other than regulation hydrant wrenches shall not be used for the operation of the hydrants.
(e) 
No person shall obstruct access to any fire hydrant in any manner whatsoever.
(f) 
No private hydrant will be allowed on the sidewalk, nor in a front yard within 12 feet of the line of the street, unless the yard is enclosed by a front fence, in which case the hydrant shall not be nearer the fence than four feet.
(g) 
All fire hydrants, hydrant branches and valves on public rights of way outside the corporate limits of the City which are attached to City water mains shall be installed by the municipality or township at proper locations at their discretion in accordance with the material specifications and requirements, methods, supervision and approval of the Bureau, however, they shall become subject to all the requirements of this article and they will be maintained by the Bureau.
(h) 
All fire hydrants which are attached to City mains shall be subject to all provisions of this article and/or the penalties contained in the article.
(i) 
No charge shall be made for actual use of water for fire protection purposes only whether it be taken from a hydrant, through sprinklers or by any other means; however, stand-by fees shall be charged for availability of water according to the schedule contained in the schedule of rates.
(j) 
The requirements that meters shall be installed on all service branches will be waived in the case of service branches intended for fire protection only including sprinkling systems.
(k) 
Water may not be used off the service for any other purpose except for the intended protection.
(l) 
A detector check valve to indicate when water has been used is required on services which at the discretion of the Bureau of Water are at a distance from the main connection so as to permit a leak to go undetected.
(m) 
Plans for fire protection installations in multiple dwellings must be approved by the Underwriters Board Building Commission and the Fire Department of the City, municipality or township in whose jurisdiction the protection is to be installed before approval by the Bureau of Water in writing from the Bureau Chief.
(n) 
All fire protection branches must be provided with a valve between the street main and the building or private fire line supplied with the water. Maintenance of the fire protection branch shall be the liability of the property owner. All costs for material, equipment and labor which may be incurred for any emergency repairs by the Bureau, will be billed for at actual cost to the Bureau.
(o) 
Bulk water through fire hydrants shall be sold at the Chestnut Street Plant. If a governmental body outside the City requires hydrant water for municipal purposes, they shall first make application at the Business Office of the Bureau of Water at the foot of Chestnut Street and receive a permit. These hydrants can only be operated by duly authorized personnel such as firemen or Water Bureau employees. In any other bulk water sales where a hydrant may be required such as for demolition and/or construction, the hydrants shall be operated by Water Bureau personnel with a Water Bureau truck parked near the hydrant. All labor charges and a daily truck charge will be paid for by the contractor. Charges will be at $5 per hour for labor charges, $10 per working day or any part of a working day for truck, and $5 per working day or any part of a working day for water. Double time will be charged for labor for any time other than working hours and Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
[Ord. 70-1974 § 35-37, passed 8-21-1974]
(a) 
The supply pipe to each outdoor drinking fountain shall be furnished with a special stop cock, at the curb if practicable, which shall always be under the control of the Bureau of Water.
(b) 
Outdoor drinking fountains will only be allowed to flow between May 15 and October 15 of each year.
(c) 
Faucets to public drinking fountains, shall be self-closing, of a style approved by the Bureau of Water, and the supply to all such fountains shall be controlled by them.
[Ord. 70-1974 § 64-72, passed 8-21-1974]
(a) 
All construction and materials utilized shall be in accordance with and conform to the specifications set forth by the City Bureau of Water.
(b) 
All mains constructed by private contractors shall be supervised by a Water Bureau Inspector at the expense of the contractor or customer.
(c) 
The contractor shall be liable for maintenance of any main constructed by him for 12 months after completion date of the main constructed.
(d) 
No water line extension shall be approved for construction unless the pipe is extended in such a manner as to connect to the main pipe at the opposite intersection so as to prevent a "dead end" termination.
(e) 
No main construction work shall be performed by the Bureau of Water from December 1 to May 1 of the following year.
(f) 
Service connections less than two inches in size shall be attached to the water mains by means of a corporation cock at a point not to exceed above the 45° angle point of the water main between the horizontal and the vertical. The service branch from the water main to a point behind the street curb line shall be of type "K" annealed copper tubing.
(g) 
All service branches larger than two inches shall be of Ductile Iron Class 4.
(h) 
No person shall by means of false keys or other means cause or suffer any premises to be supplied with water after the water supply has been disconnected by the Bureau when such act is contrary to the true intent and meaning of these regulations.
