A Rule Governing and Restricting the Use and Supply of Water

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Comment By: 
Monday, December 23, 2013
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Statement of Basis and Purpose

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP” or “Department”) proposes to amend the rules “Governing and Restricting the Use and Supply of Water” (15 RCNY §20-01 et seq.), to reflect changes in technology and practice related to the installation, repair, and maintenance of water services and service connections, and to the selection, sizing, and use of water meters. The proposed amendments also update rules for outdoor and indoor water use, and modernize the process for issuing permits to companies performing water meter testing or repairs.

These changes reflect Department efforts to reduce system leakage, incorporate the use of new technologies and products, update policies concerning outdoor water use, and eliminate outdated rules and specifications. The amendments were developed partly in response to recommendations from oversight agencies, trade and professional organizations, and members of the public at large.

Subdivision (a) of Section 20-01 is amended to require a permit for water meter accuracy testing and repair prior to commencement of such testing and repair, and a permit for companies to perform water meter accuracy tests.

Subdivision (a) of Section 20-02 is amended to clarify that one tax lot cannot supply water to another tax lot.

Subdivision (b) of Section 20-03 is amended to specify requirements for approving new internal water mains, and to require that a property with an internal water main have a water meter and backflow prevention device placed at or near the property line.

Subdivisions (e), (g), and (h) of Section 20-04 are amended, and subdivision (i) is repealed, to reference technical standards for backflow prevention designs, revise testing requirements for backflow prevention devices, match requirements for water hammer arresters and suction tanks with the New York City Plumbing Code, and eliminate the use of separation or section valves.

Subdivisions (a), (b), (d), (e), (i), (k), (l), and (r) of Section 20-05 are amended to clarify metering requirements, standards and permits for companies performing meter tests, and proper applications for certain meter technologies; update minimum meter equipment specifications and individual metering requirements for condominiums; and specify locations for Automatic Meter Reading equipment. Subdivision (a) of Section 20-06 is amended to reflect recently enacted changes to the Plumbing Code (Local Law 54 of 2010) that ban the use of once-through water cooled equipment for all purposes except for ice makers producing no more than 500 pounds of ice per day.

Subdivision (a) of Section 20-08 is amended to specify performance standards for equipment used for sidewalk washing, and to eliminate the existing requirement that prohibits serving water in a restaurant unless a patron asks for it. This requirement remains in Chapter 21 of the Rules, the Drought Emergency Rules.

Section 20-10, the Glossary, is amended by adding six new definitions and revising two definitions.

Finally, Figures 7, 7A, 7B, 8, 9, 9A, 10, 10A, and 11 through 17 are updated. New Figures 16A, 16B, 16C, 18, 19, 20, and 21 are added to clarify requirements for outdoor meter pit installations and meters installed in or adjacent to indoor pits.

Material being deleted is shown below in [brackets] and material being added is underlined.

Public Hearing

A Rule Governing and Restricting the Use and Supply of Water.

Public Hearing Date: 
Monday, December 23, 2013 - 10:00am

Russell Pecunies

DEP 6th Floor Hearing Room
59-17 Junction Boulevard 6th Floor
Flushing, NY 11373