ARTICLE III. CONNECTION
SECTION 705.400: DEFINITIONS
Unless the context specifically indicates otherwise, the meaning of the terms used in this Article shall be as follows:
BACKFLOW PREVENTOR: See Section 515.020.
BOD (Denoting Biochemical Oxygen Demand): The quantity of oxygen utilized in the biochemical oxidation of organic matter under standard laboratory procedure in five (5) days at twenty degrees (20°), expressed in milligrams per liter (mg/l).
BOND ORDINANCES: The ordinances duly adopted by the Governing Body of the City which authorize the issuance of revenue bonds.
BRANCH SERVICE PIPING: A type of water service consisting of a tapping sleeve and valve, a valve box and meter stop valves and drain connections. The connection can be used for domestic water service or private fire protection service.
CORPORATION TAP: The cutting of threads directly into the walls of a water main and the insertion of a corporation cock or corporate saddle. This type of tap is used to provide a tap service connection.
CUSTOMER: Any person, persons, firm, agency, institution or corporation legally using utility service supplied by the City.
CUSTOMER'S SERVICE PIPE: A pipe with appurtenances used to conduct water from the point of connection to the street service connection to that portion of the interior piping of a building which is regulated by the Plumbing Code.
DEPOSIT: A cash deposit made by an applicant prior to connection of water service or sewer service and held in escrow by the City as a security or guarantee of payment of bills until the final bill or unless sooner returned to the customer.
DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS: The executive appointed by the City Manager who directs the combined waterworks and sewerage system.
INSPECTION: An investigation and review of work performed by others under a permit by the Water Department.
MAIN CONTRIBUTION CHARGE: A charge for connecting to City water mains based on the front footage of a lot or parcel of land on which a building, for which applicant desires water service, is located.
METER: A mechanical device or devices to measure and record the quantity of water supplied to the customer.
METER SET: An assembly connected in the service line which consists of a meter well or pit, yoke, piping, valves, bypass (when required), cover, lid and meter.
NON-RESIDENTIAL CONTRIBUTOR: Any contributor to or user of the system whose lot, parcel of real estate or building is served by a water meter larger than three-fourths (¾) inch.
NORMAL DOMESTIC WASTEWATER: Wastewater that has a BOD concentration of not more than three hundred (300) mg/l and a suspended solids concentration of not more than three hundred (300) mg/l.
OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE: All expenditures during the useful life of the system for materials, labor, utilities and other items which are necessary for managing and maintaining the system to achieve the capacity and performance for which the system was designed and constructed; provided however, that the terms "operation and maintenance" shall also have the meaning given to them by the bond ordinances and in the event of any conflict in the meaning hereinabove prescribed and the term of the bond ordinances, the bond ordinances shall govern.
PREMISES: A dwelling, apartment building, building or group of buildings on a lot, tract or other parcel of land, under single ownership or lease, eligible for individually metered water service.
PRIVATE WATER MAINS: A water conduit whose ownership is other than the City of Maryville.
REPLACEMENT: Expenditures for obtaining and installing equipment, accessories or appurtenances which are necessary during the useful life of the system to maintain the capacity and performance for which the system was designed and constructed; provided however, that the term "replacement" shall also have the meaning given to it by the bond ordinances and in the event of any conflict in the meaning hereinabove prescribed and the terms of the bond ordinances, the bond ordinances shall govern.
RESIDENTIAL CONTRIBUTOR: Any contributor to or user of the system whose lot, parcel or real estate or building is served by a three-fourths (¾) inch water meter or less.
REVENUE BONDS: All bonds or other obligations of the City now outstanding or hereinafter issued which are payable solely from system revenues.
SERVICE INITIATION FEE: A charge which is applicable to an application for new water service to premises never before connected with the City's water system.
SERVICE MAIN: A water conduit, two (2) inches or larger, that supplies water directly to a customer through service connection.
SHALL: Is mandatory; MAY: Is permissive.
