[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Council of the Village of Spring Lake as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted as Ch. 78, Art. III, Div. 2, of the 2000 Code of Ordinances; amended in its entirety 5-18-1992 by Ord. No. 207]
The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this article, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
- The Grand Haven-Spring Lake Sewer Authority.
- BOD5 (denoting BIOCHEMICAL OXYGEN DEMAND)
- The quantity of oxygen utilized in the biochemical oxidation of organic matter under standard laboratory procedure in five days at 20° C., expressed in parts per million by weight or in milligrams per liter.
- BUILDING DRAIN
- That part of the lowest horizontal piping of a drain system which receives discharge from drainage pipes inside the walls of a building and conveys it to and is connected with the building sewer. The building drain shall be deemed to end five feet outside the inner face of the building wall.
- BUILDING SEWER
- The extension of the building drain which begins five feet outside the inner face of the building wall and continues to the public sewer or other place of disposal.
- COD (denoting CHEMICAL OXYGEN DEMAND)
- The quantity of oxygen utilized in the chemical oxidation of organic and inorganic matter under standard laboratory procedure at 20° C., expressed in parts per million by weight or in milligrams per liter.
- The United States Environmental Protection Agency.
- Solid wastes from the preparation, cooking and dispensing of food and the handling, storage and sale of produce.
- INDUSTRIAL WASTE
- Liquid waste from industrial processes.
- NATURAL OUTLET
- Any outlet into a watercourse, pond, ditch or other body of surface water or groundwater.
- NORMAL SANITARY SEWAGE
- Wastewater having a strength which is less than: 200 parts per million of biochemical oxygen demand or 250 parts per million by weight of suspended solids.
- PUBLIC SEWER
- A sewer owned or controlled by the Village as well as the portion of any sewer owned or controlled by any other public body corporate which is located within the Village boundaries.
- SANITARY SEWER
- A public sewer which carries wastewater and in which stormwaters, surface waters and groundwaters are not intentionally admitted.
- A pipe or conduit carrying wastewater and/or stormwaters, surface waters and groundwater.
- STORM SEWER and STORM DRAIN
- A public sewer which carries stormwaters, surface waters and groundwaters but excludes wastewater.
- UNCONTAMINATED INDUSTRIAL PROCESS WATER
- Wastewater which does not come into contact with any substance used in or incidental to industrial processing operations and to which no chemical or other substance has been added.
- Any person who contributes, causes or permits the contribution of wastewater into a public sewer.
- Water-carried waste from residences, business buildings, industrial establishments and/or other premises together with such infiltration as may be present.
- WASTEWATER SYSTEM
- The wastewater treatment plant; all facilities of the Authority and the Village for collecting, sampling, monitoring and pumping wastewater; and all facilities for collecting, sampling, monitoring or pumping wastewater that are owned or controlled by any other public body corporate whose wastewater is treated by the wastewater treatment plant.
- WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT
- The Authority wastewater treatment plant, 1525 Washington Street, Grand Haven, Michigan.
- A channel in which a flow of water occurs, either continuously or intermittently.
This article sets forth uniform requirements for users of the wastewater system and enables the Village and the Authority to protect public health in conformity with all relative applicable local, state and federal laws. The objectives of this article are to:
Prevent the introduction of pollutants into the wastewater system which will interfere with its normal operation or contaminate the resulting municipal sludge;
Prevent the introduction of pollutants into the wastewater system which do not receive adequate treatment in the wastewater treatment plant, and which will pass through the wastewater system into receiving waters or the atmosphere or otherwise be incompatible with the wastewater system;
Improve the opportunity to recycle and reclaim wastewater and sludge from the wastewater system; and
Meet the requirements of the EPA and the State Department of Natural Resources.
The discharge or depositing of waste and wastewater shall be restricted and regulated as follows:
No person shall place, deposit or discharge any waste or wastewater upon any public or private property in the Village.
No person shall discharge to any natural outlet in the Village any wastes or wastewater unless such discharge is specifically permitted and approved in writing by the state, county or other governmental agencies having jurisdiction.
No person shall construct, maintain or use any privy, privy vault, septic tank, cesspool or other facility intended or used for the disposal of wastewater unless the facility is specifically permitted and approved in writing by the state, county or other governmental agencies having jurisdiction.
