Chapter 13A.05


13A.05.010  Purpose.

13A.05.020  Definitions.

13A.05.010 Purpose.

The purpose of this title is:

A.  To provide for the regulation of the town water system, including the construction of new facilities, in order to provide for a uniform and integrated water system, to protect the public health, safety and welfare, and to carry out the water system plan of the town.

B.  To establish the authority for the acquisition, design, construction, maintenance, management and operation of the town's water system.

C.  Inspection and regulation of all actual and potential cross-connections between potable and unpotable systems is required in order to minimize the danger of contamination and pollution of the potable drinking water, accomplished by removing the cross-connection or the installation of an approved backflow preventer;

D.  Any and all persons or businesses wanting to use water from the town are required to comply with this regulation.  The owner of the property in which a cross-connection occurs is fully responsible for any and all damages incurred.  (Ord. 321 §1, 1997;  Ord. 242 (part), 1991)

13A.05.020 Definitions.

Words used in this title shall have their normal and customary meaning, unless specifically defined otherwise.  The following words and terms used in this title shall have the following meanings unless when used the context thereof clearly indicates to the contrary.

“Air gap (A.G.)” means a physical vertical separation through the free atmosphere measured from the end of the lowest portion of the potable water system and the beginning of the flood level rim of the receiving vessel, tank, plumbing fixture or other apparatus.  This physical separation must be at least two times the inside diameter and in no case less than one inch.

“Auxiliary supply” means any water source or system other than the town of Wilbur public potable water system, which may be available to, in the building, or on the premises.

“Backflow” means the flow of water or other liquids, gases or substances, back into the distribution system of the public water supply system.  Backflow consists of back pressure and/or back siphonage.

“Back pressure” means backflow caused by a pump, elevated piping, elevated tank, boiler or other means which could create pressure greater than supply pressure.

“Backflow prevention device” means a device which prohibits the backflow of water into the water system.

“Back siphonage” means backflow due to a negative or subatmospheric condition in the water system.

“Contamination” means a physical or toxic hazard which could be detrimental to health.

“Cross-connection” means a point in the piping system where the potable water is connected directly or the possibility exists of being connected to a source of contamination, pollution, or other nonpotable substance.

“Cross-connection control” means a backflow prevention device, air gap, or other control designed to prevent a cross-connection.

“Customer” means the legal owner as shown on the records of the county assessor of a parcel of property served by the city's water system or that person's agent.

“Department” means the town department of public works.

“Developer” means a person proposing to cause the construction of any extension to the town water system.

“Director” means the working foreman of the town or his or her authorized representative.

“Double check valve assembly (D.C.V.A.)” means a state-approved backflow preventer consisting of two independently acting check valves, either spring-loaded or internally weighted, installed as a unit between two tightly closing shutoff valves and having suitable connections for testing.

“Dwelling unit” as used in defining rates under the provisions of Chapter 13A.35 for user services means an independent living unit within a dwelling structure designed and intended for occupancy by not more than one family and having its own housekeeping and kitchen facilities.

“Multiple residential unit” means a structure consisting of two or more dwelling units contained under one roof and held under one common ownership.

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

“Pollution” means a hazard which could cause aesthetic problems or have a detrimental effect on the quality of water in the potable system.

“Potable water” means water which is safe for human consumption, as described by the public health authority having jurisdiction.

“Pressure vacuum breaker assembly (P.V.B.A.)” means a state-approved backflow preventer consisting of a spring loaded check valve, an independently acting air inlet valve installed as a unit between two tightly closing shutoff valves and having suitable connections for testing.

“Reduced pressure backflow assembly (R.P.B.A.)” means a state-approved backflow preventer consisting of a spring-loaded differential pressure relief valve, which is installed as a unit between two tightly closing shutoff valves and having suitable connections for testing.

“User” means the customer or the occupant of the customer's property who uses or has available for use water service connected to the town's water system from which town water is available and can be withdrawn or used, and is the person responsible for paying for water use as shown on the records of the town clerk.

“Water main” means the pipe used or intended for use for the distribution of water to customers through service lines and may also be referred to as “main.”

“Water meter” means the device used for the measurement of water delivered to a user.

“Water service connection” means that portion of the public water line running from a water main, or from a stub line of a water main, in a street, right-of-way or easement to the water meter of the customer to be served.  A water service connection consists of a saddle, corporation stop, water service line, meter setter, meter, meter box and appurtenances, or any combination thereof as may be required to furnish the requested service.

“Water system” means the town's system of conduits, pumps, wells and structures used for the purpose of withdrawing, storing and conveying potable water from its source to and including the water meters of users of that water.

“Water system master plan” means a small water system management program as defined and provided for in Section 248-54-196 of the Washington Administrative Code and as developed and implemented by the town.  (Ord. 321 §2, 1997;  Ord. 242 (part), 1991)