(i) 
All water services after pressure testing to 150 lbs. per square inch for a minimum of four hours shall be chlorinated by the Bureau. The plumber or contractor shall cooperate with the Bureau in regard to the time and place of such chlorination. Points for the application of chlorine and subsequent drainage shall be determined by the Bureau and provided by the plumber or contractor. No water shall be provided through such service until results of chlorination have been approved by the Bureau chemist in writing.
[Ord. 70-1974 § 73-80, passed 8-21-1974]
(a) 
No person other than a duly licensed plumber shall do any plumbing in connection with any attachment to the water mains of the Bureau without the written permission of the Bureau.
(b) 
Any attachment to the Bureau mains shall comply with the rules and regulations of the Bureau and the Plumbing Code of the City.
(c) 
Curb boxes and valve boxes on services shall be kept uncovered and readily accessible during construction or repair work.
(d) 
When plumbing work is completed in any new building, a space suitable for the installation of a water meter must be provided and the water must be shut off.
(e) 
No person shall break a Bureau seal nor disconnect or remove a water meter without permission of the Bureau.
(f) 
No licensed plumber nor any other person shall make any attachment to an old pipe or other fixture through which the supply of water has been discontinued or which is out of use until written permission has been obtained from the Bureau.
(g) 
No plumber or any other person shall alter in any way the service branch pipes attached to the Bureau mains without written permission of the Bureau.
(h) 
No plumber or any other person shall make an attachment to any service branch or other pipe, in such a manner that the water passing through such an attachment is not possible to be registered by the water meter, which is already installed or will be installed.
[Ord. 70-1974 § 81-100, passed 8-21-1974; Ord. 95-1982 § 1, 2, passed 11-10-1982]
(a) 
The water may, after due notice, be shut off from a customer failing to comply with these rules and will not be again turned on until satisfactory assurance is given that these rules will be complied with and all proper and necessary expense incurred in shutting off and turning on the water, are paid in full.
(b) 
A reasonable cash deposit, as indicated below will be required from all customers who do not own property within the district served by the Bureau of Water.
(1) 
Deposits may be required from customers taking service for a period of less than 30 days, in an amount equal to the estimated gross bill for such temporary period. Deposits may be required from all other customers provided that, in no instance, will deposits be required in excess of the estimated gross bill for any single billing period plus one month, the maximum period not to exceed four months with a minimum of $10.
(2) 
Deposits shall be returned to the depositor when he shall have paid undisputed bills for service over a period of 12 consecutive months, beginning at any time subsequently to June 1, 1974; and any customer having secured the return of a deposit will not be required to make a new deposit unless the service has been discontinued and the customer's credit standing impaired through failure to comply with tariff provisions.
(3) 
The payment of any undisputed bill, within the meaning of these rules shall be payment of the bill with or without discount or penalty, within 30 days following the period for which the bill was rendered or payment within 30 days following presentation of the bill, or the payment of any contested bill, payment of which is withheld beyond the period herein mentioned if the dispute is terminated substantially in favor of the customer and if payment is made by the customer within 10 days thereafter.
(4) 
Interest on deposits will be paid at the rate of 6% per annum without deduction for any taxes thereon. Upon deposits held for more than a year, the Bureau of Water will pay to the depositor, at the end of each calendar year, the interest accrued thereon.
(5) 
Any customer having a deposit shall pay bills for water service as rendered in accordance with the rules of the Bureau of Water and the deposit shall not be considered as payment on account of a bill during the time the customer is receiving water service.
(c) 
All waste of water is prohibited. A customer shall keep his faucets, valves, hydrants, service lines and hose in good order and condition at his own expense.
(d) 
The water may, after due notice, be shut off from a customer allowing it to run to prevent freezing, or allowing it to run to waste, and will not be again turned on until satisfactory assurance is given that the practice will be discontinued and all proper and necessary expense incurred in shutting off and turning on the water is paid in full.
(e) 
When premises will be temporarily unoccupied, the customer shall notify the Bureau of Water in writing and the water will be turned off and all charges will cease from that date. When the property is again occupied the customer shall again notify the Bureau of Water in writing and the water will be turned on. No refund or allowance will be made for unoccupied property when written notice, both at the time of vacancy and at the time of occupancy, has not been given as above provided. No refund will be allowed for property unoccupied for a period of time less than one month. The customer requesting temporary shut off and turn on shall pay a turn-off, turn-on charge of $10.
(f) 
In cases of vacancy of a customer's property, the customer must notify the Bureau of Water of such vacancy, and upon his failure to do so he will become responsible for any damage to the property of the Bureau of Water, arising from such failure.
