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For the purpose of this subchapter, the following definitions apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
IMPOUNDING WATERS. Any water kept on public or private property within the City in such a manner that more than 500 gallons of water are above and/or below the natural surface of the surrounding ground. The word “water” or “waters”, as used in the preceding sentence, shall be deemed to include any and all liquid substances.
OPEN PITS or EXCAVATIONS. Any artificial excavation of the earth within the City, dug, excavated or made by the removal from the natural surface of the earth of sod, soil, sand, gravel, stone or other matter, creating a depression or depressions, exceeding in any one place 200 square feet of surface area, the bottom or lowest point of which shall be two feet or more below, or lower than, the level of the adjoining unexcavated land; in which depression, pit or excavation water may fall, gather, collect and remain stagnant, putrid or polluted; or which depression may be or become dangerous from the standpoint of public safety or health, or to children playing therein or thereby; or which depression may be come a public nuisance or deteriorate the value of adjacent property. Depressions, pits or excavations made for the purpose of the foundation, cellar or basement of some immediately pending superstructure to be erected, built or placed therein contemporaneously with, or immediately following the excavating, and covering or to cover the excavated pit or depression when completed, are excepted, if a building permit has been issued and has not been voided or canceled. Water hook-up to municipal water system is excluded from this subchapter.
(Prior Code, § 1107.01)