Lake Lillian, Minnesota

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General Provisions

52.01 General operation

52.02 Use of water service

52.03 Use to circumvent chapter prohibited

52.04 Damage to water system

52.05 Connections beyond city boundaries

52.06 Connection to system required; use of private wells

52.07 Use of water for air conditioning; permits

52.08 Use of water from fire hydrants; temporary connections

52.09 Water deficiency, shut off and use restrictions

Water Regulations

52.25 Supply from one service

52.26 Tapping of mains restricted

52.27 Repairs

52.28 Abandoned or unused services

52.29 Disconnection permit

52.30 Service pipes

52.31 Excavation and construction requirements

52.32 Connection to other water supplies restricted

52.33 Water connections; applications and charges

52.34 Location of curb stop box

52.35 Water meters

Rates and Charges

52.50 Water unit

52.51 Rates, fees and charges generally

52.52 Water service billing; change of address

52.53 Water rates

52.54 Payment of charges; late payment; collection



Administration and Enforcement

52.70 Supervision by Utilities Superintendent; licensing

52.71 Powers and authority of inspectors

52.72 Discontinuance of service

52.73 Authorized employees to turn water on and off

52.74 Liability for expense, loss or damage


Assessable current services, see § 92.01



The city does hereby make provision for the establishment of a municipal water system

(hereinafter called the water system) to be operated as a public utility.


No person other than a city employee shall uncover or make or use any water service

installation connected to the city water system except in the manner provided by this chapter. No

person shall make or use any installation contrary to the regulatory provisions of this chapter.

Penalty, see § 10.99


No person shall permit water from the water system to be used for any purpose to circumvent

this chapter. Penalty, see § 10.99


(A) No unauthorized person shall remove or damage any structure, appurtenance, or part of the

water system or fill or partially fill any excavation or move any gate valve used in the water


(B) No person shall make any connection of an electrical welder to the city water main,

appurtenance or service or use an electric welder for the purpose of thawing frozen water mains,

appurtenances or services. Penalty, see § 10.99


Where water mains of the city are in any street or alley adjacent to or outside the corporate

limits of the city, the City Council may issue permits to the owners or occupants of properties

adjacent or accessible to the water main to make proper water service pipe connections with the

water mains of the city and to be supplied with water in conformity with the applicable


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provisions of this chapter and subject to any contract for the supply of water between the city and

any other city. Penalty, see § 10.99


(A) Except where municipal water is not available, it shall be unlawful to construct,

reconstruct, or repair any private water system which is designed or intended to provide water for

human consumption. Private wells, to provide water for other than human consumption, may be

constructed, maintained and continued in use after connection is made to the water system;

provided, there is no means of cross-connection between the private well and municipal water

supply at any time. Hose bibbs that will enable the cross-connection of the two systems are

prohibited on internal piping of the well system supply. Where both private and city systems are in

use, outside hose bibbs shall not be installed on both systems.

(B) All new homes or buildings shall connect to the municipal water system if water is

available to the property. At the time as municipal water becomes available to existing homes or

buildings, a direct connection shall be made to the public system within a period of time as

determined by the City Council. If the connection is not made pursuant to this chapter, a charge

shall be made in an amount established by § 52.51.

(C) Where new homes or buildings do not have water available to the property, the city shall

determine whether and under what conditions the municipal water system will be extended to

serve the property.

(D) If the well is not to be used after the time a municipal water connection is made:

(1) The well pump and tank shall be disconnected from all internal piping;

(2) The casing shall be filled with sandy soil from the bottom to a point eight feet from the


(3) The remaining eight feet shall be filled with concrete to the floor level and the well

casing cut off as close to the floor level as possible;

(4) Within 30 days after the municipal water connection is made, the owner or occupant

must advise the City Utilities Superintendent that the well has been sealed.

(5) Notwithstanding the foregoing, all well abandonment shall be done in accordance with

M.S. § 1031.301 to 1031.345 and Minn. Rules Ch. 4725, Wells and Borings, as it may be amended

from time to time. Penalty, see § 10.99


(A) All air conditioning systems which are connected directly or indirectly with the public

water system must be equipped with water conserving and water regulating devices as approved

by the City Engineer or City Utilities Superintendent.

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(B) Permits shall be required for the installation of all air conditioning systems to the public

water system. The fee shall be established pursuant to § 52.51. Penalty, see § 10.99


(A) Use of fire hydrants. Except for extinguishment of fires, no person, unless authorized by

the Public Works Director or Public Utilities Department, shall operate fire hydrants or interfere

in any way with the water system without first obtaining a permit to do so from the city as follows:

(1) A permit to use a fire hydrant shall be issued for each individual job or contract and for

a minimum of 30 days and for the additional 30 day period as the city shall determine. The permit

shall state the location of the hydrant and shall be for the use of that hydrant and none other.

