CHAPTER XV. UTILITIESCHAPTER XV. UTILITIES\ARTICLE 2. WATER

The general management, care, control and supervision of the city water system shall be in the city superintendent.

(Code 1991)

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 1991)

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 consumers.

(Code 1991)

(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 public water mains, is hereby required at his or her own expense to make connection to such public water main.

There shall be a curb cock in every service line attached to the city main, the same to be placed within the meter box.

(Code 1991)

Check valves are required on all connections to steam boilers or on any other connection deemed necessary by the city 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 1991)

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 or fire hydrant, with a key or in any other manner, without first obtaining permission from the city superintendent.

(Code 1991)

(a)   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 ci ty may enter the supply or distribution system of the municipality , unless such private, auxiliary , or emergency water supply and the method of connection and use of such supply shall have been approved by the city superintendent and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment .

(b)   Approved devices to protect against backflow or backsiphonage shall be installed at all fixtures and equipment where backflow or backsiphonage may occur and where there is a hazard of contamination of the potable water supply system.

(c)   The city superintendent or his designated agent shall have the right of entry into any building or premises in the city as frequently as necessary in order to ensure that plumbing has been installed in a manner as to prevent the possibility of contamination of the public water supply of the municipality.

(d)   The municipality may refuse to deliver water to any premises where a condition exists which might lead to the contamination of the public water and may continue to ref use to deliver water until the condition is corrected to the satisfaction of the city. In addition, the city may immediately terminate water service to a premises where a backflow or backsiphonage condition exists which may be hazardous to the health of customers served by this public water supply system of the municipality.

(e)   There is hereby adopted and incorporated by reference, for the purpose of regulating cross connections between the public water supply and any sources of contamination a code known as the “Manual of Regulations Regulating Backflow and Backsiphonage of Contaminants Due To Cross Connections For the City of Attica Public Water Supply”. Three copies shall be marked or stamped “Official Copy as Incorporated by the Code of the Ci ty of Attica, and shall be filed with the city clerk to be open to inspection and available to the public at all reasonable hours of business.

(K.S.A. 28-15-18 (h); K.S.A. 65-163a; Code 1991; Ord. G-1002-91-5; Code 2015)

(a)   All water furnished to customers outside the fire district 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 property line.

(Code 1991)

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 two percent, the meter will be deemed correct.

(Code 1991)

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 unlawful for any person except an authorized employee of the water department to turn any curb cock on or off, except as otherwise authorized by the city superintendent.

(Code 1991)

No allowances shall be made for water used or lost through leaks, carelessness, and 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.

(Code 1991)

The city reserves the right to interrupt water service without notice for the purpose of making repairs or extensions to water lines or equipment.

(Code 1991)

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 customer without written permission to do so having been first obtained from the city superintendent;

(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 1991)

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 1991)

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.

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(a)   Definitions.

(1)   “Bulk Water” shall mean any water obtained through city fire hydrants and transported in forty or eighty barrel tanks.

(2)   “Tank Water” shall mean any water obtained through the power plant tank facility and transported in tanks smaller than forty barrels.

(3)   “Monthly Water Rates” shall mean the charge on the customers’ monthly utility bills.

(b)   RATES. The rates charged for water received from the municipal water system of the City shall be as follows:

(1)   Rates. The Residential and Commercial water rates for all city customers, within or outside the corporate limits of the city shall be as follows:

Base charge, per month - $15.25

1,000 to Over 50,000 gals - $2.75 per thousand (1,000) gallons

Bulk water/tank water rate - $15.25 first thousand (1,000) gallons, $.01 per gallon thereafter

(2)   Emergency Threshold Established. An emergency threshold shall be established for each water customer to 10,000 gallons or 10 units of water.

(3)   Emergency Conservation Fee. An emergency conservation fee shall be established based on usage in excess of a customer's emergency threshold and shall be charged as follows in addition to the rates set in subsection (b)(1):

$2.75 per 1,000 gallons over 10,000 of the customer’s emergency threshold.

(Code 1991; Ord. G-1095-02-3; Ord. G-1179-12-02; Ord. G-1213-15-03; Code 2015)

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 it 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 1991)