TITLE 13. PUBLIC SERVICESTITLE 13. PUBLIC SERVICES\Chapter 13.12 MUNICIPAL WATER

The rates, rules and regulations hereinafter set forth shall constitute and be considered a part of the contract with every person, company, firm or corporation supplied with water from the municipal water system of the city, and every person, company, firm or corporation, hereinafter called the consumer, who accepts and uses water shall be held to have consented to be bound thereby.

(Code 2016)

All applications for water service shall be made in writing on a contract furnished by the city, stating the purpose for which the services are required.

(Code 2016)

All taps shall be made, street excavations made, pipes installed and meter installed by city employees only.  Only qualified City employees shall turn on or turn off water service at the meter, unless authorized by the Public Works Superintendent.

(Code 2016)

Hereafter, each separate dwelling house and each separate business building shall, as prerequisite to the furnishing of water service thereto from the municipal water system, have a separate connections to the water main; provided, however, this section shall not apply to existing connections.  Upon replacement of a connection, however, separate connections shall be required.

(Code 2016)

A.    City water services shall not be extended beyond the city limits of the city, unless required by law or at the discretion and authorized by the governing body upon a finding that: (1) such service extension is not contrary to or is permitted by the laws of the State of Kansas and the ordinances of the city; or (2) that such service extension meets sound financial and economic standards; or (3) that such service extension is compatible with the mission and planning goals of the city.

B.    For property outside the corporate City Limits, but abutting up to the City limits, water service may be extended to the property, contingent on the property being annexed into the City limits.  Once annexed into the corporate city limits, the owner shall comply with all ordinances of the city pertaining to water services.

C.    For property outside the corporate City limits, but not abutting up to the Belleville City limits, at the property owner’s request, water service may be connected if the water system is readily available at the affected property.  Once connected the owner shall comply with all ordinances of the City pertaining to municipal water services.

(Code 2016)

The city shall install and maintain municipal water service lines from the City mains to the curb stop valve, including the water meter and meter pit. The property owner shall pay the initial costs of the installation of the water service pipe and thereafter the city shall maintain the service line at the expense of the city. Portions of the water services that are the sole responsibility of the owner are as follows:

A.    When the water meter is located in the house, the customer is responsible for all water lines from the curb stop valve to and including in the house.  The City is responsible for the city main, water line to the curb stop and the meter in the house.

B.    When the water meter and curb stop are both located in the same meter pit, the customer is responsible for all water lines from the outlet side of the meter to and including the house.  The city is responsible for the city main, the water line to the meter pit, the meter and meter pit.

C.    When the water meter is located in a meter pit outside the structure and the curb stop valve is in a separate location, the customer is responsible for all water lines from the curb stop valve to and including in the house.  The City is responsible for the city main, water line to the curb stop, the meter and meter pit.

(Code 2016)

A.    This section refers to leaks between the curb stop valve and the water meter, located on the service line, located in the public right of way or in the private property of the home or business.

B.    Once a leak is determined by a city crew member, the owner will be notified by city staff.  The owner has 24 hours to initiate the repair of the water leak and contract with a licensed plumber to repair the leak.  During this 24 hour period a “one-call” locate should be instigated and given proper time to notify and locate all utilities within the area.

C.    Once the owner’s contractor has initiated the one call, all services have been located, and the ample time to locate has expired, the owner’s contractor has 48 hours to repair the leak.

D.    If such leak has not been repaired within the seven day period allowed, then the city water crew will instigate the emergency one call and start repairing the leak within 48 hours.

E.    The cost of repairing the water leak, by the city water department, will be assessed as follows:

1.    Cost of materials and shipping.

2.    Cost of labor by the water crew.

3.    Cost of Machinery used by the water crew.

4.    The cost of the repairs shall be paid within 30 days or service will be discontinued until paid.

(Code 2016)

The city shall install all water meters in the public right of way. In instances where it appears to be impractical in the opinion of the director of utilities to place a water meter in the public right of way, the water meter will be placed at any other location on the property as in the opinion of the director of utilities is the most practical location. In all instances, meter placement shall be so arranged as to permit access to the same during ordinary business hours by city employees. All lines, meter placements and loops shall be constructed in accordance with the standards established by the city.

(Code 2016)

Meter pits are property of the City and shall only be used for City purposes.  For any City water service, including water services designated solely for irrigation or sprinkler systems, the customer shall only make initial connection to the City water system in the meter pit, any other connections or fittings for the irrigation system shall be made on or around the property or in a separate pit.  Meter pits shall not be used or modified for lawn irrigation or sprinkler systems, or for any other private use, nor shall there be any private fittings or piping located inside the City meter pit, unless authorized by the City of Belleville. 

