Township of Franklin, NJ
Hunterdon County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Franklin as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 9-8-1988 by Ord. No. 88-11 (Ch. 132 of the 1988 Code)]

§ 357-1 Title.

This article shall be known as the "Water: Drought Emergency Ordinance of the Township of Franklin."

§ 357-2 Purpose and intent.

The governing body of the Township of Franklin is authorized by statute to make, enforce, amend and repeal all such ordinances, resolutions and regulations as it may deem necessary for the protection of the public water supply. The intent of this article is to provide a mechanism for the reduction of water use during periods of water shortages. This article is intended to reduce nonessential uses of water by prohibiting certain activities during periods of drought emergency.

§ 357-3 Declaration of drought emergency.

The Township Committee of the Township of Franklin may declare by resolution a drought emergency in the event of the following:
A. 
The water level in the lakes, streams or ponds of the Township have fallen below safe levels;
B. 
The rainfall levels are 1/2 or less of the average rainfall levels as reported by the United States Weather Service; or
C. 
It is imperative to the public well-being that certain uses of water not essential to the health, welfare and safety of the public be restricted.

§ 357-4 Prohibited and limited use.

A. 
In the event that a drought emergency is declared, the uses and withdrawal of water in the Township of Franklin by any person or entity for the following purposes may be prohibited as follows:
(1) 
Watering yards. The sprinkling, watering or irrigating of shrubbery, trees, lawns, grass, ground covers, plants, flower gardens, flowers or any other vegetation except vegetable gardens or crops.
(2) 
Washing mobile equipment. The washing of automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, trailers, trailer houses, farm tractors or any other type of mobile equipment.
(3) 
Cleaning outdoor surfaces. The washing of sidewalks, driveways, filling station aprons, porches, decks and other outdoor surfaces.
(4) 
Cleaning buildings. The washing of the outside of dwellings, businesses, offices or other buildings.
(5) 
Ornamental fountains. The operation of any ornamental fountains or other structures making use of water.
(6) 
Filling swimming pools. The filling of any pool, pond or other facility for swimming purposes.
(7) 
Escape through defective plumbing. The escape of water through defective plumbing, which shall mean the knowing permission for defective plumbing to remain out of repair.
(8) 
Extraction of water for commercial resale. The extraction of water for resale either within or outside of the Township.
[Added 12-1-1988 by Ord. No. 88-13]
B. 
The Township Committee by resolution may prohibit all or some of the foregoing activities and may limit the days or hours such activities are permitted.
[Amended 12-1-1988 by Ord. No. 88-13]

§ 357-5 Public notice of emergency.

Notice of any resolution adopted by the Township Committee declaring a drought emergency shall be posted in the Township Municipal Building and published in the newspaper of record designated for publication of legal notices by the Township.

§ 357-6 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 10-31-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-12]
The Zoning Officer of the Township of Franklin or his designee shall have the authority to enforce the provisions of this article by ordering the immediate abatement of any prohibited water use. Penalties for violation of this article and any resolution adopted hereunder shall be punishable as provided in Chapter 1, Article I, General Provisions.