The following rules shall be considered as part of the contract between the City of Ithaca and every person who takes water supplied by the City of Ithaca and/or whose premises is connected to or ultimately discharges to the city sanitary sewer system, and every person using these utilities shall be bound thereby, and whenever any one of said rules is violated, the right is reserved to cut off the water and/or sewer service with due notice.
All applications for the introduction or supply of water and/or sewer into any premises or for the extension of any pipe for the conveyance of water or sewage must be made, in writing, by the owner of the premises or said owner's duly authorized agent on forms provided for that purpose at the office of the City Chamberlain. Separate buildings requiring separate meters will also require separate services even if they are on the same premises. If more than one service is desired for the same premises, a separate application shall be made for each service. The owner of such premises shall be held responsible and liable for all charges for such service and water consumption and sewer rental charges to said premises, to be collected, in case of default of payment, in the manner provided by the rules and regulations or the provisions of the City Charter relating thereto. However, when water and/or sewer service is desired for premises in areas outside the city limits where contracts are made with the city to supply the areas with water and sewer disposal, all applications must be approved by the Board of Public Works or its designated representative before application may be accepted at the office of the City Chamberlain.
Each building or other premises shall be provided with a separate and independent water and sewer service from the main; provided, however, that a group of buildings under the same tenant occupancy, use and exclusive control may be served by a single principal water and sewer service upon permission and terms granted by the Board. Where two or more branch water service lines from the main service pipe are used for separate tenants in the same premises, each branch shall be provided by the owner with proper fittings for separate and independent meter installations in the respective branches, and each such branch shall be provided with a compression stop and waste cock ahead of the meter.
All revenues derived from water and sewer service and operation of the system shall be applied towards the payment of the cost of operation and maintenance of the plant and equipment, extensions and improvements, the payment of the principal and interest, obligations on the outstanding water and sewer bonds and the creation of a reserve for extraordinary replacements, extension and improvements of the water supply and sewer systems.
The Board shall from time to time determine and fix the rates for water service connection and consumption, sewer rental fees, special fees and charges for hydrant service and shall establish such zones and periods of payment as may be desirable.
All such rates and terms of payment shall constitute a part of the rules and regulations of the Board relating to water service as though fully set forth herein and shall be on file in the office of the City Chamberlain.
The Board reserves the right to change, by resolution, from time to time, the rules and regulations relating to the water supply and sewer system and the rates for the use of water and sewers.
The Board shall determine and fix rates for water and sewer service and water consumption outside the city limits and for service taps, repairs, etc., and for hydrant service for fire protection, which shall be included in the established schedule of rates on file in the office of the City Chamberlain, and the collection of any charges for such service shall be as provided in § 262-44.
All water rents, sewer rental fees, accounts or other charges relating to water and sewer service shall be a charge against the owner or agent of the premises connected with the city water and/or sewer mains, and such owner or agent shall be held responsible for all such accounts and charges.
In default of payment of any such charges within 60 days after becoming due, the water and/or service may be cut off such premises without further notice.
Any service and consumption charge shall be a lien upon the premises served and shall be collectible as provided by §§ C-66 and C-67 of the City Charter.
Any building that is to be served by the city water and/or sewer systems must have its plumbing checked by the City Plumbing Inspector and have the plumbing brought up to comply with the City Plumbing Code in a manner suitable to the City Plumbing Inspector.
The inspector hereinafter named is a person duly authorized by the Board of Public Works.
All materials and work shall be subject to the approval of the inspector. No work shall be covered until such inspection and approval shall have been made.
All inspections shall be promptly recorded by the inspector in the water and sewer permit book, and he/she shall furnish the City Engineer with a correct plan of such sewer line installed, and the City Engineer, in turn, shall record such plans on the sewer maps.
The inspector shall have the right to enter any place which is connected with the public sewer system for the purposes of inspection and to ascertain that such connection is properly installed and that no improper material is discharged into the sewer.
The inspector must, at all reasonable hours, have free access to all parts of the premises to which water is delivered for the purpose of inspection, examination of fixtures, etc.; and all persons using water must at all times, frankly and without concealment, answer all questions put to them relating to its consumption.
In case the proposed waterline, drain or sewer passes through premises other than those making connection with the water and/or sewer, no connection will be made until a deed of easement, satisfactory to the Board of Public Works, shall have been secured and filed in the office of the City Clerk.
Any plumber licensed to do business in the City of Ithaca or any other plumber certified by the Examining Board of Plumbers or any homeowner working on his/her own single-family residence wishing to engage in the repair of service pipes or to lay new services connected to the city water or sewer system must obtain a water and/or sewer permit from the Water and Sewer Division at the Water Building, 510 First Street, prior to each job. No charge will be made for this permit.
A violation of the following rules relating to service installation, etc., by any licensed person or his/her agent or employee shall constitute sufficient grounds for cancellation or withdrawal of such person's license.