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No.258 Measures of Wuhan Municipality for the Administration of Urban Residential Secondary Water Supply
    2017-03-09

 

Chapter One   General Provisions

Article 1   With a view to regulating the administration of urban residential secondary water supply, and ensuring the safety of drinking water, these Measures are formulated in accordance with the Regulations on Urban Water Supply (Order No. 158 of the State Council), the Regulations of Wuhan Municipality on Urban Water Supply and Use, and other relevant provisions, and in the light of the actual situation of this Municipality.

Article 2   The “residential secondary water supply” (hereinafter referred to as the secondary water supply) as used in these Measures means a way of water supply to residents after storage and pressurization of public water by secondary water supply facilities.

The “secondary water supply facilities” as used in these Measures refer to the pump houses, reservoirs (tanks), water pumps, valves, electric control devices, sterilizing equipment, pressure containers, and water pipelines (from the intake valves on the municipal public water pipelines to the household water meters) for secondary water supply, not including other water supply facilities for fire control, hot water, drinking water, and reclaimed water.

Article 3   These Measures are applicable to the administration of secondary water supply within the administrative areas of this Municipality.

Article 4    The municipal competent administrative department of water conservancy shall be responsible for the supervision and administration of secondary water supply of this Municipality. The competent administrative departments of water conservancy of the districts of Caidian, Jiangxia, Dongxihu, Hannan, Huangpi, and Xinzhou shall be responsible for the specific supervision and administration of secondary water supply within their respective districts.

The competent administrative departments of health shall be responsible for the hygienic supervision and monitoring of secondary water supply.

The competent administrative departments of development and reform, urban and rural development, city management, housing, finance, and price shall be responsible for the administration of secondary water supply in line with their respective functions and duties.

Article 5   Safe, reliable and hygienic technologies and equipment aiming at environmental protection and energy and water conservation, as well as intelligent administration, shall be applied to the secondary water supply.

Article 6   In view of the obligation to protect the secondary water supply facilities, no units or individuals may damage, occupy or arbitrarily remove the secondary water supply facilities, or obstruct or interfere in their maintenance.

 

Chapter Two   Construction Administration

Article 7   In a new, rebuilt, or extended residential quarter where the water pressure demand exceeds the normal pressure supply of public water supply network, the supporting secondary water supply facilities shall be designed, built, accepted and put into use along with the main works, and their construction investments shall be included in the project general estimates.

A developer may authorize a water supply enterprise to build secondary water supply facilities.

Article 8   A design plan of secondary water supply facilities shall meet the basic conditions and management requirements for their connection with the urban public water supply network, taking into account the comments from a water supply enterprise. A water supply enterprise shall make comments within ten working days as of the date of receiving a request letter on reviewing a design plan. A review body of construction drawings shall, in accordance with the relevant technical standards and codes, examine the design plan of secondary water supply facilities during its review of the construction drawings of a project.

Article 9    A developer who arranges the construction of secondary water supply facilities by itself shall authorize the units with corresponding qualifications to undertake the design, construction and supervision of secondary water supply facilities.

A developer shall, within ten days before the construction of secondary water supply facilities, notify a water supply enterprise in writing of its construction arrangements. The foresaid water supply enterprise shall strengthen its inspection of the secondary water supply facilities during the process of construction, and shall, in the event of any violation against the design plan or against the relevant technical standards or codes, promptly propose and submit its comments of correction in writing to a supervision unit, who shall urge the construction unit to make corrections within the time limit prescribed by the water supply enterprise in its comments.

Article 10   With respect to the design and construction of water supply facilities in a new, rebuilt, or extended residential quarter, risers and water meters are installed outdoor, and each household has its separate water meter to record its own water consumption.

