Chapter 2
WATER SYSTEM1linklink

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8-2-1: DEFINITIONS:
8-2-2: WATER CONNECTION REQUIREMENTS; SERVICE CHARGES:
8-2-3: APPLICATION FOR INSTALLATION OF WATER SERVICE:
8-2-4: RATES AND CHARGES:
8-2-5: INSTALLATION FEE:
8-2-6: MAINTENANCE OF SERVICE LINES:
8-2-7: SEPARATE SERVICES:
8-2-8: WATER METERS:
8-2-9: USE OF CURB COCK, SERVICE KEY:
8-2-10: INSPECTION OF WATER CONNECTION:
8-2-11: TURNING ON WATER WITHOUT AUTHORITY; TAMPERING WITH CITY PROPERTY:
8-2-12: CITY'S RIGHT TO SHUT OFF WATER:
8-2-13: FIRE PROTECTION FACILITIES; HYDRANTS:
8-2-14: WATER LINE REQUIREMENTS:
8-2-15: CONSERVATION AND WASTE OF WATER:

8-2-1: DEFINITIONS:linklink


The following words, terms and phrases, as used in this chapter, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:

ADJOINING OR ADJACENT: Shall refer to a water line which is or has been laid, placed, or constructed on either side of a street right of way or within an easement abutting a particular parcel or tract.

CONNECTION: The tapping into a public water line, installation of a water meter, and the placement of a private service line between the meter and a building or structure, in a manner approved by the building official, which will permit the usage of the city water system.

PRIVATE SERVICE LINE: That portion of the water supply system located on private property, extending from the water meter to a building or structure.

PUBLIC SERVICE LINE: That portion of the water line located on public property, extending from the water main to the water meter.

WATER LINE: All water mains, valves, hydrants, and public service lines and connections which are laid, placed, or constructed in a public street, alley or easement and form a part of the water system of the city. (1994 Code § 34-21)
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8-2-2: WATER CONNECTION REQUIREMENTS; SERVICE CHARGES:linklink


A. Except in areas zoned A agriculture:

1. All buildings or structures, construction of which commenced on or after January 1, 1995, and

2. A water line was available in any street, alley, or easement adjoining or adjacent to the premises upon which the building or structure was located, at construction commencement, shall have all kitchen, culinary, bathroom and drinking facilities connected to the city water system.


B. Except in areas zoned A agriculture:

1. All buildings or structures, construction of which commenced before January 1, 1995, and

2. A water line was available in any street, alley or easement adjoining or adjacent to the premises upon which the building or structure is located as of January 1, 1995, and

3. Such building or structure was not connected to the city water system as of January 1, 1995, shall have the option of connecting all kitchen, culinary, bathroom and drinking facilities to the city water system or electing to become a water utility customer for fire protection services and, therefore, be subject to the following minimum water charge:

Single-family units     $16.00 per month  
Single commercial units     32.00 per month  
Multi-family units     16.00 minimum monthly charge  

per building, plus $2.00 for each dwelling unit, as defined by the latest edition of the international building code, within the building, up to a maximum of $60.00 for each building.

Manufactured or mobile home park - a minimum monthly charge of $16.00 per park, plus $2.00 for each licensed space, up to a maximum of $60.00 per month.

Multiuser commercial units - $16.00 per month,

plus $2.75 for each separate unit, up to a maximum monthly fee of $60.00. In order to qualify for this election, such person or entity must execute a written agreement on or before March 1, 1995, and must thereafter timely make the water charge payment to the city. In the event the monthly water charge payment is not timely made, such person or entity shall be required to connect to the water system as provided by this title. This election is subject to transfer, assignment or devise.


C. Except in areas zoned A agriculture:

1. Every building or structure, construction of which commenced prior to a water line being available in any street, alley or easement adjoining or adjacent to the premises upon which the building or structure is located, and

2. A water line becomes available in any street, alley or easement adjoining or adjacent to the premises upon which the building or structure is located on or after January 1, 1994, shall have the option of connecting all kitchen, culinary, bathroom and drinking facilities to the city water system or electing to become a water utility customer for fire protection services and, therefore, be subject to the minimum water charge of sixteen dollars ($16.00) per month. In order to qualify for this option, such person or entity must execute a written agreement within sixty (60) days after the water service becomes available and must thereafter timely make the water charge payment to the city. In the event the monthly water charge payment is not timely made, such person or entity shall be required to connect to the water system as provided by this title. This election is subject to transfer, assignment or devise.


