Chapter 15.12
WATER SYSTEM

Sections:

15.12.010    Water use charges – Date of imposition – Billings.

15.12.020    Water use charges – Delinquency – Reconnection and disconnection charges.

15.12.030    Meter installation charges.

15.12.040    Connection charges.

15.12.050    Meter installation and connection charges – Due and payable when – Delinquency – Lien for nonpayment.

15.12.010 Water use charges – Date of imposition – Billings.

A. The city council shall establish by resolution the following classifications of water users and schedules of rates and charges:

1. Classification of water users and schedule of charges for water usage and rates for unauthorized use;

2. Schedule of rates for fire service;

3. Schedule of special service charges.

Three copies of the resolution shall be on file in the office of the city clerk.

B. The charges for water shall be imposed from the date on which the water service connection shall be turned on. No charges shall be imposed upon any user after the date on which the water service connection is shut off. Billings will be made to the owner of each separate residence or commercial property served, except that, where authorized by the owner and the tenant in writing, the city may make its billing to the tenant. Billings for multiple separated residence service shall be made to the applicant therefor. (Ord. A-7 § 1, 1981; Ord. 348 § 2, 1974).

15.12.020 Water use charges – Delinquency – Reconnection and disconnection charges.

A. There shall be one billing every two months for single-family water users and one billing every month for multifamily, commercial, public and institutional water users. All charges which are unpaid 60 days after the billing date shall be delinquent charges. Water service may be discontinued because of such delinquent charges. In the event water service is discontinued because of delinquent charges, a fee shall be charged for reconnecting water service in an amount established by the city council by resolution.

B. In the event water service has been shut off at the request of the user, a fee shall be charged for disconnecting such service in an amount established by the city council by resolution. (Ord. A-17 § 1, 1982; Ord. 348 § 3, 1974).

15.12.030 Meter installation charges.

The city council shall establish by resolution a schedule of meter installation charges for connections of meters to the city water system. Three copies of the resolution shall be on file in the office of the city clerk. (Ord. A-7 § 2, 1981; Ord. 348 § 4, 1974).

15.12.040 Connection charges.

In order to provide that property owners bear their equitable share of the cost of the city water system, the city council shall establish by resolution a schedule of connection charges for installation of water service to property not previously served and/or for the installation of additional water service and/or for water service where the previous type of use has been increased or changed to a more intense use. Three copies of the resolution shall be on file in the office of the city clerk.

These charges shall be in addition to any meter and service installation charge and/or any assessment charges, or charges in lieu thereof, due on the property. These charges are found to be reasonable ones for the privilege of connecting to a fully integrated existing water system in order to ensure an equitable sharing of the cost of such system. (Ord. A-7 § 3, 1981; Ord. 348 § 5, 1974).

15.12.050 Meter installation and connection charges – Due and payable when – Delinquency – Lien for nonpayment.

All meter and service installation charges and all connection charges shall be due and payable at the time the new connection or changed or additional service is requested and shall be delinquent if unpaid at the time the connection or changed or increased service is actually made. A penalty of 10 percent shall be added to the amount of any such charges which become delinquent. All charges provided for by this chapter which have been delinquent for four months, shall be certified to the treasurer of King County and such charges, together with any penalties added thereto, shall be a lien against the property receiving such service subject only to the lien for general taxes. (Ord. 348 § 6, 1974).