(Amended by Ordinance No. 182053, effective August 15, 2008.)
A. A metered water service and associated piping and equipment installed within a building's basement that extends into the public right-of-way must be enclosed to prevent damage to the building and it's contents. The owner of the property served, at the owner's expense, shall fabricate and install a waterproof vault that encloses the entire water service from the wall penetration to the backside of the meter assembly and separates it from other premises infrastructure, such as electrical panels, wires, and equipment.
B. If a metered water service and associated piping and equipment installed within a building's basement that extends into the public right-of-way is found to exist without the proper waterproof vault, the Chief Engineer will notify the property owner of the requirements described in this Section. The property owner is responsible for having the vault designed and installed within the time allowed by the Chief Engineer. The Chief Engineer may allow additional time for the installation for extenuating circumstances and may, in his discretion, require a waiver and indemnity as provided in Subsection D. below, in return for the grant of additional time. If the property owner does not have the vault installed within the time allowed by the Chief Engineer, the Chief Engineer will deem that a hazard exists and service to the property may be disconnected as provided in Section 21.12.160.
C. The owner must provide the waterproof vault's design plans for review and acceptance by the Chief Engineer of the Portland Water Bureau. The vault shall be designed and installed according to the Portland Water Bureau requirements so that Portland Water Bureau staff may safely access the meter and associated equipment 24 hours a day and so that the meter and associated equipment can be read, tested, serviced, and removed from the sidewalk area above. The vault shall be designed and installed to support the meter assembly and the full weight of water that may fill the vault. At the owner's expense, the Portland Water Bureau shall furnish a frame and cover for the meter vault, which will be installed by the owner. The vault shall be constructed of material that resists corrosion or be protected by a corrosion resistant coating. The owner shall be responsible for the integrity of the vault and shall maintain it to keep it free of corrosion and in a clean condition. The owner shall provide a penetration through the outside basement wall for installation of the service and shall seal the opening after installation of the pipe. The owner shall seal all openings of the vault except those leading to the sidewalk area.
D. Except in cases of new services, the owner of the property together with affected lessees, if any, as an alternative to compliance with this Section, may execute for the benefit of the City an agreement, in a form satisfactory to the Chief Engineer and City Attorney,
1. waiving any claim for damages for personal injury or property damage against the City and its officers, agents, and employees arising out of non compliance with the requirements of this Section and
2. defending and holding harmless the City and its officers, agents, and employees against any claim by any person for damages for personal injury or property damage arising out of non compliance with the requirements of this Section.