Terms & Conditions
The following Terms and Conditions made by the Belfast Water District and filed
with the Maine Public Utilities Commission constitutes a contract between the
Customer and the Utility. The Customer agrees to adhere to these Terms and
Conditions and to take water only for purposes stated in the application and at
the established rates.
The Terms and Conditions of the Belfast Water District as outlined herein are a
supplement and/or addition to the Rules and Regulations of the Maine Public
The word ďCommissionĒ refers to the Maine Public Utilities Commission.
The word "Utility" refers to the Belfast Water District acting through its Board
The word "Customer" means any person, firm, corporation or governmental division
who has applied for and is granted service or who is responsible for payment of
The word "Main" means a water pipe, owned, operated and maintained by the
Utility, which is used to transmit or distribute water but is not water Service
The words "Service Pipe" mean the pipe running from the Main to the premises of
The word ďMeterĒ means a mechanical device which is designed to and is capable
of measuring the flow and/or recording the quantity of water passing through a
service to an individual consumer of water.
The words ďPublic WayĒ includes only roads which are accepted city, county or
state ways and is currently being maintained by the city, county or state and is
suitable for the free and unobstructed passage of
wheeled motor vehicles and pedestrians.
The words ďmain extensionĒ mean an addition to the system of mains to serve one
or more customers.
1. UTILITY SERVICE AREA. The Belfast Water District was created in 1919 by an
act of the State Legislature, for the purpose of operating a community supply of
water and providing the City of Belfast with such water for the promotion of the
general health and welfare. To carry out this purpose, the District acquired
controls and maintains property (lands, structures, wells, and apparatus);
employs personnel for the superintendence, maintenance, extensions of such works
and structures and the collection of revenues sufficient for its needs. Under
the terms of the Charter a Board of Trustees, appointed by the Belfast City
Council, is responsible for the overall management and general supervision of
the District. The Belfast Water District is an independent quasi-municipal
organization and depends on revenue from the system users for its operation and
2. APPLICATION FOR SERVICE INSTALLATION. Pursuant to Chapter 620 of the
Commissionís Rules and Regulations, the owner or the owner's agent, or the
occupant of the establishment to be served may apply for service on forms
provided by the Utility. If seasonal rental property, only the property owner
may be an applicant for service. Any tenant may become a Customer if the tenant
assumes responsibility for future service under the conditions set forth in
Title 35-A MRSA ß706(2), Chapter 660, Sec. 10(I)(2) of the Commissionís Rules
and Regulations, and under Section 11 below. If a new service connection or
other work on the establishment is required, the owner must authorize the
Utility to enter the premises to do the necessary work.
3. SEASONAL CUSTOMER. A seasonal Customer regularly takes service for only part
of the year from either a summer or year-round main. A seasonal Customer will be
subject to the rules and charges of seasonal rates, if in effect, or of annual
rates, if seasonal rates are not in effect. A Customer regularly vacating the
premises for three months or less may elect in writing to be classified as an
annual Customer subject to annual rules and charges.
4. BILLING PROCEDURES. Annual minimum meter charges, and water used in excess of
the minimum for annual metered service shall be billed quarterly in arrears at
the end of the billing quarter. The Utility reserves the right to render bills
monthly in arrears if it so desires.
Seasonal minimum meter charges will be billed immediately after the meter is set
for the season. Bills for water used in excess of the minimum shall be billed
immediately after the final reading for the season. The Utility reserves the
right to render bills quarterly for excess water used by seasonal Customers.
Public and private fire protection charges will be billed in advance each year
on a quarterly basis.
Pro-ration of bills - initial and final bills will be pro-rated against Belfast
Water District's approved tariffs and the number of service days in the billing
Bills may be paid by any Utility-approved payment method, including but not
limited to by mail or in person and must be received at the office of the
Utility. Online payments may be made on the Utility website by electronic check
for a $0.40 cents convenience fee or by credit/debit card for a $2.95
convenience fee which is charged by the vendor, but is not included in your
bill. Failure of the Customer to receive his/her bill does not relieve him/her
of the obligation of its payment nor for the consequences of non-payment.
5. CREDIT AND COLLECTION PROCEDURES. All credit and collection procedures for
both residential and nonresidential Customers will be based upon Chapter 660 and
Chapter 870 of the Commissionís Rules and Regulations. The Utility may demand a
deposit from a Customer as permitted by Chapter 660. Pursuant to Chapter 870,
the interest rate on Customer deposits shall be the rate set from time to time
by the Commission.
