RULES AND REGULATIONS
 
Dighton Water District
192 Williams St.
No. Dighton, MA 02764

CONTENTS
 
FORWARD††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 
 
GENERAL INFORMATION††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 
 
SECTION I†† -WATER BILLS ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
SECTION II-METERS†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 
SECTION III -SERVICE PIPES (general)††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 
SECTION IV-TEMPORARY SERVICES†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 
SECTION V†† - MAIN PIPE††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 
SECTION VI-FIRE SUPPLIES††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 
SECTION VII -FIRE HYDRANTS††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 
SECTION VIII-GENERAL
SUGGESTIONS TO THE CONSUMER†††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††

DIGHTON WATER DISTRICT
Established under Chapter 359
Acts of 1950 of the
General Court of Massachusetts
 
FOREWORD
 
†††† This information has been prepared to establish a better
understanding between the Water District and the citizens in the Town
of Dighton.
 
†††† The rules and regulations embody a uniform practice governing
the District for the installation of services, meters, water mains
and miscellaneous services rendered.They are intended to define the
obligations of the District to the consumer and of the consumer to
the District.
 
†††† Like any other raw product, water must be processed before it
reaches its finished state.After this is accomplished, it must be
distributed through miles of water mains in order to reach all
consumers served by our system.
 
†††† People, as never before, are beginning to realize how essential
their water supply is to life and health and the protection of
property against fire.In addition to its value to our civilian
economy, it is recognized by manufacturers as a basic material for
which there is no substitute.
 
BOARD OF WATER COMMISSIONERS
 
EFFECTIVE AS OF DECEMBER 12, 1995
 
AMENDED-JANUARY 15, 2003
 
GENERAL INFORMATION
 
Emergency Calls..................................................
Information and Complaints.......................................
Inspectors and Meter Readers.....................................
Main Office, Location of.........................................
Metered Service Rates............................................
Office Hours.....................................................
Rates for Water..................................................
Rules and Regulations............................................
Street Services..................................................
 
WATER BILLS
 
Payment of.......................................................
Penalties for Non-Payment of.....................................
Property Owners Responsible for..................................
Rendered Monthly or Semi-Annually................................
Rendered Semi-Annually in Advance................................
Responsibility for Water Charges.................................
Service Call Charge.............................................
 
METERS
 
Accessibility...................................................
All Water Metered...............................................
Adjustments.....................................................
By Whom Set.....................................................
Damaged Meters..................................................
Billing Non-Registered Meters...................................
Horizontal Meter Setting........................................
Meter By-Pass...................................................
Meter Rental....................................................
Meter Testing...................................................
Ownership of Meters.............................................
Tampering or Defacing Meters....................................
Unserviceable Meters............................................
 
SERVICE PIPES
 
Application for Service pipes...................................
Back Water Valves...............................................
Cleaning of.....................................................
Connection Charge for Service Installations.....................
Material for Service Pipes......................................
Main Shut-off valve.............................................
Ownership of Service pipe.......................................
Paving Repairs..................................................
Repairs to Property Owners Service Pipe.........................
Sidewalk Permits................................................
Water meter pits................................................
 
TEMPORARY SERVICES
 
Building and Other Construction Purposes........................
 
MAIN PIPE
 
Distribution Main...............................................
Financing Extensions............................................
Plans to be Approved............................................
Private Pipe Prohibited.........................................
Tapping.........................................................
Water Main Extensions...........................................
 
FIRE HYDRANTS
 
Approved Hydrants...............................................
Hydrants, Property of the Water District........................
Hydrants, Obstruction of........................................
Hydrants, Use of................................................
 
FIRE SUPPLIES
 
Cross Connections...............................................
Connection to Domestic Service Prohibited.......................
Drawings........................................................
Illegal Use.....................................................
Inspection......................................................
Installation to be Approved by Water District...................
Meters..........................................................
Number of Services..............................................
Unmetered Except for By-Pass, Annual Charge.....................
Use of Service..................................................
Valves..........................................................
Violations of Rules.............................................
 
GENERAL
 
Cross Connections Prohibited....................................
Dishwashers and Laundry Machines................................
Lawn and/or Garden Watering Systems.............................
Notice of Interruption of Service Not Required..................
Pump Connection.................................................
Penalty for Violation of Rules..................................
Refusal to Give Service.........................................
Request for Turn On.............................................
Re-Sale of Water................................................
Right to Make Inspection........................................
Unauthorized Use of Water.......................................
Water Charges to One Person.....................................
Water District Not Liable for Interruption in Service or Damage
†††† Resulting Therefrom........................................
Water Waste.....................................................
 
SUGGESTION TO CONSUMERS
 
The Meter Accuracy..............................................
The Water Meter.................................................
Detection of Leakage............................................
Waste and Leakage of Water......................................
 
GENERAL INFORMATION
 
MAIN OFFICE:
The main office of the District is located at 192 Williams St.,
Avenue, No. Dighton, Massachusetts.
 
