Chapter 13.08SEWER REGULATIONS

Sections:

13.08.010
Definitions.
13.08.020
Use of public sewers required.
13.08.030
Discharge to natural outlet prohibited.
13.08.040
Private system – Prohibited.
13.08.050
Connection with public system required.
13.08.090
Private system – Regulations.
13.08.100
Private system – Connection to public system required.
13.08.110
Private system – Manner of operation.
13.08.120
Additional requirements.
13.08.130
Building sewer – Permit – Required.
13.08.140
Building sewer – Permit – Classes and application.
13.08.160
Building sewer – Separate connection for each building.
13.08.170
Old connection use.
13.08.180
Building sewer – Inspection.
13.08.190
Building sewer – Compliance required.
13.08.200
Building sewer – Connection supervision.
13.08.210
Building sewer – Excavation protection.
13.08.220
Need for standards.
13.08.230
Materials.
13.08.240
Bedding.
13.08.250
Minimum grade.
13.08.260
Minimum pipe size.
13.08.270
Jointing of pipe.
13.08.280
Backfilling of trench.
13.08.290
Field tests.
13.08.300
Septic tanks discontinuance.
13.08.310
Connection with public sewer.
13.08.320
Discharge of unpolluted water prohibited.
13.08.330
Prohibited discharges designated.
13.08.340
Interceptors required when.
13.08.350
Preliminary treatment facility maintenance.
13.08.360
Inspection permitted.
13.08.370
Rates and charges.
13.08.390
City connection or repair cost collection.
13.08.400
Lien enforcement.
13.08.410
Service of notices.
13.08.420
Penalty for violation.
13.08.010Definitions.

A. “Building sewers” means and includes all sewers running from a sewer lateral or trunk to any building or other source of sewerage, and shall be synonymous with “side sewers.”

B. “Engineer” means and includes the city engineer or such other official as the city council designates to enforce the provisions of this chapter, such designation to be by resolution.

C. “Industrial wastes” means and includes the liquid wastes from industrial processes as distinct from sanitary sewage.

D. “Natural outlet” means and includes any outlet into a watercourse, pond, ditch, lake or other body of surface or ground water.

E. “Person” means and includes any individual, firm, company, association, society, corporation, or group.

F. “Properly shredded garbage” means and includes the wastes from the preparation, cooking and dispensing of food that have been shredded to such degree that all particles will be carried freely under the flow conditions normally prevailing in public sewers, with no particle greater than one-half inch in any dimension.

G. “Sanitary sewer” means and includes a sewer which carries sewage and to which storm, surface and ground waters are not intentionally admitted.

H. “Sewage” means a combination of the water-carried wastes from residences, business buildings, institutions, and industrial establishments.

I. “Sewage treatment plant” means and includes any arrangements of devices and structures used for treating sewage.

J. “Sewage works” means and includes all facilities for collecting, pumping, treating and disposing of sewage.

K. “Sewer” means and includes a pipe or conduit for carrying sewage.

L. “Shall” is mandatory; “may” is permissive.

M. “Storm sewer” or “storm drain” means and includes a sewer which carries storm and surface waters and drainage, but excludes sewage and polluted industrial wastes.

N. “Watercourse” means and includes a channel in which a flow of water occurs, either continuously or intermittently.

(Ord. 506 § 1, 1954)

13.08.020Use of public sewers required.

It is unlawful for any person to place, deposit, or permit to be deposited in an unsanitary manner upon public or private property within the city, or in any area under the jurisdiction of the city, any human or animal excrement, garbage, or other filthy, odorous or unsanitary waste.

(Ord. 506 § 2(1), 1954)

13.08.030Discharge to natural outlet prohibited.

It is unlawful to discharge to any natural outlet within the city, or in any area under the jurisdiction of the city, any sanitary sewage, industrial wastes, or other polluted waters, except where suitable treatment has been provided in accordance with subsequent provisions of this chapter.

(Ord. 506 § 2(2), 1954)

13.08.040Private system – Prohibited.

Except as provided in this chapter, it is unlawful to construct or maintain any privy, privy vault, septic tank, cesspool, or other facility intended or used for the disposal of sewage.

(Ord. 506 § 2(3), 1954)

13.08.050Connection with public system required.

