Sointula Waterworks District
BYLAW No. 106
CROSS CONNECTION CONTROL
A bylaw to establish a cross connection control program and process for the Sointula Waterworks District.
WHEREAS, provincial legislation requires water suppliers to ensure that provisions are
in place for the elimination and prevention of contamination between their potable water
and any non-potable sources.
AND WHEREAS, the Waterworks Board of Trustees has established a bylaw to regulate the Sointula Waterworks system.
NOW THEREFORE, the Sointula Waterworks District, in open meeting assembled,
ENACTS AS FOLLOWS:
This Bylaw may be cited for all purposes as: “Cross Connection Control Bylaw No. 106”
In this Bylaw:
1. “Approved Back-flow Prevention Assembly” means a back-flow preventer that is designed to be tested and repaired in line and to meet the design and
installation criteria requirements of the CSA standards B64.10-07/ B64.10.1-07 or most current edition,;
2. “Authorized Agent” includes a Person, Firm or Corporation representing Sointula Waterworks District by written consent;
3. “Auxiliary Water Supply” means any water available on or to a premise
originating from a source or system, other than that from the Sointula Waterworks System;
4. “Back-flow” The flow of water or other liquids, gases or solids from any source in the reverse direction back into the private water system or the Sointula Waterworks System;
5. “Back-flow Assembly Test Report” means a form provided by or approved for use by the Sointula Waterworks District’s to be used when testing back-flow assemblies to record all pertinent information and test data;
6. “Back-flow Preventer” means a mechanical apparatus installed in a water system that prevents back-flow of contaminants into the potable Waterworks System and to meet the design and installation criteria requirements of the CAN/CSA standards B64.10-07/ B64.10.1-07 or most current edition;
7. “Contaminant” means any physical, chemical, biological or radio-logical
substance or matter in water which may render the water non-potable, according to the Province of British Columbia Drinking Water Protection Act & Regulations;
8. “Cross Connection” means any actual or potential physical connection whereby the Sointula Waterworks District System is connected, directly or indirectly, with any non-potable or unapproved private water supply system, sewer, drain, conduit, well, pool. storage reservoir, plumbing fixture, or any other device which contains, or may contain contaminated water, liquid, gases, sewage, or other waste, or unknown or unsafe quality which may be capable of imparting contamination to the public water supply as a result of back-flow;
9. “Cross Connection Control Program” means the Sointula Waterworks District. Cross Connection Control Program Policies, Procedures and Specifications which provide references, guidelines, bulletins and amendments relevant to this bylaw;
10. “CSA” is the abbreviation for the Canadian Standards Association;
11. “Customer” means the Owner or Occupier of Real Property or an agent acting on behalf of the owner or occupier.
12. “Discontinue” means to terminate the arrangement between the Sointula Waterworks District and the Customer for the supply of water and to Shut Off the service pipe, disconnect, or remove it;
13. “Hydrant or Temporary Use Permit” means a permit issued by the Sointula Waterworks District for any Person requesting water from a fire hydrant, stand pipe, or temporary water connection for purposes other than fire protection
14. “Inspect” means an on-site review of the water use, facilities, meters, piping, equipment, operating conditions and maintenance records for the purpose of evaluating for conformity with the terms and conditions of this bylaw;
15. “Occupier” means any person to whom a water service is rendered and shall include the tenant of lands and premises;
16. “Owner” means the registered owner, or the person named as the registered owner on the tax roll by reason of agreement for sales, of any lands and premises situated within the Sointula Waterworks District boundaries and shall, where applicable, include the agent, executor or administrator of such owner or the lessee or occupier of the premises;
17. “Person” shall, in addition to its ordinary meaning, include a firm or partnership, company or corporation. In addition, throughout this bylaw where the context requires, the singular shall be held to mean and to include the plural and the masculine, the feminine or body corporate;
18. “Potable Water” means water that is fit for human consumption as defined in the Drinking Water Protection Act and Regulations;
19. “Premises” means any Real property and buildings on it;
20. “Private Water System” means any privately owned pipe and fittings intended for the delivery or distribution of water within a premise or to a property and includes any domestic use, irrigation system, greenhouse and hydroponics system, and any other use of water supplied by the Sointula Waterworks District System:
21. “Service” means the supply of water by means of the Sointula Waterworks District system;
22. “Service Connection Point” means the point of physical connection between the Sointula Waterworks District system and the private water system. Typically the Service Connection Point is at the downstream side of the water meter and/or is located at or near the Owners property line.