OFFICE HOURS:
Office hours Monday-Thursday 8:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M., Friday 8:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M., CLOSED SATURDAYS, SUNDAYS AND LEGAL HOLIDAYS;
 
INFORMATION AND COMPLAINTS:
†††† Any information about water services, rates, rules, etc. may be
obtained by calling 508-824-9390 and you will be connected with the
proper party.Complaints of a minor nature may be made by phone. 
Major complaints should be made in writing and addressed to the
Superintendent of the Water District, 192 Williams St., No. Dighton,
Massachusetts 02764.
 
EMERGENCY CALLS:
†††† The District maintains emergency crews who are on duty the
entire 24 hours, including Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.Any
emergency may be reported during office hours by calling 508-
822-5461 or 508-824-9390 or outside of office hours by calling 508-669-6711.
 
STREET SERVICES:
†††† Services between the street main and the property line are
maintained by the District.Any and all work inside the property
line and in the building must be performed by a licensed plumber at
the owner's expense.
 
INSPECTORS AND METER READERS:
†††† Do not allow any person claiming to be an employee of the
District to enter your premises unless he can show proper
identification. Authorized employees will be in a Water District
vehicle.
 
RATES FOR WATER:
†††† The entire supply of the Dighton Water District system to any
and all premises shall be furnished by meter ONLY, and at the
following prescribed rates, which are adopted and approved by the
Commissioners of the Dighton Water District.
 
BILLS:
††††† Charges for water will be made twice a year or oftener, as
determined by the Board of Water Commissioners.
 
METERED SERVICE RATES:
†††† Meters for residential users are read annually by Water District
personnel.The minimum charge of $120.00 per year will entitle each
owner to 40,000 gallons per fiscal year.The owner will be charged 
for water used in any one fiscal year in excess of 40,000 gallons at the rate shown on the Districtís rate sheet.Customers are advised to read the sheet. (RATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE, PLEASE CALL FOR THE MOST CURRENT RATES)
 
Meters for commercial/industrial and semi users are read monthly by Water
District personnel.Bills are sent out monthly, rates are shown on the Districtís rate sheet. (RATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE, PLEASE CALL FOR THE MOST CURRENT RATES)
 
 * †††Meters for seasonal users are read when the meter is removed
by Water District personnel.Rates are shown on the Districtís rate sheet. (RATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE, PLEASE CALL FOR THE MOST CURRENT RATES)
 
RULES AND REGULATIONS:
†††† The following rules and regulations and all subsequent changes
in same, or amendments and additions thereto, constitute a part of
the contract with every person, corporation, or property owner
supplied with water by the Dighton Water District and every such
person, corporation or property owner using such supply shall be
considered as having expressed consent to be bound thereby.
 
†††† A copy is available to every customer and can be obtained upon
application, and all persons are requested to read same carefully, as
failure to know the rules and regulations will not excuse anyone from
the consequences of neglect of such rules and regulations.
 
†††† The meaning and application of these rules and regulations shall
be determined and interpreted by the Dighton Water District.

SECTION I
 
WATER BILLS
 
WATER BILLS - (information regarding bills):
†††† Bills are prepared by the Water District Office.
Payment:All water bills are payable at the office of the District,
192 Williams St., No. Dighton, Massachusetts within thirty (30) days.
Penalties:Whenever water is turned off under such conditions, it
will not be turned on again without payment of all charges due plus a
charge of $50.00.If the water is requested to be turned on between
the hours of 3:30 P.M. and 7:00 A.M. Monday through Friday, there
will be a minimum charge of four (4) hours at a time and one-half
rate plus a charge of $50.00.On a Sunday or a Holiday there will be
a minimum charge of four (4) hours at a double time rate plus a
charge of $50.00.
 
†††† Takers of water who fail to pay their water bills within thirty
(30) days from date rendered, will be charged interest at 1.17% per
month.All claims for abatement must be made within ten (10) days
from the postage date on bill to the BOARD OF WATER COMMISSIONERS.
 
†††† Thirty (30) days after the 30 day limit, if payment has not been
made, water service will be terminated and Water Lien proceedings
will be started as provided by law.
 
†††† Remittances by mail are at the risk of the sender and must be
accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope for return of
receipted bill.
 
BILLS RENDERED MONTHLY, SEMI-ANNUALLY OR ANNUALLY:
 
†††† Water bills are rendered to the owner of the property supplies, 
Large industrial and manufacturing accounts are billed monthly or
semi-annually and residential accounts semi-annually.
 
PROPERTY OWNERS RESPONSIBLE FOR WATER BILLS:
 
†††† To insure proper rendering of bills, property owners shall
notify the office of the Water District of any changes in mailing
addresses.Failure to receive a bill does not relieve the property
owner from the obligation of its payment or the payment of penalties
subsequently incurred.
 
RESPONSIBILITY FOR WATER CHARGES:
†††† Customer and property owners shall be responsible for all
charges accruing for water service until notice has been given to the
Water District by the owner of the property served to discontinue the
service or (in the case of a change in ownership of the premises)
until notice has been given the Water District of the change of
ownership of the premises served.New owners using water at their
premises without giving proper notice to the Water District shall be
liable and responsible for all water service provided and water used
during their ownership of the premises.
 
†††† Applicants for water service at all premises shall become
responsible for all outstanding charges for water furnished to said
premises.
 
SERVICE CALL CHARGE:
†††† Calls that require a service person after normal working hours
will be billed to the customer a minimum of four (4) hours at time
and one-half rate for calls Monday-Saturday and a minimum of four (4)
hours double time rate for calls on a Sunday or a Holiday.
 