6. TERMS OF PAYMENT. Customers are legally obligated to pay for the services
they receive. Bills are payable upon being issued. Failure of the Customer to
receive his/her bill does not relieve him/her of the obligation of payment for
services received nor for the consequences of non-payment. The due date for
payment, in order to avoid the incurrence of late fees or the initiation of
collection action will be no less than 25 days after the bill is mailed or hand
delivered. The late payment charge for overdue bills will be no more than the
maximum amount allowed under Chapter 870 of the Commissionís Rules and
Regulations, to be determined annually.
7. TRANSFER AND COLLECTION OF UNPAID ACCOUNT BALANCES. When a Customer requests
a transfer of service to a new location, the Utility may without prior notice,
transfer the Customerís current account balance to the Customerís new account.
8. CUSTOMER PRIVACY. Except as provided in Chapter 660 of the Commissionís Rules
and Regulations, it is the Utilityís policy to keep confidential its Customerís
billing and credit history.
9. CHARGE FOR RETURNED CHECKS. As provided in Chapter 870 of the Commissionís
Rules and Regulations, the Utility may charge the greater of $5.00 per account
to which the check is applied or the amount the bank charges the Utility, not to
exceed $15.00 for each check returned for nonpayment by a bank. If the Utility
charges more than $5.00, the Utility shall furnish the customer with proof of
the bank charge.
10. CHARGES FOR ESTABLISHMENT OF SERVICE. The Customer is required to complete
an application form to establish service and pay an application fee of $15.00.
If it is necessary for the Utility to visit the premises to connect the service,
in addition to the application fee, the Utility will charge $35.00 during the
normal business hours of 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. During
holidays and other than normal business hours, the charge will be $52.50. During
winter conditions from December 15th thru March 31st the Utility will charge
$55.00 during the normal business hours of 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday
through Friday. During holidays and other than normal business hours, the charge
will be $82.50.
11. CHARGES FOR RESTORATION/RECONNECTION OF SERVICE. The Utility will charge a
Customer a reconnection fee for restoration of service at the Customerís
premises if service was disconnected for any reason allowable under Chapter 660
of the Commissionís Rules and Regulations, including but not limited to at the
A. The reconnection fee for restoration of service, other than Customer request,
the charge will be $60.00 during the normal business hours of 7:00 a.m. to 3:30
p.m., Monday through Friday. During holidays and other than normal business
hours, the charge will be $90.00. During winter conditions from December 15th
thru March 31st the charge will be $90.00 during the normal business hours of
7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. During holidays and other than
normal business hours, the charge will be $135.00
B. At the customerís request, the charge will be $35.00 to turn on the service
or turn off the service during the normal business hours of 7:00 a.m. to 3:30
p.m. Monday through Friday. During holidays and other than normal business
hours, the charge will be $52.50. During winter conditions from December 15th
thru March 31st the charge will be $55.00 during the normal business hours of
7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. During holidays and other than
normal business hours, the charge will be $82.50.
12. COLLECTION TRIP FEE. If Utility personnel visit the Customerís premises to
disconnect service for non-payment and in lieu of actual disconnection the
Customer pays or makes a payment arrangement for the entire past due balance,
the Utility will charge a collection fee of $30.00, as permitted in Chapter 660
of the Commissionís Rules and Regulations.
13. DISCONNECTION OF LEASED OR RENTED RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY. Before disconnecting
a leased or rented residential property, the Utility shall:
A. Comply with the notice requirements contained in Chapter 660 of the
Commissionís Rules and Regulations.
Pursuant to Chapter 660, in addition to the above, before disconnecting a leased
or rented single-meter, multi-unit residential property, the Utility shall:
B. Apply any existing deposit to the current account balance, and
C. Assess, against the landlord, a collection fee of $125.00 in addition to any
fee set forth in Section 12, A. of these Terms and Conditions, and In addition,
at its discretion, the Utility may separately meter or cause to be separately
metered, at the landlordís expense, each dwelling unit within the property.