All houses, buildings or properties used for human occupancy, employment, recreation, or other public use situated within the city and abutting on any street, alley or right-of-way in which there is now located or may in the future be located a public sanitary sewer of the city, is required at his expense to install suitable toilet and sewage facilities therein, and to connect the facilities directly with the proper public sewer in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, within thirty days after date of official notice to do so; provided, that the public sewer is within two hundred feet of the lot or parcel to be sewered. All new uses shall connect to the public sanitary sewer system unless such use lawfully incorporates no facilities generating sewage.

(Ord. 1155 § 1, 2001; Ord. 506 § 2(4), 1954)

13.08.090Private system – Regulations.

The type, capacities, location and layout of a private sewage disposal system shall comply with all regulations of the Washington State Health Department and the Kittitas County sanitarian. No permit shall be issued for any private sewage disposal system employing subsurface soil absorption facilities where the area of the lot is less than five thousand square feet. No septic tank or cesspool is permitted to discharge to any public sewer or natural outlet.

(Ord. 1155 § 5, 2001; Ord. 506 § 3(4), 1954)

13.08.100Private system – Connection to public system required.

At such time as a public sewer becomes available to a property served by a private sewage disposal system, as provided in this chapter, a direct connection shall be made to the public sewer in compliance with this chapter, and any private septic tanks, cesspools, and similar private sewage disposal facilities shall be properly abandoned and filled with suitable materials. For the purposes of this section, “available” means that a public sewer line is within two hundred feet of the lot or parcel to be served. Should an existing private system fail or be in need of replacement or repair in excess of fifty percent of its value said system shall be properly abandoned and a direct connection shall be made to the public sewer.

(Ord. 1155 § 6, 2001; Ord. 506 § 3(5), 1954)

13.08.110Private system – Manner of operation.

The owner shall operate and maintain the private sewage disposal facilities in a sanitary manner at all times, at no expense to the city.

(Ord. 1155 § 7, 2001; Ord. 506 § 3(6), 1954)

13.08.120Additional requirements.

No statement contained in this chapter shall be construed to interfere with any additional requirements that may be imposed by the city health officer.

(Ord. 506 § 3(7), 1954)

13.08.130Building sewer – Permit – Required.

It is unlawful for any person to uncover, make any connection with or opening into, use, alter, or disturb any public sewer or appurtenance thereof without first obtaining a written permit from the engineer.

(Ord. 506 § 4(1), 1954)

13.08.140Building sewer – Permit – Classes and application.

There shall be two classes of building sewer permits: 1, for residential service; and 2, for commercial service and for service to establishments producing industrial wastes. In either case, the owner or his agent shall make application on a special form furnished by the city. The permit application shall be supplemented by any plans, specifications, or other information considered pertinent in the judgment of the engineer.

(Ord. 506 § 4(3), 1954)

13.08.160Building sewer – Separate connection for each building.

A separate and independent building sewer shall be provided for every building requiring a sewerage connection in accordance with the provisions of this chapter and Chapter 13.10 of the Cle Elum Municipal Code.

(Ord. 1124 § 2, 2000: Ord. 506 § 4(4), 1954)

13.08.170Old connection use.

Old building sewers may be used in connection with new buildings only when they are found, on examination and test by the engineer, to meet all requirements of this chapter.

(Ord. 506 § 4(5), 1954)

13.08.180Building sewer – Inspection.

The city engineer shall inspect all building sewers. No backfilling shall be performed until the inspection has been completed. The property owner shall notify the engineer as to the desired time of inspection, and the engineer shall make inspection within forty-eight hours after such notice. The decision of the engineer shall be final regarding the details of construction, regardless of the location of any portion of the building sewer.

(Ord. 506 § 4(6), 1954)

13.08.190Building sewer – Compliance required.

All building sewers constructed in the city must be constructed in compliance with the rules, specifications and standards set out in this chapter.

(Ord. 506 § 4(7), 1954)

13.08.200Building sewer – Connection supervision.

No building sewer shall be connected to a lateral or trunk sewer except under the direct supervision of the engineer.

(Ord. 506 § 4(8), 1954)

13.08.210Building sewer – Excavation protection.