For reasons of public health, any structure in which wastewater originates lying within the Village shall be connected to any available sanitary sewer within 18 months after written notice is given to the owner by certified mail by the Village of availability of a sanitary sewer and compliance with any notice or other requirements specified by state law. For purposes of this subsection, a sanitary sewer shall be considered to be available when it is located in a right-of-way, easement, highway, street or public way which crosses, adjoins or abuts upon the property in question and passes not more than 200 feet at the nearest point from a structure in which wastewater originates. For purposes of this subsection, the phrase "structure in which wastewater originates" shall mean a building in which toilet, kitchen, laundry, bathing or other facilities that generate wastewater are used or are available for use for household, commercial, industrial or other purposes. If the structure in which wastewater originates has not been connected to an available sanitary sewer within such eighteen-month period, the Village shall proceed in accordance with applicable state law to require connection to be made forthwith. In so proceeding, the Village shall have the rights and remedies provided in the applicable state law, as well as all rights and remedies provided by this Code.
Any structure in which wastewater originates which is not connected to an available sanitary sewer as provided in Subsection D of this section shall, in addition to the remedies provided for in Subsection D, entitle the Village, at the option of the Village Manager, to begin to assess a readiness-to-serve charge, quarter-annually, of such sum as may be established by resolution of the Village Council. Such charge shall be added to the water statement if the structure in which wastewater originates is serviced by public water, or if not serviced by public water, by a separate billing to the person who owns such structure as disclosed by the Tax Assessor's record for the Village. Such separate billing shall be due and payable forthwith; however, if not paid, in addition to any other lawful remedies the Village shall have for its nonpayment, the unpaid portion shall be accrued and added to the cost assessed to such person for tapping into the sanitary sewer.
All discharges of waste or wastewater and actions by or against a user in relation to such discharges shall be subject to the requirements and provisions of the Authority's rules and regulations, as well as the provisions of this Code.
Private sewage disposal shall be restricted and regulated as follows:
If a house, building or other premises used for human occupancy, employment, recreation or other purposes is not connected to a sanitary sewer, the building sewer shall be connected to a private wastewater disposal system permitted and approved by the County Health Department and, where appropriate, the State Health Department and/or State Department of Natural Resources.
At such time as connection is made to a sanitary sewer, all septic tanks, cesspools and similar private wastewater disposal facilities shall be disconnected and abandoned.
All persons shall operate and maintain private wastewater disposal facilities in a safe and sanitary manner at all times at no cost to the Village.
This section shall not be construed to preclude additional requirements that may be imposed by the Authority, or state or county government, or to excuse compliance with such requirements.
All building sewers, building drains and connections to the public sewer shall be restricted and regulated as follows:
No person shall uncover, make any connection with or opening into, use, alter or disturb any public sewer or appurtenance of such sewer without first obtaining a written permit from the Village. No connection shall be made to a public sewer which will result in the discharge of industrial waste without the prior written approval of the Authority. No building sewer shall be covered until after it has been inspected and approved as being adequate and acceptable construction, size and location by the Village.
The owner shall be financially responsible for the installation, connection and maintenance of the building sewer to its connection with the public sewer.
A separate and independent building sewer shall be provided for each building or premises, provided that where one building or premises stands at the rear of another on an interior lot and no private sewer is available or can be constructed to the rear building or premises through an adjoining alley, court, yard or driveway, the building sewer from the front building may be extended to the rear buildings or premises.
Old building sewers may be used in connection with new buildings and premises only when they are found on inspection by the Village to be of adequate construction, size and location.
The size, slope, alignment, materials of construction of buildings or premises, and the methods to be used in excavating, placing of the pipe, jointing, testing and backfilling the trench shall conform to the requirements of Chapter 127, Article I, Building Construction, and Article III, Plumbing Regulations, of the Code of the Village of Spring Lake.
Whenever possible, the building sewer shall be brought to a building at an elevation below the basement floor. In all buildings in which any building drain is too low to permit gravity flow to the public sewer, sanitary sewage carried by a building drain shall be lifted by a pump or other suitable device and discharged to the building sewer.
The connection of the building sewer into the sanitary sewer shall conform to the requirements of the Village building and plumbing codes or other applicable rules and regulations of the Village, and the procedures set forth in appropriate specifications of the American Society for Testing and Materials and the Water Pollution Control Federation Manual of Practice No. 9. All such connections shall be made gastight and watertight. Any deviation from these prescribed procedures and materials must be approved by the Village before installation.
