Bulk water is available for purchase at multiple locations in the BPU water territory by permit.
Contact the Water Division Engineering Department
To obtain a permit and to discuss your need for bulk water, please contact Water Division Engineering. Existing bulk water customers who have questions about billing may call Water Division Accounting.
Obtaining a Permit
When you call to obtain your permit, you will be asked the following questions:
- Why do you need water (for example, to fill a pool; to fix a road)?
- What is the location of your job site?
- How much water do you estimate you will need?
- How many days will you need the water (for example, for one day or four months)?
The price of your water purchase and the water station you will use depends on these factors.
Bulk Water Sales
The BPU makes bulk water available to private water haulers at specified points in the water systems owned and/or maintained by the BPU. Locations of these bulk water stations will be determined on an annual basis by BPU personnel.
Bulk water is available only to individuals and companies who have obtained a permit to draw bulk water. Individuals and/or companies interested in bulk water purchases must complete a “Long Term/Bulk Water Hydrant Usage Permit Application” to obtain a permit.
- Permits are issued yearly on a per-vehicle basis, free of charge
- Permits will not be issued to any individual or company who is in arrears with the BPU on any invoice.
- Must be carried in the drawing vehicle and must be presented to any BPU employee upon request
- Each bulk water station will be locked and keys will be provided when the permit is issued.
- A deposit is required.
- All keys issued must be returned by November 1st.
- A $25 fee will be charged for all lost or un-returned keys.
All water drawn must be logged on the Bulk Water Log Sheet provided by the BPU.
- Logs must be submitted to the BPU by November 1st of each year.
- Failure to submit a log sheet will result in forfeiture of the deposit. Bulk water is charged on a per unit (1 unit = 748 gallons) basis.
Bulk Water Rate
The rate for bulk water is two times (2x) the current City of Jamestown per unit consumption rate.
Total charges will be calculated, deducted from the original deposit, and refund checks will be issued. If the total charges are greater than the deposit, an invoice will be presented and is due upon receipt.
Taking water from a bulk water station without having a permit to do so, or failing to report water drawn from a bulk water station, constitutes theft of water.
Hydrant Use Permit
Depending on location, the BPU may make water available for short term use via a water connection to a hydrant. Prior to connection and any water withdrawal, a permit must be obtained from the BPU. To obtain a permit, a “Daily Hydrant Usage Permit/Approval” must be submitted and approved. Permits will not be issued to any individual or company who is in arrears with the BPU on any invoice. Permits must be carried in the drawing vehicle and must be presented to any BPU employee upon request.
The utility will install and remove the connection to the hydrant. Temporary service will only be provided where the BPU determines that the usage will not disrupt the regular operation of the water system. Any truck connected to an unprotected hydrant must have its own backflow preventer.
Hydrant Use Rate
- A deposit of $500 is required and will be refunded after inspection of said hydrant.
- A daily hydrant fee of $36.00/day plus water used will be charged for connections up to 1 inch and $60.00/day plus water used for connections larger than 1 inch.