Section 27-52 Water service lines--Ownership; application; fees.
Prior to the adoption of Ord. 17021 on 09/17/2001, Section 27-52 read as follows.
(a) Water service lines, including the water main tap, the pipe, fittings, and
valves between the
main and the customer's installation, the water meter, its appurtenances and the meter box shall
be and remain the property of the department, which shall be responsible for their perpetual
(b) Application for a water service line shall be simultaneous with application
service to previously unserved properties and shall be accompanied with the normal service
deposit as well as a connection fee. It shall be understood that the service will be placed into
immediate use, and billing shall be started at the completion of the first full month after the
(c) Water service lines to previously unserved properties or to properties previously
an inadequate or noncity owned service line within the city limits shall be installed by the
department upon application and only after all requirements for water main extension and
payment have been met. The required fees for connection and meter installation, where
applicable, shall be paid at the time of application or may be billed during the normal billing
cycle in the month subsequent to the date of application, at the city's option. The city may
demand payment in cash.
(1) Connection fee (applies to all customer connections):
For pipe sizes larger than one inch, the fee shall be
the actual cost of labor, equipment and
material, including the meter box and the meter, plus a markup to cover the actual cost of
overhead as determined from cost computed at the end of each fiscal year.
The customer may provide and install, to department
specifications, the meter box for
meters having inlet and outlet openings larger than two (2) inches in diameter.
An additional charge equal to the actual cost of such
work shall be made for cutting and
repairing concrete sidewalk and streets.
(2) Meter box and appurtenances fee. On properties
(generally industrial, commercial, or
multiple-family residential in use) served by private water mains and/or private water service
lines, where one or more water meter is required and the meter box(es) and appurtenances are to
be installed by a plumbing, mechanical, or general contractor, the meter box(es) and
appurtenances shall be furnished by the department and the customer shall be assessed per meter
This fee shall be in addition to the connection fee
(which shall be assessed if the department
taps either a public or private water main and whether or not a valve/stop and valve box are
installed), and to the meter fee. The department may, at its option, provide single or double meter
settings per meter box, with no adjustment to the meter box and appurtenance fee.
(3) Meter fee. In addition to the connection fee,
each customer who requests service to
previously unserved properties, or to properties where a meter of greater size than the previous
meter is required, shall be assessed a meter fee as follows:
(d) Water service lines to previously unserved properties outside the city limits
installed by the department upon application and payment of one hundred fifty (150) per cent of
the charge for similar services within the city, and only after all requirements for water main
extension and payment have been met.
(e) The department may, at the option of the director, install water service
lines to vacant and
previously unserved properties prior to receiving application for such service line; provided,
however, that service lines so installed shall not be used for the purpose of providing service to a
customer until after such customer has made formal application and paid the connection fee for
(f) In addition to the herein-stated fees, each new customer who requests and
receives a water
service connection to a water main which was installed by the department, or at the expense of
the department, shall pay a proportional share of the cost of the water main. (See section 27-72.)
For commercial customers, when a remote-read meter is required, the meter fee shall be the
actual cost of the meter, plus a markup to cover the actual cost of overhead as determined from
cost computed at the end of each fiscal year.
(Code 1964, § 15.310; Ord. No. 9992, § 1, 11-7-83; Ord. No. 12834, § 1, 1-7-91; Ord.
§ 1, 12-21-92; Ord. No. 14214, § 1, 9-19-94; Ord. No. 14618, § 1, 9-18-95; Ord. No. 14978,
9-16-96; Ord. No. 16186, § 1, 9-20-99; Ord. No. 16589, § 1, 9-18-00)