Chapter 13.12


13.12.010    Water sprinkling.

13.12.020    Water rates, rules and regulations.

13.12.030    Program for protecting public water system.

13.12.040    Penalty for violation of this chapter.

13.12.010 Water sprinkling.

The director of public works, with the approval of the water and sewer board, shall promulgate regulations on outdoor water use, whether from the city water utility or from private wells, as may be necessary to conserve the capacity and pressure of water supply sources for the protection of the public health, safety and welfare. These regulations may apply to the sprinkling of lawns, gardens, shrubs, trees, car washing and filling swimming pools; designating the days, hours or both, when such may be allowed; or may prohibit one or more such uses completely in periods of emergency. The regulations may make necessary exceptions for newly established lawns or prohibit the sodding or seeding of new lawns in specified areas for the period of the water emergency, gardens, shrubs and trees, and the irrigation of crops necessary to prevent the loss thereof, and for commercial car washes that recycle their water, and the golf courses with an adequate supply of water from their own ponds. Such regulations may be modified or changed as circumstances require. Regulations or changes shall become effective upon their publication as a Class 1 notice in the official city newspaper. (Ord. 2024 § 5 (part), 2005; prior code § 13.13)

13.12.020 Water rates, rules and regulations.

A.    Rates. The rates of the Brookfield water utility, as established and periodically adjusted by the public service commission, are on file in the office of the city clerk and are incorporated herein by reference.

B.    Rules and Regulations.

1.    All persons now receiving a water supply from the utility or who may hereafter make application therefor shall be considered as having agreed to be bound by all rules and regulations as filed with the public service commission.

2.    The following provisions of Wisconsin Administrative Code PSC185 are adopted by reference and made a part of these rules as if set forth in full. A violation of any such rules shall constitute a violation of this section and shall be punishable as provided in Chapter 1.12.


Authorization for and application of rules.




General requirement.


Free or discriminatory service prohibited.


Protection of water utility facilities.


Interference with public service structures.


Location of records.


Retention of records.


Schedules to be filed with the commission.


Information available to customers.


Application for residential and multifamily service.


Application for nonresidential service.


Metered service.


Meter readings and billing periods.




Adjustment of bills (ROM).


Adjustment of bills.


Deposits for residential service.


Deposits for nonresidential service.


Disconnection and refusal of service.


Deferred payment agreement.


Dispute procedures.


Employees authorized to enter a customer’s premises.


Customer complaints.


Construction records.


Records and reports of service interruptions.


Pumpage records.


Metering equipment records.


Other records.


Requirement for good engineering practice.


General construction requirements.


Metering configuration.




Accuracy requirements for meters.


Meter testing facilities and equipment.


Calibration of meter testing equipment.


Testing of customer meters.


Test flows.


Required tests of customer meters.


Alternate sample-testing plan for “before-use” test for 5/8-, 3/4-, and 1-inch meters.


Periodic tests.


Alternative sample-testing plan for in-use meters.


Complaint tests.


Referee tests.


Remote outside meter (ROM) and automatic meter reading (AMR) system tests.


Electrical safety.


Quality of water.


Pressure standards.


Station meters.


Water audits and water loss control.


Flushing mains.


Frozen laterals.


Adequacy of water supply, emergency operations and interruptions of service.


Water supply shortage.




Customer education requirements.


Voluntary water conservation rebate or incentive programs.

C.    Connection of Properties with “Option” Assessments. Any property with an existing “option” assessment shall be permitted to connect to city water and pay a fee in lieu of the amount that would have been assessed at the time of installation of the water main. Where the property is listed on the “option assessment roll” and a special assessment is established by passage of a final resolution against the property, a water supply charge of five hundred dollars ($500.00) shall be part of the special assessment. (Ord. 2391-14 § 1, 2014; Ord. 2003-05 § 1, 2005; Ord. 1819 § 3 (part), 2001; prior code § 13.14)

