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21.16.200 Charges for Unauthorized Use of Fire Protection Service.

(Amended by Ordinance No. 182053, effective August 15, 2008.) A fire service is to be used to extinguish a fire, and is specifically not to be used for domestic, maintenance, or irrigation purposes. (See Section 21.12.220 "Fire Protection Service.")
There are progressively increasing charges for unauthorized use of water supplied through firelines. There is a commodity charge of three times the normal rate for water for the first unauthorized use, and ten times the normal rate for all later unauthorized uses. If unauthorized use continues, the Bureau shall install a full-flow meter and bill the property owner for the full costs of the meter as well as System Development Charges. These policies and procedures are further detailed in the annual water rate ordinance.