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 in a manner satisfactory to the city. No excavation shall be left open for a longer time than is necessary to complete the sewer connection.

(Ord. 506 § 4(9), 1954)

13.08.220Need for standards.

The city council hereby finds that, to provide adequate standards for the protection of health and promotion of the community welfare, it is necessary to adopt the reasonable rules, standards and specifications set forth in this chapter.

(Ord. 506 § 5(1), 1954)

13.08.230Materials.

All sewer pipe shall be concrete, cast iron, vitrified clay, or other suitable material approved by the engineer. All jointing materials shall be of the bituminous type (asphaltic material with acid-resisting fillers), or lead. Bituminous compounds which are hot poured with a jute or oakum gasket are preferred. The hot poured compound shall be equal to or better than the Atlas mineral product “JC-60.” Ready-mixed bituminous compounds that may be packed cold into the joints is the alternate. These compounds shall be equal to or better than the Waterworks Supply Company “Plastiflex.” Names and addresses of suppliers will be furnished upon request.

(Ord. 506 § 5(2), 1954)

13.08.240Bedding.

All excavation near the bottom of the trench shall be accomplished in such way as to insure a uniform bedding for pipe. In general, a groove to fit and receive the pipe shall be formed in the bottom of the trench. In unsuitable or soft material, bedding gravel is required.

(Ord. 506 § 5(3), 1954)

13.08.250Minimum grade.

The minimum grade on the building sewers shall be one-quarter inch per foot.

(Ord. 506 § 5(4), 1954)

13.08.260Minimum pipe size.

The minimum size of pipe utilized on all newly laid building sewer construction shall be not less than four inches in diameter.

(Ord. 506 § 5(5), 1954)

13.08.270Jointing of pipe.

A gasket of closely twisted hemp or oakum shall be placed around the pipe. The gasket shall be in one piece of suitable size and shall be lapped at the top. The gasket shall be rammed solidly and tightly into the annular space within the socket of the pipe with a suitable caulking tool. A suitable runner shall be placed around the pipe to close the socket opening. The bituminous material or lead shall be heated to approximately three hundred fifty degrees Fahrenheit or until free-flowing and poured so as to completely fill the annular space. Before a joint is made, each collar shall be brushed with a solvent recommended by the manufacturer of the joint material. All bells of bell and spigot type pipe shall be laid at the higher end. All spigots shall be properly centered so as to insure a uniform thickness of the joint. All joints shall be made in a dry trench and shall be made gastight and watertight.

(Ord. 506 § 5(6), 1954)

13.08.280Backfilling of trench.

The material immediately around the pipe shall be carefully compacted to at least six inches above the top of the pipe. In gravel soils, the material above six inches above the pipe may be saturated after seventy-two hours after jointing the pipe so as to decrease the possibility of future settlement.

(Ord. 506 § 5(7), 1954)

13.08.290Field tests.

The city, at the discretion of the engineer, may require pressure tests to determine the adequacy of any building sewer connection.

(Ord. 506 § 5(8), 1954)

13.08.300Septic tanks discontinuance.

All septic tanks shall be bypassed and filled in within thirty days after a new sewer connection has been completed.

(Ord. 506 § 5(9), 1954)

13.08.310Connection with public sewer.

The connection of the building sewer into the public sewer shall be made at the Y branch, if such branch is available at a suitable location. If the public sewer is twelve inches in diameter or less, and no properly located Y branch is available, the owner shall make connection in the manner specified by the engineer. Where the public sewer is greater than twelve inches in diameter, and no properly located Y branch is available, a neat hole may be cut into the public sewer to receive the building sewer, with entry in the downstream direction at an angle of about forty-five degrees. A forty-five degree ell may be used to make such connection, with the spigot end cut so as not to extend past the inner surface of the public sewer. The invert of the building sewer at the point of connection shall be at the same or at a higher elevation than the invert of the public sewer. A smooth, neat joint shall be made, and the connection made secure and watertight by encasement in concrete. Special fittings may be used for the connection only when approved by the engineer.

(Ord. 506 § 5(10), 1954)

13.08.320Discharge of unpolluted water prohibited.

No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged any stormwater, surface water, groundwater, roof runoff, subsurface drainage, cooling water or unpolluted industrial process waters to any sanitary sewer.

