Village of Woodville, WI
St. Croix County
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[Adopted 8-13-1996 (Ch. 1, Art. B, of Title 9 of the 1996 Code)[1]]
[1]
Editor's Note: The current water rate schedules are on file in the office of the Village Clerk-Treasurer.
All persons now receiving a water supply from the Village of Woodville Water and Sewer Utility, or who may hereafter make application therefor, shall be considered as having agreed to be bound by the rules and regulations as filed with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin.
A. 
Application for water service shall be made in writing on a form furnished by the Water and Sewer Utility.[1] The application will contain the legal description of the property to be served, the name of the owner, the exact use to be made of the service, and the size of the supply pipe and meter desired. (Note particularly any special refrigeration and/or air-conditioning water-consuming appliances.)
[1]
Editor's Note: Throughout this chapter, references to the "Water Utility" were amended to "Water and Sewer Utility" at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
B. 
Service will be furnished only if:
(1) 
The premises has a frontage on a properly platted street or public strip in which a cast-iron or other long-life water main has been laid or where the property owner has agreed to and complied with the provisions of the Utility's filed main extension rule.
(2) 
The property owner has installed or agrees to install a service pipe from the curb stop to the point of use and laid not less than six feet below the surface of an established or proposed grade and according to the Utility's specification; and[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
(3) 
The premises has adequate piping beyond the metering point.
C. 
The owner of a multiunit dwelling shall be served by individual metered water service to each unit. The owner is required to provide interior plumbing and meter settings to enable individual metered service to each unit and individual disconnection without affecting service to the other units. Each meter and meter connection will be a separate Water and Sewer Utility customer for the purpose of the filed rules and regulations.[3]
[3]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
D. 
No division of the water service of any lot or parcel of land shall be made for the extension and independent meterage of the supply to an adjoining lot or parcel of land. No division of a water supply service shall be made at the curb for separate supplies therefrom for two or more separate premises having frontage on any street or public service strip, whether owned by the same or different parties.
E. 
The Utility is hereby empowered to withhold approval of any application wherein full information of the purpose of such supply is not clearly indicated and set forth by the applicant property owner.
A. 
The minimum service contract period shall be one year unless otherwise specified by special contract or in the applicable rate schedule. Where the Utility service has been disconnected at the customer's request prior to expiration of the minimum contract period, a reconnection charge shall be made, payable in advance, when the customer requests reconnection of service. (See Schedule R-1 for applicable rate.) The minimum contract period is renewed with each reconnection.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Current rate schedules are on file in the office of the Village Clerk-Treasurer.
B. 
A reconnection charge shall also be required from consumers whose services are disconnected (shut off at curb stop) because of nonpayment of bills when due (not including disconnection for failure to comply with deposit or guarantee rules). (See Schedule R-1 for applicable rate.)
C. 
A consumer shall be considered as the same consumer, provided that the reconnection is requested for the same location by any member of the same family or, if a place of business, by any partner or employee of the same business.
An applicant for temporary water supply on a metered basis shall make and maintain a monetary deposit for each meter installed as security for payment for use of water and for such other charges which may arise from the use of the supply. A charge as set by the Village Board shall be made for setting the valve and furnishing and setting the meter.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
When water is requested for construction purposes or for filling tanks or other such uses, an application therefor shall be made to the Utility, in writing, upon application provided for that purpose in the Utility office, giving a statement of the amount of construction work to be done or the size of the tank to be filled, etc. Payment for the water for construction shall be made in advance at the scheduled rates. The service pipe must be installed inside the building from where the water must be drawn. No connection with the service pipe at the curb shall be made without special permission from the Utility.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
A. 
In cases where no other supply is available, permission may be granted by the Utility to use a hydrant. No hydrant shall be used until it is equipped with a backflow and control valve. In no case shall any valve be moved except by a member of the Utility.
B. 
