921.40  BACKFLOW PROTECTION.
   (a)    Ohio R.C. 6109.13 requires protection of the public water system from contamination through any connection whereby water from a private, auxiliary, or emergency water system may enter the public water system.
   (b)    Section 3745-95 of the Ohio Administrative Code requires protection of the public water system from contamination due to backflow of contaminants through the water service connection.
   (c)    The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency requires the maintenance of a continuing program of cross-connection control which will systematically and effectively prevent the contamination of all potable water systems.
   (d)    To accomplish these goals it is necessary to introduce regulations and restrictions that go beyond usual Plumbing Code requirements, and these regulations and restrictions will herein be incorporated by reference and hereafter be referred to as the Backflow/Cross Connection Control Program, and as those regulations and restriction may hereinafter be amended by order of the City Manager.
   (e)    If in the judgment of the Service Director, an approved backflow prevention device is necessary for the safety of the public water system, the Service Director will give notice to the water consumer to install such an approved device immediately. The water consumer shall, at the owner's expense, install such an approved device at a location and in a manner approved by the Service Director and shall have inspections and tests made of such approved devices as required by the Service Director.
   (f)    No person, firm or corporation shall establish or permit to be established or maintain or permit to be maintained any connection whereby a private, auxiliary or emergency water supply other than the regular public water supply of the City may enter the supply or distributing system of said Municipality, unless such private, auxiliary or emergency water supply and the method of connection and use of such supply shall have been approved by the Service Director and by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
   (g)    It shall be the duty of the Service Director to cause surveys and investigations to be made of industrial and other properties served by the public water supply where actual or potential hazards to the public water supply may exist. Such surveys and investigations shall be made a matter of public record and shall be repeated as often as the Service Director shall deem necessary.
   (h)    The Service Director or his or its duly authorized representative shall have the right to enter at any reasonable time any property serviced by a connection to the public water supply or distribution system of the City for the purpose of inspecting the piping system or systems thereof. On demand, the owner, lessees or occupants of any property so served shall furnish to the Service Director any information which he may request regarding the piping system or systems or water use on such property. The refusal of such information, when demanded, shall, within the discretion of the Service Director, be deemed evidence of the presence of improper connection as provided in this section.
   (i)    The Service Director is hereby authorized and directed to discontinue, after reasonable notice to the occupant thereof, the water service to any property wherein any connection in violation of the provisions of this section is know to exist, and to take such other precautionary measures as he may deem necessary to eliminate any danger of contamination of the public water supply distribution mains. Water service to such property shall not be restored until such conditions shall have been eliminated or corrected in compliance with the provisions of this section. (Ord. 3260.  Passed 12-17-13.)