†††† The service charge may be waived by the Board of Water
Commissioners upon the recommendation of the Superintendent when he
feels the problem to be unavoidable and beyond reasonable control of
the customer.

SECTION II
 
METERS
 
ALL WATER METERED:
†††† All water from the Dighton Water District system will be
supplied through one meter of sufficient size and of standard type
with each service connection.It may be located between the curb
stop and building.If within the building it must be placed at a
point adjacent to the shutoff, where the pipe enters through the
foundation wall.All water passing through such meters will be
billed to the owner of property supplied, as the same appears in the
records of the Water District, whether the water is used or wasted.
 
Water will not be turned on without the installation of a meter.
 
ACCESSIBILITY:
†††† Meters must be easily accessible at all times so that they may
be examined and read by employees of the district.They must not be
exposed to danger from frost or contamination.
 
BY WHOM SET:
†††† The installation, repair and disconnection of all meters is to
be performed by employees of the Water District only, except as
hereinafter provided.
DAMAGED METERS:
†††† If meters are damaged by frost, hot water or external causes,
either by carelessness or neglect of the owner or occupant of the
premises or his agents, the Water District, except as hereinafter
provided, will repair or replace the meter and the owner must
reimburse the Water District for all cost of repairs or replacement.
 
†††† In the case of breakage, stoppage or any other irregularity in
the meter, the property owner is to notify the District immediately.
METER TESTING:
†††† Every water meter is carefully tested before it is first
installed and also before it is reset after being removed for repairs
or other purposes.Periodic tests for duty of each meter will also
be made as often as the Water District may deem necessary.Should a
property owner at any time question the accuracy of the meter on his
service, it may be tested (preferably in his presence) after the
district receives the request in writing.A deposit of $40.00 will
be required before the meter is disconnected.Should the test show
that the meter has been over registering in excess of three (3) per
cent, the deposit will be refunded.If the test is within the limit
or registers in favor of the customer, the deposit will be retained 
by the District to cover the cost of the removal and test.
ADJUSTMENTS:
†††† If the testing of a meter as hereinbefore provided shows that it
fails to register correctly within three (3) per cent, the charge to
the customer shall be adjusted accordingly as the registration varies
from 100 per cent, and such adjustment shall apply to the current
period only, unless it is apparent to the Water District that a
previous period's consumption has also been affected by the same
error.
 
METER RENTAL:
†††† All seasonal and commercial meters the customer rents from the
District shall be billed according to the hydrant rental sheet.(RATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE, PLEASE CALL FOR THE MOST CURRENT RATES.
 
BILLING NON-REGISTERED METERS:
†††† In case a meter fails to register or has been removed for
repairs, testing or other purposes during the billing period, the
bill will be issued based on the average daily rate of consumption as
shown by the meter after it has been returned to service and is in
proper working order.
 
†††† If the meter has not been returned to service, the bill will be
issued based on the average daily rate of consumption for the
previous three (3) year period.
 
OWNERSHIP OF METERS:
†††† All meters from 5/8" through 3/4" are owned by the Dighton Water
District and are installed at the expense of the property owner.All
meters over 1" in size will be purchased and maintained by the
customer or property owner and become his property when paid in full.
 The Water District reserves the right to designate the size and
manufacturer of the meter to be installed on any service.
 
UNSERVICEABLE METERS - (5/8" & 3/4"):
†††† The Water District reserves the right at all times to remove,
test, repair and replace any meter; and if such meter is found to be
economically unserviceable, require another meter to be substituted
in its place at expense of the Water District.
 
UNSERVICEABLE METERS - (1" and larger):
†††† For all other meters (excluding 5/8" & 3/4"), the Water District
reserves the right at all times to have the property owner test and
repair any meter; and if such meter is found to be economically
unserviceable, require another meter be substituted in its place at
the expense of the property owner.
 
METER BY-PASS:
†††† All meters larger than 3/4" shall be equipped with a meter and
backflow and valve of the same size as the service pipe.
 
TAMPERING OR DEFACING METERS:
†††† The Water District will prefer charges against every person who
Shall tamper or deface a meter and seal to prevent the proper
registration of the water consumed by altering the register index or
otherwise, or for the breaking of any seal placed by the District for
the protection of any meter, valve or fitting.

SECTION III
 
SERVICE PIPES (general)
 
APPLICATION FOR SERVICE PIPES:
†††† Application for the installation of new service or the update of
an old service shall be made by the owner of the property or his
authorized agent on forms supplied at the office of the Water
District, 192 Williams St., No. Dighton, Massachusetts 02764.
 
†††† Application for water must state fully and truly the purpose for
which same is to be used together with the proper legal description
of the property; also the official street and number of the premises
to be supplied.A copy of the approved septic system must also be
submitted at the time the application for water is completed.
 
CONNECTION CHARGE FOR SERVICE INSTALLATIONS:
†††† The installation of ALL water services from the water main to
the property line, including tapping of the water main, materials and
any road repair will be performed by the Water District employees at
the owners expense.The owner may have his own contractor perform
the work from the property line to the meter location not including
the meter installation.Materials are to be acceptable to Water
District standards.
 
