#232 Water Distribution Regulations



A Bylaw for regulating the distribution and use of water and prescribing penalties for non- compliance with the regulations. This Bylaw rescinds Bylaw No. 159.

The Hedley Improvement District is authorized to establish, maintain and operate a waterworks system and such system shall be under the control of the Hedley Improvement District Trustees.

The Trustees of the Hedley Improvement District ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

1. In this Bylaw, unless the context otherwise requires:

(a) “Trustees” shall mean the Trustees of the District or their duly authorized representatives.

(b) “Water” shall mean water conveyed through the works operated or maintained by the


(c) “Works” shall mean anything capable of or useful for diverting, storing, measuring, or conveying, conserving, retarding, confining or using water.

(d) “Person” means any individual, firm, company, association, society, corporation or group;

(e) “Swimming Pool, hot tub or pond” shall mean an artificially created body of water having a

depth or 18″ or more, used for recreational or physiotherapy purposes.

(f) “Irrigation” means the use of water for sprinkling or watering lawns, gardens, crops, parks, or recreation property.

(g) Singular nouns and pronouns include the plural and vice-versa, and male nouns and pronouns include female.

Service Connections

2. The type and size of service connection and arrangement of valves and other appurtenance required to regulate the water shall be specified in writing by the Trustees.

3. Where an applicant for a water service requires a quantity, pressure or type of service in excess

of that which can be supplied from the works of the District, the Trustees may require the

applicant to pay for all or part of any works considered necessary to augment system capacity in

order to meet the water requirements. Alternatively, the applicant may be required to make a capital contribution towards the future provisions of such works. Applicants considered under

this section may be required to enter into a formal agreement with the District regarding the special terms and conditions under which water is supplied.

Turn Off and Turn On

4. An owner who wishes to have his water service discontinued shall pay the prescribed turn-off charge, and give the Trustees fourteen (14) days notice. The service may be turned off within 48 hours or as soon as possible. Before the service is again renewed, the owner shall pay to the District the prescribed turn-on charge for the renewal of the service.

Turn-Off Delinquent tolls

5. The Trustees may order the water be turned off to any premises where tolls have been owing to the District for 90 days or longer.

Trustees Right of Access

6. (a) The Trustees shall have the right of access to all parts of a person’s property or premises at

all reasonable hours for the purpose of turning water off in an emergency, inspecting or testing

any works, fittings or appliances related to the use of water, or for the purpose of installing, removing, repairing, reading or inspecting meters.

(b) No person shall obstruct or prevent the Trustees from carrying out any of the provisions of this Bylaw.

Improvement District’s Works

7. No person except the Trustees or a delegate shall open, shut, adjust, draw water from, or tamper with any of the District’s works.

8. No person shall obstruct at any time or in any manner, the access to hydrant, valve, stop-cock

or other fixture connected with the District’s works, and should any person obstruct access to any

such fixture by allowing accumulation of surface water around it or by placing on or near it any structure or material, the Trustees may remove such obstruction at the expense of the offending property owner.

9. When a landowner requests that any of the District’s works situated within an easement in favor of the District be removed or relocated, the entire cost of moving or relocating the said

works shall be borne by the landowner unless other arrangements are agreed upon in writing by both parties.

Works on Private Property

10. No person to whose premises water is supplied shall make, or permit to be made, any

additional connection to his service of either temporary or permanent nature, for the purpose of

supplying water to another building, or house trailer on his, or any other property without written permission of the Trustees.

11. No person shall interconnect any portion of works on private property, which are supplied by the District with an external source of water, such as a well, except with written permission of the

Trustees. Wherever works on private property which are supplied by the District are connected

to a body of water such as a swimming pool, hot tub or pond in such a way that, if a reverse flow were to be induced, a health hazard could result, the owner of the private property shall install a back-flow preventer on every such potentially dangerous cross-connection to the approval of the Trustees.

12. No property owner may change or add to the number or type of exterior water outlets on a

property, for the purpose of expanding a commercial or industrial enterprise, until the property

owner gives written notice to the Trustees and the Trustees have given written permission. Any extra charge or higher toll payable due to the change or addition shall be paid before the change or addition is commenced.

13. No person shall use or permit the use of any pump or other device for the purpose of, or

having the effect of, increasing the pressure in any pipe without the written permission of the

Trustees, whether such pipe forms part of the District’s works or of the works on the said

person’s premises. The District may, without notice, discontinue service to any person employing such pump or other device.

