[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Burlington by Ord. No. 8-1997 (Ch. 13.16 of the 1996 Municipal Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Management and control. Within the Department of Public Works there shall be the Water Utility Division.
Superintendent of the Water Utility Division. The Superintendent of the Water Utility Division shall be in charge of the operation of the Water Utility Division. The Superintendent of the Water Utility Division shall be appointed by the Director of the Department of Public Works subject to the provisions of Title 11A. The Superintendent of the Water Utility Division must satisfy all license and other requirements which may be imposed by any federal or state regulatory agency having jurisdiction over the operation of the City's water utility.
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 11A:1-1 et seq.
Application for water service shall be made to the Tax Collector at his office in the Municipal Building. Each application shall be accompanied by payment of the connection fee, which shall be as set forth in Chapter 146, Fee Schedule, of the Code of the City of Burlington.
All uses of water shall be metered and rates for such use shall be set by the Common Council. With the exception of industrial users, bills shall be payable semiannually, on March 15 and September 15 of each year. The water rates shall be specified in Chapter 146, Fee Schedule.
Industrial users shall be billed monthly based on actual use.
Service charges, connection fees or other charges levied in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40A:31-10 and 40A:31-11, shall be a first lien or charge against the property benefitted therefrom. If any part of the amount due and payable shall remain unpaid for 30 days following the billing date interest upon the amount unpaid shall accrue at a rate of interest permitted by statute. The Common Council may authorize payment of delinquent assessments on an installment basis in accordance with N.J.S.A. 54:5-19. Liens resulting from the operation of the water utility shall be enforceable in the manner provided for real property tax liens in N.J.S.A. 54:5-1 et seq.
The Water Utility Division may discontinue service to any property for the failure to pay any amount owing within 30 days after the date the amount is due and payable, if written notice of the proposed discontinuance of service and of the reasons therefor have been given, within at least 10 days prior to the date of discontinuance, to the owner of record of the property. In the event that notice is provided by mail, the notice requirements shall be satisfied if the mailing is made to the last known address of the owner of record and is postmarked at least 10 days prior to the date of discontinuance.
Office hours. The payment of water bills shall be at the tax office at the City Hall, and the office shall be open for information, application and payment of water bills from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, legal holidays excepted.
Installation of fixtures and piping. Installation of fixtures or piping shall be made in accordance with the provisions of the Uniform Construction Code as directed by the Construction Code Official or appropriate subcode official. Permit fees shall be established pursuant to the Uniform Construction Code as set forth in the applicable section of the New Jersey Administrative Code.
Regulations. Service shall be installed and maintained by the property owner in accordance with the standard detail on file in the Construction Code Official's office. A copy of the standard detail shall also be maintained in the office of the Municipal Clerk. Service pipe from main to building shall be Type K copper tubing, with Mueller stop and stop box inside curb, installed and maintained at the expense of the property owner.
No meter shall be installed which has not been furnished or approved by the Water Utility Division. All meters shall be under the exclusive control of the Water Utility Division.
Any person who interferes with, changes the locations of or removes any water meter or valve or fittings connected therewith, without the permission of the Water Utility Division, shall be subject to a fine.
If a meter at any time fails to accurately record the amount of water used, the quantity shall be determined and the charge made, based on the average amount registered during such preceding period of time prior to the date of failure, as the Water Utility Division may elect.
The Water Utility Division reserves the right to turn off the supply of water to any property for refusal or neglect to immediately repair any leaky pipe, fixture or attachment from the main in.
Adjustment of charges may be made at the discretion of the Tax Collector on the personal application only of the owner of the property charged.
The connection fee shall be recomputed at the end of each budget year, after a public hearing is held, pursuant to the standards set forth in N.J.S.A. 40A:31-11. The revised connection fee shall be imposed upon users who subsequently connect to the system.
Purpose. In the event any City street is resurfaced or repaved, all noncopper water services shall be replaced with Type K copper tubing before such street is resurfaced or repaved.
Material requirements. The following material requirements shall be complied with for the replacement of the old water services:
Taps. All taps to the mains not exceeding one inch in diameter shall be made by the City Water Utility Division.