TITLE 9
PUBLIC UTILITIES
CHAPTER 1
WATER SYSTEM REGULATIONS
SECTION:
9-1-1: Certain Lands Taxed For Waterworks
9-1-2: Permits Required
9-1-3: Rules And Regulations For Water Takers
9-1-4: Excavating For Water Mains
9-1-5: Pipe Specifications
9-1-6: Water Meters
9-1-7: Rates
9-1-8: Tap-On Fees
9-1-9: Delinquent And Nonpayment Of Water Bills
9-1-10: Water Use Restrictions
9-1-11: Prohibited Acts And Conditions
9-1-12: Penalty
9-1-1: CERTAIN LANDS TAXED FOR WATERWORKS:
No part of the lands or lots in the city, or which may hereafter be annexed to the city, that have not heretofore been assessed for the establishment and the construction of waterworks, water mains and hydrants, shall be entitled to water privileges, or to connect with any water main or water service pipe, without first paying into the general fund of the city an amount equal to the general footage benefits, being at the rate of two dollars fifty cents ($2.50) per front foot. For new subdivision annexations, the requirements of the subdivision ordinance shall apply 1
. (Ord. M-38-89, 9-5-1989)
9-1-2: PERMITS REQUIRED:
   A.   Permit To Use Water:
      1.   No person shall, without the authority first had from the mayor and city council, or some authorized agent thereof, take water from any public or private hydrant, hose or pipe, except for fire purposes or for the use of the fire department in case of fire, or shall in any way use or take any water for private use, drinking fountains excepted, unless the person has first paid for same and received a permit from the city as aforesaid.
      2.   When city public water is available, property owners must disconnect from their private or noncity water system and connect to the city public water system within one year of notice.
      3.   Any person seeking to disconnect from city water service may request the city council to grant an exemption from the requirement to use city water on such terms and conditions as the city council, in its discretion, may deem appropriate. Any such disconnection shall be at the owner's full and complete expense including the cost of recording a notice of disconnection with the office of the Cook County recorder.
      4.   Any person violating this subsection A shall be fined a minimum of five hundred dollars ($500.00) for each offense; a separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day such violation occurs or continues. (Ord. M-63-98, 9-21-1998)
   B.   Permit To Lay Or Tap Water Pipes: No person shall make any excavation in any street or avenue or other place for the purpose of laying water pipes, or tap any water or service pipe laid down, without a written permit therefor issued by the director of community development and then only such persons as are authorized to perform such work shall do the same, and the particular person or plumber to be employed to do the work shall in each case be named in the permit. The work of making a water tap two inches (2") or less shall be done by city employees. (Ord. M-38-89, 9-5-1989; amd. Ord. M-23-91, 6-17-1991)
9-1-3: RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR WATER TAKERS:
The following rules and regulations for the government of water takers and licensed plumbers are hereby adopted and established:
   A.   Work On Streets: All work on the streets, avenues and public grounds, and any such work contemplated by this chapter, must be done under the supervision of the director of public works, subject to his direction and approval.
   B.   Corporation Stops; Record Of Taps: Corporation stops inserted in the distributing pipes and the service pipes laid shall be of the size specified in the permit and order. The director of public works shall keep a complete record showing the exact size, location and number of all taps inserted; the tapper being hereby required to make immediate return to the director of public works of such details. (Ord. M-38-89, 9-5-1989; amd. Ord. M-59-93, 12-6-1993)
   C.   Permit To Connect Service Pipes; Fees: Application for permits to connect service pipes with any supply pipe must be made to the director of community development and the sums to be paid for the insertion of service cocks or valves shall be as determined from time to time by resolution of the city council. Such connections shall only be made by a licensed plumber and only after a permit has been paid for and issued as hereinabove set forth. (Ord. M-38-89, 9-5-1989; amd. Ord. M-21-91, 6-17-1991)
   D.   Notice To Director Of Public Works: Notice shall be left at the office of the director of public works by the plumber about to lay down service pipe, fixing, the day on which he wishes, the corporation stop inserted. This notice must be given two (2) days before the excavation for the insertion of the corporation stop.
   E.   Supervision Of System: The director of public works shall superintend and direct all work connected with the water system and from time to time report to the mayor and city council as to the manner in which the plumbers perform their work and the condition in which he finds the streets repaired. (Ord. M-38-89, 9-5-1989; amd. Ord. M-59-93, 12-6-1993)
   F.   Hydrants Left Running: Hydrants, tap hoses, water closets, urinals, baths and other fixtures shall not be permitted to be kept running when not in actual use.
