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- Chapter 91 -
Water Meters

91.01 Purpose

91.05 Meter Setting

91.02 Water Use Metered

91.06 Meter Costs

91.03 Fire Sprinkler Systems- Exception

91.07 Meter Repairs

91.04 Location of Meters

91.08 Right of Entry

91.09 Irrigation Meters

91.01   PURPOSE.  The purpose of this chapter is to encourage the conservation of water and facilitate the equitable distribution of charges for water service among customers.

91.02   WATER USE METERED.  All water furnished customers shall be measured through meters furnished by the City and installed by the City.

(Code of Iowa, Sec. 384.84)

91.03   FIRE SPRINKLER SYSTEMS - EXCEPTION.  Fire sprinkler systems may be connected to water mains by direct connection without meters under the direct supervision of the Superintendent.  No open connection can be incorporated in the system, and there shall be no valves except a main control valve at the entrance to the building which must be sealed open.

91.04   LOCATION OF METERS.  All meters shall be so located that they are easily accessible to meter readers and repairmen and protected from freezing.

91.05   METER SETTING.  The property owner shall provide all necessary piping and fittings for proper setting of the meter including a globe type valve on the discharge side of the meter.  Meter pits may be used only upon approval of the Superintendent and shall be of a design and construction approved by the Superintendent.

91.06   METER COSTS.  The full cost of any meter larger than that required for a single-family residence shall be paid to the City by the property owner or customer prior to the installation of any such meter by the City, or, at the sole option of the City, the property owner or customer may be required to purchase and install such meter in accordance with requirements established by the City.

91.07   METER REPAIRS.  Whenever a water meter owned by the City is found to be out of order the Superintendent shall have it repaired.  If it is found that damage to the meter has occurred due to the carelessness or negligence of the customer or property owner, or the meter is not owned by the City, then the property owner shall be liable for the cost of repairs.

91.08   RIGHT OF ENTRY.  The Superintendent shall be permitted to enter the premises of any customer at any reasonable time to read, remove, or change a meter.

91.09    IRRIGATION METERS.  Customers may, pursuant to the rules and regulations of this chapter, install separate water irrigation meters and remote reading devices for the purpose of measuring water used for irrigation, swimming pools, yard and garden watering, and other uses where the water so used does not enter the sanitary sewer system, and no sewer service charge shall be made for water so used.

1.      Application for Irrigation Meter. An application must be filed with the City Clerk by any customer desiring to install an irrigation meter, which application will state the desired meter size. With the application, the customer will pay a fee for meter and inspection fees, which fee will equal the city' s current cost for the requested size of meter plus twenty-five dollars ($25. 00) to cover the cost of installation and initial inspection costs. (Ord. 353 – Dec. 17 Supp.)

2.      Installation of Irrigation Meter.  The customer is responsible for all installation and plumbing costs.  The irrigation meter shall be installed parallel with the prime meter, with a valve on each side of the meter.  All irrigation meters shall be installed horizontal to the floor or ground with the arrow on the meter in the same direction as the flow of water.  Deduct type meters are not permitted.  The actual piping may vary provided that all water is only metered once. Any piping and fitting that is installed by the customer on City-owned right-of-way will be at the customer’s risk for damage resulting from any utility digging or other work undertaken in the right-of-way, and in no event shall such piping and fitting extend more than one foot outside the curb side of the sidewalk (or standard sidewalk location).

3.      Backflow Prevention.  All irrigation meters are required to incorporate a backflow prevention device which meets the current standards of the Building Code (Chapter 155 of the Code of Ordinances).

Before the irrigation meter and the system may be activated, a certified tester must certify to the City in writing that the backflow prevention device is in working order and meets all applicable regulations for backflow prevention devices.  The written test results shall be filed with the City Clerk, who will provide the test results to the Superintendent.

4.      Inspection.  The customer is required to notify the City Clerk when the irrigation meter, backflow prevention device, and system have been installed, so that the City may inspect the installation.  The exemption from the sewer service charge shall not be effective until the City has inspected the installation and determined that all requirements of the City have been met.

5.      Annual Certification.  On or before April 1 of each year after a customer has installed an irrigation meter, the Superintendent will notify the customer in writing of the City’s requirement that the irrigation meter and backflow prevention device be tested and certified to be in working order and compliant with all applicable regulations by a certified tester within sixty (60) days of the Superintendent’s notice.

The customer shall, at the customer’s expense, arrange for the testing and provide a copy of written test and certification results to the City Clerk.  In the event the customer does not provide the test and certification results by July 1 of each year, the City will disconnect water service to the customer’s premises.  The City will not restore service until the written test and certification results have been filed with the City and the customer has paid a $25 re-connect fee to the City. (Ord. 223 – Dec. 05 Supp.)