New Orleans Water Ordinance
The city council of New Orleans, La., recently passed the following ordinance governing the distribution of water in the city: No water pipe in any building or premises supplied with water by the city shall be allowed to receive a supply of water from any other source, except in case of pipes used exclusively for fire protection that conform to the requirements given below. No connection of water pipe connected with the city mains shall be allowed with pipes having another source of water supply used for miscellaneous purposes, except into an open tank, without physical connection therewith, nor shall such pipes have any physical connection with the pipes used for fire protection. Between the pipes used exclusively for fire protetion and the city mains, and having another source of supply, there shall be two check valves placed between two positive valves and located in an accessible brick or concrete pit near the point of entrance to the property, with such valves, gages, drips and connections as are necessary for testing tightness of such check valves. The check valves shall be kept in working order by the consumer and shall be at all times subject to inspection by representatives of the Sewerage and Water Board and the health authorities. Piping systems carrying city and other waters shall be painted different colors. The following scheme is recommended: The pure water pipes that have direct connection with the city supply, before the same have passed through the aforesaid double check valves, shall be painted black; the pipes used for carrying the impure water and that used for miscellaneous purposes, but not for drinking, shall be painted yellow. These different systems of pipes shall not have any physical connection with each other in the mill or factory. During test of the fire system, the positive gate between the fire system and the city mains shall be kept closed. Three months from the date of promulgation of these regulations will be allowed for the carrying into effect thereof by existing connections, which must be done at the cost of the water consumer. All new work shall conform with said regulations, and all of said work shall be subject to inspection at any time by authorized representatives of the Sewerage and Water Board and of the health authorities, and after the lapse of time above specified, any connection found in conflict therewith may be closed without notice, and the general superintendent in person, or through the properly authorized agent or employee of the board, shall submit the matter to the special counsel of the board for the preparation of charges and the prosecution of offenders to the full extent of the law.