The applicant for a sewer construction permit shall notify the Village when the building sewer is ready for inspection and connection to the public sewer. The connection shall be made under the supervision of the Village. No backfill shall be placed until the work has been inspected and approved by the Village.
All excavations for building sewer installation shall be adequately guarded with barricades and lights so as to protect the public from hazard. Streets, sidewalks, parkways and other public property disturbed in the course of the work shall be restored to their prior condition.
The use of public sewers shall be restricted as follows:
No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged to any sanitary sewer any stormwater, surface water or groundwater. If an industry makes adequate provision for the disposal of its industrial wastes other than by discharging such wastes into the public sewer, and if such disposal is approved by the State Department of Environmental Quality, the Authority and all other governmental agencies having jurisdiction, the Village may, by resolution, excuse such industry from depositing its industrial wastes into the public sewer.
Stormwater, groundwater, surface water, and all other unpolluted drainage shall be discharged only to storm sewers, dry wells or a natural outlet. The discharge of cooling water or uncontaminated industrial process water to a natural outlet shall only be permitted when permitted and approved in writing by the state, county or other governmental agencies having jurisdiction.
No person who is required by the Authority pursuant to its rules and regulations to have a discharge permit shall discharge or cause to be discharged any wastewater or waste unless such permit is currently in force and the discharge is in full compliance with all conditions or restrictions which are contained in such permit. In addition, no person shall discharge or cause to be discharged any wastewater or waste which prevents effective operation of the wastewater system; will pass through the wastewater treatment plant or otherwise be incompatible with the wastewater treatment plant; is prohibited by any federal or state law, rule, regulation, permit requirement or standard which is applicable to the Authority or the wastewater system; or is prohibited by the Authority's rules and regulations. With respect to such wastewater or waste, the Village and/or the Authority shall have the option to:
Reject the waste or wastewater;
Require satisfactory pretreatment as provided in the Authority's rules and regulations; and/or
Require, pursuant to the provisions of this article and/or the Authority's rules and regulations, the payment of extra charges to the Village and/or the Authority to pay for the added costs of handling and treating the waste or wastewater.
The Village shall have the right, at any time, by resolution to exclude from the wastewater treatment plant all or a portion of the industrial waste or wastewater of Village customers; however, no such action shall be taken by the Village until it shall have first determined that such action is necessary in order to permit nonindustrial waste or wastewater in the Village to be treated by the wastewater treatment plant.
Except as expressly authorized under applicable categorical pretreatment standards, no user shall increase the use of potable or process water nor mix separate waste streams for the purpose of diluting a discharge, or otherwise dilute a discharge in any way, as a partial or complete substitute for adequate treatment to achieve compliance with the standards set forth in this article.
All nondomestic users proposing to connect to or to contribute wastewater or waste to the wastewater system shall submit such information as the Village and/or the Authority shall reasonably request on their processes and wastewater before connecting to or contributing to the wastewater system. All existing nondomestic users connected to or contributing to the wastewater system shall promptly submit such information on their processes and wastewater as the Village and/or the Authority shall reasonably request. The information submitted shall be sufficient for the Village and the Authority to determine the impact of the user's discharge on the wastewater system and the need for pretreatment and shall be signed by an authorized representative of the user. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing disclosure requirements, the information which may be required pursuant to this section may include any or all of the information required pursuant to the Authority's rules and regulations, or to applicable state or federal law.
Where the waste or wastewater is required to be pretreated by the provisions of this article and/or the Authority's rules and regulations, the user shall provide, at the user's expense, such preliminary treatment as required pursuant to the Authority's rules and regulations and/or as shall be necessary to reduce the objectionable characteristics or constituents of the waste or wastewater or control the quantities and rates of discharge of the waste or wastewater so that the wastewater system can operate effectively and in conformance with all federal and/or state laws, rules, regulations, permit requirements or standards which are applicable to the wastewater system. Plans, specifications and other pertinent information relating to the proposed preliminary treatment facilities shall be prepared and submitted by a registered engineer for approval by the Village and the Authority; and no construction of such facilities shall be commenced until approval is given in writing by both the Village and the Authority. Review of the submitted plans, specifications and other information shall be completed within a reasonable time. Where preliminary treatment is required by this section, and the user is already discharging waste or wastewater into the wastewater system, the user shall, at the request of the Village and/or the Authority, agree to a compliance schedule which shall specify by date those items which are to be accomplished by the user to complete all necessary preliminary treatment facilities and to bring the waste and wastewater being discharged into compliance with all requirements of this article and the Authority's rules and regulations.
