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Legislation #: 970367 Introduction Date: 3/27/1997
Type: Ordinance Effective Date: 5/1/1997
Sponsor: None
Title: Amending Article I, Section 78 of the Code of Ordinances of Kansas City entitled "Water" by repealing Sections 78-6, 78-8 and 78-10 and enacting in lieu thereof new sections of like number and subject matter adjusting charges for water service.

Legislation History
DateMinutesDescription
3/27/1997

Prepare to Introduce

3/27/1997

Referred Finance & Administration Committee

4/2/1997

Hold On Agenda

4/9/1997

Do Pass

4/10/1997

Assigned to Third Read Calendar

4/17/1997

Passed


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ORDINANCE NO. 970367

 

Amending Article I, Section 78 of the Code of Ordinances of Kansas City entitled "Water" by repealing Sections 78-6, 78-8 and 78-10 and enacting in lieu thereof new sections of like number and subject matter adjusting charges for water service.

 

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

Section A. That Article I, Section 78 of the Code of Ordinances of Kansas City, Missouri, entitled "Water", is hereby amended by repealing Sections 78-6, 78-8 and 78-10 and enacting in lieu thereof new sections 78-6, 78-8 and 78-10 increasing charges for water service, said sections 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:

 

(1) 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 (inches) Billed Monthly Billed Bimonthly

 

5/8 $ 9.30 $ 12.60

3/4 9.60 13.80

1 12.00 17.40

1 18.00 29.10

2 23.40 40.20

3 30.00 52.50

4 47.40 89.70

6 75.00 149.10

8 127.80 251.40

10 182.40 359.40

 

(2) Commodity charge. The commodity charge shall be 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 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:

a. Ordinary commodity charge.

 

First 600 cubic feet at $1.34 per 100 cubic feet;

Next 4,400 cubic feet at $1.43 per 100 cubic feet;

Next 995,000 cubic feet at $1.12 per 100 cubic feet; and

Over 1,000,000 cubic feet at $0.94 per 100 cubic feet.

 

b. Seasonal off-peak commodity charge for commercial and industrial

customers with peak demand in the winter period:

 

First 5,000 cubic feet at $1.32 per 100 cubic feet;

Next 995,000 cubic feet at $1.10 per 100 cubic feet; and

Over 1,000,000 cubic feet at $0.94 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.

 

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

 

a. "Commercial and industrial customers" shall refer to all water service

accounts other than one- and two-family dwellings.

 

b. "Month" or "Monthly" shall refer to a time period of approximately 30 days.

 

c. "Winter period" shall refer to the billing periods most closely corresponding

to the months of December through March.

 

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 $ 44.00

6-inch 90.00

8-inch 155.00

10-inch 230.00 12-inch 350.00 16-inch 600.00

 

(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 $20.00 shall be charged for each meter, valve or hydrant 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 cases the water services department may require the installation of a meter designed for fire protection and assess charges therefor 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, a repumping charge where applicable, and a noncontract 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 (inches) Billed Monthly Billed Bimonthly

 

5/8 $ 9.60 $ 12.90

3/4 9.90 14.40

1 12.30 17.70

1 18.30 29.40

2 23.70 40.50

3 30.30 54.00

4 47.70 90.30

6 75.90 151.80

8 129.00 252.60

10 183.00 360.00

 

The service charges as established in this subsection may be superseded by any

contract between the city and any other public water supply which provides for an

interchange agreement.

 

(2) 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 customer's premises, shall be charged as follows:

 

a. Retail customers. For customers purchasing water for use wholly by the

customer:

 

First 600 cubic feet at $1.48 per 100 cubic feet;

Next 4,400 cubic feet at $1.50 per 100 cubic feet; and

Over 5,000 cubic feet at $1.12 per 100 cubic feet.

 

b. Wholesale customers. For customers purchasing water for resale:

 

Unrestricted $1.08 per 100 cubic feet

Restricted $1.07 per 100 cubic feet

 

A wholesale customer shall be classified as restricted or unrestricted based

upon water supply contract terms between the city and the customer.

 

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

 

a. 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, 67th Street and Blue Ridge

Extension; from the pumping station at Englewood Road and North Oak

Trafficway; and from Arrowhead Pumping Station, N.E. 75th and Arrowhead

Trafficway, per 100 cubic feet, $0.14.

 

b. From the pumping station at 131st Street and Prospect Avenue; and from the

High Grove Road Pumping Station, per 100 cubic feet, $0.28.

 

(4) Noncontract charge. A noncontract charge shall apply to those customers or areas that do not have a contract for service with the city or whose contract has expired.

The noncontract rates shall be the suburban meter rate as computed under subsections

(1), (2) and (3) of this section, multiplied by 1.1.

 

(b) Definition.

 

(1) The term "month" or "monthly," as used in this section, shall refer to a time period of approximately 30 days.

 

(c) Applicability. That rates set forth in this section may not be applicable where such rates are established by existing or future contracts approved by the city council.

 

Section B. This ordinance and the revised rates for charges for water services herein shall become effective and shall apply to all water accounts for which billings are issued on or after May 1, 1997.

 

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Approved as to form and legality:

 

 

 

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Assistant City Attorney