Water and Sewer Systems
SECTION 4. REGULATION OF WATER AND
Subd. 1. Water and Sewer Department. There is hereby
established a water and sewer department, which shall be under
the supervision of the City Council of the City of Silver
Lake, Minnesota. The department shall be responsible for
the management, maintenance, care, and operation of the water
works and sanitary sewage system of the City of Silver Lake,
Subd. 2. Use Of Water Or Sewer System Restricted. No
person shall make or use any water or sewer service installation
connected to the city water or sewer system except pursuant
to application and permit as provided in this chapter.
Subd. 3. Application for Service.
a. Procedure. Application for a water or sewer service
shall be made to the City Clerk/Treasurer on forms prescribed
by the City Council and furnished by the City. By his signature,
the applicant shall agree to conform to this section, and
to rules and regulations that my be established by the City
as conditions for the use of water.
b. Fees or Deposit. Application for a service connection
shall be made by the owner of the property to be served
or by his agent. The applicant shall at the time of making
application pay to the City the amount of fees or deposit
required for the installation of the service connection.
Subd. 4. Charge for Service Connections.
a. Permits and fees. No connection shall be made to the
City water or sewer system without a permit received from
the City Clerk/Treasurer. The fee for each such permit
shall be $50.00 for water main and $50.00 for a sewer connection
b. Connection fees. When a connection requires installation
of a service line from the main to the property line, the
applicant shall bear the cost of making the necessary connections,
tapes, and installation of pipe and appurtenances to provide
service to the property and necessary street repairs.
c. Water meter cost. At such time as a water connection
is made to the City water system, the owner shall purchase
a meter approved by the City, and shall have said meter
installed. The City shall provide the meter to the owner
at the cost billed to the City, with any appropriate allowance
for cost of freight, etc. No meter shall be installed upon
any water system in the City of Silver Lake, Minnesota,
or water system connected to the water system of the City
of Silver Lake, Minnesota, unless prior approval is obtained
from the City Clerk/Treasurer.
d. Certification. No permit shall be issued to connect
with any water or sanitary sewer main unless the City Clerk/Treasurer
certifies to the truth of one of the following or payment
as required in Paragraph "e" is made.
i. That the lot or tract to be served has been assessed
for the cost of construction of the main with which the
connection is made or the proceedings for levying such
assessment have been or will be commenced in due course;
ii. That the cost of construction of the main has been
paid by the developer or builder platting the lot or tract;
iii. That, if neither of the foregoing is true, a sum
equal to the portion of the cost of constructing the main
which would be assessable against the lot or parcel has
been paid to he City.
e. Additional connection fees. If no such certificate
can be issued, the applicant shall pay an additional connection
fee equal to the portion of the cost of construction of
the main upon the same basis as any assessment previously
levied against other property for the main. The determination
shall be made by the City Clerk/Treasurer. If no such assessment
has been levied, the assessable cost shall be determined
upon the basis of the uniform charge which may have been
or will be charged for similar connection with the main.
The amount shall be determined on the basis of the total
assessable cost of the main allocated on the basis of frontage.
Where the assessable cost can not be determined, the charge
shall be determined by the City Council at the time of connection.
Subd. 5. Accounting, billing and collecting.
in name of owner. All accounts shall be in the name of
the owner. The owner shall be liable for water supplied
to his property, whether he is occupying the property or
not, and any charges unpaid shall be a lien upon the property.
The owner may request that the bill be sent directly to
the occupant of the property. In the event the bill becomes
delinquent, the City Clerk/Treasurer may advise the owner
and the occupant of said delinquency in accord with this
Bill for service. Water
and sewer charges shall be billed together. Bills shall
be mailed to the customer quarterly and shall specify the
water consumed and the sewer and water charges in accordance
with the rates set out in this section.
(Amended August 24, 1997) All charges for water
and sewer shall be billed every two months (bi-monthly)
on the date specified by the City for the respective account.