(2) The user shall make an advance cash deposit to guarantee payment for water used and

to cover breakage and damage to the hydrant and meter, which shall be refunded upon expiration of

the permit, less applicable charges for use.

(3) The user shall relinquish the use of the hydrant to authorized city employees in

emergency situations.

(4) The user shall pay a rental charge as established pursuant to § 52.51 for each day

including Sundays and legal holidays, and a fee as established by the Ordinance Establishing Fees

and Charges adopted pursuant to § 30.11 of this code, as that ordinance may be amended from time

to time for each 1,000 gallons of water used.

(B) Temporary connection to fire hydrants. An owner of a private water system may make a

temporary above ground connection to a fire hydrant, subject to the time periods, conditions, and

payment specified in § 52.51. In addition, the method of connection to the private system shall

conform to all existing requirements of this chapter and city ordinance and the type of meter used

shall meet the approval of the Utilities Superintendent. Penalty, see § 10.99


The city shall not be liable for any deficiency or failure in the supply of water to consumers,

whether occasioned by shutting the water off for the purpose of making repairs or connections or

from any other cause whatsoever. In case of fire, or alarm of fire, or in making repairs of

construction of new works, water may be shut off without notice at any time and kept off as long as

necessary. In addition, the City Council shall have the right to impose reasonable restrictions on

the use of the city water system in emergency situations. For non-payment of charges, water

service may be discontinued according to the procedures established in § 52.72.


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No more than one housing unit or building shall be supplied from one service connection

except by permission of City Council. Penalty, see § 10.99


No person, except persons authorized by the City Council, shall tap any distributing main or pipe

of the water supply system or insert stopcocks or ferrules therein. Penalty, see § 10.99

§ 52.27 REPAIRS.

(A) Determination of need for repairs. Based on the information supplied by the property

owner or available to the city, the city will make a determination whether a problem exists in that

portion of the service which is the city*s responsibility. If the problem, appears to exist in the

areas for which the city has no responsibility, the private owners will be responsible for

correction of the problem.

(B)  **Amended by the 11-12-14 Frozen Water and Sewer Line Policy**. Thawing of water services. The city will attempt to thaw water services on request of the resident. If the problem is found within that portion of the service for which the private owner is

responsible, the private owner thereafter will be responsible for thawing the service and correction of the problem.

(C) Excavation or repair of water service.

(1) The city will arrange for the investigative digging up and repair of any water service

where the problem apparently exists within that area for which the city has responsibility.

(2) Unless it is clearly evident, however, that the problem is the responsibility of the city,

the excavation and repair will not be made until the property owner requests the city in writing to

excavate or repair the service and agrees to pay the cost.

(3) The owner further agrees to waive public hearing and be special assessed the cost of

the excavation and repair if the problem is found to be other than the city*s responsibility. The

city will make the determination for responsibility of the cost of investigation or repair.

(4) The matter of whether the dig up is done by city forces or contracted would depend on

the urgency or need of repair and the availability of city forces to do the work. Recovery by the

city for faulty construction will depend upon the circumstances and the decision of the City

Attorney on the likelihood of recovery.

(D) Failure to repair. In case of failure upon the part of any consumer or owner to repair any

leak occurring in his or her service pipe within 24 hours after verbal or written notice thereof, the


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water may be turned off by the city and shall not be turned on until the leak has been repaired and a

fee pursuant to § 52.51 has been paid to the city. Penalty, see § 10.99


(A) If the premises served by water have been abandoned, or if the service has not been used

for one year, then the service shall be shut off at the curb stop box by the city and the water meter,

if a meter is being used, will be removed.

(B) When new buildings are erected on the site of old ones, and it is desired to increase or

change the old water service, no connections with the mains shall be made until all the old service

has been removed and the main taps plugged or yoked connections installed by the city at the

owner*s expense. Penalty, see § 10.99


A permit must be obtained to disconnect from the existing water service leads at the curb stop

box. The fee for the permit shall be set pursuant to § 52.51. Penalty, see § 10.99


Every service pipe shall be laid so as to allow at least one foot of extra length in order to

prevent rupture by settlement. The service pipe must be placed no less than seven feet below the

ground and in a manner as to prevent rupture by freezing. Service pipes must extend from the curb

stop box to the inside of the building, or if not taken into the building, then to the hydrant or fixtures

which it is intended to supply. Type K copper tubing shall be used up to and including two-inch

services. All underground joints are to be mechanical, except joints under floors shall be silver

soldered, unless otherwise approved by the Utilities Superintendent. Joints of copper tubing shall

be kept, to a minimum, with not more than one joint used for service for each 70 feet in length.

