Village of Lake George, NY
Warren County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Lake George 3-16-1992 by L.L. No. 3-1992. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Sewers — See Ch. 166.
The territory to which this chapter applies includes the Incorporated Village of Lake George and vicinity, Warren County, where mains are maintained.
[Added 7-19-2004 by L.L. No. 12-2004]
The owners of all houses, buildings or properties used for human occupancy, employment, recreation or other purposes, located within the Village and abutting on any street, alley or right-of-way in which there is now located or may in the future be located a public water main, are hereby required to be connected to the public water supply or to connect to the water supply under the supervision of the Water Superintendent, at their own expense, and in accordance with the provisions and regulations of this chapter. Any exemption must be approved by the Water Superintendent and be deemed impractical or cost prohibitive.
A. 
Written application.
(1) 
All applications for the use of water must be in writing on a form provided by the Village of Lake George.
(2) 
The application must be made by the property owner, who shall be held responsible for payment of water.
(3) 
The property owner or plumber must have a permit to do any kind of work, which permit calls for the following information:
(a) 
The exact location where the work is to be done.
(b) 
The exact type of work to be done.
(c) 
When the work will commence and when the work will be finished.
(d) 
That the excavation and all necessary work shall be left open so an inspection and approval can be made of the work done.
(4) 
Each such application shall state whether the premises to be serviced is located within or without the corporate limits of the Village of Lake George and whether the premises is occupied or operated on a seasonal or year-round basis. The Village of Lake George must be notified in writing of any change in such classification.
B. 
Application accepted subject to existing main. Application for service shall be accepted subject to there being an existing main in a street or right-of-way abutting on the premises to be served. The application in no way obligates the Village to extend its mains to serve the premises under consideration.
C. 
Application not accepted for consumers in arrears. No agreement shall be entered into by the Village with any applicant for water service until all past due and current charges due from the applicant for water or services at any premises now or heretofore owned or occupied by the applicant shall have been said in full.
A. 
Tap charges. Upon approval of the application, the following rates will apply. Tap charges shall be due and payable at the time of the application. Tap charges shall be as follows:
[Amended 1-10-2005 by L.L. No. 3-2005; 10-17-2005 by L.L. No. 11-2005; 1-8-2007 by L.L. No. 3-2007]
(1) 
Three-fourths-inch inside diameter: $350, which includes corporation stop, curb stop and curb box.
(2) 
One-inch diameter: $400, which includes corporation stop, curb stop and curb box.
(3) 
One-and-one-half-inch diameter: $500, which includes corporation stop, curb stop and curb box.
(4) 
Two-inch diameter: $900, which includes corporation stop, curb stop and curb box.
(5) 
Above two-inch: a privilege charge of $100 only. The meter and all parts and labor shall be supplied by property owner in accord with § 213-13.
(6) 
A one-time charge for a water meter will be added at the time of installation at the current cost. In addition, meter installation costs will be added if installation was accomplished by the Village of Lake George.
B. 
Sprinkler taps shall be made by the property owner. No domestic water can be drawn from a sprinkler tap.
C. 
Following completion of the tap, the work shall be approved by the Village Water Superintendent, and the equipment, having been supplied by the Village of Lake George (corporation stop, curb stop, curb box, and water meter), shall become the property of the Village of Lake George. It is the responsibility of the property owner to have a gate valve, approved backflow preventer and a minimum of 12 inches of copper in place before the first fixture.
[Amended 1-10-2005 by L.L. No. 3-2005; 1-8-2007 by L.L. No. 3-2007]
D. 
Excavating.
(1) 
Upon acceptance of a water tap application by the Village, the Water Superintendent shall locate the main nearest to the location of the desired tap.
(2) 
All excavating on private property and the public right-of-way shall be the responsibility of the property owner. The property owner is responsible for notifying Underground Facilities Protective Organization (UFPO). Forty-eight hours prior to excavating town or Village property, the property owner shall contact the Water Superintendent and arrange a mutually agreeable date for the excavating.
