Chapter 12.20


12.20.010    Ownership.

12.20.020    Leaks—Shutoff.

12.20.030    Pipe materials.

12.20.050    Mains less than eight inches in diameter.

12.20.060    Service pipe placement.

12.20.070    Public works director access.

12.20.080    Fire hydrant operation.

12.20.090    Tampering with system prohibited.

12.20.010 Ownership.

(a)    City Ownership of Water Mains. The city shall have ownership of all water mains that are located within right-of-way or a municipal easement; provided, that the water mains have been accepted by the city council. City ownership for water mains that extend onto private property without a municipal easement terminates at the downstream side of the isolation valve located in right-of-way, or at the right-of-way line when there is no isolation valve.

(b)    City Ownership of Service Lines. City ownership extends from the water main to the downstream side of the meter setter when the meter box is located within right-of-way or a municipal easement. City ownership extends from the water main to the isolation valve in the right-of-way when the meter is located on private property; or to the right-of-way line when there is no isolation valve in the right-of-way.

(c)    City Ownership of Meters. The city shall own all meters regardless of whether they are located within right-of-way or on private property.

(d)    Private Ownership of Water Mains, Service Lines, Backflow Preventers and Appurtenances. All water mains, service lines, backflow prevention devices, and appurtenances that are not described in subsections (a) and (b) of this section are privately owned and all maintenance, repairs, and operations are the private owner’s responsibility. (Ord. 1496 § 1, 2017: Ord. 1400 § 6 (part), 2014: Ord. 164 § 801, September 26, 1955).

12.20.020 Leaks—Shutoff.

The public works director is directed and authorized to immediately shut off all domestic lines whenever the water lines develop leaks or their condition is such as to constitute a danger to the domestic water supplies of the city; such water lines shall remain shut off until properly repaired or replaced. In the event the leaks or defects exist on supply lines to consumers within the city limits or on any portion of the main lines or supply lines outside the city limits the repairs and replacements as may be necessary shall be accomplished by and at the sole expense of the consumer or owner of the property to which the service is provided, subject to the supervision and final approval of the public works director. (Ord. 1400 § 6 (part), 2014: Ord. 164 § 802, September 26. 1955).

12.20.030 Pipe materials.

Only ASTM 3034 sewer pipe type or equivalent quality may be used. No others are permitted. Where connection parallels building nearer than three feet, cast iron pipe will be used. (Ord. 1400 § 6 (part), 2014: Ord. 214 § 1, May 26, 1958).

12.20.050 Mains less than eight inches in diameter.

The city shall not hereafter install any public water mains or laterals which have a diameter of less than eight inches; and the city shall accept no water mains or laterals, having a diameter of less than eight inches for connection to the public water system, constructed and installed by any person, firm or corporation, or sovereignty after the effective date hereof. (Ord. 1400 § 6 (part), 2014: Ord. 164 § 204 added by Ord. 294, August 10, 1964).

12.20.060 Service pipe placement.

All new service pipes shall be placed not less than thirty-six inches below the surface of the ground. (Ord. 1400 § 6 (part), 2014: Ord. 164 § 604, 1955).

12.20.070 Public works director access.

The public works director shall have access, with the consent of the occupant, at proper hours, to all buildings or premises served by the domestic water and sewerage system, for the purpose of inspecting pipes and fixtures, the manner in which domestic water is being used, and the manner in which the provisions of this chapter are being complied with. (Ord. 1400 § 6 (part), 2014: Ord. 540 § 1, 1977: Ord. 164 § 803, 1955).

12.20.080 Fire hydrant operation.

No person other than an authorized employee of the water and sewer department, the fire department or street department, shall operate fire hydrants or interfere with them in any way without first obtaining authority to do so from the water and sewer department. (Ord. 1400 § 6 (part), 2014: Ord. 164 § 804, 1955).

12.20.090 Tampering with system prohibited.

No unauthorized person shall maliciously, wilfully or negligently break, damage, destroy, uncover, deface or tamper with any structure, appurtenances or equipment which is a part of the domestic water system or the public sewer and sewage disposal system. (Ord. 1400 § 6 (part), 2014: Ord. 164 § 805, 1955).