Schedule. The schedule of water rates and charges to users within the Village established by the Village with the approval of the Wisconsin Public Service Commission shall be on file with the Clerk-Treasurer.
Payments. The charges for water shall be due and collectible semiannually on the first days of February and August, respectively. Any charges due and not paid on or before February 20 and August 20, respectively, of each year shall be subject to a penalty as determined by the Wisconsin Public Service Commission. Delinquent water charges existing at the time of issuance of tax bills shall be added thereto as provided by statute.
Operation of valves and hydrants. No person shall, without authority of the Utility Manager, operate any valve connected with the street or supply mains, or open any fire hydrant connected with the distribution system (except for the purpose of extinguishing fire or fire training), or wantonly injure or impair the same. Permits for the use of hydrants for filling sprinkling cans shall apply only to such hydrants as are designated for such use.
Emergency and occasional service. No water shall be used for construction work except pursuant to authorization from the Utility Manager. No employee of the Utility shall turn on water for construction work unless the owner or contractor has first presented a permit. Upon completion of the construction work, the owner shall pay for water consumed as determined by the Utility Manager.
Inspection of premises. Any officer or authorized employee of the Utility shall have the right of access during reasonable hours to the premises supplied with the service for the purpose of inspection or for the enforcement of the Utility's rules and regulations.
Vacation of premises. When premises are to be vacated, the Utility shall be notified in writing at once so that it may remove the meter and shut off the water supply at the curb cock. The owner of the premises shall be liable to prosecution for any damage to the property of the Utility by reason of failure to notify the Utility of vacancy.
Water mains and service pipes in the construction of sewer or other trenches. Where excavating machines are used in digging sewers and any other underground utility, all water mains shall be maintained at the expense of the party performing the work, which shall ascertain for itself the existence and location of all service pipes. Where water mains are removed, cut or damaged in the course of construction, the party performing the work shall, at its own expense, cause them to be replaced or repaired at once. No water service pipe shall be shut off from any consumer for a period exceeding six hours without the consumer's consent.
Settling main or service trenches. Trenches in streets shall be refilled with appropriate compactible fill which shall be compacted to at least 95% of its maximum dry compaction.
Tapping mains. No person, unless authorized by the Utility, shall be permitted to tap or make any connection with any street main or distribution pipe, and the work shall be done in accordance with the provisions of the authorization.
Permit for water use; contract. No water shall be used without a proper permit. Parties desiring to obtain water on their premises shall make formal application and sign an application card or permit which shall constitute a contract for the specific use of the water supplied, and such contracts shall incorporate these regulations by reference.
Contract. Each applicant for water service shall, at the time of making application for such service, execute and deliver to the Utility a contract for such water service, agreeing to install at the applicant's expense a pipe from the curbline to the place on each piece of waste-using property where such water is desired and to make payment for such water service when a bill is rendered.
Existing service connections; permits. Any permit given for water service shall require that not more than one dwelling house or other unit shall be served by one connection. Whenever permanent street improvements are made or whenever service pipes are replaced and there exist conditions contrary to the foregoing sentence, the service shall be made to conform.
All connections to the public water mains between the property line and the water mains shall be installed by Village forces, Village contractor, or plumbers or contractors qualified by the Director of Public Works for that category of construction, or contract under the supervision of the Public Works Committee.
Service connections and other attachments to any of the water mains shall be made in conformity with the rules and regulations of the Public Works Committee.
Laying services. Two services shall not be connected to one tap; each building shall have a separate tap and service pipe laid not less than four feet below the surface after the street is brought to a grade. Each service shall be provided with a stop cock and metal extension box outside of the premises. Supply pipes shall not be laid across any connecting adjoining premises, whether owned by the same or different parties. Every service pipe where it enters the cellar shall be furnished with a stop and waste cock so situated below the action of frost that the water can be completely shut off and drained from the pipes when necessary to prevent freezing.
Contributions from customers to cover the cost of services from main to curb and meter installations.
Each applicant for water service shall, at the time of application for service, pay an amount sufficient to cover the cost of the service from main to curb.
Extra charges may be demanded to cover cost of digging when the ground is frozen and to cover meter boxes where needed. The sizes and type of services and meters installed shall be determined by a representative of the Village. All services from the main to the curb and all meters shall be owned by the Village and maintenance and replacement thereof shall be paid for by the Village.
