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Bylaw 1648 Waterworks, Sewers & Plumbing Bylaw 

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Part 1 - Definitions
Part 2 - Waterworks
Part 3 - Sewers
Part 4 - Plumbing
Part 5 - General
Part 6 - Water and Sewer Rates

Additional Resources

Bylaw C18-17 Amending Bylaw 1648
Bylaw C24-13 Amending Bylaw 1648


A BYLAW RESPECTING WATERWORKS, SEWERS AND PLUMBING IN THE CITY OF FORT SASKATCHEWAN

WHEREAS under the Municipal Government Act, the Council has the power to enact such a bylaw;
 
AND WHEREAS the use and control of all public waterworks, common sewers and of any sewage disposal works connected therewith, shall be in accordance with this bylaw and with Provincial Plumbing and Sanitation regulations;
 
AND WHEREAS all waterworks, sanitary sewers, drains and sewage disposal works, belonging to the Town, shall be under the direct control and management of the Town.
 
NOW, THERFORE, the Council duly assembled, enacts as follows:
 

SECTION 1

DEFINITIONS:

1.“PERSON” means firm, corporation, owner, occupier, lessee or tenant.
 
2.“SEWER SERVICE LINE” means that line from the building to the main in the street.
 
3.“WATER SERVICE LINE” means that line from the building to the main in the street.
 

4.“STREET MAIN” means that portion of land on which any sewer and/or water main is laid for the service of more than one person.

5.“AUTHORIZED PERSON” means any employee of the Town of Fort Saskatchewan authorized by Administration for the purpose of providing sewer or water service.
 
6.“CONSUMER” shall be understood and construed as including the owner of the lands and premised in, on or at which any water service pipes are installed by the Town.
 

SECTION II – WATERWORKS

TAPPING WATER MAINS:

No person, without first having obtained a permit to do so, shall make connection or communication whatsoever with any of the public pipes or mains. The applicant for said permit shall be totally liable for any damage caused while making suck connections, and also shall provide adequate safety provisions during said construction.

No permit will be issued to any person except licensed plumber or authorized employees of the Town.

All water service pipes laid in private property, between the property line and the water meter, shall be of the same material as the service pipe in the street between the water main and the property line. No connection may be made to the water service pipe between the property line and the meter.

METERS:
 

All construction shall provide on the outside of the building, in a convenient location between five feet and six feet above grade on the front corner of an attached garage nearest the front entrance walkway or, if there is not attached garage, at the front corner of the building nearest the driveway or sidewalk, a place for installation of a remote reading device by the City and for this purpose the user shall install a four ply No. 19 electrical wire in accordance with appropriate regulations from the place of the water meter to the place of the remote reading device.

(S.4, Bylaw No. C4-91, as amended February 11, 1991)
 

Where remote reading meters are installed pursuant to Section 3(a), a non-refundable Special Service fee of $25.00 shall be paid to the Town before the water service will be turned on.

All users not having a remote reader at time of passing this bylaw, will be charged a Special Service charge of fifty ($0.50) cents per month or the next ensuing 60b months or they may have the option of prepaying for a remote reader at a cost of $25.00

Every meter and meter reading equipment installed on any service by the Town shall remain the property of the Town and is installed on the understanding that all owners, tenants or occupiers shall give very facility for the introduction, placing, inspection and reading of such meter, and shall protect it from interference or injury by frost or otherwise, and shall be liable for any damage which may occur to the meter or equipment.

Any person permitting any meter to be damaged by frost or otherwise shall be liable for all cost s incurred in the repair of said meter. Repair costs shall be at a minimum of Ten Dollars ($10.00) for each meter so damaged.

The Town may install a meter on any service whether the consumer is to be supplied with water under the meter rates or not, and may refuse to supply or to continue to supply water to any premised whatsoever unless the person or persons requiring the water shall sign an agreements to take, use and pay for the water according to the rates provided for that purpose together with any deposits that may be required.
 

METER READING:

(a) All meters shall be read bi-monthly and all consumers shall be invoiced for each meter reading according to the water and sewer rates set out in Section VI of this Bylaw. The first billing cycle shall be from February 16, 1991 and March 31, 1991 inclusive. Successive billing cycles shall be from the first day of the month to the last day of the second month within the bi-monthly billing cycle.

