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Meter Contract Agreement

Application for Fire Hydrant Meter Use

Application is hereby made by the undersigned Contractor for the use of temporary fire hydrant meters during certain construction operations as provided by Section 8.10 of the San Antonio Water Systems’ Regulations for Water Service. San Antonio Water System (“SAWS”) approves this Application provided that Contractor comply with all terms and conditions of this Application.

Terms and Conditions

  1. Definitions
    1. SAWS. San Antonio Water System
    2. METER. A water meter that measures the quantity of water supplied through the meter.
    3. CONTRACTOR. Undersigned applicant through its authorized representative.

Please read all Responsibilities of the Contractor, sections A and B carefully and check the button at the end of each section. The application is not complete unless each section has been checked.

  1. Responsibilities of Contractor
    1. The Contractor shall:
      1. Use the SAWS fire hydrant meters (painted yellow) only on fire hydrants owned and operated by SAWS (painted silver) and/or connected to the SAWS distribution system.
      2. Obtain written approval from SAWS to withdraw water from a SAWS fire hydrant for any purpose other than as authorized by this application.
      3. Be responsible for the safekeeping of the meter, valve and connections. The Contractor shall be liable for the loss or any damage sustained to the meter, valve or connections during its period of use.
      4. Comply with backflow protection requirements for all water hauling equipment and/or potable water mixing tanks as listed in Attachment “A”. Questions regarding backflow requirements should be referred to (210) 233-3332.
      5. Provide current information to SAWS as to water, fire hydrant, and meter use and locations of use. Also provide current address and contact information for Contractor.
      6. Comply with all SAWS instructions, including immediate return of meters upon request and executing a new application for meters previously issued to Contractor.
      7. Use the meter to measure the volume of water withdrawn from a fire hydrant.
      8. Use water withdrawn from a fire hydrant only for the purpose described in this application.
      9. Comply with applicable regulations and procedures relating to withdrawal of water from a fire hydrant. Use only one connection to a fire hydrant.
      10. Inspect the fire hydrant before operation to verify the fire hydrant is in working order without any deficiencies; if a deficiency is found, do not use the fire hydrant and report the problem immediately to SAWS at 704-SAWS.
      11. Open or close a fire hydrant with a special fire hydrant wrench that is designed and manufactured for that purpose.
      12. Open a fire hydrant slowly to a fully open position and use a fire hydrant only in a fully open position.
      13. Close a fire hydrant slowly to a completely closed position when not in use.
      14. Regulate the volume or flow of water from a fire hydrant by using a utility-installed gate valve for a fire hydrant-mounted meter with a reduced pressure backflow prevention assembly.
      15. Immediately comply with an order given by SAWS, a firefighter, or a law enforcement officer to cease withdrawal of water from a fire hydrant.
      16. If requested by SAWS, a fire fighter, or a law enforcement officer, disconnect all equipment from a hydrant and leave the area.
      17. Report meter readings to Accounting for each meter by the meter reading due date found on the back of your SAWS bill. You are also required to provide location of usage by street address or streat name with nearest cross street. If no reading is provided, customer will be billed a flat fee equal to the volumetric cost of water usage of 74, 810 gallons (100 ccf) for the month.
      18. Check in and exchange meters at six (6) month intervals at 3930 E. Houston, San Antonio, Texas 78220 during the hours of 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. for exchanges at Meter Shop and new meters from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in Meter Supply.

        Failure to Return the Meter

        Failure to return the meter to SAWS for inspection and recalibration every six (6) months from the original contract date will result in a $99 per month charge. This charge will be assessed each month until the meter is returned. This monthly fee will not be prorated if the meter is returned in the middle of the billing period. Additionally, customer will forfeit fire hydrant meter deposit and be prevented from obtaining any additional fire hydrant meters from SAWS.