Repairs to services. The service pipe from the main to the curb shall be maintained and kept in repair at the expense of the Utility. However, the consumer shall maintain the service pipe from the curb to the point of use. If a consumer fails to repair a leaky or broken service pipe from curb to the house within such time as may appear reasonable to the Utility Manager after notification has been served on the consumer by the Utility Manager, the water shall be shut off and shall not be turned on again until the repairs have been completed.
Thawing frozen services. Frozen services shall be thawed out by and at the expense of the Utility except where the freezing was caused by the fault or negligence of the consumer, such as reduction of the grade or undue exposure of the piping in the building or on the consumer's property or failure to comply with the Utility's specifications and requirements as to depth of service, lack of sufficient backfill or other similar acts of neglect. Following the freezing of a service, the Utility shall take such steps and issue such instructions as may be necessary to prevent the freezing of the same service. No charge shall be made for rethawing if the instructions are followed. If it is necessary to allow the water to flow to prevent refreezing, the consumer shall make provision for proper disposal of the wastewater. For the period in which the water is allowed to run, the consumer shall be billed according to his meter reading but not to exceed the average amount paid in the corresponding billing periods of the previous two years. New consumers shall be charged the average bill for other consumers of the same class receiving service under comparable conditions.
Turning on water. Water shall not be turned on for a consumer except by a duly authorized employee of the Utility. When a plumber or other workman has completed a job he shall leave the water turned off, but this provision shall not prevent him from testing his work.
Repairs to mains.
The Utility may temporarily shut off the water in the mains to make repairs, alterations or additions to the plant or system. When the circumstances permit a sufficient delay, the Utility shall notify consumers affected of the discontinuance of the supply. No rebate or damages shall be allowed to consumers for such temporary suspension of supply.
No claims shall be allowed against the Village on account of the interruption of the water supply caused by the breaking of pipes or machinery or by the stoppage for repairs or by stoppage or recession of flow or on account of fire or other emergency, nor shall any claims be allowed for any damages caused by the breaking of any pipe or machinery.
Installation of meters. Meters shall be installed by the consumer's plumber and shall not be disconnected or interfered with by the consumer. All meters shall be so located that they shall be free from obstructions and easily accessible for reading and inspection. The location shall be designated by the Utility. All piping within the building shall be supplied by the consumer.
Repairs to meters. Meters shall be repaired by the Utility, and the cost of such repairs caused by ordinary wear and tear shall be borne by the Utility. However, any damage to a meter resulting from the carelessness or negligence of the owner of the premises, his agent or tenant, including any damage that may result from negligence in permitting the water in a meter to freeze or injury to the meter caused by hot water or steam, shall be repaired at the expense of the consumer.
Surreptitious use of water. When the Utility has reasonable evidence that a consumer is obtaining his supply of water, in whole or in part, by means of devices or methods used to stop or interfere with the proper metering of the utility service delivered to his equipment, the Utility may estimate and present immediately a bill for the service which was not metered as a result of such interference.
Complaint meter tests. If a consumer demands that a test be made of his meter in addition to the periodic or installation test, he shall pay a test fee as set by the Village Board per inch of nominal size or fraction thereof. If the meter is found fast in excess of 2%, the payment for the test shall be refunded and adjustment made in the past bills.
Unit of service. A unit of service shall consist of any space or area occupied for a distinct purpose, such as an apartment, flat, store, office or factory, which is equipped with one or more fixtures for rendering water service, separate and distinct from other users. Each unit of service shall be regarded as one consumer and the minimum surcharge for additional consumers on a meter assessed accordingly. Where a consumer's premises have several buildings, each supplied with a separate service and metered separately, water service to each building shall be billed separately; the readings shall not be cumulated. If such buildings are all used in the same business and are connected by the consumer, they can be metered in one place. If the Utility for its own convenience installs more than one meter, the readings shall be cumulated for billing.
Failure to read meter. Where the Utility is unable to read a meter after two successive trials, the fact shall be plainly indicated upon the six-month bill, the minimum charge assessed and the difference adjusted with the consumer when the meter is again read. (The bill for the succeeding six months shall be computed with the cubic feet in each block of the rate schedule doubled and credit shall be given on that bill for the amount of the minimum bill paid the preceding month.) If the meter is damaged or fails to operate for any reason, the Utility shall render a bill for the current period based on an average of the last two billings, provided that the use during that period has been normal. If the water use during the last two periods has not been normal, the bill shall be estimated.
