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Hydrant Meter Policy

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 12:54 AM

Hydrant Meter Policy

Effective September 1, 2006

Hydrant Meter Application/Permit Form:

A Hydrant Meter Application/Permit Form will need to be filled out and signed for each hydrant meter taken out. The White copy stays on file at the office, the Yellow copy to the Customer, and the Pink copy goes to the Distribution Department with a Hydrant Meter Reading Sheet.

Hydrant Permit Fee:

The hydrant permit fee is $100.00 for either a 5/8" or 3" meter. A hydrant permit fee will be charged for each meter taken out. If a customer pays a hydrant permit fee during the year, it will be good for the full year, even if the meter is not set all the time.

Deposits:

5/8" hydrant meter - $ 350.00
3" hydrant meter - $ 1,200.00

A deposit will need to be paid for each hydrant meter application/permit that is taken out.

The Distribution Department will have to let the Accounting Department know if the customer is done with the hydrant meter for the year or not, so the deposit can be applied or held. The customer’s deposit will be applied to the final invoice. A refund check will be mailed to the customer if the deposit was more than the final bill. If a deposit does not get applied to an invoice, because the customer was going to use the hydrant meter again and did not, a refund check will be mailed to the customer at the end of the season.

No hydrant meter deposits will be held at the end of the year for the following year.

Certificate of Insurance:

The Applicant agrees that prior to issuance of a hydrant meter permit (the"Permit"), Applicant shall file with the Secretary, or the Secretary’s delegate, a Certificate of Liability Insurance (ACORD Form 25 or equivalent) verifying the existence of the following coverage: Commercial General Liability (or an equivalent form) providing insurance to cover Bodily Injury, Property Damage, Personal Injury and Advertising Injury with limits of at least $1,000,000 per occurrence and $1,000,000 annual aggregate. This policy shall name the Applicant as the Insured and shall name the Water Works and the Board as Additional Insured’s. The Board shall be shown as the Certificate Holder and there shall be 30 days’ prior written notice of cancellation given to the Board by the insurance company. Applicant hereby waives subrogation rights under this policy against the Board. The insurance company providing coverage under this Certificate shall carry a financial rating as assigned by A.M. Best of at least A-.

Hydrant Meter Water Charges:

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Fees:

Removal/Resetting Hydrant Meter - $60.00

Set Hydrant Meters:

Hydrant meters will be set Monday through Friday, between the hours of 7:30 AM and 3:00 PM, except holidays. Hydrant meters will only be set from April 15 to October 15, waivers to special entities may be allowed for continual possession and ability to set hydrant meters at will.

The customer will need to contact the Water Works office to sign the hydrant meter application/permit form, to pay the deposit and to schedule the hydrant meter to be set, reset or removed. The customer will need to give the Water Works 48 hours notice to set the hydrant meter in the beginning. The customer will need to give the Water Works 24 hours notice to reset the hydrant meter on another hydrant or remove the hydrant meter when they are finished. There will not be a charge to set the hydrant meter the first time, but there will a $60 reset fee every time a customer wants the hydrant meter moved or removed when they are finished with the hydrant meter. Hydrant meters will be set, reset or removed by Water Works personnel only. The customer will be responsible for the hydrant meter until it is picked up.

The Distribution Department will determine what fire hydrants will be used and set the hydrant meter assemblies. It will take two (2) people to set the 3" meters and one (1) person to set the 5/8" meter. The customer will need to be present when the hydrant meter assembly is set to be given instructions on how to operate the assembly. The Distribution Department will turn the fire hydrant on when the hydrant meter is set and the customer will then use the takeoff valve to get water when they need it. The customer will not need a hydrant wrench to use a hydrant meter. The customer will need to shut the takeoff valve off when the hydrant meter is not being used.

A chain or vinyl covered cable with a lock will be used to secure the hydrant meter assembly to the fire hydrant. An identification tag will be attached to the assembly to know what hydrant meter is assigned to that assembly.

Reading Hydrant Meters:

The Distribution Department will give the Meter Department a Hydrant Meter Reading Sheet for each hydrant meters set. The Distribution Department will make a copy of the map book page to give to the Meter Department to show the location of where the hydrant meter is located. The Distribution Department will give the Hydrant Meter Reading Sheets to the Meter Department so they can read the meters; the Meter Department will be responsible for monthly readings of all the hydrant meters that are set. Reading the meters should be done the 25th of each month or the day before or after if it lands on a weekend. Accounting will do the invoices by the end of the month. When a contractor is completely done using a hydrant meter a final reading will be taken and a final invoice will be prepared for water usage and any equipment not returned or found to be damaged.