[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of DeWitt as Ch. 51 of the 1969 Code. Section 186-26 amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I. Other amendments noted where applicable.]
Application for water service shall be made by the property owner or his authorized representative, in writing, to the Town Clerk of the Town of DeWitt for any building, structure or premises located within the Town of DeWitt sought to be supplied with water by any water district in the Town of DeWitt.
Such application must be approved by the Water Superintendent having jurisdiction before any connection is made with the street main.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated.
- OWNER'S SERVICE PIPE
- The pipe or tubing leading from the curb stop and curb box across the applicant's property to the applicant's building, structure or premises and connecting to the meter.
- SERVICE CONNECTION
- The tap or connection to the main, corporation stop, curb box, curb stop and sufficient copper tubing or pipe to connect the corporation stop to the curb box. The curb box and curb stop shall be located at the applicant's property line.
All service connections will be constructed by the water district at such charge as shall be determined by the Town Board.
Owner's service pipes shall be installed entirely by the applicant, and such installation shall be subject to the approval of the Water District Superintendent.
All owners' service pipes shall be installed at a depth from the ground surface to top of the pipe of not less than four (4) feet six (6)inches.
No owner's service pipe shall be less than three-fourths (3/4) inch in nominal diameter.
Owners' service pipes three (3) inches in diameter and smaller shall be of Type K copper tubing or of a material approved, in writing, by the Town Engineers and filed with the Water Department. Owners' service pipes larger than three (3) inches in diameter shall be of materials approved, in writing, by the Town Engineers and on file with the Water Department.
There shall be no tap, provision for tap, or plugged tee or other such fittings in the owner's service pipe.
After the owner's service pipe has been installed, it shall not be covered up until it has been inspected by the Water District Superintendent, and no connection to the curb box shall be made unless the Water District Superintendent has approved the installation.
Should repairs to the owner's service pipe be necessary, the repairs shall be made promptly by competent workmen at the expense of the property owner.
All repairs of the owner's service pipe shall be left uncovered until the Water District Superintendent has inspected the repairs. Water service will be shut off by the Water District Superintendent during repairs and will not be turned on until the repairs meet with the approval of the Water District Superintendent.
In the event that a leak exists in an owner's service pipe and, after due notice, repairs are not made by the property owner, the repairs will be made by the water district, and the cost of same, determined as actual cost of labor and material plus ten percent (10%), shall be charged against the owner of the property served by such owner's service pipe and be a lien thereon.
If any owner's service pipe already installed does not meet with the requirements of these regulations, whenever such owner's service pipe shall require repairs, it shall be so altered as to fully conform to these regulations.
Every water service shall be supplied through a meter.
All water meters that shall be used on the water system of a water district must be procured from the water district and shall be the property of the district. Meters up to and including one (1) inch in size shall be procured from the water district at a set fee established by the Town Board. Meters larger than one (1) inch shall be procured from the water district at a fee equal to the cost of the meter.
Meters shall be set at the expense of the property owner in such location, position and manner as to be readily accessible for reading and repair and kept free of obstructions. A suitable valve or stopcock shall be placed in the pipe near the inlet side of the meter.
The property owner must protect the meter from freezing and damage. The water district will repair all meters as necessary to maintain against normal wear of the meters in the water district. Any damage to meters caused by other than normal wear will be repaired by the water district at the expense of the property owner.
The water district will test meters as necessary to maintain against normal wear. Where a meter is suspected by the property owner, it will be tested at the property owner's request. If said meter is found correct, the property owner shall bear the expense of the test. Meters will be considered correct if registering within two percent (2%) of the average percent registration of flows within normal test flow limits by the American Water Works Association.
No person shall in any way interfere or tamper with the water meter or the valves and fittings connected therewith. When meters are sealed, the seal may be broken only by the authorized agent of the Town Board. Should the seal by broken in any other manner, the property owner will be held responsible, and the Town Board reserves the right to order the meter removed for test at the expense of the property owner.
All new applications for water service shall be for a single service. Each property or property unit shall be served by a single service consisting of a service connection, an owner's service pipe and a meter. In case of large-diameter services serving industrial or commercial complexes, exceptions regarding single services may be made by special permission of the Town Board.
Where more than one (1) property or property unit is now supplied through one (1) service connection and under the control of one (1) curb stop, any violation of the rules of the Town Board and water district by any of the owners so supplied shall be construed as a violation by all, and the Town Board may take such action as could be taken against a single owner, except that where there is no serious emergency, such action shall not be taken until the owner who has not violated the rules and regulations has been given a reasonable opportunity to attach his service to a separately controlled service connection.
Whenever an owner's service pipe or a service connection supplying two (2) or more owners or property units may, for the purpose of stopping leaks or making other repairs, require shutdown, it shall be replaced with separate service connections. These service connections and owners' service pipes shall all be new, unless the owners make an agreement as to the ownership of the existing owners' service pipes. When one (1) service connection has been used for two (2) or more properties all in one (1) ownership and there is a division of such ownership, each property shall thereafter have its own service pipe.
