City of El Paso, IL
Woodford County
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No person having a residence or place of business within the territorial limits of the City waterworks and sewerage system shall be permitted to secure water for such residence or place of business located in the City otherwise than through the water mains of the City, whenever the water mains of the water system of the City are adjacent to any subdivided lot or parcel of real estate upon which said residence or place of business is located.
In all cases where a public water main is now installed, or hereafter may be installed, in any street, alley, public way or easement in the City, all inhabitants or users located on any lot or parcel of real estate fronting, abutting on or within a distance of 100 feet from said public water main to the nearest property line of any such subdivided lot or parcel of real estate on any such street, alley, public way or easement, at their expense, shall make or cause to be made connection to such public water main within three months after the installation of such public water main, if the same is not now installed. All users shall discontinue, within the same period of time, any connection which they theretofore may have had with any other private water supply.
Any property owner or developer desiring to extend the public water mains for the benefit of his property may do so in accordance with the specifications and plans of the City, all of which shall be at the expense of the property owner or developer.
[Amended 2-6-2017 by Ord. No. 994]
No unauthorized person shall uncover, make any connections with or opening into, use, alter or disturb any public water main, or appurtenance thereof, without having first obtained a written permit from the Director of Public Service.
[Amended 2-6-2017 by Ord. No. 994]
Any person desiring to make any connection with the water system, or have the use thereof, shall first make application to the office of the Director of Public Service upon a blank form or forms furnished by said office. Said application shall contain an agreement, on the part of the applicant, that all the rules, regulations, conditions and provisions of this code and all ordinances of the City will be complied with; that all fees, deposits, water rates, charges, rents and all fines and penalties assessed, charged or imposed against said applicant, upon the property described in said application, will be paid. When the applicant under this section has complied with all the provisions of this code and the ordinances of the City, a permit shall then be issued by the Director of Public Service authorizing the connection to be made.
The fees to be charged for a permit to tap or otherwise make a connection with the water system shall be determined in such manner and amounts as shall be prescribed by ordinance, as adopted by the City Council from time to time.
All openings made in streets and sidewalks shall be protected at all times by sufficient barriers, on which signal lights or flares shall be placed and maintained after dark, together with such other provisions pertaining to street openings.
A separate and independent building water main shall be provided for every building; except where one building stands at the rear of another on an interior lot and no water main is available or can be constructed to the rear building through an adjoining alley, court, yard or driveway; the water main from the front building may be extended to the rear building and the whole considered as one building water main.
[Amended 1992 by Ord. No. 662; 2-6-2017 by Ord. No. 994]
A. 
No person not duly authorized shall turn on any service stop, or use water therefrom when so turned on, and the person so using or wasting water in such unlawful manner shall be liable to pay therefor at the regular water rates.
B. 
No seal placed by the Waterworks and Sewerage Department for the protection of any meter, valve, fitting or other water connection shall be defaced or broken, except on written authority from the Director of Public Service.
C. 
No person or persons, other than members of the Waterworks and Sewerage Department, shall use water from any fire hydrant connected with the waterworks system of the City, except for extinguishing fires or unless especially authorized by the Director of Public Service.
[Amended 2-6-2017 by Ord. No. 994]
All permanent water services hereinafter installed, whether for domestic or commercial purposes, shall be metered. Water meters shall be furnished by the City, and the same shall remain the property of the City. The City shall be reimbursed the cost of any meter so installed by the property owner, which charge shall represent an additional fee for the privilege of making connection to the system. There shall be no reimbursement for this initial service fee upon removal of the water meter. The City will repair and maintain the meters; except when a water meter is damaged by freezing or by hot water backing through the meter or by other physical damage, the consumer shall be required to pay the cost of repairs and labor upon receipt of a bill for the same. Any such cost of repair shall be a lien against the premises to the same extent and with the same effect as charges for water service. The meter shall be set within the building and it must be attached to the service pipe immediately after such pipe has entered the wall of the building. In any event, all installations and the placing of meters shall be subject to the approval of the Director of Public Service.
[Amended 2-6-2017 by Ord. No. 994]
The Director of Public Service and every person authorized by him and all meter inspectors shall have ready access to the premises, place or buildings where such meters are located for the purpose of reading, examining, testing and repairing the same, and examining and testing the consumption, use and flow of water; and it is unlawful for any person or corporation to interfere with, prevent or obstruct the Director of Public Service or such other person or inspector in his work under this chapter. Every consumer of water shall take the same upon the conditions prescribed in this chapter.
A. 
The connection from the main to the curb stop shall be placed at least four feet below the level of the ground. The service pipe shall be laid sufficiently waving so that it is at least one foot longer than if laid in a straight line, and shall be placed in such manner as to prevent rupture or breakage from settling of the ground. All service pipes shall be of Type K copper tubing and shall be of not less than three-fourths-inch nominal diameter.
B. 
No person, whether as owner or occupant in possession or control of any building, structure or premises into which water is supplied through the City waterworks system, shall be allowed, without written permission of the City Council, to supply other persons or families or to supply water from such building or premises to any other building, structure or premises.
C. 
The supply of water to a building, structure or premises of any person who violates any of the provisions of Subsections A and B of this section shall be shut off and stopped forthwith, and the water shall not again be turned on to such building, structure or premises from which it was cut off until there has been paid to the City such sum of money as the City Council deems properly due the City.
D. 