[Amended 1-8-2007 by L.L. No. 3-2007]
(3) 
The excavating, tapping and restoration of the town or Village property shall be overseen by the Water Superintendent. When he is satisfied that the job is properly completed, he shall notify the Village Clerk, in writing. The Village Clerk shall forward a bill to the property owner for the replacement of all sidewalk damaged or removed during the excavation at the rate of $5 per square foot, which charge shall be payable upon receipt.
[Amended 1-10-2005 by L.L. No. 3-2005; 1-8-2007 by L.L. No. 3-2007]
(4) 
Excavation in the public right-of-way shall be the responsibility of the property owner as well as the installation of the pipe, backfilling and paving necessary to complete the
[Amended 1-8-2007 by L.L. No. 3-2007]
(a) 
All paving shall be completed no later than five days following final inspection of the work by the Water Superintendent.
(b) 
Failure to complete the repairs to the right-of-way may result in the work being completed by the Village of Lake George and all costs charged back to the property owner.
E. 
Mechanical specifications for meters, hydrants, pipes and other equipment are as follows:
(1) 
Meters: single-residence standard meter five-eighths-by-three-fourths-inch Badger Sealed Register Generator type with remote reading register, 1,000 pulse.
(2) 
Hydrant specifications shall be as follows:
(a) 
Five-and-one-fourth-inch No. A-423 Mueller Centurion fire hydrant.
(b) 
Three-way hydrant, two two-and-one-half-inch and one four-and-one-half-inch NST nozzles.
(c) 
One-inch square operating nut, open left.
(d) 
Five feet to bury.
(e) 
Six-inch MC Joint HUB inlet.
(f) 
Six-inch Mueller No. A2380-20 gate valve before hydrant.
(3) 
Pipe specifications shall be as follows:
(a) 
Ductile iron, cement lined, tyton joint pipe.
(b) 
AWWA No. C150-76.
(c) 
ANSI No. A21.50-76.
(d) 
Class 22.
(4) 
Size and kind of service pipe. The service pipe shall be not less than 3/4 inch of brass (85% copper), Type K.
(5) 
Gate valves: Mueller A-2480-20 nonrising stem, mechanical joint.
(6) 
Corporation stop: three-fourths-inch Mueller H-15000.
(7) 
Curb stop: three-fourths-inch Mueller H-15200 or 15207.
(8) 
Curb box: Mueller H-10314.
(9) 
Valve box: Mueller H-10364.
(10) 
Fittings specifications shall be as follows:
(a) 
Mechanical Joint Class 250.
(b) 
AWWA/ANSI No. C110-77.
F. 
Curb boxes.
(1) 
All curb boxes are the responsibility of the Village Water Department, and, where possible, all curb boxes should be installed on Village rights-of-way on the same side of the street as the service and, where possible, between the sidewalk and curb. No person other than the Water Department shall make any connection, repairs, additions or alterations to any Village water main or to that portion of any pipe through which Village flows between the Village water main to and including the corporation shutoff. All turning on and shutting off of water is the responsibility of the Water Department and no person is to tamper, touch or alter the curb box in any manner.
(2) 
No turn-ons or turnoffs shall be made unless the property owner or person designated by him is on the premises at the time the service is rendered, except in the case of any emergency.
(3) 
It shall be the duty and obligation of the property owner to keep the curb box on any water service pipe line unobstructed at all times in order that the employees of the Department may, at any time, have ready access thereto for the purposes of turning on or off the water supply to the premises using the same.
G. 
Service pipe. The service pipe shall be installed and maintained by the property owner from the curb box to the service by approved construction methods under the supervision of the Water Department.
H. 
Depth of service. If examination of the service pipe discloses that the service is not at least five feet in depth to prevent freezing, the Village reserves the right to require it to be lowered to prevent the pipe from freezing.
I. 
A gate valve, approved backflow preventer and a minimum of 12 inches of copper must be in place before the first fixture.
J. 