(S. 1.a Bylaw No. C4-91, as amended February 11, 1991)

(b) If a water meter reading cannot be obtained during regular reading schedules, the meter reader will leave a card at the door which can be filled in with the correct meter reading by the consumer and returned to the Town Office within three (3) days. Failing to get a reading, the meter reader may make not more than one call back to any consumer, and if the reading is still not obtainable the Town may estimate the amount of water consumption for that consumer and invoiced according to the estimated reading.

(c) Where a reading cannot be obtained during regular reading schedules, the Department may arrange a special reading by appointment, at a cost to the consumer of $4.00, during regular working hours, or $12.00 if it is to be done after regular working hours.

(d) If any meter has failed to register accurately since the last reading, the water rate for the said period shall be adjusted and charged on the basis of the average charge for water supplied to the said premised during the preceding two (2) meter reading periods or such shorter period as may be available.

(e) Should any person claim a meter is not working properly and is over-reading, said person shall deposit with the Town the summer of Five Dollars ($5.00). The meter will then be removed from service and given a proper bench test.
 

Should the said meter be found to over-read by more than three (3) percent, the said persons shall be refunded the deposit. Any meter which meets the requirements previously stated shall be considered adequate, and the said person shall forfeit the said deposit to the Town to cover the costs of removal and test of said meter. All conveniences during business hours shall be afforded the said person to witness meter test. Should the meter be found to over-read or under-read by more than three (3) percent, the rated charged for the preceding two meter reading periods will be adjusted by the same percentage as the meter was found to be in error, providing, however, that no rate shall be reduced below the minimum rate normally charged.

(f) Any person interfering with or tampering with any meter seal, meter reading equipment or water shut-off equipment shall be liable to penalties as laid down in this bylaw.
 

WASTE OF WATER:

No personal shall waste any water supplied by the Town in any way, whether by improper or leaky service pipes, fixtures or taps, or by permitting water to run to prevent taps or pipes from freezing, or otherwise, or by improper or excessive use of water.
 

TURNING ON WATER:

(a) After any construction, reconstruction, alteration or change, or the completion of any work requiring a permit, water shall not be turned on to any building or premises until after the whole of the work has been done to the satisfaction of the Plumbing Inspector. Water shall be turned on or off only by an authorized employee of the Town.

(b) Where water is turned off and on for the purpose of reconstruction, alterations or change, such work shall only be done upon application to the Waterworks Department and the prepayment of a few of $4.00 to cover the cost of said work.
 

DISPOSAL OF WATER:

No person being an owner, occupier, tenant or inmate of any house, building or other premises which are supplied with water from the water system shall vend, sell or dispose of water there from, or give away, or permit the same to be taken or carried away, or use, or supply it to the use or benefit of others, or to any other use and benefit, or shall increase the supply of water beyond that fixed by the rating of the premised, or shall wrongfully or negligently waste any water.
 

RIGHT TO SHUT OFF WATER FOR INFRINGEMENT OF BYLAW AND OTHER CAUSES:

The Town may shut off the water supplied to the land or premised of any consumer who may be guilty of a breach of or non-compliance with any of the provisions of this bylaw or Board of Health regulation, and may refuse to turn on the water until satisfied and assured that the consumer intents to comply with this bylaw of Health Regulations.

The Town hereby reserves the right to shut off the water without notice to the consumer for any purpose that, in the opinion of the Town, it may be expedient to do so.

It is hereby declared that no person shall have any claim for compensation or damages as the result of the Town shutting off the water without notice or from the failure of the water supply from any cause whatsoever.

No person shall interfere with, damage or make inaccessible any curb stop due to the construction of walks, driveways or in any other way.

If it is required to make any repairs or construction changes due to inaccessibility or damage to a curb stop, the owners of the property serviced by said curb stop shall, in addition to the penalties of this bylaw, be required to assume all the costs involved.
 

WELLS AND OTHER SOURCES OF SUPPLY OF WATER:

(a) No well or other source water except the Town water mains shall be in use for domestic consumption in the Town without a permit obtained from the Town for that purpose.

