BY COUNCILOR LITTLE:
The city of Duluth does ordain:
Section 1. That Chapter 10, Article VIII, of the Duluth City Code, 1959, as amended, is amended to add a new Section 10-34.1 to read as follows:
Sec. 10-34.1. Backflow preventers--testing and registration fee.
Installation, maintenance and testing of backflow preventers shall be according to the state of Minnesota Plumbing Code. Annual testing of reduced pressure zone backflow preventers is required. Upon receipt of notice for annual testing from the building official, property owners shall have 30 days in which to have backflow preventer testing accomplished by a person certified by the state of Minnesota to perform such testing and to furnish such test results to the building official. All such test results shall contain the certification of the individual performing the test. The building official may assess a registration fee to the property owner for administering the backflow preventer testing program, such fee shall be set in accordance with Section 31-6(a) of this Code. Failure to comply with the provisions of this Section shall be cause to terminate water service upon ten days notice.
Section 2. That this ordinance shall take effect 30 days after its passage and publication.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: This ordinance establishes a registration and testing program to identify, prevent and control backflow contamination of the public water system. The program will be administered under the auspices of the building official. The fee to be established will offset the cost of administering the program and will be bourn by those property owners with reduced pressure zone backflow prevention devices connected to the potable water system.