J. P. WARDLE, Surveyor.
J. HARRISON, Waterworks Supt.
J. GRATTON, Clerk.
May 24th, 1909.
The Council in issuing these Regulations appeals to
the Ratepayers for their co-operation in PREVENTING
WASTE OF WATER; by so doing they will be studying
their own interests, as ALL WASTE MEANS INCREASED
The Water Committee earnestly requests that information
of any waste should IMMEDIATELY be given
to the Water Bailiff; SUCH INFORMATION WILL BE
TREATED AS STRICTLY PRIVATE.
1. In these regulations the expression the Council means the
Urban District Council of Wirksworth, and the expression
Consumer's Pipe means any pipe not being the property of the
Council, and used or intended to be used for conveying,
delivering or receiving water of the Council.
2. Any person desirous of performing any work connected with
the supply of water shall first sign an undertaking at the
office of the Surveyor, to comply with the rules and
regulations of the Authority.
3. He must produce evidence of practical training with a
recognised Plumber, by Indenture of Apprenticeship, or by a
Certificate of Registration from the Plumber's Company.
4. The Council reserve to themselves the power to remove a
Plumber's name from the list of Authorized Plumbers, when
evidence is forthcoming that he has not faithfully carried out
5. Any Plumber acting in contravention of these regulations of
the Council will be disqualified, and not allowed to do any
work in connection with the Wirksworth Water Supply.
6. A person shall not, for conveying, delivering or receiving
water of the Council, use any consumer's pipe of lead, unless
such pipe be a leaden pipe whereof the weight in proportion to
the diameter shall not in any case be less than may be
prescribed by such one of the following rules as may be
applicable to such pipe, that is to say -
(a) If the internal diameter of the pipe be 3/8 of an inch,
the weight of the pipe for every lineal yard of the length of
the pipe shall be ... ... ... ... ... 5 lb.
(b) If do. do. 1/2 inch do. ... 7 lb.
(c) If do. do. 3/4 inch do. ... 11 lb.
(d) If do do. 1 inch do. ... 16 lb.
7. The Council provide, free of cost, the Ferrule and Stop
Cock Box and make the connection to the mains, all other work
to be done by the owner at his own cost.
Depth of Underground Pipes.
8. The pipe throughout its course must he laid at a depth of
not less than two feet from the surface of the ground or
pavement immediately above such pipes.
If from any cause it is found impossible to lay the pipes at
the specified depth, the matter must be referred to the
Protection from Frost.
9. A person for the time being supplied with water of the
Council shall not, for conveying, delivering, or receiving
water of the Council, use any consumer's pipe which shall be
laid or fixed otherwise than in such a manner that such pipe
shall be properly protected from frost.
10. The Stop Cock Box is to be fixed on kerb or pavement where
practicable, if there is no kerb, in a place approved of by
the Council's Surveyor.
11. Applications for turning off water for new connections
must be made at the Water Bailiffs house before 8.30 a.m.
As to Joints.
12. A person for the time being supplied with water of the
Council shall not fix or fit, or cause, or suffer to be fixed
or fitted in, or in connection with, a leaden consumer's pipe,
any joint which is of a kind other than that known as a solder
plumbing or "wiped" joint.
Prohibition of carrying Pipes through Ash-pits, &c.
13. A person shall not for conveying, delivering, or receiving
water of the Council, use any pipe which shall be laid or
fixed through, in, or into any sewer, drain, ash-pit, or
manure-hole, or through, in, or into any place where, in the
event of the pipe being or becoming unsound, the water
conveyed through such pipe would be liable to become fouled or
to escape without observation.
Provided that in any case where it may bo impracticable to lay
or fix such pipe so that no part thereof shall pass through,
in, or into such sewer, drain, or ash-pit, manure-hole or
place, this bye-law shall not be deemed to prohibit the use of
a pipe which shall be so laid or fixed, if such pipe, or
so much thereof as may pass through, in, or into such sewer,
drain, ash-pit, manure-hole, or place shall be carried
through an exterior cast-iron tube or box of sufficient length
and strength, and of such construction as to afford
due protection to the pipe in the interior thereof, and to
render any leakage or waste therefrom readily perceptible.
As to Overflow Pipes.
14. A person for the time being supplied with water of the
Council shall not cause or suffer any overflow or waste pipe,
other than a warning pipe, to be attached to any cistern
supplied with water of the Council, unless such pipe be laid
or fixed in such a position as to discharge on the outside of
the premises, and in such a situation as to afford adequate
means of inspection of such discharge by an officer duly
authorised by the Council in that behalf.
15. Pipes used for soil and ventilation pipes to be cast iron
soil pipes, not less than 3/16 inch, and its joints to be made
with yarn and red lead.
