[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Corinth 9-6-2018 by L.L. No. 1-2018]
This chapter shall be known and cited as the 'Water Use Law of the Town of Corinth." Any reference made herein to the "Town" shall be deemed to refer to the Town of Corinth. Any reference made herein to the "Board" shall be deemed to refer to the Corinth Town Board.
Unless otherwise stated in the section where the term is used in this chapter, the meaning of terms used in this chapter shall be as stated below. When not inconsistent with the context, the present tense shall include the future, and words used in the plural shall include the singular and vice versa. Furthermore, a masculine pronoun shall include the feminine. Shall is mandatory; may is permissive.
- The Town Board of the Town of Corinth.
- CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER
- The Town of Corinth Code Enforcement Officer.
- CORPORATION STOP
- A valve which is placed in the service pipe of a building, near its junction with the public water main.
- Any physical connections or arrangement between two otherwise separate water supply piping systems, one of which contains potable water and the other water of unknown or questionable safety, whereby water may flow, depending on the pressure differential, between the two systems.
- CURB STOP
- The in-ground housing and valve that controls water between the main and the premises serviced.
- The pipe installed between the curb stop and the premises.
- MINIMUM VALUE CHARGE
- A charge set by the Board applicable to all properties within the Town connected to the Town water system with the exception of Vacant Properties, as defined herein.
- OUT-OF-DISTRICT USER
- A user located outside of the Village of Corinth boundary and not located within an officially created Town water district.
- OUT-OF-DISTRICT USER AGREEMENT
- An individual contract for water supply services which may include property-specific easements for access to the water lines and hold harmless agreement.
- A person, firm, corporation or governmental agency that has title to the property that is served by the Town water system and who is ultimately responsible for payment of all rents, fees and charges.
- Any individual, firm, company, association, society, corporation or group.
- Any building, structure, or portion thereof which is occupied as, or designed or intended for occupancy as, a residence by one or more families or commercial use; also any building or structure that uses water.
- SERVICE CONNECTION
- The facilities and equipment used to supply water to any premises and which are installed within the limits of the street between the main and curb stop to the premises being serviced.
- The Town of Corinth.
- TOWN WATER DISTRICT
- A special district duly formed by the Town under New York State Town Law.
- TOWN WATER SYSTEM
- The potable water system owned by the Town commencing at the shutoff valve on the Town side of the curb stops or meter pits installed on each water main in the vicinity of the Town boundary.
- USAGE CHARGE
- A charge for the use of water" above the amount included in the minimum value charge and calculated by multiplying the total excess water quantity supplied through the meter by the current water rate as established by the Board.
- Any person receiving water from the Town water system through a pipe connection.
- VACANT PROPERTY
- Any property which is not improved by a building or structure and/or is not connected to the Town water system.
- The Village of Corinth.
- VILLAGE BOARD
- The Village Board of Trustees.
- VILLAGE WATER SYSTEM
- The potable water system owned and operated by the Village of Corinth; includes all sources, pipes, storage and treatment facilities that convey potable water to the Town from the source to the point at or near where the Village water main exits the Village boundary.
- WATER SUPERINTENDENT
- The Department of Public Works Superintendent for the Village of Corinth.
- WATER RENT SCHEDULE
- The schedule of rents and fees established from time to time by the Board by resolution, maintained in the office of the Town Clerk.
These rules and regulations, as established by the Board or as hereinafter amended or modified, shall be included within any and all agreements or contracts for water furnished directly or indirectly from the water mains of the Town.
Each and every user of water from the Town water system shall be in all respects bound by and shall be considered to have agreed to the rules, regulations, requirements and schedules of water rates and other charges as hereinafter set forth or amended or modified by the Board as a condition precedent to the rights of service from the Town water system.
In the event a property is serviced by a private well, the property owner shall contact the Town Clerk to have the Water Superintendent inspect and disconnect the connection pursuant to § 136-31 herein.
The Board shall by resolution determine charges to be made for supplying and installing water meters, for tapping the main or distributing pipes, for discontinuing service temporarily, for water rents, rates and charges of water supplied to users within the Town for the use of water from the Town water system, and for building construction purposes. The Board shall have the right to make special rates, variations or contracts in all proper cases or to turn off the water supply without notice in case of extensions, repairs or other necessity, without liability for damages for lack of water or for any other damage that may result from the turning off of the water supply.