Article 11   The design and construction of secondary water supply facilities shall, besides complying with the relevant technical standards or codes, meet the following requirements:

(1) The water storage facilities, pressurizing facilities, and water pipes shall meet the water demand in their volumes, pressures and diameters, with easy access to maintenance;

(2) The drain pipes on the top of and around the water storage facilities shall be kept unblocked, and may not be directly connected to the overflow pipes; vent holes with protective devices against foreign matters shall be designed on the top of the water storage facilities;

(3) The water storage facilities shall have solid and fastened structure, and polished, leakage-proof, and anti-corrosion inner walls, as well as covers and locks;

(4) The water storage facilities shall be positioned separately with necessary devices to prevent water pollution;

(5) All materials shall meet the national quality and hygienic standards with legal hygienic licenses; it is prohibited to use the pipes, fittings or equipment that have been expressly banned or eliminated by the State;

(6) It is prohibited to design or use the water storage facilities for the dual purpose of fire control and living, or to use glass reinforced plastic or other non-environmentally friendly water storage facilities that may affect the water quality;

(7) The water storage facilities shall comply with the requirements of anti-freezing and thermal insulation, so as to ensure normal water supply in extremely cold weather; and

(8) Within ten meters from the water storage facilities and pump houses, no septic tanks, suction pits or other contaminative facilities may be set, and no toxic, harmful or corrosive substances may be piled; within the scope of 2 meters around, no sewer lines may be arranged.

Article 12    Secondary water supply facilities shall, after completion of their works, undergo washing, pressure test and disinfection in accordance with the relevant technical standards and codes, and go through the final acceptance according to law. They can be put into use only after the water quality has passed the tests conducted by a water quality testing agency with statutory qualifications.

For the acceptance of secondary water supply facilities, the competent administrative departments of water conservancy and of health shall be invited. A developer who arranges the construction of secondary water supply facilities by itself shall also invite a water supply enterprise to participate in the acceptance.

 

Chapter Three   Operation and Maintenance Management

Article 13   A water supply enterprise shall be responsible for the operation and maintenance management of secondary water supply facilities built by it. A developer who arranges the construction of secondary water supply facilities by itself shall, after the final acceptance, authorize a water supply enterprise to be responsible for the operation and maintenance management by signing an agreement with it.

An owner of existing secondary water supply facilities or its authorized agency shall, before authorizing a water supply enterprise, be responsible for the operation and maintenance management.

Article 14    An owner of existing secondary water supply facilities who intends to authorize a water supply enterprise to be responsible for the operation and maintenance management shall file an application to such water supply enterprise; and the latter shall verify the current conditions of the foresaid facilities. If the facilities are verified to meet the conditions of acceptance, a water supply enterprise shall accept them and be responsible for the operation and maintenance management therefrom. The facilities that fail to meet the conditions of acceptance shall be renovated, and a water supply enterprise shall accept the renovated facilities that have met the conditions of acceptance and be responsible for the operation and maintenance management therefrom.

The conditions of acceptance of secondary water supply facilities shall be set down by the municipal competent administrative department of water conservancy along with other relevant departments.

Article 15   The people’s governments at the district level (including the management committees of Wuhan East Lake High-tech Development Zone, Wuhan Economic and Technological Development Zone, Wuhan East Lake Eco-tourism Scenic Spot and Wuhan Chemical Industry Park, the same hereinafter) shall make overall plans and schedules for the renovation of secondary water supply facilities within their respective districts to ensure scheduled acceptance and centralized management, and shall designate dedicated management agencies to exercise management over the specific renovations.

The plans for renovation of secondary water supply facilities shall taken into account the comments from water supply enterprises.

The municipal competent administrative department of water conservancy shall strengthen its guidance and supervision over the renovation of secondary water supply facilities in all districts.

Article 16   The costs for renovation of secondary water supply facilities shall be borne by the owners, and the people’s governments at the municipal and district levels shall provide appropriate subsidies.

Social capitals are encouraged to participate in the renovation of secondary water supply facilities by providing energy- and water-conserving equipment and technologies.

Article 17   During the setting and adjustment of water prices, the costs for operation and maintenance management of secondary water supply facilities may be incorporated into the total cost for urban public water supply.

Article 18    An operation and maintenance agency of secondary water supply facilities shall ensure uninterrupted water supply.

In the event of temporary interruption or depressurization in water supply due to engineering construction or equipment maintenance, an operation and maintenance agency of secondary water supply facilities shall, 24 hours in advance, inform the users to store water. If an advance notice is infeasible due to an equipment failure or emergency repair, the users shall be informed in the meantime of the emergency repair.

If a recovery of water supply within 24 hours is impossible, an operation and maintenance agency of secondary water supply facilities shall take emergency measures to guarantee the basic domestic water.