If, after the water supply has been turned on to any building, structure or premises, it is found by any officer or employee of the City that fraudulent representations have been made by the applicant for such water supply, or that water is being used in or upon such building, structure or premises for purposes not set forth in the application made for such water supply, or that there is wilful and unreasonable use or waste of water, the Director of Public Service or such employee of the City as he designates shall have the authority and it shall be his duty to cut off and stop the supply of water to such building, structure or premises forthwith, and the water shall not be turned on to such building, structure or premises until the person or persons responsible for such fraudulent representation or for such use of water, or wilful or unreasonable waste thereof, pays the City such additional sum of money for such water supply or on account of such unreasonable waste of water as the Director of Public Service or Council finds properly to be due the City.
[Amended 2-6-2017 by Ord. No. 994]
E. 
Every person supplied with water from the City waterworks system shall, at his or her own cost and expense, have installed and kept in repair all pipes leading from the curb stop to his or her building, structure or premises as are supplied with water through such service pipe.
F. 
Each water service pipe shall be connected with said water main and shall extend horizontally at right angles with the water main to a point at least 20 feet from the center line of the street, and shall there be provided with a bronze curb stop of not less than 3/4 inch in diameter to be installed within a telescopic shut-off box of the best quality of cast iron or first-grade steel pipe.
G. 
The water main must be tapped at an angle of 45° with the vertical, and the corporation stop must be turned so that the T handle will be on top.
In all cases where a standard water main is now installed or hereafter may be installed in any street, alley, public way or easement in the City, all water users located on any lot or parcel of real estate fronting or abutting on any such street, alley, public way or easement shall make or cause to be made connection to such standard water main and pay the tapping charges therefor. All users shall discontinue any connection which they theretofore may have had with any other water line.
[Added 1987 by Ord. No. 604; 2-6-2017 by Ord. No. 994]
A. 
If, in accordance with the Illinois Plumbing Code or in the judgment of the Director of Public Service, an approved backflow prevention device is necessary for the safety of the public water supply system, the Director of Public Service will give notice to the water customer to install such an approved device immediately. The water customer shall, at his own expense, install such an approved device at a location and in a manner in accordance with the Illinois Plumbing Code and all applicable local regulations, and shall have inspections and tests made of such approved devices as required by the Illinois Plumbing Code and local regulations.
B. 
No person, firm or corporation shall establish or permit to be established or maintain or permit to be maintained any connection whereby a private, auxiliary or emergency water supply other than the regular public 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 Director of Public Service and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.
C. 
It shall be the duty of the Director of Public Service to cause surveys and investigations to be made of industrial and other properties served by the public water supply to determine whether actual or potential hazards to the public water supply may exist. Such surveys and investigations shall be made a matter of public record and shall be repeated at least every two years, or as often as the Director of Public Service shall deem necessary. Records of such surveys shall be maintained and available for review for a period of at least five years.
D. 
The approved cross-connection control device inspector shall have the right to enter at any reasonable time any property served by a connection to the public water supply or distribution system of the City for the purpose of verifying the presence or absence of cross-connections, and that the Director of Public Service or his authorized agent shall have the right to enter at any reasonable time any property served by a connection to the public water supply or distribution system of the City for the purpose of verifying information submitted by the customer regarding the required cross-connection control inspection. On demand, the owner, lessees or occupants of any property as served shall furnish to the Director of Public Service any information which he may request regarding the piping system or systems or water use on such property. The refusal of such information, when demanded, shall, within the discretion of the Director of Public Service, be deemed evidence of the presence of improper connections as provided in this section.
E. 
The Director of Public Service is authorized and directed to discontinue, after reasonable notice to the occupant thereof, the water service to any property wherein any connection in violation of the provisions of this section is known to exist, and to take such other precautionary measures as he may deem necessary to eliminate any danger of contamination of the public water supply distribution mains. Water service to such property shall not be restored until such conditions have been eliminated or corrected in compliance with the provisions of this section, and until a reconnection fee as set forth in the fee schedule is paid to the City. Immediate disconnection with verbal notice can be effected when the Director of Public Service is assured that imminent danger of harmful contamination of the public water supply exists. Such action shall be followed by written notification of the cause of disconnection.
F. 
The consumer responsible for backsiphoned material or contamination through backflow, if contamination of the potable water supply system occurs through an illegal cross-connection or an improperly installed, maintained or repaired device, or a device which has been bypassed, must bear the cost of clean-up of the potable water supply system.
[Amended 2-6-2017 by Ord. No. 994]
All service pipes and connections shall be inspected and approved by the Director of Public Service or other persons under his direction; and no such service pipes shall be covered until they have been so inspected.
[Amended 2-6-2017 by Ord. No. 994]
Before a permit for the use of water is issued where meters cannot be conveniently used, the person applying for the same shall deposit with the City Treasurer a sum as set forth in the fee schedule as a payment on account of water to be used by him. On or before 30 days from the date of the permit, the person to whom such permit is issued shall file with the Water Department a statement in writing, verified by his affidavit, showing fully the purpose for which the water was used by him for that time, and the amount and location of all work done by him during said time in connection with which any water was used or required. The Director of Public Service shall ascertain from said statement, and any other information, the amount due for water so used. If the amount so found to be due, together with all other fees and costs chargeable against such person, is less than the sum deposited, the surplus shall be paid back to the depositor. If the amount due for water so used is more than the sum deposited, then the excess shall be paid at once to the Water Department by such person. If such person desires to continue to use the water after he has filed his statement, he shall again deposit said amount with the Director of Public Service and shall continue to make deposits thereafter, and in the same manner as is provided in this section with respect to the first deposit, and the method of determining the amount of water used and the charge for the same shall be the same as the provisions respecting the first deposit as provided in this section.