Water Department : Ordinances
13.05 WATER SPRINKLING BAN
(2) NOTICE. In order to inform citizens of the City of a water sprinkling ban, the Administrator shall contact the appropriate media indicating the nature of the ban to be imposed. After such notification, the sprinkling ban shall become immediately effective under the terms and conditions established by the Administrator.
(3) PENALTIES. Any person who shall violate the terms of the water sprinkling ban shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a forfeiture together with the costs of prosecution as follows:
13.06 CROSS-CONNECTION TO WATER SERVICE
(1) DEFINED. 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 chemicals, whereby there may be a flow from one system to the other, the direction of the flow depending on the pressure differential between the two systems.
(2) CROSS-CONNECTION AND INTERCONNECTION RESTRICTED. No person shall establish or maintain 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 City may enter the supply or distribution system of the City unless such private, auxiliary, or emergency water supply and the method of connection and use of each supply shall have been approved by the Utility Administrator and by the State Department of Natural Resources in accordance with Wis. Adm. Code NR 811.25(3).
(3) DUTY TO INSPECT. It shall be the duty of the Utility Commission to cause inspections to be made of all properties served by the public water system where cross-connections with the public water system are possible. The frequency of inspections and re-inspections based on potential health hazards involved shall be established by the Commission and as approved by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
(4) RIGHT OF ENTRY. Upon presentation of credentials, the representative of the 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 under 566.0119, Wis. Stats. 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.
(5) ENFORCEMENT. The Utility is hereby authorized and directed to discontinue water service to any property wherein any connection in violation of this section exists, and to take such other precautionary measures necessary to eliminate danger of contamination of the public water system. Water service shall be discontinued only after reasonable notice and opportunity for hearing under Ch. 6 of this Code, except as provided in Sub. (6) . Water service to such property shall not be restored until the cross-connection, or suspicion thereof, has been eliminated in compliance with the provisions of this section.
(6) EMERGENCY DISCONTINUANCE. If it is determined by the Utility Commission that a cross-connection or an emergency endangers public health, safety, or welfare and requires immediate action and written finding to that affect is filed with the City Clerk and delivered to the customerís premises, service may be immediately discontinued. The customer shall have the opportunity for hearing under Ch. 6 of this code within ten days of such emergency discontinuance.
(7) STATE CODE ADOPTED. The State Plumbing Code, Wis. Adm. Code COMM 62, is hereby adopted by reference.
13.07 PRIVATE WELL ABANDONMENT
(1) PURPOSE. The purpose of this section is to prevent unused and/or improperly constructed wells from serving as a passage for contaminated surface or near-surface waters or other materials to reach the usable ground water. These wells must be properly filled and sealed.
(2) ABANDONMENT REQUIRED. All private wells located on any premises which is served by the public water system of the City shall be properly filled no later than one year from the date of connection to the municipal water system. Only those wells for which a well operation permit has been granted by the City Clerk may be exempted from this requirement, subject to conditions of proper maintenance and operation.
(3) WELL OPERATION PERMITS. A permit may be granted by the Utility to a well owner to operate a well for a period not to exceed five years if the following requirements are met. Application shall be made on forms furnished by the City Clerk.
(a) The well and pump installation meet the requirements of Wis. Adm. Code NR 812 and a well constructorís report is on file with the Department of Natural Resources, or certification of the acceptability of the well has been granted by the Private Water Supply Section of the Department of Natural Resources.
(b) The well has a history of producing safe water and presently produces bacteriologically safe water as evidenced by 3 samplings, 2 weeks apart.
(c) The proposed use of a well can be justified as being necessary in addition to water provided by the public water system.
(d) No physical connection shall exist between the piping of the public water system and the private well.
(e) Renewals for the well operating permit may be obtained at two year intervals following issuance of the original permit and shall require only one water sampling as set forth in paragraph (b).
(f) The proposed use of the well and pump installation can be justified as being necessary in addition to water provided by the municipal water system.
(4) METHOD OF ABANDONMENT. Wells to be abandoned shall be filled and sealed according to the procedures outlined in Wis. Adm. Code NR 812. The pump and piping must be removed and the well checked for obstructions prior to the plugging. Any obstruction or well liner must be removed. All cost of required work and materials shall be paid for by the property owner.
(5) REPORTS AND INSPECTION. A well abandonment report must be submitted by the well owner to the Department of Natural Resources on forms provided by that agency which are available at the office of the City Clerk. The report shall be submitted immediately upon completion of the filling and sealing of the well. The well filling and sealing must be observed by an authorized representative of the Utility Commission.
(6) PENALTY. Any person violating any provision of this section shall, upon conviction, be punished by a forfeiture of not less than $200 or more than $1000, together with the cost of prosecution. Each 24 hour period during which a violation exists shall be deemed and constitute a separate offense.
13.08 OFFENSES INVOLVING UTILITY SYSTEMS
(1) OPENING AND CLOSING FIRE HYDRANTS AND CURBSTOPS. No person shall open or close any fire hydrant valve or curb-stop connected with the water system of the City without the permission of the Utility Administrator, except in the case of a fire, and then only under the direction of the Fire Chief.
(2) TAMPERING WITH METERS; USING FALSE METERS. No person shall tamper with a utility meter or use a false meter.
(3) COVERING OR CONCEALING METERS PROHIBITED. No person shall cover or conceal from view or remove any meter placed by the City, its employees or agents, except authorized City officials or City employees when acting in their official capacity.
(4) CONNECTIONS WITH MAIN, LINE, OR SERVICE OF UTILITIES. No person, unless acting under the authority of the Council, the Utility Commission, or the Administrator, shall make or permit to be made any connections with a main, line, or service system of any utility or turn on or use any water, electricity or heat, or service of any utility without first obtaining a permit therefore from the Administrator.