The Water Superintendent shall have . responsibility for the general supervision of the operation and maintenance of the Town water system, which shall include, but is not limited to, the responsibility and obligation to consider approval of all applications for the issuance of permits required hereby, read the meters at intervals as determined by the Board, and immediately make report of such readings by filing the same with the Town Clerk.
The Code Enforcement Officer, the Water Superintendent and/or their designated agents shall have full power to enter the premises of any user at all reasonable hours, and with reasonable notice where possible, to examine fixtures, plumbing and the manner of using water.
The Village shall read all meters installed in the Town on a quarterly basis and provide said readings to the Town as part of its quarterly billing. The Town shall prepare customer bills for Town customers. From time to time the Village may read meters more frequently to monitor usage and water loss. If water losses are noted, the Village shall provide relevant reports to the Town to allow the Town to contact users to request that the property owner look for and repair leaks that may increase water billings.
It shall be the duty of the Town Clerk to promptly bill and collect the water service charges and report the same to the Board upon request but no less than quarterly. It is further the duty of the Town Clerk to accept and process applications for water supply connection/disconnection and provide same to the Water Superintendent for review and approval.
Water supplied by the Town to all users will be supplied and sold by measurement only, and water meters shall be installed on all service lines as soon after the effective date of this chapter as practicable, and thereafter all water used by such users shall be metered. All meters shall be of a make and type used in the Village and approved by the Water Superintendent and of such size as the Water Superintendent deems proper. All meters shall be supplied and installed by the Village but shall become the property of the Town.
Service Meter System.
Meter installation, repair, and replacement costs for water services one inch or less in diameter shall be borne by the Town. For water services with a diameter greater than one inch, all costs shall be borne by the property owner.
The Village Board may from time to time choose to undertake capital improvement projects whereby the Village purchases and installs meters complete with meter setting devices, isolation valves, and check valves.
Deductive metering systems. Sewer charges are based on metered water consumption and assume that all water used is discharged to the Village's sanitary sewer system. Water users that use substantial amounts of water, which can be definitively proven to the Water Superintendent or his/her designated agent as not entering the sanitary sewer system, may purchase and install an auxiliary meter system. Users with a deductive metering system will receive an adjusted sanitary sewer charge which reflects that a portion of the water supplied was not discharged to the sanitary sewer system as measured by the deduct meter. A deductive meter system must be purchased from and installed by the Village but will become the property of the property owner upon installation. All costs associated with future repair or replacement will be the responsibility of the property owner. All required meter-setting devices, isolation valves and check valves shall be installed by the property owner prior to installation of the meter by the Village. Only Village-supplied meters will be approved for usage.
Water rates and charges shall be such sums as may be set from time to time by resolution of the Board.
All properties located within the Town which are connected to the Town water system shall be responsible for payment of a minimum value charge since said properties are benefitted by convenient access to water mains for consumption and fire protection, with the exception of vacant properties as defined herein. The minimum value charge will be used by the Village to operate and maintain the water distribution system. The minimum value charge will be applicable to all properties within the Town water district, except vacant properties, or for properties that have permanently discontinued service pursuant to § 136 herein.
Whenever the value of the water consumed as registered by the meter, and computed at the applicable meter rates, is less than the amount of such minimum value charge as may be determined from time to time by the Board, then such minimum value charge shall apply and be charged accordingly.
In the event water consumption exceeds the minimum value charge allocation, in addition to the minimum value charge, users shall pay a usage charge calculated by multiplying the total excess water quantity supplied through the meter by the current water rate as established by the Board.
Owners of property whereon water is used will be held responsible for the water rents of their tenants, as the water rent is a lien upon the property for the use of which the water is supplied.
All water rents shall be paid to the Town Clerk on a quarterly schedule as defined by the Board.
A penalty of 10% for the first month and 1% per month thereafter will be added to all bills remaining unpaid after the above-stated dates.
Unpaid water charges over $20 will be relevied to the user's taxes in addition to a surcharge as set by the Board.