The Village reserves the right to shut off the supply of water if the consumer does not properly repair any leak in his pipes or fittings, as follows: The owner shall be allowed 48 hours to contract for its repair. Failure to do so upon being notified that it is necessary shall allow the Water Department to make the repair and bill the owner for all costs or, if necessary, to immediately discontinue service until repair has been completed, unless an emergency situation exists as determined by the Water Department.
[Amended 1-8-2007 by L.L. No. 3-2007]
K. 
There shall not be any taps made after November 1, until the frost is out of the ground unless recommended by the Water Superintendent.
A. 
The owners of all premises, or users having connection with any water main through which Village water flows, must keep all the pipes and fixtures in connection therewith in good repair and protected against freezing at their expense, in order that leakage and waste is prevented.
B. 
The Water Commissioner and his aides, agents and assistants may enter the premises of any water consumer at any reasonable time to examine the fixtures and pipes to ascertain the quantity of water being used and the manner of its use and to determine whether there is any wasteful or unlawful use of water.
C. 
No water consumer or property owner shall allow any person other than those residing or employed upon the premises to regularly take water therefrom. There shall be no additional water service on the premises beyond the original application, without additional written application.
D. 
No person other than the Superintendent or those acting under his direction shall interfere with or open or close, or attempt to do so, any valve gate or shutoff appurtenant to the mains through which Village water flows or appurtenant to any service line between the water main and the curb shutoff.
E. 
No person other than the Superintendent, those acting under his direction, the Fire Chiefs or members of the Fire Department shall manipulate, control or operate or attempt so to do any fire hydrant or plug deriving a supply of Village water flows, or draw water therefrom. Only those trained in the operation of such fire hydrants or plugs shall be permitted to manipulate the same. Whenever a hydrant has been opened and used, notification of such fact shall promptly be given to the Water Department. No tools or implements shall be used to open hydrants except such as are furnished by the Village or by the Fire Department.
F. 
The Village undertakes to use reasonable care and diligence to provide a constant supply of water at a reasonable pressure but reserves the right at any time, without notice, to shut off the water in its mains for the purpose of making repairs, taps and extensions. The Village shall not be held liable for deficiency or failure in the supply of water or in the pressure for any cause whatsoever. However, the Village shall try to give notice of the shutting off of water supplies when time and conditions permit.
G. 
The Village water system furnishes water and not pressure and does not guarantee a continuous supply. No responsibility shall be assumed for any damages to any apparatus in any house or building due to the shutting off of water without notice.
H. 
The Village shall make extensions of mains, where practical, provided that it can be assured of an annual revenue from the territory to be served sufficient to warrant the necessary expenditure.
A. 
Water service may be discontinued for any of the following reasons:
(1) 
Use of water other than represented in application.
(2) 
Willful waste of water through improper or imperfect pipes.
(3) 
Interfering with any service pipe, seal, meter, curb box, curb stop or any other appliance of the Village.
(4) 
Nonpayment of bills for water or services rendered by the Village.
(5) 
Cross-connecting the Village service pipe with any other source of supply or with any apparatus which may endanger the quality of the Village water supply.
(6) 
Refusal of reasonable access to the property for the purposes of inspecting fixtures or piping.
B. 
Before service so discontinued shall be restored, the consumer shall pay a minimum of $100 for the turn-on charge or the actual cost to the Village of restoring service, whichever is greater, in advance of the work performed and sign an application for service, if he has not already done so. In addition to the above, the consumer may be required to pay water rent up to one year in advance before restoration of service shall be considered.
C. 
Shutoff of joint services. Where two or more consumers are now supplied with water through one service pipe under the control of one curb stop, if any of the parties so supplied shall violate any of these rules of this chapter, the Village reserves the right to shut off the joint service line, except that such action shall not be taken until the innocent consumer who is not in violation of the Village rules has been given a reasonable opportunity to attach his pipe to a separately controlled service connection.
No person shall in any manner interfere with or attempt to interfere with any structure, standpipe or pipeline or the appurtenances thereto or trespass upon any of the property being and forming a part of the water supply system of the Village of Lake George. (The above regulation does not apply to the waters of Lake George.)
A. 
