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Title 5 Business Licenses and Regulations
5.02 Fictitious Business Names
5.04 Gambling Establishments
5.06 Alarm Device Regulations
5.08 Intoxicating Liquor Sale Licenses
5.12 Outdoor Festivals
5.16 Tent Shows and Circuses
5.20 Water Companies
5.24 Traveling Merchants
5.26 Escort Bureaus
5.28 Solicitation of Funds
5.32 Time-Sharing Developments
5.34 Cable Television Franchises
5.36 Adult Characterized Businesses
5.40 Vacation Rentals in the Tahoe Township
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County Codes
Title 5 Business Licenses and Regulations
5.20 Water Companies
5.20.010 Definitions
5.20.020 Health regulations
5.20.030 Quantities
5.20.040 Quality
5.20.050 Application for service
5.20.060 Billing and deposit
5.20.070 Discontinuance of service
5.20.080 Interruption of service
5.20.090 Extensions
5.20.100 Service connection
5.20.110 Maintenance
5.20.120 Rates and schedules
5.20.130 Penalties

5.20.010 Definitions
    A.  "Applicant" means the person, firm, association, corporation or agency applying for water service. 
    B.  "Application". The utility may require written request for water service. 
    C.  "Average" month means thirty days. 
    D.  "Billing period" means an average month except for special services. 
    E.  "Customer" means the person in whose name service is rendered as evidenced by the signature on the application. 
    F.  "Date of presentation" means the date upon which a bill or notice is mailed or postmarked or personally delivered to the customer by the utility. 
    G.  "Flat rate service" means charges for unmetered water service. 
    H.  "Service pipes" mean the connection between the utility's mains and the service connection including all of the pipes, fittings and valves necessary to make the connection. 
    I.  "Tariff schedules" mean the entire body of effective rates, charges and rules, collectively, of the utility, as set forth herein.    
    J.  "Utility" means a water company serving twenty-five persons or less or having gross sales of water amounting to eleven thousand dollars or less during the preceding twelve months of operation, excluding however, water services furnished by a nonprofit association in which the rights and interest of all its members are equal. (Ord. 198 §1, 1973)
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5.20.020 Health regulations
Every drinking, culinary, ablutionary water supply which is hereafter constructed or extensively reconstructed, or every existing water supply which in the opinion of the state or county health department is unsafe or subject to the danger of contamination by reason of unsafe location, protection, construction, operation or maintenance, shall be made to comply with the requirements of the State Water Supply Regulations. No water supply shall hereafter be constructed or reconstructed without the approval of plans and specifications by the state or county department of health and without a written permit from that department. (Ord. 198 §2, 1973)
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5.20.030 Quantities
The utility shall supply water at customer's service connection line, dependably and safely in adequate quantities to meet the reasonable needs and requirements of the customer. (Ord. 198 §3, 1973)
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5.20.040 Quality
Whenever furnished for human consumption or for domestic uses, the utility shall provide water that at least meets the standards established for potable water as determined by the Nevada State Health Department or the Douglas County health department. (Ord. 198 §4, 1973)
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5.20.050 Application for service
 Each applicant for service may be required to sign on a form provided by the utility, an application which sets forth the following: 
    A.  Date of application; 
    B.  Location of premises to be served; 
    C.  Purposes for which service is to be used; 
    D.  Address to which bills are to be mailed or delivered; 
    E.  Whether or not applicant is owner or tenant of or agent for the premises; 
    F.  Any other information the utility may reasonably require. (Ord. 198 §5, 1973)
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5.20.060 Billing and deposit
Customers may be required to make a deposit in not more than the amount of two months' service. 
    A.  Bills for service shall be rendered each customer on a monthly basis. Receipts shall be issued to each customer who pays for his service other than by check. 
    B.  The opening bill for flat rate service shall be the established monthly charge for service, and in addition, a connection charge, reconnection charge or reinstallation charge, whichever is applicable. (Ord. 198 §6, 1973)
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5.20.070 Discontinuance of service
    A.  Bills for service are due and payable upon presentation and payment may be made at the address of the utility. 
    B.  A customer may have service discontinued by giving not less than five days advance notice thereof to the utility. 
    C.  When notice is not given, the customer will be required to pay for service until five days after the utility has knowledge that the customer has vacated the premises or otherwise has discontinued water service. 
    D.  A customer's service may be discontinued for nonpayment of a bill for service furnished if the bill is not paid within fifteen days after presentation, provided the utility has given the customer at least five days' prior written notice. 
    E.  Where negligent or wasteful use of water exists on or from a customer's premises, the utility may discontinue the service if the practices are not remedied within five days after it has given the customer written notice. 
    F.  Where service has been discontinued for violation hereof or nonpayment of charges the utility may charge five dollars for reconnection of service. (Ord. 198 §7, 1973)
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5.20.080 Interruption of service
    A.  The utility shall make all reasonable efforts to prevent interruptions of service and when interruptions of service occur will endeavor to reestablish service with the shortest possible delay consistent with the safety to its customers and the general public. 
    B.  Whenever the utility finds it necessary to schedule an interruption to its service, it shall, where possible, notify all customers to be affected by the interruption, stating the approximate time and anticipated duration of the interruption. Scheduled interruptions shall be made at hours that provide the least inconvenience to the customers consistent with reasonable utility operations. (Ord. 198 §8, 1973)
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5.20.090 Extensions
The utility shall make extensions without cost to customers along streets, alleys, lanes and roads that are cut to established grades or make alterations in its existing facilities in accordance with these requirements, provided the extensions are located within the utility's service area. In the event grades are not established, the utility shall have the extension depths and locations approved by the county engineer. (Ord. 198 §9, 1973)
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5.20.100 Service connection
The utility shall, at its own expense, furnish and install a service connection of suitable capacity, from its water main to a point to be determined by the utility between the existing or proposed curb line and the property line of the premises abutting upon a street or other thoroughfare to serve a justified need of a permanent water customer. (Ord. 198 §10, 1973)
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5.20.110 Maintenance
The utility will not be responsible for the installation and maintenance of the water pipe lines beyond the end of the utility's service connection or meter. It shall be the owner's or customer's responsibility to determine that fixtures and piping shall conform to the requirements of all state, county or town ordinances, laws and regulations and shall be properly maintained. (Ord. 198 §11, 1973)
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5.20.120 Rates and schedules
    A.  Within thirty days after adoption of the ordinance codified in this chapter, each utility governed hereunder shall file with the board of county commissioners tariff schedules consisting of rates, general rules of the utility and service area maps of the territory to be served. The utility shall serve every customer within the area and shall not discontinue service to the area and except as provided in section 5.20.070(D) and (E), to any customer therein unless an alternate supply suitable to the board of county commissioners is available. 
    B.  The board of county commissioners may hold a hearing upon the tariff schedules if it deems advisable. In the event of such a hearing, notice by mail shall be sent to all customers of the area served by the utility at least five days before said hearing. 
    C.  The board of county commissioners shall approve the tariff schedules and shall have authority to fix rates in respect to a reasonable return and shall approve or adjust the rules of the utility. (Ord. 198 §12, 1973)
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5.20.130 Penalties
Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter is guilty of a misdemeanor. Whenever in this chapter any act is prohibited or is made or declared to be unlawful or an offense or a misdemeanor, or whenever in this chapter the doing of any act is required, the doing of any unlawful act or the failure to do any required act constitutes a violation of this chapter. Any day of any violation of this chapter constitutes a separate offense. (Ord. 645, 1994; Ord. 198 §13, 1973)
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