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15.04.025 Minimum Utility Line and Water Meter Sizes within the Public Rights-of-Way.
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All new sewer and water lines installed in the public rights of way shall be sized in accordance with adopted City standards and specifications, unless specifically exempted by the City Engineer. All waivers or exemptions must be consistent with the intent and purpose of the adopted City standards, specifications, and the City’s adopted Water and Sewer Comprehensive Plans.

All new water service lines extending from the City waterline and meters shall be sized using the fixture count method as provided in the latest City adopted Uniform Plumbing Code. In existing situations, if the consumption appears excessive for the meter size, the City Engineer may require meter up sizing to prevent early damage to the meter. Downsizing of the meter may be considered if the fixture count can be reduced by installing a larger service line from the meter to the building, or, with single family residential units if a meter larger than the standard (a 5/8”) is specified then the property owner may request the smaller meter. The standard size meter will be allowed if the property owner signs an agreement acknowledging acceptance of the smaller meter along with a commitment to pay the full cost of a meter exchange should upsizing be desired at a later date.

In existing situations where the meter must be larger in order to provide for fire flow, the City will allow the installation of a larger meter than is required by the fixture count but will bill the customer based on the meter size dictated by the fixture count plus an oversized meter maintenance fee. The City reserves the right to require a plan for separating the fire and domestic system. If a new or existing account has processes that are not covered by the fixture count method then the manufacturer’s recommendations and the estimated peak flows will be used for proper sizing of the meter.

Exceptions to the code or Standards and Specifications due to existing conditions or future expansion must be approved by the City Engineer. (Ord. 1602, 1987; Ord. 1730, 1993; Ord. 1740, 1993; Ord. 1886, 1999) (Ord. 1886, 1999; Ord. 1740, 1993; Ord. 1730, 1993; Ord. 1602, 1987.)

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