All persons having charge of or being owner or occupiers of premises containing a well or other source of supply of water other than the water mains of the Town may apply to the Town for a permit to use the water from such a well or other source of supply of water other than the water mains of the Town, and such application shall be accompanied by the payment of a fine of Twenty-five ($25.00) Dollars, and must be approved by the Medical officer of Health and the Plumbing Inspector. The applicant must also arrange than an analysis of the water in the well or other source of supply of water will be made to the satisfaction of the Medical Officer of Health and before a permit is granted, the Medical Office of Health shall certify that such analysis has shown the well water to be suitable for domestic consumption. The report of the Provincial Analyst shall be accepted as to the analysis of any water. Upon complying with the provisions of this bylaw, the applicant may be granted a permit to use the water in the said well or other source of supply of water.

No such permit shall be granted in connection with any premises abutting on a street, avenue, lane or road upon which there is Town water main unless the supply obtainable from such water main is inadequate.

If the use of any such well or other source of supply of water is continued contrary to the provisions of this bylaw forty-eight (48) hours after notice to discontinue the use of same has been given by the Town to the owner or occupier of the premises, such well or other source of supply of water may be declared to be a nuisance and dangerous to the public health of safety and shall be removed, filled up or otherwise stated.

Any such permit as aforesaid may be withdrawn by order of the Town at any time without notice, and no person shall use a well or other source of supply of water after a permit for use of same has been withdrawn.

(b) No person shall use a well or other source of supply of water except from the Town water mains for the purpose of watering lawns, gardens, flowers, shrubs, or tress without first having obtained a permit from the Town for that purpose.

All applications for such a permit shall be accompanied by the payment of a fee of Five ($5.00) Dollars and the permit shall only authorize the use of water for the purposes hereinbefore mentioned and no pipes or appurtenances from such a source of supply of water shall be connected to or laid within a structure having a supply of domestic water.

(c) No permit issued under this section shall give, or be construed to give the holder of said permit the right to sell or distribute water within the Town of Fort Saskatchewan.
 

INTERFERENCE WITH HYDRANTS AND VALVES:

Except as hereinafter provided, no persons other than authorized employees of the Town shall open or close or operate or interfere with any valve, hydrant or fire plug, or draw water there from.

The Chief of the Town Fire Department, his assistants and officers, and members of that Department, are authorized to use the hydrants or plugs for the purpose of extinguishing fires, for fire protection and for fire training practices but al such uses shall be under the direction and supervision of the said Chief or his duly authorized assistants, and in no event shall any inexperienced or incompetent person be permitted to manipulate or control in any way any hydrant or plug.

No personal shall in any manner obstruct the free access to any hydrant or valve or curb stop. No vehicle, building, rubbish or any other matter which would cause such obstruction shall be placed nearer to a hydrant than the property line of the street in which the hydrant is located, no within fifteen (15) feet of the hydrant in a direction parallel with the said property line.

The Town shall assume the full responsibility and cost for any water service line, which may hereinafter be frozen between the property line and the street main. Any water service line frozen between the property line and the meter shall be the responsibility of the person owning the said property.

Each service pipe must be provided with a stop and waste tap of a pattern approved by the Town, placed inside the outer wall of the premises for the use of the occupant of the premises in case of leaky fixtures, or when the premises are vacated, and such stop and waste tap shall be kept clear of all obstructions so that ready access may be had to same to shut off the water when occasion arises.
 

SECTION III – SEWERS

USE AND PROTECTION OF SEWER SYSTEM:

(a) No person shall throw, deposit or leave in or upon any Town sewer or any trap, basin, grating, manhole or other appurtenance of any Town sewer, any butchers; offal, garbage, litter, manure, rubbish, sweepings, sticks, stones, bricks, earth, gravel, dirt, mud, hay, straw, twigs, eaves, papers, rags, cinders, ashes, or refuse matter of ay kind, except feces, urine, the necessary closet paper, waste water, and slops properly discharged through a house sewer in to a Town sewer.

(b) No person shall permit t o be discharged into any sewer, any liquid or liquids which would prejudicially affect the sewers, or any other trade waste, or any waste stream, condensing water, heated water, or other liquids of a higher temperature than on hundred and seventy (170) degrees Fahrenheit.

(c) No persons shall make or cause to be made any connection with any Town sewer, or house drain, or appurtenance thereof for the purpose of conveying, or which may convey, into the same any sub-surface water inflammable or explosive material, storm water, roof drainage cistern, or tank overflow, condensing or cooling water.

