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Legislation #: 090223 Introduction Date: 3/12/2009
Type: Ordinance Effective Date: 4/5/2009
Sponsor: None
Title: Amending Chapter 78 of the Code of Ordinances of Kansas City, entitled “Water”, by repealing Sections 78-6, 78-8, 78-10, and 78-16, and enacting in lieu thereof new sections of like number and subject matter which adjust water rates and amend the process for imposing fees for termination of service with cause; and establishing an effective date.

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3/12/2009 Filed by the Clerk's office
3/12/2009 Referred to Finance and Audit Committee
3/18/2009 Do Pass
3/19/2009 Assigned to Third Read Calendar
3/26/2009 Passed

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ORDINANCE NO. 090223

 

Amending Chapter 78 of the Code of Ordinances of Kansas City, entitled Water, by repealing Sections 78-6, 78-8, 78-10, and 78-16, and enacting in lieu thereof new sections of like number and subject matter which adjust water rates and amend the process for imposing fees for termination of service with cause; and establishing an effective date.

 

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

Section 1. That Chapter 78 of the Code of Ordinances of Kansas City, Missouri, entitled Water, is hereby amended by repealing Sections 78-6, 78-8, 78-10, and 78-16, and enacting in lieu thereof new sections of like number and subject matter, to read as follows:

 

Sec. 78-6. General meter rate.

 

For all metered water purchased for use wholly and exclusively within the City by any customer, the total charge shall be the sum of the service charge and the commodity charge as follows:

 

(a) Service charge. The service charge is a charge per meter to cover, in part, the cost of meter reading, meter maintenance, billing, collecting, accounting services and readiness to serve the customer, and shall be prorated per day during the billing period and shall apply whether or not any water is used; the service charge shall be based on meter size and billing frequency as follows:

 

METER SIZE

BILLED MONTHLY

BILLED BI-MONTHLY

(INCHES)

 

 

 

 

 

5/8

$ 10.35

$ 15.35

3/4

10.95

16.90

1

13.80

21.85

1-1/2

20.70

36.60

2

27.00

50.00

3

57.50

111.00

4

72.50

140.50

6

106.50

207.50

8

163.00

322.00

10

224.00

444.00

12

261.00

519.00

 

(b) Commodity charge. The commodity charge shall be based on the total volume of water purchased by the customer, whenever possible in the billing system, as shown by all water meters connected to one or more water systems serving contiguous properties of the customer, where such properties are managed as a single enterprise that is not separated by a public thoroughfare, and shall be as follows per month for metered water:

 

(1) Ordinary commodity charge.

 

First 600 cubic feet at $2.39 per 100 cubic feet

Next 4,400 cubic feet at $2.65 per 100 cubic feet

Next 995,000 cubic feet at $2.25 per 100 cubic feet

Over 1,000,000 cubic feet at $1.61 per 100 cubic feet

 

(2) Seasonal off-peak commodity charges. For industrial customers with peak demand in the winter season:

 

All usage at $1.61 per 100 cubic feet;

 

The Director of Water Services is hereby authorized to promulgate regulations to be used for determining the applicability of this subsection.

 

(c) Definitions (as used in this section).

 

(1) Commercial and industrial customers shall refer to all water service accounts other than one- and two-family dwellings.

 

(2) Month or Monthly shall refer to a time period of 30 days.

 

Sec. 78-8. Fire protection rates.

 

(a) The rate for an unmetered water service connection to hydrants, hose connection or sprinkling systems purchased and used solely and exclusively for fire protection purposes, including all water used for fire protection shall be as follows:

 

  Size of Connection   

Rate Per
Annum   

4-inch and less

$ 76.00   

6-inch

185.00   

8-inch

350.00   

10-inch.

572.00   

12-inch

857.00   

16-inch.

1,618.00   

 

(b) The size, location and arrangement of any fire protection services are subject to the approval of the Director of the Water Services Department.

 

(c) All meters, valves and hydrants controlling or in connection with such fire protection services shall be sealed by the Water Services Department. A fee of $25.00 shall be charged for each meter, valve or hydrants requiring resealing in the absence of evidence that the meter, valve or hydrant seal was broken in operation against a fire or in operations pursuant to system testing by a fire underwriting agency and properly certified by such testing agency.

