[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of East Hampton 1-12-1993 (Ord. No. 4.09). Amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter establishes the procedures for making connections to the public water system in the Town of East Hampton. It also regulates the use of the public water system. The purpose of this chapter is to:
Inform the public as to the technical and administrative procedures to be followed in obtaining connection to the East Hampton public water system;
Authorize and empower the East Hampton Water Pollution Control Authority to operate and manage the public water system on behalf of the Town of East Hampton;
Ensure compliance with C.G.S. § 16-262m and with §§ 16-262m-1 through 16-262m-9, inclusive, of the Connecticut State Regulations;
Ensure compliance with all orders of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection and the Connecticut Department of Health Services relating to the operation of water systems, and the use of water in the Town of East Hampton.
The following words and phrases used in this chapter shall have the following meanings unless the context requires otherwise:
- Any person regularly offering to the general public services of his employees or himself in the field of plumbing, piping, heating, piping and cooling, who possesses a valid license to perform plumbing and piping work, issued under Chapter 393 of the Connecticut General Statutes, as amended.
- Any person, firm, corporation, company, association, governmental unit or lessee who, by terms of a written lease, is responsible for the water bill, or owner of property furnished water service by the East Hampton Public Water System
- The Connecticut Department of Health Services.
- HEALTH OFFICER
- The East Hampton Director of Health.
- PLUMBING AND PIPING WORK
- The installation, repair, replacement, alteration or maintenance of water and associated fixtures, all water systems for human usage, and shall include lateral storm lines from the buildings to the mains, swimming pools and pumping equipment.
- SERVICE CONNECTION or SERVICE PIPE
- The service pipe from the water main to the building in which water is used for commercial, industrial and human consumption purposes.
- The Town of East Hampton, a municipal corporation.
- The East Hampton Water Pollution Control Authority.
Owners of all houses, buildings, or properties used for human occupancy, employment, commercial, business, manufacturing, recreation or other purposes shall comply with all orders of the Health office, DEP and/or DHS relative to usage of water for such purposes.
Whenever the public interest so requires, the WPCA reserves the right to curtail or suspend entirely the use of water for nonessential purposes. Such limitation of use shall be without liability on the part of the WPCA.
The owners of all houses, buildings, or properties used for human occupancy, employment, commercial, business, manufacturing, recreation or other purposes served by a private well may continue to use and operate such well, provided no contrary order has been issued by the Health officer, the DEP or the DHS.
The issuance of water supply well permits shall be in accordance with § 19-13-B51m of the Connecticut Public Health Code, as amended.
The Town may license as a contractor to perform plumbing and piping work any person who possesses a valid license issued under Chapter 393 of the Connecticut General Statutes, as amended, who shall have applied to it on forms to be provided for that purpose and who shall have furnished the surety bond and insurance required by § 299-6 hereof.
The following may construct, repair, alter or remove any service pipe or water line connected to the East Hampton Water System, subject to supervision and approval by the WPCA:
Regular forces of a contractor employed by the Town operating under orders of the WPCA and in the performance of work for the Town.
Regular forces of the Town and/or the State Highway Division, Department of Transportation, operating under and subject to a permit for the particular job to be issued by the WPCA, and while engaged in the regular work and operations of the Town, or State Highway Division, Department of Transportation.
Regular forces of any public utility corporation authorized by state law to construct, maintain and operate pipes or ducts within public highways within the Town, while engaged in work incidental to the regular structures of said utility company and operating under and subject to the conditions of a permit for the particular job issued by the WPCA.
The WPCA may, in any case where the quantity or expense of work by Town forces incidental to the construction, repair or inspection of any service pipe connection warrants such a requirement, require that the owner of property concerned or the contractor shall reimburse the Town for the cost of services of Town employees engaged in work or inspections incidental to said water service connection. The WPCA or its designated representatives may make a suitable provision for such reimbursement a condition precedent to the issuance of any permit for construction, alteration or repair of such service pipe connection, subject to such directions as the WPCA may issue.
Service pipes are to be installed by persons licensed by the Town to do such work; such licensed persons shall be retained by the property owner and paid by the property owner, unless specified otherwise by the WPCA. All such installations between the distribution main and the meter setting shall be laid in a manner prescribed by the WPCA and subject to inspection, before backfilling, by a representative of the WPCA.
Such service pipes shall be of Type K copper tubing or other approved pipe, at least one inch and not more than two inches inside diameter. All pipe shall be laid so as to have at least 4 1/2 feet of cover and shall not be laid in a trench with other pipes or conduits except as allowed by the State Public Health Code. Service pipes shall be laid at least 10 feet away from any septic tank leaching field.
Plumbers shall furnish and install an approved stop and waste cock or shut-off valve on the service pipe immediately after its entry into the building, except in cases where special permission is given by the WPCA to install the same elsewhere. Said cock or valve shall be of the same nominal size as the service pipe.