23. “Turn Off’ means to turn off the water supply by closing a Sointula Waterworks District owned valve or curb stop by any other means approved by the Sointula Waterworks District;
24. “Turn On” means to allow the flow of water by opening a Sointula Waterworks District owned valve or by any other means approved by the Sointula Waterworks District;
25. “Used Water” means any potable water which is no longer in the water
distribution system including potable water that has moved downstream or
past the Water Connection (water meter) and/or the property line to the private water system;
26. “Waterworks System” means the pipe connecting the Waterworks System of the Sointula Waterworks District and all fittings and valves owned or maintained by the Sointula Waterworks District provided to the property line on any street, lane, right-of-way or easement.
3. WATER SUPPLY AND PRESSURE
1. The Sointula Waterworks District does not guarantee pressure or continuous supply of water, or accept responsibility, at any time, for the maintenance of pressure in its water mains or for increases or decreases in pressure. The Sointula Waterworks District reserves the right at any and all times, without notice, to change operating water pressure and to shut off the water supply for the purposes of making repairs, extensions, alterations or improvements, or for any other reason.
2. The Sointula Waterworks District, its officers, employees or agents shall not incur any liability of any kind what so ever by reason of the cessation in whole or in part of water pressure or water supply, or changes in operating pressures, or by reason of the water containing sediments, deposits, or other foreign matter.
3. Where steam or hot water boilers or other equipment is fed with water by
pressure directly from the waterworks system, the Sointula Waterworks District shall not be liable for any injury or damage which may result from such pressure or from lack of such pressure or any injury or damage resulting from the improper installation of a back-flow preventer.
1. The Sointula Waterworks District and/or a Building Inspector shall be entitled, at its determination to:
1. Access the private water system located on private property at all
reasonable hours in order to carry out inspections and surveys of the
premises to determine the existence of connections or cross connections
prohibited by this bylaw and as stated in the Sointula Waterworks District Cross Connection Control Program.
2. Impose minimum standards that must be met and satisfied relating to the type of back-flow preventer and the installation and maintenance of the same as specified by the Sointula Waterworks District Cross Connection Control Program.
3. Inspect the type of back-flow preventer, the installation and state of
maintenance and repair of the same;
4. No customer or other person shall turn on a water valve to provide Service to the occupants of any newly renovated or constructed or reconstructed premise(s) until the private water system in such premise(s) has been inspected for Cross Connections and approved by Sointula Waterworks District.
5. CONDITION OF SERVICE
1. Service supplied by the Sointula Waterworks District to a Customer shall only be provided where, in the opinion of the Sointula Waterworks District the waterworks system has been effectively protected from any actual or potential cross connections existing at or within the Customer’s private water system.
Subject to the provisions of this Bylaw:
1. No person shall create a cross connection by connecting, causing to be
connected, or allowing to remain connected to the Sointula Waterworks District waterworks system, any device, piping, fixture, fitting, container, appliance or any other chattel or thing which may under any circumstances allow non-potable water, used water, wastewater or any chemical, liquid, gas or other substance to enter the waterworks system.
7. CROSS CONNECTION CONTROL AND BACK-FLOW PREVENTION
1. Where the Sointula Waterworks District or authorized agent determines that there exists a connection or cross connection prohibited by this Bylaw and/or the Cross Connection Control Program, written notice may be given to the Customer to correct the connection or cross connection at the expense of the Customer within a specified time.
2. A Customer to whom notice has been given under this section shall eliminate or control the connection or cross connection by installing an Approved Back flow Preventer conforming to the CAN/CSA B64.10-07/ B64.10.1-07 or most current edition, for the selection, installation, maintenance and field testing of back-flow preventer and the Sointula Waterworks District Cross Connection Control Program Policies, Procedures and Specifications.
3. The Customer shall install a type of back-flow preventer commensurate to the degree of hazard as established by CAN/CSA B64.10-07/ B64.10.1-07 (most current) and that is approved by the Sointula Waterworks District on the private water system at the location of the service connection point from the waterworks system or other location(s) approved by the Sointula Waterworks District,
4. Notwithstanding anything contained herein if, in the opinion of the Sointula Waterworks District, the configuration of any water connection which creates a risk of contamination to the waterworks system, the Customer shall install on the private water system at the location of the service connection point from the waterworks system an Approved Back-flow Prevention Assembly, in addition to any back-flow preventer installed in the Customer’s private water system.
