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The water superintendent shall cause to be connected with the city water system the service pipe of any property abutting on a city water main after the property owner or his or her agent complies with all of the following provisions of this section:
A. Application: The property owner, if other than a subdivider, fills out, signs and files with the city billing office a complete application for water connection on the current application form provided by the city. The city reserves the right to amend its application from time to time.
B. Service Pipe: The property owner or his or her agents shall install a service pipe to the curb or property boundary line of his or her property which meets the following requirements:
1. The service pipe is of material and quality approved by the city;
2. The service pipe will, when used, be buried at a depth and grade approved by the city;
3. The service pipe shall be located and installed in accordance with the latest edition of the state plumbing code and any other applicable laws, rules and regulations;
4. The service pipe does not run across property owned in fee by a person other than the property owner who applied for the connection, unless written permission is obtained from the city;
5. The service pipe, when connected, will supply water to no more than one building, except that where written permission is obtained by the property owner from the water superintendent, connection of such a service pipe may be added, if the property owner applying for the connection is the owner of all buildings connecting to each service pipe. For the purpose of payment of fees under these ordinances, however, each building which shall receive water service through a common service pipe shall be deemed to receive said water service through a separate service pipe so that a property owner applying for connection shall pay the charges set forth in subsection F of this section for each building which is to receive water service;
6. The service pipe, if connected to units in residential condominiums, commercial condominiums, townhouses, or mansion houses, shall meet the following:
a. Each unit in a condominium, townhouse, or mansion house shall have its own metered service line connected to the city water system unless exempted below.
b. Multiple units may use the same service pipe and meter only if prior written permission is obtained by the property owner from the city manager or designee based on the following criteria:
(1) There is a legitimate logistical concern with installing one meter per residential or commercial unit,
(2) All of the units utilizing the shared connection are on the same parcel,
(3) A single entity will be responsible for payment of the water bill and administration of charges, as needed, to the other users serviced through the shared connection, and
(4) The exemption better provides for the general welfare of the city.
c. Water billing for this subsection B6 shall adhere to the city water billing schedules as adopted under this chapter. When, upon request of the property owner or his or her agent and upon approval of the city engineer, multiple units share a single water meter, a base rate will be charged for each of the connected units, whether occupied or unoccupied.
d. Water impact fees for this subsection B6 shall adhere to the city water impact fee schedule. When, upon request of the property owner or his or her agent and upon approval of the city engineer, multiple units share a single water meter, the impact fees shall be based upon the equivalent number of meters (meter size would be determined through engineering analysis to serve each lot if individually metered), as if they were individually metered.
C. Inspection: The service pipe of the building to be connected has been inspected by an employee of the public services department and found to conform to these ordinances and to the state plumbing code. The service pipe and all other underground water lines or connections shall be open and visible to the inspector at the time of the inspection.
D. Charges Current: The property owner requesting connection has no unpaid delinquent water charge assessed against him or her by the city.
E. Fees Due At Connection: Subject to section 13.04.060 of this chapter, the property owner shall pay at the time such owner files an application for connection all of the following applicable fees which are not refundable for any reason:
1. The hookup charge required by the city;
2. The cost of installing a special heavy duty meter box to withstand the pressure of vehicular traffic (if required by regulation of the city);
3. Water impact fees charged by the city.
F. Deposit: The applicants requesting water service shall pay a deposit as required by the city unless:
1. The applicant provides a satisfactory letter of credit from another utility company providing services to the public which evidences a good credit history; or
2. The applicant provides the cosignature of a sponsor who is a resident of the city and has a current water account with the city evidencing a good credit history.
G. Fees For Water Service: Any person requesting water service shall pay a fee for turning on the water service as such amounts are set forth in the city fee schedule as adopted by resolution of the city council.
H. Payment: The person requesting water service shall pay said service fee, before water service is provided, for the billing period in which he or she is applying. (Ord. 2008-21, 12-16-2008)