D. All buildings or structures which are provided with municipal water for kitchen, drinking, bathroom and culinary purposes on September 19, 1989, shall continue to be so connected to municipal water at all times. Any person who owns, rents or is in control of a building or structure, which building or structure on September 19, 1989, or anytime thereafter, is connected with city water, shall be deemed a customer of the utility system regardless of the water usage or nonusage.


E. This section shall not be construed to limit the city's authority to require connection for new development pursuant to the subdivision regulations of the city.


F. All water used for kitchen, culinary, bathroom and drinking facilities from nonpublic water sources shall meet primary drinking water standards set forth by the state department of health and environmental protection agency. Should, at any time, the water quality violate these standards, the person shall, within thirty (30) days, bring the water into compliance with all primary drinking water standards. If not corrected within that time period, the water supply well(s) shall be disconnected by such person and the private distribution system shall be immediately connected by such person to a municipal water supply system.


G. No person who owns, rents, or is in control of a building or structure which is required to be connected to municipal water shall fail to connect to such municipal water.


H. Upon application by a residential water utility customer, the city shall place a public service line between the water line and the meter. This subsection shall only apply to customers whose property is adjoining or adjacent to a city water line. (Ord. 2006-22, 9-19-2006, eff. 11-1-2006)

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8-2-3: APPLICATION FOR INSTALLATION OF WATER SERVICE:linklink

The owner of any premises desiring to have such premises connected to the water system of the city shall make application therefor with the customer service department giving the description of the lot, block and addition thereof, upon forms furnished for that purpose. The application shall be signed by the owner or his duly authorized agent. (1994 Code § 34-23)
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8-2-4: RATES AND CHARGES:linklink


A. Definition: For the purpose of this section, the term "charging unit" shall mean:

1. Each occupied single-family dwelling;

2. Each unit designed to be occupied and used by one or more persons for living and cooking together in a multiple dwelling or apartment or apartment hotel, where at least one of the living units is occupied;

3. Each licensed lot for a mobile home or trailer coach in a mobile home park or in a trailer court; or

4. Each commercial establishment or premises other than those listed in subsections A2 and A3 of this section.


B. Rates: For water delivered through the meter to the consumer, there shall be charged and collected the monthly rates provided for in section 2-6E-5 of this code. (1994 Code § 34-51)

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8-2-5: INSTALLATION FEE:linklink

Any person who desires to have a new service installed for the use of city water shall, at the time of making application therefor, pay to the director of finance the appropriate fee as provided in section 2-6E-4 of this code. (1994 Code § 34-24; amd. 2003 Code)
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8-2-6: MAINTENANCE OF SERVICE LINES:linklink

All service lines between the water main and the meter shall be maintained by the city where the meter is on public property. If the meter is on private property, the consumer shall be liable for the maintenance of all service lines from the meter to the property line. On all new installations, the meter shall be set directly in front of the premises being served and in the street easements. (1994 Code § 34-25)
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8-2-7: SEPARATE SERVICES:linklink


A. Multiple Buildings; Separate Cutoffs: Where several houses, buildings or premises are supplied with water by one service connection with the city main, a separate cutoff shall be installed to control each meter, and at no time shall one meter register through another. Water will not be furnished until separate meters and cutoffs are provided.


B. Individual Service Connections: Every separate premises supplied water by the city shall have its own service connection with the city main, and no premises so supplied will be allowed to supply water to any other premises. (1994 Code § 34-26)

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8-2-8: WATER METERS:linklink


A. Meter Required: No person shall make a connection to or use water from any service until a meter has been set thereon.


