Chapter 705 – Water Regulations

Chapter 705

WATER REGULATIONS

ARTICLE I

Waterworks System

Section 705.010. Rules and Regulations To Govern Water Services. [Ord. No. 91 §1, 3-28-1967]

The following rules and regulations are hereby adopted to govern the water services furnished by

the municipality in a uniform manner for the benefit of the municipality and its water users. They

are subject to change from time to time. All such changes must be approved by the State Director

of the Farmers Home Administration, United States Department of Agriculture or his/her

successor so long as the municipality has unpaid obligations which are held by or insured by the

United States of America. If any portion of these rules shall be declared invalid by competent

authority, such voidance shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions.

Section 705.020. Definitions. [Ord. No. 91 §2, 3-28-1967]

Definitions. The following expressions, when used herein, will have the meanings stated below:

APPLICANT — Any individual, firm, partnership, corporation or other agency owning land

within the municipality applying for a water user’s agreement.

BOARD — The Board of Aldermen of the municipality.

MUNICIPALITY — The City of Goodman, Missouri.

POINT OF DELIVERY — The point of delivery shall be at the meter, unless otherwise specified

in the water user’s agreement.

SERVICE — The term, when used in connection with the supply of water, shall mean the

availability for use by the water user of water adequate to meet the water user’s requirement.

Service shall be considered as available when the municipality maintains the water supply at

normal pressure at the point of delivery in readiness for the water user’s use, regardless of

whether or not the water user makes use of it.

STATE DIRECTOR — The State Director of the Farmers Home Administration for Missouri,

United States Department of Agriculture or his/her successor.

WATER SERVICE — Water service shall consist of facilities for supplying water to one (1)

residence or business establishment located on land within the municipality or outside the

municipality if user furnished connection to system at municipality boundary or at nearest

available connecting point within the municipal limits.

WATER USER — Any individual, firm, partnership, corporation or other agency receiving

water and water services or to whom water services are made available from the municipal

facilities pursuant to a written water user’s agreement.

WATER USER’S AGREEMENT — The written agreement or contract between the water user

and the municipality pursuant to which water is supplied or made available.

Section 705.030. Rate Schedules. [Ord. No. 91 §3, 3-28-1967]

Rate schedules for water and water service are fixed by the Board. The rate schedule is subject to

change by action of the Board with the approval of the State Director. If a provision of the rate

schedule should conflict with a provision of the rules and regulations, the provision of the rate

schedule shall prevail. If the total amount of revenue and income derived from the collection of

the water rates and charges is insufficient to meet the payment of the cost of operation,

maintenances, depreciation, necessary extensions and enlargements and payment of the principal

and interest on any general and revenue bonds, then outstanding, with their attendant obligations

pursuant to the terms of the bonds and authorizing resolutions, the Board will increase the water

rates for the first (1st) month thereafter to amount sufficient to meet these costs and obligations.

Section 705.040. Applications. [Ord. No. 91 §4, 3-28-1967]

Applicants for water users’ agreements shall make application to the Clerk of the municipality.

Section 705.050. Readiness To Accept Service. [Ord. No. 91 §5, 3-28-1967]

Before installing a service extension and providing water, the Board may require the applicant to

install pipe in his/her home and be in readiness to accept service.

Section 705.060. Services For Sole Use of Water User. [Ord. No. 91 §6, 3-28-1967]

A standard water service connection is for the sole use of the water user and does not permit the

extension of pipes to transfer water from one (1) property to any other consumer. If an

emergency or specific situation should make such an arrangement advisable, it shall be done

only on specific written permission of the Board for the duration of the emergency.

Section 705.070. Agreements With Governmental and Public Bodies. [Ord. No. 91 §7, 3-28-1967]

The Board may make specific water service contracts with the United State of America and its

agencies, the State of Missouri and its agencies, school districts and municipal corporations and

private institutional users differing from stipulations set out in the rate schedule and rules. Such

contracts must receive written approval by the State Director before being placed in effect.

Section 705.080. Right of Access. [Ord. No. 91 §8, 3-28-1967]

Representatives of municipality shall have the right at all reasonable hours to enter upon the

water user’s premises to read and test meters, inspect piping and to perform other duties for the

maintenance and operation of service or to remove its meters and equipment upon

discontinuance of service by the water user.