Failure to receive a bill shall not act as a waiver of the penalty nor shall it relieve the user of any responsibility for the bill. In case of inability to read the meter, an estimated bill will be submitted to the user.
No abatement of the charges for water rents shall be allowed due to the vacancy of any premises supplied with water.
In the event the Village is unable to gain access to a premises and therefore unable to install a meter through no fault of the Village, the premises will be billed for the minimum value charge as well as a flat usage fee set forth in the water rent schedule to be set by the Board, which may be adjusted from time to time by resolution of the Board, and may also be charged an additional amount based on water usage as estimated by the Water Superintendent, until a meter can be installed.
In addition to the water rents and charges established by the Board, users located outside the boundary of an officially created Town water district, hereinafter referred to as "out-of-district users," shall be responsible for all costs associated with keeping individual water agreements current, collection costs, and all costs for any special equipment that may be needed for water supply, including but not limited to water meter systems and pressure booster equipment that may be required.
Said out-of-district users will be required to execute and maintain individual out-of-district user agreements, individual property-specific easements for access to the water lines, and hold harmless agreements. Out-of-district user agreements and related agreements must be approved by both the Board and the Village Board.
Out-of-district users shall notify the Town Clerk if the property is placed on the market for sale, and shall further inform potential buyers about special water sales requirements.
Out-of-district users shall ensure that the purchaser submits an application to the Town Clerk along with the appropriate fee requesting an out-of-district user agreement a minimum of 10 days prior to closing. No closing shall be scheduled until a new out-of-district user agreement between the Town and purchaser has been approved and executed by both the Board and the Village Board.
The purchaser shall be required to file the fully executed out-of-district user agreement with the Saratoga County Clerk.
If the supply of water to any premises is turned off at the direction of the Water Superintendent, it shall not be turned on thereafter without the permission of the Water Superintendent. A violation of this section shall be deemed theft of Town services, and the Board shall take action against the violator in court.
In the event that a premises becomes vacant or for any other reason an owner wishes to discontinue service temporarily, this may be done upon making proper written application to the Town Clerk. If the Water Superintendent approves the application, service shall be shut off at the curb and the meter drained. The fee for this service shall be in an amount as shall be set from time to time by resolution of the Board, with a schedule of such fees to be maintained by the Town Clerk, and the fee for turning the water on again shall be in an amount as shall be set from time to time by resolution of the Board.
Water shall not be shut off at the curb except by a Village employee as directed by the Water Superintendent, or his/her designated agent, or a duly authorized agent of the Town or the Village.
In case a house or other building is to be closed for a time, especially during cold weather, the owner or the contractor representing the owner must notify the Water Superintendent in order that the meter may be read, drained, and the curb stop closed. In case of failure so to notify the Water Superintendent and of the bursting of pipes by freezing or otherwise, the user shall pay for all water that may be thus lost, the amount to be estimated by the Water Superintendent and added to the next bill and paid in like manner as the regular meter charges, together with an additional sum in an amount including Town and/or Village labor and material costs to cover all expenses incurred by the Town and/or the Village resulting from the user's negligence.
Persons wishing to discontinue the use of water must give 10 days' written notice thereof to the Town Clerk, who shall provide it for review and approval to the Water Superintendent. Discontinuance of water service does not exempt the property owner from paying the minimum value charge as described herein.
No person or corporation shall take the water from the Town water system for any purpose without having first obtained permission from the Water Superintendent on a written application available from the Town Clerk, and having first paid the charges pertaining to the introduction of the water to the premises. All applications for the introduction of water to any premises or for the extension of any pipe for the conveyance of such water shall be made upon a form furnished by the Town for said purpose, signed by the owner of the property or his or her legally authorized agent. Said application shall include a statement of all uses for which the water is desired. All applications shall be submitted to the Town Clerk, who shall provide them to the Water Superintendent for review.
As the Town cannot reasonably be expected to monitor all changes in the ownership or use of properties served by the Town water system, it shall be the duty of any property owner, or any other Town water user, to give the Town at least 30 days' written advance notice of any change in ownership and/or use to allow the Village to read the meter and prepare an invoice for payment. Subsequent to change of ownership or use, the current property owner will be liable for all current and overdue water charges.
