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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Brodhead as Title 9, Ch. 1, Art. B, of the 1997 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Sewer use — See Ch. 373.
All persons now receiving a water supply from the City of Brodhead Water 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 Utility. The application will contain the legal description of the property to be served, 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, fire protection, and/or air-conditioning water-consuming appliances.)
B. 
Service will be furnished only if:
(1) 
The premises have 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 curbline to the point of use and laid not less than seven feet below the surface of an established or proposed grade, and according to the Utility's specifications; and
(3) 
The premises have adequate piping beyond the metering point.
C. 
The owner of a multiunit dwelling has the option of being served by individual metered water service to each unit. The owner, by selecting this option, 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 Utility customer for the purpose of the filed rules and regulations.
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 his 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.
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.[1])
[1]
Editor's Note: The current rate schedules are on file in the City Clerk-Treasurer's office.
C. 
A consumer shall be considered as the same consumer, provided 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 shall be made for setting the valve and furnishing and setting the meter. (See Schedule D-1 for applicable rate.[1])
[1]
Editor's Note: The current rate schedules are on file in the City Clerk-Treasurer's office.
A. 
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 an application provided for that purpose in the Utility's 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.
B. 
In no case will any employee of the Utility turn on water for construction work unless the contractor first presents a permit. Upon completion of the construction work, the contractor must return the original permit to the Utility, together with a statement of the actual amount of construction work performed.
C. 
Consumers shall not allow contractors, masons or other persons to take water from their premises without first showing a permit from the Utility. Any consumer failing to comply with this provision will have water service discontinued.[1]
[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 sprinkling valve. In no case shall any valve be moved except by an employee of the Utility.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
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: The current rate schedules are on file in the City Clerk-Treasurer's office.
C. 
In the use of a hydrant supply, the hydrant valve will be set at the proper opening by the Utility when the sprinkling valve is set, and the flow of water must be regulated by means of the sprinkling valve. If the water is to be used through iron pipe connections, all such pipe installations shall have the swing joint to facilitate quick disconnection from the fire hydrant.
Any person 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. Permits for the use of hydrants apply only to such hydrants as are designated for the specific use.
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 sprinkling 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.
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 into 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 shall, at his expense, provide a suitable location and the proper connections for the meter. The Water Utility should be consulted as to the type and size of meter setting. Where it is possible to set meters in the basement, or other suitable place within the building, a short nipple shall be inserted after the stop and waste cock, then a union, and then another nipple and coupling of the proper length. The nipple attached to the union and coupling shall be cut to a standard length provided by the plans of the Utility (it may require a horizontal run of 18 inches in such pipeline), which may later be removed for the insertion of the meter into the supply line.
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. When a plumber has completed a job, he must leave the water turned off. This does not prevent the plumber from testing the work.
A. 
Where the Utility is unable to read a meter after two successive attempts, the 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 month 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 where 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 months 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 § 440-27, 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 customer shall protect the curb stop box in the terrace 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 consumer's premises.
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 owner. Where additional meters are desired by the owner, the owner shall pay for all piping and an additional amount sufficient to cover the cost of maintenance and depreciation. Where applicable, see Schedule Am-1 for rate.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: The current rate schedules are on file in the City Clerk-Treasurer's office.
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.
B. 
Repair of any damage to a meter resulting from the carelessness of the owner of the premises, owner's agent, or tenant, or from the negligence of any one of them to properly secure and protect 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 from the curb stop to the point of use.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Original § 9-1-37(a) of the 1997 Code, which immediately preceded this subsection, was repealed at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
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.
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.
See Ch. PSC 185, Wis. Adm. Code. The form of disconnection notice to be used is on file in the City Clerk-Treasurer's office.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
[Amended 11-11-2002]
An amount owed by the customer may be levied as a tax pursuant to § 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 an amber signal light in such manner as will, so far as possible, insure 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 during trench construction, the contractor must, at his own expense, cause them to be replaced or repaired at once. Contractors must not shut off the water service pipes to any consumer for a period exceeding six hours.
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 their 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. No stop valve shall be placed between the hot-water tank and the relief valve or on the drainpipe. (See applicable City 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 rain cock for water drainage and replenishment of air.
A. 
Definition. As used in this chapter, the following term shall have the meaning indicated:
CROSS-CONNECTION
Any physical connection or arrangement between two otherwise separate systems, one of which contains potable water from the City of Brodhead water system, and the other water from a private source, water of unknown or questionable safety, or steam, gases, or chemicals, whereby, upon loss of pressure or any pressure condition, there may be a flow from one system to the other.
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. No interconnection shall be established whereby potable water from a private, auxiliary or emergency water supply other than the regular public water supply of the City may enter the supply or distribution system of said municipality, unless such private, auxiliary or emergency water supply and the method of connection and use of such supply shall have been approved by the Utility and by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in accordance with § NR 811.07, Wis. Adm. Code.
C. 
Inspections. It shall be the duty of the Brodhead Water and Light Commission to cause inspections to be made of all properties served by the public water system where cross-connection with the public water system is deemed possible. The frequency of inspections and reinspections based on potential health hazards involved shall be as established by the Brodhead Water and Light Commission and as approved by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
D. 