†††† The TOTAL amount owed the District for the installation MUST be
paid prior to turning on the water service.
 
†††† No water services shall be installed on Saturdays, Sundays or
holidays.
 
THIS WOULD NOT APPLY TO SUBDIVISIONS.(CALL THE SUPERINTENDENT FOR CONNECTION CHARGES FOR SERVICE INSTALLATIONS.)
 
OWNERSHIP OF SERVICE PIPE:
†††† The service pipe from the distribution main to the curb stop is
owned and maintained by the District.The portion of the service
pipe beyond the curb stop to the meter is the property of the owner
and is installed and maintained by the District or a licensed plumber
at the owners' expense.The plumber must lay his portion of the
service in as straight a line as possible from the curb stop to
inside the building.
 
MATERIAL FOR SERVICE PIPES:
†††† All service pipes 1" in diameter to and including 2" diameter
shall be Dighton Water District approved plastic water service tubing
with a minimum of 200 pounds per square inch rating.
 
†††† Service pipe 4" in diameter and above shall be class 52 cement
mortar lined Ductile Iron pipe, manufactured in accordance with
Federal Government Specification WW-p-421 c Type as amended to date
or†† PVC AWWA C 900 working pressure 150 psi with continuous formed
bell end.
 
INSPECTION:
†††† SERVICE PIPES SHALL BE TESTED FOR WATER TIGHTNESS IN THE
PRESENCE OF A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE WATER DISTRICT BEFORE BEING
COVERED UP.NO SERVICE PIPE SHALL BE LAID IN THE SAME TRENCH WITH A
BUILDING DRAIN OR SEWER PIPE.NOR SHALL THE WATER PIPE BE CLOSER TO
A SEWER SYSTEM THAN FIFTEEN (15) FEET AT ANY HORIZONTAL POINT.ANY
SEWER LINE CROSSING A WATER SERVICE MUST BE AT LEAST TWO FEET BELOW
THE WATER LINE AND ENCASED IN A CI OR DUCTILE IRON SLEEVE WITH BOTH
ENDS BEING SEALED WITH CEMENT.THE CASING SHOULD BE LONG ENOUGH TO
COVER A TEN FOOT WIDTH ON BOTH SIDES OF THE WATER SERVICE. A SEWER
LINE RUNNING PARALLEL WITH THE WATER LINE MUST BE EIGHTEEN (18)
INCHES BELOW THE WATER LINE.
 
MAIN SHUT - OFF VALVE:
†††† On every new service pipe, immediately after its entry into the
building, shall be an approved type valve.Valves manufactured to
conform in all respects with Federal Specifications WW-V-54 Type I
Class A as amended to date shall qualify as an approved type.Valves
that fail to meet these specifications will be rejected for this
class of service.Existing service pipes not equipped with the above
type of valve, when renewed or replaced shall conform with the
requirements for new service pipe.
 
HORIZONTAL METER SETTING:
†††† All small meters on new installation shall be set approximately
twelve (12) inches above the floor, in a horizontal position,
immediately after the main shut - off and as near to where the
service pipe enters the building as is practicable.The plumber
shall provide an approved support for the meter.Large meters may be
set directly on the floor.
 
†††† Whenever it is necessary to renew or replace a service pipe, the
meter shall be reset to conform with the requirements for new
installations.
 
BACK FLOW AND GATE VALVES:
†††† All new services shall be equipped with an approved type of DCVA
and gate valve immediately following the meter setting on the house
side, to act as a back valve and prevent the house piping from
emptying while the meter is being changed or for other work on the
service pipe.Valves manufactured to conform in all respects with
Federal Specifications WW-V-54 Type I Class A as amended to date
shall qualify as an approved type.Valves that fail to meet these
specifications will be rejected for this class of service.
 
†††† Existing service pipes not equipped with the above type of
valve, when renewed or replaced shall conform with the requirements
for new service pipes.
 
TAPPING MAINS:
†††† No person except an authorized representative of the Water
District will be allowed under any circumstances to tap the mains or
distribution pipes, insert corporation stops therein, set or remove
meters on service pipes or interfere with water gates or curb stops.
 
As of May 27, 2004 the District6 voted any person requesting and receiving approval at any meeting of the District to extend a water main to their property will be required to pay for such an extension.All fees involved may be requested from the Superintendent.
 
REPAIRS TO PROPERTY OWNER'S SERVICE PIPE AND FIXTURES:
†††† Property owners must keep their own pipes and all fixtures
connected thereto in good repair and protected from frost at their
own expense.In case of a break in that section of service pipe
between the curb stop and the meter, the property owner has the
option of the District repairing the break at the owners' expense or
obtaining his own contractor approved by the District to make the
repairs.The District is to be notified of any repairs made after
the curb stop.Failure to make repairs at once or to obtain the
necessary permits covering these repairs shall be sufficient cause to
shut off the supply.
 
CLEANING SERVICE PIPES:
†††† Property owners desiring this service must submit their request
in writing, and agree to take all responsibility for the cost of
replacing the service in case it is broken.
 
SIDEWALK PERMITS:
†††† No sidewalk or other public place shall be open for the laying
of service pipes until the property owner has obtained a permit from
the proper town or state agency.
 
