Town of Collins, NY
Erie County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
A. 
New taps.
(1) 
All taps on the mains shall be made, put in and installed only by the Senior Water Operator, or employees of the district.
(2) 
No person shall make any tap on the main or make any connection with the service pipes extending from the main to curb stop or valve, except the Senior Water Operator or employees of the district.
(3) 
Minimum size of taps shall be 3/4 inch.
(4) 
Board approval shall be required for 1 1/2 inches or larger taps.
(5) 
All new taps will service one premises or dwelling only.
(6) 
Any repairs to multiple dwelling services will be designed so as to make one tap serve one dwelling. (Note: Provides control in event of selling, renting, or leasing one dwelling.)
(7) 
Service lines shall be installed with a ten-foot horizontal or eighteen-inch vertical separation from a sanitary sewer line. Vertical separation shall be with the water line above the sewer line and still maintain necessary depth of burial for water line. Where these conditions cannot be met, the service line shall be encased in a sealed conduit acceptable to the Senior Water Operator to provide the required protection.
(8) 
All consumers are responsible for costs incurred to prevent freezing of service lines or district meters, and in event of freezing.
B. 
New service lines.
(1) 
District responsibility - goose neck. Upon written application from consumer and approval by the Senior Water Operator or the Town Board where necessary, the district shall make the tap and complete the necessary work to supply the water to the curb stop.[1]
(a) 
The district will be responsible for the excavation necessary to uncover the water main where it is adjacent to property owner or outside shoulder of public highway on opposite side from property to be served.
(b) 
When the service is to cross a public highway, the district will be responsible for all excavation, equipment, labor, and materials necessary to make tap on main and or reach the edge of the public highway. The district will provide the necessary materials, labor and equipment to cross any and all public highways. All goose necks will be installed only by the Senior Water Operator or employees of the district according to specifications in Appendix 1.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Appendix 1 is included as an attachment to this chapter.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
C. 
Leaks and/or replacement. All service pipes shall be maintained and kept in repair and free from leaks at the expense of the consumer. Leaks in service pipes shall be repaired within 48 hours after notice given to consumer. If leaks are not repaired within said period, the district shall have the right to discontinue the supply of water and to collect the expense of shutting off the water plus an estimated charge for loss of water caused by such leak. Water shall not again be supplied to the premises until such expense and charges are paid in full.
D. 
Turning water on or shutting water off.
(1) 
No person, except the Senior Water Operator or employees of the district, shall turn on or shut off the water in any service pipes. The curb stop shutoff box shall be kept readily accessible, by and at the expense of the consumer at all times, except where the shutoff box is within the highway. No person shall use the curb stop without the consent of the Senior Water Operator.
(2) 
Points of shutoff:
(a) 
Single-dwelling services. The shutoff point shall be the curb stop in the line.
(b) 
Multiple-dwelling services.
[1] 
On old services supplying more than one dwelling or premises the point of shutoff for any of the dwellings singularly shall be the control valve that controls the water service in that dwelling, unless a curb stop has been installed where the lines Tee or Y off to the separate dwellings.
[2] 
The point of shutoff for all the dwellings or premises shall be the curb stop in the service line, adjacent to the district main.
Services shall be classified as follows:
A. 
Inside district.
B. 
Outside district.
A. 
Meters. The district shall furnish, install and maintain meters and meter couplings but the consumer shall install on his or her premises the necessary piping, fittings, valves and pipe couplings to receive the meter. The district shall maintain meters as stated in so far as ordinary wear and tear is concerned, but in case of damage by freezing, hot water, flooding, or external damage, the consumer will be held responsible for the cost of repairs. The district requires the installation of suitable equipment, properly located and installed, to prevent back flow of hot water which may cause damage to the meter, or other damage to consumer's plumbing.
B. 
Location and reading meters. The consumer shall provide a place acceptable to the district for the location of the meter. Meters shall be accessible for inspection and reading by the district's authorized representative, at any reasonable hour. Provisions shall be made by consumer to protect the meter from freezing. Meter pits shall be installed by consumer as provided in Appendix 2.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Appendix 2 is included as an attachment to this chapter.
C. 
Right to remove and test meters. The district reserves the right to remove and test any meter at any time and to substitute another meter in its place.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Original § 45.23D of the 1987 Code, Testing of meters, which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
D. 
Nonregistering meters.
(1) 
The reading of a duly installed meter showing the amount of water consumed shall be used for all metered billing purposes except where it appears that the meter has ceased to register or has registered inaccurately.
(2) 
In cases where it is found that a meter has ceased to register or has registered inaccurately, and it cannot be determined by reasonable test the percentage of inaccuracy, an estimated bill for the billing period may be rendered the consumer. The estimated bill shall be based upon the amount of water consumed in the corresponding period in prior years, except where it appears that there has been a change in the occupancy of the premises, or in the use of water, in which case an equitable adjustment shall be made.
A. 
All statements for water rentals due shall be paid on or before the 30th day of the month in which same are due.
B. 
If water bills remain unpaid beyond such period, they shall be assessed a ten-percent penalty and added to the next quarter billing. Water bills unpaid as of July 31 will be added to the succeeding Town assessment and collected in the same manner as general Town taxes.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
C. 