   G.   Private Hydrant Beyond Limits Of Lot Prohibited: No private hydrant shall be located on the sidewalk or elsewhere beyond the limits of the lot of the party to whom the permit is issued. No private hydrant in a lot shall be allowed to be used as a public hydrant unless by a special permit from the mayor and city council. (Ord. M-38-89, 9-5-1989)
   H.   City Public Water System Connection Required: When any premises or tenement is or will be utilized for human occupancy or habitation, and when the city public water system is within two hundred fifty feet (250') of any portion of the property where such premises or tenement is or will be located, then the premises or tenement shall be connected to, and all potable water for the premises or tenement shall be supplied directly from, the city public water system. All property owners must disconnect their property from any private water source or any water system other than the city public water system and connect to the city public water system not later than one year after receiving notice from the city. (Ord. M-14-14, 5-19-2014)
   I.   Service Pipe; Kind And Manner Of Laying: Service pipe intended to supply two (2) or more distinct premises or tenements, must be provided with a separate and distinct curb stop and box for each tenement, on the outside of the lot of which such tenement is located; but no more than two (2) houses shall be supplied from one service pipe. Each service pipe shall have its own independent tap, and have within the limit of the curb, at the edge of the sidewalk, a curb stop with a shutoff box not less than four feet (4') long. Every curb stop and shutoff box shall be subject to the inspection and acceptance of the director of public works. The taps shall be such as are in use by the department of public works. The sidewalk curb stop shall be the same size as corporation stop and the top of the stopbox shall be visible and even with the sidewalk, and placed at the outer edge of the sidewalk line. The service pipe shall extend to the lot line beyond the curb stop. The line of the service pipe shall be at right angles with the main, and the sidewalk curb stop shall be located directly opposite the tap in the main. The shutoff box shall be set plumb and in a substantial manner. The service pipe shall be laid not less than four feet (4') below the established grade of the street in which it is laid, without regard to the depth of the street main. Service pipes shall have sufficient length to prevent fracture by settlement of earth, and the backfilling over the pipe must be satisfactorily rammed or puddled to the satisfaction of the water division foreman. After the corporation stop is inserted, the earth must be carefully rammed with a suitable rammer under the distributing pipes, to a level with the top thereof, before the connection is made. All such excavated areas shall be suitably barricaded and backfilled. (Ord. M-41-97, 7-7-1997; amd. Ord. M-14-14, 5-19-2014)
   J.   Occupants Not To Supply Water To Others: No owner or occupant of any building, premises or enclosure, to which city water is supplied, shall be allowed to supply water to other persons or structures. If so supplied, the water shall be cut off without notice and all associated expenses shall be paid for by the owners before service is restored. (Ord. M-38-89, 9-5-1989; amd. 2002 Code; Ord. M-14-14, 5-19-2014)
   K.   Access To Premises: The director of public works or his authorized agents shall have full and free access, at all hours of the day between seven o'clock (7:00) A.M. and six o'clock (6:00) P.M., to all parts of every building, premises or enclosure, into which water shall be delivered or consumed. Upon a seven (7) day notice posted on the door, the director of public works or his authorized agents shall examine, inspect and test the fixtures, service lines, water meters or water mains to ascertain whether there is any unnecessary waste of water or inaccurate registering of water usage. The director of public works shall notify the owner of any unnecessary water loss by mail, and request that such leak or problem be repaired within ten (10) days by a bonded, licensed plumber. Failure to comply shall be cause to have the water supply shut off until proper inspection and repairs are made. (Ord. M-41-97, 7-7-1997; amd. 2002 Code; Ord. M-14-14, 5-19-2014)
   L.   Buffalo Box; Shutoff Valve Maintenance; Repair: The city shall be responsible for maintenance, repair and replacement of the water shutoff valve for each property, regardless of where that valve/buffalo box is located. In the event that more than one shutoff valve exists, the valve closest to the city water main shall be maintained by the city. Any secondary valves in that case are the property owner's responsibility. The corporation stop or tapping valve shall not be considered the shutoff valve for a property.
   M.   Water Service Line Maintenance: The property owner shall be responsible for the maintenance, repair and replacement of the water service line from the buffalo box or shutoff valve, including the connection thereto, up to the structure serviced by that water line. The city shall be responsible for the maintenance, repair and replacement of the water service line from the buffalo box or shutoff valve to the point of connection to the city water main.
   N.   Large Private Pipes For Private Purposes: Proprietors of lumberyards, factories, halls, stores, hotels, or public buildings, that are regular consumers of city water, that wish to lay large pipes with hydrant and hose couplings for fire extinguishing purposes, shall make application to the director of community development for a permit to connect with the city street main at their own expense, for such purposes. Under the direction of the director of public works, such applicants shall be allowed use of water for fire purposes only, free of charge.
