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- Chapter 90 -
Water Service System

90.01 Definitions
90.02 Superintendent’s Duties
90.03 Mandatory Connections
90.04 Abandoned Connections
90.05 Permit
90.06 Fee for Permit
90.07 Compliance with Plumbing Code
90.08 Plumber Required
90.09 Excavations
90.10 Tapping Mains
90.11 Installation of Water Service Pipe
90.12 Responsibility for Water Service Pipe
90.13 Failure to Maintain
90.14 Curb Stop
90.15 Interior Stop and Waste Cock
90.16 Inspection and Approval
90.17 Completion by the City
90.18 Shutting off Water Supply
90.19 Operation of Curb Stop and Hydrants
90.20 Rules and Regulations
90.21 Reduction of Billing

90.01   DEFINITIONS.  The following terms are defined for use in the chapters in this Code of Ordinances pertaining to the Water Service System:

1.      “Combined service account” means a customer service account for the provision of two or more utility services.

2.      “Customer” means in addition to any person receiving water service from the City the owner of the property served, and as between such parties the duties, responsibilities, liabilities and obligations hereinafter imposed shall be joint and several.

3.      “Superintendent” means the Superintendent of the City Water System or any duly authorized assistant, agent or representative.

4.      “Water Main” means a water supply pipe provided for public or community use.

5.      “Water Service Pipe” means the pipe from the water main to the building served.

6.      “Water System” or “Water Works” means all public facilities for securing, collecting, storing, pumping, treating and distributing water.

90.02   SUPERINTENDENT’S DUTIES.  The Superintendent shall supervise the installation of water service pipes and their connection to the water main and enforce all regulations pertaining to water services in the City in accordance with this chapter.  This chapter shall apply to all replacements of existing water service pipes as well as to new ones.  The Superintendent shall make such rules, not in conflict with the provisions of this chapter, as may be needed for the detailed operation of the water system, subject to the approval of the Council.  In the event of an emergency the Superintendent may make temporary rules for the protection of the system until due consideration by the Council may be had.

(Code of Iowa, Sec. 372.13[4])

90.03   MANDATORY CONNECTIONS.  All residences and business establishments within the City limits intended or used for human habitation, occupancy or use shall be connected to the public water system, if it is reasonably available and if the building is not furnished with pure and wholesome water from some other source.

90.04   ABANDONED CONNECTIONS.  When an existing water service is abandoned or a service is renewed with a new tap in the main, all abandoned connections with the mains shall be turned off at the corporation cock and made absolutely watertight.

90.05   PERMIT.  Before any person makes a connection with the public water system, a written permit must be obtained from the City.  The application for the permit shall include a legal description of the property, the name of the property owner, the name and address of the person who will do the work, and the general uses of the water.  If the proposed work meets all the requirements of this chapter and if all fees required under this chapter have been paid, the permit shall be issued by the Clerk.  Work under any permit must be completed within ninety (90) days after the permit is issued, except that when such time period is inequitable or unfair due to conditions beyond the control of person making the application, an extension of time within which to complete the work may be granted.  The permit may be revoked at any time for any violation of these chapters.

90.06   FEE FOR PERMIT.  Before any permit is issued the person who makes the application shall pay seven hundred and fifty dollars ($750.00) to the Clerk to cover the cost of issuing the permit and supervising, regulating, and inspecting of the work. (Ord. 284 – Dec. 10 Supp.)

(Code of Iowa, Sec. 384.84[2a])

90.07   COMPLIANCE WITH PLUMBING CODE.  The installation of any water service pipe and any connection with the water system shall comply with all pertinent and applicable provisions, whether regulatory, procedural or enforcement provisions, of Division 4, Plumbing Rules and Regulations, of the State Building Code.

90.08   PLUMBER REQUIRED.  All installations of water service pipes and connections to the water system shall be made by a plumber approved by the City.  The Superintendent shall have the power to suspend the approval of any plumber for violation of any of the provisions of this chapter.  A suspension, unless revoked, shall continue until the next regular meeting of the City Council.  The Superintendent shall notify the plumber immediately by written notice of the suspension, the reasons for the suspension and the time and place of the Council meeting at which the plumber will be granted a hearing.  At this Council meeting the Superintendent shall make a written report to the Council stating the reasons for the suspension, and the Council, after fair hearing, shall affirm or revoke the suspension or take any further action that is necessary and proper.

90.09   EXCAVATIONS.  All trench work, excavation and backfilling required in making a connection shall be performed in accordance with applicable excavation provisions as provided for installation of building sewers and/or the provisions of Chapter 135.

