1.0 ARTICLE 1 – GENERAL
1-1 SCOPE: These Rules and Regulations are promulgated pursuant to the authority granted in Section 32-1-1001 (1)(m), C.R.S., as a comprehensive body of regulations governing the operations of the District, and shall supersede and have priority over any and all informal practices or policies of the District, whether in written form or otherwise.
1-2 PURPOSE: It is necessary for the health, safety and welfare of the residents and owners of property within the District and of the general public to regulate the transmission of drinking water and to comply with all applicable state and federal laws.
1-3 USAGE AND TITLES: All words and phrases shall be construed and understood according to the common and approved usage of the language, but technical words and phrases and such others as may have acquired a particular and appropriate meaning in the law shall be construed and understood according to such particular and appropriate meaning. The title of any heading in these Rules and Regulations shall not be deemed in any way to restrict, qualify, or limit the effect of the provisions set forth in the section or subsection set forth under each heading.
1-4 AMENDMENTS; REPEALS; ADDITIONS: Additions and amendments to and repeals and reenactments of any of the provisions of these Rules and Regulations shall be made by Resolutions of the Board taking such action by specific reference to the Article, Part or Section number hereof. Upon the effective date of any such resolution, the District shall prepare new or reprinted pages incorporating herein the changes so enacted, and such new or reprinted pages shall be prima facie evidence of such action until such time as these Rules and Regulations, as subsequently amended, are readopted as a new set of Rules and Regulations.
1-5 PRIOR OFFENSES, CONTRACTS NOT AFFECTED: Nothing in these Rules and Regulations shall affect any offense or act committed or done, or any obligation, penalty or forfeiture incurred by any person, or any contract or right established or accruing before the effective date of these Rules and Regulations.
1-6 SEVERABILITY: Should any one or more sections or provisions of these Rules and Regulations be judicially determined invalid or unenforceable, such judgment shall not affect, impair or invalidate the remaining provisions of these Rules and Regulations, the intention being that the various sections and provisions hereof are severable.
1-7 INCORPORATION OF STANDARDS BY REFERENCE:
1-7-1 District System Specifications. The System Specifications of the District are hereby incorporated into these Rules and Regulations by reference, in all particulars, and made a part hereof as if set forth herein verbatim. Any reference herein to these Rules and Regulations shall be deemed to include all provisions of the System Specifications as well as the provisions of these Rules and Regulations.
1-8 DISTRICT SYSTEM
1-8-1 Ownership. The District exercises the responsibilities of full ownership of the existing District System and, in the future, shall only accept ownership responsibilities for additional facilities which have been formally conveyed to and accepted by the District in accordance with Article 6 below.
1-8-2 Operation and Maintenance. The District operates, maintains, repairs, and replaces the District System. Such services include without limitation regular inspections of private premises to insure compliance with these Rules and Regulations, in addition to periodic, systematic inspection and maintenance of District facilities. All inspections, observations, testing and reviews performed by the District are for the sole and exclusive benefit of the District. No liability shall attach to the District by reason of any inspections, observations, testing, or reviews required or authorized by these Rules and Regulations or the System Specifications, or by reason of the issuance of any approval or permit for any work subject to the authority or jurisdiction of the District.
1-8-3 Repair Shut-offs. The District may, without notice and without liability to anyone, suspend service for the purpose of making repairs or extensions to the District System.
1-8-4 Interconnections; Cross-connections. No person shall connect any other water system to any component part of the District System, nor shall water from any other system be introduced or permitted to enter the District system, except with the express written approval of the District under written agreement approved by the Board of Directors. The District may immediately and without notice disconnect any unauthorized cross-connection or interconnection and charge the actual costs thereof, as provided in Article 9, to any person responsible therefor.
1-9 SERVICE OUTSIDE THE DISTRICT: The District has no obligation whatsoever to provide any service outside of its legal boundaries notwithstanding the legal authority of the Board to authorize service consistent with the District’s contractual limitations.
1-10 DUTY TO REPORT: Any person (1) who destroys, damages or alters any District facility; or (2) who causes or permits any foreign materials to enter the District System; or (3) who causes any obstruction in the flow of drinking water in any District facility, and any person who discovers, observes, or has reasonable cause to believe that any of the foregoing has occurred, shall immediately report the same to the District.
1-11 NOTICE OF EXCAVATIONS: Any person who excavates in any area where District facilities are located shall give written, personal or telephone notice of the date, extent, and duration of such excavation to the District at least two business days before beginning any such work. The requirement for two days advance notice may be waived by the District in the event of an excavation required due to an emergency.
1-12 PLUMBER'S LICENSE REQUIRED: No person who is not a licensed, bonded plumber or a licensed, bonded service contractor shall connect any service line to the District system. This provision shall not apply to duly authorized District personnel, or to other work on service lines provided that the connection at the District-owned meter is made by a plumber or contractor as described above.
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