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(a) If, in accordance with the Illinois Plumbing Code Regulation on Cross-Connection Control for the City (attached to original Ordinance 546, passed July 13, 1987, as Appendix A) or in the judgment of the Supervisor of City Maintenance, an approved backflow prevention device is necessary for the safety of the public water supply system, the Supervisor will give notice to the water customer to install such an approved device immediately. The water customer shall, at his or her own expense, install such an approved device at a location and in a manner in accordance with the Illinois Plumbing Code and all applicable local regulations, and shall have inspections and tests made of such approved devices as required by the Illinois Plumbing Code and local regulations.
(b) No person shall establish or maintain or permit to be established or maintained any connection whereby a private, auxiliary or emergency water supply, other than the regular public water supply of the City, enters the supply or distribution system of the City, unless such private, auxiliary or emergency water supply and the method of connection and use of such supply have been approved by the Supervisor and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.
(c) The Supervisor shall cause surveys and investigatiops to be made of industrial and other properties served by the public water supply to determine whether or not actual or potential hazards to the public water supply may exist. Such surveys and investigations shall be made a matter of public record and shall be repeated at least every two years, or as often as the Supervisor deems necessary. Records of such surveys shall be maintained and shall be made available for review for at least five years thereafter.
(d) The approved cross-connection control device Inspector may enter at any reasonable time any property served by a connection to the public water distribution system of the City for the purpose of verifying the presence or absence of cross connections. The Supervisor or his or her authorized agent may enter at any reasonable time any property served by a connection to the public water distribution system of the City for the purpose of verifying information submitted by the customer regarding the required cross-connection control inspection. On demand, the owner, lessee or occupant of any property so served shall furnish to the Supervisor any information which he or she may request regarding the piping system or water use on such property. The refusal of such information, when demanded, shall, within the discretion of the Supervisor, be deemed evidence of the presence of improper connections as provided in this section.
(e) The Supervisor is hereby authorized and directed to discontinue, after reasonable notice to the occupant thereof, the water service to any property wherein any connection in violation of this section is known to exist, and to take such other precautionary measures as he or she may deem necessary to eliminate any danger of contamination of the public water supply distribution mains. Water service to such property shall not be restored until such conditions have been eliminated or corrected in compliance with this section, and until the reconnection fee is paid. Immediate disconnection with verbal notice can be effected when the Supervisor is assured that an imminent danger of harmful contamination of the public water supply system exists. Such action shall be followed by written notification of the cause of disconnection.
(f) The consumer responsible for back-siphoned material or contamination through backflow, if contamination of the potable water supply system occurs through an illegal cross connection or an improperly installed, maintained or repaired device, or a device which has been bypassed, must bear the cost of clean-up of the potable water supply system.
(Ord. 546. Passed 7-13-87.)