Persons desiring to use water from the Town water system for temporary purposes will be required to make application to the Town Clerk, stating the name and address of the owner of the property and its location, estimated cost of building and estimated length of time of construction period, and on receiving permit will be required to pay a charge in an amount as shall be set from time to time by resolution of the Board, with a schedule of such fees to be maintained by the Town Clerk. If approved by the Water Superintendent, such permit will be valid for the period of time only as stated thereon, but may be renewed for thirty-day periods thereafter if upon investigation it be found that conditions warrant renewal. No person shall be permitted to use Village water for this purpose through a house service either on the same or from neighboring premises. The willful waste of water or any violation of this section will be cause for the discontinuance of the service. If the water is willfully wasted, the Water Superintendent may cancel such permit and stop the supply of water. The Water Superintendent reserves the right either to make a flat rate for the service or to require a meter to be installed. If a meter is installed, it must be placed in an approved box to be provided by the Village and so placed that it will not be disturbed during use. In the winter, the box must be properly made frost-proof and must be uncovered at any time, upon the request of the Water Superintendent or his/her designated agent, for inspection or reading. Any violation of the rules and regulations of the Board will be cause for the removal of the meter and the discontinuance of the service.
The contractor or any other person designated .and employed by the owner of the premises will be considered the agent of such owner while employed in the prosecution of the work of introducing water into such premises and in no sense as the agent of the Town, the Village Water Department or the Village. Neither the Town nor the Village will be responsible for the acts of such person.
No person shall make any attachment to or connection with the pipes of the Town water system or make any repairs, additions or alterations to the service pipes unless they are an employee of the Town or the Village and have been directed to do so by the Water Superintendent.
No contractor shall do any work in connection with the installation, operation or repair of service pipes unless they are duly permitted by the Water Superintendent. The issuance of permits to contractors shall be at the discretion of the Water Superintendent, and any such permit may be revoked at any time.
The contractor working as permitted by the Water Superintendent, at the time of receiving a permit, shall file with the Town a bond, in such sum as shall be set from time to time by resolution of the Board, with one or more sureties acceptable to the Board, conditioned that the contractor will pay to the Village the amounts of all fines or other expenses imposed by the Board in consequence of his work, as soon as such amounts shall be determined; and said contractor shall exhibit to the Board public liability insurance policies in such amounts as the Board shall determine from time to time, that said contractor will indemnify and save harmless the Town, the Board, the Village and their employees and agents from all accidents by reason of any opening in any street, road, lane, sidewalk or other place in the Town made by said contractor or those in the contractor's employ for the purpose of putting down or inserting or removing any service pipe or pipes, hydrant or other means for the introduction or discontinuance of water, or for any object or purpose whatsoever.
The contractor working as permitted by the Water Superintendent shall replace and restore the street and pavement over any such opening in such a condition that it will be approved by the proper highway authorities, and the contractor shall warranty workmanship for a period of one year thereafter.
The fee for tapping shall be such sum as may be determined from time to time by resolution by the Board, and must be paid before a permit will be issued. All tapping shall be performed by an employee of the Town or the Village or by such other person or entity as the Board may designate.
No contractor shall be permitted to tap the main or distributing pipes or make or interfere with any connection with the water system without specific permission from the Water Superintendent in each case; and, except on the pipes on the user's side of the meter, no additions or alterations whatsoever in or about public or private water pipes shall be made by any person until application therefor has been made to the Water Superintendent and a written permit issued. Before receiving such permit, the permitted contractor must in each case deposit with the Town Clerk a fee in such amount as shall be set from time to time by resolution of the Board, with a schedule of such fees to be maintained by the Town Clerk.
Service pipes from the main to the curb stops shall be no less than 3/4 inches inside diameter, and fittings, corporation stops, curb stops, curb boxes and meter settings shall conform to American Water Works Association (AWWA) standards and shall be of such size and specification (make, model, and material) as the Water Superintendent deems proper. The corporation stop, curb stop and curb box will be furnished by the Village as part of the service of installation.
No connection of any kind shall be made to the service pipe between the main and the meter.