WATER METER PITS:
†††† The District does not approve of installing meter pits.If the
owner must install a meter pit, the owner must submit a sketch of
plans for installing the pit which must be approved by the Board of
Water Commissioners.

SECTION IV
 
TEMPORARY SERVICES
 
FOR BUILDING AND OTHER CONSTRUCTION PURPOSES:
†††† Contractors, builders, etc., requiring water for construction
purposes, shall make application for a temporary service and will be
subject to the same rules and regulations as apply to regular service
installations.A meter will be installed on the temporary service by
the Water District and the cost of the meter plus the cost of setting
same shall be borne by the applicant.Temporary services will be
subject to the connection charge described in Section III, plus the
cost of removing the service.
 
†††† All charges, including the connection charge, cost of removing
the service, cost of meter and setting the meter, shall be paid in
advance;and the applicant shall be required to deposit a sufficient
sum of money with the Water District to cover the cost of the
estimated amount of water to be used in conjunction with the work.
If at any time during the course of construction, the estimated
amount of water covered by the deposit is below the actual
consumption shown on the meter, the applicant will be required to
deposit additional sums with the Water District. ( CALL THE DISTRICT OFFICE FOR THE LATEST FEES)

SECTION V
 
MAIN PIPE
 
DISTRIBUTION MAIN:
†††† Distribution mains are water pipes laid in the streets as
feeders for consumers services and hydrants.
 
WATER MAIN EXTENSIONS:
†††† No water main extension will be less than eight (8) inch pipe of
material approved by the Board of Water Commissioners.Final
determination of size of pipe will be made by the Board of Water
Commissioners.
 
PLANS TO BE APPROVED:
†††† Plans of proposed water main extensions shall be submitted to
the Board of Water Commissioners to be approved.Construction shall
not be performed without plans that have been approved by the Board
of Water Commissioners.
 
FINANCING EXTENSIONS:
†††† In all cases where approval is granted by the Board of Water
Commissioners for water main extensions, the owner(s) shall assume
all costs for material and installation according to the plans and
materials approved by the Board of Water Commissioners.
 
PRIVATE PIPE PROHIBITED:
†††† Applications for permission to connect private pipes or mains to
the distribution system, whether the request is made by an individual
or a group of individuals, will be rejected.All services must be
supplied from the District's own distribution or supply mains.

SECTION VI
 
FIRE SUPPLIES:
†††† The Water District may render a special service to private
property for private fire protection purposes.
 
†††† Applications must be made by the owner of the property or his
authorized agent and will be subject to all the provisions, including
the connection charge, described in Section III entitled "SERVICE
PIPES (general)" as far as they apply to this type of service.
 
DRAWINGS:
†††† The applicant must furnish a complete and correct drawing or set
of drawings showing the location of the premises to be supplied,
together with location of all valves, pipes, hydrants, tanks,
sprinkler heads and other appurtenances on the premises at the time
of making application.The plans will remain the property of the
Water District.
 
†††† The applicant also agrees to furnish the Water District with
drawings showing revisions to piping or appurtenances whenever the
same are made.
 
ANNUAL CHARGES - UNMETERED EXCEPT FOR BY-PASS:
†††† The annual charge for this fire service shall be made in
accordance with the following schedule, based upon the size of the
service connection.
 
†††† Fire protection service, sprinkler or private hydrant(s):
††††††††† 4" pipe serviced to property, annually $
††††††††† 6" pipe serviced to property, annually $
††††††††† 8" pipe serviced to property, annually $
 
†††† Charges for fire service supplies shall be payable in advance of
the date of installation, pro-rated for the remainder of the billing
year and then annually in advance on the regular billing period for
this type of service.CALL SUPERINTENDENT FOR RATES.
 
INSTALLATION TO BE APPROVED BY DISTRICT:
†††† The Water District expressly reserves the right to determine the
necessity for and the advisability of granting any application for
this special service and the right to determine the size of the
service pipe which will be granted, depending upon the size of the
street main, the available pressure on the main and the nature and
capacity of the fire protection equipment within the building.
 
CONNECTION TO DOMESTIC SERVICE PROHIBITED:
†††† No connection shall be made at any time between the fire supply
system and the regular water supply to the premises.Valves placed
on this system shall be of a style that can be sealed by the
District.
 
NUMBER OF SERVICES:
†††† One (1) service only will be allowed to any one (1) building or
premises, unless in the opinion of the Water District, more than one
(1) is absolutely necessary for the proper protection of the
premises.All fire protection equipment connected to the service
shall be confined within the building or where two (2) or more
connections are made for one (1) building or premises, they shall be
kept separated, unless special permission is obtained from the Water
District to connect the same in a manner to be approved by said
District.
 
USE OF SERVICE:
†††† No water shall be drawn from the fire service pipes except for
the extinguishment of fires.This paragraph is not to be construed
as prohibiting a reasonable use of water for fire drills, draining of
system to prevent freezing or other reasonable use in connection with
proper fire protection.Whenever water is used for this purpose,
either by the owner or the insurance inspector making the test, the
owner shall obtain a reading on the meter before and after the test
and forward this information, together with a brief description of
the operations resulting in the use of water to the Water District.
 