Failure to pay on or before the specified due date shall
result in and extra administrative fee as determined by
the City Council from time to time. Failure to pay within
30 days after the specified due date may result in a determination
to discontinue services subject to paragraph “d” of this
section, In any case, where satisfactory arrangements
for payment have not been made, the water department may,
after the procedural requirement of paragraph “d” has been
complied with, discontinue service to the delinquent customer
by shutting off the water at the stop box. When water service
to any premises has been discontinued, water service may
not be restored except upon payment of all delinquent bills
plus penalty and a restoration of service fee to be determined
by the City Council from time to time. In cases where the
service has been discontinued with payments not forthcoming,
the Administrator’s office shall prepare an assessment role
each year providing for assessments of the delinquent accounts
against the properties served. The assessment role shall
be delivered to the Council for adoption on or before the
Council's general meeting for the month of October of each
year for collection along with taxes.
Procedure for shutoff
of service. (Amended August 24, 1997) Water service
shall not be discontinued under paragraph "c"
or for a violation of rules and regulations affecting utility
service, until notice and an opportunity for a hearing have
first been given the occupant of the premises involved.
The notice shall be personally served, sent by registered
mail or by an official letter. The notice shall state that
if payment is not made before a day stated in the notice
but not more than ten (10) working days after the date on
which the notice is given, the water supply to the premises
will be shut off. The notice shall also state that the
customer may, before such date, demand a hearing on the
matter, in which case the supply will not be shut off until
after the hearing is held. If the customer requests a hearing
before the date specified, a hearing shall be held on the
matter by the City Council at the next regularly scheduled
council meeting. If as a result of the hearing, the City
Council finds that the amount claimed to be owing is actually
due and unpaid and that there is no legal reason why the
water supply of the delinquent customer may not be shut
off in accordance with this section, the City may shut off
the supply. An additional administrative fee as determined
by the council from time to time may be charged before the
water supply is continued.
Subd. 6. Water systems.
a. General water regulations.
i. Discontinuance of service. The City may discontinue
service to any water consumer without notice for necessary
repairs, or upon notice for non-payment of charges, or
violation of rules and regulations affecting utility service.
ii. Supply from one service. No more than one house
or building shall be supplied from one service connection.
iii. Turning on water, tapping mains. No person except
an authorized City employee shall turn on any water supply
at the stop box or tap any distributing main or pipe of
the water system supply or insert a stop cock or other
appurtenance therein without a City permit.
iv. Repair of leaks. The consumer or owner shall be
responsible for the installation and maintenance of the
service pipe from the main in to the building served.
Such service pipes shall be all reasonable times subject
to inspection by duly authorized officials of the City,
and if repairs are ordered by the City, they must be made
within twenty-four (24) hours of such notice, and if said
repairs are not made, within said period, the City may
turn the water off.
v. Use of fire hydrants. No person other than an authorized
City employee shall operate a fire hydrant or interfere
in any way with the City water system without first obtaining
authority to do so from the City Clerk/Treasurer.
vi. Private water supply. No water pipe of the City
water supply system shall be connected with any pump,
well, or tank that is connected with any other source
of water supply. When such connection is found, the Water
Department shall notify the owner to sever the connection
and if this is not done immediately, the city shall turn
off the water supply forthwith. before any new connection
to the City system is permitted, the department shall
ascertain that no cross connection will exist when the
new connection is made.
vii. Restricted hours. Whenever the City Council determines
that a shortage of water supply threatens the City, it
may, by resolution, limit the times and hours during which
City water may be used for sprinkling, irrigation, car
washing, air conditioning, or other specified uses. After
publication of the resolution or two (2) days after the
mailing of the resolution to each customer, no person
shall use or permit water to be used in violation of the
resolution and any customer who does so shall be charged
$100 for each day of violation and the charge shall be
added to his next water bill. If the emergency requires
immediate compliance with terms of the resolution, the
City Council may provide for delivery of a copy of the
resolution shall be subject to the charge provided above.
