CHAPTER 90 – Water Service System




90.01 Definitions 90.17 Failure to Maintain
90.02 Superintendent’s Duties 90.18 Curb Valve
90.03 Mandatory Connections 90.19 Interior Valve
90.04 Abandoned Connections 90.20 Boilers and Pressure Vessels
90.05 Permit 90.21 Inspection and Approval
90.06 Fee for Permit and Connection Charge 90.22 Completion by the City
90.07 Application Required 90.23 Easement Required
90.08 Service May Be Refused 90.24 Shutting off Water Supply
90.09 Customer’s Address 90.25 Operation of Curb Valve and Hydrants
90.10 Compliance with Plumbing Code 90.26 Service Interruption
90.11 Plumber Required 90.27 City Liability Limited
90.12 Excavations 90.28 Customer Liability
90.13 Tapping Mains 90.29 Use Restricted
90.14 Installation of Water Service Pipe 90.30 Right of Entry
90.15 Tracer Wire 90.31 Private Well Testing
90.16 Responsibility for Water Service Pipe

90.01    DEFINITIONS. The following terms are defined for use in the chapters in this Code of Ordinances pertaining to the Water Service System:

1. “Combined service account” means a customer service account for the provision of two or more utility services.

2. “Customer” means, in addition to any person receiving water service from the City, the owner of the property served, and as between such parties the duties, responsibilities, liabilities and obligations hereinafter imposed shall be joint and several.

3. “Superintendent” means the Superintendent of the City water system or any duly authorized assistant, agent or representative.

4. “Water main” means a water supply pipe provided for public or community use.

5. “Water service pipe” means the pipe from the water main to the building served.

6. “Water system” or “water works” means all public facilities for securing, collecting, storing, pumping, treating and distributing water.

90.02    SUPERINTENDENT’S DUTIES. The Superintendent shall supervise the installation of water service pipes and their connection to the water main and enforce all regulations pertaining to water services in the City in accordance with this chapter. This chapter shall apply to all replacements of existing water service pipes as well as to new ones. The Superintendent shall make such rules, not in conflict with the provisions of this chapter, as may be needed for the detailed operation of the water system, subject to the approval of the Council. In the event of an emergency the Superintendent may make temporary rules for the protection of the system until due consideration by the Council may be had. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 372.13[4])

90.03    MANDATORY CONNECTIONS. All residences and business establishments within the City limits intended or used for human habitation, occupancy or use shall be connected to the public water system, if it is reasonably available and if the building is not furnished with pure and wholesome water from some other source.

90.04    ABANDONED CONNECTIONS. When an existing water service is abandoned or a service is renewed with a new tap in the main, all abandoned connections with the mains shall be turned off at the curb valve and made absolutely watertight.

90.05    PERMIT. Before any person makes a connection with the public water system, a written permit must be obtained from the City. The application for the permit shall include a legal description of the property, the name of the property owner, the name and address of the person who will do the work, and the general uses of the water. If the proposed work meets all the requirements of this chapter and if all fees required under this chapter have been paid, the permit shall be issued. Work under any permit must be completed within sixty (60) days after the permit is issued, except that when such time period is inequitable or unfair due to conditions beyond the control of the person making the application, an extension of time within which to complete the work may be granted. The permit may be revoked at any time for any violation of these chapters.

90.06    FEE FOR PERMIT AND CONNECTION CHARGE. Before any permit is issued the person who makes the application shall pay twenty-five dollars ($25.00) to the Clerk to cover the cost of issuing the permit and supervising, regulating, and inspecting the work. In addition there shall be a connection charge in the amount of fifty dollars ($50.00) paid before issuance of a permit to reimburse the City for costs borne by the City in making water service available to the property served. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 384.84)

90.07    APPLICATION REQUIRED. Each customer must make written application for water service at the Clerk’s office, and said application, including service received thereunder, is unassignable by the customer. The application shall state the name of the applicant and the premises to be served.

90.08    SERVICE MAY BE REFUSED. The City may refuse service to persons not presently customers when in the opinion of the City the capacity of the facilities will not permit such service.

90.09    CUSTOMER’S ADDRESS. Bills and notices relating to the conduct of the business of the City will be mailed to the customer at the address listed on the application, unless a change of address has been filed in writing at the business office of the City; and the City shall not otherwise be responsible for delivery of any bill or notice, nor will the customer be excused from nonpayment of a bill or from any performance required in said notice.

90.10    COMPLIANCE WITH PLUMBING CODE. The installation of any water service pipe and any connection with the water system shall comply with all pertinent and applicable provisions, whether regulatory, procedural or enforcement provisions, of the State Plumbing Code.