14. UNAUTHORIZED USE OF WATER. No Customer shall supply water to another nor use
it for any purposes not mentioned in his/her application without District
approval. No Customer or his agent shall obtain water from any hydrant or other
fixture of the District without the previous consent of the Utility. No Customer
or his agent shall bypass any meter, nor restore service without Utility
authorization, nor unreasonably interfere with Utility service nor otherwise
take action to prevent the proper metering of water consumed by the Customer. In
the event of the discovery of such unauthorized use of water, the Customer shall
be immediately disconnected, pursuant to Chapter 660. In addition, the Utility
shall be entitled to bill and recover from the Customer or responsible person
the cost of the estimated amount of water consumed, based on the Utilityís
approved rates, plus interest at an annual rate of 5%. Where the unauthorized
use of water has occurred, the Utility may also assess the Customer or
responsible person a fee of $45.00 per hour, with a minimum of one hour, for
each service visit to the Customerís premises necessary to investigate and
address the unauthorized use of water, including removing the meter bypass,
taking measures to prevent further diversion of water, and verifying that
corrective measures have been taken and maintained. For service visits that
occur during other than normal business hours, the fee will be $67.50 per hour
with a minimum two hour charge. In no case shall the total of such hourly fees
exceed $100.00. In addition, pursuant to Title 35-A MRSA ß2706 as amended or
replaced, the Customer or person responsible for the unauthorized use may be
liable in a civil action to the Utility for all other reasonable costs to the
Utility, including attorneyís fees, costs of undertaking and completing the
investigation resulting in the determination of liability, and for a civil
penalty not to exceed twenty five hundred dollars ($2,500.00), due and payable
to the District for each violation.
15. NO TAMPERING WITH UTILITY PROPERTY. No person may tamper with Utility
property. No valve, valve sealing mechanism, meter, shutoff, hydrant or
standpipe that is the property of the Utility shall be opened or closed or
otherwise operated, modified, or removed by other than persons authorized by the
Utility. Tampering will subject a Customer or other responsible party to the
same charges and actions outlined in Section 15, entitled Unauthorized Use of
Water. In addition, in the event of such tampering, the responsible party may be
subject to a civil action, pursuant to Title 35-A MRSA ß2707, as amended or
16. MAINTENANCE OF PLUMBING. Pursuant to Chapter 620 of the Commissionís Rules
and Regulations, a Customer must maintain the plumbing and fixtures within
his/her own premises in good repair and protect them from freezing or from heat
damage. If damage does occur, the Customer is liable for any expenses incurred.
17. ACCESS TO PREMISES. Pursuant to Chapter 620 of the Commissionís Rules and
Regulations, as a condition of service, Customers shall provide access for
Utility employees with proper identification, to all premises supplied with
water, at all reasonable hours, to permit the inspection of plumbing and
fixtures; to set, remove or read meters, to ascertain the amount of water used
and manner of use, and to enforce these Terms and Conditions. The Customer must
keep the meters accessible for reading and inspection at all times. If there is
an obstruction, the Utility shall contact the Customer in writing to clear the
obstruction; if the obstruction is not cleared, estimated charges shall be
assessed until the obstruction is cleared and then a retroactive billing
adjustment shall be made in accordance with Chapter 660.
18. LIABILITY. The Utility will only be liable for any damages arising from
claims to the extent liability is expressly provided in the Maine Tort Claims
Act, as set forth in Title 14 MRSA, Chapter 741. The Utility will not be
responsible for any damages caused by discolored water for any reason, and makes
no representations or warranties, expressed or implied, about the suitability of
any water provided by the Utility for any particular purpose.
19. SERVICE INTERRUPTION. As specified in Chapter 660 of the Commissionís Rules
and Regulations, the Utility will provide reasonable notice of any planned
shut-off to affected Customers. If the interruption is expected to last more
than 5 hours or to affect more than 10 Customers or a single commercial Customer
on a dedicated line, notice will be given at least twenty-four hours in advance
of the interruption of service. The Utility will notify the Customers when
practicable of the cause and duration of any unplanned shut-off. Pursuant to
Chapter 620, if a Customer requests, the Utility will make a pro rata reduction
in the Customerís minimum bill if service is interrupted for longer than
forty-eight hours and the interruption is not due to negligence or improper care
of equipment by the Customer.
20. WINTER CONSTRUCTION. No new Service Lines or extension of Mains will be
installed, after November 1st, for the convenience of a Customer that increases
the cost of the work for the Utility unless the Customer assumes all extra
expenses over ordinary construction costs.