Splicing may be approved with three-piece unions only. All joints and connections shall be left

uncovered until inspected by the Utilities Superintendent and tested at normal water line pressure.

Unions must be three-part type. All services over two inches shall be cast iron. Connections with

the mains for domestic supply shall be at least three-quarter inch up to the curb stop box. Penalty,

see § 10.99


(A) No excavation shall be made until a permit for the connection has been issued by the city.

(B) No water service pipe or water connection shall be installed in the same trench or closer

than ten feet horizontally to a sewer trench or drain laid, or to be laid, either in the street or in

private property, except that the water pipe on private property may be in a common trench with a

sewer drain which is of a material that is in conformance with the current Minnesota Plumbing

Code, Minn. Rules Ch. 4715, as it may be amended from time to time.


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(C) Where it is desired to lay the water service pipe and the building sewer pipe in the same

trench, or in separate trenches less than ten feet apart, the water service pipe shall be above the

sewer pipe unless approved by the City Engineer. It shall be placed at least one foot above the

sewer and on a solid shelf excavated at one side of the trench. The sewer pipe shall be of a

material that is in conformance with the Minnesota Plumbing Code with tested watertight joints.

The water service pipe shall be watertight and corrosion resistant. Copper pipe and cast iron

water pipe with specially protected joints is acceptable for this construction. Cast iron pipe shall

conform to the American Water Works Association specifications for this pipe. Bell joint clamps

with rubber gaskets are provisionally acceptable as extra protection for the joints on cast iron

water pipe. In all cases, precautions shall be taken to assure a firm foundation for the pipes. The

intervening space between the pipes shall be backfilled with compacted earth.

(D) In case the installation is on a surfaced street, the following shall apply: All backfill

materials shall be mechanically compacted in 12-inch layers to the density of the adjacent material

in the roadway area and to the existing street grades in accordance with the Minnesota Department

of Transportation Standards. Complete surface restoration shall be made. Penalty, see § 10.99


No water pipe of the water system shall be connected with any pump, well, tank, or piping that

is connected with any other source of water supply except to service municipal systems. Penalty,

see § 10.99


(A) Connection applications.

(1) All applications for service installations and for water service shall be made to the

City Clerk. All applications for service installations and water service shall be made by the owner

or agent of the property to be served and shall state the size and location of service connection

required. The applicant shall, at the time of making application, pay to the city the amount of fees

as established by the Ordinance Establishing Fees and Charges adopted pursuant to § 30.11 of this

code, as that ordinance may be amended from time to time or deposit required for the installation

of the service connection as hereinafter provided. Applications for services larger than one inch

shall be accompanied by two sets of plans or sketches indicating preferred location of service

pipe and size of service based on building demand.

(2) The size of the water service connections and meter, if a meter is required, shall be

subject to approval of the City Engineer or City Council.

(3) Water billing shall start at the time of completion of outside piping for new connections

or when the water is turned on to supply existing piping with water to a structure, and shall be

calculated upon the minimum quarterly rate, prorated on a semi-monthly basis.



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(B) Connection charges.

(1) A permit must be obtained to connect to the existing water service leads at the curb

stop box. The fee for the permit shall be set pursuant to § 52.51. The city shall install or have

installed all service connections from the water main to the curb stop box including the stop box.

Payment for service connections must be made before the work is started and should be based

upon 1½ times the estimate of costs provided by the City Engineer. Any excess deposit shall be

returned to the applicant.

(2) Additional charges shall be paid at the time of making application for tapping and

making connections with the water main to where a curb stop box and service lead is not

previously installed. The charge shall include the tapping of the water main, corporation cocks, the

installation of a service line, the installation of a curb stop box, cost of restoring disturbed areas

and all other costs related to the installation.

(3) There shall be a connection charge pursuant to § 52.51 levied by the city to contribute

to the payment of the costs of the Public Water System Facilities. The City Council shall set by

resolution the charges to be made for non-residential installations.

(4) When water services have been stopped because of a violation of this chapter, the city

shall collect the fee established pursuant to § 52.51 before service is recommenced.