Continued violation shall be cause for discontinuance
of water service.
viii. Permitting use by others. No person shall permit
City water to be used for any purpose except upon his
own premises except in an emergency and then only if written
permission is first obtained for the City Clerk/Treasurer.
Anyone wishing to obtain water from a hydrant for construction
purposes shall make application to the City Clerk/Treasurer
for such services.
Except for the extinguishment of fires, no person other
than an authorized City employee shall use water from
the City water supply system or permit water to be drawn
therefrom unless the water passes through a meter approved
by the City. No person shall connect, disconnect, take
apart, or in any such manner change or interfere with
any such meter or its use. Said meters shall remain intact
and in the same condition as installed pursuant to this
meter setting. Every water meter shall be installed in
accordance with the following provisions.
of Meter Required. Each water consumer shall at their
own expense install a remote reading meter of a type approved
by the Water Department. The installation shall comply
with the directions and requirements of the Water Department.
Each water consumer shall pay to the City of Silver Lake,
upon receipt of a statement therefore, the cost of the
remote reading water meter according to the initial schedule
|Addition of Remote to Existing Rockwell Meter
|Replacement of water meters less than 10 years old and can be reinstalled
in commercial establishments
The installation of the remote reading meters shall be
completed within ninety (90) days after notification from
the city administrator.
The service pipe
from the water main to the meter shall be brought through
the floor in a vertical position where the pipe enters
the building. The stop and waste valve shall be twelve
(12) inches above the floor.
The bottom of the
meter shall be between six (6) and twelve (12) inches
above the finished floor line. The meter shall be set
not more than twelve (12) inches horizontally from the
inside line of the basement wall unless a different
position is approved by the Water Department. A suitable
bracket shall be provided to support the meter in a
proper vertical position and prevent noise from vibrating.
Each meter installed
shall have a stop and waste valve on the street side
of the meter. In no case shall more than twelve (12)
inches of pipe be exposed between the point of entrance
through the basement floor and the stop and waste valve.
A stop and waste valve shall also be installed on the
house side of the water meter.
4. The water pipe connecting with the main shall not
exceed two (2) feet under the basement floor from the
inside of the basement wall to the water meter connection.
5. Meter setting devices for 5/8 inch, 3/4 inch, and
1-inch meters shall be of copper pipe or tubing from
the terminus of the service pipe up to and including
the stop and waste value on the building site.
iii. Complaints: meter testing. When a consumer complains
that the bill for any past service period is excessive,
the City shall have the meter re-read on request. if
the consumer remains unsatisfied, he may, on written request,
and the deposit of $5.00, have the meter tested. If the
test shows an error in the City's favor exceeding five
percent of the water consumed, the deposit shall be refunded,
an accurate meter shall be installed, and the bill shall
be adjusted accordingly. the cost of the meter shall
be paid by the consumer, at the cost figure as provided
in Section 4, Subd. 4,c of this Chapter. Such adjustment
shall not exceed back more than one service period from
the date of the written request.
c. Plumbing regulations.
i. Service pipes. Every service pipe shall be laid with sufficient bend
to allow not less than one (1) foot of extra length and
in such manner as to prevent rupture by settlement. the
service pipe shall be placed not less than seven (7) feet
below the surface and be so arranged as to prevent rupture
by freezing. A shut-off or other stop cock with waste value
of the size and strength required shall be placed close
to the inside wall of the building and be well protected
from freezing. Copper tubing shall be used for all services
of two (2) inches or less. Joints on copper tubing shall
be as few as possible and not more than one joint shall
be used for a service up to seventy (70) feet in length.
Each joint shall be left uncovered until inspected by the
City. Every service over two (2) inches shall be of cast
iron. Connections with the mains for domestic supply shall
be at least 3/4 of an inch.
d. Water rates.
i. Rate schedule. Each water use shall pay for water used. The rates
to be paid shall be set by the City Council by resolution
from time to time and shall be payable on the calendar year,
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