      19. Customer shall not attach more than one meter to a fire hydrant and shall not preclude access to any remaining fire hydrant attachment openings.
      20. Contractor shall grant access to meter to any SAWS representative.
      21. Contractor shall ensure that there is no water leaking from the meter or other related equipment used with the meter.
      22. Contractor shall follow all City Ordinances pertaining to water restrictions and conservation.
    2. The Contractor shall not:
      1. Make an unmetered withdrawal of water from a fire hydrant.
      2. Use a fire hydrant valve to regulate the volume or flow of water withdrawn from the fire hydrant.
      3. Open or close a fire hydrant except with a special fire hydrant wrench.
      4. Obstruct a fire hydrant or street right-of-way or create a hazard to a person or property while withdrawing water from a fire hydrant.
      5. Damage, destroy, or tamper with a meter installed on a fire hydrant.
      6. Violate any applicable laws or regulations or use the fire hydrant, meter, valves, connections or other equipment in an unsafe manner.
      7. Withdraw water from a fire hydrant for subsequent resale.
      8. Mount any meter on a vehicle.
      9. Put a SAWS’ fire hydrant meter on any fire hydrant that is NOT in a public service area of the San Antonio Water System.
  2. Rates and Fees: Security Deposit
    Contractor shall pay the rates and fees set forth on SAWS website as well as any applicable security deposit(s). Rates, fees and security deposit are subject to change at any time. All Security deposits and any bill must be paid by check, cash or money order. Bills will be rendered monthly and payments will be due in accordance with existing SAWS practices. A 5% gross penalty amount will be due and charged after 15 days from the payment due date. In the event of non-payment of any bill by the Contractor, SAWS may suspend or terminate service and the Contractor shall not be able to contract for any additional meters until all arrears, including applicable fines, from the current contract have been satisfied.
  3. Other Provisions
    SAWS may disconnect and confiscate the meter or any other related equipment at any time or interrupt service should it determine that contractor has not complied with the terms of this agreement or that operation of a fire hydrant, meter or other related equipment constitutes a threat to public heath or safety, the environment, the operation of the public water system, or contamination of the water supply.

     

    In the event this application is revoked by SAWS as a result of Contractor’s violation of its terms, Contractor shall not be entitled to a refund or credit for fees paid or deposits made.

    Contractor shall be liable for all damages and/or fines resulting from the operation and use of SAWS property, Contractor’s property, and for any violations of the terms of this application.

    CONTRACTOR covenants and agrees to FULLY INDEMNIFY and HOLD HARMLESS, SAWS and the elected officials, employees, officers, directors, volunteers and representatives of SAWS, individually or collectively, from and against any and all costs, claims, liens, damages, losses, expenses, fees, fines, penalties, proceedings, actions, demands, causes of action, liability and suits of any kind and nature, including but not limited to, personal or bodily injury, death and property damage, made upon SAWS directly or indirectly arising out of, resulting from or related to CONTRACTOR’s activities under this APPLICATION, including any acts or omissions of CONTRACTOR, any agent, officer, director, representative, employee, consultant or subcontractor of CONTRACTOR, and their respective officers, agents, employees, directors and representatives while in the exercise of performance of the rights or duties under this APPLICATION, all without however, waiving any governmental immunity available to SAWS under Texas Law and without waiving any defenses of the parties under Texas Law. IT IS FURTHER COVENANTED AND AGREED THAT SUCH INDEMNITY SHALL APPLY EVEN WHERE SUCH COSTS, CLAIMS, LIENS, DAMAGES, LOSSES, EXPENSES, FEES, FINES, PENALTIES, ACTIONS, DEMANDS, CAUSES OF ACTION, LIABILITY AND/OR SUITS ARISE IN ANY PART FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF SAWS, THE ELECTED OFFICIALS, EMPLOYEES, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS AND REPRESENTATIVES OF SAWS, UNDER THIS APPLICATION. The provisions of this INDEMNITY are solely for the benefit of the parties hereto and not intended to create or grant any rights, contractual or otherwise, to any other person or entity.

    CONTRACTOR shall advise SAWS in writing within 24 hours of any claim or demand against SAWS or CONTRACTOR known to CONTRACTOR related to or arising out of CONTRACTOR’s activities under this APPLICATION and shall see to the investigation and defense of such claim or demand at CONTRACTOR’s cost. SAWS shall have the right, at its option and at its own expense, to participate in such defense without relieving CONTRACTOR of any of its obligations under this paragraph.

    It is the EXPRESS INTENT of the parties to this APPLICATION, that the INDEMNITY provided for in this section, is an INDEMNITY extended by CONTRACTOR to INDEMNIFY, PROTECT and HOLD HARMLESS, SAWS from the consequences of SAWS’ OWN NEGLIGENCE, provided however, that the INDEMNITY provided for in this section SHALL APPLY only when the NEGLIGENT ACT of SAWS is a CONTRIBUTORY CAUSE of the resultant injury, death, or damage, and shall have no application when the negligent act of SAWS is the sole cause of the resultant injury, death, or damage. CONTRACTOR further AGREES TO DEFEND, AT ITS OWN EXPENSE and ON BEHALF OF SAWS AND IN THE NAME OF SAWS, any claim or litigation brought against SAWS and its elected officials, employees, officers, directors, volunteers and representatives, in connection with any such injury, death, or damage for which this INDEMNITY shall apply, as set forth above.

    The provisions of this INDEMNIFICATION are solely for the benefit of the parties hereto and not intended to create or grant any rights, contractual or otherwise, to any other person or entity.

