Town of Dover, NJ
Morris County
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Table of Contents
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen of the Town of Dover as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES

Sewers — See Ch. 311.

ARTICLE I
Water Emergencies (§ 383-1 — § 383-5) 

ARTICLE II
Water Charges (§ 383-6 — § 383-11) 

[Adopted 8-11-1992 by Ord. No. 10-1992]

§ 383-1
Declaration of water emergency. 

§ 383-2
Water use restrictions. 

§ 383-3
Duration of water use restrictions. 

§ 383-4
Enforcement of water use restrictions; warnings. 

§ 383-5
Violations and penalties. 

§ 383-1 Declaration of water emergency.

Whenever the governing body shall be satisfied and finds that a water emergency exists in the Town of Dover, it may adopt a resolution declaring that a water emergency exists in the Town of Dover. Such resolution shall be adopted by the governing board at any regular, special, adjourned or emergency public meeting of the governing body. Such resolution shall identify that portion of the municipality affected by the water emergency, which may include the entire municipality, and shall specify which of the water use regulations contained in § 383-2 of this article are being imposed as well as any exemptions as may be authorized. Such resolution shall be effective immediately upon publication according to law and shall continue in effect for 90 days, unless extended or repealed as set forth in § 383-3 of this article. For the purpose of this section, a water emergency shall exist if, for any of the following reasons:

A. 

The public utility providing water service to all or a portion of the municipality has adopted water use restrictions, has notified the municipality, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, as well as any other state, county or local agency entitled to notice, of such restrictions and such restrictions are not overruled or declared invalid by any state, county or local agency having the jurisdiction and power to do so; or

B. 

The governing body is otherwise satisfied that a water emergency exists in the Town of Dover.

§ 383-2 Water use restrictions.

Upon adoption by the governing board of a resolution declaring that a water emergency exists in the Town of Dover in accordance with § 383-1 of this article, all citizens shall be urged to observe voluntary indoor conservation measures, and any of the following water use restrictions shall be imposed and shall be applicable to all residents and tenants, including those with private wells, except where a bona fide health emergency exists and to exempt businesses, as specified during the water emergency:

A. 

The complete ban and prohibition of outside water usage, including the watering of lawns and plants, the filling of pools and the washing of cars;

B. 

Outside water usage on alternate days allowing outside water usage by persons or businesses having even house or box numbers on even days and those having odd house or box numbers on odd days with outside water usage being completely banned and prohibited on the 31st day of any month during the water emergency; or

C. 

Any other water use restriction specified by the governing body in the resolution required by § 383-1 of this article which is reasonable under the circumstances considering the nature and extent of the water emergency. Any water restriction imposed pursuant to this section shall be limited in application to that portion of the municipality, which may include the entire municipality, identified as being affected by the water emergency in the resolution of the governing body adopted in accordance with § 383-1 of this article.

§ 383-3 Duration of water use restrictions.

The resolution of the governing body required by § 383-1 of this article shall, in addition to complying with § 383-1, provide a period of time during which the water use restrictions imposed shall be applicable and which shall be no longer than reasonably necessary to abate the water emergency under the circumstances considering the nature and extent of the water emergency. At the expiration of the time period specified in the resolution, the water use restriction shall lapse and be inapplicable and unenforceable. If the governing body shall be satisfied that the water emergency has been abated prior to the expiration of the time period specified in the resolution, it shall adopt a resolution declaring the water emergency ended and the water use restrictions inapplicable. If, at the expiration of the time period specified in the resolution, the governing body shall be satisfied that the water emergency continues to exist, it may adopt a resolution in accordance with the requirements of this article continuing the water use restrictions.

§ 383-4 Enforcement of water use restrictions; warnings.

The water use restrictions imposed pursuant to this article shall be enforced during a water emergency by the local authorized officials. Whenever a local authorized official shall find a violation of the water use restrictions, such authorized official shall give the violator a written warning and explain the penalties provided by § 383-5 of this article. The local authorized official shall keep such records as may be reasonable and necessary for the purpose of determining the persons and businesses who have been warned. The local authorized official is hereby empowered to issue a summons and complaint for the violation of the water use restrictions within the Town of Dover imposed pursuant to this article.

§ 383-5 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 5-28-1996 by Ord. No. 19-1996; 4-9-2002 by Ord. No. 11-2002]

Any person or business who or which, after written warning, violates the water use restrictions imposed pursuant to this article shall be fined or imprisoned in accordance with this section. For a first offense, the fine imposed shall be a minimum of $100 to a maximum of $500 or imprisonment for 10 days, or both. For a second and subsequent offense, the penalty imposed shall be one or more of the following: a fine not exceeding $1,250, a term of imprisonment not exceeding 90 days or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days.