Article 19    An operation and maintenance agency of secondary water supply facilities shall establish and improve its working systems and procedures and comply with the following provisions:

(1) The secondary water storage facilities shall make the best of off-peak hours for water storage;

(2) The running noises of pump units shall not exceed the ambient noise criteria provided by the State;

(3) For roof tanks and exposed secondary water supply facilities, anti-freezing and anti-corrosion measures shall be taken in accordance with the technical codes and to meet the requirement of normal water supply in extremely cold weather; and

(4) Archives shall be established to file all the details of operation and maintenance management of secondary water supply facilities, such as their running conditions, troubleshooting, cleaning, disinfection, inspection, and renovation.

 

Chapter Four   Water Quality Management

Article 20   The water quality in secondary water supply shall comply with the national hygienic standard for drinking water.

Article 21   An operation and maintenance agency of secondary water supply facilities shall obtain the hygienic license according to law.

The persons directly engaged in the operation, maintenance, cleaning, disinfection and inspection of secondary water supply facilities shall be employed on the strength of the health certificate, and shall have trainings on hygienic knowledge and annual health examinations.

Article 22   An operation and maintenance agency of secondary water supply facilities shall establish a management system of water quality and make management accounts, and designate fulltime (part-time) personnel to be in charge of water quality management. Water storage facilities shall be cleaned and disinfected at least every six months, and labeled with the name of service providers and the service time of cleaning and disinfection.

After cleaning and disinfection, the secondary water storage facilities shall pass the water quality test before use. An operation and maintenance agency of secondary water supply facilities, which are not qualified for water quality test shall entrust a water quality testing agency with statutory qualifications.

Testing reports for secondary water supply quality shall be published.

Article 23    In the event that the water quality fails to meet the national hygienic standard for drinking water, an operation and maintenance agency of secondary water supply facilities shall suspend its water supply, promptly inform the users, and report to the competent administrative departments of water conservancy and of health.

Article 24   The competent administrative departments of health shall, in accordance with the relevant provisions on the hygienic supervision and administration of drinking water, take casual inspections over the water quality in secondary water supply. In the event that the water quality fails to meet the national hygienic standard for drinking water, an operation and maintenance agency of secondary water supply facilities shall make corrections within the prescribed time limit.

The competent administrative departments of health shall submit the results of water quality supervision and monitoring to the competent administrative departments of water conservancy.

 

Chapter Five   Legal Responsibilities

Article 25    Whoever commits any of the following acts against the provisions of these Measures shall be punished by a competent administrative department of water conservancy or its authorized law enforcement agency in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Regulations on Urban Water Supply (Order No. 158 of the State Council) and the Regulations of Wuhan Municipality on Urban Water Supply and Use:

(1) failing to design and build secondary water supply facilities in accordance with the relevant technical standards and codes;

(2) as an operation and maintenance agency of secondary water supply facilities, failing to test the water quality as provided;

(3) failing to clean and disinfect the secondary water storage facilities as provided;

(4) failing to report or to promptly or correctly report the emergencies or information concerning water quality; or

(5) occupying without permission or damaging the secondary water supply facilities.

Article 26    Whoever commits any of the following acts against the provisions of these Measures shall be punished by a competent administrative department of health in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Law of the People’s Republic of China on the Prevention and Treatment of Infectious Diseases and the Measures for the Hygienic Supervision and Administration of Drinking Water:

(1) as an operation and maintenance agency of secondary water supply facilities, failing to provide water that meet the national hygienic standard for drinking water;

(2) engaged in the operation and maintenance of secondary water supply facilities without obtaining the hygienic license; or

(3) other acts that endanger the water quality safety in secondary water supply.

Article 27   Violations of other provisions of the Measures shall be punished by the relevant competent administrative departments in accordance with relevant laws, regulations and rules.

Article 28   Where an administrative authority or any of its functionaries neglects duties, abuses power or engages in malpractices for personal gains during the administration of secondary water supply, the relevant responsible person shall be dealt with under an accountability system or given administrative sanctions; if a crime is constituted, the criminal responsibilities shall be investigated according to law.

 

Chapter Six   Supplementary Provisions

Article 29   If the State or the Province provides otherwise on the construction cost and the operation and maintenance cost of secondary water supply facilities, such provisions shall prevail.

Article 30    These Measures shall come into force as of April 1, 2015.

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