   O.   Turning Water On; Order Required: Water shall not be turned into any house or place of business or private service pipe except upon the order of the director of public works, nor shall water be turned into any house or place of business or private service pipe until the water user has paid his water rents for the current term. (Ord. M-41-97, 7-7-1997; amd. Ord. M-14-14, 5-19-2014)
Plumbers shall be allowed to turn water on into any house, place of business, or private service pipe, and leave the water turned on for up to forty eight (48) hours, in order to test their work. At the end of such testing time, they shall turn off the water. For all other purposes, plumbers are strictly prohibited from turning the water into any service pipe except upon the order or permission of the director of public works. Any damage to the B-box or water service shall be the contractor's responsibility to repair at his cost. (Ord. M-41-97, 7-7-1997; amd. 2002 Code; Ord. M-14-14, 5-19-2014)
   P.   Hydrants Within Street Prohibited: No hydrant shall be placed within the limit of any street that is not authorized for installation at such location by the director of public works; no drinking fountain shall be erected for public use which has openings by which it can be used as a source of domestic water supply.
   Q.   Depth Of Pipes: Pipes shall be laid at not less than four feet (4') below the ground surface and shall remain uncovered until inspected by the director of public works, the city engineer or their designee.
   R.   Penalty For Violating Rules And Regulations: For a violation of any of the above rules and regulations, or such other rules as the mayor and city council may hereafter adopt, the mayor and city council reserve the right to stop water service without any preliminary notice and not restore water service until all back water rents, costs and damages are paid, together with thirty five dollars ($35.00) for the expense of turning off water and turning it on again, and upon a satisfactory understanding with the party that no further cause of complaint shall arise. The mayor and city council hereby reserve the full right, power and authority to cut off the supply of water at any time without incurring any liability or cause of action or damages of any kind, any permit granted or regulation to the contrary notwithstanding.
   S.   Verification Of City Water Service: The director of public works or his authorized agents shall have the right to sample the water at any property within the city in order to verify the source of that water. If necessary the director of public works shall have the right to enter a property to obtain a suitable sample. (Ord. M-41-97, 7-7-1997; amd. Ord. M-14-14, 5-19-2014)
9-1-4: EXCAVATING FOR WATER MAINS:
The contractor will be required to do all excavation, including earth, rock and any other material. The trenches shall be of such depth that there shall be at least five and one-half feet (51/2') of cover below the surface of the street. Where the surface of the street is above the established grade, there shall be at least five and one-half feet (51/2') of cover below such grade. "Contractor", as used in these specifications, refers to the part of the first part to the agreement for the construction of the work specified.
   A.   Specifications: Excavations shall be done under the following:
      1.   Manner Of Depositing Material Excavated: The material excavated shall be deposited on the side of the trenches beyond the reach of slides and banks trimmed up so as to be of as little inconvenience as possible to public travel or tenants occupying the adjoining property. In case it is necessary to place excavated material on any sidewalk, the contractor shall erect barriers to keep the earth at least four feet (4') from the front of all buildings and from the inner portion of the sidewalk, in front of residence property the earth shall in all cases be kept off the sidewalks. In case earth is deposited on grass plots, the contractor shall remove it carefully so as not to destroy the grass.
      2.   Paving To Be Replaced: All paving, macadamizing, planking, sidewalk, culverts or crosswalks of whatever nature must be carefully removed before the excavation is made, and when removed the material must be kept separate from the excavated material and replaced in as good and safe condition as before being removed, subject to all rules and regulations of the director of public works. In case the character of the ground requires it, to protect the work, the street or the workers, the sides of the trenches must be supported by suitable bracings. (Ch. 30 Art. III, 1956 Code)
      3.   Concrete Under Pipe When Necessary: Whenever the ground is sufficiently firm, the pipes may be laid directly on the bottom of the excavation; but wherever, in the judgment of the director of public works, it is necessary to put bedding stone, timber or plank under the pipe, the contractor shall furnish such stone, timber or plank as may be designated at his own cost. (Ch. 30 Art. III, 1956 Code; amd. 2002 Code)
      4.   Supports: No water pipe of sixteen inches (16") or greater diameter shall be laid without such support placed as shall be designated by the director of public works.
      5.   Material Furnished By Contractor: All material of every kind, unless specifically mentioned in the contract, must be furnished by the contractor.
      6.   Pipes Protected: All water, gas, sewer or other pipes or conduits of any kind and cables are to be carefully supported and protected from injury by the contractor while the excavation is being made and the backfilling finished, or if necessary, until the proper officers remove or change the same. The earth shall be filled in carefully under and around all pipes and thoroughly rammed, so as to render their position as safe and permanent as before. Any damage done to the pipes or caused by neglect to attend to them shall be paid by the contractor.