B. Ownership Or Replacement Of Meter: All meters installed by the city shall be the property of the city and shall not be removed unless the use of water on the premises is to be discontinued. In cases where meters or meter boxes are lost, injured or broken by owner or occupant of the premises, it shall be replaced or repaired at the expense of the owner or occupant. The cost of the water meter shall not exceed the cost listed on the fee schedule located in section 2-6E-4 of this code. The cost of replacement or repair may also include the actual cost of parts, labor, and connection to the water line, if applicable. In case of the nonpayment of such fee, the water shall be shut off until paid. If a meter fails to register properly, the utility services customer shall be charged on an estimate made by the city based upon past consumption on the premises. (Ord. 2010-10, 9-21-2010)

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8-2-9: USE OF CURB COCK, SERVICE KEY:linklink

The city may permit owners or occupants of premises to have a service key with which he or she may shut off the curb cock for the purpose of making repairs on the premises. The curb cock, meter, radio devices, and all other property of the city of Enid shall be left in the same condition in which found. All damages incurred shall be the responsibility of the occupant. (Ord. 2009-25, 10-6-2009)
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8-2-10: INSPECTION OF WATER CONNECTION:linklink

Subject to constitutional limitations, any officer, inspector, meter reader or authorized employee of the city shall have free access at reasonable hours to any premises supplied with city water for the purpose of making an inspection of the water connection upon said premises. If any authorized employee be refused admittance to any premises or prevented from making such inspection, the city may cause the water to be cut off therefrom forthwith. (1994 Code § 34-30)
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8-2-11: TURNING ON WATER WITHOUT AUTHORITY; TAMPERING WITH CITY PROPERTY:linklink


A. Service Initiation Without Authority: When water has been shut off from any premises for any cause, no person other than an authorized official of the water department shall again connect such premises for water service. If water is turned on without such authority, the city shall then shut off the water at the main or remove a portion of the service connection at the cock and shall charge the utility services customer listed on the account, the owner of the structure located at the account address, or the current tenant at the account address the actual cost of shutting off and reinstalling the connection before the water is restored to the premises.


B. Tampering With City Property: If water service is reconnected by anyone other than city personnel, the account associated shall be charged a fee as outlined in section 2-6E-12 of this code. In addition to a fee, the utility services customer listed on the account, the owner of the structure located at the account address, or the current tenant at the account address will be responsible for the cost of repair or replacement of city property as described above and may be charged with a crime in a criminal court. (Ord. 2010-10, 9-21-2010)

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8-2-12: CITY'S RIGHT TO SHUT OFF WATER:linklink

The city reserves the right at any time, without notice, to shut off the water supply for repair, extension, or any other reason other than nonpayment of bill, and shall not be responsible for any damage caused by the interruption of water service2. (1994 Code § 34-32; amd. 2003 Code)
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8-2-13: FIRE PROTECTION FACILITIES; HYDRANTS:linklink


A. Services For Private Fire Protection: Services for fire protection shall be fitted only with such fixtures as are needed for fire protection. Such fixtures shall be entirely disconnected from those used for other purposes. Whenever practical, the hose shall be kept attached to the fixtures, suspended for use in case of fire.


B. Interference With Fire Hydrants: No person except those duly authorized by the city shall open, turn on, turn off, interfere with, attach any pipe or hose to, or connect anything with any fire hydrant, valve or in any manner molest or interfere with the same, or obstruct the access to any fire hydrant by placing around or adjacent thereto any stone, building material or structure of any kind, or wilfully or carelessly injure such hydrant in any manner. (Ord. 2013-19, 3-5-2013)

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8-2-14: WATER LINE REQUIREMENTS:linklink

Water lines shall be laid in accordance with the standard specifications of the city and be of sufficient size to provide both adequate water service and fire protection. They shall also conform to the city's current master plan for water distribution system lines and their development. All water lines laid in public streets, alleys, easements or other public places shall become the property of the city, unless otherwise agreed upon by the city manager. (1994 Code § 34-35)
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8-2-15: CONSERVATION AND WASTE OF WATER:linklink


A. Preventing Waste; Maintaining Lines And Fixtures: All persons using water from the water system shall exercise reasonable measures to prevent the wanton or negligent waste thereof and prevent threats to the health, safety, or welfare of the public by maintaining all private water lines and pipe between the outlet side of the water meter and all fixture openings in watertight and nonleaking condition and in accordance with all city standards and specifications.


