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Introduced Version House Bill 2600 History

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H. B. 2600


(By Mr. Speaker, Mr. Kiss and Delegates Varner,
Kominar, Stemple, Beach, Leach and Perry)

[Introduced February 23, 2005; referred to the
Committee on Political Subdivisions then Finance.]



A BILL to amend and reenact §8-19-21 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to municipal and county waterworks systems; specifications for water mains; and requiring the installation of fire hydrants at intervals of not more than every one thousand feet in all upgrades of water mains and all new installation of water mains.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §8-19-21 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 19. MUNICIPAL AND COUNTY WATERWORKS AND ELECTRIC POWER SYSTEMS.

§8-19-21. Specifications for water mains and water service pipes.
Considering the importance of public fire protection, any state or local government, public service district, public or private utility which installs, constructs, maintains, or upgrades water mains, shall ensure that all new mains specifically intended to provide fire protection are supplied by mains which are not less than six inches in diameter
and shall ensure that all new mains are not less than six inches in diameter. There shall be a fire hydrant installed at intervals of not more than every one thousand feet. The minimum flow on a fire hydrant shall be five hundred gallons per minute. A permit or other written approval shall be obtained from the Department of Health and Human Resources for each hydrant or group of hydrants installed in compliance with section nine, article one, chapter sixteen of the West Virginia code as amended: Provided, That all newly constructed water distribution systems transferred to a public or private utility shall have mains at least six inches in diameter where fire flows are desired or required by the public or private utility with a minimum flow from the fire hydrants of five hundred gallons per minute: : Provided, however, That the utility providing service has sufficient hydraulic capacity as determined by the Department of Health and Human Resources to provide for the transfer of service .


NOTE:
The purpose of this bill is to require the installation of fire hydrants at intervals of not less than one thousand feet in all upgrades of water mains and construction and installation of new mains.


Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.

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