The Village of Maple Bluff shall pay to the Village of Maple Bluff Water Utility for fire protection services the sum as determined by the Public Service Commission (PSC) per year to cover the use of mains and hydrants up to and including the terminal hydrant and connection on each line of main.
For all extensions of fire protection service, the actual cost of such extension plus an annual fee per hydrant as determined by the PSC shall be paid to the Village by the owner of the property benefited by such extension.
Purpose. The purpose of this section is to prevent contamination of groundwater and to protect public health, safety and welfare by assuring that unused, unsafe or noncomplying wells or wells which may serve as conduits for contamination or wells which may be illegally cross-connected to the municipal water system are properly abandoned.
Applicability. This section applies to all wells located on premises served by the Village of Maple Bluff municipal water system.
Definitions. As used in this section, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- MUNICIPAL WATER SYSTEM
- A system for the provision to the public of piped water for human consumption, when such system has at least 15 service connections or regularly serves at least 25 year-round residents, owned or operated by a city, village, county, town, town sanitary district, utility district or public institution, or a privately owned water utility serving any of the above.
- A well or pump installation which does not comply with the provisions of Ch. NR 112, Wis. Adm. Code, in effect at the time the well was constructed, a contamination source was installed, the pump was installed or work was done on either the well or pump installation.
- PUMP INSTALLATION
- The pump and related equipment used for withdrawing water from a well, including the discharge piping, the underground connections, pitless adapters, pressure tanks, pits, sampling faucets and well seals or caps.
- A well or pump installation which is bacteriologically contaminated or contaminated with substances in excess of the standards of Ch. NR 109 or NR 140, Wis. Adm. Code, or for which a health advisory has been issued by the Department of Natural Resources.
- A well or pump installation which is not in use or does not have a functional pumping system.
- An excavation or opening into the ground made by digging, boring, drilling, driving, or other methods for the purpose of obtaining groundwater for consumption or other use.
- WELL ABANDONMENT
- The filling and sealing of a well according to the provisions of Ch. NR 112, Wis. Adm. Code.
Abandonment required. All wells located on premises served by the municipal water system shall be abandoned in accordance with the terms of this section and Ch. NR 112, Wis. Adm. Code, by October 10, 1991, or no later than one year from the date of connection to the municipal water system, whichever occurs last, unless a well operation permit has been obtained by the well owner from the Village of Maple Bluff.
Well operation permit. The Village of Maple Bluff may grant a permit to a private well owner to operate a well for a period not to exceed five years, provided that the conditions of this section are met. An owner may request renewal of a well operation permit by submitting information verifying that the conditions of this section are met. The Village of Maple Bluff, or its agent, may conduct inspections or have water quality tests conducted at the applicant's expense to obtain or verify information necessary for consideration of a permit application or renewal. Permit applications and renewals shall be made on forms provided by the Clerk-Treasurer. The following conditions must be met for issuance or renewal of a well operation permit:
The well and pump installation meet or are upgraded to meet the requirements of Ch. NR 112, Wis. Adm. Code;
The well construction and pump installation have a history of producing bacteriologically safe water as evidenced by at least two samplings taken a minimum of two weeks apart. No exception to this condition may be made for unsafe wells, unless the Department of Natural Resources approves, in writing, the continued use of the well;
There are no cross-connections between the well and pump installation and the municipal water system; and
The proposed use of the well and pump installation can be justified as being necessary.
All wells abandoned under the jurisdiction of this section shall be abandoned according to the procedures and methods of Ch. NR 112, Wis. Adm. Code. All debris, pump, piping, unsealed liners and any other obstructions which may interfere with sealing operations shall be removed prior to abandonment.
The owner of the well, or the owner's agent, shall notify the Clerk at least 48 hours prior to commencement of any well abandonment activities. The abandonment of the well shall be observed by Village of Maple Bluff.
The abandonment report form, supplied by the Department of Natural Resources, shall be submitted by the well owner to the Clerk-Treasurer and the Department of Natural Resources within 10 days of the completion of the well abandonment.
Penalties. Any well owner violating any provision of this section shall, upon conviction, be punished by forfeiture as specified in § 1-4 of this Municipal Code and the cost of prosecution. Each day of violation is a separate offense. If any person fails to comply with this section for more than 10 days after receiving written notice of the violation, the municipality may impose a penalty and cause the well abandonment to be performed and the expense to be assessed as a special tax against the property.