SS (Denoting Suspended Solids): Solids that either float on the surface of or are in suspension in water, sewage or other liquids and which are removable by laboratory filtering.
STANDARD FIRE HYDRANT: A Mueller or equivalent traffic fire hydrant which has a valve of five and one-fourth (5¼) inch or larger, two and one-half (2½) inch nozzles and one (1) four and one-half (4½) inch nozzle with National Standard threads, conforming to A.W.W.A. Standard C-502.
STREET SERVICE CONNECTION: A pipe with appurtenances used to conduct water from the main to the point of connection to the customer's service pipe, including tap service connections or branch service piping.
SYSTEM: The sewerage system of the City consisting of all properties and assets, real and personal and tangible and intangible, of the City now or hereafter existing, which are held or used for the purpose of collecting and treating sewerage including, but not limited to, the City's treatment facilities and all collection lines and equipment connected therewith.
SYSTEM REVENUES: All income and revenues derived by the City from the operation of the system.
TAP SERVICE CONNECTION: A type of water service consisting of a corporation cock, copper pipe, curb stop and box, when required, and meter yoke with a meter stop and waste valve.
TREATMENT FACILITIES: That part of the system consisting of any devices and systems for the storage, treatment, recycling and reclamation of municipal sewage, domestic sewage or liquid industrial wastes. These include intercepting sewers, outfall sewers, sewage collection systems, individual systems, pumping, power and other equipment and their appurtenances; extensions, improvement, remodeling, additions and alterations thereof; elements essential to provide a reliable recycled supply such as standby treatment units and clear well facilities; and any works, including site acquisition of the land, that will be an integral part of the treatment process or is used for ultimate disposal of residues resulting from such treatment (including land for composting sludge, temporary storage of such compost and land used for the storage of treated wastewater in land treatment systems before land application); or any other method or system for preventing, abating, reducing, storing, treating, separating or disposing of municipal waste or industrial waste, including waste in combined stormwater and sanitary sewer systems.
USEFUL LIFE: The estimated period during which the treatment facilities will be operated.
USER CHARGE: That portion of the total system revenues which is levied and collected in a proportional and adequate manner to pay the cost of operation and maintenance, to pay the principal of and interest on the revenue bonds and to meet all requirements of the bond ordinances, including the cost of replacement.
UTILITY: The Water Department or combined waterworks and sewerage system of the City.
UTILITY SERVICE: Either water service, sewer service or the combination of both water service and sewer service.
WATER DEPARTMENT: The City of Maryville, Missouri, the combined waterworks and sewerage system or a combination of one (1) or both thereof together with their officers, agents and employees.
WATER MAIN: The water pipe, fitting, valves and boxes installed as an integral part of the distribution system, but not including fire hydrant units and water service piping.
WATER METER: A water volume measuring and recording device furnished and/or installed by the City of Maryville or furnished and/or installed by a user and approved by the City of Maryville.
WATER SERVICE LINE: The piping installed from the water main to that portion of the interior piping of a building which is regulated by the Plumbing Code.
WATER SERVICE PERMIT: The written document issued by the City Manager or his/her duly authorized representative authorizing work to be performed. (R.O. 2008 §705.400; Ord. No. 6776 §§1--2, 8-22-05; Ord. No. 7102 §§1--2, 4-13-09)
SECTION 705.410: HOUSE NUMBERS REQUIRED
A. Permanently assigned house numbers shall be obtained from the City building inspection office before application for a utility service connection is accepted and shall be suitably displayed on the property in a visible location before the utility service connection is installed.
B. Application for utility service outside City limits shall not be accepted without an agreement that pre-dates this Title.