Section 705.090. Continuity of Service. [Ord. No. 91 §9, 3-28-1967]

  1. The municipality will make all reasonable efforts to supply continuous, uninterrupted

service. However, it shall have the right to interrupt service for the purpose of making

repairs, connections, extensions or for other necessary work. Efforts will be made to notify

each water user who may be affected by such interruptions, but the municipality will not

accept responsibility for losses which may occur due to such necessary interruptions.

  1. The municipality does not accept responsibility for losses which may occur due to

interruptions of service for any cause.

Section 705.100. Meters. [Ord. No. 91 §10, 3-28-1967]

Meters will be furnished, installed, owned, inspected, tested and kept in proper operating

condition by the municipality without cost to the water user, except that each water user shall

pay a connection fee set by the Board which shall not be refundable. A complete record of tests

and histories of meters will be kept. Meter tests will be made according to methods of the

American Waterworks Association by the municipality as often as deemed necessary by the

Board.

Section 705.110. Meter Accuracy. [Ord. No. 91 §11, 3-28-1967]

Service meter errors which do not exceed two percent (2%) fast or slow shall be considered as

being within the allowable limits of accuracy for billing purposes. The percentage of error will

be considered as that arrived at by taking the average of the error at full load and that at ten

percent (10%) load, unless a water user’s rate of usage is known to be practically constant in

which case the error at such constant use will be used.

Section 705.120. Meter Location. [Ord. No. 91 §12, 3-28-1967]

Meters shall be set in an accessible place on the outside of buildings except where otherwise

directed by the municipality. All meters shall be set horizontally and never be connected into a

vertical pipe. Meters outside of buildings shall be placed in meter boxes furnished and installed

by the municipality.

Section 705.130. Bills. [Ord. No. 91 §13, 3-28-1967; Ord. No. 2007-392 §1, 11-5-2007; Ord. No.

2010-422 §1, 1-5-2010]

Bills will be rendered for service by the first (1st) day of the month following that in which the

service was rendered as set forth in the rate schedule. Service bills not paid by the sixteenth

(16th) of the month shall be subject to a ten percent (10%) late charge. Failure of the

municipality to submit a service bill shall not excuse the water user from his/her obligation to

pay for the water used when the bill is submitted. Failure to pay a bill before the fourth (4th)

Monday of the same month that the bill is rendered will result in immediate disconnection.

Section 705.135. Joint Responsibility of Landlord and Tenant For Payment of Services. [Ord. No.

1999-320, 11-16-1999; Ord. No. 2005-369, 9-20-2005]

The occupant and user of the premises receiving water and sewage services or either of them and

the owner of said premises shall be jointly and severally liable to pay for such services rendered

on said premises. The City shall have the power to sue the occupant or the owner or both of such

real estate in a civil action to receive any sums due for such services plus a reasonable attorney

fee to be fixed by the court. When a tenant is delinquent in payment for thirty (30) days, the City

shall make a good faith effort to notify the owner of the premises receiving such service of the

delinquency and the amount thereof. Any notice of termination of service shall be sent to both

the occupant and owner of the premises receiving such service. When an occupant is delinquent

more than ninety (90) days, the owner shall not be liable for sums due for more than ninety (90)

days of service.

Section 705.140. Reconnection Charges. [Ord. No. 91 §14, 3-28-1967]

The reconnection charge for restoration of service, if reconnection is authorized and approved

under the provisions of the ordinances of the municipality after each suspension of service

because of delinquent payment or for other infraction of these rules, shall be the unpaid amount

plus a twenty-five dollar ($25.00) reconnection fee.

Section 705.150. Requested Meter Tests. [Ord. No. 91 §15, 3-28-1967]

Meter tests requested by water users will be preformed without cost to the water user if the meter

is found to be in excess of two percent (2%) fast. Otherwise, the water user for whom the

requested test was made will be charged the cost of making the test.

Section 705.160. Responsibility of Water User. [Ord. No. 91 §16, 3-28-1967]

The water user shall be responsible for any damage to the meter installed for his/her service from

any cause other than normal wear and tear.

Section 705.170. Change of Occupancy. [Ord. No. 91 §17, 3-28-1967]

It shall be the water user’s responsibility to anticipate any change of occupancy and to withdraw

the balance of the meter deposit less any amount due the municipality. Until such withdrawal is

made, the original water user shall be responsible for payment of services.

