Operating Rules - Chapter 3 - Temporary Water Service

CHAPTER 3 – TEMPORARY WATER SERVICE


3.01     Temporary Use of Water.  Denver Water may grant permission to use water from the Denver Water distribution system or a Distributor water system for limited periods of time, subject to the provisions of this Chapter.  This Chapter does not regulate temporary supplies of fixed amounts of nonpotable water, which are governed by specific lease provisions.

3.02     Hydrant Use Permit.  Denver Water may issue a permit to take water from a fire hydrant for limited periods of time for such uses as construction, dust control, cleaning or special events.  Such permits are available Inside Denver and in Total Service, Total Service Improvement, and Read and Bill contract service areas.  Master Meter Districts will establish their own rules, procedures and fees for special hydrant uses.

a.         Permit Required.  Water to be used for purposes other than extinguishing fires may be withdrawn from fire hydrants only if a permit has been issued by Denver Water and if appropriate, the Read and Bill Distributor.

b.         Limits on Use.  Permits may be issued for specific hydrants or specific tank vehicles and may be limited to specific uses.  Meters may be required for some uses.  Permits shall be valid only during the dates specified in the permit.

c.         Access.  Employees of Denver Water shall be permitted to examine the permit at any time a hydrant is being used.

d.         Backflow Prevention.  All connections to fire hydrants must have an approved back-flow prevention device as required under Chapter 11.

e.         Permit Fee.  Denver Water will charge a permit fee to recover the costs of meter testing, billing, collecting and monitoring a hydrant permit.  The permit fee may be established for use of a specified hydrant for a limited period of time; or may be an annual charge for unlimited usage of hydrants.  Charges for water used under hydrant permits shall be calculated based on actual or estimated usage.  Charges for damage to hydrants may be billed to the holder of the hydrant water use permit.

f.          Penalties for Violation of Permit.  Any person involved in the unauthorized use of hydrant water shall pay for all water taken, together with the costs incurred by Denver Water to discover and correct the unauthorized use, and any penalty fees imposed. Such payments shall not in any way affect the right of Denver Water to pursue such other remedies as may be authorized by law or approved by Denver Water.  Any person or entity involved in previous unauthorized use of hydrant water will be ineligible for new hydrant water use permits until Denver Water is fully compensated for past hydrant water use and penalties for unauthorized use have been paid.  Any unauthorized use may result in suspension of all permits issued to the particular permit holder.

3.03     Construction Water Use.  For Water Supply Licenses issued prior to July 1, 2012, Denver Water has required the licensee to pay a fee in order to use water at the licensed premises for construction purposes prior to the time a meter can be properly set. The following requirements apply only to licenses issued prior to July 1, 2012. Licenses issued after July 1, 2012 are subject to the requirement that the meter be set within three days of installing the tap, so that construction water use will be metered, and the provisions of this Rule 3.03 are not applicable.

a.         Water Supply License Required.  No water may be used at a premises before the service connection is made and a meter is set, unless the applicant has been issued a Water Supply License and has paid the construction water use fee. Payment of a construction water use fee allows the premises to receive unmetered water service for construction use only during the interval between installation of the tap connection and initial meter installation.

b.         Limits on Use.  Unmetered use of water for construction is permitted only until the water service is activated, as required in Rule 2.02.1, or the Water Supply License is cancelled under Rule 2.12, whichever occurs first. Landscape irrigation and occupancy of the premises prior to the installation of a meter are prohibited and shall constitute unauthorized use of water.

c.         Backflow Prevention Required.  During construction, the potable water system must be protected from backflow and potential contamination. At any premises where a permanent backflow prevention device would be required under Chapter 11 but cannot be installed immediately, a temporary backflow prevention device must be used until the permanent device is installed.

d.         Construction Water Use Fee.  A non-refundable construction water use fee will be charged, and will be based on the size of the service and the rate schedule applicable to the premises. The fee shall be sufficient to generate the revenues estimated to have been collected if a meter had been installed and to recover costs of administration and monitoring the use of water prior to meter installation. Payment of the fee will be recorded on the Water Supply License.

e.         Penalties for Violation of Restrictions.  Any person or premises involved in the unauthorized use of construction water shall pay for all water estimated to have been taken, together with the costs incurred by Denver Water to discover and correct the unauthorized use, and any penalty fees imposed. Such payments shall not in any way affect the right of Denver Water to pursue such other remedies as may be authorized by law or approved by Denver Water. Any person or entity involved in previous unauthorized use of construction water will be ineligible for new Water Supply Licenses until Denver Water is fully compensated for past construction water charges and penalties for unauthorized use have been paid. Denver Water may also require a deposit, and may pursue such legal remedies as are available pursuant to state law or municipal ordinance.

3.04     Temporary Water Use License.  Denver Water may issue temporary water use licenses to use water for special purposes and for limited periods of time.  Such special purposes include, but are not limited to service to temporary buildings, temporary irrigation, and special events.

a.         Limits on Use.  The licensee must comply with all conditions imposed by Denver Water to prevent injury or waste of water.  Unless renewed, temporary water use licenses expire and the licensee shall, at its own expense, disconnect water service at the end of the period specified in the temporary license.

b.         Temporary Water Use License Fee.  Denver Water may charge a fee to cover the issuance and use of the temporary water use license.  In addition, Denver Water may require a deposit of a sum adequate to cover payments likely to become due as a result of use of the license and the cost of disconnecting the temporary service line after the license expires.  A bond satisfactory to Denver Water may be used in lieu of cash.

c.         Penalties for Violation of Temporary Water Use Licensee.  Any person involved in the use of water without a license or in a manner contrary to the terms of the license shall pay for all water taken, together with the costs incurred by Denver Water to discover and correct the unauthorized use, and any penalty fees imposed.  Such payments shall not in any way affect the right of Denver Water to pursue such other remedies as may be authorized by law or approved by Denver Water.