Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Gift That Keeps On Giving

A reader sends in the following pic and question:
"Well, Holsten and Wilson Yard have taken nearly everything else, why not our municipal water supply too?

It's bad enough knowing that our TIF dollars are probably paying for that special street cleaner that constantly washes the Wilson Yard and Aldi parking lots and driveways but must they help themselves to free access to the city water supply too? And who gave them the key to the city hydrant?"


  1. I'll see if they have a permit.

    11-12-070 Using hydrants or other openings.
    No person shall take water from any fire plug, hydrant, valve, faucet, pipe or any other opening connected with the Chicago Waterworks System, nor shall any person open any such fire plug, hydrant, valve or faucet for the purpose of taking water, or for any purpose, unless such person shall first have made application for use of water for such purpose and have received permission from the commissioner, or unless such person is an employee of the City of Chicago, and is acting in the discharge of his duties as such. No person shall possess a hydrant key used to open any such fire plug or hydrant without the permission of the commissioner, or the permission of the Fire Commissioner.
    No person to whom a permit is issued for the use of water for any purpose whatsoever, including construction purposes, tamping, irrigating, testing, flushing, domestic supply, etc., shall use or consent to the use of any water not authorized by said permit, or consent to the use of such water by any other person. Any person to whom such permit is issued shall at all times use precaution to prevent any waste of water or damage, and upon completion of the work for which such use of water is authorized, or upon the expiration of the time specified in such permit, he shall be required to close off all stopcocks and valves; provided, however, that if a permit has been issued for service from water service pipes controlled by such valves they may be allowed to remain open.
    Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this section shall, for the first offense, be fined not less than $500 nor more than $1,000 or imprisoned for not more than 20 days or both; and for such subsequent offense shall be fined $1,500 or imprisoned for not to exceed 30 days or both. Community service may be imposed in lieu of, or in addition to, the monetary fines and imprisonment provided by this section.
    (Prior code § 185-7; Amend Coun. J. 5-25-88, p. 14025; Amend Coun. J. 12-4-02, p. 99026, § 1.12; Amend Coun. J. 7-19-07, p. 4736, § 1; Amend Coun. J. 9-5-07, p. 6882, § 1)

  2. I wouldn't get too worked up about this. It is fairly standard to have a street cleaner patrol around major construction sites to keep dust down. Happens downtown here near my office all the time.

  3. Elgin street sweeping - they are in compliance and are paying to use our water.

  4. Thanks MCG :) You're one of my favorite Uptown Superheroes!

  5. LOL, you're one of my OTHER favorite Uptown Superheroes, Uptown Superhero!

  6. Pick your battles. I don't see this being one of them...

  7. I have Batman underoos on right now.

    So Ima Superhero too!