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(A) Breitung Township adopts by reference the water supply cross connection rules of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality being R325.11401 to R325.11407 of the Michigan Administrative Code.
(B) It shall be the duty of Breitung Township to cause inspections to be made of all properties served by the public water supply where cross connections with the public water supply are deemed possible.
(C) (1) A representative of Breitung Township shall have the right to enter, at any reasonable time with the consent of the owner, any property served by a connection to the public water supply system of the township to inspect the piping system or systems for the purpose of determining whether there are cross connections.
(2) On request the property owner and/or customer shall furnish to the township any pertinent information regarding the piping system or systems on the property.
(3) Denial of access to the property to Breitung Township representatives for inspection and/or failure to provide requested information creates a rebuttable presumption that the property contains cross connections that require inspection.
(4) The property owner and/or customer shall be able to rebut the presumption that a cross connection exists by producing an inspection report prepared by a person who has been trained and certified by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to inspect for the existence of cross connections and to issue reports. Such inspection report shall indicate:
(a) Whether any cross connection exists;
(b) Whether backflow protection devices are needed;
(c) Whether backflow protection devices are present;
(d) That any backflow protection devices are working properly and are in good repair;
(e) That any backflow protection devices are not contaminating the public water supply; and
(f) That no backflow exists.
(D) Breitung Township is hereby authorized and directed to discontinue water service in the event a property owner and/or customer refuses to permit a representative of the township to inspect the property for cross connections or when it is established that cross connections exists and the backflow protection devices do not provide adequate protection to protect the public water supply from being contaminated.
(E) All testable backflow prevention assemblies shall be tested at the time of installation or relocation and after any repair.
(F) The potable water supply made available on the properties served by the public water supply shall be protected from possible contamination as specified by this section, by the statutes and regulations in effect in the State of Michigan and by any other applicable law.
(G) This section does not supersede the state plumbing code but is supplementary to it.
(H) Violation of any of the provisions of this section or any written order of Breitung Township in pursuance thereof shall be a misdemeanor punishable per applicable law.
(I) The cost of any repairs, revisions, testing, inspections beyond the initial inspection, mitigation, cleanup of any backflow contamination and compliance with applicable law, regulations, ordinances, orders and judgments shall be charged to and borne by the property owner and/or customer where the cross connection exists.
(Ord. 10-1997, passed 12-8-1997; Ord. 1-2009, passed 5-11-2009)