5.1 Service Pipes
Consumers must keep their water pipes and fixtures in good repair and protected from frost at their own expense. They shall be held responsible for any damage resulting from their failure to do so. They shall prevent any waste of water.
5.2 Joint Use of Pipes or Trenches
Water service pipes will NOT under any circumstances be placed in the same trench with other pipes, conduits or similar structures such as gas lines, electrical conduit, sewer pipe, etc.
5.3 Portion of Service pipe Furnished by Water Department
New service connections shall be made by the Department and brought to the Consumer’s property line. The Consumer shall be charged the current rate for tapping and connection fees.
5.4 Right to Repair and Replace Service Pipes
The pipe from the property line to the building (or all pipe beyond the curb stop) including meter pits is the responsibility of the consumer and all the repairs to the same shall be made at his/her expense unless covered by the Service Tight Protection plan. All service pipes between the street line and the cellar wall may be repaired or replaced by the Department when it deems it necessary for the protection of the supply or the supplying of satisfactory water service. The cost shall be charged to the consumer. The Department also reserves the right to assess the condition of “owner responsibility” service piping, valves, etc. on a periodic basis in order to determine the functional and physical adequacy of the stated appurtenance and, if such is determined to be inadequate, the Water Superintendent may order the owner to replace such at the owner’s expense. Failure to take corrective actions as prescribed by the Superintendent will be cause for termination of water service to those premises. In addition, each consumer of water furnished by the Department shall be responsible in case of a break or a leak in the service pipe for both water loss and cost of repairs. Costs will be actual or estimated as determined by the Department.
5.5 Temporary Service from Adjacent Premises
When permission to open a permanently paved street is refused by the Highway Department or when, for any physical reason, it is impossible to open a street and the applicant requests that water be furnished temporarily from an adjacent service, the same may be done at the expense of the consumer if approved by the Superintendent.
5.6 Materials on Private Premises
All fittings supplied by the Department to the consumer shall be billed to the consumer.
5.7 Irregular Service
Services that are not used for permanent and or habitable structures must be approved by the Department before any use is allowed.
5.8 One Service to Each Unit
The Department will only allow one (1) service connection per unit. A meter shall be placed in each individual unit located in a building. This includes all commercial or industrial buildings, new Condos and Town Houses.
5.9 Requests for Turning On or Shutting Off Water
Requests for turning on or shutting off a water service for all customers shall be made 2 weeks in advance, except in case of an emergency. Consumers shall be charged for turn on and turn off of each such service. Only Department personnel shall open and or close curb stops. Requests for turning on or shutting off water, shall be done during normal working hours. Should the customer require after hour turn on or turn off they shall be billed at the overtime rate.
5.10 Seasonal Service
All scheduled water turn on or shut offs will done between the hours of 7:00a.m. and 3:30p.m., Monday through Friday except for emergencies. All prior bills, charges, fees and liens must be paid in full prior to service being activated. If a seasonal customer fails to schedule their 2 week notice and wishes to pay the out of rotation fee, they shall be billed at the overtime rate. See applicable Rates and Fees.
5.11 No Pipes Furnished in Winter
No new water mains shall be installed from November 15th through March 15th unless weather permits. The only other exception allowed are circumstances deemed an emergency. Applications must be received by November 1st for installation by November 15th. Installation of services beyond the end of an existing water main shall not be allowed. The main must be extended (including necessary hydrants and appurtenances) to the furthest limit of the consumer’s property at their expense. Water mains shall be looped when required by the Superintendent.
5.12 Service Pipe Trenches
Service pipes shall not be placed within 10 feet of any other utilities, except under special conditions and with the approval of the Superintendent. The Department shall not be responsible for damage to other utilities laid within 10 feet of a water service or water main.
5.13 Standby Fire Protection
Consumers desiring standby fire protection must submit a water service application to the Department. The Department shall furnish water for a fire protection service in accordance with the specifications for that sprinkler system. All equipment for this purpose shall be installed entirely at the expense of the consumer and with the approval of the Superintendent. Such pipes shall not be used for supplying water for any other purpose than the fire system. The fire system must be arranged so that Department personnel can make easy inspection. Whenever it is considered necessary for the protection of the water supply and in the interest of the Town, the Superintendent shall have the right to require the installation of meters, alarms backflow devices or other accessories. The installation and upkeep of such equipment shall be done so at the consumer’s expense. All installations must be completed in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws.
5.14 Water Supply Availability
The Water Department shall make the determination as to the availability of adequate water supply for such services. The Department shall not bear responsibility to extend existing water mains in order to provide adequate water supply for such service. No fire service connection shall be less than a six (6) inch diameter and shall not be used for anything other than fire protection.
No water shall be taken or used through private fire systems for the purpose of testing unless the Superintendent issues written permission. Such test must be conducted under the supervision of the Department.
5.15 No Right to Furnish Water to Others
A consumer shall not be permitted to supply the premises of another person with water, except in special emergencies and then only with the approval of the Superintendent.
5.16 Use of Fire Hydrants
The use of all fire hydrants is restricted to employees of the Water Department or by persons given specific authorization by the Water Department. During emergencies members of the Fire Department of the Town of Harwich and or other towns lending mutual aid are authorized to operate fire hydrants. In the event that a hydrant is to be used for any other purpose, the Department must be notified and a hydrant meter installed. If the hydrant meter is needed longer than a 24 hour period during frigid weather, the Superintendent or his/her acting agent may require the removal and reinstallation of the meter in order to protect it from freezing. All labor and usage charges incurred from the use of the hydrant, are the responsibility of the requesting party. Hydrants are not to be used to fill swimming pools. Any unauthorized use of fire hydrants without written permission of the Harwich Water Department will result in a $1,000.00 Fine.
5.17 Cross Connection Control
If, in the opinion of the Superintendent, the installation of an approved backflow preventer (s) on the property side of a meter is considered necessary for the safety of the water system, such approved device(s) shall be immediately installed at the expense of the consumer after due notice in writing has been given to the
consumer by the Superintendent. Said device(s) shall be installed and tested in accordance with the drinking water regulations of Massachusetts, 310 CMR 22.22. All tests shall be performed by the Department or agent and shall be charged as set forth in Section 8. Failure to install or properly maintain a Department approved device, may result in the water being shut off to the property until compliance requirements are met.