No plumber shall do any work in the Incorporated Village of Lake George unless he has first obtained a business license from the Village Clerk. Private citizens who install new equipment on their property must have a permit issued by the Village of Lake George but no fee shall be required.
B. 
No water pipe or pipes shall be laid closer to a sewer line than two feet, provided that the sewer line is of cast iron, but in the event that the sewer line is of vitrified tile or any other material, said water pipe or pipes shall not be closer to the sewer line than four feet; however, if the circumstances warrant a greater separation than two feet or four feet as above designated, in the sound discretion of the Water Department and/or the Board of Trustees, then and in that event the right to effect greater sanitary precautions shall be reserved by the Water Department and the Village Board for the purpose.
C. 
Where a water main crosses a sewer line, there shall be a clearance of not less than two feet with sand between the pipes, and in each event the sewer pipe must be two feet lower than the water main.
The Village of Lake George reserves the right to stop any and all sprinkling at any time by notice in the newspaper duly designated as the official newspaper of the Village, unless not feasible because of emergency situations.
A copy of all rules and regulations shall be printed and mailed to each customer when rendering the next bill after the effective date of this chapter and to every applicant for service at the time of filing application.
A. 
All water bills are payable to the Clerk-Treasurer at the Village Administration Building.
B. 
Change of occupancy. Until the Village is notified in writing by a property owner that premises has been vacant and that the water is to be turned off or that the title has been transferred, the owner as per Village records shall be responsible for all unpaid bills.
C. 
All water rents shall be billed to the owners of the real property, and the owners shall be liable for the same. Payments must be made in full for all tenants, and no individual tenants shall be billed.
D. 
Fees for new customers become payable at the time of application.
[Added 1-10-2005 by L.L. No. 3-2005]
E. 
Water deposits for new applications become payable at the time of deposit. The fee for residential deposits shall be $50, and the fee for commercial deposits shall be $100.
F. 
No refund for overpayments and/or erroneous billings shall be granted by the Village of Lake George without written application for such refund stating the justification therefor, which application must be received by the Village of Lake George within one year of the applicable billing date provided for under § 213-13.
[Amended 11-17-2008 by L.L. No. 11-2008]
Any person, plumber, caretaker, owner or tenant in possession of the property violating these rules and regulations is guilty of a violation and shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $250 plus restitution. Each offense thereafter shall be the same. Each day of violation constitutes a separate offense.
A. 
Any property owner who has been notified that its meter is not working must have the meter repaired prior to the next billing period. If a meter is not repaired within said time frame a penalty of $100 will be added to each estimated bill until the meter is repaired.
B. 
Any property owner who has been notified that its meter must be converted to a radio-read meter must have the meter converted prior to the next billing period. If the meter is not converted within said time frame a penalty of $50 will be added to each bill until the meter is converted.
A. 
Charges.
[Amended 1-25-1993 by L.L. No. 1-1993; 5-17-1993 by L.L. No. 3-1993; 3-21-1994 by L.L. No. 4-1994; 10-28-1996 by L.L. No. 5-1996; 2-3-1997 by L.L. No. 1-1997; 8-18-2003 by L.L. No. 10-2003]
(1) 
The charges for water shall be established and revised from time to time by the Village Board of Trustees. The charges as of August 1, 2017, shall be as follows:
[Amended 8-16-2004 by L.L. No. 16-2004; 10-17-2005 by L.L. No. 11-2005; 3-19-2007 by L.L. No. 8-2007; 4-7-2008 by L.L. No. 4-2008; 4-8-2009 by L.L. No. 3-2009; 12-21-2009 by L.L. No. 15-2009; 6-20-2016 by L.L. No. 3-2016; 6-19-2017 by L.L. No. 9-2017]
Type of Use
Rate
Inside the corporate limits of the Village of Lake George
$5.47 per 1,000 gallons per calendar quarter up to 50,000 gallons and $6.05 per 1,000 gallons over 50,000 gallons
Outside the Village, in the Town of Lake George
$6.28 per 1,000 gallons per calendar quarter up to 50,000 gallons and $6.86 per 1,000 gallons over 50,000 gallons
(2) 
Based on the above rates, the minimum quarterly water charge for inside the Village of Lake George water customers shall be $60.81. If there is no use for inside the Village of Lake George water customers, the minimum quarterly water charge shall be $32.72.
