Article X. Private Fire Protection Service Connection and Residential Fire Sprinkler System
3.05.490 General provisions.

When a private fire protection service connection (PFPSC) is installed, the control valve will be left closed and sealed until a written order to turn on the water is received from the property owner. The district is not liable for damage of any kind or for any reason that may occur on or to the property served. (Ord. 1399.12 § 10-1, 2017)

3.05.500 Special provisions.

A. PFPSC – Larger Than Two Inches. For PFPSC larger than two inches in diameter, a single detector check, double check detector assembly, or required pressure detector assembly must be installed in accordance with the district’s DDM, Manual of Cross-Connection Control, Ninth Edition, Section 7.2.3.14, Fire Systems, as published by the University of Southern California, and AWWA Manual M14, Chapter 6, Backflow Prevention and Fire Protection.

B. PFPSC – Two Inches or Less. The requirements under this article apply only to PFPSCs installed prior to January 1, 2011.

1. Within Political Jurisdictions which have Executed a Hold Harmless Agreement with the District. The owner shall execute and record against the property an agreement to hold the district and political jurisdiction harmless for failure of the private fire protection system for any reason. The district will provide its standard agreement for this purpose and instructions for recording the properly signed and notarized agreement and providing the district with the recording information. The owner may connect the private fire protection system to the permanent service connection serving the property.

C. PFPSC Charges. The district’s charges for a PFPSC, as noted in CVWDC 3.05.240, are set out in Appendices S, T and U of this chapter. (Ord. 1399.12 § 10-2, 2017)

3.05.510 Authorized purpose.

A PFPSC shall be used for no other purpose than for the discharge of water in case of fire. Except for PFPSC installed in accordance with CVWDC 3.05.500(B)(1), water for firefighting purposes will be provided without charge in amounts as required. (Ord. 1399.12 § 10-3, 2017)

3.05.520 Inspection and tests.

District employees have the right to enter the property to make investigations and tests of the PFPSC. The customer, or its designated representative, shall accompany the district employee(s) during such inspections and tests.

The customer shall be responsible to conduct inspections and tests of its private fire protection system. (Ord. 1399.12 § 10-4, 2017)

3.05.530 Option to bill.

If the district determines that a PFPSC is being used for purposes other than fire extinguishing or the testing of the fire line, the district will send a warning letter to the owner of the PFPSC. If, after 30 days from the date the notice is sent, the unauthorized use continues, the owner of the PFPSC shall be subject to a penalty as provided in Appendix V of this chapter and service may be terminated and district facilities removed or locked off. The district may also file a civil action to recover damages as authorized by Cal. Water Code §§ 31080 and 31102. The general manager may waive this penalty based upon good cause arising from the circumstances involved. (Ord. 1399.12 § 10-5, 2017)

3.05.540 Termination of service.

A. PFPSC – Larger Than Two Inches. If water is used for purposes other than permitted herein, the district may terminate the PFPSC or may install a domestic or fire flow meter at the customer’s expense, and thereafter, the service shall be classified as a permanent service connection and will be billed at the prevailing charge as provided in CVWDC 3.05.140. The district is not liable for damage which may result from said termination of service.

B. PFPSC – Two Inches or Less.

1. Installed in Accordance with CVWDC 3.05.500(B)(1). The district may terminate service in accordance with CVWDC 3.05.310, Termination of domestic water service. The district is not liable for damage which may result from said termination of service.

2. Installed in Accordance with Section 10-2.2.2. If water is used for purposes other than permitted herein, the district may terminate the PFPSC, or the service shall be classified as a permanent service connection and will be billed at the prevailing charge as provided in CVWDC 3.05.140.

The district is not liable for damage which may result from said termination of service. (Ord. 1399.12 § 10-6, 2017)

3.05.550 Residential fire sprinkler system.

Effective January 1, 2011, residential fire sprinklers are required by Cal. Residential Code, Title 24, Part 2.5 for new construction.

A. General Provisions. A single permanent service connection shall provide water service for both the domestic water and residential fire sprinkler portions of the customer service line. The customer will provide the district with the required domestic water and residential fire sprinkler water demands and minimum pressures at the time of application for service. The district will size the single permanent service connection to meet these demands and pressure requirements.

B. Special Provisions. A reduced pressure backflow device will be required when the premises is also served by a nonpotable water source.

C. Termination of Service. The district may terminate service in accordance with CVWDC 3.05.310, Termination of domestic water service. The district is not liable for damage which may result from said termination of service. (Ord. 1399.12 § 10-7, 2017)