(g) 
Water shall not be turned into any premises by any person not an agent of the Bureau of Water, except temporarily by a plumber to enable him to test his work, provided it shall be turned off again immediately after the test is made.
(h) 
The authorized agents of the Bureau of Water shall have the right of access, at all reasonable hours, to the premises supplied with water for the purpose of reading meters, examining pipes and fixtures, observing manner of using water, and for any other purpose which is proper and necessary in the conduct of the Bureau of Water business, and will carry with them proper credentials denoting their employment by the Bureau of Water.
(i) 
The Bureau of Water will not be liable for any claim or damages arising from a shortage of water, the breaking of machinery or other facilities or any other cause beyond its control.
(j) 
As necessity may arise in case of break, emergency or other unavoidable cause, the Bureau of Water shall have the right to temporarily cut off the water supply in order to make necessary repairs, connections, etc.; but the Bureau of Water will use all reasonable and practicable measures to notify the customer, in advance, of such discontinuance of service. In such case, the Bureau of Water shall not be liable for any damage or inconvenience suffered by the customer, nor in any case for any claim against it at any time for interruption in service, lessening of supply, inadequate pressure, poor quality of water or any cause beyond its control. The Bureau of Water shall have the right to reserve a sufficient supply of water at all times in its reservoirs to provide for fire or any other emergencies and may restrict or regulate the quantity of water used by customers in case of scarcity, or whenever the public welfare may require it.
(k) 
All single unit domestic services having a swimming pool with a capacity of 750 gallons or more shall be billed annually at the following rates:
Capacity
(Gallons)
Annual Rate (Per Year)
750 to 5,000
$7.58
5,001 to 10,000
$15.15
10,001 to 15,000
$22.73
15,001 to 20,000
$26.53
20,001 to 25,000
$30.31
Over 25,001
$37.88
The terms for the use and/or consumption of water for these pools shall be as follows:
The due date for payment of these flat rate charges, shall be 20 days from the date the bills are mailed. Payments mailed as evidenced by the United States Post Office mark, on/or previous to the end of the twenty-day period, shall be deemed to be payment within such period.
A late charge or penalty of 1.25% shall be imposed, due and payable to the Bureau of Water, which shall be calculated on the overdue portion of delinquent bills when payments for water service are received in person at the Bureau's Office or at the Office of an authorized Collection Agent after the due date. The Bureau shall impose a late payment charge or penalty for remittance received by mail more than five days after the due date. Such penalties shall be calculated monthly thereafter only on the over-due portions of the bills, and in no event shall the penalty charge exceed more than 15% annually.
(l) 
No pool, designed to be supplied with water direct from the City water supply, shall have any water inlet thereto below the extreme overflow level of the pool.
(m) 
There shall be no direct connection between any domestic water supply line and any circulating pump, filter, water softener or other apparatus or device that comes in contact with the water in or from the pool.
(n) 
Whenever the new service is to interconnect in any manner with an existing supply of water, either potable or nonpotable a separate detail of such interconnection shall be clearly shown. Such interconnection must comply with the requirements of the Bureau for backflow prevention as recommended by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources and the American Water Works Associations Specifications (A.W.W.A.).
(o) 
All garden services and other seasonal services where there is no year around occupancy shall be metered. The charge for service will be based upon the regular schedule of meter rates. Meters for such seasonal services will be handled as for new house service and shall be subject to the same regulations as set forth in the foregoing sections. Such meters will be installed in the spring of the year and removed in the fall upon written request by the owner and upon receipt of $10 for each installation and $10 for each removal. The fee will be payable to the Bureau of Water Business Office. These meters will be read when installed and when removed. The consumption shown thereon shall be charged for at the regular meter rates.
(p) 
Any water utilized in air conditioning systems must be recirculated and/or approved cooling towers be installed to eliminate water waste.
(q) 
No water use shall be in conflict with regulations provided herein.
(r) 
No customer, unless specially authorized to do so, shall open or close any of the Bureau of Water's stop cocks or valves in any public or private line.
(s) 
No agent or employee of the Bureau of Water shall have the right or authority to bind it by any promise, agreement or representation contrary to the letter or intent of these rules and regulations.
(t) 
The Bureau of Water reserves the right to alter or amend these rules and regulations in the manner provided by law.
[Ord. 91-1990 § 1, passed 12-26-1990]
The lease of the Water Bureau of the Department of Public Works to the Erie City Water Authority is hereby approved.