(5) If a person desires to connect to the system and service a parcel that has not been

assessed for the cost of water main and lateral construction, then before a permit is granted, the

city shall collect an amount from the applicant that is established pursuant to § 52.51. Penalty, see

§ 10.99


Curb stop boxes will be installed on the right-of-way line or easement limits at a location as

determined by the City Engineer to be best suitable to the property and shall be left in a vertical

position when backfilling is completed. Curb stop boxes will be installed at an approximate depth

of seven feet below the finished ground elevation and the top of the curb stop box shall be adjusted

to be flush with the finished ground elevation. Curb stop boxes must be firmly supported by a

masonry block. No person shall erect any fence or plant any tree or other landscaping that would

obstruct the use of the curb stop box, or cause damage to the same. Penalty, see § 10.99


(A) Generally. Except for extinguishment of fires, no business, unless otherwise authorized by

the City Council or Public Utilities Department, shall use water from the water system or permit

water to be drawn therefrom unless the same be metered by passing through a meter provided and

approved by the city. No person or business not authorized by the City Council or Utilities

Superintendent shall connect, disconnect, take apart, or in any manner change or cause to be

changed or interfere with any meter or the action thereof, or break any meter or valve seal.


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Residential water useage and consumption shall be determined based on a flat fee and not by the

use of a meter until such time that the City Council decides that the city should have residential meters installed..

(1) There shall be no charge for use of a city owned meter.

(2) Where a consumer has need for a larger line in addition to his or her domestic line, as

in the case of a commercial consumer who needs a one-inch line for normal use and a six-inch or

larger line for a fire sprinkler system, he or she will be permitted to run one line into the premises

and “Y” off into two lines at the building. When this is done, the meter will be attached to the

small or domestic line and a check valve as well as one-inch detection meter shall be put on the

large line.

(3) The city shall maintain and repair all meters when rendered unserviceable through

ordinary wear and tear and shall replace them if necessary. When replacement, repair, or

adjustment of any meter is rendered by the act, neglect (including damage from freezing or hot

water backup) or carelessness of the owner or occupant of the premises, any expense caused the

city thereby shall be charged against and collected from the water consumer.

(4) All water meters and remote readers shall be and remain the property of the city.

(5) Authorized city employees shall have free access at reasonable hours of the day to all

parts of every building and premises connected with the water system for reading of meters and


(6) It shall be the responsibility of the consumer to notify the city to request a final reading

at the time of the customer*s billing change.

(B) Water meter setting. All water meters hereafter installed shall be in accordance with the

Minnesota Plumbing Code and any standards established by resolution of the City Council.

Penalty, see § 10.99



The City Council shall establish a schedule of all water rates, fees and charges for permits or

services in the Ordinance Establishing Fees and Charges adopted pursuant to § 30.11 of this Code,

as that ordinance may be amended from time to time.


(A) Bills for water service charges shall be due on the 15th of the month succeeding the period for which the service was rendered.  . Any bill not

paid in full by the 15th of the month will be considered delinquent. At that time the city shall

notify the delinquent owner/occupant in writing regarding the delinquent bill and subsequent disconnection. Disconnection of services for late payment shall follow the procedures established

in 52.72.

(B) All accounts shall be placed in the name of the owner of the premises and they shall be liable to pay for the service to their premises, and the service is furnished to the premises by the city only upon the condition that the owner of the premises is liable therefore to the city.  All bills and notices shall be mailed or delivered to the address where service is

provided. If nonresident owners or agents desire personal notice sent to a different address, they

shall so note on the water service application. Any change or error in address shall be promptly

reported to the City Clerk.

§ 52.53 WATER RATES.

(A) The rate due and payable by each user within the city for water taken from the water

system shall be established pursuant to § 52.51.

(B) In case the meter is found to have stopped, or to be operating in a faulty manner, the amount

of water used will be estimated in accordance with the amount used previously in comparable

periods of the year.

(C) Rates due and payable by each water user located beyond the territorial boundaries of the

city shall be determined by special contract.

(D) The minimum rates established pursuant to § 52.51 shall begin to accrue after connection

of the service pipe with the curb stop box for new connections or when the water is turned on for

existing connections.

(E) A meter shall be installed on the water valve of a business.

(F) In the event a water customer elects to discontinue the use of the municipal water, the

regular or minimum charge shall continue until the date as service is disconnected at the curb box.

Penalty, see § 10.99


(A) Any prepayment or overpayment of charges may be retained by the city and applied on

subsequent quarterly charges.