C. No meter is to be set at premises without proper and correct identification of the premises.
D. If a house number of identification is changed for any reason, the Water Department office shall be notified of such change. (R.O. 2008 §705.410; Ord. No. 6776 §§1--2, 8-22-05; Ord. No. 7102 §§1--2, 4-13-09)
SECTION 705.420: ADVANCE PAYMENTS REQUIRED
A. Prior to supplying water service, all advance payments must be paid or satisfactory arrangements made for the payment thereof. The following are hereby deemed advanced payments:
1. Main contribution charge. No person shall be allowed to connect to a City water main without first filing a written application to do so with the City Manager or his/her authorized representative. If said written application is accepted by the City Manager or his/her authorized representative, such connection shall be permitted after the applicant has first paid the City the charge of three dollars fifty cents ($3.50) per foot for the front footage of the lot, lots or parcels that abut the main and on which a building for which the applicant desires water service is located; provided, no front footage connection charge shall be required for new water service connection to mains installed at the expense of a developer or subdivider, except when a water main extension contract between the City and a developer or subdivider requires such front footage connection charge.
2. Tapping fee See Section 705.730
3. Plumbing permits See Section 500.090
4. Meter charge See Section 705.950
5. Security deposits See Section 705.050
B. If there is a main readily accessible to the property to be connected and the City Manager or his/her authorized representative approves the application and all advance payments have been received or satisfactory arrangements made therefor, water service will be provided to the applicant's property. If the application is rejected, the City shall return the advance payments to the applicant. (R.O. 2008 §705.420; Ord. No. 6776 §§1--2, 8-22-05; Ord. No. 7102 §§1--2, 4-13-09)
SECTION 705.430: CUSTOMER'S PIPING TO CONFORM
All water piping and equipment on the customer's premises must conform to the Plumbing Code of the City and no water service, either within or without the City limits, will be furnished where an inspection reveals lack of conformance to the Plumbing Code; provided however, that the City shall not be deemed to have assumed hereby any duty or responsibility to inspect, repair or maintain any water piping or equipment on the customer's side of the point of delivery as hereinafter defined in these rules and regulations. (R.O. 2008 §705.430; Ord. No. 6776 §§1--2, 8-22-05; Ord. No. 7102 §§1--2, 4-13-09)
SECTION 705.440: BASIS OF SERVICE -- RESALE PROHIBITED
With the exception of wholesale water customers as determined by the City, all water service shall be furnished on a metered basis to each customer and shall be for the sole use of such customer on the premises described in the application for water service and shall not be submetered for the purpose of reselling the water. The Director of Public Works or such other officers or representatives of the City as may be designated from time to time shall cause all water meters to be read and bills for utility services to be rendered monthly as services accrue. (R.O. 2008 §705.440; Ord. No. 6776 §§1--2, 8-22-05; Ord. No. 7102 §§1--2, 4-13-09)
SECTION 705.450: PREMISES SERVED
A. A separate meter shall be installed for each dwelling, apartment building, business establishment or property served with water. Each of the following types of facilities shall comprise a metering unit and be metered individually.
1. Apartment building.
2. Boarding or lodging house.
3. Commercial business property--separate meter required for each business establishment.
4. Industrial or manufacturing plant.
5. Dwelling, single-family.
6. Each dwelling unit in a duplex.
7. Hotel or motel.
8. Mobile home park.
B. Owners of multiple-family dwelling buildings or apartments with two (2) or more dwelling units and mobile home parks may install a single water meter for each dwelling unit or mobile home. (R.O. 2008 §705.450; Ord. No. 6776 §§1--2, 8-22-05; Ord. No. 7102 §§1--2, 4-13-09)
SECTION 705.460: ACCESS TO PREMISES
A. The customer shall provide the City's duly authorized representative access to the customer's premises at all reasonable hours for the purpose of reading meters; examining, testing, changing or moving any water equipment, meters, apparatus or piping of the City; measuring the customer's water demand; or inspecting for cross-connections.
