Water Regulations in Lynn
The municipal council of Lynn, Mass., has ratified the amended rules of the water department as prepared by the superintendent, Reeves J. Mason. The new regulations include the following: Applicants for water will be charged with and held responsible for all water passing through their service until such time as they shall notify the water department at its office, in writing, that they no longer desire the use ot water. The water registrar shall have the right to require a deposit not to exceed a year’s minimum charge, when he shall consider it for the interests of the city to do so. New owners or buildings shall apply for water at the office of the department and shall have no right to use the same until such application has been made. All service pipes and street boxes will be supplied and put in by the water department and will he laid from the street main through the cellar wall, or front of the building. Service pipes will be laid at a distance not exceeding 12 feet from the street line without charge, except where ledge work or blasting or digging of frozen ground is necessary, in which cases the applicant must prepare the trench. All pipes laid beyond 12 feet shall be charged to the owner, whether on a new installation or a replacement and water will be shut off for non-payment of the pipe bills under the same procedure as for the non-payment of water hills. All applicants for water service to he laid will he charged the minimum rate, whether the water is used or not. In all cases where boilers arc supplied suitable safety or vacuum valves must be applied by the owner to prevent damage from collapsing or otherwise, when the water supply is shut off. The city of Lynn will not he responsible for any damage to boilers, and will refuse to turn water on in new installations unless such suitable safety appliances have been applied. Where it is impossible to place meters any other way than in meter boxes outside of the house, the applicant will he charged the cost of such boxes. No meters will he installed which are of a smaller size than the inside diameter of the service pipes. All ordinary repairs and replacement of parts will be made on the rented meters at the expense of the department. All injuries to meters from freezing, hot water, or external causes, shall be made at the expense of the consumer, whether the meter be owned or rented. All repairs to meters which are purchased, requiring replacement of parts due to wear, shall be charged to the consumer. All bills for laying or replacing pipes, meters, meter boxes, meter repairs or for any other work required for the furnishing of satisfactorywater service shall he presented in the same manner as bills for water, and the water may he shut off for failure to pay all such hills in accordance with the provisions of section 12 of the ordinance on water. Any failure to comply with these regulations on the part of the consumer shall be sufficient cause for shutting off the water which will not be turned on again until the regulations are complied with, and the city of Lynn reimbursed for any damage which may have resulted.