(S.1.b, Bylaw No. C2-89, as amended April 24, 1989)

(d) No personal shall discharge the contents of any privy vault, manure pit of cesspool, directly or indirectly, into any Town sewer or house drain connected therewith.

(e) No person, except duly authorized employees of the Town, shall turn, lift, remove, raise or tamper with the cover of any manhole, ventilator or other appurtenance of any Town sewer.

(f) No unauthorized person shall cut, break, pierce or tap any Town sewer or appurtenance thereof, or introduce any pipe, tube, trough, or conduit into any Town sewer.

(g) No person shall interfere with the free discharge of any Town sewer, or part thereof, or do any act of thing, which may impede or obstruct the flow or clog up any Town sewer of appurtenance thereof.

Any authorized Town employee of Plumbing Inspector shall have the right at all reasonable times to enter houses or other places which have been connected with Town sewers, and facilities must be given him to ascertain whether or not any improper material or liquid is being discharged into the sewers, and he shall have the power to stop or prevent from discharging into the sewer system any private serener or drain through which substances are discharged which are liable to injure the sere or obstruct the flow of sewage.

INDUSTRIAL OR TRADE WASTES:

No waste or discharge resulting from any trade, industrial or manufacturing process, shall be directly discharged to any Town sewer without such previous treatment as shall be prescribed by the Town for each such case. The necessary treatment works so prescribed shall be completely installed by the applicant at this expense, prior to the construction of the sewer connection and thereafter shall be continuously maintained and operated by the applicant.
 

GREASE TRAPS:

Grease traps of sufficient size and approved design shall be placed on the waste pipes from all hotels, restaurants, laundries, and such other places as the Town, under advisement, may direct.
 

SEWER CONNECTIONS:

No person other than duly authorized employees of the Town, shall make any connections to, or shall cut or otherwise tamper in any way within a public or Town sewer without first having obtained a permit to do so. The applicant for said permit shall be liable for any damages caused while making said connections and shall also be responsible for providing adequate safety facilities and signs during the time of construction.
 

BACKUP VALVES:

Where it is deemed expedient to prevent or reduce the flooding of basements or cellars connected to the municipal sewage system, the Town may require the owner to install and operate a suitable backwater valve or other mechanical device for the purpose of cutting off or controlling the connection between the sewage system and the cellar or basement.

(a) Where the installation of said valve is required at the time of connection to the Town sewer system, the cost of installation shall be the responsibility of the owner or applicant.
(b) Should the Town deem it expedient to require the owner of a property presently serviced by the Town sewer system to install a backwater valve, the said valve shall be installed by the Town at a maximum cost to the owner of Fifty ($50.00) Dollars.
 

APPLICATION FOR SEWER CONNECTION

No drain or private sewer shall be connected to the Town sewer until the owner thereof shall have obtained a permit for sewer connection. All applications for connections to the Town sewers must be made on the printed forms furnished by the Town. The application must be filed in the Town Office together with a $5.00 permit fee and must be signed by the owner of the property to be drained, or his authorized agent. Such application must be accompanied by a plan showing in detail the contemplated connection, the exact location and elevation thereof, and specify fully the character of the work to be done, the sizes of all pipes and the location and types of al fittings.

It shall be a consideration of the granting of any application for a sewer connection that the Town or any of its employees shall not be liable for any damage whatsoever in nature cause either directly or indirectly by suck sewer connection and the applicant shall be responsible for backfill, surface replacement, safety, etc.

The Town may revoke or annul any permit that may have been granted to connect with the Town sewers if it shall find that any of the work is not being done in accordance with the provisions of this bylaw, and the person or person making such connections or their successor in interest, shall have no right to demand or claim any damages inconsequence of such permits being revoked or annulled.

Should the Town be required to clear any plugged sewer service line, the person making such request shall be liable to all costs incurred by the Town in clearing said plugged sewer. The rates charged by the Town hall be Ten dollars ($10.00), the Town will then be authorized to open the said sewer line.

Should any person claim that any sewer service line between the street main and the property line is plugging because it is not laid according to good practice, the said person shall deposit with the Town the sum of Ten Dollars ($10.00), the Town will then be authorized to open the said sewer service line by any method considered necessary.