B. The customer shall agree that he/she will not permit any person who is not an agent of the City, or otherwise lawfully entitled to do so, to inspect, remove or tamper with the City's meters, material or appliances installed on his/her premises. (R.O. 2008 §705.460; Ord. No. 6776 §§1--2, 8-22-05; Ord. No. 7102 §§1--2, 4-13-09)
SECTION 705.470: DAMAGES BY CUSTOMER
A. Nothing shall be attached or fastened to or placed upon any meter, fixture or equipment of the City Water Department, unless prior permission in writing shall have been given by the City; and the City shall not be liable for any injury, damage or loss arising out of or resulting from any such attachment to its meters, fixtures or equipment.
B. Customers shall be held responsible for damage to meters, fixtures and equipment left by the City in their care, when such damage is caused directly or indirectly by the customer or his/her officers, agents or employees. (R.O. 2008 §705.470; Ord. No. 6776 §§1--2, 8-22-05; Ord. No. 7102 §§1--2, 4-13-09)
SECTION 705.480: NOTICE OF DEFECTS
Each customer shall notify the City promptly of any defect in water piping equipment or apparatus of the City or any existing condition which might affect water service to the customer or might be dangerous to persons or property. (R.O. 2008 §705.480; Ord. No. 6776 §§1--2, 8-22-05; Ord. No. 7102 §§1--2, 4-13-09)
SECTION 705.490: ILLEGAL DEVICES
A. No customer shall have on his/her premises any water piping connection, apparatus or device which prevents the water meter or meters on such premises from registering or recording properly all water used or to be used or which enables such customer to obtain or use any water without same having been registered or recorded by a water meter or meters of the City.
B. The City shall have the right, upon discovering the use of such illegal devices, to discontinue water service to such customer immediately and without notice. (R.O. 2008 §705.490; Ord. No. 6776 §§1--2, 8-22-05; Ord. No. 7102 §§1--2, 4-13-09)
SECTION 705.500: CHANGE IN REQUIREMENTS
The customer shall notify the City immediately of any change or changes in connected load or in water equipment on the customer's premises, which might affect water service to such customer or to any other water customer of the City; and the City shall have no duty, obligation or responsibility arising out or resulting from the customer's failure to so notify the City. (R.O. 2008 §705.500; Ord. No. 6776 §§1--2, 8-22-05; Ord. No. 7102 §§1--2, 4-13-09)
SECTION 705.510: MAINTENANCE OF METERS
A. Any customer of the City whose meter is located within the confines of any building or any other location, i.e., tiles, etc., other than a City approved meter set or pit, shall pay for the costs of the labor and parts necessary for the repair of the meter damaged by freezing and the water customer shall pay the costs of labor and parts necessary for the repair of the meter, regardless of location, if damaged by hot water backing up into the meter or any other acts or omissions of the customer or his/her employees.
B. If repairs to a meter are made as a result of any damage by any of the causes mentioned in Subsection (A) hereof, the customer shall be sent an itemized statement of the labor and repairs necessary to repair the meter and if said statement is not paid within thirty (30) days after the rendition thereof, the City shall disconnect the customer from utility service. If the service is disconnected, the customer shall pay the regular charge for disconnection and connection if he/she desires to pay the account and receive utility service. (R.O. 2008 §705.510; Ord. No. 6776 §§1--2, 8-22-05; Ord. No. 7102 §§1--2, 4-13-09)
SECTION 705.520: LIMIT OF CITY RESPONSIBILITY
A. The City shall have no duty, obligation or responsibility with respect to water piping, appliances, equipment or apparatus on the premises of any utility customers, other than to provide a water meter and maintain a street service connection from the distribution system of the City waterworks to the point of connection.
B. Nothing in this Article shall be construed to impose or place upon the City any obligation, responsibility or duty to inspect, maintain or repair any water piping, apparatus, appliance or equipment (excepting only such metering facilities, if any, owned by the City as may be installed on the customer's premises) on the customer's side of the point of connection.