[Amended 8-16-2004 by L.L. No. 16-2004; 10-17-2005 by L.L. No. 11-2005; 3-19-2007 by L.L. No. 8-2007; 4-7-2008 by L.L. No. 4-2008; 4-8-2009 by L.L. No. 3-2009; 12-21-2009 by L.L. No. 15-2009; 6-20-2016 by L.L. No. 3-2016; 6-19-2017 by L.L. No. 9-2017]
(3) 
Based on the above rates, the minimum quarterly water charge shall be $68.56 for outside the Village water customers in the Town of Lake George.
[Amended 8-16-2004 by L.L. No. 16-2004; 10-17-2005 by L.L. No. 11-2005; 3-19-2007 by L.L. No. 8-2007; 4-7-2008 by L.L. No. 4-2008; 4-8-2009 by L.L. No. 3-2009; 12-21-2009 by L.L. No. 15-2009; 6-20-2016 by L.L. No. 3-2016; 6-19-2017 by L.L. No. 9-2017]
(4) 
Water bills. The water bills for all consumers are billed and payable on May 1, August 1, November 1, and February 1 unless the Village Board of Trustees declares an emergency exists which would cause the billing dates to be delayed. After June 1 for the May billing, after September 1 for the August billing, after December 1 for the November billing, and after March1 for the February billing, a penalty of 1 1/2% shall be assessed, unless the Village Board of Trustees has declared an emergency exists, which would cause the penalty dates to be delayed accordingly. After July 1 for the May billing, after October 1 for the August billing, January 1 for the November billing, and April 1 for the February billing, an additional penalty of 1 1/2% monthly shall be assessed for each month the bill remains unpaid. All water bills and other charges for service within the corporate limits of the Village of Lake George not paid on or before March shall be relayed to the Village tax roll after that date. All outside the Village consumers not paid on or before October 1 shall be relayed on the Town tax roll after that date. Each unpaid water bill that is relayed on the Village tax roll or Town tax roll will be charged an additional penalty of $25 to cover the administrative cost incurred to levy the unpaid water bill.
[Amended 4-7-2008 by L.L. No. 4-2008]
(5) 
Senior citizen discount.
(a) 
All single-family residences receiving water service from the Village of Lake George shall be entitled to discounts on their water bills if qualified under the following criteria:
[1] 
Must be a single-family residence with no income derived from the property.
[2] 
Must be a year-round resident.
[3] 
Property must be occupied by no more than two individuals, both of whom are 65 years of age or older and at least one must be the property owner and have applied for discount on an approved application at the Village Hall.
(b) 
Discounts will be given in accordance with the following table with 20% the minimum and 50% the maximum:
[1] 
Twenty percent: all qualified residents regardless of income.
[2] 
All qualified persons who receive a senior citizen exemption on their real property tax are hereby entitled to an additional percentage discount of their water bill based on their annual income as follows:
Discount
Annual Income
5%
$16,801 to $17,700
10%
$15,901 to $16,800
15%
$14,901 to $15,900
20%
$13,901 to $14,900
25%
$12,901 to $13,900
30%
$12,900 or less
B. 
Hydrant use charges shall be as follows:
(1) 
Construction: $100 minimum, to be paid in advance. Water shall be metered and billed at a rate set forth in § 213-13A.
(2) 
Pool filling: $100 flat fee per pool.
C. 
Capital projects charges shall be as follows:
[Amended 1-10-2005 by L.L. No. 3-2005]
(1) 
Five-eighths-inch water meters: $200.
(2) 
Three-fourths-inch water meters: $230.
(3) 
One-inch water meters: $300.
(4) 
One-inch pit: $900.
(5) 
Two-inch water meters: $1,000.
(6) 
Five-eighths-inch frost plates: $10.
A. 