      7.   Contractor To Do Necessary Pumping: The contractor will be required to do all necessary pumping or bailing, build all drains, and do all other work necessary to keep the trenches clear of water during the progress of the work at his own expense.
      8.   Blasting Rock: When rock is encountered in excavating the trenches and is removed by blasting, the trenches must be carefully covered so as to prevent danger to life or property. the rock must be excavated not less than six inches (6") below the bottom of the pipe and all irregularities in the bottom of the rock trench must be filled and rammed in place, and the trench brought up to the proper level to lay the pipe, and the earth under the pipe must be rammed to give a firm foundation. (Ch. 30 Art. III, 1956 Code)
      9.   Manner Of Filling Trenches: After the pipe is laid and as soon as possible thereafter, the backfilling is to be commenced by thoroughly ramming the earth under and around the pipe to a point level with the top of the same. Above the pipe, the backfilling is to be placed in layers of nine inches (9") to twelve inches (12") and thoroughly rammed, or it may be puddled or jetted as the director of public works may direct. All of the material excavated must be put back in the trench, and whatever more material may be required to fill the trench must be furnished by the contractor at his own expense. The backfilling shall not be left unfinished more than two hundred feet (200') behind the completed pipe work. (Ch. 30 Art. III, 1956 Code; amd. 2002 Code)
Surplus material and rubbish must be entirely removed from the street at the expense of the contractor, as may be directed by the director of public works.
      10.   Contractor To Give Personal Attention: The contractor must give his personal attention to the work, or must have a person do the work who has authority to act for him in any and all cases. Any instruction given to his agent will be considered as notice to the contractor.
      11.   Improper Materials Or Workmanship: The director of public works, or the inspector or engineer in charge, must be permitted to remove such portions of the work as he may think necessary to the discovery of improper materials or workmanship. The contractor shall restore such work at his own expense if done improperly, otherwise at the expense of the city.
      12.   Incompetent Employees: The contractor will be required to dismiss any incompetent or unfaithful employee on demand of the director or an inspector, and the person shall not be reemployed without consent of the director. All orders of the director, or of an inspector, must be faithfully and implicitly carried out. (Ch. 30, Art. III, 1956 Code)
      13.   Extra Work: No claims for extra labor or material furnished by the contractor shall be allowed unless ordered in writing by the director of public works, and all claims for damages for any cause whatever must be reported to the inspector at the time such damages occur and all claims for extras shall be presented to the director daily, on the day such extra work, if any, is done. (Ord. M-38-89, 9-5-1989)
      14.   Suspension Of Operations: If for any cause the director of public works finds it necessary or desirable to suspend operations, it is to be done by the contractor on due notification, and he will not be entitled to damages because of such suspension. He will, however, be allowed further time for the completion of his contract equal to the delay ordered. All work shall be commenced and carried on at such time and in such manner as the director of public works may direct. (Ch. 30 Art. III, 1956 Code)
      15.   Utilities/Railroad Tracks: The contractor shall provide the city, and the owners of the various utility companies, all the necessary insurance and permits required.
Should it be necessary to remove the railroad tracks, gas pipes, sewer pipes, electric wires or any portion thereof, the director of public works shall notify the company, its agents or superintendents, to remove same within a specified period of time. The contractor shall not interfere with the tracks, gas pipes, electric wires or sewer pipes, or any portion thereof, until the expiration of the time specified in the director's notice. (Ord. M-38-89, 9-5-1989)
      16.   Disputes; Settlement: All disputes as to the meaning of these specifications, explanations or directions necessary to satisfactorily complete the different descriptions of work contemplated and provided for under the contract will be given by the director of public works, and his decision shall be final and binding as between any contractor and the city, subject to the ratification by the mayor and city council. (Ch. 30 Art. III, 1956 Code)
   B.   Excavation When Ground Frozen: No person shall make any excavation in any street or avenue of the city within four and one-half feet (41/2') of any laid water pipe when the ground is frozen, except by special order of the director of public works, which permission shall be in writing. (Ord. M-38-89, 9-5-1989; amd. Ord. M-59-93, 12-6-1993)
9-1-5: PIPE SPECIFICATIONS:
All water pipes and mains hereafter laid in the city shall be of the kind, quality and description as shall be directed by the director of public works and shall conform to the specifications prepared for the same by the director from time to time.
   A.   Contractor To Furnish Labor And Material: The contractor shall furnish all labor and material of every kind to complete the work to the satisfaction of the director of public works.
   B.   Manner Of Laying: Each pipe is to be laid level, upon a firm bed and to the line and grade. Excavation must be made under and around the bell of each pipe, so that the entire length of the pipe may lay upon the bottom of the trench.
