Chapter 13.08


13.08.010    Application for service.

13.08.015    Meters required.

13.08.020    Meters city property.

13.08.030    Installation charge.

13.08.032    Full service installation.

13.08.035    Water service modifications.

13.08.040    Exempt meters.

13.08.050    Unauthorized connections.

13.08.060    Fire sprinkler system connections.

13.08.010 Application for service.

All persons desiring water service from the city water system are required to make application for such service with the Utility Division. All water service installations made to the city water system shall be made by or under the direction of the Utility Division. (Ord. 1681 § 1, 1992: Ord. 194 § 2, 1956).

13.08.015 Meters required.

A. Each separate structure or use shall be served through at least one water meter to determine the water consumption. The following structures or uses do not need to be separately metered but may be combined with other metered structures or uses as described.

(1) Accessory buildings associated with single-family dwelling units, including garages, greenhouses, cabanas, workshops and similar structures not used for sleeping, cooking or other residence-specific functions may be combined with the associated single-family structure.

(2) Individual mobile homes in a mobile home park may be combined except that not more than twenty (20) units shall be served by a single meter.

(3) Restroom and accessory facilities serving a public park may be combined with other metered uses.

(4) “Portable” classroom buildings at a school may be combined as a single metered use but shall be separately metered from other primary structures.

B. Landscape irrigation systems shall be separately metered, except those installed at a single-family residence, or those installed at other use classifications where the use is served through a water meter less than one inch in size. At the option of the owner, the meter may be city owned or it may be a customer owned exempt meter as provided in Section 13.08.040.

C. Service to the residential units of a mixed use structure shall be served through a separate meter if there are more than two residential units.

D. Facilities which are owned and operated by the water utility are exempt from these requirements. (Ord. 1762 § 1, 1994).

13.08.020 Meters city property.

All water meters furnished by the city in such installations or connections shall be and remain the property of the city. (Ord. 194 § 3, 1956).

13.08.030 Installation charge.

An installation charge shall be paid by all persons connecting to the water system at the time of approval of an application for service. The charge shall be based upon the size of the water meter as follows:

Meter Size


5/8" x 3/4" drop-in

$ 425.00

1 inch drop-in


1.5 inch drop-in


2 inch drop-in




5/8 x 3/4 inch full service

$ 7,000.00

1 inch full service


1.5 inch full service


2 inch full service


Combination single family residential 5/8 x 3/4 domestic and 1, 1.5 or 2 inch fire sprinkler service


(Ord. 2402 § 1, 2008: Ord. 2036 § 1, 1999: Ord. 1799 § 1, 1994: Ord. 1681 § 2, 1992: Ord. 1362 § 2, 1987: Ord. 194 § 4, 1956).

13.08.032 Full service installations.

Full service installations shall only be constructed by the City only for single family residential structures on existing lots. Water service installations for all other developments (e.g., multi-family residential, commercial, industrial, and new residential plats and short plats) shall be constructed as part of the development improvements by the applicant or property owner. (Ord. 2036 § 2, 1999).

13.08.035 Water service modifications.

A charge shall be paid by all persons requesting a modification to their water service including adjustments of height, relocation, abandonment or other modifications. The charge shall be set by the City Engineer or his/her designee in an amount to cover the City’s full cost for constructing such modification. (Ord. 2036 § 3, 1999).

13.08.040 Exempt meters.

Privately owned meters which are proposed to be installed down stream of a city owned meter to measure water which is not subject to sewer charges shall be purchased from the city. The location of the privately owned meter shall be approved by the city and the materials used for the meter assembly shall be approved by the city. The charge for the city to provide and install the meter device shall be the same as the installation charge for drop-in meters of the same size. (Ord. 1682 § 3, 1992).

13.08.050 Unauthorized connections.

Any person connecting to the city water system other than under the supervision and approval of the Public Works Department, and any person reconnecting (turning on) water service after service shall have been discontinued pursuant to RMC 13.17.080 shall be guilty of a violation of this chapter and be subject to a civil infraction in an amount not to exceed $500 for each violation. (Ord. 1682 § 4, 1992).

13.08.060 Fire sprinkler system connections.

A. Single-Family Residential Systems. Fire sprinkler systems for single-family residential structures shall be metered. If separately metered, the meter shall be installed pursuant to an approved application for service. The fire sprinkler system may be separately metered or may be combined with the domestic water service to the dwelling.

B. Other Systems. Fire sprinkler systems for structures other than single-family residential structures shall not be separately metered. Such systems shall be connected to the city water system pursuant to construction drawings approved by the Utility Division of the Public Works Department and all connections shall be made pursuant to the applicable inspection and installation procedures set forth in the Uniform Fire Code. (Ord. 1799 § 2, 1994).