Local Law #4 for 1997-

Champion Water District #1 Water Law

Adopted August 4, 1997

Amended December 1, 1997

Amended March 15, 1999

1: Establishment of Rules, Definitions

The following rules and regulations are established by the Supervisor and Town Board of the Town of Champion and every person who shall be supplied or whose property shall be supplied automatically accepts said rules and the same shall constitute a part of the contract between such persons and the Town. The word "consumer" shall be used in these rules and regulations. It shall mean the owner of the property.

1a: Issuance of Bills; Quarterly Collection

Water bills shall be issued quarterly. Water bills shall be addressed to

the tax billing address for the parcel.

1b: Current Water and Connection Charges

Water and connection charges may be changed by resolution passed by the Town Board of the Town of Champion. All obligations of any nature due

the water district which remain unpaid as of December 1 of each year may be

charged by the Town as special assessments and collected as the same.

2: Permits/Request for Service

Application for water service from the street main to the curb stop where the shut-off valve will be located must be submitted forty-eight (48) hours prior to

commencing work.

3: Taps

A separate tap is to be required for each lot supplied with water. However, the tap is the responsibility of the consumer and all costs will be borne by the consumer. The Operation and Maintenance contractor will only oversee and inspect the tap process. Tapping can only be done by an experienced contractor, which will be verified by the Operation and Maintenance contractor.

4: Cost of installation

There will be no charge for hook-ups performed during the initial construction of Champion Water District #1. Each initial connection will include

one (1) meter per property. All subsequent hook-ups to the Town water lines inside or outside Champion Water District #1 from the main to the consumer property line/curb stop will be $400.00 plus the cost of the inspection by the Operation and Maintenance contractor. The installation and materials of the service from the main to the consumer is the responsibility of the owner.

Repair of leaks from the main to the curb stop will be performed by the Operation and Maintenance Contractor at no expense to the consumer.

The installation of the service from the curb stop must be borne by the consumer.

5: Pipe Specifications

The pipe from the curb stop to the consumer meter will be Type K copper

with compression fittings. Such pipe specifications may be revised by the Operation and Maintenance contractor or the Town Board of the Town of Champion.

6: Laying of Service Pipes & Notification to Operation and Maintenance

Service pipes will be required to be laid not less than fifty-four (54) inches below the surface of the earth. This applies to the established grade where it has been fixed. No trench will be backfilled in any manner before inspection for leaks and clearances is made by a representative of the Operation and Maintenance Contractor.

7: Trench Openings and Backfilling

The trench opening by the owner or contractor for tappings on to the service shutoff for the installation of the water line shall be of sufficient size and have the proper safety precaution to accommodate the work to be accomplished. The owner or contractor will make alterations to the opening as instructed by the Operation and Maintenance representative. The backfilling of the trench will be made by the owner or the contractor. The material used will be sand in the immediate area around the pipe to a depth of one (1) foot. The remainder of the trench will be bank-run gravel, tamped every six (6) inches until the trench is backfilled to original grade.

8: Maintenance of Service Pipes

The owner of the property into which water is supplied by a service pipe will be required to maintain in perfect order, at his own expense, said service pipe from the curb stop to his building. Failure to make necessary repairs after due notice, in writing, by the Town Board will result in the water being turned off until such time that satisfactory repairs are made. Maintenance of the service pipe from the main to the curb stop will be performed by the Operation and Maintenance Contractor.

9: Backflow Preventors

Where required by the New York State Department of Health Sanitary Code, Part 5, or local ordinance, a backflow preventor of a suitable type that is currently approved by the Health Department must be installed.

10: Cross-connection Control

No consumer is allowed any cross-connection from any other source of water under the rules and regulations, Part 5, of the Health Department. When such cross-connections are found, the water from the Town water system will be turned off immediately to prevent contamination of the Town water system. The consumer will disconnect the alternate source as required by Part 5 of the rules and regulations.

11-1: Operation of Curb Stop Water Shutoff

No curb stop will be operated by anyone except a represenative of the Operation and Maintenance Contractor.

11-2: Operation of Fire Hydrants

No fire hydrant will be operated by anyone except a represenative of the Operation and Maintenance Contractor or Fire Department.

