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(a) All physical taps into City-owned main lines will be made by authorized employees of the Department of Public Works, Division of Water Distribution. Tap charges include labor, equipment maintenance, saddle and valve, except for taps equal to or greater than 3". In these cases, materials (saddles and valves) are the responsibility of the property owner.
(b) Water service pipes between the main and the stopcock at the curb and from the stopcock at the curb and to the meter shall be laid at not less than 4 feet below the surface of the street and the material used for the service pipes must be Type K Copper or other material approved by the City Engineer.
(1) At the time that a service pipe is constructed or installed, except to replace one that is no longer serviceable, a tap charge shall be made to the owner of the property to be served according to the following Fee Schedule “B”, which is also included in duplicate in Section 933.15 (Computation of Connection Charges):
Water Only Meters
Water Meter Size
W4 Hood & Tile
Notice: All connections will require Plumbing Permits and Excavation permits. Plumbing permit cost varies and may be obtained by a registered contractor or homeowners occupying their own structure. Excavation permit costs are $85.00 per trench and may be obtained by a Licensed Excavator only.
Sewer Deduct Meter (Sprinkler/Pool Filling)
Residential - Cost of the Meter
Plumbing Permit $64.00 +
1% BBS Fee = $64.64
Commercial - Cost of the Meter
Plumbing Permit $100 +
3%BBS Fee = $103.00
Water Tap 612-0000-45271
Water Meter 612-0000-45270
Sewer Conne 613-0000-45070
Setting Tap Charges shall be increased by three percent (3%) each subsequent calendar year starting on January 1, 2022. Thereafter, this annual Setting Tap Charge increase shall take effect on the first of January each successive year. The City Engineer shall update the rates charged annually to reflect this increase. A current version of the rates charged will be on file in the office of the City Engineer.
(2) If the tap charge is not specified, the charge shall be determined by the City Engineer and shall be actual cost to the City, labor, materials and supervision, together with the cost of the meter and other equipment necessary to make a service connection even though not then installed. If the service pipe is installed for the convenience of or at the request of the property owner because a larger service is required, then the tap charge shall be reduced by the value of recovered materials and equipment.
(3) Even though a water service connection is not then to be made, the tap charge is to be made when the service pipe is applied for, or upon construction when the City Engineer orders a service pipe constructed, provided written notice of 30 days is given to the owner of the property to be served and the owner fails to have the service pipe constructed. Notice shall be given in the manner provided for service of summons in civil cases.
(4) A delinquent tap charge shall be made a lien upon the property served or to be served and if not paid by the owner within 60 days of billing it may be certified to the Erie County Auditor who shall place the same on the tax duplicate of the County with interest and penalties allowed by law and to be collected as other taxes are collected.
(Ord. 20-196. Passed 12-28-20.)