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Legislation #: 050272 Introduction Date: 3/3/2005
Type: Ordinance Effective Date: none
Sponsor: None
Title: Amending Chapter 78 of the Code of Ordinances of Kansas City entitled Water by repealing Sections 78-6, 78-8, 78-9, 78-10, 78-12, 78-18, and 78-24, and enacting in lieu thereof new sections of like number and subject matter adjusting charges for water service.

Legislation History
DateMinutesDescription
3/3/2005 Filed by the Clerk's office
3/3/2005 Referred to Budget and Audit Committee
3/8/2005 Hold On Agenda (3/29/2005)
3/22/2005 Hold On Agenda (3/29/2005)
3/29/2005 Advance and Do Pass, Debate
3/31/2005 Passed

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ORDINANCE NO. 050272

 

Amending Chapter 78 of the Code of Ordinances of Kansas City entitled Water by repealing Sections 78-6, 78-8, 78-9, 78-10, 78-12, 78-18, and 78-24, 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 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, 78-9, 78-10, 78-12, 78-18, and 78-24, and enacting in lieu thereof new sections of like number and subject matter, to read as follows:

 

Section 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

BILLED MONTHLY

BILLED BI-MONTHLY

(INCHES)

 

 

 

 

 

5/8

$ 9.00

$ 13.36

3/4

9.50

14.69

1

12.00

18.97

1-1/2

18.00

31.82

2

23.50

43.45

3

38.00

64.00

4

57.00

104.00

6

89.50

170.00

8

142.00

280.00

10

195.00

386.00

12

227.00

451.00

 


(2) 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:

 

a. Ordinary commodity charge.

 

First 600 cubic feet at $1.60 per 100 cubic feet

Next 4,400 cubic feet at $1.82 per 100 cubic feet

Next 995,000 cubic feet at $1.44 per 100 cubic feet

Over 1,000,000 cubic feet at $1.12 per 100 cubic feet

 

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

 

All usage at $1.12 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 30 days.

 

c. Winter period shall refer to bills generated during December through May.

 

Section 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

$ 67.00

6-inch

147.00

8-inch

274.00

10-inch

455.00

12-inch

682.00

16-inch

1,287.00

 

(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 twenty-five dollars ($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. 78-9. Temporary service rate.

 

There shall be a temporary service rate for unmetered water for temporary purposes as follows:

  

(1) Swimming pools. The service fee for filling swimming pools shall be $350.00 plus payment of the commodity charge for the water used to fill the pool. In addition, a deposit shall be required for the hydrant meter assembly.

 

(2) Other temporary purposes. For water purchased and delivered through a metered service or connection or fire hydrant for other purposes of a temporary nature, the charges therefore and the manner in which the service is to be rendered shall be prescribed for each service contract by the Manager of Consumer Services. Such charges shall conform generally to the cost of water as fixed by the applicable meter rate, plus the cost of any labor or materials required to render the temporary service. The Manager of Consumer Services shall refund the amount of the deposit after all charges for service and water commodity, and any charges for the repair or servicing of the hydrant or other city property have been deducted.

 

Section 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 re-pumping charge where applicable, and a non-contract 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

$ 10.00

$ 14.08

3/4

10.50

15.92

1

12.50

19.59

1-1/2

18.50

32.44

2

24.00

44.07

3

39.00

66.50

4

58.00

106.00

6

91.00

173.00

8

144.00

282.00

10

201.00

399.00

12

235.00

466.00

 

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 customers premises, shall be charged as follows:

 

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

 

First 600 cubic feet at $1.68 per 100 cubic feet

Next 4,400 cubic feet at $1.85 per 100 cubic feet

Over 5,000 cubic feet at $1.47 per 100 cubic feet

 

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

 

Unrestricted $1.14 per hundred cubic feet

Restricted $1.09 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.

 

(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 at 67th Street and Blue Ridge Extension; 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 Rd and Persells, per 100 cubic feet, $0.11.

 

b. 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.

 

(4) Non-contract charge. A non-contract 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 non-contract rates shall be the suburban meter rate as computed under subsections (1), (2) and (3) of this section, multiplied by 1.14. 

 

(b) Definition.

 

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

 

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

Section 78-12. Bills for metered water service.

Bills for metered water service shall be mailed to the consumer as soon as possible after the meter is read. The bill shall include:

(1)     A designation of the bill as monthly, bimonthly, quarterly or annually;

(2)     The meter readings showing the amount of water used and its cost;

(3)     The last meter reading date;

(4)     The billing date, which shall be as soon as possible after the last meter reading date. All bills are due and payable on the billing date; and

(5)     The delinquent date, which shall be not less than ten days after the billing date.

 


Section 78-18. Bills for temporary service.

 

Contracts for service under the temporary service rate for water delivered through a metered or unmetered service or hydrant connection for purposes of a temporary nature shall be accompanied by a cash deposit, and the consumer shall make such additional cash deposits as required to maintain the deposit in excess of the estimated cost of the service to be rendered. When a temporary service contract is terminated, the manager of consumer services shall refund the amount remaining on deposit after all charges for service have been deducted, including any charges for the repair or servicing of the hydrant or other city property.

Section 78-24. Water meters generally.

 

(a) Ownership; installation. All water meters installed for original service for any premises shall be city-owned meters installed and connected at the expense of the owner of the premises served. The connection charge shall be based on the current price of the meter installed plus the current cost of such setting.

 

(b) Maintenance and replacement. All water meters shall be maintained and replaced in accordance with section 78-25.

 

(c) Authority of water department. The water department may purchase meters for resale to prospective consumers and may prescribe conditions under which meters may be purchased elsewhere for installation on services connected to water department mains.

 

(d) Determination of consumption when remote register does not operate properly. If the remote register does not operate properly, the reading on the actual meter located inside the premises shall determine the consumption on which the water and sewer commodity charges are computed.

 

(e) Inaccessible meters. Customers who do not make meters accessible for reading during normal working hours over a period in excess of one year will be required to pay any difference between the meter and the outside recording device, either a remote register or a touch pad.

 

Section 2. This ordinance and the revised rates for charges for water services herein shall become effective May 1, 2005.[coa1] 

 

_____________________________________________

 

Approved as to form and legality:

 

 

___________________________________

Cecilia OConnor Abbott

Assistant City Attorney


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