Fire Protection rates are charges for connections to provide water for use in private fire protection systems. The Fire Protection rates are based on three different types of private fire hydrants found in the District. These rates are in addition to any commodity charges.
Type One Private Fire Hydrant:
Type one private hydrants are connected directly to the District’s public water system, within an on-site District easement, on private, commercial, industrial, institutional, apartment, or condominium property. Maintenance of type one private hydrants is performed by the District. Each type one private fire hydrant shall be assessed a monthly charge as set forth in the applicable rate schedule.
Type Two Private Fire Hydrant:
Type two private hydrants are installed downstream of detector checks. Each private automatic sprinkler system, including those with type two on-site hydrants and fire hose racks connected to District lines by means of a detector check valve with metered bypass, shall be assessed a monthly service charge based on the size of the detector check as set in the rate schedule. This service classification will not be charged for any water used for fire suppression, fire drill, or test purposes provided the District is given advance notice of any fire test or drill, or where water used for fire suppression can be verified. All other unauthorized use, either registered by the bypass or estimated by the magnitude of the flow, will be invoiced at the construction water rate. Billing for such unauthorized use will be determined by multiplying the consumption recorded on the bypass meter by a factor of 50. Maintenance of type two hydrants shall be the responsibility of the owner.
Type Three Private Fire Hydrants:
Type three private hydrants are connected to the public system by means of a fire meter. Water used in fire suppression will be measured by the fire-rated meter and billed at the potable water commodity rate. Where such service exists, no separate charge for private fire protection shall exist. Maintenance of type three private fire hydrants shall be the responsibility of the owner.