Before a valve is set, payment must be made for its setting and for the water to be used at the scheduled rates. Where applicable, see Schedule H-1 for deposits and charges.[2] Upon completing use of the hydrant, the customer must notify the Utility to that effect.
[2]
Editor's Note: Current rate schedules are on file in the office of the Village Clerk-Treasurer.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
Any persons who shall, without authority of the Utility, allow contractors, masons, or other unauthorized persons to take water from their premises, operate any valve connected with the street or supply mains, or open any fire hydrant connected with the distribution system, except for the purpose of extinguishing fire, or who shall wantonly damage or impair the same shall be subject to a fine as provided by municipal ordinances.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
All moneys deposited as security for payment of charges arising from the use of temporary water supply on a metered basis, or for the return of a backflow and control valve wheel or reducer if the water is used on an unmetered basis, will be refunded to the depositor on the termination of the use of water, the payment of all charges levied against the depositor, and the return of the wheel and reducer.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
A. 
No water service shall be laid through any trench having cinders, rubbish, rock or gravel fill, or any other material which may cause injury to or disintegration of the service pipe, unless adequate means of protection are provided by sand filling or such other insulation as may be approved by the Utility. Service pipes passing through curb or retaining walls shall be adequately safeguarded by provision of a channel space or pipe casing not less than twice the diameter of the service connection. The space between the service pipe and channel or pipe casing shall be filled and lightly caulked with an oakum, mastic cement, or other resilient material and made impervious to moisture.
B. 
In backfilling the pipe trench, the service pipe must be protected against injury by carefully hand tamping the ground filling, free from hard lumps, rocks, stones, or other injurious material, around and at least six inches over the pipe.
C. 
All water supplies shall be of undiminished size from the street main in to the point of meter placement. Beyond the meter outlet valve the piping shall be sized and proportioned to provide, on all floors, at all times, an equitable distribution of water supply for the greatest probable number of fixtures or appliances operating simultaneously.
A. 
Where the original service piping is installed for a new metered customer, where existing service piping is changed for the customer's convenience, or where a new meter is installed for an existing unmetered customer, the owner of the premises at his expense shall provide a suitable location and the proper connections for the meter. The Water and Sewer Utility should be consulted as to the type and size of meter setting.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
B. 
No permit will be given to change from metered to flat-rate service.
The water cannot be turned on for a consumer except by a duly authorized employee of the Utility. The owner or his agent must be present. When a plumber has completed a job, he must leave the water turned off. This does not prevent the plumber from testing the work.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
A. 
Where the Utility is unable to read a meter after two successive attempts, that fact will be plainly indicated on the bill, and either an estimated bill will be computed or the minimum charge applied. The difference shall be adjusted when the meter is again read, that is, the bill for the succeeding quarter will be computed with the gallons or cubic feet in each block of the rate schedule doubled and credit will be given on that bill for the amount of the minimum bill paid the preceding month. Only in unusual cases or when approval is obtained from the customer shall more than three consecutive estimated bills be rendered where bills are rendered monthly, and there shall be not more than two consecutive estimated bills where the billing period is two quarters or more.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
B. 
If the meter is damaged (see § 510-28, Surreptitious use of water) or fails to operate, the bill will be based on the average use during the past year, unless there is some reason why the use is not normal. If the average use cannot be properly employed, the bill will be estimated by some equitable method.
See Ch. PSC 185, Wis. Adm. Code.
See Ch. PSC 185, Wis. Adm. Code.