C. No authorized representative of the City shall have any right or authority to make any promise, commitment or agreement not expressly authorized in this Article. (R.O. 2008 §705.520; Ord. No. 6776 §§1--2, 8-22-05; Ord. No. 7102 §§1--2, 4-13-09)
SECTION 705.530: LIMIT OF LIABILITY
The City shall not be liable for any injury, damage or loss resulting from the use of water on the customer's premises or from the presence, location, maintenance or use of any water piping, fixtures or equipment on the customer's premises. (R.O. 2008 §705.530; Ord. No. 6776 §§1--2, 8-22-05; Ord. No. 7102 §§1--2, 4-13-09)
SECTION 705.540: CONTINUITY OF SERVICE -- LIMIT OF RESPONSIBILITY
A. The City shall make every reasonable effort to eliminate interruption of service and when such interruption does occur, will endeavor to establish service with the shortest possible delay. Whenever the service is interrupted, all customers affected by such interruption will be notified in advance whenever it is possible to do so.
B. The City reserves the right to shut off the water in its mains, at any time, without notice for making repairs, extensions or alterations, but will so far as possible notify customers of the intent to shut off.
C. The City shall not be responsible for any damage occasioned by the shut off of water mains for the purpose of making repairs, extensions or connections or for any other reason beyond the control of the City. No claim shall be made against the City and no person shall be entitled to any damages by reason of the breaking of any pipe or by reason of any other interruption of the supply of water caused by mechanical breakdown or by other causes beyond control of the City.
D. The City will not be responsible for damages caused by turbid water which may be occasioned by cleaning of pipes or stand pipes or the opening or closing of any gates or hydrants or any other cause which is not the result of negligence on the part of the City. (R.O. 2008 §705.540; Ord. No. 6776 §§1--2, 8-22-05; Ord. No. 7102 §§1--2, 4-13-09)
SECTION 705.550: PRIVATE CONTRACTS
Nothing in this Article shall prohibit the City from entering into private contracts for the construction of water mains or sewer lines that may be necessary or expedient to the best interests of the City. (R.O. 2008 §705.550; Ord. No. 6776 §§1--2, 8-22-05; Ord. No. 7102 §§1--2, 4-13-09)
SECTION 705.560: PREMISES OUTSIDE CITY
The City shall not receive application for water and/or sewerage services outside the City limits. (R.O. 2008 §705.560; Ord. No. 6776 §§1--2, 8-22-05; Ord. No. 7102 §§1--2, 4-13-09)
SECTION 705.570: UNLAWFUL ACTS
A. It shall be unlawful for any person to tamper with any water main or to turn water on or off at any street valve, corporation cock, curb box, fire hydrant or other street connection or disconnect or remove or change any meter or to make any connection to the waterworks system without written permission from the City Manager or his/her authorized representative.
B. It shall be unlawful to reconnect service when it has been disconnected for non-payment of a bill for service, until such bill has been paid in full, including the cutoff and re-connection fee.
C. It shall be unlawful for any person, without written consent of the City Manager or his/her authorized representative, to open any fire hydrant except for the legitimate purpose of extinguishment of fire.
D. It shall be unlawful for any unauthorized person to trespass upon the dam or embankment enclosing any of the waterworks reservoir system, except for the sole purpose of fishing from such reservoir.
E. It shall be unlawful for any unauthorized person to drive or cause to be driven any vehicle over or on the embankments of the reservoirs.
F. It shall be unlawful for any person to enter into any finished water storage facility of the City, such as, but not limited to, the elevated storage tanks and clear walls of the City.
G. No person shall climb upon or mark upon any part of the City's waterworks system, unless specifically authorized to do so by the City Manager or his/her authorized representative.
H. Any person committing unlawful acts prohibited by this Section shall be guilty of an ordinance violation and upon conviction shall be imposed a fine as the Municipal Code provides. (R.O. 2008 §705.570; Ord. No. 6776 §§1--2, 8-22-05; Ord. No. 7102 §§1--2, 4-13-09)
SECTIONS 705.580--705.590: RESERVED