14. No device designed to introduce another substance into the water in the connection between

the building and the water supply main shall be installed without the written permission of the

Trustees who, in consultation with the Health Inspector, shall ensure that the device is designed and installed so that such substance cannot be introduced into the District’s works.

15. The property owner shall be responsible for the safe-keeping, maintenance, repair and

replacement of all service pipes and plumbing systems from the outlet of the District’s curb stop

or standard waterworks valve at his property line and shall protect them from frost or other damage, and shall promptly repair frozen, leaky or imperfect pipes or fixtures.

16. No reduction in rates shall be allowed on account of any waste of water unless the Trustees

are satisfied that such waste arose from an accident to the pipes or fittings on the consumer’s

premises arising from some cause beyond his control and that the consumer used all reasonable diligence to stop such waste.

Water Use Regulations

17. Where, in the opinion of the Trustees, the quantity of water being used or the rate at which it

is being used from time to time, through any service, is in excess of that contracted for or

otherwise considered adequate, the District may take such measures as are considered necessary

to limit the supply of such service. These measures may include the installation of a meter,

partially closing the controlling curb stop or standard waterworks valve, regulating the rate and time at which water may be used, and establishing special charges for water used in excess of a

stipulated quantity or rate. The cost of any measures deemed necessary by the Trustees under this section shall be paid by the owner or owners concerned.

(a) The Trustees may limit the amount of water used by any service in the interests of efficient operation of the District’s works and equitable distribution of water.

18. The Trustees may at any time substitute a metered service for an un-metered service to any

premises. Each dwelling shall have a meter separate from any other dwelling, in a position approved by the Trustees. All meters shall be the property of the District.

19. No owner or occupant of any premises supplied with water by the District shall sell, dispose

of, or give away water, or permit the same to be taken away or applied for the benefit of other

persons or premises, except by permission of the Trustees

20. (a) No person shall use water for watering stock, filling of swimming pools, hot tubs, ponds

or reservoirs, or for any other purpose other than that required for normal domestic use, except by

written permission of the Trustees, which shall state the purpose, time of use and quantity of

water to be used and additional charges, if any, and any special works required to be altered or installed.

(b) An approved swimming pool shall be equipped with a re-circulation and filtration system

as set out in Part V of the swimming pool, spray pool and wading pool regulation under the Health Act.

(c) No person shall use any service as motive power for the purpose of operating machinery

without permission of the Trustees, who may terminate or withdraw such permission at any time.

21. (a) The Trustees may at any time introduce regulations restricting the use of water for any

purpose. Upon receiving due notice of such restriction, no person shall use water for the purposes

forbidden by, or in excess of, the limits imposed by such restrictions. Due notice of restrictions shall be given either by publication in a newspaper circulating within the District, by posters on public notice boards, or by mail.

Liability of Improvement District

22. The District does not guarantee a specific pressure or a continuous supply of water quality to

meet the special requirements of individual users. The District reserves the right to interrupt

water service at any time for the purpose of making repairs or alterations to the works. If service

is to be interrupted for more than four (4) consecutive hours, due notice shall be given to those water users affected.

New Installations

23. All new installations of a permanent nature shall be connected to the District works by a 3/4″

service connection. This service connection shall run from District’s main supply line to a curb

stop near the property line. Any property owner requiring a larger service connection shall apply to the Trustees in writing. New installations shall mean: buildings, houses, mobile homes, motor homes and RV vehicles.

24. Water service to a new customer shall not be turned on until a cross connection inspection has been completed and all back flow prevention assemblies installed and tested.


25. The Trustees may, on 24 hours written notice, turn off the supply of water to any persons in default of the requirements of this Bylaw. The person in default shall not be entitled to receive

any further water from the District until such person has remedied the default. It shall be unlawful for any person whose water has been turned off, pursuant to this section, to turn such water on or

to take any water from the District’s works until such time as the Trustees again turn on the water.

26. Every person who disobeys or fails to comply with any provisions of this Bylaw shall be

guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to fine not exceeding Two Thousand Dollars ($2,000.00) or to imprisonment not exceeding 60 days or both.

27. This Bylaw repeals Bylaw No. 159.

28. This Bylaw may be cited as “Water Distribution Regulation Bylaw”.

INTRODUCED and given first reading by the Trustees on the 17th day of February, 2016.

RECONSIDERED and finally passed by the Trustees on the 17th day of February, 2016.