90.11    PLUMBER REQUIRED. All installations of water service pipes and connections to the water system shall be made by a State-licensed plumber.

90.12    EXCAVATIONS. All trench work, excavation, and backfilling required in making a connection shall be performed in accordance with the State Plumbing Code and the provisions of Chapter 135 of this Code of Ordinances.

90.13    TAPPING MAINS. All taps into water mains shall be made by or under the direct supervision of the Superintendent and in accord with the following: (Code of Iowa, Sec. 372.13[4])

1. Independent Services. No more than one house, building or premises shall be supplied from one tap unless special written permission is obtained from the Superintendent and unless provision is made so that each house, building or premises may be shut off independently of the other.

2. Sizes and Location of Taps. All mains six (6) inches or less in diameter shall receive no larger than a three-fourths (3/4) inch tap. All mains of over six (6) inches in diameter shall receive no larger than a one inch tap. Where a larger connection than a one inch tap is desired, two (2) or more small taps or saddles shall be used, as the Superintendent shall order. All taps in the mains shall be made in the top half of the pipe, at least eighteen (18) inches apart. No main shall be tapped nearer than two (2) feet of the joint in the main.

3. Corporation Stop. A brass corporation stop, of the pattern and weight approved by the Superintendent, shall be inserted in every tap in the main. The corporation stop in the main shall be of the same size as the service pipe.

4. Location Record. An accurate and dimensional sketch showing the exact location of the tap shall be filed with the Superintendent in such form as the Superintendent shall require.

5. The installation of new water line service must be bored under asphalt or concrete streets and no street shall be cut into. The contractor may remove asphalt to make the water line connection if deemed necessary and with approval by the superintendent. (Ord. 124 – May 15 Supp.)

6. All cost and expenses incident to the installation and connection of new water service pipe shall be borne by the owner. (Ord. 124 – May 15 Supp.)

90.14    INSTALLATION OF WATER SERVICE PIPE. Water service pipes from the main to the meter setting shall be of the following materials and must be laid sufficiently waving, and to such depth, as to prevent rupture from settlement or freezing.

1. Steel. AWWA standard specifications 7A.3(1) and 7A.4(2), ASTM A 120-62T.

2. Flexible Polyethylene Plastic. Commercial standards CS 255-63, National Sanitation Foundation approved and stamped as published by United States Department of Commerce minimum rating 160 psi, water service pipe PE 3406 ASTM 2239, SDR7, Iron side, minimum size ¾-inch I.D.

3. Polyvinyl-Chloride (PVC). Commercial standards 256-63, National Sanitation Foundation approved and stamped as published by United States Department of Commerce, High Impact (type 2) for service lines.

4. Acrylonitrile-Buctaciene-Styrene. Commercial Standards 254-63, National Sanitary Foundation approved and stamped.

5. Copper. ASTM specifications B-88 for type K seamless annealed.

90.15    TRACER WIRE. A tracer wire shall be installed running parallel with the pipe on all new and replacement water service lines. The type of wire to be used, the depth that is to be placed and other installation details will be as approved by the Superintendent.

90.16    RESPONSIBILITY FOR WATER SERVICE PIPE.  All cost and expenses incident to the installation, connection and maintenance of the water service pipe from the curb stop to the building served shall be borne by the owner and all cost and expenses incident to the installation, connection and maintenance of the water service pipe from the main to the curb stop shall be borne to the City, including the box.  Water service pipes that run outside the City limits are considered private lines and the responsibility of the homeowner.  The homeowner is responsible for the line from master meter on the main line.  Any physical damage occurring to the curb stop valve box or curb stop is the home owner’s responsibility.  If during a repair to the line and the Superintendent deems it necessary to replace the box, the City will provide the valve box and curb stop.  The owner shall indemnify the City from any loss or damage that may directly or indirectly be occasioned by the installation or maintenance of said water service pipe. (Ord. 133 – Oct. 16 Supp.)

90.17    FAILURE TO MAINTAIN. When any portion of the water service pipe which is the responsibility of the property owner becomes defective or creates a nuisance and the owner fails to correct such nuisance the City may do so and assess the costs thereof to the property. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 364.12[3a & h])

90.18    CURB VALVE. There shall be installed within the public right-of-way a main shut-off valve on the water service pipe of a pattern approved by the Superintendent. The shut-off valve shall be constructed to be visible and even with the pavement or ground.