16. One day's clear notice must be sent to the Surveyor to
inspect and test new drainage, soil pipes and closets, and
closet pans must be connected to the soil pipe before such
inspection and test will be made; this likewise applies to new
closets fixed in place of defective ones.
17. A cistern provided in connection with a w.c. or urinal
shall not have a greater capacity than three gallons, and
shall be so arranged as to let down at each flush only the
water contained in such cistern, and so contrived that water
cannot flow into and out of the cistern at the same time.
18. No cistern will be allowed to be excavated, built, or sunk
below the surface of the ground in such a way that water may
leak or escape from it without being seen.
19. Any cistern for the storage of water with a capacity of
one hundred gallons or more must receive the special sanction
of the Council, otherwise the same cannot be allowed, and an
application must be sent to the Surveyor in writing.
Waste Pipes and Overflows.
20. All overflows or waste pipes must be brought through the
roof or outside wall, and made to project a length of six
inches in such a position as may be easily seen from the
21. Before the streets or road are opened for the purpose of
laying a new service, notice must be sent to the Surveyor, and
the work must be done under his supervision.
22 Field and outside dairy or farm supplies must have a cast
iron or other approved trough, fitted with a self closing ball
tap, stop cock and box with a proper lock and key. The
service pipe must be fixed on a grooved wood post, felted and
cased with wood and capped with sheet iron.
Rented or Hired Meters.
23. The cost of providing, delivering, fixing, and removing
meters, and all fittings arid work appertaining to a meter
supply or its discontinuance will be borne by the Council.
Three month's notice must be given, expiring at any of the
usual quarter days, for the discontinuance of a supply. The
meter shall remain the property of the Council.
24. The cost of repairing damages caused by accident, fire or
other causes beyond fair wear and tear will be charged to the
consumer. Repairs rendered necessary by fair wear and tear
will be done by the Council.
25. The charge or rent for a meter will be ten shillings a
year, payable in advance half-yearly.
26. Meters will be tested at the writtea request of the
consumers on the following terms -
(1.) If found correct within 2½ per cent, the consumer
shall pay the whole cost of testing.
(2.) If found incorrect to an extent of over 2½ per cent,
the Council will bear the cost of testing and make the
necessary correction in the charge for water, or may
charge in accordance with regulation 85.
Meters purchased from the Council.
27. Any present or future consumer by meter may purchase the
meter of the prescribed pattern from the Council at a price to
be fixed by the Council. In case of such purchase the
meter, where not already fixed, shall be fixed by the Council
at the cost of the purchaser, the price of the meter and the
actual cost of fixing to be paid by the purchaser within
fourteen days after the fixing thereof. One calendar month's
notice shall be given to the clerk by the consumer of his
intention to purchase a meter. When a meter already fixed is
purchased, the purchaser shall pay the further sum of ten
shillings towards the cost of fixing the meter.
28. All repairs, from whatever cause rendered necessary, must
be done by or through the Council at the cost of the consumer.
29. If at any time a meter shall in the opinion of the
Council's surveyor fail to register accurately, the Council
shall have power to have same taken out and tested. The owner
to pay all costs.
30. If at any time a meter is certified by the Council's
surveyor to be incapable of repair the Council may discontinue
the supply until another meter is hired or
purchased by the consumer.
31. A meter will be fixed by the Council during the time the
time the consumer's meter is out for repair. The consumer to
pay all costs incurred in fixing and taking out meter, also
the usual rent of same.
32. All padlocks shall be of a uniform kind supplied by the
33. Meters, if required by the consumer to be tested, must be
tested by or through the Council at the consumer's expense.
As to all Meter Supplies.
34. The Council by their officers and workmen shall have free
access at all times to the meter and the premises supplied
thereby, and may from time to time remove any meter for the
purpose of testing or for examination and repair or for the
substituting of another meter.
35. If from any cause a meter shall cease to register or shall
register incorrectly the quantity of water passing through it,
the Council shall be entitled to charge according to the
average consumption, either for the quarter preceding the date
upon which such meter was last examined and found to be
in order, or for the corresponding quarter of the previous
year, and the quantity so ascertained shall be considered as
having passed the meter.
36. Meter readings at the request of the consumer will be made
at a charge of one shilling per reading.
37. The Council shall not be liable for any damage done by the
bursting of, or leakage, of water from any part of a meter, or
its connections to any premises in which it is placed, or
to the goods manufactured, stored, or kept in such premises.
38. The Council shall be at liberty to discontinue the supply
and to remove the meter after having previously warned the
consumer and after the expiration of seven clear days' notice
on any breach of these regulations.
39. No other pattern of meter shall be used except that
prescribed by the Council.
40. Keys of Meters will be allowed to be kept by consumers, as
well as by the Council.
Outside Taps Supplying Consumers in Common.
41. Whenever any of the present taps become defective the
Council requires their prescribed push tap to be provided, and
fixed at the consumer's expense. Application must be made
to the Superintendent of Waterworks who will furnish the
prescribed tap or information where same may be obtained.
