Township of Robinson, PA
Allegheny County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Robinson as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Sewer and water charges and rates — See Ch. 218, Arts. III and IV.
[Adopted 6-26-1978 by Ord. No. 10-1978 (Ch. 26, Part 1, of the 1989 Code)]

§ 288-1 Schedule of rates for service.

The current schedule of rates for water service is on file at the Municipal Authority of the Township.

§ 288-2 Penalty.

A. 
All bills are due and payable by the 20th day of the month of presentation; a penalty of 5% will be added to all bills not paid by the 20th day of the month of presentation.
B. 
If service is discontinued for failure to pay bills when they are due and payable, it will not be restored until all unpaid bills and charges, including turn-off and turn-on charges, are paid.

§ 288-3 Deposit.

[Amended 8-14-1989 by Ord. No. 16-1989]
A deposit, in an amount established from time to time by resolution, is required of all tenants.
[Adopted 10-5-1980 by Ord. No. 81-6-1981 (Ch. 26, Part 2, of the 1989 Code)]

§ 288-4 Applicability.

No water shall be provided for internal or external use to any residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural, recreational, governmental or public building or structure of any kind which is hereafter constructed or erected and in which plumbing, water piping or water fixtures are to be installed, unless the plumbing, water piping and other water-using fixtures installed therein conform to the requirements and standards of § 288-7 of this article. The provisions of this article shall apply to any such new building or structure for which a building permit is issued or would be required to be issued on or after the date of adoption of this article.

§ 288-5 Waste of water discouraged.

Customers shall be encouraged not to permit any water furnished by the Municipal Authority of the Township of Robinson to run to waste in any gutter or other impervious surface.

§ 288-6 Use of water-saving devices.

Each resident of Robinson Township is urged to install devices which reduce the quantity of water required to flush toilets and reduce the flow rates of showers and faucets.

§ 288-7 Minimum standards (all standards apply to fully open controls).