(B) In the event a user fails to pay his or her water user fee within a reasonable time following

discontinuance of service (a time period not to exceed 90 days), the fee shall be certified by the

City Clerk and assessed against the property on which the charges have incurred, and forwarded to

the County Auditor for collection. Penalty, see § 10.99


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(A) All piping connections from the curb stop box to house supply piping shall be made under

the supervision of a licensed plumber subject to inspection by the Utilities Superintendent. The

piping connection made to the curb stop box on the house side shall be inspected by the Utilities

Superintendent. A water meter installation shall be inspected, tested and the meter sealed by the

Utilities Superintendent.

(B) No person, firm or corporation shall engage in the business of altering, repairing, installing

or constructing municipal water connections within the city without first obtaining a license to

carry on the occupation from the city. A master plumber licensed by the state under the provisions

of M.S. § 326.40, as it may be amended from time to time, is exempt from the provisions of this


(1) The applicant shall file with the City Clerk evidence of public liability insurance,

including products liability insurance with limits of at least $50,000 per person and $100,000 per

occurrence and property damage insurance with limits of at least $10,000. Evidence of insurance

required pursuant to M.S. § 326.40, Subd. 2, as it may be amended from time to time, shall satisfy

this requirement.

(2) The applicant shall file with the City Clerk a surety bond guaranteeing the conformance

and compliance of work with this chapter. The bond shall be in the amount of $2,000. The city

shall hold the bond for one year following the license period. Failure to comply with provisions

and requirements of this chapter shall result in forfeiture of the bond. The applicant may comply

with the requirements of M.S. § 326.40, Subd. 2, as it may be amended from time to time in lieu of

these requirements.

(3) Applications for licenses shall be filed with the City Clerk and shall be reviewed and

subject to approval of the city.

(4) Any installation, construction, alteration of a water connection by a license in violation

of any provision of this chapter or refusal on the part of a licensee to correct the defective work

shall be cause for revocation of or refusal to renew a license. This license may be revoked or

refused for renewal by the city at any time for cause which shall be documented in writing.

(C) All licenses required in this section shall be renewable annually. Applications for licenses

shall be made annually on a form furnished by the City Clerk. Licenses shall be in effect from

January 1 to December 31 of the same year. The license fee shall be established pursuant to §


(D) Before any license issued under the provisions of this section may be revoked or its

renewal refused, the licensee shall be given a hearing by the City Council to show cause why the


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license should not be revoked or refused. Notice of the time, place and purpose of the hearing shall

be in writing.


The Utilities Superintendent and other duly authorized employees of the city, upon proper

identification, shall be permitted to enter upon all properties for the purpose of inspections,

observation and testing in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.


(A) Generally. Water service may be shut off at any connection whenever:

(1) The owner or occupant of the premises served or any person working on any pipes or

equipment thereon which are connected with the water system has violated, or threatens to violate,

any of the provisions of this chapter.

(2) Any charge for water, service, meter, or any other financial obligations imposed on the

present or former owner or occupant served is unpaid.

(3) Fraud or misrepresentation by the owner or occupant of the premises serviced in

connection with an application for service.

(B) Disconnection for late payment.

(1) It is the policy of the city to discontinue utility service to customers by reason of

nonpayment of bills.

(2) That any customer disputing the correctness of his or her bill shall have a right to a

hearing at which time he or she may be represented in person and by counsel or any other person

of his or her choosing and may present orally or in writing his or her complaint and contentions to

the city official in charge of utility billing or the city council. This official or the city council shall

be authorized to order that the customer*s service not be discontinued and shall have the authority

to make a final determination of the customer*s complaint.

(3) Requests for delays or waiver of payment will not be entertained; only questions of

proper and correct billing will be considered. In the absence of payment of the bill rendered or

resort to the hearing procedure provided herein, service will be discontinued at the time specified.

(4) When it becomes necessary for the city to discontinue utility service to a customer for

nonpayment of bills, service will be reinstated only after all bills for service then due have been

paid, along with a turn-on charge as established by the Ordinance Establishing Fees and Charges

adopted pursuant to § 30.11 of this Code.


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(5) Cold weather rule. Pursuant to M.S. § 216B.097, as it may be amended from time to

time, no service of a residential customer shall be disconnected if the disconnection affects the

primary heat source for the residential unit when the disconnection would occur during the period

between October 15 and April 15, the customer has declared inability to pay on forms provided by

the city, the household income of the customer is less that 185% of the federal poverty level as

documented by the customer to the city, and the customer*s account is current for the billing period

immediately prior to October 15 or the customer has entered into a payment schedule and is

reasonably current with payments under the schedule.


No person, except an authorized city employee, shall turn on or off any water supply at the curb

stop box. Penalty, see § 10.99


Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall become liable to the city for

any expense, loss or damage occasioned by the city by reason of the violation.




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