    CONTRACTOR shall advise SAWS in writing within 24 hours of any claim or demand against SAWS or CONTRACTOR known to CONTRACTOR related to or arising out of contractor’s activities under this APPLICATION.

Please read each of the following statements carefully and check the button at the end of the section. The application is not complete unless this section has been checked.

  1. I understand that a yellow SAWS Fire Hydrant Meter should only be used in a SAWS Service Area Fire Hydrant in the San Antonio vicinity.
  2. I will not use this Fire Hydrant Meter for irrigation purposes, unless variance for irrigation purpose is approved by SAWS Conservation department.
  3. I will not use this Fire Hydrant Meter to fill any type of water feature including but not limited to POOLS, PONDS, LAKES, or FOUNTAINS.
  4. I certify that I have received and read all 9 pages of this contract.
  5. I understand that by accepting the terms and conditions in this contract that I will forfeit my deposit if I do not follow all of the San Antonio Water System’s rules and regulations regarding Fire Hydrant Meters.

Deposit Information

Customers whose main office is located inside Bexar County will be required to pay a $910.00 property and payment security deposit for each meter received.

Customers whose main office is located outside Bexar County will be required to pay a $1,060.00 property and payment security deposit for each meter received.

Deposit can be made by Check, Cash or Money Order. We do not accept credit cards on this program.

 

FIRE HYDRANT CHARGES*
2018 2019
Deposit $1,637 $1,684
Daily Availability Charge $6.60 $6.79
* Please note rates are subject to change on a yearly basis.

 

WATER USE CHARGES
RATE PER 100 GALLONS* Non-Irrigation Irrigation
2018 2019 2018 2019
Metered Water Sales $0.2699 $0.2710 $0.9802 $0.9841
Water Supply Fee $0.2163 $0.2256 $0.5660 $0.5903
Edwards Aquifer Authority Permit Fee** $0.03533 $0.03561
*Meters read in cubic feet, rate shown is converted to hundreds of gallons
**EAA Fee is a pass-through fee based on amounts billed to SAWS by these agencies.

 

Other Fees and Charges
Type 2018 2019
Monthly Penalty for Failure to Bring in Fire Hydrant Meter for Calibration/Inspection $99.00 $99.40 Updated by percentage rate change approved for Water Delivery in a given year after 2018 .
Flat Fee for Failure to Report Monthly Meter Readings on Time Equal to total Volumetric Cost of 100 CCF of Water Equal to total Volumetric Cost of 100 CCF of Water No credit given for readings reported after due date showing lower than 100 CCF usage for month.
Flat Fee for Each Instance of Unauthorized SAWS Fire Hydrant Water Withdrawal Equal to total Volumetric Cost of 100 CCF of Water Plus 30 Days of Daily Availability Charges Equal to total Volumetric Cost of 100 CCF of Water Plus 30 Days of Daily Availability Charges Assessed on each instance of unauthorized SAWS fire hydrant water withdrawal documented by SAWS staff.

*Please note rates are subject to change on a yearly basis

BACKFLOW PREVENTION METHODS

The customer shall provide one of the approved methods for backflow protection described below and as further illustrated in the attached drawings marked as figures A through D. The customer shall also consult the San Antonio Water System list of approved assemblies and installation guidelines.

  1. Air gap separation provided by a metallic pipe permanently installed on the water transporting vehicle will serve as a fill line and also include a hose connection to the potable water outlet. Note figure A.
  2. Air gap separation installed on the outlet side of the fire hydrant meter. Note figure B.
  3. Reduced Pressure Principle (R/P) backflow prevention assembly installed at the fire hydrant meter. Note figure C.
  4. Reduced Pressure Principle (R/P) backflow prevention assembly permanently installed on the water-transporting vehicle. Note figure D.

Attachment A

backflow prevention truckbackflow prevention truck 2

Reporting Monthly Fire Hydrant Meter Reads

Effective June 4, 2007 all fire hydrant meter reads will need to be reported by the sixteenth of each month. In the event you do not provide a reading by the due date, usage will be estimated for the meter and billed using the average usage of other fire hydrant meter customers during the previous month.

Monthly meter reads can be reported:

  • Online
  • Email: firehydrants@saws.org
  • Phone: 210-233-3159
    • Be sure to include in your message: company name, fire hydrant meter number, read of fire hydrant meter (all 7 digits), location and call back number.
  • Fax: 210-233-4789.
  • If you have any questions regarding the reporting of your fire hydrant meter reads, please call 210-233-2363.

SAWS Fire Hydrant Meter Pick-up Location

After submitting your application and making payment at SAWS Main Office, you can pick-up fire hydrant meters at the Supply department at SAWS East Side Service Center.

Present payment verification paperwork to personnel. Please remember that those individuals requesting multiple meters will need to have the necessary paperwork for each meter.