A. 
Toilets with tank-type water closets. Tank-type water closets shall consume no more than 3.5 gallons of water per flush cycle at 40 pounds per square inch when tested in compliance with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accepted testing procedures.
B. 
Toilets and urinals with pressure flush valves.
(1) 
Toilets shall consume no more than three gallons of water per flush cycle at 40 pounds per square inch when tested in compliance with ANSI's accepted testing procedures. All flush valves shall be adjustable.
(2) 
Urinals shall consume no more than one gallon of water per flush cycle at 40 pounds per square inch when tested in compliance with ANSI's accepted testing procedures. All flush valves shall be adjustable.
C. 
Showerheads. Showerheads shall consume no more than 2.5 gallons of water per minute at 60 pounds per square inch when tested by Township or state officials.
D. 
Restrictors (in-line or exterior). All supply lines to faucets shall be fitted with restrictors which reduce flows to two gallons or less of water per minute at 60 pounds per square inch when tested by Township or state officials.
E. 
Individual controls for each of multiple spouts.
(1) 
All supply lines to faucets shall be fitted with restrictors which reduce flows to two gallons or less of water per minute at 60 pounds per square inch when tested by Township or state officials.
(2) 
If individual spouts (example: one hot, one cold) are operated by individual controls, the flow rate from each spout shall not exceed 1.25 gallons of water per minute at 60 pounds per square inch when tested by Township or state officials.
F. 
Kitchen sink faucets.
(1) 
All supply lines to faucets shall be fitted with restrictors which reduce flows to two gallons or less of water per minute at 60 pounds per square inch when tested by Township or state officials.
(2) 
If individual spouts (example: one hot, one cold) are operated by individual controls, the flow rate from each spout shall not exceed 1.25 gallons of water per minute at 60 pounds per square inch when tested by Township or state officials.
(3) 
If the sum of the two supply line flows exceeds 2.5 gallons of water per minute at 60 pounds per square inch with both lines fully open, a single spout fixture (flow control aerator/device) shall be refitted with a flow control aerator that provides a flow rate of less than 2.5 gallons of water per minute at 60 pounds per square inch (both valves fully open) when tested by Township or state officials.
G. 
Residential lavatory sink faucets.
(1) 
All supply lines to faucets shall be fitted with restrictors which reduce flows to two gallons or less of water per minute at 60 pounds per square inch when tested by Township or state officials.
(2) 
If individual spouts (Example; one hot, one cold) are operated by individual controls, the flow rate from each spout shall not exceed 1.25 gallons of water per minute at 60 pounds per square inch when tested by Township or state officials.
(3) 
If the sum of the two supply line flows exceeds 2.5 gallons of water per minute at 60 pounds per square inch with both lines fully open, a spout fixture (flow control aerator/device) shall be installed on the spout to provide a flow rate of less than 1.5 gallons of water per minute at 60 pounds per square inch (both valves fully open) when tested by Township or state officials.
H. 
Nonresidential lavatory sink faucets. All nonresidential lavatory sink faucets shall comply with the following:
(1) 
All faucet controls shall be either:
(a) 
Timed shutoff with maximum opening of four seconds; or
(b) 
Spring closing.
(2) 
The sum of the spout flow rates in each bowl shall not exceed:
(a) 
Five-tenths gpm at 50 pounds per square inch for single spout installation; or
(b) 
Eight-tenths gpm at 50 pounds per square inch for multiple spout installations.
I. 
Commercial kitchen sink faucets.
(1) 
All supply lines to faucets shall be fitted with restrictors which reduce flows two gallons or less of water per minute at 60 pounds per square inch when tested by Township or state officials.
(2) 
If individual spouts (example: one hot, one cold) are operated by individual controls, the flow rate from each spout shall not exceed 1.25 gallons of water per minute at 60 pounds per square inch when tested by Township or state officials.
(3) 
If the sum of the two supply line flows exceeds 2.5 gallons of water per minute at 60 pounds per square inch with both lines fully open, a single spout fixture (flow control aerator/device) shall be refitted with a flow control aerator that provides a flow rate of less than 2.5 gallons of water per minute at 60 pounds per square inch (both valves fully open) when tested by Township or state officials.
(4) 
For sinks used primarily in handwashing procedures, the standards set forth under Subsection H shall apply.
J. 
Pressure-reducing valves. Installation of a pressure-reducing valve on the incoming service to the structure will be required for all properties where the incoming water pressure is expected to exceed 60 pounds per square inch. The pressure-reducing valve must provide adjustment for the household service to between 50 and 60 pounds per square inch.

§ 288-8 Exceptions.

Any person may apply to the Municipal Authority of the Township of Robinson (MATR) for an exception to the terms of this article, which exception may be granted at the discretion of the Board of MATR only upon proof that some other device, system or procedure will save as much or more water as those set forth herein.

§ 288-9 Modifications.

The Board of Commissioners may, from time to time, modify, add to or remove from the standards and restrictions herein.

§ 288-10 Inspection.

Authorized employees of the Township of Robinson and the Municipal Authority of the Township of Robinson, identified by proper badges, shall have access to the customer's premises at all reasonable hours for the purpose of inspecting and testing all plumbing and water-conservation devices.

§ 288-11 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 8-14-1989 by Ord. No. 16-1989]
A. 
Any person found to be violating any provision of this article shall be served by the Municipal Authority of the Township of Robinson with written notice stating the nature of the violation and providing a reasonable time limit for the satisfactory correction thereof. The offender shall, within the period of time stated in such notice, permanently cease all violations.
B. 
Any person who shall continue any violation beyond the time limit provided for in the above notification shall be guilty of a summary offense and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined in an amount not exceeding $600 and costs and, in default of payment thereof, shall be subject to imprisonment for a term not to exceed 30 days. Each day in which any such violation shall continue shall be deemed a separate offense.
C. 
Any person violating any of the provisions of this article shall become liable to the Township of Robinson or the Municipal Authority of the Township of Robinson for any expense, loss or damage occasioned either by the Township of Robinson or he Municipal Authority of the Township of Robinson by reason of such violation.