Right to inspect. Upon presentation of credentials, the representative of the Brodhead Water and Light Commission shall have the right to request entry at any reasonable time to examine any property served by a connection to the public water system of the City for cross-connections. If entry is refused, such representative shall obtain a special inspection warrant under § 66.0119, Wis. Stats. On request, the owner, lessee or occupant of any property so served shall furnish to the inspection agency any pertinent information regarding the piping system or systems on such property.
E. 
Discontinuation of service. The Brodhead Water and Light Commission 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 F. 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.
F. 
Immediate discontinuation. If it is determined by the Brodhead Water and Light Commission 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 City 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.
G. 
State code adopted. The City adopts by reference the State Plumbing Code of Wisconsin, being Chs. SPS 381 to 387, Wis. Adm. Code.
H. 
Section not to supersede other ordinances. This section does not supersede the State Plumbing Code and any City plumbing ordinances but is supplementary to them.
A. 
Application for installation of water mains in regularly platted real estate development subdivisions shall be filed with the City Clerk-Treasurer and shall set forth the following information:
(1) 
Name of subdivision.
(2) 
Legal description.
(3) 
Map showing streets, lots and sizes of proposed mains and hydrants, and street laterals.
(4) 
Date of approval of subdivision plan by State Department of Administration.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
(5) 
Date of approval of proposed mains by State Department of Natural Resources.
(6) 
Number of houses presently under construction.
B. 
Upon receipt of the application, the Water Utility will prepare detailed estimates of the cost of extending water mains and hydrants of the size deemed necessary in the subdivision and submit same to the municipal governing body for approval of the extension as it pertains to public fire-protection service requirements.
C. 
The applicant for water and/or sewer service to be supplied to a subdivision shall be required to advance to the Utility, prior to the beginning of the construction, the total estimated cost of the extension. If the final costs exceed estimated costs, an additional billing will be made for the balance of the cost due. This balance is to be paid within 30 days. If final costs are less than estimated, a refund of overpayment will be made by the Water Utility.
D. 
If the developer, or a contractor employed by the developer, is to install the water and sewer mains (with approval of the Utility), the developer shall be responsible for the total cost of construction.
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 serve as conduits for contamination, or wells which may be illegally cross-connected to the municipal water system, are properly abandoned.
B. 
Applicability. All private wells located on any premises which is served by the public water system of the City of Brodhead shall be properly filled by January 1, 1993. Only those wells for which a well operation permit has been granted by the City Clerk-Treasurer may be exempted from this requirement, subject to conditions of maintenance and operation.
C. 
Well operation permits.
(1) 
A permit may be granted to a well owner to operate a private well for a period not to exceed five years. Permit applications shall be made on forms provided by the Clerk-Treasurer. The following requirements must be met before a well operation permit is issued:
(a) 
The well and pump installation meet the requirements of Ch. NR 812, Wis. Adm. Code. A well constructor's report on file with the Department of Natural Resources, a certification of the acceptability of the well granted by the Department of Natural Resources, or a certification by the owner and applicant for the well operation permit that the well and pump installation meet the requirements of this section shall be sufficient compliance with this subsection.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
(b) 
The well has a history of producing safe water and presently produces bacteriologically safe water as evidenced by three samplings two weeks apart.
(c) 
The proposed use of the well is justified by the owner and applicant for the well operation permit as being necessary in addition to water provided by the public water system.
(d) 
The fact that no physical connection exists between the piping of the public water system and the private well is certified by the owner and applicant for the well operation permit.
(2) 
Upon the filing of an application certifying the above conditions are all complied with, the City Clerk-Treasurer shall be authorized to issue a well operation permit to the applicant.
D. 
Terms and conditions of permit. The well operation permit shall be transferred to a subsequent owner of the property to which it applies and shall remain valid for the entire term of the permit, provided the owner or subsequent owner files with the City Clerk Treasurer at least annually a well water test report that certifies the well produces bacteriologically safe water.
E. 
Abandonment methods. Wells shall be abandoned according to the procedures outlined in Ch. NR 812, Wis. Adm. Code. The pump and piping must be removed and the well checked for obstructions prior to abandonment. Any obstruction or liner must be removed, if possible.
F. 
Reports and inspection. An well abandonment report must be submitted by the well owner to the Department of Natural Resources on forms provided by that agency (available at the office of the City Clerk-Treasurer). The report shall be submitted immediately upon completion of the filling of the well. The filling must be observed by a representative of the City.
G. 
Penalties. A person, firm or other well owner violating any provision of this section shall, upon conviction, be punished by a forfeiture as prescribed in § 1-4, together with the cost of prosecution. Each day 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 notice in writing, the City may impose a penalty or may cause the abandonment to be done, and the expense thereof shall be assessed as a special tax against the property.
H. 
Inspections and inspection fees. Inspections shall be conducted by the Building Inspector or an employee of the Utility to ascertain whether or not private wells have been properly filled or have well operation permits as required by this section. The necessary expenses incurred by the City for such inspections to insure water quality and to avoid environmental pollution of the groundwater shall be charged to the owner of the property inspected as a special charge pursuant to § 66.0627, Wis. Stats.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).