(Ord. 506 § 6(l), 1954)

13.08.330Prohibited discharges designated.

Except as provided in this chapter, no person shall discharge or cause to be discharged any of the following described waters, wastes or materials into any public sewer:

A. Any substance of any type poisonous to man, fish, fowl or another animal; and any waters or wastes containing a toxic or poisonous substance in sufficient quantity to injure or interfere with any sewage treatment process, constitute a hazard to humans or animals, or create any hazard in the receiving waters of the sewage treatment plant;

B. Any oil, gasoline, cleaning fluid or other oily or volatile substance;

C. Any inflammable or explosive liquid, solid or gas;

D. Any garbage that has not been properly shredded;

E. Any ashes, cinders, sand, mud, straw, shavings, metal, glass, rags, feathers, tar, plastics, wood, paunch manure or any other solid or viscous substance capable of causing obstruction to the flow in sewers or other interference with the proper operation of the sewage works.

(Ord. 506 § 6(2), 1954)

13.08.340Interceptors required when.

Grease, oil and sand interceptors shall be provided when, in the opinion of the engineer or the city council, they are necessary for the proper handling of liquid wastes containing grease in excessive amounts, or any flammable wastes, sand, and other harmful ingredients; except that such interceptors shall not be required for private living quarters or dwelling units. All interceptors shall be of a type and capacity approved by the engineer and shall be located in such manner as to be readily and easily accessible for cleaning and inspection. These interceptors shall be constructed of impervious materials capable of withstanding abrupt and extreme changes in temperature, shall be of substantial construction, watertight, and equipped with easily removable covers which when bolted in place shall be gastight and watertight. All such interceptors shall be maintained by the owner, at his expense, in continuously efficient operation at all times.

(Ord. 506 § 6(3), 1954)

13.08.350Preliminary treatment facility maintenance.

Where preliminary treatment facilities are provided for any waters or wastes, they shall be maintained continuously in satisfactory and effective operation, by the owner at his expense.

(Ord. 506 § 6(4), 1954)

13.08.360Inspection permitted.

The engineer and other duly authorized employees of the city bearing proper credentials and identification shall be permitted to enter upon all properties for the purposes of inspection, observation, measurement, sampling, and testing, in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.

(Ord. 506 § 6(5), 1954)

13.08.370Rates and charges.

A. Residential Rates.

1. Single Family Dwellings. Single-family dwellings shall be charged a monthly rate as set forth by city council resolution, regardless of occupancy status, provided sewer service is requested and connection has been made.

2. Multi – Residential Developments. Multi-residential developments, including manufactured housing parks, trailer parks, and duplexes or triplexes, served collectively or independently, shall be charged a per unit or space monthly rate as set forth by city council resolution, without consideration to occupancy status.

3. Apartments, Condominium and Townhouse Developments. Apartments, condominium and townhouse developments with four units or more and residential development complexes (fourplexes or more) served collectively or independently, shall be charged a per unit monthly rate as set forth by city council resolution, without consideration to occupancy status.

B. Commercial/Business Rates. Sewer rates for commercial and business users shall be based upon the volume of water delivered including a minimum monthly base charge regardless of the amount of water delivered, plus an additional charge for each cubic foot of water delivered, as follows:

1. Commercial/Business. The minimum monthly base charge to a commercial/business account in this category shall be as set forth by city council resolution per establishment, regardless of occupancy status, and regardless of the amount of water delivered. The additional monthly charge based on metered water consumption per cubic foot shall be one dollar and fourteen cents per one hundred cubic feet. The rates specified for this user category shall apply to all users discharging to the City of Cle Elum sewer system who are not specifically listed elsewhere.

2. Motels. Motels, or similar establishments such as cabin courts and auto courts, shall be charged at the rates listed above for commercial and business establishments based on metered water consumption per cubic foot. The minimum monthly base charge to a motel shall be as set forth by city council resolution, regardless of occupancy status, and regardless of the amount of water delivered. The additional monthly charge based on metered water consumption per cubic foot shall be one dollar and fourteen cents per one hundred cubic feet.