90.19    INTERIOR VALVE. There shall be installed a shut-off valve on every service pipe inside the building as close to the entrance of the pipe within the building as possible and so located that the water can be shut off conveniently. Where one service pipe supplies more than one customer within the building, there shall be separate valves for each such customer so that service may be shut off for one without interfering with service to the others.

90.20    BOILERS AND PRESSURE VESSELS. Customers having boilers and/or pressure vessels receiving a supply of water from the City must have a backflow preventer, a check valve on the water supply line and a vacuum valve on the steam line to prevent collapse in case the water supply from the City is discontinued or interrupted for any reason, with or without notice.

90.21    INSPECTION AND APPROVAL. All water service pipes and their connections to the water system must be inspected and approved in writing by the Superintendent before they are covered, and the Superintendent shall keep a record of such approvals. If the Superintendent refuses to approve the work, the plumber or property owner must proceed immediately to correct the work. Every person who uses or intends to use the municipal water system shall permit the Superintendent to enter the premises to inspect or make necessary alterations or repairs at all reasonable hours and on proof of authority.

90.22    COMPLETION BY THE CITY. Should any excavation be left open or only partly refilled for twenty-four (24) hours after the water service pipe is installed and connected with the water system, or should the work be improperly done, the City shall have the right to finish or correct the work, and the Council shall assess the costs to the property owner or the plumber. If the plumber is assessed, the plumber must pay the costs before receiving another permit. If the property owner is assessed, such assessment may be collected with and in the same manner as general property taxes. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 364.12[3a & h])

90.23    EASEMENT REQUIRED. Each customer shall grant or convey, or shall cause to be granted or conveyed, to the City a permanent easement and right-of-way across any property owned or controlled by the customer wherever said easement or right-of-way is necessary for the City water facilities and lines, so as to be able to furnish service to the customer.

90.24    SHUTTING OFF WATER SUPPLY. After giving reasonable notice, the Superintendent may shut off the supply of water to any customer because of any substantial violation of the regulations contained in these Water Service System chapters that is not being contested in good faith, and especially for any of the following reasons.

1. Misrepresentation in the application as to the property or fixtures to be supplied or use to be made of water.

2. Failure to report to the utility addition to the property or fixtures to the supplies or additional use to be made of water.

3. Resale or giving away of water.

4. Waste or misuse of water due to improper or imperfect service pipes and/or fixtures, or failure to keep same in suitable state of repair.

5. Tampering with meter, meter seal, remote reading device service or valves or permitting such tampering by others.

6. Connection, cross connection or permitting same of any separate water supply to premises which receive water from the utility.

7. Nonpayment of bills.

90.25    OPERATION OF CURB VALVE AND HYDRANTS. It is unlawful for any person except the Superintendent to turn water on at the curb valve, and no person, unless specifically authorized by the City, shall open or attempt to draw water from any fire hydrant for any purpose whatsoever.

90.26    SERVICE INTERRUPTION. The City shall make all reasonable efforts to eliminate interruption of service, and when such interruptions occur will endeavor to reestablish service with the shortest possible delay. Whenever the service is interrupted for the purpose of working on the distribution system or the station equipment, all customers affected by such interruption will be notified in advance whenever it is possible to do so.

90.27    CITY LIABILITY LIMITED. The City shall in no event be held responsible for claims made against it by reason of the breaking of any main or service pipe or by reason of any other interruption of the supply of water caused by the breaking of machinery or stoppage for necessary repairs; and no person shall be entitled to damages or have any portion of a payment refunded for any interruption of service which, in the opinion of the City, may be deemed necessary.

90.28    CUSTOMER LIABILITY. If any loss or damage to the property of the City or any accident or injury to persons or property is caused by or results from the negligence or wrongful act of the customer, member of the customer’s household or agent or employee of the customer, the cost of the necessary repairs or replacements shall be paid by the customer to the City and any liability otherwise resulting shall be that of the customer.

90.29    USE RESTRICTED. Water furnished by the City may be used for domestic consumption by the customer, members of the customer’s household and employees only. The customer shall not sell or give the water to any other person.

90.30    RIGHT OF ENTRY. The premises receiving a supply of water and all service lines, meter and fixtures, including any and all fixtures within the said premises, shall at all reasonable hours be subject to inspection by duly authorized employees of the City.

1. Test Required. When a test is required to determine the quality of a private water supply prior to the sale of a property, water samples shall be collected only by the Superintendent and forwarded to the proper testing laboratory. Test results on water samples taken by others shall not be accepted for purposes of determining the availability of an approved water supply.

2. Testing Fee. The well testing fee is $50.00 for the cost of the test. If the well is contaminated and the test comes back negative, property owners need to be informed on how to meet State and County regulations.