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ORDINANCE NUMBER 2016-01 (Copy)

THE STATE OF TEXAS

COUNTY OF GALVESTON

AN ORDINANCE GOVERNING THE USE AND MANNER OF CONNECTING TO THE SANITARY SEWER AND WATER SYSTEM OF THE BACLIFF MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT, BACLIFF, TEXAS, AND REPLACES ORDINANCE NUMBER 97-02 IN ITS ENTIRETY. GOVERNING THE INSTALLATION OF ALL SERVICE LINES FOR WATER AND SEWER FROM THE HOUSE TO THE TAPS. CREATING THE OFFICE OF PLUMBING INSPECTOR. PROVIDING FOR CERTIFICATES OF CONSTRUCTION AND INSPECTION. PRESCRIBING WATER AND SEWER CHARGES. PRESCRIBING WATER, SEWER TAP AND FIRE PROTECTION FEES. PROVIDING THAT ANY PERSON, FIRM OR CORPORATION WHO SHALL OMIT OR REFUSE TO COMPLY WITH, OR WHO VIOLATES ANY OF THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ORDINANCE, SHALL BE FINED IN ANY SUM NOT MORE THAN $50.00 FOR EACH OFFENSE. THE FINE WILL BE DOUBLED IF THE VIOLATION IS NOT CORRECTED WITHIN TEN (10) DAYS OF FIRST NOTIFICATION.

KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS:

PLUMBING CODE

Bacliff Municipal Utility District hereby adopts the 2015 International Plumbing Code and all future revisions of same as the standard for plumbing installations in Bacliff Municipal Utility District.

CREATING THE OFFICE OF PLUMBING INSPECTOR

The office of plumbing inspector is hereby created; which office shall be filled by the Superintendent of the BACLIFF MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT or by an appointed repre-sentative of the Board of Directors.

CERTIFICATE OF CONSTRUCTION

Application for certificate of Construction to connect with the water system or sewer sys-tem must be made by the owner or authorized agent such application shall give the precise loca-tion of the property, the name of the owner, and the name of the person employed to do the work, and the type of work to be performed. All applicable permits for construction from Galveston County or any applicable authority, specifically including documents which evidence that the structure meets all windstorm resistance requirements of the State of Texas, must be submitted to the BACLIFF MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT prior to permanent connection to the water or sewer systems of the District. Approval on final inspection pursuant to Article XII. of the Sewer Service and Sewer Connection Section of this ordinance must be obtained prior to permanent connection to the water system or sewer system of the BACLIFF MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT. IN ADDITION TO ALL OTHER PENALTIES AND LIABILITIES IN THIS ORDINANCE, ANY CONNECTION TO THE SYSTEM IN VIOLATION OF THIS ORDINANCE SHALL SUBJECT THAT CONSUMER TO IMMEDIATE DISCONNECTION FROM THE SYSTEM WITHOUT NOTICE.

WATER HOUSE LINES AND WATER CONNECTIONS
RULES AND REGULATIONS

That the following rules and regulations governing water house lines and water connections be and they are hereby adopted within the jurisdiction of the BACLIFF MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT.

I. DEPOSIT
A. A deposit of $175.00 for residential owners must be paid before connection to the water system. The deposit may be increased for cause in the amount of $50.00. If a deposit is not made and water is found to be used, a deposit in the amount of $225.00 will be required.

B. A deposit of $200.00 per meter for commercial users must be paid before connection to the water system.

C. A deposit of $500.00 for recreational vehicles and mobile home parks using one (1) meter and containing more than ten (10) rentable spaces must be paid before connection to the water system.

D. A commercial customer whose payment has been received by the District past the due date twice within a twelve (12) month period will be required to have on file with the District a deposit equal to the greater of $500.00 or an amount equal to the customer's averaged service charges. The previous three (3) months' charges will be averaged to determine the necessary deposit.

E. If any customer transfers ownership of his property, has his service cut off for lack of payment, or submits payments after their due date twice within a twelve-month period, the District at its option may increase the customer's deposit to the amount set out in I .A. or D. hereof.

F. Residential and commercial deposits remain on account until the account is closed. Deposits are applied to the customer's final bill when the account is closed. If any balance remains, the balance is refunded to the customer of record. The dIifferance is refunded by Mail at the first of the following month,depending on close out date.