3. Car Washes. The minimum monthly base charge to a car wash, or other commercial/business whose primary wastewater discharge to the city is from car washing operations, shall be per establishment, as set forth by city council resolution, regardless of occupancy status, and regardless of the amount of water delivered. The additional monthly charge based on metered water consumption per cubic foot shall be eighty cents per one hundred cubic feet.

4. Laundromats/Cleaning Establishments. The minimum monthly base charge to a Laundromat or cleaning establishment, whose primary function is to provide commercial laundry service, shall be as set forth by city council resolution, per establishment, regardless of occupancy status, and regardless of the amount of water delivered. The additional monthly charge based on metered water consumption per cubic foot shall be eighty cents per one hundred cubic feet.

5. Where multiple commercial and business establishments are tenants in a single building and are served by a common water meter, and have a single account with the city, domestic waste charges shall be based upon the minimum monthly base charge and the metered water consumption per cubic foot. The minimum monthly charge shall be the total sum of the minimum monthly charges, determined as if each establishment were an individual account. The additional monthly charge based on metered water consumption per cubic foot shall be one dollar and fourteen cents per one hundred cubic feet.

6. Where multiple commercial and business establishments are tenants in a single building and are serviced by separate water meters, then each establishment shall be charged at the minimum monthly base charge as set forth by city council resolution plus an additional monthly charge based on metered water consumption per cubic foot of one dollar and fourteen cents per one hundred cubic feet.

7. Where multiple commercial and business establishments are tenants in a single building and are served by a common water meter, and each establishment has a separate account with the city, domestic waste charges shall be based upon metered water consumption using the commercial and business categories described above. Billing amount for the additional monthly charge based on metered water consumption, at a rate of one dollar and fourteen cents per one hundred cubic feet, shall be distributed equally between the establishments connected to the meter.

8. Commercial/business users who lose water through evaporation, irrigation, or in a product, may request a reduction in their monthly sewer charge only if the difference between water consumed and wastewater discharged to the city is documented through the use of water meters. In such a situation, the monthly sewer charges will be based upon the volume of wastewater discharged to the city at the appropriate rate specified within this section. The commercial/business user shall be responsible for all costs associated with the installation of additional meters needed to verify the volume of wastewater discharged to the city.

C. School Rates. Sewer rates for school users shall be based upon the volume of water delivered including a minimum monthly charge regardless of the amount of water delivered, plus an additional charge for each cubic foot of water delivered, as follows:

1. Schools. The minimum monthly base charge to a school user in this category shall be as set forth by city council resolution per school, regardless of occupancy status, and regardless of the amount of water delivered. The additional monthly charge based on metered water consumption per cubic foot shall be one dollar and fourteen cents per one hundred cubic feet, per school.

2. Administration and Ancillary Buildings. Administration, shop, maintenance, and other ancillary buildings owned or leased by the school, and receiving a sanitary sewer service from the city, shall be charged for service at the rates set forth for commercial/business users.

3. School users who lose water through evaporation, irrigation, or in a product, may request a reduction in their monthly sewer charge only if the difference between water consumed and wastewater discharged to the city is documented through the use of water meters. In such a situation, the monthly sewer charges will be based upon the volume of wastewater discharged to the city at the appropriate rate specified within this section. The school user shall be responsible for all costs associated with installation of additional meters needed to verify the volume of wastewater discharged to the city.

D. Industrial Rates. Sewer rates for industrial users shall be based upon the volume of water delivered including a minimum monthly charge regardless of the amount of water delivered, plus an additional charge for each cubic foot of water delivered, as follows:

1. General Industrial User Conditions. The following conditions apply to all industrial users discharging to the city wastewater facilities:

a. There shall be no unmetered sources of water contributing wastewater to the city sewage works without the knowledge and prior written approval of the city.

b. The city reserves the right to test, monitor, and control any wastewater discharged to any city facility at any time.

c. Industrial users who lose water through evaporation, irrigation, or in a product, may request a reduction in their monthly sewer charge only if the difference between water consumed and wastewater discharged to city is documented through the use of water meters. In such a situation, the monthly sewer charges will be based upon the volume of wastewater discharged to the city at the appropriate rate specified within this section. The industrial user shall be responsible for all costs associated with installation of additional meters needed to verify the volume of wastewater discharged to the city.

d. Industrial users of the city wastewater facilities shall be evaluated and determined by the city as to whether monitoring stations on wastewater discharges will be required. If monitoring stations are required by the city, the city shall designate when, where, and how many stations shall be placed. City approved monitoring stations shall be installed and maintained continuously in satisfactory and effective operation by, and at the expense of, the industrial user, at the direction of the city.

