CHAPTER 92 – Water Rates

CHAPTER 92

WATER RATES

 

92.01 Service Charges 92.08 Service Discontinued
92.02 Rates For Service 92.09 Lien for Nonpayment
92.03 Rates Outside the City 92.10 Lien Exemption
92.04 Service for Construction 92.11 Lien Notice
92.05 Use by City 92.12 Customer Deposits
92.06 Estimated Bills 92.13 Temporary Vacancy
92.07 Billing for Water Service 92.14 Bulk Water Sales

 

92.01    SERVICE CHARGES. Each customer shall pay for water service provided by the City based upon use of water as determined by meters provided for in Chapter 91. Each location, building, premises or connection shall be considered a separate and distinct customer whether owned or controlled by the same person or not.

(Code of Iowa, Sec. 384.84)

92.02    RATES FOR SERVICE. Water service shall be furnished at the following monthly rates within the City:

(Code of Iowa, Sec. 384.84)

Gallons Used
Per monthly Period

Rate

First 2,000

$30.28 (minimum bill)

All over 2,000

$2.68 per 1,000 gallons

Effective for the monthly billing of July 1, 2012, and on each successive July 1st billing thereafter, the billing for said base minimum charge shall be increased automatically by three percent (3%).

92.03    RATES OUTSIDE THE CITY. Water service shall be provided to any customer located outside the corporate limits of the City which the City has agreed to serve at the rates provided in Section 92.02, except that all water use in excess of 2,000 gallons used per monthly billing period shall be at the rate of $2.80 per 1,000 gallons. (The rate shall be increased on July 1, 2012, and on each successive July 1 as described above.) No such customer, however, will be served unless the customer shall have signed a service contract agreeing to be bound by the ordinances, rules and regulations applying to water service established by the Council.

(Code of Iowa, Sec. 364.4 & 384.84)

92.04    SERVICE FOR CONSTRUCTION. Water for building or construction purposes will be furnished by meter measurement, only after suitable deposit has been made, the minimum deposit being twenty-five dollars ($25.00), and the amount shall be determined by the City depending upon the size of the construction work contemplated. All water for building or construction purposes, as set forth in the permit, must pass through one and the same meter. Water so supplied shall be discharged through a hose or pipe directly upon material to be wet, or into a barrel or other containers and in no case upon the ground or into or through a ditch or trench. All use of water by other than the applicant or use of water for any purpose or upon any premises not so stated or described in the application must be prevented by the applicant, or water service may be discontinued without notice.

92.05    USE BY CITY. Special terms and conditions may be made where water is used by the City or community for public purposes such as fire extinguishment, public parks, etc.

92.06    ESTIMATED BILLS. Where a meter has ceased to register or meter reading could not be obtained, the quantity of water consumed for billing purposes will be based upon an average of the prior six (6) months’ consumption, and the conditions of water service prevailing during the period in which the meter failed to register.

92.07    BILLING FOR WATER SERVICE. Water service shall be billed as part of a combined service account, payable in accordance with the following:

(Code of Iowa, Sec. 384.84)

1. Billing Period. Bills for combined service accounts shall be sent monthly. All bills shall be payable on the fifteenth day of the month following the period of service and shall be paid at the office of the Clerk. If any bill for the combined service account is not paid by the 15th of the month of the billing period, the water supply for the lot, parcel of land or premises affected shall be cut off and shall not be turned on again except on payment in full of the delinquent account.

2. Late Payment Charges. The term “late payment charge” means the charge assessed against a customer for late and untimely payment for the utility services in effect. The rates and charges, including any late payment charges as provided for herein, for the use by a customer of water, sewer or other service provided by the City, shall be due and payable on a thirty-day basis, and if said rates and charges are not paid and received on or before the 15th day of the respective month in which the utility bill is due, a ten percent (10%) penalty in the form of a late payment charge shall be added to the sum due for the utility services upon which the payment charge is based.

92.08 SERVICE DISCONTINUED. Water service to delinquent customers shall be discontinued in accordance with the following:

(Code of Iowa, Sec. 384.84)

  1. Notice. The Clerk shall notify each delinquent customer that service will be discontinued if payment of the combined service account, including late payment charges, is not received by the date specified in the notice of delinquency. Such notice shall be sent by ordinary mail to the customer in whose name the delinquent charges were incurred and shall inform the customer of the nature of the delinquency and afford the customer the opportunity for a hearing prior to the discontinuance.