CROSS CONNECTIONS:
†† ††NO CROSS CONNECTINS ARE PERMITTED WITHIN THE DISTRICT.
Any fire protection system supplied with water from the District
service shall be supplied exclusively with such water and no
connection will be allowed with any other system drawing its supply
from any other source whereby the water supply may be subjected to
contamination.
 
†††† Any fire protection system using water from any other source
that the District's service shall be kept entirely separate from any
such system supplied from the District service.
 
INSPECTION:
†††† All fire services shall be protected by an approved backflow and
 subjected to annual and semi-annual inspection as required by a
licensed inspector.The owner shall give the inspector all
reasonable facilities for making the survey and any information
concerning same that they may require.Care will be taken that
inspections will be made with as little inconvenience to the owner as
possible.
 
ILLEGAL USE:
†††† When the owner (s) or occupant (s) of any premises are found to
be using water from a fire service for other purposes than fire
protection, the water shall be shut off from same until the offender
(s) shall give reasonable assurance before the Water District that
the offense will not be repeated.
 
METERS:
†††† (a)The owner will purchase and install a fire line compound
meter as directed by the Water District provided it is a type
approved by said District and the National Board of Fire
Underwriters.
 
†††† (b)The owner will purchase and install a detector check valve
with meter in by-pass provided it is a type approved by the Water
District and the National Board of Fire Underwriters; but the Water
District reserves the right at any time to require the owner to
install a fire line compound meter as described in the preceding
paragraph (a).
 
VALVES:
†††† On the inlet and discharge side of each fire line compound meter
or detector check valve, the owner shall install a gate valve
manufactured to conform in all respects with the American Water Works
Specifications for Gate Valves for Ordinary Water Works Service as
amended to date.The valves shall be of a type that meets the
requirements of the National Board of Fire Underwriters.
 
†††† On detector check valve installations with meter in by-pass, the
owner (s) shall install a gate valve on the inlet side of the by-pass
meter that conforms in all respects with Federal Specifications
WW-V-54 Type I Class A as amended to date.On the discharge side of
the by-pass meter, the owner shall install a horizontal bronze swing
check valve with a metal disc, designed for a working pressure of 125
pounds per square inch for steam or 200 pounds per square inch for
oil, water or gas.
 
VIOLATIONS OF RULES:
†††† For any violation of the rules governing fire supplies, the
Water District may discontinue the use immediately.

SECTION VII
 
FIRE HYDRANTS
 
HYDRANTS ARE PROPERTY OF THE WATER DISTRICT:
†††† All public fire hydrants and their connections are installed and
maintained by the District and remain a part of the water works
system.
 
OBSTRUCTING FIRE HYDRANT:
†††† No person shall obstruct the access to any fire hydrant by
placing or permitting any snow, debris, building material or other
obstruction to remain on or about a hydrant which will in any manner
interfere with its immediate use.
 
USE OF HYDRANT:
†††† Public fire hydrants are installed for the sole purpose of fire
protection and with the exception of the members of the Fire
Department operating the same for the legitimate purpose of
extinguishing fire, no other use of such hydrants shall be made
without written consent of the Water District.
 
APPROVED HYDRANTS:
†††† The following fire hydrants are approved for use within the District:
*
††††††††† Mueller 129
††††††††† Dresser 929 Reliant
††††††† ††Clow
††††††††† Mueller Centurian 200

SECTION VIII
 
GENERAL
 
CROSS CONNECTIONS PROHIBITED:
†††† No licensed plumber or others shall cause a physical connection
to be made between the Dighton water supply and any other water
supply for commercial, domestic, sanitary, fire protection or boiler
feed purposes or any other purpose whatsoever.
 
†††† No water closet, urinal bowl or any other fixture shall be
supplied directly from the District's water system through a
flushometer or other valve unless such valve is set above the water
closet or urinal bowl or other fixture in such a manner as to prevent
any possibility of back siphonage or pollution.
 
†††† No plumbing fixture, device or construction shall be installed
which will provide a cross connection between the District's supply
and a drainage system, soil or waste pipe so as to permit or make
possible the backflow of sewage or waste into the supply system. 
Draw-off pipes for draining sprinkler systems shall not be connected
into a drainage system or a submerged pit.
 
†††† If the District's water supply is delivered to a tank which is
also supplies with water from any source other than the public water
system, such tank shall be open to atmospheric pressure and the
District's water supplied above the maximum level of water.There
shall be at least six (6) inches between the invert of the pipe
supplied with the District's water and the maximum level.
 
†††† In the District's water supply is delivered to a tank in which
there are chemicals, dyestuffs or other materials used in processing,
the pipe supplied with District water shall not be submerged.There
shall be an air gap twice the feed line no less than one inch above
the rim of the tank to prevent back siphonage into the public supply.
 
PUMP CONNECTION:
 ††††No pump shall be directly connected to any District main or
service for the purpose of increasing the water pressure in the
District or owner's system unless prior written authorization and
approval has been obtained from the Dighton Water District.
 
LAWN AND/OR GARDEN WATERING SYSTEMS:
 
Installation of new Underground or concealed lawn and/or garden watering systems of any type tied into Town water are prohibited.
 
