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(A) Backflow prevention device required. For all new water service provided by the city, an approved backflow prevention device (the “device”) shall be installed at a location and in such a manner as directed by the city. Each device installed in any commercial and/or industrial property shall be tested upon installation and annually thereafter by inspectors holding a license for Backflow Test Certification issued by the State of Ohio.
(B) Connection to city system. No person, firm or corporation shall establish or maintain any connection whereby a private, auxiliary or emergency water supply may enter the water supply or distribution system of the city.
(C) Backflow prevention standards. For all new water service provided by the city, devices shall be installed by the property owner at a location as directed by the city subject to the following:
(1) For residential dwelling units (3 family or less): A double check valve assembly in compliance with A.S.S.E. No. 1024 shall be provided such as Watts Regulator Company Model No. 7 or equal as approved by the city.
(2) For all other uses: A reduced pressure principle device in compliance with A.S.S.E. No. 1013 shall be provided such as a Watts Regulator Company Model 909 or equal as approved by the city.
(3) Devices meeting A.S.S.E. standards 1013 shall be tested upon installation and annually thereafter by an inspector holding a license for Backflow Test Certification issued by the State of Ohio. All test results and rebuilding information data shall be provided to the city.
(D) Surveys/investigations. The city may cause surveys and investigations to be made of properties served by the Lebanon potable water system to determine the existence of actual or potential hazards to the water system.
(E) Inspections. The city shall have the right to enter at any reasonable time any property served by a connection to the Lebanon potable water system for the purpose of inspecting the water piping system. Upon demand, the owner, lessees or occupants of any property so served shall furnish to the city information regarding the piping system or systems of water use on such property. The refusal of such information may be deemed evidence of improper connections as prohibited by this section.
(F) Discontinuation of service. The city may discontinue the water service to any property wherein any connection in violation of the provisions of this section exists and the city may take such other precautionary measures as may be necessary to eliminate any danger of contamination to the Lebanon potable water system. The discontinued water service to each property shall not be restored until such conditions have been eliminated or corrected.
(G) Yard sprinkling systems. For all new yard sprinkling systems, a separate water service line, water meter and device shall be installed. A RPZ valve assembly in compliance with A.S.S.E. No. 1013 shall be provided such as Watts Regulator Company Model No. 909 or equal, as approved by the city. A fee of $220 for the new irrigation meter will be charged, along with an initial inspection fee of $35.
(H) Installation requirements. The distance between the main water shut-off valve within any premises and the device shall be no greater than four inches unless authorized in writing by the city. This applies to all new and existing uses as well as to devices installed on all water lines where prevention is required. Devices include, but are not limited to, the following: single check preventers, double check preventers, reduced pressure principle preventers and vacuum breakers.
(1) Prior to the installation or testing of any device, the owner or any person doing work shall verify that a permit has been issued by the city for the work. (Work started or testing performed before a permit has been issued will be subject to double permit fees.)
(2) Each permit holder shall notify the city when ready for testing of any newly- installed devices. Such notice shall be given two working days in advance of the requested inspection or test. (Notice given on a Friday or a day prior to a legal holiday shall not constitute notice for inspection on a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday.) A fee of $35 will be required for the inspection of the newly installed device.Test inspection requests shall be made before 9:00 a.m. to the Department of Service at least two days prior to inspection. Tests will be performed between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Each request shall state the type of inspections, address, company name and permit number.
(3) Annual backflow prevention device inspections must be completed in accordance with all applicable state and local laws. An annual administrative fee of $15 shall be charged for each meter. A $35 late fee will be charged to customers who fail to comply with the annual inspection notice within the time limit established in the inspection notice.
(4) The testing of a device and/or a vacuum breaker by a person not certified by the State of Ohio to perform such test will result in the rejection of the test results.
(1) Any existing water service turned off for repairs shall have an A.S.S.E. approved backflow preventer installed before the service may be reinstated.
(2) All outside faucet spigots shall have A.S.S.E. approved vacuum breakers.
(3) Any premises which has a meter replaced shall have A.S.S.E. approved devices installed when any meter is replaced.
(4) Any property owners not complying with the requirements of these rules and regulations shall be given a 30 day written notice to bring their service into compliance. Property owners not complying with the notice shall be disconnected from the city’s water supply system until an approved device is installed.
(K) Rules and regulations. The City Manager may establish rules and regulations to govern the Backflow Prevention Program.
(Ord. 7471, passed 1-27-98; Am. Ord. 7619, passed 3-23-99; Am. Ord. 2015-002, passed 1-27-15)