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Chapter 14. Municipal Utilities

Sec. 14-04. Compulsory connection to sewer and water.

(1) Notice to connect. Whenever the public sewer or water system becomes available to any public, commercial, mercantile or business building or any building used for human habitation,the director of public works shall notify in writing the owner, agent or occupant thereof to connect thereto all facilities used for human habitation. If the person to whom notice has been given fails to comply within 30 days after notice, the director of public works shall cause the necessary connections to be made; and the expense thereof shall be assessed as a special tax against the property pursuant to 281.45 Wis. Stats. Such connection shall be subject to applicable plumbing permits and inspection by the plumbing inspector.

(2) Exception. Owners of property within the city limits upon the effective date of this ordinance and having buildings used for human habitation served by a private well at the time water main becomes available shall not be required to connect to the public water main until a change in ownership of the property occurs, or upon failure of the private well, whichever occurs first.

Property owners served by a private well that have water main available on the effective date of this ordinance shall not be required to connect to the public water main until a change in ownership of the property occurs, or upon failure of the private well, whichever occurs first.

(3) Deferred payment. If connection to public sewer and water is made at city expense and assessed as a special tax against the property, the owner or his agent or the occupant may, within 30 days after the completion of the work, file a written option with the finance director electing to pay the amount of the assessment in five equal annual installments with interest on the unpaid balance at such amount as may be determined, from time to time, by the council.

(4) Privies and waterless toilets prohibited. After connection of any building to a sewer main hereunder, no privy or waterless toilet shall be used in connection with such building.

(Code 1982, 13.07; Ord. No. 1043, 1, 2-22-2005)