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21.12.240 Service Location Change on Portland Water Bureau Projects.

City Code Section

A.  When an existing service needs to be relocated as part of a Portland Water Bureau project, including when an existing service does not connect to a water main along the Front Lot Line, and the Portland Water Bureau is laying a new main or replacing an existing main in the right-of-way along the Front Lot Line, Portland Water Bureau will:

1.  Notify and coordinate with the property owner;

2.  Move (also known as relocate) the service connection to the new main in the right-of-way; and,

3.  Cut and permanently remove the old service connection.

B.  Re-alignment of the existing service line on private property, also known as backside plumbing, necessitated due to work identified in Subsection 21.12.240 A., must be coordinated with the property owner and performed by a licensed plumber as part of the Portland Water Bureau project or by a licensed plumber hired by the property owner.

C.  The Portland Water Bureau is responsible for reasonable costs to accomplish work identified in Subsections 21.12.240 A. and 21.12.240 B.

D.  After connection of the new service, the service line on the downstream side of the meter becomes the responsibility of the property owner to maintain, repair, and replace. See Section 21.12.130. Portland Water Bureau has no ownership or maintenance responsibility once the private service line has been tested, passed final plumbing permit inspection, and has been turned over to the property owner. 

E.  If a property owner wishes to change their service or meter size as part of the Portland Water Bureau project, the property owner is responsible for the difference in cost to upsize their service and/or meter, including SDC’s.

F.  When a service connection is relocated, the Portland Water Bureau will apply current engineering and public health standards, including but not limited, to replacement of any existing backflow devices and pressure reducing vaults.

G.  If the existing backflow protection does not meet current codes or the work is related to a code compliance order, the property owner is responsible for the cost of providing or updating backflow protection required by Section 21.12.320.

H.  If the backflow protection meets current codes, is in good condition and functioning correctly, and the service relocation is due to a Portland Water Bureau project, the Portland Water Bureau will pay for the costs to relocate or replace the backflow prevention device at the same time as the service relocation.