Where preliminary treatment facilities are provided for any wastewater or waste, such facilities shall be maintained continuously in satisfactory and effective operation by the user at the user's cost. The person operating and maintaining such facilities shall, at the request of the Authority and/or the Village, submit to the requesting party records or true copies of the samplings taken from wastewater and waste discharged and such other reports and information as shall be necessary to assess and assure compliance with this article.
When required by the Village and/or the Authority to assure adequate monitoring and control of the waste or wastewater discharge, the user of any building or premises served by a building sewer shall install a suitable control vault or station in the building sewer to facilitate observation, sampling and measurement of the waste or wastewater being discharged. Such control vault or station shall be equipped by the user with a suitable composite sampler and continuous flow recorder. Such vault or station shall be accessible and safely located and shall be constructed in accordance with plans approved in writing by the Authority. Such vault or station shall be installed by the user at the user's cost and shall be maintained so as to be safe and accessible at all times. The person operating and maintaining such facilities shall, at the request of the Authority or the Village, submit to the requesting party records or true copies of the wastewater or waste discharged and such other reports and information as shall be necessary to assess and assure compliance with this article and with the Authority's rules and regulations.
With respect to all users that are required to maintain preliminary treatment facilities or sampling facilities pursuant to the provisions of this article and/or the Authority's rules and regulations, the Village, acting by itself or through the Authority, shall institute a program pursuant to which Village or Authority personnel, as the case may be, periodically check and assess, through the taking of their own samplings, the accuracy and completeness of the sampling records and other reports and information provided to the Village and the Authority. The cost and expense incurred by the Village in conducting this program of periodic review or having the Authority conduct the program on its behalf shall be recovered from an industrial surveillance charge to be established by the Village or the Authority by resolution. The amount of this charge shall be determined for each sewer customer or class of sewer customers to which it applies and shall be billed by the Village as part of each affected sewer customer's periodic sewer billing.
If based upon such review the Village or the Authority determines that the sampling records or other reports and information provided to it by a user are not substantially accurate, the Village and/or the Authority may institute such sampling, laboratory analysis and other procedures as are determined necessary to accurately sample and measure the waste and wastewater being discharged. All expenses and charges incurred by the Village itself or by the Authority for such sampling, review and analysis shall be charged by the Village or the Authority to the affected sewer customer.
All nondomestic users of the public sewers shall pay a surcharge for the discharge of wastewater or waste containing more BOD5, COD, phosphorus or suspended solids than the threshold amount, with the exception that a surcharge can be made for either BOD5 or COD, whichever is the greater dollar cost, but not for both.
The threshold for and amount of such surcharge shall be established periodically by the Authority. The surcharge shall be calculated and billed quarterly by the Village as part of the affected sewer customer's periodic sewer billing.
Upon the promulgation of any final federal or state pretreatment standards or discharge limits for a particular industrial category or subcategory, such standards or limits, if more stringent than the requirements of this article or the Authority's rules and regulations, shall be automatically incorporated as part of this article; shall be considered to supersede the requirements of this article; and shall become effective when specified by the promulgating agency. The Authority, on behalf of the Village, shall notify all affected users of the applicable standards or limits.
Users shall submit reports to the Authority as required by or pursuant to its rules and regulations. Upon request by the Village, a user shall provide a copy of any such report to the Village.
When required by the Village and/or the Authority to assure adequate protection for the wastewater system from accidental spills of critical or hazardous materials, the user shall develop and submit to the Village and the Authority an adequate spill prevention plan as required by and subject to the provisions of the Authority's rules and regulations. The adequacy of such plan shall be determined by the Authority. The Village and/or the Authority may require, as part of such plan, that the user provide, at the user's expense, suitable containment facilities within a time period specified by the Village and/or the Authority. Plans, specifications and other pertinent information relating to the proposed containment facilities shall be prepared and submitted for approval by the Authority; and no construction of such facilities shall be commenced until approval by the Authority is given in writing. Such containment facilities shall be maintained continuously in satisfactory condition by the user at the user's cost.
