§ 54.98  ENFORCEMENT AND PENALTIES.
   (A)   The Director and the City Attorney are each hereby authorized to enforce the provisions of this chapter by any one or more of the enforcement mechanisms set forth herein.
   (B)   Failure on the part of any owner or customer to discontinue the use of all cross connections and to physically separate cross connections is sufficient cause for the immediate discontinuance of public water service to the premises.
   (C)   When the Director believes that an emergency affecting public health or safety exists, the Director may immediately discontinue water service. It shall be an emergency affecting public health and safety if an approved backflow prevention assembly is not installed as required by this chapter, or if an actual cross connection between the public and private water system exists. The temporary disconnection will continue until the cross connection is eliminated as required by this chapter. Reasonable advance notice and an opportunity to be heard shall be provided if it is not an emergency. If it is an emergency, notice and an opportunity to be heard must be provided as soon as possible after the disconnection of such water service.
   (D)   Failure to obtain and comply with the appropriate plumbing or building permits shall result in placement of a hold on the issuance of certificate of occupancy and termination of water service provided during construction.
   (E)   Any persons violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall become civilly liable to the city for any expense, loss or damage occasioned by the city by reason of such violation.
   (F)   In addition to the penalties provided herein, the city may recover reasonable attorney's fees, court costs, court reporter fees, and other expenses of litigation by appropriate suit against the person found to have violated this chapter or the orders, rules, regulations, and permits issued hereunder.
(Ord. 2019-22, passed 8-13-19)