II. SERVICE LINES
A. A 3/4-inch water tap will be made approximately six (6) to eight (8) weeks from time of application. Taps will be placed at the property line anywhere as long as they are ten (10) feet or more away from sewer taps, and are not under a drive-way. An inspection is required before service line is covered. A stake marked "WATER" will be placed where the tap is requested.

B. PVC schedule #40 pipe for use with potable water for human consumption is to be used in connecting to the water system.

C. A brass gate valve must be installed on user's side of meter at the dwelling. All brass materials will conform to the provisions of Section XI (Prohibited Items) of the Sewer Service and Sewer Connections rules contained herein.
D. No stop and waste valves or any type of drain valve will be allowed below ground level, stop waste and drain valves must be a minimum of six (6) inches above ground.

E. Each living unit must have a separate meter, with the exception of RV parks, within the District. If an RV park does not have separate metering, the owner of said park is responsible for the deposit and bill.

III. CROSS CONNECTION CONTROL PROGRAM

A. No water service connection shall be made to any establishment where a potential or actual contamination hazard exists unless the water supply is protect in accordance with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Rules and Regulations for Public Water Systems (TCEQ Rules) and this ordinance. The water purveyor shall discontinue water service if a required backflow prevention assembly is not installed, maintained and tested in accordance with TCEQ Rules and Section VIII of the provisions of the Sewer Service and Sewer Connections rules contained herein.

IV. PENALTIES AND LIABILITIES

A. Water service may be discontinued whenever current month's billing has not been paid. The meter will be locked if it is found to have been turned back on by any-one other than District personnel after service has been discontinued.

B. No person, firm or organization shall connect to or in any way tamper with the main lines of the District. The District will oversee or perform all connections, any unapproved connections or tampering could result in penalties or prosecution.

C. No subscriber to the water and sewer service is allowed to remove lock or turn on water supply once turned off by the District.

D. Fire hydrants are absolutely off limits to anyone other than District employees and the Bacliff Fire Department. Anyone tampering with the fire hydrants will be prosecuted.

E. No meter will be reconnected until all payment due the District is received. There will be a service fee of $20.00 if delinquent bill is not paid by the 19th of the month, and an additional disconnect fee of $20.00 if disconnected for lack of payment. District regular service hours are 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, and 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Friday, there will be an additional $20.00 fee for after hour reconnection.

F. The District reserves the right to file any necessary charges against any user for willfully removing lock and further charges and penalties will be assessed.

G. The District reserves the right to refuse to provide service to a new owner of property if the previous owner's account has an unpaid balance on the property being transferred.

V. WATER AND SEWER CHARGES, PLUS OTHER RELATED CHARGES

A. All fees for water and sewer service will be uniform and equal as shown on schedules attached hereto.

B. No free service shall be granted.

C. If water and sewer service has been terminated and the premises continues to be occupied, sewer service line will be severed/removed and capped. Reconnection of service will be assessed a fee of $300, as shown on schedules attached hereto.

D. Property owner may have water temporarily turned on for cleanup of residence for a fee of $35.00, plus charges for water usage.

SEWER SERVICE AND SEWER CONNECTIONS

The following regulations are to govern the installation of all sanitary connections within the BACLIFF MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT.

I. SERVICE LINES

A. A 4" sewer tap will be made approximately six (6) to eight (8) weeks from time of application. Taps will be placed anywhere along the property line as long as they are ten (10) feet from a water line and not under a driveway. A stake marked "SEWER" will be placed where the tap is required. The sewer line should not be laid until the tap is made. There may be a maximum of four (4) connections to one sewer tap. Sewer charges shall be per connection, not per tap.

B. Service line is defined as the sewer line from the foundation of the house or commercial building to the sewer line owned by the District. As stated above, a minimum of ten (10) feet should be maintained between water and sewer lines.

C. Service lines must be a minimum size of four (4) inches for residential and commercial may require six (6) inch or larger depending on the load. Use of Schedule #40 pipe is required.

D. The District governs the installation of all sewer lines from house to tap. A smooth, neat joint shall be made, and the connection made sewer and water tight. A cleanout must be installed at the house and at each 90 bend. Special fittings may be used for the connection only when they are approved by the Superintendent. Property owners/Tenant must cap or repair open or damaged sewer service lines within their property and after demolition of structures or removal of modular homes, travel trailer and RVs within their premises to prevent inflow and in-filtration into the Districts sewer collection system. The property owner will have 15 days from notice by the District to make repairs. An inflow fee of $50.00 (plus cost) will be assessed as on attached schedule hereto, if applicable.