21. STOP VALVE. Pursuant to Chapter 620 of the Commissionís Rules and
Regulations, every service must be provided with a minimum of one operable stop
valve located inside the building near the service entrance before the meter,
easily accessible, and protected from freezing. All plumbing must be installed
to comply with applicable plumbing codes, to prevent back-syphonage and to
permit draining whenever necessary.
22. CROSS CONNECTIONS. Pursuant to Chapter 620 of the Commissionís Rules and
Regulations, no cross connection between the public water supply system and any
other supply will be allowed unless properly protected, based upon the Maine
Cross Connection Control Rules and the Maine Internal Plumbing Code. No new
cross connection may be installed without the express, written approval of the
Utility. In addition, no connection will be permitted capable of causing back
flow, including back siphonage or back pressure, between the public water supply
system and any plumbing fixture, device or appliance, or between any waste
outlet or pipe having direct connection to waste drains. If the owner of such a
connection fails or refuses to break or properly protect the connection within a
time limit specified by the Utility, the Utility may disconnect the service
according to Chapter 660 of the Commissionís Rules and Regulations. The
Utilityís Cross Connection Control Program is on file at the Utility office.
23. FLUCTUATION OF PRESSURES BY CUSTOMERíS APPARATUS. Pursuant to Chapter 620 of
the Commissionís Rules and Regulations, Customers may not install or use any
device that will affect the Utilityís pressure or water quality without prior
Utility written permission.
24. SAFEGUARDING DIRECT PRESSURE WATER DEVICES AND SYSTEMS SUPPLIED BY AUTOMATIC
FEED VALVES. Pursuant to Chapter 620 of the Commissionís Rules and Regulations,
Customers must install vacuum, temperature and pressure relief valves or cutouts
to prevent damage to a direct pressure water device or secondary system supplied
by an automatic feed valve.
25. JOINT USE OF SERVICE PIPE TRENCH. Pursuant to Chapter 620 of the
Commissionís Rules and Regulations, normally, water Service Pipes will not be
placed in the same trench with other Utility facilities. A horizontal separation
of ten feet will be provided from the Main to the curb stop shut off valve.
Where extenuating, unusual or special circumstances are encountered on the
Service Line after the curb stop shut off valve to the building, a lesser
separation or joint use of trench may be allowed if all parties agree, provided
that the installation complies with all applicable laws, rules and regulations.
26. CONSERVATION. All Customers must prevent unnecessary waste of water.
Pursuant to Chapter 620 of the Commissionís Rules and Regulations, in the event
of an emergency or when otherwise necessary to conserve the water supply, the
Utility may restrict or prohibit waste or improper usage as determined by the
Utility, including but not limited to the use of hoses and lawn sprinklers.
27. METERING AND NEW SERVICE LINE AND MAIN EXTENSION POLICIES.
A. Separate Metering of Buildings. No Customer shall supply water to another,
nor use it for purposes not mentioned in his/her application without prior
written Utility approval. At its discretion, the Utility reserves the right to
require separate piping and a separate meter and shut-off for each building as a
condition of service.
B. Metering Policy for Multi-Unit Developments. This metering policy is for
application to units in multi-unit developments in the Utilityís service
territory. With the specific exception of hotels and motels and as otherwise
specifically excluded herein, this policy applies to all multi-unit
developments, including condominiums, apartments, mobile home parks, cottages,
commercial and retail units and other similar units within residential and
commercial developments. This policy also applies to all conversions of an
existing building or buildings to multi-unit residential or commercial
developments. The purpose of this policy is to promote water conservation, to
bill customers based upon their individual water usage and to ensure fairness in
collections. The Utilityís policy is to require that each residential or
commercial unit in a multi-unit development be individually metered, including
units in a single building and units in multiple buildings in a larger
development. In most cases the water service shall remain private and it shall
be owned and maintained by the owner of the multi-unit development complex or
building, or in the case of a condominium development by the condominium
association. Design and construction of the system, including the sizing,
location and installation of meters, associated valves and backflow prevention
devices shall comply with all the Utilityís specifications and construction
standards. In the case of multi-unit time-share developments, each unit shall be
individually metered, but all meters within the same time-share development
complex shall be billed to the complex owners, association, corporations or
other responsible entity. As an exception to this policy, the Utility will
consider, on a case by case basis, at the request of the Customer the master
metering of multi-unit or multi-site campgrounds and RV parks that are
principally used by transient campers or guests utilizing mobile tents, campers,
recreational vehicles, motor homes or similar equipment that is easily moved
from a site and is not designed or used for long-term use at a single site.
