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The following are hereby adopted to secure an efficient and economical operation and distribution of the water system of the city:
A. There shall be no connection with the city water system or alterations in any conduit, pipe or other fixture connecting therewith, or connection of pipes when they have been disconnected, or to turn water supply off or on any premises without the permission and the appropriate permit from the city.
B. Applications for permits for making connections with the city water mains must be made by the owner of the premises or his agent upon printed forms at the city. No connection with the city water mains shall be made, and no water shall be introduced in any connection, unless a permit shall be first issued by the city.
C. Should a water user desire to discontinue the use of water supply to the premises for a period of at least thirty (30) days, the user shall give the city notice in writing and payment in full of all arrearage (if any). The water will be turned off and on again without charge. No suspension of charges will be made for a period of less than thirty (30) days. The water user shall still pay the water base rate even if water service and use is suspended.
D. Every building or structure with water main lines located within three hundred feet (300') of its closest boundary shall be separately and independently connected by a separate metered connection to the city water system. No more than one housing unit, commercial space or industrial user may be connected to a single service unless specifically approved by the city, which approval shall be an exception not a rule and only based on clear and convincing evidence that: 1) such a connection is the only practical method by which the buildings can be connected to the system; and 2) the ownership of the combined service is clearly designated; and 3) the appropriate easements exist establishing the right of all buildings to be connected and to use the connection; and 4) allowing the connection will not impede the city's ability to collect fees for the services; and 5) does not impede the city's ability to apply all applicable ordinances and resolutions regarding providing water service.
E. Bulk water fees will be based on metered quantity actually used. Bulk water is to be delivered from the system only at locations specified by the city.
F. Water may at any time be shut off without notice for repairs, extensions or other necessary purposes, and persons having boilers supplied by direct pressure from the mains are cautioned against damage from collapse. The city will not be responsible for the safety of boilers on the premises of any water consumer.
G. If a leak is discovered by the city, the water may be shut off by the city until the leak is repaired. Water will be shut off from the premises by the city when occupants or owners allow it to run to waste and will not be turned on again until waste is stopped and the wasted water paid for.
H. In a time of water shortage, the city may limit the use of water to domestic drinking and hygiene purposes.
I. The owner or occupant, at his expense, shall keep the service lines from the city main line to the premises and within the premises in good repair and protected from freezing. The owner or occupant, is responsible for all damages to the service and main lines resulting from freezing, leaks or breaks.
J. The city, by and through its authorized representatives bearing proper credentials and identification, shall be permitted at proper and reasonable hours of the day to enter all properties, premises or buildings connected to the water system to test, construct, inspect, observe, repair, maintain, and/or replace any appurtenances or undertake any other task necessary for the proper operation and administration of the water system in accordance with the provisions of this chapter. The city, through its authorized representatives bearing proper credentials and identification, shall be permitted to enter all private properties through which the City holds an easement to test, inspect, observe, repair, maintain, and/or replace any appurtenances or undertake any other task necessary for the proper operation and administration of the water system lying within said easements in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
K. The City shall not be liable under any circumstances for a deficiency or a failure in the supply of water, whether by the shutting off of water to make repairs or connections or for any cause whatsoever.
L. No person shall make or permit the cross connection of any private water supply, well or other line intended to carry water to a water line that is connected or served by the Municipal water system. Backflow prevention devices shall be installed by the property owner and/or occupant, with inspection by the City, and shall be annually inspected. The owner and/or occupant shall submit the annual inspection results to the City.
M. The installation of a private fire service connection shall comply with the requirements for a City water service line and the owner, or his agent, will be required to pay all costs for connection and extension of the facility from the Municipal water system. The construction of a fire service connection shall be made in accordance with International Fire Code and Plumbing Code, and "Idaho Standards for Public Works Construction". The fire service connection must include a backflow prevention device and check valve, said backflow preventer and valving installation location, housing size shall be the responsibility and the expense of the customer and to be approved by the department. (Ord. 553, 3-18-2015)