DISHWASHERS AND LAUNDRY MACHINES:
†††† Direct water supply to dishwashers and laundry machines shall be
equipped with an approved vacuum breaker and a check valve located
between the vacuum breaker and the fixture.The vacuum breaker shall
be located at least four (4) inches above the highest elevation of
the machine.
 
WATER DISTRICT NOT LIABLE FOR INTERRUPTION IN SERVICE OR DAMAGE
RESULTING THEREFROM:
†††† The Dighton Water District furnishes water and not pressure and
does not guarantee a continuous supply.No responsibility will be
assumed for any damage to any apparatus in any house or building due
to the shutting off of water without notice, either for repairs on
account of a break in the pipe lines or other necessary operations.
 
†††† No person shall be entitled to damages, nor to have any portion
of a payment refunded for any stoppage of supply occasioned by
accident to any portion of the works; nor for stoppage for purposes
of additions or repairs; nor for non-use occasioned by absence or any
other reason.
 
NOTICE OF INTERRUPTION OF SERVICE NOT REQUIRED:
†††† While it is the intention to give notice, as far as possible, in
advance of any work which must be done that will necessitate
interruption of the supply, such notice is to be considered a
courtesy only and not a requirement on the part of the Water
District.In case of a break in pipe lines, water will be shut off
at any time without notice.
 
†††† Failure of tenant or property owner to receive notice of
interruption of service shall entail no responsibility on the part of
the Water District or its employees.Property owners must so install
range boilers, hot water tanks and other installations connected with
the water system with adequate safeguards so the damage will not
occur if the water is shut off without notice.
 
UNAUTHORIZED USE OF WATER:
†††† The Dighton Water District will prefer charges in accordance
with the General Laws of Massachusetts against every person who shall
without proper authorization from the Water District tap or make any
connection with any street main or service or other distributing pipe
connected with the water system; or who shall without such
authorization open any gate valve connected with said system so as to
obtain water from said system or for the purpose of obtaining such
water; or who shall in any way or by any device obtain the use of
such water without authorization.
 
RE-SALE OF WATER:
†††† No consumer, except with the written consent of the Water
District previously obtained, will be allowed to furnish water to
other persons or property or to suffer such persons to take it
themselves.Violations of this regulation cause the supply to be
shut off and the water already paid forfeited.
 
WATER CHARGES TO ONE PERSON:
†††† When water shall be supplied to more than on (1) party, through
a single service, the bill for the whole supply furnished through
such service will be made to the owner of the property.
 
WATER WASTE:
†††† Water must not be allowed to waste through any faucet or fixture
or kept running any longer than necessary in its proper use.The
District is required to restrain and prevent any and all wastage of
water; and, to that end, may, when necessary, turn off the water or
take such other action as in its judgement may be proper.
 
RIGHT TO MAKE INSPECTION:
†††† Inspectors of this District or any person authorized by the
Water District, must have free access at all reasonable hours to all
parts of every building, for the purpose of inspecting, removing or
replacing meters, examining water fixtures and observing the manner
in which the water is used.
 
REQUEST FOR TURN ON:
†††† After service has been shut off for any reason except repairs,
it shall not be re - established unless a written order is given the
District by the property owner or his authorized agent.
 
REFUSAL TO GIVE SERVICE:
†††† No water shall be furnished to any property which is in debt to
the Dighton Water District for water service.
 
PENALTY FOR VIOLATION OF RULES:
†††† If the owner, agent, lessee, tenant or person in charge of any
premises, shall violate any rule or regulation of the Water District
affecting said premises, and shall fail to remove any violation(s) or
comply with any written order of said District pertaining thereto
within (30) days after such order(s) shall have been sent by mail to
the last known address of such person, said District may discontinue
service to such premises.
 
†††† If water service is discontinued, it shall not be resumed until
the rule or regulation so violated shall have been complied with to
the satisfaction of said District.If the service is requested to be
turned on after 3:30 P.M. and before 7:00 A.M., there will be a
Service Charge of a minimum of four (4) hours at time and one-half
rate for work done Monday-Friday, and a minimum charge of four (4)
hours at double time rate for Sundays and Holidays.
 
†††† The Water District Commissioners reserves the right to make such
amendments to the rules and regulations as may be necessary for the
preservation and protection of the Dighton Water District supply
system.

SUGGESTIONS TO CONSUMERS
 
THE WATER METER:
†††† Consumers are advised to learn to read the meter in order that
they may verify the meter reading appearing on the bill.The meter
will not tell how the water was used; but it will honestly tell if
consulted at any time, how much is being used or wasted.Its
function is to protect the District against the enormous loss from
waste or extravagant use, and to fix the charge to consumers
according to the services received.
 
†††† All meters used throughout the District's system are read in
gallons only.
 
METER ACCURACY:
†††† Water meters are made with great care and precision and should,
with reasonable care, give years of satisfactory service.A
defective meter will invariably under register, or work in favor of
the consumer.All meters before being set have been carefully
checked and tested for accuracy, and when placed in service are
sealed.THIS SEAL MUST NOT BE BROKEN BY THE CONSUMER.
 
WASTE AND LEAKAGE OF WATER:
†††† If a meter suddenly shows an increase in consumption, with no
apparent cause, one of the two (2) things has happened:a leak has
started or water has been allowed to run to waste.
 