Plumbers shall install a meter, approved by the WPCA, in a horizontal position in the house piping immediately after the main shut off and as near to where the service pipe enters the buildings as practicable.
When no suitable place inside the building is available or the service pipe exceeds 150 feet in length, the WPCA may require that the meter be set near the street shutoff with suitable valve in a meter pit. Pit and cover shall be owned, installed and maintained by the customer. Pit construction and location shall be approved by the WPCA.
All services shall be equipped by the owner of the property with an approved valve or stop cock immediately after the meter setting on the house side, to act as a back valve and prevent the house piping from emptying while the meter is being changed or during other work on the water service pipe.
The installation of either a combined fire and domestic service or a separate fire service connection will not be permitted.
Before the approval of the installation of service pipe larger than one inch in diameter, a form listing the water requirements of the property to be supplied shall be filed with the WPCA so that the proper size of meter may be determined.
A person intending to connect a service pipe from a building on his property to the public water system shall first apply for and obtain a permit from the WPCA in the manner set forth in this section. Upon approval of the application and plan, a permit shall be issued to have the work performed by the stated contractor. In the event the premises changes ownership before the work is completed, or if another contractor is chosen to perform or finish the work, the original permit becomes void, and a new permit must be obtained by the new parties in interest. A permit and inspection fee as set from time to time by the WPCA shall be paid to the Town at the time that the application is filed. The WPCA may increase or decrease such fee from time to time based upon its administrative and inspection costs in issuing such a permit.
Every application for a permit shall be made in writing on forms to be provided by the WPCA for that purpose and shall be signed by the owner of the premises to be served and by the contractor. The application shall state the name and business address of the contractor (in the case of partnerships and trade names, both the name under which the firm does business and the names of all individual members of the firm), the location and ownership of the property to be served by the service pipe connection in question, the post office address of the property owner, a brief description of the work to be done, and shall contain an agreement that the permittee will do the work in accordance with the requirements of Town ordinances, regulations and permits as the same may apply to the particular location or work and will indemnify and save harmless the Town and others from damages, loss, claims, etc. arising out of work performed pursuant to such permit. The permit application shall be supplemented by any plans, specifications or other information considered reasonably necessary by the WPCA. The WPCA shall require as a prerequisite to the issuance of any permit that it be furnished evidence that (1) any and all permits to open public streets, public or private grounds or property have been or will be issued; (2) the agent of the applicant is properly authorized to signed the application in question.
Any permit, in whole or in part, may be suspended, canceled or terminated by the WPCA on written notice to the permittee for violation of the conditions thereof or the violation of the requirements of this chapter.
The contractor will carry the following insurance coverage with an insurance company licensed in the State of Connecticut and approved by the WPCA. The insurance company/ies must have at least an A rating by A.M. Best Company. All policies will provide a thirty-day notice of cancellation to the office of the WPCA.
The following coverage and limits will be provided:
Comprehensive commercial liability.
Limits of liability:
Bodily injury, general aggregate limit of $1,000,000 (other than products/completed operations): $1,000,000.
Products/completed operations: $1,000,000.
Personal and advertising injury: $1,000,000.
Each occurrence: $1,000,000.
Fire damage limit: $50,000.
Medical expenses: $5,000.
Contractual liability will be broad form.
XCU (explosion/collapse/underground utilities).
Comprehensive broad-form liability endorsement or equivalent, including broad-form property damage.
The WPCA shall be added as a named insured to the contractor's policies and so stated in certificates.
Contractor agrees that it will indemnify and hold harmless the Town and its respective officers, agents and employees from any loss, costs, damages, expenses, judgments and liability of whatsoever kind or nature howsoever the same may be caused resulting directly or indirectly from any act or omission of the contractor, any subcontractor, anyone directly or indirectly employed by any of them or anyone for whose acts any of them may be liable resulting in bodily injury, including sickness and death, personal injury or damage to property directly or indirectly, including the loss of use resulting therefrom as permitted by law.
The stipulation of minimum amounts of all such insurance or the acceptance by the WPCA of certificates indicating these limits of coverage in no way limits the liability of the applicant for any such amounts.
The applicant, his agents and/or contractor shall not engage in any blasting activities in the furtherance of their work within the Town unless specific written authorization has been granted by the Town.
The WPCA, from time to time, may increase or decrease the limits of liability above, and may, from time to time, add or delete categories of insurance called for in this Subsection D based upon its determination of the types and extent of risks to which the Town is exposed during the installation, repair and replacement of service pipes.
Certificates of insurance will be presented to the WPCA for its approval prior to the contractor or his subcontractors commencing any work whatsoever. Work shall not be continued after expiration of any of the above forms of insurance until the same have been renewed. If the WPCA or its designated representative so requires, original policies or certified copies thereof shall be submitted in lieu of certificates.