As to charges for Water for other than Domestic Purposes.
42. These charges shall be paid half-yearly if so required.
CHARGES FOR WATER SUPPLY.
As from and after the 25th March, 1909, the Council will
supply Water at the following charges -
1. Domestic Purposes.
By a Water Rate to be assessed on the net annual value of the
premises supplied, ascertained in the manner prescribed by the
Public Health Act, 1875, with respect to General District Rates.
2. Trade and other purposes.
The following will be supplied by Meter only at a charge of
5d. per 1,000 gallons. This charge may be altered at any time
after six months public notice.
Livery Stables, (that is, where two or more licensed vehicles
are kept for hire), Steam Boilers and Steam Engines, Wholesale
Wine and Spirit Merchants, Bottle Washers, Aerated
Water Manufacturers, Brewers, Water for Milk Coolers or
Refrigerators, Day Schools having over twenty scholars, Dye
Works, Fishmongers, if spray is used, Automatic Flushing
Tanks, Urinals, other than those with water waste preventing
flushing tanks, Gas Works, Blowing Organs. Suction Gas Plant,
Gas and Oil Engines where water runs straight through
the jacket without circulating arrangement.
N.B. (1.) Consumers having two or more Steam Engines of
the same horse power, shall be required to have one meter only
and the water used by engines other than the first
engine shall be computed by the Council.
(2.) Where water is supplied by meter for trade purposes the
consumer will be assessed to the Water Rate in respect of a
supply for domestic purposes upon the net annual value of the
dwelling-house and domestic offices only, such net annual
value to be fixed where not ascertained by the Valuation List,
by the Council's Assessment Committee, subject to
appeal to the Council, whose decision shall be final and
binding on the consumer.
The undermentioned will be charged as follows. These charges
are in addition to the Water Rate levied for domestic supply,
1. Bakers 7/6 per year.
2. Butchers who use the water for slaughtering...10/- "
Do. without slaughtering... 2/6 "
3. Blacksmiths 3/6 "
4. Chemists 3/6 "
5. Cow Keepers and Horse Keepers, 1/6 per year first cow or
horse and 1/- per year per cow or horse for all additional
horses or cows
6. Fishmongers ... ... ... ... ... 8/- per year.
7. Hotels and Inns ... ... ... ... 5/- "
8. Professional Photographers ... ... ... 10/- "
9. Surgerys ... 5/- "
10. Hose Pipes used for any purpose ... ... 10/- "
All Hose Pipes must be fitted with a Tap at the
Outlet End to prevent waste.
11. Masons' Yards ... ... ... .,. ... 5/- "
12. Builders' Yards ... 5/- "
13. Plasterers' Yards 2/6
14. Chip Potato Sellers 2/6
The undermentioned will be supplied at the following charges -
1. Erection of one ordinary Cottage ... ... ... 6/-
2. Erection of a Villa 10/6
8. Erection of any other building or for extensive repairs -
By special agreement.
4. Gardens away from dwelling-houses... 1/- per tap per garden
5. Taps in Fields ... ... ... ... ... 7/6 per year
If the occupier proves to the Council's satisfaction that he
has used the field for pasturing horses or cows during the
whole of the year he may be charged (in lieu of the fixed
charge of 7/6) at per horse or cow as the case may be.
A consumer may elect whether he will be charged according to
the charges in Parts II. and III., or apply to the Council to
be charged by meter, and the decision of the Council upon such
application shall be accepted by him.
1. The Council may from time to time alter their charges and
make charges for water used for other trades or purposes than
2. In cases where in the opinion of the Council the
consumption of water is doubtful as to quantity a meter may be
required to be fixed.
3. Every person using the water after the 25th March, 1909,
for other than domestic purposes, must apply, if he has not
already done so, for a supply upon a form which may be
obtained at the Council's Office, and the Council requests
that such applications may be sent in at once.
4. Any present consumer who fails to send in the form of
application or to give notice that he does not require the
water before the 30th June, 1909, will either be deemed to
require a supply on the terms and conditions stated in the
Regulations and Charges or amendments thereof for the time
being, or the Council may, without notice, cut off
and discontinue the water supply. This regulation, however,
shall not prejudice any rights or powers possessed by the
Council as the Water Authority.
5. Forms of application for a supply for domestic purposes can
be obtained as hitherto at the Council's Office.
The Common Seal of the Urban District |-----|
Council of Wirksworth was hereunto | L.S.|
affixed at a Meeting held on the 24th |-----|
day of May, 1909.
J. A. WHEATCROFT, J.P., Chairman.
J. GRATTON, Clerk.
THE URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL OF WIRKSWORTH
IN RESPECT OF
WATER SUPPLIED FOR DOMESTIC,
TRADE AND OTHER PURPOSES