   C.   Where Contractor Furnishes Pipe; Conditions: Where the contractor purchases the pipe, special valves or hydrants from the city or when the city furnishes the same:
      1.   The city will not be responsible for delays caused by the material not being promptly delivered by either the manufacturer or the transportation company.
      2.   The contractor will be required to haul all material from the yards of the transportation company to the line of the work.
      3.   Any pipe, special castings, valves or fire hydrants broken or damaged in transit from the yard to the street where they are to be used, or after they have been delivered on the street, shall be replaced by the contractor at his own expense.
   D.   Delivering Pipe On Streets: In delivering pipes on the streets, they will be distributed in the order in which they are to be laid, and so placed as not to unnecessarily interfere with the public use of the streets, crossings and sidewalks.
   E.   Pipes To Be Cleaned As Laid: The pipes and all other castings shall be carefully swept and cleaned, as they are laid, of any earth or rubbish. Every open end of a pipe shall be plugged, or otherwise closed before leaving the work for the night.
   F.   Valves; Placement: All special valves, and fire hydrants, must be placed as directed by the director of public works.
   G.   Price To Include All Material And Labor: The price bid per lineal foot for each size of pipe shall include all excavations, backfilling, pipe and any and all material necessary to carry out these specifications. The length of pipe to be paid for will include the space occupied by specials and valves.
   H.   Price For Fittings: The price bid per pound for specials will be the amount to be paid, in addition to that received in the bid for the pipe, where the special is measured along with the length of pipe. The contractor and the Inspector must agree upon the weight of the special before it is put in the trench. No payment will be made for the T (tee) to connect the water main and a fire hydrant.
   I.   Price Of Valve: The price bid for each valve must include the valve put in place, the valve chamber built according to plans on file in the office of the director of public works, and an iron cover weighing three hundred seventy (370) pounds.
   J.   Price For Hydrant: The price bid for each fire hydrant shall include the T (tee) which is located on the water main, the necessary length of six inch (6") pipe to reach from the main to the fire hydrant, the minimum of six inch (6") auxiliary valve at the hydrant, the fire hydrant, the hydrant box and the work of putting fire hydrants and fittings up. Also, the foot of each fire hydrant must be set on a stone twelve inches by twelve inches by six inches (12" x 12" x 6"). (Ord. M-38-89, 9-5-1989)
9-1-6: WATER METERS:
   A.   Meters Required: All water sold or supplied by the city shall be furnished through meters and shall be paid for at the meter rate now established by the city or as may hereafter, from time to time, be so established; prior to said date the owners of all property in the city in which water is used from the city system of water mains shall have installed, as hereinafter provided upon their respective premises, a water meter of the kind hereinafter designated; such meter shall be properly attached to the service pipe so as to correctly measure all city water used on such premises. (Ord. M-38-89, 9-5-1989)
It shall be mandatory to provide a bypass system, complete with full shutoff valves, on all large water meters (11/2" and over in size) to prevent water service interruptions when overhauling said meters and the same shall apply to small sized water meters when the supply of water must be continuously maintained. Any person using the bypass system on such meters, to avoid paying for water, shall be fined as provided in section 9-1-11 of this chapter. (Ord. M-38-89, 9-5-1989; amd. 2002 Code)
   B.   Type And Installation:
      1.   Type Of Meters: All meters meeting the American Waterworks Association standards as adopted in 1916, and amended thereafter, are hereby adopted and approved for exclusive use in the city. All meters shall also be equipped with an outside reading device; minimum elevation of said device shall be forty two inches (42") above ground level. This shall include all new and replacement meter installations. Every meter which may be installed shall first be approved by the director of public works before it can be installed. (Ord. M-101-81, 1-4-1982)
      2.   Meter Tests: All meters shall factory tested and calibrated before installation. If any property owner disputes the accuracy of a water meter, he has the following options:
         a.   The meter can be tested by the department of public works; or
         b.   The meter may be tested by an independent state and AWWA certified testing facility. (2002 Code)
      3.   Installation Of Meters: All meters installed by the property owner or occupant of the premises must be placed by a proper mechanic or plumber or some authorized agent of the city; and the owner and occupant of the premises in which any such meter is installed shall be liable for the theft thereof and breakage by freezing or otherwise, or damage to it in any manner, and shall replace or repair the same or any part thereof within five (5) days after notice by the director of public works or other officer of the city and on failure to so comply with any such notice the water shall be shut off. (Ch. 30 Art. V, 1956 Code)
      4.   Placement: Upon all premises, the meter shall be set in the structure or basement as near as possible to where the service pipe enters such structure or basement.
