(A)   Purpose.
      (1)   To protect the public potable water supply of the town (Water Purveyor) from the possibility of contamination or pollution by isolation within the consumer’s internal distribution system(s) or the consumer’s private water system(s) such contaminants or pollutants which could backflow into the public water systems;
      (2)   To promote the elimination or control of existing cross-connections; actual or potential, between the consumer’s in-plant potable water system(s) and non-potable water system(s), plumbing fixtures and industrial piping systems; and
      (3)   To provide for the maintenance of continuing the program of cross-connection control which will systematically and effectively prevent the contamination or pollution of all potable water systems.
   (B)   Responsibility. The Water Utility Superintendent shall be responsible for the protection of the public potable water distribution system from contamination or pollution due to the backflow of contaminants or pollutants through the water service connection. If, in the judgement of said Water Utility Superintendent an approved backflow prevention assembly is required at the consumer’s water service connection for the safety of the water system, the Water Utility Superintendent or his or her designated agent shall give notice in writing to said consumer’s own expense: and, failure, refusal or inability on the party of the consumer to install, have tested and maintained said assembly(s), shall constitute grounds for discontinuing water service to the premises until such requirements have been satisfactorily met.
   (C)   (1)   Including but not limited to, the guidelines and regulations adopted by IDEM, the IDEM cross- connection rules currently found at 327 IAC 8-10-1 and following, as they shall be amended from time to time, are hereby incorporated by reference and shall be considered to be an ordinance of the town.
      (2)   The town as a Water Purveyor shall have the right of entry onto all customers’ premises for the purpose of inspection and investigation and shall also have the authority to take enforcement action, such as termination of water service.
      (3)   The Water Utility Superintendent is directed to prepare an enforcement procedure and policy. The current policy is as follows and is hereby approved by the Town Council:
         (a)   The Water Utility Superintendent shall first make verbal contact with the customer regarding compliance with any provision of the cross-connection rules and give the customer reasonable time to come into compliance;
         (b)   If there is no compliance after the verbal contact, the Water Utility Superintendent shall send a letter requiring compliance within 30 days of the date of the letter;
         (c)   In the event there is non-compliance following the letter, the customer will be disconnected; and
         (d)   Fees and penalties for disconnection, re-connection, etc., as otherwise contained in the code of ordinances shall apply to these enforcement proceedings.
(Ord. 2016-1, passed 6-6-16)