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Water Service Line Repair Program

 

Water Line RepairIn 2012, St. Peters voters approved a $12 per household annual fee to fund a new Water Service Line Repair Program to begin on Jan. 1, 2013. This program pays up to $3,000 for St. Peters homeowners' repairs to private water service lines from the exterior residential building foundation wall to the City water meter. The $12 fee is included in the annual real estate tax bill collected by St. Charles County.

 

The program includes single-family homes, duplexes, residential triplexes, four-unit residential property, and residential condos up to four units.

 

Application forms for the program will be made available by the City and must be completed and submitted along with a copy of the paid real estate tax receipt from the prior taxing year, and copy of a repair notice from the City of St. Peters or Missouri American Water Company. The water bill shall be current at the time of application to the program.

 

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Eligible repairs are:

  • Repairs to private water service lines from the exterior residential building foundation wall to the water meter.
  • Required street, driveway, or sidewalk replacement.
  • Sod for yard repair.
  • Permits and administrative costs.

 

Ineligible repairs consist of, but are not limited to:

  • Repair, relocation, or damage to structures, retaining walls, swimming pools, sprinkler systems, electronic dog fences, and landscaping.
  • Damage caused by water service line leaks or breaks.
  • Damage caused by contractor’s performance.
  • Repairs performed prior to application and acceptance into the program.
  • Replacement of water service lines through the residence foundation or in the interior of the residence.
  • Water service lines to irrigation systems or to any other building or fixtures other than the primary residence.

 

If a repair is deemed eligible, and funds are still available, City staff will obtain three bids for repair. City staff will approve the lowest-cost, qualified bid. The resident will be informed of bid results and the cost (if any) not covered by the Water Service Line Repair Program. The contractor will be issued a notice to proceed after bonding and insurance requirements are completed. The contractor will then apply for and be issued a permit to perform the work. The City Administrator will be responsible for approving field directives during repair up to assigned purchasing limits. After passing a final inspection by the City’s Building Department, the City will issue payment made payable to the contractor.

 

This program will provide a maximum of $3,000 per household (limited to one time per calendar year) with any remaining balance being the homeowner’s responsibility.

 

Funds are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis until all the funds have been used for that calendar year. If there are no more available funds, applications may still be submitted for review with qualified applicants with eligible repairs being placed on a waiting list for the next year’s funds. If any funds are not used during the calendar year, they will be carried over to the next year for use on eligible repair projects for applicants.

 

Emergency Water Service Line Repairs

 

A repair may be considered an emergency if a water service line break or leak impedes or does not allow sufficient sufficient flow of water or pressure from the public water main to the residence to maintain a minimum flow of water for health and sanitary needs and the residence cannot be temporarily served by other means.

 

The homeowner must first complete the application process and submit a copy of the paid real estate tax receipt from the prior taxing year, and copy of a repair notice from the City of St. Peters or Missouri American Water Company.

 

If a repair is determined to be an emergency, the City Administrator is responsible for approving requests to waive the bid process. The resident will be informed of the cost (if any) not covered by the Water Service Line Repair Program. The contractor will be issued a notice to proceed after bonding and insurance requirements are completed. The contractor will then apply for and be issued a permit to perform the work. The City Administrator will be responsible for approving field directives during repair up to assigned purchasing limits. After passing a final inspection by the City’s Building Department, the City will issue payment made payable to the contractor.