Should the said service line between the street main and property line be found properly laid according to good work practices, the said persona shall forfeit the said Ten Dollars ($10.00) and shall be liable to pay all costs so incurred by the Town in opening the said sewer line.

The person occupying any premises connected to a street main by a sewer service line, shall be required to keep the said sewer service line in operational condition at all times, and shall be fully responsible for the operation of the said sewer service line.
 

Should any person claim that any sewer service line is plugging because of intrusion of tree roots, the said person shall deposit with the Town, the sum of $250.00. The Town will then be authorized to open the said sewer service line by any method it considers necessary.

Should the said sewer service line be found to be plugging because of tree root intrusion, and the tree causing same is on public property, the Town shall assume full responsibility and costs for opening said sewer service line and the $250.00 deposit shall be refunded.

Should the said sewer service line be found to be plugging because of tree root intrusion and the tree causing same is on private property, the owner of the affected property shall assume full responsibility and costs for opening said sewer service line and the $250.00 deposit shall be applied thereto.

(S.1, Bylaw No. 1986, as amended, November 28, 1983)
 

SECTION IV – Plumbing

PLUMBING:

All plumbing work within the Town shall be done in strict accordance with the regulations under the Public Health Act of the Province of Alberta, and amendments thereto, which regulations shall be considered as forming part of this bylaw as if incorporate herein.
 

PLUMBING PERMIT:

All applications for plumbing permits must be made on the printed forms furnished by the Town. The application must be filed in the Town Office, together with a permit fee as required by the schedule of fess Bylaw No. 1629 and must be signed by the owner of the property in which the work it to be done or by a qualified plumber licensed to do the work in the Town of Fort Saskatchewan.
 

SECTION V – GENERAL

APPLICATION FOR WATER:

All persons desiring to be supplied with water by the Town shall file an application in writing therefore on the form provided by the Town, and such application shall be accepted only when signed by the consumer or his duly authorized agent, and only upon the applicant depositing with the Town a meter deposit of $6.50 before the water is turned on. Except that in an application for a new service, the $25.00 Special Levy charge for a remote read as set out in Section II of this Bylaw must also be paid before the water is turned on. The $6.50 is to be refundable to the said application upon his request for discontinuance of service provided all accounts are paid. The Town shall require 48 hours notice of connection or disconnection.

NO REDUCTION IN RATES:
No reduction in rates will be made for interruption of the service on account of any service or main piping becoming frozen or out of order as the result of frost.
 

WATER FOR BUILDING PURPOSES:

Any person or persons who require water for construction purposes shall make application in writing to the City. The application shall be accompanied by a construction water fee of $25.00. 
(S.1 Bylaw No. C19-90, as amended July 9, 1990)

WATER DISTRICTS:

The Town shall be dived into four water districts known as Districts 1,2, 3 and 4 respectively.

District #1 – shall comprise all that land lying to the north of the Canadian National Railway tracks and east of Highway #15

District #2 – shall comprise all that land lying south of the Canadian National Railway tracks and east of 101 Street.

District #3 – shall comprise all that land lying south of the Canadian National Railway tracks and bounded on the easterly side by 101 Street and on the westerly side by Highway #15

District #4 – shall comprise all that land lying west of Highway #15
 

DISCONTINUANCE OF USE OF WATER

Any person or persons about to vacate any premises that have been supplied with water or who are desirous of discontinuing the use thereof must give notice in writing to the Town to shut off the water at the said premises otherwise they will be held liable for the accruing rates therefore and for all damages suffered or sustained by the Town and caused by failure to give such notice.
 

BOILER SERVICE

In all cases where boilers are supplied with water, thee Town shall not be liable for any damage which may results to any person or premises from shutting off the water main or service or from failure of the water supply, for any purpose or cause whatsoever, even where no notice is given, and no deduction from water bills be made in consequence thereof. All users of steam or hot water boilers must protect themselves by installing a storage tank, sufficient to provide at least a twelve-hour supply for each steam or hot water boiler.
 