The consumer shall protect the curb stop box in the boulevard area and shall keep the same free from dirt and other obstructions. The Utility shall not be liable for failure to locate the curb stop box and shut off the water in case of a leak on the owner's premises.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
Meters will be furnished and placed by the Utility and are not to be disconnected or tampered with by the consumer. All meters shall be so located that they shall be protected from obstructions and permit ready access thereto for reading, inspection, and servicing, such location to be designated or approved by the Utility. All piping within the building must be supplied by the consumer. Where additional meters are desired by the consumer, he shall pay for all piping and an additional amount sufficient to cover the cost of maintenance and depreciation. (See Schedule Am-1 for applicable rates.[2]) All water meters must be installed horizontally with an approved meter wire supplied by the Utility installed from the water meter to the outside of the building in a location approved by the Utility.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
[2]
Editor's Note: Current rate schedules are on file in the office of the Village Clerk-Treasurer.
A. 
Meters will be repaired by the Utility and the cost of such repairs caused by ordinary wear and tear will be borne by the Utility.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
B. 
Repair of any damage to a meter resulting from the carelessness of the owner of the premises, his agent, or tenant, or from the negligence of any one of them to properly secure and protect he same, including any damage that may result from allowing a water meter to become frozen or to be injured from the presence of hot water or steam in the meter, shall be paid for by the consumer or the owner of the premises.
A. 
The service pipe from the main to and through the curb stop will be maintained and kept in repair and, when worn out, replaced at the expense of the Utility. The property owner shall maintain the service pipe form the curb stop to the point of use.
B. 
If a consumer fails to repair a leaking or broken service pipe from curb to point of metering or use within such time as may appear reasonable to the Utility after notification has been served on the consumer by the Utility, the water will be shut off and will not be turned on again until the repairs have been completed.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
See Ch. PSC 185, Wis. Adm. Code.
During reasonable hours any officer or authorized employee of the Utility shall have the right of access to the premises supplied with service for the purpose of inspection or for the enforcement of the Utility's rules and regulations. Whenever appropriate, the Utility will make a systematic inspection of all unmetered water taps for the purpose of checking waste and unnecessary use of water.
See Ch. PSC 185, Wis. Adm. Code.
See Ch. PSC 185, Wis. Adm. Code.
See Ch. PSC 185, Wis. Adm. Code.
See Ch. PSC 185, Wis. Adm. Code.
A. 
Disconnection. See Ch. PSC 185, Wis. Adm. Code.
B. 
Disconnection notice. The form of disconnection notice to be used is on file at the Utility office.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
An amount owed by the customer may be levied as a tax as provided in § 66.0809, Wis. Stats.
A. 
When the Utility has reasonable evidence that a consumer is obtaining his supply of water, in whole or in part, by means of devices or methods used to stop or interfere with the proper metering of the Utility service being delivered to his equipment, the Utility reserves the right to estimate and present immediately a bill for service unmetered as a result of such interference, and such bill shall be payable subject to a twenty-four-hour disconnection of service. When the Utility shall have disconnected the consumer for any such reason, the Utility will reconnect the consumer upon the following conditions:
(1) 
The consumer will be required to deposit with the Utility an amount sufficient to guarantee the payment of the consumer's bills for Utility service to the Utility.
(2) 
The consumer will be required to pay the Utility for any and all damages to its equipment on the consumer's premises due to such stoppage or interference with its metering.
(3) 
The consumer must further agree to comply with reasonable requirements to protect the Utility against further losses.
B. 
Sections 98.26 and 943.20, Wis. Stats., as relating to water service, are hereby adopted and made a part of these rules.
When premises are to be vacated, the Utility shall be notified in writing at once so that it may remove the meter and shut off the supply at the curb cock. The owner of the premises shall be liable to prosecution for any damage to the property of the Utility by reason of failure to notify the Utility of vacancy.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
The Utility reserves the right to shut off the water in the mains temporarily to make repairs, alterations or additions to the plant or system. When the circumstances will permit sufficient delay, the Utility will give notification, by newspaper publication or otherwise, of the discontinuance of the supply. No rebate will be allowed to consumers for such temporary suspension of supply.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
It shall be the duty of the Utility to see that all open ditches for water mains, hydrants, and service pipes are properly guarded to prevent accident to any person or vehicle, and at night there shall be displayed amber signal light in such manner as will, so far as possible, ensure the safety of the public.