  2. Notice to Landlords. If the customer is a tenant, and if the owner or landlord of the property or premises has made a written request for notice, the notice of delinquency shall also be given to the owner or landlord. If the customer is a tenant and requests a change of name for service under the account, such request shall be sent to the owner or landlord of the property if the owner or landlord has made a written request for notice of any change of name for service under the account to the rental property.

  3. Hearing. If a hearing is requested by noon of the day preceding the shut off the Mayor shall conduct an informal hearing and shall make a determination as to whether the disconnection is justified. If the Mayor finds that disconnection is justified, then such disconnection shall be made, unless payment has been received.

  4. Fees. A fee of fifty dollars ($50.00) shall be charged before service is restored to a delinquent customer. No fee shall be charged for the usual or customary trips in the regular changes in occupancies of property.

92.09 LIEN FOR NONPAYMENT. The owner of the premises served and any lessee or tenant thereof shall be jointly and severally liable for water service charges to the premises. Water service charges remaining unpaid and delinquent shall constitute a lien upon the premises served and shall be certified by the Clerk to the County Treasurer for collection in the same manner as property taxes.

(Code of Iowa, Sec. 384.84)

92.10 LIEN EXEMPTION.

(Code of Iowa, Sec. 384.84)

  1. Water Service Exemption. The lien for nonpayment shall not apply to charges for water service to a residential or commercial rental property where water service is separately metered and the rates or charges for the water service are paid directly to the City by the tenant, if the landlord gives written notice to the City that the property is residential or commercial rental property and that the tenant is liable for the rates or charges. The City may require a deposit not exceeding the usual cost of ninety (90) days of such services to be paid to the City. When the tenant moves from the rental property, the City shall refund the deposit if all service charges are paid in full. The lien exemption does not apply to delinquent charges for repairs related to any of the services.

  2. Other Service Exemption. The lien for nonpayment shall also not apply to the charges for any of the services of sewer systems, storm water drainage systems, sewage treatment, solid waste collection, and solid waste disposal for a residential rental property where the charge is paid directly to the City by the tenant, if the landlord gives written notice to the City that the property is residential rental property and that the tenant is liable for the rates or charges for such service. The City may require a deposit not exceeding the usual cost of ninety (90) days of such services to be paid to the City. When the tenant moves from the rental property, the City shall refund the deposit if all service charges are paid in full. The lien exemption does not apply to delinquent charges for repairs related to any of the services.

  3. Written Notice. The landlord’s written notice shall contain the name of the tenant responsible for charges, the address of the residential or commercial rental property that the tenant is to occupy, and the date that the occupancy begins. Upon receipt, the City shall acknowledge the notice and deposit. A change in tenant for a residential rental property shall require a new written notice to be given to the City within thirty (30) business days of the change in tenant. A change in tenant for a commercial rental property shall require a new written notice to be given to the City within ten (10) business days of the change in tenant. A change in the ownership of the residential rental property shall require written notice of such change to be given to the City within thirty (30) business days of the completion of the change of ownership. A change in the ownership of the commercial rental property shall require written notice of such change to be given to the City within ten (10) business days of the completion of the change of ownership.

92.11 LIEN NOTICE.A lien for delinquent water service charges shall not be certified to the County Treasurer unless prior written notice of intent to certify a lien is given to the customer in whose name the delinquent charges were incurred. If the customer is a tenant and if the owner or landlord of the property or premises has made a written request for notice, the notice shall also be given to the owner or landlord. The notice shall be sent to the appropriate persons by ordinary mail not less than thirty (30) days prior to certification of the lien to the County Treasurer.

(Code of Iowa, Sec. 384.84)

92.12    CUSTOMER DEPOSITS. There shall be required from every customer or prospective customer not the owner of the premises served a one hundred dollar ($100.00) deposit intended to guarantee the payment of bills for service. Said deposit will be returned to the customer whose water service is discontinued if the water bill is paid in full and there are no City charges against the premises.

(Code of Iowa, Sec. 384.84)

92.13    TEMPORARY VACANCY. A property owner may request water service be temporarily discontinued and shut off at the curb valve when the property is expected to be vacant for an extended period of time. There shall be a twenty dollar ($20.00) fee collected in advance for shutting the water off, which payment shall cover the service for turning the water on again in the same premises. During a period when service is temporarily discontinued as provided herein there shall be no minimum service charge. The City will not drain pipes or pull meters for temporary vacancies.

92.14    BULK WATER SALES. Water may be furnished by the City in bulk sales at the rate of $1.00 per one hundred (100) gallons