In the case of an accidental spill, the user shall give such notice and take such other actions as required by the Authority's rules and regulations.
The Village or the Authority shall annually publish in the Grand Haven Tribune a list of the users which significantly violated any National Categorical Pretreatment Standard promulgated by the EPA or which otherwise has been determined by the Authority to be in significant noncompliance during the 12 previous months. This notification shall also summarize any enforcement actions taken against the user during the same 12 months. In addition, a list of all industrial users which were the subject of enforcement proceedings pursuant to this article and/or the Authority's rules and regulations during the 12 previous months shall be published annually by the Village and/or by the Authority in the Grand Haven Tribune. This notification shall summarize the enforcement actions taken against those users which during the previous 12 months had violations that remained uncorrected 45 or more days after notification of noncompliance, or which have exhibited a pattern of noncompliance over that twelve-month period, or which involve failure to accurately report noncompliance.
No unauthorized person shall enter or maliciously, willfully or negligently break, damage, destroy, uncover, deface or tamper with any structure, appurtenance, equipment or other part of the wastewater system.
The Village, its employees and agents, and the Authority, its employees and agents, when bearing proper credentials and identification, shall be permitted, with or without advance notice, to enter in and upon buildings and premises as may be necessary for the purposes of inspection, surveillance, measurement, sampling and testing to determine compliance with this article, or to take any actions reasonably necessary to protect the wastewater system or the health, safety and welfare of employees of the wastewater treatment plant or the public.
If any person discharges wastewater or waste into the wastewater system contrary to the provisions of this article, the Village, or the Authority on its behalf, may commence an action for appropriate legal and/or equitable relief.
Notwithstanding any other provision of this article, the Authority and/or the Village may, for good cause shown, suspend the wastewater treatment service to a user when it appears to the Authority and/or the Village that an actual or threatened discharge presents or threatens an imminent or substantial danger to the health or welfare of persons or a substantial danger to the environment, interferes with the operation of the wastewater system, or violates any pretreatment limits imposed by this article. Any user notified of a suspension of wastewater treatment service shall, within a reasonable period of time, as determined by the Authority and/or the Village, whichever has given the notice, cease all discharges. If the user fails to comply voluntarily with the suspension order within the specified time, the Village, or the Authority on its behalf, may commence judicial proceedings immediately thereafter to compel the user's compliance with such order. The Village and the Authority shall reinstate the wastewater treatment service and terminate judicial proceedings upon proof by the user of the elimination of the noncomplying discharge or conditions creating the threat of imminent or substantial danger as set forth in this section.
Any person who knowingly makes any false representation, statements or certification in any application, report, record, plan or other document filed or required to be maintained pursuant to this article, or who falsifies, tampers with or knowingly renders inaccurate any monitoring or sampling device shall be punished by a fine not exceeding $500 or by imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days, or both.
Any user violating any of the provisions of this article, or who discharges or causes a discharge producing a deposit or obstruction, or causes damage to or impairs the wastewater system shall be liable to the Village and/or the Authority for any expense, loss or damage caused by such violation or discharge. The Village and/or the Authority shall bill the user for the costs incurred by the Village and/or the Authority, as the case may be, for any cleaning, repair or replacement work caused by the violation or discharge. Refusal to pay the assessed costs shall constitute a violation of this article, enforceable as provided in this article and also by appropriate legal action.
Any violation of this article is declared to be a public nuisance per se. Accordingly, the court shall, by injunction, order such nuisance abated; and the user shall be adjudged guilty of maintaining a nuisance per se.
Where provisions of any state or Authority law, rule or regulation or any other part of this Code impose greater restrictions or higher standards than contained in this article, the provisions of such law, rule, regulation or other part of this Code shall control.
The Village may adopt by resolution rules and regulations governing operational, maintenance and technical matters relating to the public sewer system. Violation of any such rule or regulation shall constitute a violation of this article and shall be subject to the penalties and other remedies prescribed in this article.
[Adopted as Ch. 78, Art. III, Div. 3, of the 2000 Code of Ordinances]
It is determined and declared necessary and conducive to the protection of the public health, safety, welfare and convenience of the residents of the Village to levy and collect sewer charges from all premises, properties and customers served by the sanitary sewer system of the Village.
