[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Lake City 10-18-1982 by Ord. No. 256-82. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The water system of the Borough of Lake City as it is now or hereafter constituted shall be operated and maintained under the provisions of this chapter, subject to the authority of the borough at any time to amend, alter, change or repeal the same.
All water service shall be furnished through meters to be supplied by the borough. Water meters, installation and necessary accessories shall be paid for by the property owners (hereinafter referred to as "consumers") at borough cost plus reasonable freight and handling charges as fixed by resolution of the Borough Council. Payment in full for the meter and accessories shall be made by the consumer prior to delivery thereof.
The borough reserves the right to designate the size, type and number of meters to be installed and the location and manner of installation. All meters shall be installed at a point designated by the Borough Superintendent. The cost of installation, maintenance and repairs of meter shall be paid by the consumer. The cost of installation shall be paid prior to turning on the water. From and after the effective date of this chapter, it shall be mandatory that a separate water meter be installed for each single-family dwelling house, and in the event that any structure shall contain more than one dwelling unit, at least one water meter is to be installed in each multifamily complex, to be billed in accordance with the rate schedule. Also, a separate water meter shall be installed in each store building or place of business, and there shall be installed at least one separate water meter for each individual property.
All applications for the purchase or use of water from the borough shall be made on forms furnished by the Borough Secretary and signed by the owner of the premises to which service is to be rendered, or his duly authorized agent. All applications submitted must be approved by the Borough Water Committee (as appointed by the President of Borough Council) before water service is furnished.
Hereafter, all installations of water mains and service lines shall be made only after the Borough Council is satisfied that the actual revenue accruing to the borough as a result of such extension shall make the same feasible and profitable. All owners of real estate along the proposed line shall be assessed on a front-foot basis for the full front footage of said property, and the line shall be installed across the entire property frontage; the cost of such line shall be assessed together with the cost of bringing the line to the curb box or the side line of the highway wherein the borough's water lines are located. In the event that the laying of such lines and the assessment therefor fronts on two sides of a lot, such lot shall be assessed for the longer side and anything in excess of 80 feet on the other side. Said owners of real estate and applicants for service shall be required to bear all expenses of every nature attendant on completion of said service installation, including the costs from the curb stop to the premises served.
It shall be the responsibility of the owner of any building or dwelling supplied water by the borough to repair or replace any existing service from the curb box to such building or dwelling which may need repair or replacement for any reason.
Residential services shall use not less than three-fourths inch Type K copper tubing.
The borough assumes no liability for failure to deliver water or an adequate supply thereof when such failure is caused by circumstances beyond the borough's control. The borough reserves the right to order curtailment or the suspension of the use of water when, in the judgment of the Borough Council, the same is necessary for the conservation of the supply and to protect the health and safety of the borough.
Within the discretion and regulations made by the borough, all water meters shall be sealed by or under the direction of the Borough Superintendent. If the seal is broken due to repairs, relocation of pipes or for any other reason, the same shall be reported immediately at the office of the Borough Secretary so that the meter may be resealed at a cost in accordance with the Rate Schedule to the property owner. Cards for such reports shall be furnished to such individuals by the borough.
Future installation or repairs to existing underground service lines, valves and connections attached directly or indirectly to the water system up to the meter unless the same are copper, Type K, are prohibited.
Every consumer desiring to have water turned on or shut off at any premises shall file a written request therefor with the Borough Secretary signed by the owner of the property involved. A service charge in accordance with the rate schedule will be made for each time the water is turned on. No person other than an accredited representative of the borough shall be permitted to turn on or shut off water at the berm.
When water has been turned off, from any service line, the same shall not be turned on until ordered by the borough official in charge of water distribution after all assessments and charges have been paid in full.
In case of change of ownership of property, the same shall be reported to the Borough Secretary as soon as the transfer has been completed so that proper records may be maintained and invoices of water service rendered. It shall be the duty of the purchaser or transferee and transferor of the property to furnish the address to which cards and invoices shall be mailed, otherwise the former owner shall remain liable along with the new owner for water charges accruing after the transfer.
Every consumer shall allow at all reasonable times an accredited representative of the borough to enter into and upon his buildings and premises for the purpose of inspecting all pipes and facilities connected with the borough water system and the manner of their use.
No water shall be used for sprinkling streets, lawns or gardens or for cleaning sidewalks or gutters whenever, in the judgment of the borough authorities, the water supply is insufficient for such uses and reasonable notice of the prohibition for any such use has been made by publishing at least once in a newspaper of general circulation within the borough.
All private fire hydrants and private fire protection shall be subject to a per annum fee in accordance with the Rate Schedule.
The following rates charged consumers inside of the borough limits are hereby made as follows: Charges to residential and commercial consumers are payable quarterly, based upon the amount of water consumed quarterly as determined by meter readings and upon rates to be fixed from time to time by the Lake City Borough Council, by resolution in a Rate Schedule.
Editor's Note: The current Rate Schedule is on file in the office of the Borough Clerk. Pursuant to legislation adopted 8-19-1974, those residents using water to fill their swimming pools shall be charged the regular rates for sewer-water billing.
Any multiple-family dwelling or multiple-use structure in existence at the time this chapter is enacted which is serviced by a single meter will be charged a minimum rate which will be made in each such dwelling, commercial occupancy or other unit or multiple use structure in accordance with the Rate Schedule.
[Amended 5-18-1992 by Ord. No. 299-92]
If any water bill or any other charge imposed under this article is not paid within 30 days from the due date of the bill, the borough shall cause the water service to be shut off, and it shall not be reconnected until all billings for water and all charges have been paid in full, including the shutoff and turn-on charges. If the property is leased, appropriate notice shall be provided pursuant to the Utility Service Tenants Rights Act. Any charge for serving water which is not paid shall be a lien on the premises served.
It is hereby made unlawful for any person to hereafter construct or use a private water well in the Borough of Lake City where there is, at any border of the property upon which such well is to be situated, a service line conducting water from the borough water system.
It is hereby made unlawful for any person to make any cross-connection or connection to any line of the borough water system from any private or other source of water.
Any person or persons, firm or corporation who shall fail to comply with any of the provisions of this chapter shall be liable, upon conviction, to the payment of a fine in accordance with the Rate Schedule, together with costs of prosecution and, on default of payment thereof, shall be sentenced and committed to the county jail for a period not exceeding 30 days. All prosecutions for violation of this chapter shall be by summary proceedings brought in the name and for the use of the Borough of Lake City before any District Justice within the area. All fines and penalties shall be paid to the Treasurer of the borough and applied to the water fund.
This chapter shall be cited and known as the "Lake City Water Ordinance of 1982" and shall be effective October 18, 1982.
All ordinances or parts thereof conflicting herewith are hereby repealed, including Ordinance No. 30, Ordinance No. 201-71, Ordinance No. 196-70, Ordinance No. 216-74, and Ordinance No. 226-76.
Editor's Note: Ordinance No. 30 comprised former Art. I, Rules and Regulations; Service Charges, of this chapter.
Editor's Note: Ordinance No. 201-71 comprised former Art. II, Private Wells, of this chapter.
Editor's Note: Ordinance Nos. 196-70 and 216-74 amended water rates in former § 70-11.
Editor's Note: Ordinance No. 226-76 added former § 70-17.1, connections to borough system, of this chapter.