   C.   Conducting Pipes: The conducting pipes of all meters shall be joined with tailpiece type unions or flanges. (2002 Code)
   D.   Schedule Of Meter Prices: The schedule of prices for meters sold by the city to water consumers shall be as determined from time to time by resolution of the city council. (Ord. M-41-72, 9-5-1972)
   E.   Repairs To Meters: The owner or occupant of any building or premises where any meter connected with the service pipes of the water supply system of the city is installed shall see that the meter is kept and remains free from obstructions on or around the same and that it is conveniently accessible at all reasonable times for the purpose of reading, inspecting or repairing the same, and the director of public works or other employee or agent of the city shall be permitted at all reasonable hours to inspect or examine the meter for the purpose of reading or repairing the same; and the water shall be turned off from any service pipe where the meter connected therewith shall not be kept free and accessible and repaired as herein required and the same shall not be turned on again until this subsection and all other provisions of this chapter have been complied with and the cost of turning off and turning on the water shall have been paid. Any breakage to pipes or shutoff valves during a meter change or repair shall be the property owner's responsibility to repair. (Ord. M-41-97, 7-7-1997)
   F.   Interference With Meters: No person, unless properly authorized by the city, shall connect, disconnect, remove, repair or otherwise disturb any water meter, and any person who shall turn on the supply of water to the service pipe from which the supply has been turned off by the authority of the city on account of nonpayment of water rents or noncompliance with any of the provisions of this chapter without first obtaining a permit from the director of public works or some authorized officer of the city to do so. (Ord. M-38-89, 9-5-1989; amd. Ord. M-59-93, 12-6-1993; 2002 Code)
   G.   Faulty Meters:
      1.   In case a remote meter register for any cause fails to properly register the quantity of water passing through the inside water meter for any period, the amount charged for water used during such period shall be based on the inside meter reading. The charge for turning on or off the water in all cases for the violation of this subsection shall be the same as is now prescribed for such service in other cases.
      2.   In case a meter for any cause fails to register the quantity of water passing through the same for any period, the amount charged for water during such period shall be estimated by the director of public works or other authorized officer of the city and the estimate shall be based on the average amount registered during the two (2) preceding like periods. The charge for turning on or off the water in all cases for the violation of this subsection shall be the same as is now prescribed for such service in other cases. (Ord. M-41-97, 7-7-1997)
      3.   The city has the right to mail notices to all water customers requesting the property owner to read the internal meter and the remote read. The property owner has the responsibility to return the notice, with the readings, by the date shown on the mailing. Failure to do so will place the account on delinquent status and may cause the water service to be shut off. Timing of this mailing shall be determined by the director of finance and administrative services and the director of public works. (2002 Code)
   H.   Maintenance Of Meter Boxes/Vaults: Maintenance of any meter box or vault outside a structure receiving water service shall be the property owner's responsibility. Likewise, any connection pipes or shutoff valves adjacent to the meter contained in the meter box or vault are the property owner's responsibility to maintain. (Ord. M-41-97, 7-7-1997)
9-1-7: RATES:
All persons connecting with the water system of the city or taking and using water from the city waterworks system shall pay for such water, as measured by the aforementioned meter, at the rates or fees set forth in this section.
   A.   Inside Corporate Limits: For all consumers of water residing within the corporate limits of the city, the following rate or fee shall apply:
      1.   For all water usage after January 1, 2013, the retail rate per one hundred (100) cubic feet of water is the amount equal to the rate charged per one hundred (100) cubic feet of water by the city of Chicago for the supply of water to the city, as such rate may be amended from time to time, plus a water system operating and maintenance charge of two dollars twenty cents ($2.20) per one hundred (100) cubic feet of water.
      2.   For all water usage after January 1, 2013, a consumer of water who uses not more than five hundred (500) cubic feet of water in any two (2) month billing period shall be charged a minimum fee for any amount of water used during that two (2) month billing period in an amount equal to the product of the retail rate defined in subsection A1 of this section multiplied by five (5).
   B.   Outside Corporate Limits, Retail Consumers: For all retail consumers of water residing outside the corporate limits of the city, the following rate or fee shall apply:
      1.   For all water usage after January 1, 2013, the retail rate per one hundred (100) cubic feet of water is the amount equal to the product of the retail rate defined in subsection A1 of this section multiplied by two (2).