2. Industrial Discharges. The minimum monthly charge to an industrial user in this category, discharging industrial process wastes, either separate or in combination with domestic sewage, shall be as set forth by city council resolution. The additional monthly charge based on metered water consumption per cubic foot shall be one dollar and fourteen cents per one hundred cubic feet.

E. Special Sewer Rate Considerations. When a sewer rate is based on metered water consumption, there may be circumstances when normal procedures for determining monthly sewer rates do not apply. The following considerations shall apply when determining the monthly sewer rate under special circumstances:

1. When a water meter fails or malfunctions and it is not possible to accurately determine the amount of water consumed, the amount to be charged for sewer for any month during which the meter failure or malfunction or leak occurred shall be based on the metered consumption of water for the same period the previous year. In the event there is no record of water consumption for the same period in the prior year, the amount of consumption shall be estimated by the city.

2. In the event of a verified leak, which would result in an unusually large sewer billing due to increased water usage, said sewer charges shall be based upon the metered consumption of water for the same period the previous year. In the event there is no record of water consumption for the same period in the prior year, the amount of consumption shall be estimated by the city.

3. If a sewer service is in a user category whose sewer rates are based on metered water consumption, but that user does not receive water from the city, then the city may require the user to install a meter on the water supply, or the city may determine the monthly sewer rate to be one hundred fifty percent of the minimum monthly charge for sewer service.

4. When a commercial use is combined with a residential use on a single meter, the minimum monthly charge shall be the total sum of the minimum monthly charges, determined as if each establishment were an individual account. A single family dwelling residential use shall be allocated one thousand one hundred twenty-five cubic feet of water per month per dwelling, and an apartment or condominium residential use shall be allocated seven hundred seventy cubic feet of water per month per unit. The additional monthly charge based on metered water consumption per cubic foot shall be one dollar and fourteen cents per one hundred cubic feet, for all water consumed in addition to these allocated monthly minimums for the residential uses.

F. Sewer Reserve Charges. Sewer reserve charges shall be collected monthly from all users as described below and placed into the Water/Sewer Reserve Fund.

1. Single Family Dwellings. Single-family dwellings shall be charged a monthly sewer reserve charge as set forth by city council resolution, regardless of occupancy status.

2. Multi – Residential Developments. Multi-residential developments, including manufactured housing parks, trailer parks, and duplexes or triplexes, served collectively or independently, shall be charged a per unit or space monthly sewer reserve charge as set forth by city council resolution, without consideration to occupancy status.

3. Apartments, Condominium and Townhouse Developments. Apartments, condominium and townhouse developments with four units or more, and residential development complexes (fourplexes or more) served collectively or independently, shall be charged a monthly per unit sewer reserve charge as set forth by city council resolution, without consideration to occupancy status.

4. Commercial/Business. Sewer reserve charges for commercial/business users shall be based on the number of employees. The minimum monthly sewer reserve charge to a commercial/business account in this category shall be as set forth by city council resolution per establishment, regardless of occupancy status.

5. Motels. Motels, or similar establishments such as cabin courts and auto courts, shall be charged a monthly sewer reserve charge as set forth by city council resolution. per every two rooms or units, without consideration to occupancy status.

6. Car Washes. A car wash, or other commercial/business whose primary wastewater discharge to the city is from car washing operations, shall be charged a monthly sewer reserve charge as set forth by city council resolution.

7. Laundromats/Cleaning Establishments. A Laundromat or cleaning establishment, whose primary function is to provide commercial laundry service, shall be charged a monthly sewer reserve charge as set forth by city council resolution.

8. Restaurants, Taverns and Drive-ins. Sewer reserve charges for restaurants, taverns and drive-ins shall be based on the number of seats. The minimum monthly sewer reserve charge to a restaurant, tavern, or drive-in in this category shall be as set forth by city council resolution, per establishment, regardless of occupancy status.