13.12.030 Program for protecting public water system.

The program for protecting the public water system from contamination due to back flow of contaminants through the water service connection into the public water system. Wisconsin Administrative Code Chapters NR 811.06 and SPS 382.41 require protection of the public water system from contaminants due to back flow of contaminants through the water service connection. Also, the Department of Natural Resources NR 810.15 requires the maintenance of a continuing program of cross-connection control which will systematically and effectively prevent the contamination of all potable water systems. Therefore the council ordains as follows:

A.    “Cross-connection” shall be defined as any physical connection or arrangement between two otherwise separate systems, one of which contains potable water from the city water system and the other, water from a private source, water of unknown or questionable safety, or steam, gases or chemical whereby there may be a flow from one system to the other, the direction of flow depending on the pressure differential between the two systems.

B.    No person shall establish or permit to be established or maintain or permit to be maintained any cross-connection. No interconnection shall be established whereby potable water from a private, auxiliary or emergency water supply other than the regular public water supply of the water utility may enter the supply or distribution system of the municipality unless such private, auxiliary or emergency water supply and the method of connection and use of such supply shall have been approved by the water utility and by the Department of Natural Resources in accordance with Wisconsin Administrative Code NR 811.06.

C.    It shall be the duty of the water utility to cause inspections to be made of all properties served by the public water system where cross-connection with the public water system is deemed possible. Residential properties serviced by the utility shall be inspected on a ten-year interval preferably in conjunction with meter changeouts. All nonresidential properties serviced by the utility shall be inspected on a two-year interval, unless otherwise approved by the utility or the DNR. The utility may, but is not required to, perform the cross-connection inspection of the owner’s property. If, in the opinion of the utility, the utility is not able to perform the inspection, the property owner must, at their expense, have the plumbing inspected for cross-connections by a professional qualified to perform cross-connection inspections or by a state of Wisconsin licensed plumber. The frequency of inspections and reinspections based on potential health hazards involved shall be established by the water utility and as approved by the DNR.

D.    Upon presentation of credentials, the representative of the water utility shall have the right to request entry at any reasonable time to examine any property served by a connection to the public water system of the city for cross-connections. If entry is refused, such representative shall obtain a special inspection warrant pursuant to Section 66.0119, Wisconsin Statutes. On request, the owner, lessee or occupant of any property so served shall furnish to the inspection agency any pertinent information regarding the piping system or systems on such property.

E.    The water utility is authorized and directed to discontinue water service to any property wherein any connection in violation of this title exists and to take such other precautionary measures deemed necessary to eliminate any danger of contamination of the public water system. Water services shall be discontinued only after reasonable notice and opportunity for hearing pursuant to Chapter 68, Wisconsin Statutes, except as provided in subsection (F) of this section. Water service to such property shall not be restored until the cross-connection has been eliminated in compliance with the provisions of this title.

F.    If it is determined by the water utility that a cross-connection or an emergency endangers public health, safety and welfare and requires immediate action and a written finding to that effect is filed with the city clerk and delivered to the customer’s premises, service may be immediately discontinued. The customer shall have an opportunity for hearing pursuant to Chapter 68, Wisconsin Statutes, within ten days of such emergency discontinuance.

G.    The city of Brookfield adopts by reference the Brookfield cross-connection control policy manual. This chapter does not supersede the cross-connection control policy manual, but is supplementary to it.

H.    The city adopts by reference the State Plumbing Code, Wisconsin Administrative Code SPS 382.41.

I.    This chapter does not supersede the State Plumbing Code and Chapter 15.12 of this code, but is supplementary to them. (Ord. 2306-12 § 1, 2012: Ord. 2254-11 § 1, 2011; Ord. 1875 § 1, 2002; Ord. 1819 § 3 (part), 2001; Prior code § 13.15)

13.12.040 Penalty for violation of this chapter.

Any person, firm, partnership, or corporation who violates any part of this chapter shall be subject to the penalty and enforcement provisions in Chapter 1.12. (Ord. 2552-19 § 37, 2019)