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Water Supply 1909

Images of a document in the possession of Barry Cooper supplied by him in .pdf format. Note that James Harrison has been promoted to Waterworks Superintendant by 1909.

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    J. P. WARDLE, Surveyor. J. HARRISON, Waterworks Supt. J. GRATTON, Clerk. Town Hall, May 24th, 1909. IMPORTANT. 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 RATES. 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. ------------------------------------------------------------ Page 03 REGULATIONS. Interpretation. 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. Authorized Plumbers. 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 the regulations. 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. Pipes. 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. ------------------------------------------------------------ Page 04 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 Council's Surveyor. 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. ------------------------------------------------------------ Page 05 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. Cisterns. 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 ground. 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. Field Supplies. 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. ------------------------------------------------------------ Page 06 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 Council. ------------------------------------------------------------ Page 07 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. ------------------------------------------------------------ Page 08 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. PART 1. 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. ------------------------------------------------------------ Page 09 PART II. The undermentioned will be charged as follows. These charges are in addition to the Water Rate levied for domestic supply, viz.- 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 PART 111. 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. ------------------------------------------------------------ Page 10 General. 1. The Council may from time to time alter their charges and make charges for water used for other trades or purposes than the before-mentioned. 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.

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