Contractors must ascertain for themselves the existence and location of all service pipes. Where they are removed, cut or damaged in the construction of a sewer, the contractors must notify the Utility and at their own expense cause them to be replaced or repaired at once. Contractors must not shut off the water service pipes from any consumer for a period exceeding six hours.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
A. 
Protective devices in general. The owner or occupant of every premises receiving water supply shall apply and maintain suitable means of protection of the premises supply and all appliances thereof against damage arising in any manner from the use of the water supply, variation of water pressure, or any interruption of water supply. Particularly, such owner or occupant must protect water-cooled compressors for refrigeration systems by means of high-pressure safety cutout devices. There shall likewise be provided means for the prevention of the transmission of water ram or noise of operation of any valve or appliance through the piping of his own or adjacent premises.
B. 
Relief valves. On all closed systems (i.e., systems having a check valve, pressure regulator, or reducing valve, water filter or softener), an effective pressure-relief valve shall be installed either in the top tapping or the upper side tapping of the hot-water tank or on the hot-water distributing pipe connection at the tank. A one-half-inch drainpipe shall be connected to the relief valve for discharge on the floor or into a sink or open drain through an air gap. No stop valve shall be placed between the hot-water tank and the relief valve or on the drainpipe. (See applicable Village plumbing codes.)
C. 
Air chambers. An air chamber or approved shock absorber shall be installed at the terminus of each riser, fixture branch, or hydraulic elevator main for the prevention of undue water hammer. The air chamber shall have a diameter not less than that of the pipe it serves and a length not less than 15 diameters of said supply pipe. Where possible, the air chamber should be provided at its base with a valve and drain cock for water drainage and replenishment of air.
Water and sewer mains will be extended for new customers on the following basis:
A. 
Where the cost of the extension is to be collected immediately through assessment by the municipality against the abutting property, the procedure set forth under § 66.0703, Wis. Stats., will apply, and no additional customer contribution to the Utility will be required.
B. 
Where the municipality is unwilling or unable to make a special assessment, the extension will be made on a customer-financed basis as follows:
(1) 
The applicant(s) will advance as a contribution in aid of construction the total amount equivalent to that which would have been assessed for all property under Subsection A.
(2) 
Part of the contribution required in Subsection B(1) will be refundable. When additional customers are connected to the extended main, within 20 days of the date of completion, contributions in aid of construction will be collected equal to the amount which would have been assessed under Subsection B(1) for the abutting property being served. This amount will be refunded to the original contributor(s). In no case will the contributions received from additional customers exceed the proportionate amount which would have been required nor will they exceed the total assessable cost of the original extension.
C. 
When a new customer(s) is connected to an existing main not financed by customer contributions, it shall not be considered as a main extension and no contribution may be collected from the customer(s). This provision applies only to main extensions constructed after the effective date of this rule.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Original Sec. 9-1-53, Water main installations in platted subdivisions, which immediately followed this section, was repealed 10-11-2011.
[Amended 10-11-2011]
A. 
Definition. "Cross-connection" means a connection or potential connection between any part of a water supply system and another environment containing substances in a manner that, under the circumstances, would allow the substances to enter the water supply system by means of backsiphonage or back pressure.
B. 
Cross-connections prohibited. No person, firm or corporation shall establish or permit to be established or maintain or permit to be maintained any cross-connection. Interconnections between the public water supply system and another source of water are prohibited unless permitted by the Utility and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in individual cases. Approval by the Utility and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources shall be obtained prior to the interconnection.
C. 