(Code 2016)

At the time of making applications for a new water service connection, the owner shall pay to the City the following charges:

A.    ¾ inch water service - $275.00.

B.    1 inch water service - $450.00

C.    Service larger than 1 inch, the actual expense to the City for materials, the same to be billed and payable before water service shall be rendered.

(Code 2016)

Effective on bills payable on effective noted below, and thereafter, the following rates shall be charged for water furnished by the Belleville Municipal Water Utility, and are hereby established to be charged against consumers of such water through one (1) meter and not for resale:

A.    General Water Rates. The following tariff of monthly water rates for all consumption and use of water for all services (excluding church properties as defined subsection B) from the municipal water system of said City is hereby established:

Water Rates Effective May 1, 2014

       Customer Charge:

Meter Size

Inside City Limits

Outside City Limits

Up to 3/4”

 

$7.00

 

$15.52

 

1”

 

$8.87

 

$19.67

 

1 ½”

 

$19.67

 

$43.62

 

2” and Larger

 

$25.53

 

$56.59

 

Commodity Charge (per 1,000 gallons or fraction thereof):

First 1,000,000 gallons:

$2.335

1,000,001 to 3,000,000 gallons:

$2.175

over 3,000,000 gallons:

$2.015

B.    Church Water Rates.

The term “Church Property,” as used in this section, means property used for religious worship and instruction.  Separate services and meters used for lawn or yard irrigation on church properties will be billed as outlined in subsection A.

The following tariff of monthly water rates for all consumption and use of water on church property from the municipal water system of said City is hereby established:

Church Water Rates Effective May 1, 2014

       Commodity Charge (per 1,000 gallons or fraction thereof):

First 5,000 gallons:

$0.000

5,001 to 1,000,000 gallons:

1,000,001 to 3,000,000

$2.335

$2.175

over 3,000,000 gallons:

$2.015

(Code 2016)

A.    Definitions. The following definitions shall apply in the interpretation and enforcement of this policy:

(1)   AIR GAP SEPARATION means the unobstructed vertical distance through the free atmosphere between the lowest opening from any pipe or faucet supplying water to a tank, plumbing fixture, or other device and the overflow level rim of the receptacle, and shall be at least double the diameter of the supply pipe measured vertically above the flood level rim of the vessel, but in no case less than one inch.

(2)   APPROVED TESTER means a person qualified to make inspections; to test and repair backflow prevention/across connection control devices; and who is approved by the City.

(3)   AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE means any person designated by the City to administer this cross connection control ordinance.

(4)   AUXILIARY WATER SUPPLY means any water source or system, other than the City, that may be available in the building or premises. This does not include other KDHE permitted public water supply systems.

(5)   BACKFLOW means the flow other than the intended directions of flow, of any foreign liquids, gases, used water or substances into the distribution system of a public water supply system

(6)   BACKFLOW PREVENTION DEVICE means any device, method, or type of construction intended to prevent backflow into the public water supply system.

(7)   CONSUMER means any individual, firm, partnership, corporation, or agency or their authorized agent receiving water from the City.

(8)   CONTAMINATION means an introduction of any sewage, process fluids, chemicals, waste or any other substance that would be objectionable. Contamination may be a threat to life or health, or may cause an aesthetic deterioration, color, taste or odor.

(9)   CROSS CONNECTION means any physical connection or arrangement between two (2) otherwise separate piping systems; one which contains potable water of the public water supply system, and the second, water of unknown or questionable safety, or steam, gases, chemicals, or substance whereby there may be backflow from the second system to the public water supply system. No physical cross connection shall be permitted between a public water supply system and an auxiliary water supply system.

(10) DEGREE OF HAZARD means an evaluation of the potential risk to public health and the adverse effect of the hazard upon anyone using the water.

(11) HEALTH HAZARD means any condition, device, or practice in the public water supply system which could create or may create a danger to the health and well-being of anyone using the water or allow contamination of the water.

(12) PUBLIC WATER SYSTEM means the water supply source, distribution system and appurtenances to the service meter operated as a public utility which supplies potable water to the consumers’ water systems.

(13) PUBLIC WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM means the public water system and consumers’ water systems.

(14) CONSUMER’S WATER SYSTEM means all service pipe, all distribution piping and all appurtenances beyond the service meter of the public water system.