†††† Waste and leakage of water is an economic waste, not only to the
customer who pays much larger water bills than he should, but to the
Water district as well, who must provide a plant of sufficient
capacity to meet water demands resulting from leakage and waste in
addition to the normal requirements of its consumers.Conservation
of water results in indirect savings to the consumer.It eliminates
large capital expenditures required in expanding the supply, either
at its source or in the distribution system to meet unusual demands
from leakage and waste.
DETECTION OF LEAKAGE:
†††† The flow of water from all fixtures supplied by the meter should
be shut off and the pointer on the circle marked "ten gallons"
observed for a period of ten or fifteen minutes.If the pointer
moves, a leak is indicated, the size of which mat be determined by
timing the pointer.If the pointer moves on -fourth (1/4) of the way
around in fifteen minutes, it represents a waste of 240 gallons per
day or 87,600 gallons per year.If the leak cannot be located, a
licensed plumber should be called as the Water District is not
authorized to do work on private property.

CHAPTER 359
Acts of 1950
 
SECTION I:
†††† The Water Supply Board of the Dighton Water District, or their
successors in office to be known as the Board of Water Commissioners
as provided in Chapter 359 of the Acts of 1950, entitled, "An Act
establishing the Dighton Water District", whenever they shall adjudge
it to be necessary, are hereby authorized to lay and construct water
mains in any of the streets of said district, the cost and expense of
which shall be paid in a manner hereinafter provided.
 
SECTION II:
†††† The Water District reserves the right to make such amendments to
the rules and regulations an may be necessary for the preservation
and protection of the Dighton Water District water supply system.
 
†††† No new service pipe or extension of pipe shall be laid during
the winter months, if in the opinion of the Superintendent, the cost
would be greater than if the work was done during the warmer seasons.
 
 
 
 
EMERGENCY RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR USE OF WATER
 
Whenever the Superintendent shall declare that an emergency exists
relative to the adequacy of the supply of water for public use and
consumption, and such declaration of emergency shall be confirmed and
acknowledged by the Commissioners, the Superintendent shall be
empowered to establish such rules and regulations restricting the use
of water as in his judgement the circumstances may require; provided,
however, that before such rules and regulations shall be enforced,
they must be approved by the Water Commissioners.
 
CROSS CONNECTION CONTROL ORDINANCE
 
I.†† PURPOSE:
†††† A.†† To protect the public potable water supply served by the†† 
††††††††††Dighton Water District from the possibilities of†††††††††† 
††††††††††contamination or pollution by isolating such contaminants
††††††††††or pollutants which could backflow or backsiphon into the
††††††††††public water system.
 
†††† B.†† To promote the elimination or control of existing cross††† 
††††††††††connections, actual or potential, between its' customers†† 
††††††††††in-plant potable water system and non-potable system.
 
†††† C.†† To provide for the maintenance of a continuing program of
††††††††††cross connection control which will effectively prevent the
††††††††† contamination or pollution of all potable water systemby 
††††††††††cross connection.
 
II.AUTHORITY:
†††† A.†† As provided in the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974,
††††††††† (Public Law 93-523), and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts 
††††††††††Drinking Water Regulations, 310 CMR 22.22, the water†††††† 
††††††††††purveyor has the primary responsibility for preventing†††† 
††††††††††water from unapproved sources or any other substances from 
††††††††††entering the public potable water system
 
†††† B:†† The Dighton Water District's Rules and Regulations, adopted
††††††††† October 11, 1994.
†††† 
††††C:††† The Dighton Water Districtís Rules and Regulations, revised January 15,
†††† †††††2003.
 
†††††D:†† The Dighton Water Districtís Rules and Regulations, revised October, 11, 
†††††††††††2005.
 
†††† E:††† The Dighton Water Districtís Rules and Regulations, revised June 6, 2006.
 
 
III. RESPONSIBILITY:
†††† A.†† The Water Commissioners shall be responsible for the†††††† 
††††††††††protection of the public potable water distribution system 
††††††††††from the contamination or pollution due to the backflow or 
††††††††††backsiphonage of contaminants or pollutants.If, as a†††† 
††††††††††result of a survey of the premises, the Commission†††††††† 
††††††††††determines that an approved backflow prevention device is
††††††††††required at the District's water service connection or as
††††††††††in-plant protection on any customer's premises, the††††††† 
††††††††††Commission, or its delegated agent, shall issue a cross††† 
††††††††††connection violation form to said customer to install††††† 
††††††††††approved backflow prevention devices.The customer shall, 
††††††††††within a time frame determined by the Commission, install
††††††††††such approved device or devices at his own expense, and††† 
††††††††††failure or refusal or inability on the part of the customer
††††††††† to install said device or devices within the specified time
††††††††† frame shall constitute a ground for discontinuing water††† 
††††††††††service to the premises until such device or devices have
††††††††††been properly installed.
 
ADOPTED:12/12/95
Joseph White. Chairman
Joseph Lawrence
James Davitt
 
REVISED:JANUARY 15, 2003†† 
REVISED:OCTOBER 11, 2005
REVISED:JUNE 6, 2006
 
††††††††††††††††††† 
Michael Perry, Chairman
Frank G. Costa
Kenneth Araujo