(a)   Abandoned services. All service installations connected to the water system, that have been abandoned or have not been used for three years or, for any reason, have become useless for further service, shall be disconnected at the main by the owner, and all pipe and appurtenances removed shall be the property of the city. Disconnections pursuant to this section are not subject to the procedures or limitations set forth in § 11.07 of this code.
   (b)   Penalties. When new buildings are erected on the site of old ones, and it is desired to increase or change the old water service, no connections with the mains shall be given until all the old service shall have been removed and the main plugged. If any contractor, worker or employee upon such building shall cause or allow any service pipe to be hammered together at the ends to stop the flow of water, or to save expense in removing such pipe from the main, the owner of the building, the worker and contractor shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to the penalties as set forth in § 11.37 of this chapter, and shall remove the service pipe from the main. If the owner, worker or contractor fails to do so on 24 hours notice, the owner, worker or contractor shall be obligated to pay the city the cost incurred by it for such removal.
(1958 Code, § 30.14)  (Ord. 225, passed 2-15-1960; Ord. 70-14, passed 4-20-1970; Ord. 96-60, passed 11-4-1996; Ord. 2005-28, passed 7-18-2005)