E. Minimum cover over service line is twelve (12) inches once it has extended out four (4) feet from the house and eighteen (18) inches when placed where vehicles may drive over it. The minimum depth may be altered where it is not feasible to do the above, upon approval of the District's inspector.

F. The following types of pipe and fitting materials are approved for constructing service lines.

1. Service line pipe must be P. V. C. four inch (4") Schedule #40 with D.W.V. type fitting. Only Schedule #40 pipe can be used under slabs and in walls.

G. All pipe and fitting used must be clearly marked as to the type and their specifications. All the named materials must be properly primed (only colored primer is permitted) and cemented to the manufacturers' specifications.

H. Minimum grades for service lines shall be as follows:

1. 4 inch pipe one foot drop per hundred feet (1%)
2. 6 inch pipe six inch drop per hundred feet (0.55)
3. 8 inch pipe four inch drop per hundred feet (0.33%)

I. Maximum grades for service lines shall be as follows:

1. 4 inch pipe - two feet six-inch drop per hundred feet (2.5%)
2. 6 inch pipe - six inch drop per hundred feet (1.5%)
3. 8 inch pipe - one foot drop per hundred feet (1%)

J. Construct service lines to true alignment and grade. Warped and sagging lines will not be permitted.

II. CONNECTION OF BUILDING SEWER OUTLET TO SERVICE LINES

A. Building tie-on connection will be made directly to the building plumbing at the foundation on all waste outlets. It is important to do away with any existing cement pipe (if any) and tie directly onto the stub-outs.

B. Water tight adapters of a type with the materials being joined will be used at the point of connection of the service line to the building plumbing. NO CEMENT GROUT MATERIALS ARE PERMITTED.

III. FITTING, CLEAN OUTS AND FIXTURES

A. No bends or turns at any point will be greater than 45 degrees. Long sweeps are permitted when used within 20 feet of a clean out.

B. There will be no run of pipe greater than sixty (60) feet without a clean out. A clean-out shall be at or near property line.

C. All clean outs will be brought up to within at least two (2) inches of ground sur-face; except, where there is a possibility of being driven over and they are not en-cased in cement, in such case, the minimum depth of the top of the clean out will be one (1) foot.

D. The smallest waste lines permitted in the ground to enter service lines is two (2) inch Schedule #40. All waste lines must be easily cleaned out by home owner if needed.

E. All stacks and clean out fitting must be Schedule #40 and marked as such. Clean outs will be made air tight with mechanical plug.

F. All fixtures that are tied onto service line must be supplied water by the District's meter only. All fixtures will have water seal/p traps that are properly vented (no s traps) to assure no sewer gas leakage. Vents will be raised above roof and properly secured. Reference Trap Illustration (1) attached.

IV. CONNECTION CERTIFICATE OF CONSTRUCTION

A. Application for sanitary sewer service must be filed prior to construction of the service line. Construction of the sewer line must not begin until authorized by the District. Applicant must show that all required Galveston County permits have been obtained before authorization to proceed is given by the District.

B. When the service lines are complete and prior to back filling the pipe trench, the applicant for sewer service shall request an inspection of the installation pursuant to Article VII. of this ordinance. Request for inspection shall be made to the District's office twenty-four hours in advance of inspection.

C. Back filling of service line trench must be accomplished within twenty-four (24) hours of inspection and approval. No debris will be permitted in the trench. Pipe will be packed so as not to alter grade upon backfilling.

D. Connection will be permitted and approved after inspection confirms that all re-quirements of these rules and regulations have been met.

V. EXCLUDED FLOW AND WASTE

A. No downspouts, yard or street drains, or gutters will be permitted to be connected in any way into the District's sanitary sewer facilities.

B. No waste material which is not biologically degradable will be permitted to dis-charge into the District's sewage facilities, including mud and debris accumulated during service line installation. Sand traps and oil and grease traps will be re-quired where needed. Restaurants are required to install a grease trap to the District's specifications. Sand, oil and grease traps will be cleaned annually each year, or more often if the District requires.

C. Swimming pool connections may be made to the District's sewer system. The Dis-trict will charge a fee for such connections.