 

(d) Direct connections between the fire protection and drain piping on all premises are not permitted, and drawings to show the location of all fire protection piping may be required by the water services department. The repeated, unauthorized breakage of seals on any premises may be taken as evidence that water is being used without authorization; and in such case the water services department may require the installation of a meter designed for fire protection and assess charges therefore in accordance with section 78-6.

 

(e) Fire protection services shall be billed to the owner of record of the real property.

 

Sec. 78-10. Suburban meter rate.

 

(a) For any and all water purchased wholly or partially for use outside the City by any customer, a total charge consisting of a service charge, a commodity charge, and a re-pumping charge where applicable, shall be computed for each billing period and shall be as follows:

 

(1) Service charge. A service charge, prorated per day during the billing period based on meter size, with such charge to be applied whether or not any water is used, shall be charged as follows:

 

METER SIZE

BILLED MONTHLY

BILLED BI-MONTHLY

(INCHES)

 

 

 

 

 

5/8

$ 11.50

$ 16.20

3/4

12.10

18.30

1

14.40

22.55

1-1/2

21.30

37.30

2

27.60

50.70

3

60.50

116.50

4

76.00

147.00

6

111.50

218.00

8

166.00

324.00

10

231.00

459.00

12

270.00

536.00

 

 

(b) Commodity charge. A commodity charge per month, based on the total volume of water purchased by the customer as shown by all water meters connected to one or more water systems serving the customers premises, shall be charged as follows:

 

(1) Retail Customers. For customers purchasing water for use wholly by the customer:

 

First 600 cubic feet at $2.52 per 100 cubic feet

Next 4,400 cubic feet at $2.80 per 100 cubic feet

Over 5,000 cubic feet at $2.25 per 100 cubic feet

 

(2) Wholesale Customers. For customers purchasing water for resale:

 

Unrestricted $1.59 per hundred cubic feet

Restricted $1.54 per hundred cubic feet

 

Wholesale Customers shall be classified as restricted or unrestricted based on water supply contract terms between the City and any other public water supply.

 

(c) Repumping charge. A repumping charge based on the quantity of purchased water repumped shall be charged to wholesale suburban customers only as follows:

 

(1) From the pumping station at 75th and Holmes Street; from the pumping station at Highway AA near the Village of Waukomis in Platte County, Missouri; from the Blue Ridge Pumping Station at 67th Street and Blue Ridge Boulevard; from the pumping station at Englewood Road and North Oak Trafficway; from Arrowhead Pumping Station at NE 75th and Arrowhead Trafficway, and from the South Terminal Pump Station at Ward Road and Persells, per 100 cubic feet, $0.13.

 

(2) From the pumping station at 131st Street and Prospect Avenue; from the High Grove Road Pumping Station, and from the Platte County Booster Pump Station at Camden Point Highway E and Interurban Road, per 100 cubic feet, $0.23.

 

(d) Definition. The term Month or Monthly, as used in this section shall refer to a time period of 30 days.

 

(e) Applicability. Rates set forth in this section may not be applicable where such rates are established by existing or future contracts.

 

Sec. 78-16. Charges for termination and restoration of service.

 

(a) The following charges shall be made for the termination of service after failure to pay for water service, failure to have the meter readily accessible for reading on the regularly scheduled route on more than two successive occasions, or after receipt of a consumer request for termination:

 

Termination of service . . . $75.00

 

Termination of service when the service was not established as authorized by the Code of Ordinances . . . $100.00

 

Termination of service when the service has been restored but not by the water services department . . . $100.00

 

Termination of service after a second or subsequent time that service was restored, but not by the water services department, for each additional time . . . $150.00

 

The term "termination of service" shall not be construed to mean an immediate transfer of service from one consumer to a subsequent consumer.

 

(b) Upon finding that water service, sanitary sewer service or combined water and sanitary sewer service has been established for a location in a manner not authorized by this Code of Ordinances, the director of water services is authorized to take appropriate action, including removal of taps to the water or sewer main, to ensure termination of service. The following charge shall be made for restoration or establishment of service under such circumstances:

 

Restoration of terminated service after the water services department has removed a meter or a tap to the main . . . $500.00

 

Section 2. This ordinance shall become effective on May 1, 2009.

 

_____________________________________________

 

Approved as to form and legality:

 

 

  ______________________________

Cecilia OConnor Abbott

Assistant City Attorney