15–201. SUPERINTENDENT OF WATER AND SEWAGE.
The general management, care, control and supervision of the city water system shall be in the superintendent of water and sewage, who shall be appointed by the mayor with the consent of the governing body. (Code 2012)
The furnishing of water to customers by the city through its waterworks system shall be governed by the regulations set out in this article. (Code 2012)
15–203. SERVICE NOT GUARANTEED.
The city does not guarantee the delivery of water through any of its mains and connecting services at any time except only when its mains, pumping machinery, power service connection are in good working order, and the supply of water is sufficient for the usual demand of its COրՏԱրդՅրՏ. (Code 2012)
15-204. SERVICE CONNECTIONS REQUIRED.
(a) The owner of all houses, buildings, or properties used for human occupancy, employment, recreation, or other purpose, situated within the city abutting on any street, alley, or right-of-way in which there is now located or may in the future be located near public water mains, is hereby required at his or her own expense to make connection to such public water main subject to subsection (c).
(b) Before any connection is made to the city’s water system an application must be made in writing to the city clerk by the owner of the premises, or his or her authorized representative, for a permit to make such connection.
(c) Any resident may continue to use his or her private water system for such resident’s own use as long as such private system is safe, sanitary, and not a public nuisance, but no person, firm, or corporation shall, solely, or in connection with others, construct or maintain a water pipeline by or through which water is or may be transported to others. There shall be no physical connection between any private water system and the water system of the city. Representatives of the city shall have the right at all reasonable times to enter upon the consumer’s premises, to the extent allowed by law, for the purpose of inspection and enforcement of the provisions of this section. Violation of the provisions of this section shall constitute a cause for disconnection of a consumer’s service. (Code 2012)
15-205. APPLICATION FOR SERVICE.
(a) Any person, firm or corporation desiring a connection with the municipal water system shall apply in writing to the city clerk, on a form furnished by the city for that purpose, for a permit to make the Connection.
(b) The application shall:
(1) Contain an exact description including street address of the property to be served;
(2) State the size of tap required;
(3) State the size and kind of service pipe to be used;
(4) State the full name of the owner of the premises to be served;
(5) State the purpose for which the water is to be used;
(6) State any other pertinent information required by the city clerk;
(7) Be signed by the owner or occupant of the premises to be served, or his or her authorized agent.
(8) If applicant lives outside the city limits, the applicant must sign a consent for annexation.
(c) Each application for a connection permit shall be accompanied by payment of fees and/or costs specified in section 15–207. (Code 2012)
15-206. CITY TO MAKE CONNECTIONS.
All taps shall be given, street excavations made, corporation cocks inserted, pipes installed from main to curb, and the curb cock installed in a meter box to which the service pipe is to be connected by city employees only. (Code 2012)
15–207. CONNECTION FEES.
The fees for connection to the city waterworks system shall be as follows:
(a) For connecting water main within the city limits, $750.00 plus tax, (b) For connecting water main not within the corporate limits of the city, $1500.00 plus tax. (Code 2012)
15–208. CURB COCKS.
There shall be a curb cock in every service line attached to the city main, the same to be placed within the meter box. Curb cocks shall be supplied with strong and suitable “T” handles and shall be enclosed in a substantial tile case covered with a tight fitting iron lid. There shall be one or more stop and waste cocks attached to every supply pipe at some point between the curb cock and the meter so that the water can be shut off at the meter and house plumbing entirely drained. (Code 2012)
15–209. CHECK VALVES.
Check valves are required on all connections to steam boilers or on any other connection deemed necessary by the water superintendent. Safety and relief valves shall be placed on all boilers or other steam apparatus connected with the water system where the steam pressure may be raised in excess of 40 pounds per square inch. (Code 2012)
15–210. UNAUTHORIZED SERVICE.
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation, other than duly authorized city officials or employees to turn water on or off at the water meter or curb cock shut off, with a key or in any other manner, without first obtaining written permission from the mayor or the governing body. (Code 2012)
(a) All water furnished to customers shall be metered.
(b) Meters shall be located between the sidewalk or property line and curbing when the main is in the street, and on private property within three feet of the alley line when the main is in the alley. In the business district the meters may be installed in the basement at a location specified by the city.
(c) The city’s responsibility stops at the meter. (Code 2012)
15-212. SAME; TESTING.
Meters shall be tested before being set and at any other time thereafter when they appear to be measuring incorrectly. If a test is requested by the customer and the meter is found to be accurate within three
percent, the meter will be deemed correct and a charge of $15.00 will be made to the customer. (Code 2012)
15–213. TAMPERING WITH METER.
It shall be unlawful for any person to break the seal of any meter, to alter the register or mechanism of any meter, or to make any outlet or connection in any manner so that water supplied by the city may be used or wasted without being metered. It shall be uniawful for any person except an authorized employee of the water department to turn any curb cock on or off. (Code 2012)
15–214. LEAKS PROHIBITED; PENALTY.
No allowances shall be made for water used or lost through leaks, carelessness, neglect or otherwise after the same has pass through the meter. However, every customer shall have the right to appeal to the city from water bill or meter reading which he or she may consider excessive and the council may order an adjustment in accordance with the facts of each case. (Code 2012)
15-215. DISCONNECTION, RE-CONNECTION CHARGE.