Campgrounds and RV parks that are master metered and subsequently add or convert
individual sites or units to non-transient or long-terms use shall have all such
sites or units individually metered.
C. Submetering. Additional or auxiliary meters for showing subdivision of water
use must be furnished, installed, read and maintained at the Customerís own
D. Charges for Repair or Replacement of Damaged Water Meters and Other Utility
Equipment. Pursuant to Chapter 620 of the Commissionís Rules and Regulations,
the charges to Customers for costs incurred for the repair or replacement of
meter(s) or other utility equipment damaged due to improper care or negligence
by Customers are as follows: During the normal business hours of 7:00 a.m. to
3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, the charge will be $45.00 per hour, with a
minimum charge of one hour, plus the cost of the necessary replacement parts,
including the meter. During holidays and other than normal business hours, the
charge will be $67.50, plus the cost of the necessary replacement parts,
including the meter.
E. Meter Pits. The Utility reserves the right to require a meter pit, at the
Customerís expense, if the premises to be served is located more than two
hundred (200) feet from the main, or the Customer does not provide a clean,
warm, dry and accessible location for the meter and its appurtenances, The
Utility will perform the work during the normal business hours of 7:00 a.m. to
3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at a charge of $ 45.00 per man-hour of labor,
plus the cost of the necessary materials and equipment rental, if applicable.
The Customer will pay a deposit in advance to cover the estimated charge. The
Utility will return any excess deposit upon completion. If the final cost
exceeds the deposit, the Customer must pay the balance due as a condition of
service. Since the meter pit is owned by the Customer, he/she is responsible for
the replacement, relocation if required and maintenance. Protection against
freezing is a Customer maintenance responsibility.
F. Meter Testing. The Utility will test its water meters according to the
schedule and standards in Chapter 620 of the Commissionís Rules and Regulations.
Upon Customer request, the Utility will
test the Customerís water meter at no charge in the presence of the Customer or
representative, unless the Customer requests more than one test in an 18-month
period. If the Customer requests a test more frequently, the Utility may require
the Customer to pay a deposit to cover the cost of the test. If a meter tested
at the Customerís request does not conform to standards, the Customerís deposit
will be refunded and the Utility will adjust the Customerís bill according to
the provisions of Chapter 620. If the meter conforms to standards, the Utility
may keep the Customerís deposit and continue to use the meter at the Customerís
G. New Service Lines and Meters. As permitted in Title 35-A MRSA ß6106, and
Chapters 620 and 660 of the Commissionís Rules and Regulations, each applicant
for a new water service will be responsible for the costs of the entire Service
Line, including permits for opening the pavement or boring across the road, if
applicable, equipment rental, labor and materials and necessary appurtenances
for installation, including the meter.
The Customer will be responsible for contracting the installation of the Service
Line from the curb box or shut off valve into the building and for obtaining the
Utilityís written approval for the work. The Service Line location will be set
by the Utility, and must be installed to applicable plumbing codes and to the
Utilityís standards and specifications, which are available at the Utility
office. Only Utility approved materials may be used. The Utility reserves the
right to inspect the materials and installation and must be notified before they
are buried or enclosed. All contractor charges will be paid by the Customer
directly to the Contractor. If a site visit has been scheduled, and if the
Utility must later return to the premises due to inadequate preparation by the
Customer or Contractor or lack of adherence to the specifications, the Customer
will be responsible for the cost of the extra visit(s).
The Utility will be responsible for installing the Service Line from the Main to
the curb box or shut off valve, including excavation, tapping the Main, and
installing the meter and other appurtenances. At its discretion, the Utility may
subcontract out any part of this installation. The work will be available during
the regular business hours of 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The
costs to the Customer for the Utility installed/subcontracted Service Line
located from the Main to the curb box or shut-off valve and appurtenances are as
A charge of $45.00 per man-hour to install the Service Line from the Main to the
curb box or shut-off valve of the above-described installation done by the
Utility, and for the inspection and approval of contracted work.
Costs of the necessary materials, parts, equipment and equipment rental, if
applicable, including the cost of the meter.