VI. MOBILE HOMES, TRAILERS AND RECREATIONAL VEHICLES

A. The District requires an inspection to be made upon each installation of a mobile home, trailer or recreational vehicle in order to insure that no in infiltration of wa-ter into the District's line will occur. A fee will be charged for such an inspection.

VII. NEW CONSTRUCTION

A. Only Schedule #40 pipe may be used throughout all the plumbing. Inspection will be needed for all the plumbing.

B. New constructions such as trailer parks, subdivisions, etc. must be approved by the Board of Directors.

C. Back flow preventors are required on all residential lawn sprinkler systems.

D. All residential and commercial buildings fronting any street or alley in the District must have the property address posted on the structure. Letters and numbers used to mark addresses should be at least three (3) inches in size, and should be placed on the building so they are visible from the street.

VIII. BACK FLOW PREVENTION ASSEMBLY INSTALLTION, TESTING AND MAINTENANCE

A. All backflow prevention assemblies shall be tested by a recognized backflow prevention assembly tester and certified to be operating within specifications. Back-flow prevention assemblies which are installed to provide protection against health hazards must also be tested and certified to be operating within specifications at least annually by a recognized backflow prevention assembly tester.

B. All backflow prevention assemblies shall be installed and tested in accordance with the manufacture's instructions, the American Water Works Association's Recommended Practice for Backflow Prevention and Cross-Connection Control (Manual M14) or The University of Southern California Manual of Cross-Connection Control.

C. Assemblies shall be repaired, overhauled, or replaced at the expense of the customer whenever said assemblies are found to be defective. Original forms of such test, repairs and overhaul shall be kept and submitted to the Bacliff Municipal Utility District within five (5) working days of the test, repair or overhaul of each backflow prevention assembly.

D. No backflow prevention assembly or device shall be removed from use, relocated or other assembly or devise substituted without the approval of the Bacliff Municipal Utility District. Whenever the existing assembly or devise is moved from the present location or can not be repaired, the backflow assembly or device shall be replaced with a backflow prevention assembly or device that complies with this section, The American Water Works Association's Recommended Practice for Backflow Prevention and Cross-Connection Control (Manual M14) or The University of Southern California Manual of Cross-Connection Control, current addition, or the current Plumbing Code of the Bacliff Municipal Utility District., whichever is more stringent.

E. Test gauges used for backflow prevention assembly testing shall be calibrated at least annually in accordance with the American Water Works Association's Recommended Practice for Backflow Prevention and Cross-Connection Control (Manual M14) or The University of Southern California Manual of Cross-Connection Control, current addition. The original calibration form must be submitted to the Bacliff Municipal Utility District upon request.

F. A recognized backflow prevention assembly tester must hold a current endorsement from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (Commission).

IX. MISCELLANEOUS

A. The Health Department requires dumpster to be placed on cement slabs and tied into the sewer system as required by State law for dumpsters at restaurants and grocery stores. A monthly sewer charge of $10.00 will be imposed on each dumpster so connected.

B. Anyone who pours concrete over the District's water and sewer lines or encases meters is responsible for allowing access to the affected line and/or meter for re-pair purposes. The line and/or meter must be cleared at the owner's expense.

X. PENALTIES AND LIABILITIES

A. Failure to adhere to the preceding construction regulations will result in a fine of Fifty Dollars ($50.00) per violation. The fine will double if the violation is not corrected within ten (10) days of first notification.

B. Installers or property owners are jointly responsible for non-adherence to construction regulations.

C. Service will not be provided by the District until the requirements herein have been met and a written certificate of Construction has been granted and filed at the District office.

D. Variances or alterations to these procedures may be authorized by the Superintendent subject to the approval of the Board of Directors of the BACLIFF MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT

E. If the customer continues to use the sewer system of the District thirty (30) days after the removal of the District's meter, the District may take appropriate steps to plug the sewer line to the property in question. The charge for removal of the plug will be $300.00.

XI. PROHIBITED ITEMS

The use of pipes and pipe fittings that contain more than .25 percent lead or solders and flux that contain more than 0.2 percent lead is prohibited in the following circumstances:

A. For installation or repair of any public water supply, and

B. For installation or repair of any plumbing in a residential or nonresidential facility providing water for human consumption and connected to a public drinking water supply system.