Whenever the city receives a request from a customer for termination of water service the disconnection charge shall be added to the customer’s final bill. Any service disconnected for nonpayment of delinquent bill shall be reconnected only upon payment of the delinquent bill, interest penalty thereon, and the re-connection charge of $20.00. (Code 2012)
15–216. UTILITY DEPOSIT.
At the time of making application for water service, the property owner or customer shall make a cash deposit in the amount and manner specified in section 15-105 to secure payment of accrued bills or bills due on discontinuance of service. (Code 2012)
15–217. INTERRUPT SERVICE.
The city reserves the right to interrupt water service for the purpose of making repairs or extensions to water lines or equipment. (Code 2012)
15–218. PROHIBITED ACTS.
It shall be a violation of this article for any unauthorized person to:
(a) Perform any work upon the pipes or appurtenances of the city’s waterworks system beyond a private property line unless such person is employed by the city;
(b) Make any connections with any extension of the supply pipes of any consumer without written permission to do so having been first obtained from the governing body;
(c) Remove, handle or otherwise molest or disturb any meter, meter lid, cutoff, or any other appurtenances to the water system of the city. (Code 2012)
15–219. WASTING WATER.
Water users shall prevent unnecessary waste of water and shall keep sprinklers, hydrants, faucets and all apparatus, including the service line leading from the property to the meter in good condition at their expense. (Code 2012)
15–220. RIGHT OF ACCESS.
Authorized employees of the city may enter upon any premises at reasonable hours for the purpose of reading the meter or Servicing or inspecting meters or water lines. (Code 2012)
The rates for the use of water in the city shall be as follows:
(a) Consumers shall pay the following water rates for water furnished them within the City limits of New Strawn:
(1) Thirty Dollars ($30.00) – for a water system maintenance fee;
(2) Eight and 75/100 Dollars ($8.75) per thousand gallons.
(3) The minimum monthly water charge shall be Thirty-eight and 75/100 Dollars ($38.75).
(b) Consumers shall pay the following water rates for water furnished outside the City limits of New Strawn:
(1) Thirty Dollars ($30.00) for a water system maintenance fee;
(2) Thirteen and 10/100 Dollars ($13.10) per thousand gallons.
(3) The minimum monthly water charge shall be Forty-three and 10/100 Dollars ($43.10).
All retail water consumers shall pay a state water protection fee at the rate of 3 cents per 1,000 gallons. (Ord. 2009-6)
15-222. PAYMENT OF BILLS.
All water bills for the previous month’s water service shall be paid on or before the 10th day of the month following the service, unless the 10″ is not a day the city clerk’s office is not open for business, then the bill shall be due on the next business day. For any billing not paid when due a late charge of 10 percent will be added to the bill. No partial payment or payment by installments shall be accepted without special order of the governing body. (Code 2012)
15-223. DELINQUENT ACCOUNTS; NOTICE; HEARING; FINDING, LIABILITY.
Water service shall be terminated for nonpayment of service fees or charges as provided in sections 15-102:104. (Code 2012)
15–224. USE DURING FIRE.
No person owning or occupying premises connected to the municipal water system shall use or allow to be used during a fire any water from the water system except for the purpose of extinguishing the fire. Upon the sounding of a fire alarm if shall be the duty of every such person to see that all water Services are tightly closed and that no water is used except in extraordinary cases of emergency during the fire. (Code 2012)
15-225. CROSS-CONNECTIONS PROHIBITED.
No person shall establish or permit to be established or maintain or permit to be maintained, any cross connection whereby a private, auxiliary, or emergency water supply other than the regular public water supply of the city may enter the supply and distributing system of the city unless specifically approved by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the governing body. (Code 2012)
15–226. SAME, PROTECTIVE BACK FLOW DEVICES REQUIRED.
Approved devices to protect against back flow or back siphonage shall be installed at all fixtures and equipment where back flow and/or back siphonage may occur and where there is a hazard to the potable water supply in that polluted water or other Contaminating materials may enter into the public water supply. Any situation in which a heavy withdrawal of water, such as a sudden break in the main or water being used from a fire hydrant, may cause a negative pressure to develop which could lead to back siphonage of polluted water into the system shall be improper and must be protected by approved back flow preventive valves and systems as determined by the superintendent. (Code 2012)
15–227. SAME, INSPECTION.
The city utility superintendent or other designee of the governing body shall have the right of entry into any building or premises in the city as frequently as necessary in his or her judgment in order to ensure that plumbing has been installed in accordance with the laws of the city so as to prevent the possibility of pollution of the water supply of the city. (Code 2012)
15–228. SAME, PROTECTION FROM CONTAMINANTS.
Pursuant to the city’s constitutional home rule authority and K.S.A. 65-163a, the city by its utility superintendent may refuse to deliver water through pipes and mains to any premises where a condition exists which might lead to the contamination of the public water supply system and it may continue to refuse the delivery of water to the premises until that condition is remedied. In addition, the city utility Superintendent may terminate water service to any property where the cross connections or back siphonage condition creates, in the judgment of the superintendent, an emergency danger of contamination to the public water supply. (Code 2012)
Any person, firm, or corporation who knowingly permits a violation to remain uncorrected after the expiration of time set by the water commissioner shall, upon conviction thereof by the court, be required to pay a fine of not more than $100.00 for each violation. Each day of failure to comply with the requirements of this article, after the specified time set shall constitute a separate violation. (Code 2012)