CHAPTER VII. PUBLIC UTILITIESCHAPTER VII. PUBLIC UTILITIES\Article 8. Water Utility

All connections to the municipal water system shall be made by the city. All service lines from the mains to the inside of the curb lines, when the main is in the street, shall be installed and maintained by the city. All service lines from the city service line to the premises shall be installed and maintained by the user.

Upon receipt of the application as prescribed in this chapter and receipt of the applicable fee as specified below, the city shall, if a water main is available, construct a service connection complete with a shut-off valve and water meter and an approved meter box or tile with a suitable top. Fees for such service shall be as follows:

(a)   Within City:

(1)   3/4-inch service and meter           $650.00

(2)   1-inch service and meter  $950.00

(3)   2-inch service and meter, actual cost of time, materials and equipment plus ten per cent (10%)

(b)   Outside City:

(1)   3/4-inch service and meter           $1,500.00

(2)   1-inch service and meter  $1,500.00

(3)   2-inch service and meter, actual cost of time, materials and equipment plus ten per cent (10%), plus an additional service fee of $3,000.00

The city shall furnish and install not more than eighty (80) feet of line from the point of connection from the existing main system at time of application, and any additional line shall be furnished at the expense of the property owner as agreed between the owner and City Manager.

(Ord. 3066)

When any street is to be paved or repaved, it shall be the responsibility of the city to determine when service connections are in need of replacement and to replace such service connections at the expense of the city prior to paving operations. If there is vacant property abutting any street to be paved or repaved, service connections shall be constructed to such vacant property and a curb stop shall be installed. The charge for such new service connections shall be as specified in this article, less the current cost to the city of a water meter. The connection fee shall be payable by the property owner, and if not paid, shall be added to the paving assessment.

All water furnished to users of the municipal water system shall be measured by meters installed by the city. Meters shall be located between the sidewalk and curbing when the main is in the street and on private property within three (3) feet of the alley line when the main is in the alley. In the business district meters may be located in the basement at a location specified by the city. Meters purchased by the property owner shall become the property of the city after installation. Maintenance of the meters shall be the responsibility of the city.

The city reserves the right to remove meters from the premises of customers at any time whether owned by the customer or the city. The city shall periodically remove all meters and test their accuracy at its discretion. The cost of such removal, test, inspection, repair, replacement, and replacement in service if caused by the customer through his own fault or negligence shall be paid 100% by the customer. The removal of a water meter for test and inspection may be requested by the customer served by the meter. If a meter so removed is found to be registering by more than 2%, the cost of removal, test and replacement shall be borne by the city and the water bill for the previous six months shall be adjusted accordingly, otherwise a testing fee of $75.00 shall be paid by the customer.

Meter settings that are in need of repair shall be repaired by the city and the cost thereof shall be borne in the same manner as specified in Section 7-805. Residential meters located in basements or other locations not in conformity with this article shall be relocated when other repairs or replacements are necessary.

Authorized employees of the city shall have access at all reasonable hours to premises supplied by water to make necessary inspections and repairs and to read meters.

Leaks occurring between the meter or cut-off valve and the main shall be repaired by the city. Leaks occurring on the user’s side of the meter or cut-off valve shall be repaired by the owner. If said leak in the user’s line is underground or in any manner concealed so that the user could not reasonably have had knowledge of such leak, the user’s bill for the preceding month shall be reduced by fifty percent (50%) of the metered consumption, provided that repairs are made within ten (10) days of the time the leak is discovered.

The water system of each user shall be equipped with a valve so arranged that the entire system may be disconnected from the municipal water system and drained.

No person other than authorized city employees shall turn the cut-off valve installed at the curb or meter, provided, that licensed plumbers may do so for the purpose of making tests only and shall leave the valve in the same position as prior to such test.