Service pipes shall be run at right angles to the main and in a direct line through the foundations of the building to be served, and wherever possible must be located to avoid driveways so that curb boxes may be properly and conveniently set. Service pipes shall be laid at least five feet below the surface of the ground at all points, and in no case will any water pipe be allowed to be laid closer than 10 feet to any sewer or drain line, nor will any gas line or utility cable be permitted in a water pipe trench. The curb stop shall be installed in the sidewalk space and/or close to the property line, except as otherwise directed by the Water Superintendent.
The meter shall be installed within the building to be served, as close as practicable to the point where the service pipe enters, unless otherwise directed or permitted by the Water Superintendent, and shall be set with the inlet and outlet in a horizontal line with the register on top and shall be so located as to be readily accessible at all times for reading, inspection or repair. Stop valves shall be provided within the building on the inlet side of the meter and on the outlet side. Backflow prevention valves and drains shall be installed on the outlet side of the meter.
Meters may be set outside of buildings in underground pits, by direction or permission of the Water Superintendent, and in such cases the location and construction of the pit and the method of setting the meter shall conform to directions which will be furnished by the Water Superintendent for each specific instance. Outside meters shall only be placed in approved underground pits. All meters shall be set in an accessible manner and place to be approved by the Water Superintendent, and at all times shall be open to inspection and reading by the Water Superintendent or his/her designated agent.
Where high-water pressures exist, the Water Superintendent may require that the owner provide protection from higher pressure for the plumbing components within their home or business with the installation of a pressure-reducing valve, with the costs thereof the responsibility of the user.
Where low-water pressures exist, the Water Superintendent may require that the owner provide pressure-boosting equipment within the user's home or business, with the costs thereof the responsibility of the user.
This requirement applies to the installation or alteration of all service pipes and appurtenances subsequent to the effective date of this chapter.
Pipes and connections between the main and the meter shall not be covered until they have been inspected and approved by the Water Superintendent or his/her designated agent. The curb stop shall not be left open or water allowed to run on the premises after making any new connection with the street mains or after making any new extension or attachments until plumbing is suitable for installation of a water meter. In cases of new connection, the Water Superintendent, on notification that building plumbing can accommodate meter installation, will cause the same to be inspected, and if found satisfactory will have the meter installed and water turned on.
All connections from the curb stop to the meter location shall be done by the user at his or her own cost and expense. The pipe installation procedure and trench backfill is to be inspected by the Water Superintendent or his/her designated agent. All backfill used to cover the pipe is to be free from logs, rocks and debris. Backfill should be placed in twelve-inch lifts and tamped for compaction. All installations shall be subject to approval by the Water Superintendent or his/her designated agent before water shall be turned on.
Material standards. All materials used shall be proper and adequate for the type of service intended, shall meet the respective quality standard of the AWWA and as specified by the Water Superintendent, and shall receive approval of the Water Superintendent prior to installation.
Service pipe material. Service pipes less than two inches in diameter shall be of pure seamless Type K copper tubing with bronze fittings. Service pipes two inches in diameter or larger shall be of ductile iron, except as otherwise approved by the Water Superintendent in writing. The method and manner of placing materials and the general arrangement and progress of the work shall conform to the specifications hereinafter set forth in these regulations and to be arranged in such manner as the Water Superintendent may direct or approve.
No street or public grounds shall be opened by the applicant or agent for purpose of making a connection with the mains or for laying any water pipes or fixtures unless he or she has secured from the proper public authority a permit to make such openings. All openings shall be made, protected and restored to the satisfaction of the Code Enforcement Officer and the Water Superintendent.
The Water Superintendent or his/her designated agent shall be responsible for the maintenance of the service line and fixtures from the water main up to the user's side of the curb stop.
Users must keep their own water pipes, including service pipes, and fixtures connected therewith in good repair and protected from the effects of temperature and pressure at their own expense. They must provide a stop and waste ball valve properly located inside the wall of the building on the user's side of the meter, and have the pipes so arranged that the water may be drawn from them to drain whenever necessary.