Purpose and legislative determination. The Board of Trustees of the Village of Lake George finds that the protection of the public health, safety and welfare requires the establishment of a Village of Lake George Water Conservation Program. Such program is designed to accomplish the following goals:
(1) 
Conservation of existing water resources.
(2) 
Provide sound fiscal management of the Village of Lake George water supply by controlling pumping, treatment and delivery costs.
(3) 
Control growth in the amount of sewage requiring treatment and disposal, given existing treatment and disposal capabilities.
(4) 
Control growth in sewage treatment and disposal costs and provide for reasonable limitations on increased environmental impacts resulting from such sewage flow increases.
B. 
Water-saving fixtures.
(1) 
New installations. All water fixtures installed on or after the effective date of this chapter within the Village of Lake George water system or on any property served by the Village of Lake George water system or from which sewage is treated and disposed of by the Village of Lake George sewage disposal facility shall be in conformance with the standards set forth in New York Environmental Conservation Law § 15-0314, Subdivision 2, as the same may from time to time be amended.
(2) 
Modification of existing fixtures. The modification of existing fixtures to meet the standards of Environmental Conservation Law § 15-0314, Subdivision 2, must be of a permanent nature, and no such modification, by means readily removed or bypassed, shall result in compliance with this chapter.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection B(2), Retrofitting water fixtures; and B(3); Inspections; certifications of compliance, were repealed 1-8-2007 by L.L. No. 3-2007. Said local law also provided for the renumbering of Subsections B(4) and B(5) as B(2) and B(3), respectively.
(3) 
Car wash installations; fountains; water for cooling.
(a) 
Where a water service connection to air-conditioning, refrigeration or other water-cooling equipment is used without a water-conserving device, said service shall be discontinued within 60 days.
(b) 
All car wash installations shall be equipped with an approved water-recycling system.
A. 
All water used on any premises or for any purpose whatever shall be metered. No bypass or connection, including but not limited to bleeders, shall be made or maintained unless covered by a meter. Only meters which have been furnished or approved by the Village shall be installed. The Village Water Department shall determine the type and size of meter in each instance.
B. 
The meter(s) shall be installed within the building to be served as close as practical to the point where the service pipe enters the building by an outside wall and shall be set with the inlet and outlet in a horizontal line, with the register on top, and shall be located so as to be readily accessible at all times for reading, inspection and repair. Stop valves shall be provided on both inlet and outlet sides of the meter.
C. 
In the event of a discrepancy between the water consumption as indicated by the remote reading device and the water consumption as measured by the water meter, the water consumption as measured by the water meter shall be controlling.
D. 
Outside meter pits may be installed in special cases, on written approval of the Village Water Department. Such meter pits must be installed in accordance with Village specifications and at the expense of the property owner.
E. 
Provision shall be made to prevent hot water from entering the meter. No tee or other fitting through which water may be drawn shall be used or placed between the main and the meter. The Superintendent or agent may, at any reasonable time, enter upon the premises for the purpose of inspecting pipes or reading or checking the water meter and shall discontinue the supply of water when the customer has failed to comply with Water Department rules and regulations or for nonpayment of water bills.
F. 
All meters will be tested before being set. Meters furnished by other parties will not be recognized unless they have been first tested by the Water Department and a special permit has been given.
G. 
If the meter is not placed in an accessible place, the water supply will be turned off by the Water Department and will be turned on at the owner's expense when the meter is reset in an accessible position. There shall be no tampering with water meters or breaking meter seals with the intent to slow, stop or alter the reading of a water meter.
H. 
At the request of a consumer, the Water Department will test the meter supplying the property of said consumer. If the meter, on test, is found to be registering over 3% more water than actually passes through it, no charge will be made for the test; otherwise, a charge of $25 will be imposed.
I. 
When a meter is not working, the customer will be billed by estimate. The charge will be made on the basis of the average of the consumer's bill for the past two years for the first half that the meter is not working; and for each additional half that the meter is not working, the average of the consumer's bills for two years for the corresponding half will be made.
J. 
The Water Department will maintain meters up to one inch.