(15) SERVICE CONNECTION means the terminal end of the service line from the public water system. If a meter is installed at the end of the service, then the service connection means the downstream end of the meter.

B.    Cross Connection Policy

(1)   Purpose. The purpose of this policy is:

(A)  To protect the public water supply system from contamination.

(B)  To promote the elimination, containment, isolation, or control of cross connection between the public water supply system and non-potable water systems, plumbing fixtures, and industrial process systems or other systems which introduce or may introduce contaminants into the public water system or the consumer’s water system.

(C)  To provide for the maintenance of a continuing program of cross connection control which will prevent the contamination of the public water supply system.

(2)   Application. This chapter shall apply to all consumers’ water systems. The City may also require cross connection control devices at the service connections of other KDHE permitted public water supply systems served by the City.

(3)   Intent. This policy will be reasonable interpreted by the City. It is the intent of the City to recognize the varying degrees of hazard and to apply the principle that the degree of protection shall be commensurate with the degree of hazard.

If, in the judgment of the City or its authorized representative, cross connection protection is required through either piping modification or installation of an approved backflow prevention device, due notice shall be given to the consumer. The consumers shall immediately comply by providing the required protection at his own expense. Failure or refusal or inability on the part of the consumer to provide such protection shall constitute grounds for the discontinuation of water service to the premises until such protection has been provided.

C.    Cross Connections Prohibited

(1)   No water service connection shall be installed or maintained to any premises where actual or potential cross connections to the public water supply system may exist unless such actual or potential cross connections are abated or controlled to the satisfaction of the City or its authorized representative.

(2)   No connection shall be installed or maintained whereby an auxiliary water supply may enter a public water supply system.

D.    Survey and Investigations

(1)   The consumer’s premises shall be open at all reasonable times to the City or its authorized representative for the inspection or investigation of water use practices within the consumer’s premises to determine whether there are actual or potential cross connections in the consumer’s water system.

(2)   On request by the City or its authorized representative, the consumer shall furnish requested information on water use practices within his premises and in the consumer’s water system.

(3)   On request by the City or its authorized representative, the consumer shall conduct periodic surveys of water use practices on the premises of the consumer’s water system to determine whether there are actual or potential cross connections. The consumer shall provide the survey results to the City or its authorized representative.

E.    Where Protection Is Required

(1)   An approach backflow prevention device shall be installed on each service line to a consumer’s water system serving premises where, in the judgment of the City or its authorized representative or the KDHE, actual or potential cross connections exist. The type and degree of protection required shall be commensurate with the degree of hazard and/or type of contamination that may enter the public water supply system.

(2)   An approved air gap separation or reduced pressure principle backflow prevention device shall be installed at the service connection or within any premises where, in the judgment of the City or its authorized representative, or the KDHE, the nature and extent of activities on the premises, or the materials used in connection with the >activities, or materials stored on the premises, would present a health hazard or contamination of the public water supply system from a cross connection. This includes but is not limited to the following situations:

(A)  Premises having an auxiliary water supply, unless the quality of the auxiliary is acceptable to the City of its authorized representative and the KDHE.

(B)  Premises having internal plumbing arrangements which make it impractical to ascertain whether or not cross connection exist.

(C)  Premises where entry is restricted so that inspection for cross connection cannot be made with sufficient frequency or at sufficiently short notice to assure the cross connections do not exist.

(D)  Premises having a repeated history of cross connections being established or re-established.

(E)   Premises, which due to the nature of the enterprise therein, are subject to recurring modification or expansion.

(F)   Premises on which any substance is handled under pressure so as to permit entry into the public water supply system, or where a cross connection could reasonably be expected to occur. This shall include the handling of process waters and cooling waters.

(G)  Premises where toxic or hazardous materials are handled.

(3)   The following types of facilities fall into one or more of the categories or premises where an approved air gap separation or reduced pressure principle backflow prevention device may be required by the City or its authorized representative or the KDHE to protect the public water supply and must be installed at these facilities unless all hazardous or potentially hazardous conditions have been eliminated or corrected by other methods to the satisfaction of the City or its authorized representative and the KDHE:

(A)  Agricultural chemical facilities

(B)  Auxiliary water systems, wells

(C)  Boilers

(D)  Bulk water loading facilities

(E)   Car washing facilities

(F)   Chemical manufacturing, processing compounding or treatment plants

(G)  Chill water systems

(H)  Cooling towers

(I)    Feedlots

(J)   Fire protection systems

(K)  Hazardous waste storage and disposal sites

(L)   Hospitals, mortuaries, clinics or others as discovered by sanitary surveys

(M)  Irrigation and sprinkler systems

(N)  Laundries and dry cleaning

(O)  Meat processing facilities

(P)   Metal manufacturing, cleaning, processing and fabricating plants

(Q)  Oil and gas production, refining, storage or transmission properties

(R)  Plating plants

(S)   Power plants

(T)   Research and analytical laboratories

(U)  Sewage and storm drainage facilities—pumping stations and treatment plants

(V)  Veterinary clinics

F.    Backflow Prevention Devices

(1)   Any backflow prevention device required by this chapter shall be of a model or construction approved by the City or its authorized representative and the KDHE.