12: Meters

A. All water services except those used exclusively for fire purposes shall be metered. Meters shall be obtained from the Operation and Maintenance Contractor and all municipal repairs and testing must be made by the Operation

and Maintenance Contractor.

B. Residential and commercial water meters shall be furnished by the Operation and Maintenance Contractor at cost to the consumer and maintained by the Operation and Maintenance Contractor. Damage to the meter not caused by the Operation and Maintenance Contractor is the responsibility of the homeowner, including cost for removal, repair, testing and replacement.

C. Meters shall be Sensus Water Meter Model 50052, Bronze, Magnetic Drive, External Threaded Spuds, Size 5/8' x 3/4" with remote meter read and Ford Kornerhorn Model KH-2 with Detachable 5/8" Kornerhorn Ball Valves, Model KHBV-1 fittings. The consumer is responsible for purchasing the meter.

13: Testing and Repair of Meters

The Operation and Maintenance Contractor shall conduct periodic tests on all meters so as to maintain the meter in proper working condition. The Town

Board will pay all costs for routine testing and maintenance. the consumer will pay all repair costs of meters and components broken. The Town Board will have all meters larger than two (2) inches in size routinely tested every four (4) years or as needed. The consumer will pay all costs of testing and repairing.

14: Location of Meters

All water meters must be placed in an accessible part of the building or basement so that they may be read or removed. When placed in a pit specifications for such a pit must be obtained from the Operation and Maintenance Contractor. Just inside of the basement or pit wall into which the service pipe extends, a shutoff valve must be placed ahead of the meter. On all water meters two (2) inches and larger, a backflow preventor must be installed when connecting equipment or a building which has a potential of backfeeding contaminants into the system as determined under the Operation and Maintenance specifications. [ All new, repaired or replaced services will be required to have a Department of Health approved backflow prevention device after the water meters.] All water meters must be in a heated environment to eliminate freezing.

 

15: Breaking of Seals

All water meters, when set, shall be sealed to prevent tampering. No person except an authorized employee of the Operation and Maintenance Contractor shall break such seals or tamper with said meter.

16: Inspections

Any employee of the Operation and Maintenance Contractor, upon proper identification, shall have the right to enter any premises where municipal water is being supplied for the purpose of inspecting, installing, removing or reading a meter, plumbing and fixtures of the water service and all work in connection with the service.

17: Schedule of Charges

In addition to any and all other fees and charges provided by law, every person who shall be supplied or whose property shall be supplied water by Champion Water District #1 shall pay water rent for the water supplied. The rents shall be as follows:

 

    1. Inside Champion Water District #1 rates shall be as follows:

1) Metered services

$105.00 quarterly flat rate for 0 -10,000 gallons of water

$ 4.70/1000 gallons of water used over 10,000 gallons quarterly

2) Unmetered services

$40.00 quarterly flat rate for residential parcels

$10.00 quarterly flat rate for undeveloped parcels

B. Outside Champion Water District #1 rates shall be as follows:

$105.00 flat rate per quarter and

$4.70 per 1000 gallons

C. The Champion Water District #1 rates may be changed by the

Board by resolution.

    1. Water bills which remain unpaid thirty (30) days after the billing

date shall have an additional 10% interest charge assessed on the

balance due for the current quarter. Bills that remain unpaid as of December 1 of each year may be charged by the Town as special assessments and collected as same.

E. Any property owner requesting that the water be either turned on

or off at the curb stop shall pay a fee of $25.00 for each request.

18: Liability

In the event of an emergency, including but not limited to breaks in a water main, the Town shall not be liable for any damage which may result to any person or premises from the shutting off of the water from any main or service for any purpose whatever, even in cases where notification is not given.