      2.   For all water usage after January 1, 2013, a consumer of water who uses not more than five hundred (500) cubic feet of water in any two (2) month billing period shall be charged a minimum fee for any amount of water used during that two (2) month billing period in an amount equal to the product of the fee defined in subsection A2 of this section multiplied by two (2). (Ord. M-4-13, 6-3-2013)
   C.   Outside Corporate Limits, Companies:
      1.   Companies located outside the city limits, seeking to purchase water from the city waterworks system, shall be required to contact the public works department and arrange for the rental of a hydrant meter and pay a nonrefundable permit fee of fifty dollars ($50.00) for the use of such meter in addition to the rate charged for the water being drawn and metered from the hydrant. In instances where the company has a tanker truck to be filled, the city shall determine the rate charged for such water usage based on tanker capacity; such tankers are filled at the city water plant. (Ord. M-41-97, 7-7-1997; amd. 2002 Code)
      2.   A refundable deposit equal to the cost of the hydrant meter will be required. Any damage to the meter upon its return shall be deducted from this deposit before it is returned. (Ord. M-41-97, 7-7-1997)
   D.   Periodic Billing; Exception: The city shall bill all consumers of city water periodically at intervals of approximately every two (2) months; however, all consumers whose annual bill for the last twelve (12) months was one thousand two hundred dollars ($1,200.00) or more or whose annual bill is anticipated by the director of finance and administrative services to be the same amount or more may be billed on a monthly basis. (Ord. M-25-89, 7-3-1989; amd. Ord. M-24-93, 6-7-1993)
The rates charged by the city for water shall be as herein set forth; provided, that the bill for such water charges shall be paid within twenty one (21) days after the mailing of bills for the same. In the event that such water charges are not paid within twenty one (21) days after the mailing of bills, a penalty of ten percent (10%) of the amount of the billed water charges shall be added to the same and payable from the consumer. (Ord. M-25-89, 7-3-1989)
9-1-8: TAP-ON FEES:
Pursuant to its home rule authority and the provisions of 65 Illinois Compiled Statutes 5/11-150-1 specifically allowing municipalities to provide for the provision of fair and reasonable charges for connection to any such system in addition to charges covered by normal taxes, any new or additional users to the system shall be charged a connection fee. The funds collected by the city shall be used for its own general corporate purposes with the primary application being to the necessary expanse of the works of the system.
   A.   The benefited areas in which connection or tap on fees would be allowed shall be attached to each request.
   B.   The cost of construction for said improvement shall be determined by the director of engineering as such improvements or construction are deemed necessary. (Ord. M-4-02, 2-4-2002)
9-1-9: DELINQUENT AND NONPAYMENT OF WATER BILLS:
   A.   Nonpayment; Service Shutoff: All water bill rents shall be paid promptly when due and the finance department shall be prohibited from allowing credit to anyone. In the event any bill or statement of water consumed on any premises exceeding two hundred dollars ($200.00) shall remain unpaid for thirty (30) days after the mailing of such bill or statement, the director of public works shall cause the water to be shut off from the premises upon ten (10) days' notification until such time as all water consumed on the premises and reported on the bill or statement is paid in full, together with all costs or damages sustained by the city in the collection thereof. Should any water bill rent remain unpaid for more than two (2) billing cycles, no matter what the amount due the city, the director of public works shall cause the water to be shut off from the premises. In addition thereto, a fifty dollar ($50.00) service charge shall be added to the bill for water turned on during normal business hours and a seventy five dollar ($75.00) service charge shall be added to the bill for water turned on during evening and weekend hours. (Ord. M-42-03, 7-21-2003)
   B.   Collection Of Tenant's Unpaid Water Charges: If the consumer whose bill is unpaid is a tenant of the premises and the director of finance and administrative services has notice of this, a notice shall be mailed to the owner of said premises if his address is known to the director of finance and administrative services, whenever such bill remains unpaid for a period of sixty (60) days or more after it has been rendered. The failure of the director of finance and administrative services to mail such notice, or the failure of the owner to receive such notice, shall not affect the right of the city to collect the tenant's unpaid water charges from the owner of the premises. (Ord. M-12-84, 7-16-1984; amd. Ord. M-24-93, 6-7-1993)
   C.   Water Account Delinquency; Lien:
      1.   Placement Of Lien: Whenever a bill for water service remains unpaid sixty (60) days after it has been rendered, the city clerk shall file or cause to be filed with the recorder of deeds of Cook County or in the office of the registrar of titles of Cook County, a statement of lien claim.
This statement shall contain the legal description of the premises served with water, the amount of the unpaid bill and a notice that the city claims a lien for said amount, as well as for all unpaid charges for water furnished, subsequent to the period covered by the bill.
If the consumer of water, whose bill is unpaid, is not the owner of the premises served, and the city clerk has notice of this, notice shall be mailed to the owner of the premises, if his address be known to the city clerk, on the same day that the notice of lien is filed as herein provided.
      2.   Foreclosure Of Lien: The property subject to a lien for unpaid water charges shall be sold for nonpayment of same and the proceeds of the sale shall be applied to pay the charges after deducting costs as is the case in the foreclosure of statutory liens.
The foreclosure shall be by bill in equity in the name of the city.
