The developer shall obtain all necessary on-site and off-site easements without cost to the district using the district’s standard utility easement form. The district shall be named as a beneficiary, with respect to both water and sewer facilities, in all general utility easements created in connection with the project. Easement dimension shall comply with the following requirements based on site conditions and district approval:
(1) Easements shall be based on surveyed as-built conditions in the field.
(2) A permanent easement for a single water or sewer main shall not be less than seven and one-half feet on each side of the centerline.
(3) If a main is contained within a casing and conditions warrant, such as between structures, the district may approve a minimum easement width of 10 feet.
(4) A combined utility easement for both water and sewer mains shall be 20 feet wide minimum with not less than five feet on each side of the mains.
(5) If the water and sewer mains are laid in a private roadway or drive aisle, the easement may be widened to cover between the furthest extents of the district maintained facilities.
(6) Fire hydrants shall have a minimum three-foot easement around the perimeter of the hydrant assembly center point. The easement area around the hydrant shall be graded to be flush and level.
(7) Water meters and backflow devices shall have a minimum one-foot easement around the perimeter of the meter box or vault and contiguous with the right-of-way or primary utility easement.
(8) Contiguous easements for separated appurtenances (e.g., multiple adjacent water meters) shall be included in one combined utility easement.
The district may require greater easement widths to accommodate larger pipe sizes, excessive depths, access needs, or other special requirements. Minimum separation between water and sewer utilities shall be in accordance with district and state standards.
The developer shall supply the district with the supporting data necessary to verify the location of the easement, including a legal description and map depiction. If legal services are required by the district in connection with the easement, the cost of such services shall be reimbursed by the developer to the district on demand and before acceptance of the extension.
No structure or obstruction including, without limitation, buildings, fences, walls or rockeries shall be erected over, upon or within the easement. No significant (over six inches DBH) tree plantings will be allowed directly over district facilities or within the district easement. Shrubs, grass and groundcover are allowed.
Vehicle access, as approved by the district, shall be provided to all sewer manholes and facilities. Access to any fenced easement shall be provided via a gate of matching construction, to be approved by the district.
All off-site easements shall be fully executed and recorded by the developer and provided to the district prior to approval of the construction plans unless otherwise approved. All other easements shall be provided and reviewed by the district prior to final acceptance of the work performed under the contract. When the form of required easements has been approved by district, the developer shall record the easement with the county auditor and provide a record easement document to the district as a condition of acceptance.
An access agreement and/or easement shall be provided to the district for access to all interior building backflow assemblies required to protect the public potable water supply from possible contamination.
Relinquishment of existing utility easements shall be approved by motion by the board of commissioners. All existing district utility mains and service lines shall be removed prior to approval of the relinquishment unless otherwise approved by the district.