Every person making application for a permit shall file with the WPCA a satisfactory bond of a surety company authorized to transact such business in the State of Connecticut in a form provided by and satisfactory to the WPCA or its designated representative. The bond shall be in an amount of not less than $5,000 to be determined by the WPCA or its designated representative, conditioned that the applicant substantially and properly perform all work to be done under the permits issued to him in a workmanlike manner and upon his using proper materials; that the applicant shall reimburse the Town for any injury or damage to any water line or other property of said Town or by reason of any violation by the applicant or his agents or employees of any requirement of this chapter; that the applicant shall restore the portion of any street or public place in which the applicant may have made an excavation incidental to work under said license to as good a condition as it was prior to said work, and also shall keep said street or public place in like good condition to the satisfaction of the proper public officer in charge thereof for a period of not less than one year after said restoration; that the applicant shall reimburse the Town or the state for the expense of repairs to such street or public place made necessary by reason of the excavation made by the applicant; and that the applicant shall comply in all respects with the rules, regulations, laws, ordinances, etc. relative to work in such streets or public places and with the terms of the permits which may be issued to the applicant.
East Hampton water system water will not be supplied to premises where the pipes used to convey or distribute said water are connected, directly or indirectly, with any supplementary or secondary fire or other water service system or supply so as to possible receive a water supply from any source other than that furnished by the East Hampton water system; provided the WPCA may allow such connection to be maintained if such other source or supply shall be of safe, sanitary quality, and said interconnection is approved by the DHS.
The Town furnishes water and not pressure, and does not guarantee a continuous supply. No responsibility will be assumed for any damages to any apparatus in any house or building due to the shutting off of water without notice, either for repairs on account of a break in the pipe lines or for other necessary operations.
While it is the intention to give notice, as far as possible, in advance of any work which must be done that will necessitate interruption of the supply, such notice is to be considered a courtesy only and not a requirement on the part of the WPCA. In the case of a break in pipelines, water will be shut off at any time without notice.
Failure of the tenant or property owner to receive notice of interruptions of service shall entail no responsibility on the part of the Town, its officers or employees. Property owners must so regulate their installations connected with the public water systems that damage will not occur if water is shut off without notice.
No person shall, without proper authorization from the WPCA, tap the mains or distributing pipes, insert stop cocks therein, set or remove meters on service pipes, interfere with water gates, or curb cocks or change or operate any pipe or fixture on a water service pipe between the outlet end of meter and the street main.
No person shall, without proper authorization from the WPCA, tap or make any connection with any street main or service or other distributing pipe connected with the water system, or shall, without such authorization, open any gate or valve connected with said system so as to obtain water from said system or for the purpose of obtaining such water, or shall, in any way or by any device, obtain the use of such water without such authorization.
No person shall insert, or cause or permit to be inserted into any water pipe, which is a part of the supply or distribution system of the WPCA, or which is directly or indirectly connected with said system, any object, material or substance which may cause damage to said system or stoppage or diminution of the flow of water therein.
In the event that any customer shall use water at rates of flow that cause noticeable pressure variations in the water system, the WPCA may require that the customer control his flow rates or install equipment to minimize such variations to an acceptable level.
The WPCA or its designated representative shall have reasonable access to customers' premises for the purpose of reading, testing, repairing, installing or replacing meters and meter appurtenances; inspecting plumbing connections, fixtures or pipes, or discontinuing service.
The customer, at his own expense unless specified otherwise by the WPCA, shall furnish, install, own and maintain the service pipe from the curb stop to the interior of the building and shall assume ownership of a WPCA-approved curb box, keeping the service pipe and box in good repair and keeping the curb box readily accessible. If the curb box is not accessible for WPCA use, the WPCA has the right to make it accessible and/or operable and bill any cost to the customer.
When there is a leak in any service pipe from the curb box to the customer's premises and the owner cannot be readily found or shall refuse to make immediate repairs, the WPCA shall have the right but not the duty to make the necessary repairs and charge the customer for the same.
The WPCA shall from time to time establish standard requirements or specifications to regulate the sizes, materials, methods and workmanship to be used in the construction of water lines, service connections, hydrants, valves, and other similar work and appurtenances thereto connected or intended to be connected to the water system. Such standard requirements shall provide minimum requirements as to size, depth, slope or rate of grade for such pipes, shall regulate the kinds of pipe, fittings, methods of laying, jointing, materials used, manner of connecting to preexisting water lines, and general considerations as to location and other pertinent features. Any such requirements or specifications as the same may from time to time be amended are hereby made a part of this chapter.
If the owner, agent, lessee, tenant or other person in charge of any person shall violate any provision of this chapter affecting said premises and shall fail to remove any violation and comply with any written order of the WPCA pertaining hereto, then 10 days after such order shall have been sent by mail, postage prepaid, to the last known address of such person, the WPCA may discontinue water service to such premises.