(A)  Air gap separation to be approved shall be at least twice the diameter of the supply pipe, measured vertically above the top rim of the vessel, but in no case less than one inch.

(B)  Double check valve assemblies or reduced pressure principle backflow prevention devices shall appear on the current list of approved backflow prevention devices established by the KDBE, unless the device was installed at the time this chapter was passed and complies with required inspection and maintenance.

G.    Installation

(1)   Backflow prevention devices required by this policy shall be installed at a location and in a manner approved by the City or its authorized agent. All devices shall be installed at the expense of the consumer, unless the City or its authorized representative agrees otherwise.

(2)   Backflow prevention devices installed at the service connect1.on shall be located on the consumer’s side of the water meter, as close to the meter as is reasonably practical, and prior to any other connection.

(3)   Backflow prevention devices shall be conveniently accessible for maintenance and testing, protected from freezing, and where no part of the device will be submerged or subject to flooding by any fluid. All devices shall be installed according to manufacturers’ recommendations.

H.    Inspection and Maintenance

(1)   The consumer is required by this chapter to inspect, test, and overhaul backflow prevention devices in accordance with the following schedule or more often as determined by the City or its authorized representative.

(A)  Air gap separations shall be inspected at the time of installation and at least monthly.

(B)  Double check valve assemblies shall be inspected and tested for tightness at the time of installation and at least every twelve months thereafter. They shall be dismantled, inspected internally, cleaned and repaired whenever needed and at least every twelve months.

(C)  Reduced pressure principle backflow prevention devices shall be inspected and tested for tightness at the time of installation and at least every twelve months thereafter. They shall be dismantled, inspected internally, cleaned, re built and repaired whenever needed and at least every five years.

(2)   Inspections, tests, and overhauls of backflow prevention devices shall be made at the expense of the consumer and shall be performed by an approved tester.

(3)   Whenever backflow prevention devices required by this policy are found to be defective, they shall be repaired or replaced without delay at the expense of the consumer.

(4)   The consumer must maintain a complete record of each backflow prevention device from purchase to retirement. This shall include a comprehensive listing that includes a record of all tests, inspections, and repairs. All records of inspections, tests, repairs, and overhauls shall be provided within 30 days to the City or its authorized representative.

(5)   All backflow prevention devices shall have a tag showing the date of the last inspection, test, or overhaul or other maintenance.

(6)   Backflow prevention devices shall not be bypassed, made inoperative, removed, or otherwise made ineffective without specific authorization by the City or its authorized representative.

I.     Violation and Penalties

(1)   The City or its authorized representative shall deny or discontinue the water service to any premises or any consumer wherein any backflow prevention device required by this policy is not installed, tested, and maintained in a manner acceptable to the City or its authorized representative, or if it is found that the backflow prevention device has been removed or bypassed, or if an unprotected cross connection exists.

(2)   Water services to such premises shall not be restored until the consumer is in compliance with this cross connection chapter to the satisfaction of the City or its authorized representative.

(Ord. 767; Code 2016)

The property owner shall keep water lines not maintained by the City, in good repair and free from leaks at his/her expense.  No claims for damages shall be made against the city on account of breakage or leaking of any valve or water line nor will any allowance by made to any consumer on account of any leaks or waste of water after passing though the meter.

(Code 2016)

No plumber, consumer or other person shall extend pipes from one property or street number to another one.

(Code 2016)

No person shall remove, obstruct, alter or injure any pipe, connection, valve, box, meter or in any way injure or damage any building, machinery, fixture, or appurtenance of the municipal water system of the city, or carry off or injure any pipe, tools, fixtures, supplies or apparatus, or other property appertaining to the water system of the city.  Any person, corporation, property owner or responsible party that damages any city owned pipe, valve, meter pit, meter or any other water fixture shall be billed for the repair of such item.

(Ord. 358 § 1, 1954)