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(A) Installing and maintaining service lines. The user shall be responsible for installation and maintenance of service lines between the curb stop and the residence or business. Such service lines must be at least three-quarter inch in diameter, and must be installed at a minimum depth of two and one-half feet. Service lines must have a minimum working pressure rating of 169 psi at 73.4°F and must be constructed of one of the following types of materials: copper, (Type K), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polyethylene or polybutylene. Service lines must not be covered until they are inspected and approved by a duly authorized city representative. The user will not connect any service line or any plumbing connected with the service line to any other water source. The service line must meet any requirements of the State Environmental Protection Agency.
(B) Provisions for location of meter. The user shall permit the meter to be located upon his or her property.
(C) Meters damaged by hot water. Whenever a meter is found to have been damaged by hot water being forced back into it from the consumer’s hot water or heating apparatus, or for any other cause within the control of the consumer, the consumer shall pay the city for the actual cost of the removal, repairing and replacing of the damaged meter and all previous water bills shall be corrected on an estimated basis to cover such period as it appears that the meter was out of order for such damage.
(D) Easements. The user shall give such easements and rights-of-way as necessary to the city and allow access for the purposes of construction, repair, maintenance, meter reading, relocation or expansion of the water system. The necessity shall be determined by the City Council.
(E) Damage to city property. No user or person shall tamper, adjust, damage or in any manner interfere with the components or operation of the water system owned by the city. The shutoff valve shall be opened only by a duly authorized representative of the city. Penalty for tampering, damaging, adjusting or in any manner interfering with the components or operation of the system shall be up to $500, payable to the city. If the penalty is not paid within 30 days after the amount is determined, the city shall shut off the water service. The amount of penalty shall be determined by the City Council. In addition to the penalty, the user responsible shall reimburse the city for the actual cost of repairing any damage arising from the users or persons act. Users shall report any known evidence of tampering, adjusting, damaging or interference with operation of the system, owned by the city, to the Mayor of the city, the City Clerk or the Superintendent of Water and Sewer. Any malicious act or damage to the system that is not appropriately punishable by the foregoing shall be prosecuted through a court of law.
(F) Specified uses of water. Water purchased from the city may be used for ordinary domestic, industrial or farm use upon the premises of the user provided:
(1) No user shall resell or permit the resale of water purchased from the city; and
(2) Each dwelling, apartment, business and livestock tap is a separate unit. The user must make application for service for each unit, and each unit shall have a separate cut-off valve, meter and service line, and user shall pay the minimum monthly rate and other rates and fees herein established for each unit.
(1) Definitions. For the purpose of this division (G), the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
BACKFLOW. Water of questionable quality, wastes or other contaminants entering a public water supply system due to a reversal of flow.
CROSS-CONNECTION. A connection or arrangement of piping or appurtenance through which a backflow could occur.
SAFE AIR GAP. The minimum distance of a water inlet or opening above the maximum high water level or overflow rim in a fixture, device or container to which public water is furnished which shall be at least two times the inside diameter of the water inlet pipe, but shall not be less than one inch and need not be more than 12 inches.
SECONDARY WATER SUPPLY. A water supply system maintained in addition to a public water supply, including, but not limited to, water systems from ground or surface sources not meeting the requirements of 415 ILCS 5, or water from a public water supply which in any way has been treated, processed or exposed to any possible contaminant or stored in other than an approved storage facility.
SUBMERGED INLET. A water pipe or extension thereto from a public water supply terminating in a tank, vessel, fixture or appliance which may contain water of questionable quality, waste or other contaminant and which is unprotected against backflow.
WATER UTILITY. The city.
(2) Cross-connections prohibited. Cross-connection of public water supply systems and any other water supply system or source including, but not limited to, the following are prohibited:
(a) Between a public water supply system and a secondary water supply;
(b) By submerged inlet;
(c) Between a lawn sprinkling system and the public water supply system;
(d) Between a public water supply and piping which contain sanitary waste or a chemical contaminant; and
(e) Between a public water supply system and piping immersed in a tank or vessel which may contain a contaminant.
(3) Cross-connection control program. The water utility shall develop a comprehensive control program for the elimination and prevention of all cross-connections, and removal of all existing cross-connections and prevention of all future cross-connections.
(4) Corrections and protection devices. Any user of the water utility shall obtain written approval from the water utility of any proposed corrective action or protective device before using or installing it. The total time allowed for completion of the necessary corrections shall be contingent upon the degree of hazard involved and include the time required to obtain and install equipment. If the cross-connection has not been removed within the time as hereinafter specified, the water utility shall physically separate the water system from the on-site piping system in such manner that the two systems cannot be connected by any unauthorized person.
(5) Piping identification. When a secondary water source is used in addition to the water supply, exposed water utility water and secondary water piping shall be identified by distinguishing colors or tags and so maintained that each pipe may be traced readily in its entirety, it will be necessary to protect the water utility water supply at the service connection in a manner acceptable to the water utility.
(6) Private water storage tanks. A private water storage tank supplied from the water utility water supply system shall be deemed a secondary water supply unless it is designed and approved for portable water usage.
(7) Elimination of existing cross-connections. Within one year from the effective date of this section all existing cross-connections to the water utility water supply systems shall be eliminated. The expenses of such elimination shall be that of the owner of the property on which such cross-connection exists.
(8) Inspection. The water utility or any representative thereof shall have the authority to inspect any premises to determine the presence of any existing cross-connection and to order the elimination of such cross-connection.
(9) Discontinuance of water service. The water utility shall discontinue water service after a reasonable notice to any person owning any property where a cross-connection in violation of this code exists or where the user refuses to allow an inspection to determine the presence of a cross-connection. The water utility may take such other precautionary measures as necessary to eliminate any danger of the contamination of the water utility water supply system. Water service to such property shall not be restored until such cross-connection has been eliminated.
(Ord. 84-6, passed 7-18-1984)