Upon discovery of any leaks in the water service pipes at any point between the user's side of the curb stop up to the building, the Water Superintendent or his/her designated agent shall notify the user of such leak, and require such user, at the user's expense, to make necessary repairs thereto within a period of three days from the date of service of such notice. Where the user is not the owner of said premises as the same appears from the Assessment Map of the Town of Corinth, then notice shall also be served upon the owner, directed to such owner's address as it appears on the assessment roll of the Town. Such notice may be delivered either personally or by certified mail, return receipt requested. Upon the failure of the user to make such repairs pursuant to such notice, and after the expiration of said three-day period, the Water Superintendent or his/her designated agent shall be authorized to make such repairs, and the cost therefor, including labor and material costs, shall be added to the water charges due from such user, and payment thereof shall be enforced in the same manner as payment for water supplied to such user.
In the event that a change in ground elevation leaves a service pipe insufficiently buried or results in the curb box projecting above the ground or being covered with earth, the user must promptly lower or raise his/her service pipe and curb box to conform to the new ground elevation. In the event the user fails or neglects to make such alterations within five days of notice of the issue by the Town or the Village, the Town reserves the right to terminate the supply of water until such time as the alterations are completed and inspected by the Water Superintendent or his/her designated agent. Water service shall not be restored until after·alterations are complete and after a penalty payment is received in an amount as shall be set from time to time by resolution of the Board, with a schedule of such fees to be maintained by the Town Clerk, with said penalty to be used to cover the Village labor and expense resulting from the user's negligence.
Whenever it shall be found that a service installation has been made in any other manner than that approved by the Water Superintendent, the water meter shall be removed and water supply service terminated. Water shall not again be supplied until the service installation is properly made and all expenses and damages paid by the owner of the property.
In no instance will the Water Superintendent permit a service to be abandoned unless it is cut off at the main, in which event all expense in connection therewith shall be paid by the owner of the premises.
Interconnections between any pipe, main, outlet or hose bib supplied by or drawing water from the Town water system and any pipe, pressure tank, sprinkler system or other structure which contains liquids, or any other matter, are hereby prohibited except when such interconnection is so installed and protected by a vacuum breaker and check valve or other suitable device so as to prevent the backflow or siphonage of such liquids or any other matter into the Town water system. No person shall make such interconnection without securing a permit in writing from the Water Superintendent.
Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be liable for a fine in an amount as shall be set from time to time by resolution of the Board, or 15 days' imprisonment, or both, for each offense, and in addition thereto shall be deemed a disorderly person when such offense is committed within the Town, and a user shall have his/her water supply stopped until such fine is paid. Any person violating the provisions of this section in any area outside the Village, but to whom water is being supplied by the Village, shall have his/her water supply stopped and be subject to a penalty, and shall not thereafter have his/her water supply turned on until he shall have complied with the provisions of this chapter and paid the cost of all applicable penalties are paid.
No cross-connections with any other water supply shall be permitted.
Cross connection of alternative water supplies and the Town water system is prohibited.
Where a premises has an alternative water supply, water service piping shall be severed after the curb stop to the satisfaction of the Water Superintendent to prevent cross contamination.
Where an alternative water supply exists, the owner of a property with sewer service at his/her own expense shall install and maintain a remote read flow meter on the sanitary sewer waste line to the satisfaction of the Water Superintendent to allow accurate measurement and billing of sanitary sewer usage. The Water Superintendent or his/her designated agent reserves the right to gain access to inspect the sanitary sewer flow meter and require repair or replacement at the owner's cost as needed at the Water Superintendent's sole discretion.
All costs associated with disconnections and piping modifications shall be borne by the property owner.
All meters to be used within the Town, whether inside or outside the limits of a Town district, will be furnished and installed by the Village but shall become the property of the Town.
Meters shall not be tampered with or disturbed by any unauthorized person.
Where a meter fails to register the correct quantity of water delivered through it or where it otherwise becomes out of order or in need of repair, notice thereof shall be given by the owner to the Water Superintendent. Upon payment of a fee by the owner as set by the Board from time to time, another meter will be loaned by the Village to the owner, for the time required for testing and repair. If, upon testing, the meter is not within 3% of being accurate, the fee will be refunded to the owner. Where repairs are found necessary, repairs will be made and the cost thereof borne as set forth in § 136-7A.