Section 705.180. Main Extensions — Future Connections. [Ord. No. 91 §18, 3-28-1967]

In extending water mains to furnish service to an applicant or in making a connection to an

existing main for an applicant after the completion of the original waterworks of the

municipality, the charge for such connection shall be a connection fee set by the Board which is

subject to adjustment to take into consideration the average cost of the entire system to each

water user at the discretion of the Board. The municipality shall not be obligated to extend its

mains to render service, however except at the discretion of the Board and unless sufficient funds

are available in the renewal and extension fund of the waterworks to finance the entire cost of

such extension.

Section 705.190. Services. [Ord. No. 91 §19, 3-28-1967; Ord. No. 2003-348 §19, 6-17-2003]

The land owner applying for water under this Article will install all water service pipes and

accessories from the City’s mains to the meters on said property abutting the right-of-way along

which the mains are installed. Said installation shall be at the land owner’s expense. The City

shall monitor and approve the installation of the service pipes and accessories from the main to

the water meter. In no way shall a land owner’s connection to the main be installed without

express approval and oversight of the City subject to the terms of this Article. The owner shall

also be responsible for the installation of water service pipes from the meter to the business,

residence or other facility accepting City water service. Service pipes shall not be less than

three-quarter (¾) inch in size. The municipality shall install a municipality cock, meter and meter

setting. The meter will be set in the front of the premises to be served or at the closest point of

the water user’s premises as designated by the municipality. It shall be the land owner’s

responsibility to maintain the line from its access at the water main to the premises. The land

owner shall keep said connection in good repair.

Section 705.200. Meter Deposit. [Ord. No. 91 §20, 3-28-1967]

All water users of said municipality and applicants thereof shall make a service deposit before

connecting any water service lines to the water lines and meters of said municipality. This meter

deposit shall be established by ordinance and is in addition to the connection fee. The Board may

establish a standard meter deposit and then adjust it for special cases such as business

establishment users requiring a large volume of water, special meters, etc.

Section 705.210. Rate For Tank Sales. [Ord. No. 91 §21, 3-28-1967]

The Board has the exclusive power to authorize tank sales or sales in bulk of water from such

supply heads and such rates as it may designate.

Section 705.220. Applicants Having Excessive Requirements. [Ord. No. 91 §22, 3-28-1967]

In the event any applicant’s requirements are found to exceed the municipality’s ability to supply

it from the existing plant without adversely affecting service to other water users to an

unreasonable extent, the municipality will not be obligated to render such service, unless and

until suitable self-liquidating financing is arranged to cover necessary investment in additional

plant.

Section 705.230. No Connection With Private Water Systems. [Ord. No. 91 §23, 3-28-1967]

There shall be no physical connection between any private water system and the water system of

the municipality. Representatives of the municipality shall have the right at all reasonable hours

to enter upon water user’s premises for the purpose of inspection and enforcement of this

provision. Violation of this provision shall constitute cause for disconnection of a water user’s

service.

Section 705.240. Water Shortage. [Ord. No. 91 §24, 3-28-1967]

In the event the total water supply shall be insufficient to meet all of the needs of the water users

or in the event there is a shortage of water, the municipality may prorate the water available to

the various users on such basis as is deemed equitable by the Board and may also prescribe a

schedule of hours, covering the use of water for purposes specified in such ordinance and require

adherence there or prohibit the use of water for certain specified purposes if any time the total

water supply shall be insufficient to meet all of the needs of all water users for domestic and

livestock purposes before supplying water for other purpose.

ARTICLE II

Water Rates

Section 705.250. Water Rates. [Ord. No. 177 §1, 10-21-1980; Ord. No. 2006-374 §1, 4-3-2006; Ord.