Water bills shall be due and payable when rendered. Meters shall be read and billed quarterly as follows;
(1) 
First quarter ending March 31.
(2) 
Second quarter ending June 30.
(3) 
Third quarter ending September 30.
(4) 
Fourth quarter ending December 31.
D. 
The failure of the district to mail a bill shall not be grounds for nonpayment. Each consumer shall be responsible to inquire of the Town Clerk's office if a bill is not received when due.
The consumer shall notify the Town Clerk, in writing, of any change in ownership. No adjustment of bills will be made between owners unless due notice has been given to the Town Clerk.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
A. 
If a water rental is not paid at the expiration of 60 days from the time the rental was due and payable, it shall be the duty of the Town Clerk to send, by mail, to the consumer or owner liable therefor a notice that the payment of such rental is in default for more than 60 days and, if the same is not paid within 15 days from the date of such notice, service will be discontinued unless a hearing is requested as hereinafter provided.
B. 
If payment is not made within the fifteen-day period, or a hearing requested, service shall be discontinued by turning off water from the premises and service shall not be restored until all rentals in arrears together with charges for turning off and on the water shall have been paid.
No district pipes shall be subjected to or used for the purpose of grounding any electrical circuits. The consumer shall be responsible for the elimination of any electrical grounding to the water system and establishment of suitable grounding in accordance with the Electrical Code in effect in the Town and current AWWA standards.
Water service may be discontinued for any one of the following reasons:
A. 
For use of water other than represented in application or through branch connections on the street side of the meter or place reserved therefor.
B. 
For willful waste or use of water through improper and imperfect pipes, or by any other means.
C. 
For molesting any service pipe, seal, meter or any other appliance owned by the district.
D. 
For nonpayment of bills for water or services rendered.
E. 
For cross-connecting pipes carrying potable water supplied by the district with any other source of supply or with any apparatus which may endanger the quality of the potable water supply.
F. 
For refusal of reasonable access to the property for the purpose of inspecting fixtures or piping or for reading, repairing, testing or removing meters.
G. 
For submetering or reselling water.
H. 
Violation or noncompliance of § 296-12.
There may be times when, in the opinion of the Senior Water Operator, it may be necessary to restrict the use of this service to certain definite periods or to prohibit it entirely. In this event, all consumers will be notified by public notice after authorization of the Town Board.
All service lines not meeting specifications of Appendix 2,[1] and which are subjected to freezing and have to run to prevent freezing, or which have a history of other problems necessitating frequent visits by the district personnel, shall be given notice to install a new service line within a thirty-day period or such longer period as the Senior Water Operator deems reasonable under the circumstances to meet all specifications of Appendix 2.
[1]
Editor's Note: Appendix 2 is included as an attachment to this chapter.
District mains shall be installed in accordance with AWWA Standard C-600. Trenching shall be in accordance with Section 6, AWWA C-600. Every reasonable effort should be made to keep the width of the trench at a point level with the top of the pipe no greater than 30 inches. The trench width in rock or among boulders shall be sufficient to leave at least six inches of clearance between the pipe and any rock or boulder. Excavation in plain earth shall not ordinarily be carried below the bottom of the pipe; but rock shall be excavated to a depth of at least six inches below the pipe. If excavation is carried below the pipe bottom for any reason, a backfill of sand or soft dry earth, free of stone, shall be used to restore the trench to its proper depth. This material will be thoroughly compacted and then shaped to fit the pipe. For ductile cast iron and cast iron pipe, bedding shall be Class B, consisting of flat-bottomed trenches, with bellholes dug before laying pipe and with backfill tamped. Pipe and fittings shall be Class 52 ductile iron, cement lined or teflon lined, mechanical joint with retainer glands, PVC C-900.
A. 
No connection to any other source of supply of water shall be made or maintained to any pipes or plumbing fixtures that may be connected with the system of the district, causing a cross-connection as defined in Article IV. If any connection to another source of supply is made or maintained, the water from the district system shall be shut off and service shall not be restored until such connection to other source has been discontinued and the charges of shutting off and turning on the water have been paid.
B. 
All plumbing shall be of such configuration as to eliminate any possible cross-connections with sewer line or other dangerous fixtures, and all measures shall be employed to prevent any back flow or back siphonage of contaminated materials.
No person, except the Senior Water Operator or employees of the district or member of duly organized fire company or registered bulk haulers shall take water from any fire hydrant, or shall operate, use or disturb any hydrant. No person shall obstruct any fire hydrant in any manner, such as, but not limited to, the placing of junk, cars, or snow anywhere near a hydrant. Hydrants shall be kept accessible from all directions.
In the event the necessity shall arise, resulting from break, emergency or other unavoidable cause, to cut off the water supply in order to make necessary repairs, the district shall have the right to temporarily shut off the water supply. The Senior Water Operator shall use all reasonable and practicable measures to notify consumers in advance of such discontinuance of service, if possible. The district and the Town Board shall not be liable for damages or inconveniences suffered by any consumer by reason of interruption of service, lessening of supply, inadequate pressure or any cause beyond its control.