[Adopted 12-13-1994 by Ord. No. 42-1994; amended in its entirety 12-18-2006 by Ord. No. 36-2006]

§ 383-6
Rate Schedule No. 1, General Metered Service. 

§ 383-7
Rate Schedule No. 7, Miscellaneous Charges. 

§ 383-8
Rate Schedule No. 3, Private Fire Service or Fire Sprinkler Service. 

§ 383-9
Rate Schedule No. 4, Public and Private Fire Service (Fire Hydrants). 

§ 383-10
Rate Schedule No. 8, Emergency Metered Service. 

§ 383-11
Rate Schedule No. 5, Testing Customer Meters Rate. 

§ 383-6 Rate Schedule No. 1, General Metered Service.

A. 

Rate Schedule No. 1, General Metered Service, shall be applicable to use of service for all water service supplied through meters for domestic, commercial, public and industrial use.

B. 

The character of service shall be continuous.

C. 

The fixed service charge per quarter shall be as follows:

[Amended 7-13-2010 by Ord. No. 9-2010]

Fixed Service Charge Per Quarter
Size of Meter (inches) Rate
5/8 $14.74
3/4 $22.10
1 $36.84
1 1/4 $36.84
1 1/2 $73.67
2 $117.88
3 $221.00
4 $368.34
D. 

For all water consumed over 333 cubic feet, there shall be a flat rate charge per hundred cubic feet (ccf): $2.287.

[Amended 7-13-2010 by Ord. No. 9-2010]

§ 383-7 Rate Schedule No. 7, Miscellaneous Charges.

A. 

Rate Schedule No. 7, Miscellaneous Charges, shall be applicable to customer-requested service such as turning on water at the curb (seasonal or restoration of service subsequent to delinquent payment). The following fee does not apply for customer request for meter testing.

[Amended 6-26-2007 by Ord. No. 19-2007; 7-13-2010 by Ord. No. 9-2010]

Hours and Days Rate
Business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) $21.00
After business hours and weekends $69.00
B. 

For removing, repairing and replacing meters damaged due to negligence of customer, including frozen and broken meters, the rate shall be as follows:

[Amended 6-26-2007 by Ord. No. 19-2007; 7-13-2010 by Ord. No. 9-2010]

Meter Size (inches) Rate
5/8, 3/4, 1 $59.00
1 1/2, 2 and above $310.00
C. 

Connection fees. Effective July 1, 2010, and thereafter, there shall be a connection fee charged in the amount of $1,735 for all new customers connected to the system. Said connection fee shall be calculated annually, utilizing the cumulative capital and debt service charges of the water utility, divided by the current number of customers.

[Amended 7-13-2010 by Ord. No. 9-2010]

D. 

Hookup fees. Effective January 1, 2007, and thereafter, there shall be a hookup fee charged as listed below for all new customers connected to the system. These hookup charges will be as follows:

Size of Meter (inches) Hookup Fee
5/8 and 3/4 $730
1 $900
1 1/5 and larger meters $1,280
E. 

Terms of payment shall be net cash becoming delinquent 20 days from the billing date.

§ 383-8 Rate Schedule No. 3, Private Fire Service or Fire Sprinkler Service.

A. 

Rate Schedule No. 3, Private Fire Service or Fire Sprinkler Service, shall be applicable to all fire-protection service throughout the service territory.

B. 

The character of service shall be continuous.

C. 

The rate for each protection unit per quarter shall be as follows:

Rate for Each Protection Unit per Quarter
Inches Rate
1 $23.21
2 $23.21
4 $38.69
6 $77.37
8 $116.05
10 $324.94
12 $324.94
D. 

Terms of payment shall be net cash becoming delinquent 20 days from billing date.

§ 383-9 Rate Schedule No. 4, Public and Private Fire Service (Fire Hydrants).

A. 

Rate Schedule No. 4, Public and Private Fire Service (Fire Hydrants), shall be applicable to all fire-protection service throughout the service territory.

B. 

The character of service shall be continuous.

C. 

The rate for each protection unit per year shall be $156.

D. 

The terms of payment shall be net cash becoming delinquent 20 days from billing date.

§ 383-10 Rate Schedule No. 8, Emergency Metered Service.

A. 

Rate Schedule No. 8, Emergency Metered Service, shall be applicable to water service through interconnections.

B. 

The character of service shall be on an emergency need basis.

C. 

The rate for all water delivered at shall be $2.287 per hundred cubic feet (ccf).

[Amended 7-13-2010 by Ord. No. 9-2010]

§ 383-11 Rate Schedule No. 5, Testing Customer Meters Rate.

The rates shall be as follows:

A. 

Test for accuracy at customer's request, once every 12 months: no charge.

B. 

Test for accuracy more than once every 12 months: $15.25 each occurrence.