The city clerk is hereby authorized and directed to institute or cause to be instituted such proceedings, in the name of the city, in any court having jurisdiction over such matters, against any property for which the water bill remains unpaid sixty (60) days after it has been rendered. (Ord. M-38-89, 9-5-1989)
      3.   Director To Keep Schedule Of Water Account Rates: It shall be the duty of the director of public works to keep on file in his office printed schedules of water rates, as from time to time are established by the mayor and city council, for use and reference thereto by consumers or their agents upon application. (Ord. M-38-89, 9-5-1989; amd. Ord. M-59-93, 12-6-1993)
9-1-10: WATER USE RESTRICTIONS:
The director of public works shall have the authority to restrict the use of water in the city in order to ensure adequate water pressures during certain months of the year. Specifically exempt from the requirements set forth below are hand held hoses or sprinkling cans. Such restriction of water usage shall be enforced as follows: (Ord. M-35-91, 8-19-1991; amd. Ord. M-59-93, 12-6-1993)
   A.   Residential Properties: From and after May 15 of each year, to and including September 15 of each year, the following restrictions shall apply: (2002 Code)
      1.   Even Number Address: All residential property owners who reside or occupy premises designated by a street address with an even number shall be permitted to use water for lawn watering purposes on even numbered days of the month only, between the hours of five o'clock (5:00) A.M. to eight o'clock (8:00) A.M. and seven o'clock (7:00) P.M. to ten o'clock (10:00) P.M.
      2.   Odd Number Address: All residential property owners who reside or occupy premises designated by a street address with an odd number shall be permitted to use water for lawn watering purposes on odd numbered days of the month only, between the hours of five o'clock (5:00) A.M. to eight o'clock (8:00) A.M. and seven o'clock (7:00) P.M. to ten o'clock (10:00) P.M. (Ord. M-35-91, 8-19-1991)
   B.   Industrial, Commercial And Institutional Properties: From and after May 15 of each year, to and including September 15 of each year, the following restrictions shall apply: (2002 Code)
      1.   Even Number Address: All industrial, commercial and institutional properties who occupy premises designated by a street address with an even number shall be permitted to use water for lawn watering purposes on even numbered days of the month only, between the hours of five o'clock (5:00) A.M. to eight o'clock (8:00) A.M. and seven o'clock (7:00) P.M. to ten o'clock (10:00) P.M.
      2.   Odd Number Address: All industrial, commercial and institutional properties who occupy premises designated by a street address with an odd number shall be permitted to use water for lawn watering purposes on odd numbered days of the month only, between the hours of five o'clock (5:00) A.M. to eight o'clock (8:00) A.M. and seven o'clock (7:00) P.M. to ten o'clock (10:00) P.M. (Ord. M-35-91, 8-19-1991)
   C.   WaterSense Label: Pursuant to 17 Illinois administrative code 3730.307(c)(4) and subject to the Illinois plumbing code (77 Ill. adm. code 890) and the lawn irrigation contractor and lawn sprinkler system registration code (77 Ill. adm. code 892), all new plumbing fixtures and irrigation controllers installed after April 4, 2016, being the effective date hereof, shall bear the WaterSense label (as designated by the U.S. environmental protection agency WaterSense program), when such labeled fixtures are available.
   D.   Exceptions: Any exceptions to the above restrictions shall require a special city permit. Such exceptions shall only be authorized by the director of public works. (Ord. M-12-16, 4-4-2016)
9-1-11: PROHIBITED ACTS AND CONDITIONS:
   A.   Injure Or Deface Property: No person shall wilfully or carelessly break, deface, mar, injure, interfere with or disturb any building, machinery, apparatus, fence, fixtures, reservoir, water tower or any appurtenance of the waterworks of the city, or any public or private hydrant, stopcock box, shutoff valve, water supply or service pipe, or any part thereof; nor shall any person deposit anything in any stopcock box or commit any act tending to obstruct or impair the intended use of the above mentioned items. (Ord. M-38-89, 9-5-1989)
   B.   Unlawful Use Of Hydrants: All hydrants erected in the city for the purpose of extinguishing fires therein are hereby declared to be public hydrants. No person other than members of the fire department and those especially authorized by the mayor and city council, or their designees, and then only for the uses and purposes of the department, or in the exercise of the authority so delegated by the mayor and city council, shall open any of the hydrants or attempt to draw water from same, or in any manner interfere with any of the hydrants. (Ord. M-38-89, 9-5-1989; amd. 2002 Code)
9-1-12: PENALTY:
Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to a fine as provided in the general penalty in section 1-4-1 of this code for each such offense. Each day that such violation exists shall constitute a separate offense. (Ord. M-35-91, 8-19-1991; amd. 2002 Code)

 

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1. See title 13 of this code.