90.10   TAPPING MAINS.  All taps into water mains shall be made by or under the direct supervision of the Superintendent and in accord with the following:

1.      Independent Services.  No more than one house, building or premises shall be supplied from one tap unless special written permission is obtained from the Superintendent and unless provision is made so that each house, building or premise may be shut off independently of the other.

2.      Sizes and Location of Taps.  All mains six (6) inches or less in diameter shall receive no larger than a three-fourths (3/4) inch tap.  All mains of over six (6) inches in diameter shall receive no larger than a one inch tap.  Where a larger connection than a one inch tap is desired, two (2) or more small taps or saddles shall be used, as the Superintendent shall order.  All taps in the mains shall be made at or near the top of the pipe, at least eighteen (18) inches apart.  No main shall be tapped nearer than two (2) feet of the joint in the main.

3.      Corporation Cock.  A brass corporation cock, of the pattern and weight approved by the Superintendent, shall be inserted in every tap in the main.  The corporation cock in the main shall in no case be smaller than one size smaller than the service pipe.

4.      Location Record.  An accurate and dimensional sketch showing the exact location of the tap shall be filed with the Superintendent in such form as the Superintendent shall require.

(Code of Iowa, Sec. 372.13[4])

90.11   INSTALLATION OF WATER SERVICE PIPE.  Water service pipes from the main to the meter setting shall be standard weight type K copper, one hundred forty (140) pound test P.V.C., or approved cast iron.  Pipe must be laid sufficiently waving, and to such depth, as to prevent rupture from settlement or freezing.

90.12   RESPONSIBILITY FOR WATER SERVICE PIPE.  All costs and expenses incident to the installation, connection and maintenance of the water service pipe from the main to the building served shall be borne by the owner.  The owner shall indemnify the City from any loss or damage that may directly or indirectly be occasioned by the installation or maintenance of said water service pipe.

90.13   FAILURE TO MAINTAIN.  When any portion of the water service pipe which is the responsibility of the property owner becomes defective or creates a nuisance and the owner fails to correct such nuisance the City may do so and assess the costs thereof to the property.

(Code of Iowa, Sec. 364.12[3a & h])

90.14   CURB STOP.  There shall be installed within the public right-of-way a main shut-off valve of the inverted key type on the water service pipe at the outer sidewalk line with a suitable lock of a pattern approved by the Superintendent.  The shut-off valve shall be covered with a heavy metal cover having the letter “W” marked thereon, visible and even with the pavement or ground.

90.15   INTERIOR STOP AND WASTE COCK.  There shall be installed a shut-off valve and waste cock on every service pipe inside the building as close to the entrance of the pipe within the building as possible and so located that the water can be shut off conveniently and the pipes drained.  Where one service pipe supplies more than one customer within the building, there shall be separate valves for each such customer so that service may be shut off for one without interfering with service to the others.

90.16   INSPECTION AND APPROVAL.  All water service pipes and their connections to the water system must be inspected and approved in writing by the Superintendent before they are covered, and the Superintendent shall keep a record of such approvals.  If the Superintendent refuses to approve the work, the plumber or property owner must proceed immediately to correct the work.  Every person who uses or intends to use the municipal water system shall permit the Superintendent to enter the premises to inspect or make necessary alterations or repairs at all reasonable hours and on proof of authority.

90.17   COMPLETION BY THE CITY.  Should any excavation be left open or only partly refilled for twenty-four (24) hours after the water service pipe is installed and connected with the water system, or should the work be improperly done, the Superintendent shall have the right to finish or correct the work, and the Council shall assess the costs to the property owner or the plumber.  If the plumber is assessed, the plumber must pay the costs before receiving another permit, and the plumber’s bond or cash deposit shall be security for the assessment.  If the property owner is assessed, such assessment may be collected with and in the same manner as general property taxes.

(Code of Iowa, Sec. 364.12[3a & h])

90.18   SHUTTING OFF WATER SUPPLY.  After following the procedures set out in Section 92.05, the Superintendent may shut off the supply of water to any customer because of any substantial violation of this chapter, or valid regulation under Section 90.02 that is not being contested in good faith.  The supply shall not be turned on again until all violations have been corrected and the Superintendent has ordered the water to be turned on.

90.19   OPERATION OF CURB STOP AND HYDRANTS.  It is unlawful for any person except the Superintendent to turn water on at the curb stop, and no person, unless specifically authorized by the City, shall open or attempt to draw water from any fire hydrant for any purpose whatsoever.

90.20   RULES AND REGULATIONS.  The Council may adopt by resolution rules and regulations in connection with the operation of the water system and its use by customers.

90.21    REDUCTION OF BILLING.  No reduction in billing will be made in the event of any leakage between the water main and the building or premises served, or within the building or premises served.  After the water has passed through the meter, it is the responsibility of the owner to maintain the water service pipe and all plumbing to prevent leaks.