Meters shall be of the size determined by the requirements of each particular installation and shall be adequate for delivering and measuring accurately the peak loads which they may be required to handle.
In case of installations having three-fourths-inch service pipes, the requirements of Subsection A of this section will be deemed to have been met where the meter is of five-eighths-inch size with three-fourths-inch connections.
In the case of installations having service pipes larger than three-fourths inch, the requirements of Subsection A of this section will be deemed to have been met when the meter is of the same size as the service pipe.
Where the service pipe is larger than three-fourths inch, a meter of smaller size than service pipe may be used.
In all other cases which are not specifically covered by this section, the judgment and discretion of the Water Superintendent is final and binding.
A separate tap and service shall be installed for each premises located on a street in which there is a Town water main, and no connection will be allowed to supply water to another premises. Upon application to the Town Clerk and approval of the Water Superintendent, more than one premises or dwelling may be serviced by a joint meter. Approval for a joint meter shall rest solely in the discretion of the Water Superintendent. The application must show the following:
The existence of physical conditions on the property which would render the installation of separate meters a hardship.
There will be no loss in revenue or water conservation to the Town as a result of the use of a joint meter.
An agreement among the parties, who own the premises or dwellings to be serviced by a joint meter, exists. Said agreement must:
Be in recordable form.
Show the single parcel on the Assessment Map of the Town of Corinth that will receive water bills and be responsible for payment in the first instance.
Acknowledge that the Town will not be responsible for dividing usage and billing for the multiple users connected to the joint meter.
Provide for cancellation only upon four months' written notice to the Town Clerk and the Village of Corinth Water Department and all parties.
Provide that upon termination of the joint agreement all parties agree to pay the Village's expense of installation of individual water meters, including the cost of water meters. Any grant of said application must provide that a minimum value charge will be paid for each dwelling or premises which is serviced by the joint meter and acknowledge the acceptability of the agreement referred to above.
Whenever the Village Board of Trustees determines that an emergency exists affecting the public health or safety because of any inadequacy or failure in the supply or distribution of water within the Village or within an area outside the Village to which water is supplied by the Village, and the Village Board prohibits the watering or sprinkling of lawns, trees, shrubs, flowers or gardens within the Village or within the area outside the Village to which water is being supplied by the Village, or restricts such watering or sprinkling to specified hours during any day as may be determined by the Village Board, the Board shall adopt by resolution identical water usage restrictions as imposed by the Village during the term of the declared emergency. Such resolution shall become effective immediately upon publication in the official newspaper of the Town, or immediately against any person served personally with a copy thereof certified by the Town Clerk.
Any person violating the resolution of the Board adopted pursuant to this section, in an area outside the Village but to which water is being supplied by the Village, shall have his/her water stopped and subject to a penalty in an amount as shall be set from time to time by resolution of the Board and shall not have his/her water supply turned on thereafter until he/she pays the cost of the penalty and the cost of turning such water on, which shall be such sum as shall be set from time to time by resolution of the Board, with a schedule of such fees to be maintained by the Town Clerk.
No person shall open or interfere with the fire hydrants or draw water therefrom without permission from the Water Superintendent, except the Chief of the Fire Department or his/her authorized assistants, and except that, in case of fire, hydrants may be opened on the order of any member of the Fire Department who may be in charge at the time of need. Whenever a hydrant has been used by any member of the Fire Department, notification thereof shall promptly be given the Water Superintendent.
Any person who, without authority of the Water Superintendent or Chief of the Fire Department, opens any fire hydrant except for the purpose of extinguishing a fire, or who willfully injures or impairs any fire hydrant, is guilty of a misdemeanor.
Any person violating this chapter or any section hereof shall be liable to a penalty in an amount as shall be set from time to time by resolution of the Board, or 15 days' imprisonment, or both, and the user shall also have his/her supply of water terminated until such penalty is paid.
Neither the Town nor the Village shall be liable for any damage or loss of any kind to property or persons which may arise from or be caused by any change either in increase or decrease, in pressure of water supplies from any cause whatever, including negligence on the part of the Water Department, its agents, servants or employees.