K. 
Repairs to meters above one inch shall be at the owner's expense. The Village may terminate water service if defective meters are not repaired within a reasonable time after notice of the defect has been given by the Village.
L. 
All new construction begun or applications made for water service after the effective date of this chapter shall provide for each dwelling unit to be separately metered.
M. 
Meters suspected to be inaccurate or leaking should be reported to the Water Department.
N. 
The Water Department may inspect, replace or repair any meter at any time it is felt it should be replaced or repaired.
O. 
A meter damaged by or as a result of faulty plumbing in the building, such as faulty heating or hot-water system allowing hot water to back through the meter or damage by a blow or tampering or freezing, shall be repaired and the cost billed to and paid by the property owner.
P. 
Existing multifamily dwellings (rentals) with individual meters for each unit may continue, but the owner or landlord will ultimately be responsible for the payment of any billing.
Q. 
New multifamily (condo or townhouse) facilities shall be master metered (one meter), which will be the responsibility of the owner or landlord. The meter size will be determined as per the Water Department.
In the event that any customer violates any provision of this chapter in respect to making or maintaining the connection of the meter with the water system and fails to correct such violation within five days after notice has been given by the Water Department to do so, or in the event that the customer has failed to install a meter in connection with premises being served through the water system by the date fixed as the final date for making connections, unless said date is extended by public action and notice, the Water Department shall have the right to remedy the violation at the expense of the customer, and the charge therefor, plus a service charge in an amount defined in § 213-13A(4) shall be a lien prior to and superior to every other lien or claim except the lien of an existing tax or local assessment upon real property of said owners so served with water from the date said work is done until it is paid. The bill shall be submitted for the same immediately after the work is completed, and, if it is not paid within 10 days, such amount shall be added to the bill submitted at the next billing period, and if not paid when due, service may be discontinued.
In case a house or other building is to be closed or become vacant, notice thereof shall be given to the Water Department in order that the meter may be read and the curb cock closed. The meter shall be removed and stored by the Water Department. Where such notice is not given and pipes burst from freezing or other cause, the value of the water lost by reason thereof as estimated by the Water Department, together with the additional sum defined in § 213-13 to cover labor and expense to the Water Department, shall be added to the next bill and be paid in like manner as regular water charges.
Unless otherwise expressly stated, the following terms shall for the purposes of this chapter have the meanings herein indicated:
COMMUNITY WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM
All water systems where a common source of water supply serves two or more separately owned properties.
CROSS-CONNECTIONS
Any physical connection or arrangement between two otherwise separate water supply piping systems, one of which contains potable water and the other water of unknown or questionable safety, whereby water may flow, depending on the pressure differential, between the two systems.
HOUSE SERVICE
Includes street service and private property house service.
HOUSE SERVICE, PRIVATE PROPERTY
That portion of the house service between the curb box and the building being served.
HOUSE SERVICE STREET
That portion of the service line which connects to the water main in the street and ends with the curb box located between the pavement and the property line.
PERSON
Any individual, firm, company, association, society, corporation or group.
Any person who shall, except as permitted by this chapter, break, damage, destroy, uncover, deface or tamper with any structure, apparatus or equipment which is part of any public water supply system shall be deemed to have violated this chapter. Any person who commits or permits any acts in violation of any of the provisions of this chapter shall be deemed to have committed an offense against such chapter and shall be liable for the penalties provided. A separate offense against this chapter shall be deemed committed on each day during or on which a violation occurs or continues. A separate penalty may be imposed for each separate offense.
In addition to the above provided penalties, the Village Board may cause water service to be cut off to any property where a violation exists. The Village Board may also maintain an action or proceedings in the name of the Village in a court of competent jurisdiction to compel compliance with or to restrain by injunction the violation of this chapter.
[Added 1-8-2007 by L.L. No. 3-2007; amended 11-17-2008 by L.L. No. 11-2008; 6-20-2016 by L.L. No. 3-2016]
This chapter shall take effect upon filing in the office of the Secretary of the State of New York State or as otherwise provided by law.