Inspection. It shall be the duty of the Water and Sewer Utility to cause inspections to be made of all properties served by the public water system. The frequency of inspections and reinspections of properties shall be determined by potential health hazards involved and as described in accordance with the Wisconsin Administrative Code. The utility may, but is not required to, perform the cross-connection survey of the customer's property, at the property owner's own expense. The water utility may inspect, or arrange for an inspection of, properly served by the public water system for cross-connections. The frequency of inspections shall be established by the water utility in accordance with the Wisconsin Administrative Code. Any unprotected cross-connections identified by the inspection shall be promptly corrected. Failure to promptly correct an unprotected cross-connection shall be sufficient cause for the water utility to discontinue water service to the property, as provided under Subsection F of this section.
[Amended 9-8-2015]
D. 
Owner's responsibility.
(1) 
The property owner shall be responsible for the elimination of or protection from all cross-connections on his premises. The owner shall, at his own expense, install, maintain, and test any and all backflow preventers on his premises in compliance with Department of Safety and Professional Services (formerly Department of Commerce) requirements in Ch. Comm 82, Wis. Adm. Code. The property owner shall correct any malfunctions revealed by periodic testing of any backflow preventer on his premises. The property owner shall inform the Utility of any proposed or modified cross-connections and also any existing cross-connections that are not protected by an approved backflow prevention means.
(2) 
The property owner shall not install a bypass around any backflow preventer unless there is a backflow preventer of the same type in the bypass. Property owners who cannot shut down operations for testing of the backflow prevention assembly must supply additional assemblies necessary to allow testing and maintenance to take place. In the event that the property owner installs a potable-water-using fixture, equipment or appurtenance upstream of the backflow preventer, such must have its own approved backflow prevention means.
E. 
Right of entry. Upon presentation of credentials, representatives of the Utility shall have the right to request entry at any reasonable time to examine property served by a connection to the public water system of the Utility for cross-connections. If entry is refused, such representatives shall obtain a warrant under § 66.0119, Wis. Stats. The Utility shall charge the property owner a fee per day as set by the Village Board for refusal to allow entry to examine any property. Upon request, the owner, lessee or occupant or any property served shall furnish the inspection agency any pertinent information regarding the piping system on such property.
F. 
Discontinuation of service. The Utility is hereby authorized and directed to discontinue water service to any property wherein any connection in violation of this section exists and to take such other precautionary measures deemed necessary to eliminate any danger of contamination of the public water system. Water service shall be discontinued only after reasonable notice and opportunity for hearing under Ch. 68, Wis. Stats., except as provided in Subsection G. Water service to such property shall not be restored until the cross-connection(s) has been eliminated in compliance with the provisions of this section.
G. 
Immediate discontinuation. If it is determined by the Water and Sewer Committee that a cross-connection or an emergency endangers public health, safety or welfare and requires immediate action and a written finding to that effect is filed with the Village Clerk-Treasurer and delivered to the customer's premises, service may be immediately discontinued. The customer shall have an opportunity for hearing under Ch. 68, Wis. Stats., within 10 days of such emergency discontinuance.
H. 
State code adopted. The Village adopts by reference the State Plumbing Code of Wisconsin, being Chs. Comm 81 to 87, Wis. Adm. Code.
I. 
Section not to supersede other ordinances. This section does not supersede the State Plumbing Code and any Village plumbing ordinances but is supplementary to them.
A. 
Purpose. The purpose of this section is to prevent contamination of groundwater and to protect public health, safety and welfare by assuring that unused, unsafe or noncomplying wells or wells which may be illegally cross-connected to the municipal water system are properly abandoned.
B. 
Applicability. This section applies to all wells located on any premises served by the Village of Woodville municipal water system.
C. 
Definitions. The following definitions shall be applicable in this section:
MUNICIPAL WATER SYSTEM
A system for the provision to the public of piped water for human consumption when such system has at least 15 service connections or regularly serves at least 25 year-round residents and is owned or operated by a city, village, county, town, town sanitary district, utility district or public institution or a privately owned water utility serving any of the above.