9. Schools. Schools shall be charged a monthly sewer reserve charge as set forth by city council resolution, regardless of occupancy status. Administration, shop, maintenance, and other ancillary buildings owned or leased by the school, and receiving sanitary sewer service from the city, shall be charged monthly sewer reserve charges at the rates set forth for commercial/business users.

10. Industrial Users. Sewer reserve charges for industrial users shall be based on the number of employees. The minimum monthly sewer reserve charge to an industrial user shall be as set forth by city council resolution, per establishment, regardless of occupancy status.

11. Where multiple uses (e.g., combined commercial and residential uses) are combined into a single account, or where multiple commercial and business establishments are tenants in a single building and are served by a common water meter, the monthly sewer reserve charge shall be the total sum of the sewer reserve charges determined as if each use or establishment were an individual account.

12. Where multiple commercial and business establishments, and/or residential uses, are tenants in a single building and are served by separate water meters, then each establishment shall be charged a sewer reserve charge as if each establishment were an individual account.

G. Contract-for-Rate Increases. In addition to the charges set forth by city council resolution, the city may increase charges for sewerage services commencing December 31, 2015, and every year thereafter at a rate of three percent.

(Ord. 1443 § 1, 2015; Ord. 1376 § 1, 2012; Ord. 1308 § 1, 2009; Ord. 1301 § 1, 2008; Ord. 1291 § 2, 2008; Ord. 1261 §§ 1—3, 2006; Ord. 1236 § 1, 2005; Ord. 1189 §§ 1, 2, 2002; Ord. 1124 § 3, 2000; Ord. 910 § 1, 1990; Ord. 845 § 1, 1986; Ord. 816 § 1, 1984: Ord. 754 § 1, 1980: Ord. 714 § 1, 1976: Ord. 506 § 7, 1954)

13.08.390City connection or repair cost collection.

If any sewer connection, or any repair to an existing sewer, is not made within the time and in the manner in this chapter provided, the engineer is authorized and directed to cause the same to be made and to file a statement of the cost thereof with the city treasurer, and thereupon a warrant shall be issued under the direction of the city council by the city treasurer for the payment of such cost. The amount of the cost, together with a penalty of ten percent of the amount thereof, plus interest at eight percent per year upon the total amount of the cost and penalty shall be assessed against the property upon which the building or structure is situated and shall become a lien thereon as provided in this section.

(Ord. 506 § 9 (part), 1954)

13.08.400Lien enforcement.

All of the service charges, connection charges, assessments and other charges, together with the penalties and interest thereon as provided in this chapter, shall be a lien upon the property serviced, superior to all other liens or encumbrances thereon except those for general taxes and local and special assessments. The lien shall be enforced by the city in the manner provided by law. The city may, as an additional and concurrent method of enforcing such liens, cut off the water service from the premises to which the sewer service has been furnished; provided, this method of enforcement shall not be exercised after two years from the date of the recording of sewerage lien notice, as by law provided, except to enforce payment of six months’ charges for which no lien notice is required by law to be recorded.

(Ord. 506 § 9 (part), 1954)

13.08.410Service of notices.

Any person who has the care, custody, control or management of any premises or building or who has control of the renting thereof or the collection of rentals therefrom shall, for purpose of this chapter, be deemed to be the agent of the owner of the premises or building, and the giving of all notices provided for in this chapter to the agent is deemed due notice to the owner. All such notices shall be served personally upon the owner or his agent, or by deposit in the United States mail in a sealed envelope with first class postage prepaid and addressed to the owner or his agent at the address of his last known residence, and such service by mail shall be deemed the equivalent of personal service. Ten days’ notice shall be given where notices are required under this chapter, unless a longer notice period is prescribed in this chapter; and the notice period shall commence at the time of personal service or at the time of deposit of the notice in the United States mail.

(Ord. 506 § 10, 1954)

13.08.420Penalty for violation.

Any person who is convicted of violating or failing to comply with any of the provisions of this chapter (except the nonpayment of rates and charges or other moneys due) shall be fined in any sum not to exceed one hundred fifty dollars or imprisoned for a period of not more than thirty days or both fined and imprisoned as provided in this section.