5. The failure to be sent a notice(s), or the failure to receive a notice(s), shall not excuse the mandatory duty of the Customer or other responsible party to comply with this Bylaw and/or the Sointula Waterworks District Cross Connection Control Program and all other applicable bylaws.
6. Where any condition is found to exist which, in the opinion of the Sointula Waterworks District, may otherwise expose the waterworks system to risk of
contamination, the Sointula Waterworks District or authorized agent shall, at their discretion, take one or more of the following actions:
1. Give notice to the Customer to correct the condition or cross connection(s) at the expense of the Customer within a specified time period; or
2. Notify the Customer that an approved Back-flow Preventer shall be properly installed at the expense of the Customer; or
3. Shut Off or Discontinue Service until the condition is corrected; or
4. Install an approved Back-flow Prevention Assembly at the Service Connection Point with all costs being charged to the customer.
7. Any Customer whose water has been turned off pursuant to this Bylaw
shall not have the water from the Sointula Waterworks District System turned
on until all requirements of the Sointula Waterworks District have been met and the Customer has paid to the Sointula Waterworks District all costs associated with the shut off-turn on of Service, and the Customer’s default under this section has been remedied.
8. TESTING AND MAINTENANCE OF BACK-FLOW PREVENTION ASSEMBLIES
1. The Customer shall provide to the Sointula Waterworks District within thirty (30) days of initial installation, repair or relocation of an approved back-flow prevention assembly a Sointula Waterworks District back-flow assembly test report from a certified Back-flow Assembly Tester confirming the following:
1. The installation date of the Approved Back-flow Prevention
2. The specific location of the assembly and what cross connection or hazard it is intended to isolate;
3. The manufacturer, model, size and serial number of the back-flow flow preventer installed; and
4. That it is an approved back-flow prevention assembly, installed
correctly and in proper operating condition.
2. CSA approved back-flow prevention assemblies installed on all public facilities such as: A.J. Elliott School, Sointula COOP Store, Sointula Boat Harbor, Harmony Glen Seniors Residence, Tarkanen Marine Ways, RDMW Sewage plant, Sointula Community Garden, and Ocean Front Hotel, and any future connections of similar type are required to be inspected and tested by a certified Back-flow Assembly Tester, upon installation, after repair and at least once in every twelve (12) month period or more often if required by the Sointula Waterworks District.
3. Where a Customer fails to have an Approved Back-flow Prevention Assembly tested, the Sointula Waterworks District may notify the Customer that the back-flow assembly must be tested within five (5) working days, or within a specified period agreed to by the Sointula Waterworks District. If the Customer fails to comply with such notice the Sointula Waterworks District or authorized agent shall discontinue service(s) and the Customer may be subject to cost recovery listed under this Bylaw.
4. Where there is a visible or other indication that a back-flow preventer is malfunctioning, it is the responsibility of the Customer to immediately notify the Sointula Waterworks District and further, to stop using the private water system until the back-flow preventer is replaced or repaired and retested. This includes but is not limited to damage by: freezing, hot water, fire or otherwise due to neglect.
9. TEMPORARY WATER USE CONNECTION
1. Except for fire protection use, No Person shall connect, cause to be
connected, or allow to remain connected, any piping, fixture, fitting,
container or appliance to a fire hydrant, stand pipe or any other temporary water connection:
2. In a manner which, under any circumstances, may allow used water,
wastewater or any liquid or substance of any kind to enter the Sointula Waterworks District system; and
3. Without using an Approved Back-flow Prevention Assembly which has
been approved and installed in accordance with Sointula Waterworks District Cross Connection Control Program; and
4. Without first obtaining a Hydrant Use Permit.
5. Any Customer who violates this section will be refused access to Service through the use of a fire hydrant or temporary water connection and may be subject to recovery of costs listed under this Bylaw.
10. AUXILIARY WATER SUPPLIES
1. No connection shall be installed or maintained whereby water from an
auxiliary water supply system may enter the waterworks system or private water system unless such auxiliary water supply system and the method
of connection and use of such system shall have been approved by the
Sointula Waterworks District.
11. PENALTY SECTION
1. Every Customer who disobeys or fails to comply with any provision of this Bylaw shall be subject to disconnection of water service and recovery of all costs incurred as a result of the offense.
This bylaw is cited as the “Cross Connection Control Program Bylaw No.106.
INTRODUCED and given first and second reading by the Trustees on the 8th day of October, 2019
RECONSIDERED and adopted by the Trustees on this 8th day of October, 2019.
I hereby certify that this is a true copy of Bylaw No. 106.
Chair of the Trustees