WATER RESTRICTIONS:

When an emergency in the water supply occurs, the Town may restrict the use of water from the Town supply system. When said restrictions are in effect, no persons shall water any lawns, gardens, streets, yards or ground or use a hose or similar device to wash vehicles or the exteriors of houses or other buildings during such times that may be fixed by an authorized person of the Town, provided that notice of the times during which the use of water for the purpose specified herein is prohibited shall be given to the public in an announcement in the local newspaper and/or by public address system.

The foregoing restrictions do not apply to a person using an ordinary sprinkling can or pail, where said water is used only for the watering of plants or shrubs.

The authorized person on the Town in fixing restrictions on the use of water for the purpose set out in this section may vary the hours and days of use for differing portions of the Town or may attack such other conditions as they deem necessary.

Any persons failing to obey the preceding regulations will be subject to a fine, on summary conviction, of not less than $35.00 and costs for each and every offence; or, failing payment, to imprisonment in any common gaol for a period of not more than 30 days. Additional charges may be laid in each succeeding 12-hour period for continuous violation of the regulations. The Town also shall have the right to discontinue water service to anyone who continues to violate the regulations of this bylaw.

LIEN ON PROPERTY:

(a) Any water rates in areas for waters supplied by the Town or any other charges for services supplied by the Town to any land or premises may be added to the taxes assessed against the real property to which the water or other services have been supplies, and may be collected in any of the ways provided for the collection of taxes, including ht sale of the said property.

(S.3 Bylaw No. C4-93, as amended March 9, 1993)

CONTRACTS SUBJECT TO THIS BYLAW:

All contracts formed by the filing of an application for water and the acceptance thereof by the Town are hereby declared to be subject to all the terms and conditions of this bylaw, which shall be understood and construed by the said department as forming part of all contracts for the supply and distribution of the water by the said departments on behalf of the Town.

CONTRACTS WITH OWNERS OF LANDS:
It is hereby further declared that all such contracts for the sale and distribution of water by the Town, whether signed by the owner of the lands and premises to which water is supplied or ready to be supplied or by the consumer of the water, shall be deemed to be entered into by the Town with the said owner as well as with the consumer of the water where the owner is not the actual consumer thereof, and absence of notice in writing from either the owner or the consumer to the Department to discontinue any service the Department may continue to supply water to the lands or premises served therewith;notwithstanding that water rates in respect thereof may be in arrears, and all arrears of water rates may be collected against the said and premises in the manner hereinbefore provided for the collection of water rates in arrears.
 

PENALTIES:

Except a hereinbefore provided, any person or persons guilty of a breach of the provisions of this bylaw or of neglecting to comply with any lawful order given by the said departments shall, on summary conviction thereof, be liable to a fine not exceeding $100.00 for any on offence together with the costs of prosecution or failing payment to imprisonment in any common gaol for a period of not more than 60 days.
 

SECTION VI – WATER AND SEWER RATES

PLEASE SEE THE CURRENT FEES AND CHARGES BYLAW (SCHEDULE A) FOR WATER AND SEWER RATES.

3.a) As directed by the City Treasurer or his designate, the City retains the authority to discontinue without notification water service to any person designated as the account holder, due to the non-payment of the outstanding utility account balance at any time after ten (10) days of the mailing date of any utility account reminder notice.

Should service be terminated due to non-payment of a utility account balance after ten (10) days of the mailing date of any reminder notice, or as a result of the financial institution upon which the cheque is drawn returning the cheque to the City due to nonsufficient funds being available, that person designated as the account holder shall pay a Forty Dollar ($40.00) water service reconnection free plus all outstanding rates and charges on the account in full to the City before the service is restored. Payment must be made via cash, certified cheque or money order prior to the reconnection of the service. (S.4 Bylaw No. C4-93, as amended March 9, 1993)

3.b) A person making a payment by cheque of any outstanding utility account balance shall be subject to a nonsufficient funds clearing fee of Twenty ($20.00) Dollars if the financial institution upon which the cheque is drawn returns the cheque to the City due to “nonsufficient funds” being available. If the preceding results in the termination of water service, the clearing fee, reconnection fee and any other outstanding rates and charges on the utility account shall be paid in full via cash, certified cheque or money order prior to the reconnection of service. (S.5 Bylaw No. C4-93, as amended March 9, 1993)
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Additional Resources

Bylaw C18-17 Amending Bylaw 1648
Bylaw C24-13 Amending Bylaw 1648