§ 2.8 Full Flow Control Valve
This section appears to specify the location of the valve when the meter is inside the building without specifying the location when a meter pit is used.
§ Meter Pit, Reader Box
It is my understanding that the meter pit or vault will be installed close to the curb stop, i.e., close to the road. If that is true it would be helpful to include that fact for the information of residents. Also, the section says nothing about reader boxes although the title refers to such.
§§ 2.16 Site Plan and 2.17 Tie Sheet
These sections appear to be duplicative to some extent. Both require a drawing, though only the site plan requires the drawing to be to scale, that shows the locations of the pipes, meter, meter pit with respect to the septic system, buildings, underground utilities and “any other aspect of the water service going into the building from the water main”. Clearly the drawing cannot depict the location of the pipes, meter, meter pit to these other items without showing the location of those items. The only item required by the site plan and not by the tie sheet is the location of the septic system. It is difficult to understand the need for two separate documents, especially as there is no mention in the proposed regs of the use of the Tie Sheet. Also while it may seem to make it easier to accept a Septic Plan or Plot Plan with modifications as the Site Plan, a property owner is unlikely to be able to show the location of underground utility lines without help and certainly will not be able to show thee proposd location of the various water service components. Isn’t there a way these two requirements can be rolled into one?
§§ 3.1 Damage to the Water Meter and 3.12 Liability for Frozen Water Service Components
AS worded, §3.1 would hold the consumer responsible for damage to a meter located in a meter pit. But it is my understanding that the consumer has no role in choosing the location of the meter in the meter pit. If so, he consumer should not be held responsible for damage caused to the meter by external causes beyond the consumer’s control. Section 3.12 similarly improperly holds the consumer responsible for freezing of meters in a meter pit. Section 4.5 raises the same problem.
§§ 4.3 Meters, 4.4 Meter Pits … and 6.12 Mete Pits …
This section would hold the consumer responsible for the reasonable use and care of the meter in a meter pit but provides no explanation of what would constitute reasonable use and care in such situation. Clearly the consumer cannot protect the meter from the damage that might result from its placement in the public right of way. 6.12 duplicates much of 4.4. Stating all the rules relevant to meter pits, vaults or hot boxes in one section would help to minimize confusion.
§§ 6.2 Applications for Water Service, 6.7 Construction and 6.8 Water Service Inspections
Both sections refer to alterations and replacements but set out different requirements for applications for and approvals of such. It is unclear how 6.8 relates to 6.2 which mentions new installations. Is construction different from a new installation and, if so, how?
§ 6.9 Private Well
6.9.2 says cross connections are prohibited but the subsequent subsections refer to inspecting cross connections and taking actions where cross connections are found to be non-compliant. If cross connections are prohibited, how can they be inspected and monitored?
Consumer Cost Components, pg. 28
The chart indicates that the costs of the necessary piping and plumbing will be borne by the consumer without exception. My understanding is that that may not be true in the case of so-called mandatory hookups. If there will be an exception in those cases, it should be set out in the regulations with a definition of what constitutes a mandatory hookup.
There is no clear statement that there will be no connection fees at the current time. This is not accomplished by the comment on page 27 that
Note: Most connections will have service sizes less than or equal to 2”. The town will supply, at no cost to the property owner, meters for initial residential and commercial hookups. The BWC may adopt fees for meters and hookups at a later date, but not without holding a public hearing.
One can infer from the statement that fees may be imposed for hookups at a later date that there are none now but it would be clearer to add “and there will be no hookup fees” at the end of the second sentence. Also the reference to “connection fees” in §7.9 and the reference to refund of monies in the case of withdrawal of a connection application, pg.29 #8, should be deleted as they create confusion as to the existence of such costs.
B19 Water Mains On private Roads. Why do those of us on private roads have to bear the cost of repairing and maintaining water mains, hydrants, etc when those on public roads don't. Is there a definition available for "private roads"?
Good afternoon Mr. Ryder,
Thank you for your feedback. Residents are NOT responsible for water main maintenance or repair, both on public roads and private roads. We will revise Appendix B, Section 19 accordingly. We appreciate you bringing this to our attention.
Have a good day,
Section 6.11: Shouldn't Anti be deleted? Back flow Prevention Device is the true name, without the Anti.
In the Policy and Purpose section, 3) Resource Protection: "Encourage conservation."
I hope the Water Rate schedule, Appendix A, is set so the cost per thousand gallons GOES UP the more that is used, not down. Seems like the motels are going to be the major beneficiaries of this new system. Why not encourage them to conserve water, not get a bargain?
§§§ 2.11 Meter Pit …, 4.4 Meter Pits …, 6.12 Meter Pits …
Sections 2.11, 4.4 and 6.12 state a meter pit, vault or hot box will be required where the service connection is greater than 150 feet from the curb stop or the building is without a basement and do not specify any other situation in which such devices would be required. (Note: 4.4 and 6.12 do not mention buildings without basements.) Section 2.11, however, states that if meters are not inside a heated building, they must be located 4 feet below ground to prevent freezing. Does this mean that if the location of the meter at the point where the water pipes would enter the building is not considered to be inside a heated building and is not 4 feet underground that a meter pit or other appropriate structure will be required.
From the reference to a heated building it appears that there does not have to be a heat source in the space itself where the meter would be located. How is whether or not the space is within a heated building determined?
Is the point of service connection where the pipes enter the building or where the meter would be placed?
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