Utility contractor charges for piping across the road, which may consist of
either boring across the road or opening the road, plus additional costs,
including but not limited to digging, permits, and flagging, charged as required
by the situation.
A written estimate will be provided to the Customer for the cost to install the
Service Line from the Main to the curb box or shut off valve and a deposit equal
to the estimate will be collected prior to the Utility performing the work. As a
Condition of Service, the balance of the costs will be payable as per the
written agreement between the Utility and the Customer.
H. Location of Service Pipe - The service pipe connections shall normally be
made from a main in a street in front of the property to be served.
I. Single Service - No more than one Customer may be served from a service pipe
under the control of a single curb box or shutoff valve.
J. Maintenance of the Service Pipe - The service pipe between the main and the
curb box or shutoff valve in public ways shall be maintained and repaired by the
Utility without cost to the Customer. The remainder of the service pipe between
the curb box or shutoff valve and the meter shall be repaired and maintained by
the Customer at the Customerís expense.
K. Temporary Service - A temporary service is one installed to a building or
trailer, not placed on a permanent foundation, or to a garden or for temporary
use. The entire cost of installation shall be at the Customerís expense.
L. Permit for Repairs - Prior to making repairs to or altering the service pipe,
the Customer shall obtain a permit from the Utility. In case of an emergency,
the repair work may be done, but the Utility shall be notified within
twenty-four (24) hours. A permit must be obtained before such emergency work is
M. New Meters. As permitted in Title 35-A MRSA ß6106, and Chapter 650 of the
Commissionís Rules and Regulations the Customer is responsible for the cost of
the meter. The cost of the meter is
included in the cost of the new service installation. All meters shall be set as
close as possible to the point of entrance of the service pipe to the building.
All water sold by the Utility shall be on the basis of meter measurement or as
otherwise provided for in the Utilityís rate schedule whenever deemed expedient
by the Utility. Meters and outside registers or readers shall be installed and
removed only by authorized Utility personnel.
N. Extensions of Mains. All requests for water main extensions shall be at the
Customers expense, as permitted in Title 35-A MRSA ß6106. The Utility will
prepare an estimate of actual costs to the Customer for the extension, including
the cost of the estimate itself. If the Customer proceeds with
the construction a deposit equal to the estimate will be collected prior to the
Utility performing the work. A final reconciliation of the job costs will be
done upon completion, and if applicable, the Utility will return any excess
deposit at that time. If the final cost exceeds the deposit, the Customer must
pay the additional amount upon completion as a condition of service.
Main extension work may be performed by a Utility approved contractor and
installed to the Utilityís standards and specifications, which are available at
the Utility office.
28. UTILITY JOBBING. A Customer must complete a written application before a
Utility will provide unregulated Utility service. As permitted in Chapter 620 of
the Commissionís Rules and Regulations, a Customer must pay a deposit equal to
the Utilityís written estimate. Unless the work is done on a flat rate basis,
the Utility will return any excess deposit upon completion. If the final cost
exceeds the deposit, the Customer must pay the additional amount upon
29. FIRE HYDRANTS. Fire hydrants may not be used for any purpose other than to
extinguish fires unless prior permission is given by the Utility. Fire hydrants
must not be opened by any person other than an agent
of the Utility or a duly authorized representative of the municipality or the
30. CHARGE FOR FIRE HYDRANT FLOW TESTING. The charge to perform hydrant flow
testing will be billed to the requesting party at the following rates: $75.00
for the first flow test and $40.00 for each additional flow test during normal
business hours of 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, plus the cost
of the water. No hydrant flow testing will be performed during winter conditions
from December 15th through March 31st.
31. PRIVATE FIRE PROTECTION. Customers requiring private fire protection must
contact the Utility to determine the availability of fire service at their
location. If available, the fire service line will be installed at the
Customerís expense within the bounds of the public way or right of way; after
installation, the line will be owned and maintained in the public way or right
of way by the Utility, as specified in Chapter 640 of the Commissionís Rules and
Regulations. Private fire protection charges are billed quarterly. The Utility
does not guarantee any quantity of water or pressure available through a fire
protection service. The owner of the service shall determine, from time to time,
the adequacy of supply through the fire service by conducting tests of his
private system. Timely notice must be given to the Utility so a representative
of the Utility can be present to observe the test.