All water passing through a meter will be charged for, whether used or wasted.
In cases where it is found that a meter has ceased to register or has registered inaccurately and it cannot be determined by reasonable test the percentage of inaccuracy, an estimated bill for the billing period may be rendered the consumer. This estimated bill will be based upon the amount of water consumed in the corresponding period in prior years, except where it appears that there has been a change in the occupancy of the premises or in the use of water, in which case an equitable adjustment will be made by the Town Board.
Charges for fire prevention sprinkling systems shall be paid annually in advance, within thirty (30) days of the date of the bill, and if not so paid, shall be subject to a late charge of ten percent (10%) which shall be added to the bill. Such charges shall be made in accordance with a schedule of sprinkler charges prepared by the Town Water Superintendent and approved by the Town Board.
If the meter reading cannot be obtained, an estimated billing shall be rendered, based on the average of the past four (4) billing periods, adjusted to reflect rate adjustments. Not more than one (1) estimated billing shall be rendered a customer during any one (1) year. Any overcharge by reason of an estimated bill shall be credited to subsequent bills until the credit is consumed.
The property owner shall notify the water district, in writing, of any change in ownership. No adjustment of water bills will be made between owners by the district unless due notice has been given the district prior to the mailing of a bill.
Water service will be discontinued by the water district upon written notice not less than two (2) days prior to the requested date of discontinuance.
[Amended 6-10-1974; 3-14-1977]
The rentals for the use of water and all charges in connection therewith shall be due and payable on the day stipulated in the rate schedule established for each individual district by the Town Board. Said rate schedules shall include a minimum charge for water service, and such minimum charge shall be due and payable on a pro rata basis for any period regardless of lesser use until the service is terminated by the water district. These various rate schedules will be subject to change from time to time as determined by resolution of the Town Board. Any charges for water rents not paid within thirty (30) days of the date of the bill shall be subject to a late charge of ten percent (10%), which shall be added to the bill.
When a late charge has been imposed pursuant to the preceding section, the Town Supervisor, upon good and reasonable cause shown for the delay of payment, is authorized to forgive and delete such late charge, provided that said late charge does not exceed twenty dollars ($20.). Late charges in excess of that amount may be appealed to the Town Board.
The Town of DeWitt and the water district therein reserve the right, at any time, without notice, to shut off the water in its mains for the purpose of making repairs and extensions or for other purposes, and in no event shall the town or its officers, representatives or employees be liable for a deficiency in the supply of water or the pressure thereof.
In the event of a break in a water main or interruption of service for any other reason that appears to be of a nature that the interruption will last more than thirty (30) minutes, the Water Superintendent or his deputy shall immediately notify the Fire Department within whose district or fire protection district the break or interruption is located, giving the extent of the interruption and his best judgment of its duration.
When water service has been terminated on written order of the property owner, the restoration of service shall be made with reasonable dispatch on written request of the property owner.
No person or persons are permitted to open any fireplug or hydrant or draw water therefrom except the Water Superintendent or those acting with his permission or under his direction. The Chief of the Fire Department, his assistants and officers and members of said Department are authorized to use the hydrants and fireplug for the purpose of obtaining water for fire-fighting purposes only, and such water shall not be sold. In all such cases the water shall be obtained under the direction and supervision of the Chief or assistants appointed by him, and in no case shall an inexperienced or incompetent person be permitted to manipulate or control in any way any hydrant, fireplug or fixture.
Corporation stops or curb stops on water services shall be operated only by the Water Superintendent or his authorized agent or by such other person authorized by the Town Board.
No person shall obstruct access to any fire hydrant, gate valve, corporation cock or curb box connection with the water mains or service connections or any water pipe in any street or placing thereon any building materials, rubbish or other hindrances.
No pipe or fixtures connected with the mains of the water district shall be connected with pipes or fixtures supplied with water from any other service nor any apparatus which may endanger the quality of the district's water supply.
No water main shall be tapped for nor any service man extended outside the boundaries of the water district except on special application therefor filed with the Town Board and a special permit therefor granted and issued by the Town Board. The Town Board shall impose such conditions upon the granting of the permit as shall be deemed fitting and proper by it and shall impose and collect such water rates and charges for such water service as it deems best.
No customer or other person shall willfully waste any water supplied by the Town of DeWitt or any water district therein by the loss of water through imperfect pipes or by any other means.
The Town Board and its representatives reserve the right to restrict or prohibit the use of water for sprinkling purposes or other nonessential purposes at such times and for such periods as it deems necessary or proper, and all directives by the Town Board or its duly authorized representative relative to the curtailment or prohibition of the use of water for sprinkling or other nonessential purposes shall be complied with.
Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter or any rule or regulation thereof shall be guilty of an offense against this chapter and shall be punished by a fine of not exceeding two hundred fifty dollars ($250.) or imprisonment not exceeding fifteen (15) days, or both.