§ 52.003  PRIVATE FIRE CONNECTIONS; NON-LIABILITY OF CITY.
   (A)   All private fire connection mains, pipes, fire hydrants, standpipes, automatic sprinklers and any and all other privately owned fire extinguishing apparatus connected shall be installed, maintained and used only by the owner or consumer. No connection shall be made to any private fire main, pipe or apparatus from which water may be taken for any other purpose than actual fire use. A sufficient number of gate valves shall be placed in the main fire line in order that at the time of fire, portions of such line may be cut off if broken. All fire mains, and the construction and kind of hydrants and apparatus, shall be subject to the approval of the city. The owner shall furnish the city a complete map showing kind, size and location of all private mains, gates, hydrants and apparatus. No extensions, connections or additions shall be made for any purpose without the consent and approval of the city.
   (B)   The city shall have the right to make a small meter bypass test and inspections of private fire mains and apparatus at any time, and in case any leakage is found, the owner or consumer shall immediately repair or replace any defective pipe or apparatus. In case any pipe or apparatus is found in dangerous condition, the city may, at its option, immediately shut off such private fire main connection and not turn it on until satisfactorily repaired or replaced. The city, at its option, in case of defective pipe or apparatus, or in case the city has any reason to believe that water is being taken for any other purpose than extinguishing fire, may install after five days’ notice, a fire main meter at the sole cost and expense of the owner or consumer, and charge thereafter for all water used or wasted at meter rates in addition to the regular fire main connection rate. The city may place seals on private fire hydrants and other outlets, and in case the same are found broken, may install meters as provided above unless the city has been notified in advance of any test to be made by the consumer.
   (C)   The city shall not be held responsible or liable for any direct or resultant damages due to the condition, pressure, amount of water available or leakage of any private fire mains, hydrants or other apparatus, or because of any shut-off for non- payment, to make tests or to enforce rules or because of any fire loss, or damage of any nature.
(1999 Code, § 52.003)  Penalty, see § 52.999