The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this article, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
- COMMERCIAL CUSTOMER
- Any customer of the system which owns property situated within the following zoning classifications as defined in Chapter 390: Community Commercial District; Eastern Entryway District; Central Business District; Office District; Public and Semi-Public District; and Light Industrial District.
- A. Any person either inside or outside the corporate limits of the Village who is connected to the system; and
- B. The owner of any piece or parcel of land in the corporate limits of the Village which:
- INDUSTRIAL CUSTOMER
- Any customer of the system which manufactures or produces a product or which works on a product.
- OPERATING YEARS
- The period from July 1 through June 30. The operating year shall be divided into the following quarterly intervals: July 1 through September 30, October 1 through December 31, January 1 through March 31, and April 1 through June 30.
- RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMER
- Any customer of the system who is not a commercial customer or industrial customer.
- The Village sanitary sewage system as now or hereafter constituted.
[Amended 6-5-2006 by Ord. No. 291]
The following connection charges, fees and use rates shall apply to all connections and users of the system:
Stub charge. If a sewer stub line has not already been installed, a stub charge, in an amount to be established and adjusted by Village Council resolution, for the installation and use of a sewer stub line from the sewer line to the property line shall be charged for connection to the system. The payment of the stub charge shall be made in cash at the time application is made for a permit to connect to the system.
Sewer use rates. Rates for sewer service for each premises connected to the system shall be established and adjusted by Village Council resolution. No free service shall be furnished by the system to the Village or to any person. The Village shall pay for sewer service supplied to it or any of its departments or agencies at the rates established pursuant to this section.
System equity charge.
A system equity charge shall be payable by each premises connecting to the Village system and each premises, already connected to the Village system, that requests a larger water meter. The system equity charge for each new connection shall be as adopted from time to time by Village Council resolution.
In the case of a premises already connected to the system which requests a larger water meter, the system equity charge shall be the difference between the system equity charge then in effect for the existing water meter and the system equity charge for the requested larger meter.
The system equity charge shall be paid by each premises connecting to the system in cash at the time application is made for a permit to connect to the system or, in the case of a request for a larger meter, at the time that request is made.
When sewage which is discharged to the system has a strength which exceeds 200 parts per million of biochemical oxygen demand or 250 parts per million by weight of suspended solids, an added charge shall be made to the customer discharging such sewage in accordance with the strength of the sewage discharged. The strength of the sewage shall be determined by composite samples taken over a sufficient period of time to ensure a representative sample. The extra charges shall be as established by the Village Council.
The Village Council shall establish by resolution charges for those customers of the system located outside the corporate limits of the Village.
[Amended 4-21-2011 by Ord. No. 322]
Charges for sewer services shall be billed quarterly. Bills shall be mailed by the 15th day of the month following the quarter for which the bills are rendered and shall be due and payable on or before the 15th day of the next month. If the bill is not paid within five days after the due date, if the premises are served by public water, a water shutoff notice shall be mailed. If the bill is not paid within 10 calendar days after the date of mailing of the water shutoff notice, if the customer has public water service, the customer's public water service shall be turned off immediately and without further notice. Water service shall not be restored until the entire amount of the water and sewer service bill has been paid. Charges for sewer services shall constitute a lien on the property served. On or before May 1 of each year, the Village Clerk/Village Treasurer shall prepare a certified statement of all sewer services and penalty charges then three months or more past due and unpaid. The Village Clerk/Village Treasurer shall then place such charges on the next tax roll and they shall be collected, and such lien shall be enforced in the same manner as is provided for general Village taxes.
The Village shall cause to be maintained and kept proper books of record and account, in which shall be made full and correct entries of all transactions relating to the operation of the system. Not less than six months after the close of each fiscal year of the system, the Village shall cause to be prepared a statement in reasonable detail showing the cash income and disbursements of the system at the beginning and the close of the operating year, and such other information as shall be necessary to enable any taxpayer of the Village, user or beneficiary of the service provided by the system, to be fully informed as to all matters pertaining to the financial operation of the system during such fiscal year. Such annual statement shall be filed in the office of the Village Clerk/Treasurer, where it shall be open to public inspection. These books of record and account shall be audited annually by a certified public accountant to be designated by the Village Council, and a certified copy of this audit shall be filed with the Village Clerk/Treasurer.
The Village shall not be liable for any failure or deficiency in the operation of the system, whether occasioned by maintenance or repair of the system or any other cause.