C. This requirement will be waived for lead joints that are necessary for repairs to cast iron pipe.

XII. CUSTOMER SERVICE INSPECTIONS

A. Customer service inspections are required by the Texas Commission on Environ-mental Quality for all new construction, material improvement, correction, addition to private plumbing, or when the District in its sole discretion believes that a cross connection or unacceptable plumbing exists on any premises.

B. On new construction, the Superintendent or his assistant shall be given notice when work is completed and ready for inspection. All work must be left uncovered and convenient for examination until inspected and approved.

C. If a customer service inspection is required by the District, the customer has the following options:

1. The customer service inspection may be performed by a plumbing inspectors licensed by the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners, Licensed plumbers holding the water supply protection specialist endorsement, or Customer Service Inspectors licensed by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality acceptable to the District at the customer's own expense; or

2. Certified Waterworks Operators, and members of other water related professional groups who have completed a training course, passed an examination administered by the Commission or its designated agent, and hold a current endorsement issued by the Commission.

3. The District may provide an inspector at the request of the customer at a charge of $100.00 per inspection if available.

D. The customer will be required to make any improvement or changes to the customer's water system prior to the customer being allowing to connect to the District's water system.

FIRE PROTECTION

The following regulations services within the District: are to fire protection services with-in the District:

I. BACLIFF VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

A. Fire protection services are provided to District customers through a contract be-tween the District and the Bacliff Volunteer Fire Department.

B. The Bacliff Volunteer Fire Department is not an agent, subdivision, subsidiary or subcontractor of the District, and the District is not responsible in any way for the acts of commission or omission, either voluntary or involuntary, of the Bacliff Volunteer Fire Department.

II. FIRE PROTECTION CHARGES

A. All fees for fire protection service will be uniform and equal as shown on the schedule attached hereto.

B. No free service shall be granted.

C. The fee for fire protection services shall be considered a part of the fee for provision of water and sewer services, and payment shall be subject to enforcement ei-ther by termination of all services pursuant to section IV of the Water House Lines and Water Connections section hereof or by imposition of fines pursuant to section X of the Sewer Service and Service Connections section of the Ordinance.

SOLID WASTE COLLECTION

Trash service is provided to the Districts Non Commercial residents through a contract between the District and a contractor. A curbside solid waste collection for all residential customers on a twice per week schedule, including heavy trash pickup once per week. Charges for this service are included in all residential customers' monthly bills, and customers are subject to the same penalties for nonpayment as for other services provided. The contractor is not an agent, subdivision, or subsidiary of the District, and the District is not responsible in any way for the acts of commission or omission, either voluntary or involuntary, of the contractor.
EFFECTIVE DATE

The terms and provisions of this Ordinance 2016-01 shall become effective from and after the 13th day of June, 2016.
PASSED AND APPROVED this the 13th day of June, 2016.
Brad Bingham
President
ATTEST:
Dale Patterson
Secretary


WATER, SEWER AND FIRE PROTECTION FEES
ALL FEES MUST BE PAID BEFORE WORK IS STARTED.


Taps
Water Tap (standard 3/4 inch)
$1,500.00
Sewer Tap (standard 4 inch)
$1,500.00
*Water Tap (1 inch)
$2,000.00
Water Tap (1 1/2 inch)
$2,500.00
Water Tap (2 inch)
$3,500.00
*Returned Check
$25.00

Deposit
Residential
$175.00
Commercial
$200.00
Increased With Cause
$50.00

Fees
Fire Protection Fee (monthly per living unit)
Residential
$7.00
Commercial
$20.00
Inspection Fee
$50.00
RV Inspection Fee
$25.00
Transfer Service
$15.00
Disconnect Fee
$20.00
Service Fee (after the 19th)
$20.00
Pulled Meter (additional)
$50.00
Broken Cut-Off Valve
$50.00 - $75.00
Capping of Sewer Cleanout on Private Property
$25.00 plus costs
Remove Sewer Plus After Meter Pulled
$300.00 - $750.00
After Hours Reconnect Fee (after 4:30 p.m.)
$20.00
Additional Lock Meter Fee
$35.00
Broken Lock Fee
$35.00
Street Lights (monthly per living unit)
$2.25
Trash Service (Residential Only)
$15.75
Broken or Damaged Sewer Line Inflow Fee
$50.00
*Larger size taps will incur additional tap fees