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WATER SUPPLY and WASTEWATER SERVICE CONNECTIONS
INFORMATION FOR CUSTOMERS

Connection of properties to existing YCUA water supply and wastewater infrastructure is a multiple step process that may involve interaction with several different departments at YCUA. The following narrative outlines the procedure.
  1. The process is initiated by contacting the YCUA Engineering Department. Please be prepared to provide as much of the following information as possible:
    1. Name of person and/or organization requesting water supply and/or wastewater service.
    2. Telephone number, address, and electronic mail address (if available).
    3. Address and/or tax identification number for the parcel or parcels in question.
    4. Legal description of the property (if available).
    5. Existing and proposed uses of the property.
    6. Documentation of prior payment of connection fees associated with the parcel or parcels in question.
  2. YCUA will make every effort to respond to the request in 3 working days or less.
  3. If it is determined that the requested utilities are not available, the Engineering Department will contact the person/organization who made the request to inform them that the services are not available.
  4. If it is determined that the requested utilities are available, fees associated with the proposed connection(s) will be calculated by the Engineering Department. Connection fees that may apply are as follows:
    1. Tap fees may apply to proposed connections, depending on location and field conditions. The term “tap” refers to not only the connection to a water distribution main or sanitary sewer but also the service piping between the YCUA main and the right-of-way or easement line.
      1. Connections to YCUA water distribution mains and/or sanitary sewers for single-family residence that do not require a permit from an agency having jurisdiction over work within a public road right-of-way will be completed by YCUA, except in circumstances where YCUA is unable to complete such work due to elevated groundwater table, excessive depth of existing distribution mains, or similar extenuating circumstances. Tap fees in accordance with the current tap fee schedule apply. Tap fees will also apply to any properties where a tap or taps have previously been installed by YCUA.
      2. Connections to YCUA water distribution mains and/or sanitary sewers for single-family residences that require a permit from an agency having jurisdiction over work within a public road right-of-way shall be the responsibility of the property owner. Tap fees do not apply.
      3. Connections to YCUA water distribution mains and/or sanitary sewer for multiple-family residential and non-residential properties shall be the responsibility of the property owner. Tap fees do not apply.
      4. Connections to YCUA water distribution mains solely for fire suppression or irrigation purposes shall be the responsibility of the property owner. Tap fees do not apply.
    2. Meter fees apply to all new connections to the water supply system, including revisions to existing domestic services to allow for irrigation meters. Meter fees will be assessed in accordance with the current meter fee schedule.
    3. Trunkline and Transmission fees apply to all new connections and changes in use for existing customers. Trunkline and Transmission fees will be assessed in accordance with the current Trunkline and Transmission schedule.
    4. Inspection fees apply to all new connections to YCUA water distribution mains and/or sanitary sewers, including connections to taps installed by YCUA. The current inspection fee is $100.
    5. Benefit charges generally apply to all properties not previously connected to either the YCUA water supply system or the wastewater system. Benefit charges, if applicable, will be assessed at the current benefit charge rate per front foot of property adjacent to the YCUA water main and/or sanitary sewer that will be connected to.
  5. A Utility Service Plan must be submitted, reviewed, and approved by the Engineering Department prior to processing the Estimate of Costs – Application for Services. Utility Service Plan requirements can be found here.
  6. A Service Connection Permit will be issued following approval of the Utility Service Plan and payment of all applicable connection fees. Connection fees are non-refundable. The Service Connection Permit will remain valid for 6 months following the date it is issued. If permitted activities are not started within 6 months, the Service Connection Permit will become null and void unless the Permit is renewed.
  7. Permitted activities shall be conducted in accordance with the current procedures and regulations of YCUA, including minimum scheduling notifications for tap installations, inspections, and/or setting meters.
  8. Permits and/or approvals from other agencies may be required in order for the activities included on a Service Connection Permit to be completed.

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