No. 2011-432 §1, 4-19-2011; Ord. No. 2014-451 §1, 1-21-2014; Ord. No. 2014-466 §1, 1-6-2015]

  1. The rate for water service to customers of the waterworks is constructed by the Aldermen

of Goodman, Missouri, and shall be as follows:

Water Usage (gallons) Rate

0 to 1,000 $17.00

1,001 to 2,000 $19.50

2,001 to 3,000 $23.00

3,001 to 4,000 $26.50

4,001 to 5,000 $30.00

5,001 to 6,000 $33.50

6,001 to 7,000 $37.00

7,001 to 8,000 $40.50

8,001 to 9,000 $44.00

9,001 to 10,000 $47.50

10,001 to 11,000 $51.00

11,001 to 12,000 $54.50

12,001 to 13,000 $58.00

13,001 to 14,000 $61.50

14,001 to 15,000 $65.00

15,001 to 16,000 $68.50

16,001 to 17,000 $72.00

17,001 to 18,000 $75.50

18,001 to 19,000 $79.00

19,001 to 20,000 $82.50

  1. The water rate is Seventeen dollars ($17.00) for the first one thousand (1,000) gallons and

three dollars fifty cents ($3.50) per thousand after the first one thousand (1,000) gallons.

Section 705.252. Commercial Water Rates. [Ord. No. 2006-381 §1, 8-15-2006; Ord. No. 2011-433

  • 1, 4-19-2011; Ord. No. 2014-453 §1, 1-21-2014]

The Board of Aldermen of the City of Goodman, Missouri, sets the rate for water service for

commercial water customers as follows:

The minimum is 1,000 gallons of water The rate is $17.00

Minimum to 50,000 gallons of water The rate per 1,000 gallons is $3.50

50,001 to 100,000 gallons of water The rate per 1,000 gallons is $3.00

All over 100,001 gallons of water The rate per 1,000 gallons is $2.00

Section 705.260. Water User Agreements — Connection Fee. [Ord. No. 91A §2, 3-28-1967; Ord. No.

169 §2, 9-5-1978; Ord. No. 2006-377 §1, 6-6-2006]

  1. Water users signing water user agreements on or prior to December 1, 1970, shall be

required to pay a pre-installation connection fee of zero dollars ($0.00). Water users

signing water user agreements after December 1, 1970, shall be required to pay a

pre-installation connection fee of five dollars ($5.00) subject to adjustment as per Section

705.180 of the rules and regulations of the municipality. Water users shall be required to

pay the cost of making the connection from the meter to the user’s building. Failure of the

user to make such connection within thirty (30) days from the installation of the meter

connection shall result in forfeiture of both the connection fee and meter deposit. In

addition to the charges for reconnection computed in accordance with Section 705.140 of

the rules and regulations, there shall be a reconnection fee of five dollars ($5.00) paid for

such reconnection.

  1. All purchasers of improved real estate within the City limits of Goodman, Missouri, which

real estate is connected with the waterworks system shall at the time of acquisition of the

water meter for said owned premises deposit with the City of Goodman, Missouri, the sum

of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) which deposit shall be held to insure payment by such

owner of the water charges which are provided by the previous ordinance by the City of

Goodman, Missouri.

  1. All lessees, tenants or renters of improved real estate within the City limits of Goodman,

Missouri, which real estate is connected with the waterworks system shall at the time of

acquisition of the water meter for said rented, leased or occupied real estate deposit with

the City of Goodman, Missouri, the sum of fifty dollars ($50.00) which deposit shall be

held to insure payment by such lessee, occupant or tenant of the water charges which are

provided by the previous ordinance by the City of Goodman, Missouri.

  1. Such purchaser, renter or lessee, upon the sale or termination of the lease hold estate in said

real property, provided said person is current in payment of all water charges shall, upon

proof of termination of occupancy and/or ownership, receive a refund of his/her water

deposit.

ARTICLE III

Water Permits

Section 705.270. Water Permits. [Ord. No. 1990-248, 3-20-1990; Ord. No. 2006-371 §1, 1-3-2006]

The purchase cost for one (1) inch water permits from the City of Goodman, Missouri, shall be

increased to the sum of four hundred fifty dollars ($450.00) per one (1) inch water permit.

ARTICLE IV

Wells

Section 705.280. Water Wells. [Ord. No. 2002-342, 8-27-2002]

Whenever property is located within the corporate City limits of Goodman, Missouri, cannot be

served by City water, then the property owner may apply for a permit to construct and install a

private well upon the subject property. Preliminary approval for subject permit must be received

by the City Public Works Director. Final approval for a well project shall be made by the Board

of Aldermen in and for the City of Goodman upon a majority vote of a quorum of elder persons

upon motion duly made during meeting of same.