B. Cutoff Valve: Such persons shall install and maintain an approved cutoff valve in the private supply line for use in shutting off water during the periods that repairs in any private water lines are necessary.


C. Owner Or Occupant Responsibility: All such repairs, and all maintenance and the expense thereof shall be the responsibility of the owner or occupant of the premises affected.


D. Failure To Make Repairs; Termination Of Service: If any owner or occupant fails or refuses to make or cause to be made such repairs as necessary to stop a leaky condition, his failure or refusal shall be cause for the temporary termination by the city of water services at the premises.


E. Notice Of Termination Of Service: The city shall provide the owner or occupant twenty four (24) hours' notice prior to the termination of water service hereunder.


F. Proof Of Making Repairs: Should said necessary repairs be made by a licensed plumber or should arrangements be made by and between the owner or occupant and a licensed plumber for said necessary repairs to be made within a time period acceptable to the utility billing director or his designated representative, and should said necessary repairs or arrangements for repairs be reasonably verifiable by the utility billing director within said twenty four (24) hour notice period, then service to said premises shall not be terminated hereunder. However, should said necessary repairs not have been made pursuant to the standards, specifications, and requirements of the city, or should said repairs not have been made within a reasonable time pursuant to said arrangements, then said water service may be terminated without further notice.


G. Conservation Requirement: Upon direction by city of Enid staff to conserve water during a drought or to prevent a water shortage, citizens must comply by reducing their water consumption as described herein:

Phase 1: Persons with residences or commercial buildings on the even numbered sides of the street may only water their lawns on even numbered days, and persons with residences or commercial buildings on the odd numbered sides of the street may only water their lawns on odd numbered days.

Phase 2: In addition to the restrictions in phase 1 of this section, no sprinkler systems or sprinklers are allowed. Outside watering is restricted to handheld watering only, no more than one hour per day. Commercial users may be contacted to decrease consumption.

Phase 3: In addition to the restrictions in phases 1 and 2 of this section, the following emergency water conservation rates shall commence and shall continue until the city manager finds that the emergency is over:

1.   Emergency water conservation residential rates:    
  Rates for all residential customers (amount in gallons of water service):    
    Minimum of 1,000 gallons   $10.46  
    Price per 1,000 gallons over first 1,000 gallons to 6,999 gallons   2.98  
    Price per 1,000 gallons over first 6,999 gallons to 10,999 gallons   4.63  
    Price per 1,000 gallons thereafter   10.55  
2.   Emergency water conservation rate for irrigation meters:    
  Residential irrigation meters (with meter on property where there is a household meter):    
    Price per 1,000 gallons for 6,999 gallons or less   2.98  
    Price per 1,000 gallons over first 6,999 gallons to 10,999 gallons   4.63  
    Price per 1,000 gallons over first 10,999 gallons   10.55  
  Irrigation meters on property without a household meter:    
    Base rate for first 1,000 gallons   10.46  
    Price per 1,000 gallons for 1,001 to 6,999 gallons   2.98  
    Price per 1,000 gallons over first 6,999 gallons to 10,999 gallons   4.63  
    Price per 1,000 gallons over first 10,999 gallons   10.55  
  Commercial:    
    Price per 1,000 gallons for 6,999 gallons or less   2.98  
    Price per 1,000 gallons over first 6,999 gallons to 33,999 gallons   4.63  
    Price per 1,000 gallons over first 33,999 gallons   10.55  


H. Yearly Increases: The emergency water conservation rates for residential and commercial customers shall increase each year proportionately to the increases in the regular rates in section 2-6E-5 of this code.


I. Violation Of Emergency Water Conservation Measures: No person shall fail to comply with the city's request to conserve water as described above. Upon receiving information that a citizen has not complied, the city attorney's office may file a charge in municipal court for "violation of water conservation ordinance", the punishment of which may result in a fine up to one hundred dollars ($100.00), plus costs, for each day the defendant violates this subsection. (Ord. 2014-35, 9-16-2014, eff. 12-1-2014)

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Footnotes - Click any footnote link to go back to its reference.
Footnote 1: State law reference - waterworks and water supplies generally, 11 OS § 37-101 et seq.
Footnote 2: See subsection 8-1-7A of this title for notice requirement before turning off for nonpayment of bill.