Prior to the adoption of Ord. 16186 on 09/20/1999, Section 27-58 read as follows.

    (a)  The department shall not furnish and install fire hydrants except to replace or relocate existing obsolete units or on new water mains installed by the department.  Fire hydrants shall be furnished and installed as prescribed in division 3 in the same manner as other material used for water main extensions and shall be sized, located and constructed in accordance with the regulations, specifications and requirements of the department and under the inspection and direction of the director.

    (ab)  The department shall be responsible for furnishing and installing fire hydrants and for supplying water thereto in adequate pressures and flows for fire protection purposes, everywhere within the city that water mains have been installed by the department or accepted for ownership by the council. The minimum flows for fire protection in single-family residential areas shall be eight hundred (800) gallons per minute for four (4) hours with a minimum system residual pressure of twenty (20) pounds per square inch. The minimum flow for fire protection in all other areas shall be determined by the fire chief or his designee using tactical formulas developed by the National Fire Academy or any other organization with expertise in firefighting techniques. The minimum flow for fire protection based on a tactical formula may be reduced by the fire chief or his designee following a thorough risk evaluation but shall be at least eighty (80) per cent of the Insurance Services Office (ISO) needed fire flow. If a risk evaluation for certain property results in a needed fire flow exceeding three thousand five hundred (3,500) gallons per minute, the property owner, as a condition to receiving a building permit, may be required to provide facilities to meet the fire flow requirement or participate in the cost of city water system improvements needed to meet the fire flow standards.

    (bc) Hydrants may be installed by property owners or other interested parties outside the city limits on water mains distributing city water by approval of the director and in compliance with department specifications and under department inspection. Upon satisfactory inspection of the hydrant or council acceptance of the water main extension complete with hydrants, the fire hydrants shall become and remain the property of the city, in consideration of the perpetual upkeep and maintenance.; provided, that upon annexation within ten (10) years of the date of installation and upon submitting certified cost figures to the department, the petitioner or property owner shall be reimbursed the full labor and material cost of the fire hydrant installation without interest.

    (c)    During construction of water main extensions within the city, and in areas outside the city limits where the city by written agreement is serving areas previously served by water districts or where the council has approved an agreement including the provision of fire hydrants within a subdivision, the department shall supply tees, valves, valve boxes, and other necessary appurtenances to fire hydrants for installation by the petitioner or his contractor at locations designated by the director. After acceptance of the extension and installation of the water mains, the department shall furnish and install fire hydrants at these locations.


(Code 1964, § 15.360; Ord. No. 15628, § 1, 6-1-98)