In case a sanitary district or subdistrict is organized for the purpose of providing a water supply for domestic, municipal, and public use within such district or subdistrict, the board of directors of the sanitary district shall proceed to prepare a plan for the improvement. The proceedings in reference to the improvement shall in all matters conform to this chapter; except that in the issuance of bonds, in the levying of assessments or taxes, and in all other matters affecting only the improvements of the district for water supply for domestic, municipal, and public use all proceedings and records thereof shall be kept separate from and shall not be amalgamated with the proceedings and records of the district in case it is also organized for other purposes, and no maintenance assessments shall be levied upon the property of the district for the purpose of maintaining a water supply for domestic, municipal, and public use and the maintenance fund for such purpose shall be obtained from the sale of water to public corporations and persons within the district.
The board shall determine reasonable rates of compensation for such water, and may require bond to be given to secure the payment for such use. Upon the determination of any rate, the board shall make a report of its determination to the court. The court shall thereupon cause personal notice by summons to be given to the parties interested, stating that such a determination of rate has been made, that a hearing before the court will be had thereon on a certain day, and that objection may be made at such time to such determination. A hearing may be had before the court, and objections may be made in the same manner as in case of the appraisal of benefits. Upon the final determination of the matter by the court, the determination of such rate of compensation shall be conclusive and binding for the term and under the conditions specified in the lease or other agreement. If any user fails to pay for the use of the water in the manner specified by order of the court, the board may compel payment and may enjoin further use until such payment is made. The rights under any lease or sale shall not extend to a change of use or of place, time, or manner of use, except insofar as is specifically stated in the lease or other agreement. The compensation for the use of water furnished by the district may be made by payment according to a unit price per cubic foot of water used or in any other reasonable measurement of value received.
Effective Date: 07-08-1993