 

19: Fire Prevention Services; Costs

Where on-premises fire prevention services are permitted, the entire cost of materials, installation and maintenance of the service from the main to the premises and within the limits of the premises shall be borne by the consumer. The consumer will pay a connection charge as listed. Failure to make proper repairs of the system, after due notice, will result in the water being turned off. When the consumer or a representative of the consumer desires to make flow tests or to make repairs to the fire service system, except in emergencies, the consumer or the representative of the consumer must give the Operation and Maintenance Contractor forty-eight (48) hours advance notice before commencing such testing or repairs. The connection charges per billing shall be as adopted by the Town Board from time to time:

PROPOSED SCHEDULE

Type of Service Fee

Hydrants on private property

Inside the District $5.50

Outside the District $7.76

Sprinkler System

(inches)

11/2 and 2 $ 5.00

4 $10.00

6 $15.00

8 $20.00

10 $25.00

20: Abandonment of Services

When a building is torn down and the water service is no longer required

to the property or properties, the owner of said property is required to excavate at the water main so that the abandoned water line can be disconnected from the water main. The owner is responsible for refilling the excavation.

If the employees of the operation and maintenance contractor shall do the actual disconnection then the owner will be responsible for any costs associated with disconnection by the operation and maintenance contractor, and/or if the owner hires a contractor to disconnect, the owner will pay the costs for the operation and maintenance contractor to inspect the disconnection.

21: Estimated Use

If a meter fails to accurately record the amount of water used, the consumer will be charged at the average daily consumption, the average of the last 4 quarters. The same practice shall be followed in the event that the meter

cannot be read.

 

22: Responsibility For Water Rents

The owner of any premises which is supplied with water shall be liable for charges of the water used or other expenses in connection with such water service. When there are two (2) or more tenants occupying a property equipped with only one (1) meter, the water rent shall be billed and collected directly from the property owner and in no case from the tenant.

23: Buildings With Multiple Meters

In any building with multiple meters, there shall be a main water shutoff just inside the wall and individual shutoffs for each meter in the building. It shall be the responsibility of the owner to provide the readings if the meters are not accessible.

24: Penalties For Offenses

Any persons or person, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of these rules, regulations and ordinances hereby enacted shall, upon conviction, be fined a minimum of twenty-five dollars ($25) and a maximum of two hundred fifty dollars ($250) or imprisoned in the county jail for not more than fifteen (15) days, or be both so fined and imprisoned, and further, these rules and regulations and ordinances may be enforced by injunction.

25: Enlargement of Service

When a property owner or tenant requires more water than the existing water pipe can deliver, it is the responsibility of the property owner to pay the cost of the enlargement of said waterline from the water main to the building. The enlargement of the waterline will be considered the same as a new water service.

26: Repair and Maintenance of Lines; Costs

No person or contractor will attempt to dig up or repair any waterline prior to the service meter valve at any time other than during the normal working hours of the employees of the Operation and Maintenance contractor. If and when an employee of the Operation and Maintenance contractor is required to respond to turn off the water due to attempted repairs, either internal or external, the owner requesting the Operation and Maintenance employee to respond will be billed for the actual call out cost to the Town Board. If the owner does not pay the call out cost, the amount billed will be placed on the tax rolls.

27: Filling of Swimming Pools

No swimming pools shall be filled from any hydrant within the water district.

28: Filling tankers

A request for filling tankers to supply wells from municipal water must be in writing forty-eight (48) hours prior to the Operation and Maintenance Contractor

honoring the request.

1. All water must be pre-paid.

    1. The Operation and Maintenance Contractor will install a meter on

a hydrant and take a reading. The water will be metered up to the

amount pre-paid.

    1. The outside user rate will be charged to all consumers except
    2. those consumers connected to the municipal water service who

      are eligible for the inside user rate.

    3. In the case of an emergency situation, the forty-eight (48)

notice may be waived at the discretion of the Town Supervisor or

his designee.

29: Water Shortage Measures

In the event of a major break in a water main or drought conditions that deplete the Town water levels, the Town of Champion Town Board may order

a conservation of water declaration. Times for the restriction will be set by the Town Board. The order prohibits the use of water to wash cars, driveways, homes water gardens, shrubs, flowers and the filling of pools, etc.

The Town may have to issue a "boil water" advisory through the media which could be caused by a major break, drought, or contamination of the water

supply. The "boil water" advisory will stay in effect until such time as the Department of Health, through tests, has declared the water safe to use.

Rates amended: 10/5/98, 11/2/98, 3/15/99, & 5/5/08