[Amended 10-11-2011]
NONCOMPLYING
A well or pump installation which does not comply with the provisions of Ch. NR 812, Wis. Adm. Code, in effect at the time the well was constructed, a contamination source was installed, the pump was installed or work was done on either the well or pump installation.
PUMP INSTALLATION
The pump and related equipment used for withdrawing water from a well, including the discharge piping, the underground connections, pitless adapters, pressure tanks, pits, sampling faucets and well seals or caps.
UNSAFE
A well or pump installation which produces water which is bacteriologically contaminated or contaminated with substances in exceedance of the standards of Ch. NR 109 or NR 140, Wis. Adm. Code, or for which a health advisory has been issued by the Department of Natural Resources.
UNUSED
A well or pump installation which is not in use or does not have a functional pumping system.
WELL
An excavation or opening into the ground made by digging, boring, drilling, driving, or other methods for the purpose of obtaining groundwater for consumption or other use.
WELL ABANDONMENT
The filling and sealing of a well according to the provisions of Ch. NR 812, Wis. Adm. Code.
D. 
Abandonment required. All wells located on premises served by the municipal water system shall be abandoned in accordance with the terms of this section and Ch. NR 812, Wis. Adm. Code, within 90 days from the date of connection to the municipal water system, unless a well operation permit has been obtained by the well owner from the Village Clerk-Treasurer.
[Amended 10-11-2011]
E. 
Well operation permit. The Village Board may grant a permit to a private well owner to operate a well for a period not to exceed six months, provided that the conditions of this section are met. An owner may request renewal of a well operation permit by submitting information verifying that the conditions of this section are met. The Village Board, or its agent, may conduct inspections or have water quality tests conducted at the applicant's expense to obtain or verify information necessary for consideration of a permit application or renewal. Permit applications and renewals shall be made on forms provided by the Clerk-Treasurer. The following conditions must be met for issuance or renewal of a well operation permit:
(1) 
The well and pump installation meet or are upgraded to meet the requirements of Ch. NR 812, Wis. Adm. Code.
(2) 
The well construction and pump installation have a history of producing bacteriologically safe water as evidenced by at least two samplings taken a minimum of two weeks apart every year. Results are to be filed with the Village Clerk-Treasurer. No exception to this condition may be made for unsafe wells, unless the Department of Natural Resources approves, in writing, the continued used of the well.
(3) 
There are no cross-connections between the well and pump installation and the municipal water system.
(4) 
The proposed use of the well and pump installation can be justified as being necessary in addition to water provided by the municipal water system.
(5) 
The water from the private well shall not discharge into a drain leading directly to a public sewer utility unless properly metered and authorized by the sewer utility.
[Added 9-8-2015]
(6) 
The private well shall have a functional pumping system.
[Added 9-8-2015]
F. 
Abandonment procedures.
(1) 
All wells abandoned under the jurisdiction of this section or rule shall be abandoned according to the procedures and methods of Ch. NR 812, Wis. Adm. Code. All debris, pump, piping, unsealed liners and any other obstructions which may interfere with sealing operations shall be removed prior to abandonment.
(2) 
The owner of the well, or the owner's agent, shall notify the Clerk-Treasurer at least 48 hours prior to commencement of any well abandonment activities. The abandonment of the well shall be observed by Director of Public Works or his agent.
[Amended 10-11-2011]
(3) 
An abandonment report form, supplied by the Department of Natural Resources, shall be submitted by the well owner to the Clerk-Treasurer and the Department of Natural Resources within 10 days of the completion of the well abandonment.
G. 
Penalties. Any person, firm, or well owner violating any provision of this section shall, upon conviction, be punished by forfeiture as prescribed in § 1-4 of this Code and the cost of prosecution. Each twenty-four-hour period during which a violation exists shall be deemed and constitute a separate offense. If any person fails to comply with this section for more than 10 days after receiving written notice of the violation, the municipality may impose a penalty and cause the well abandonment to be performed and the expense to be assessed as a special tax against the property.