Township of Harrison, PA
Allegheny County
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§ 101 Application for Service.

[Ord. 1402, 6/17/1970, § 1.01]
1. 
Service connection will be made, and water will be furnished, upon written application by the prospective customer (or his properly authorized agent), on a form provided by the Township for this purpose, and after approval of such application by the Township. The application for service shall state clearly the class, scope and type of use to be made of the service, as well as the purpose for which it will be used.
2. 
The application together with these rules and regulations and the rate schedules, as altered from time to time, constitute the contract between the customer and the Township; and each customer, by the taking of water, agrees to be bound thereby.
3. 
A new application must be made to, and approved by, the Township upon any change in the identity of the contracting customer at a property or in the service as described in the application, and the Township, upon five days' notice, may discontinue the water supply until such new application has been made and approved.

§ 102 Service Connection.

[Ord. 1402, 6/17/1970, § 1.02]
1. 
The Township will make all connections to mains and will furnish, install and maintain all service lines from the main to and including the curb cock and box, which shall be placed inside the curb line, all of which service line shall be the property of Harrison Township Water Authority.
2. 
All service lines from the curb to the meter shall be approved by the Township as to size, kind of pipe and installation and shall be kept in good repair by the customer at his expense. All such service lines shall be placed at least four feet below the surface of the ground.
3. 
No service line shall be laid in the same trench with, or be placed within 18 inches of, any gas pipe, sewer pipe, or any facility of any public service company, and no line shall be laid within three feet of any open excavation or vault.
4. 
A stop and waste valve, easily accessible to the occupants, shall be placed in the service line within the premises supplied with water. Such valve shall be located so that it will be possible to drain the meter and all pipes in the building.
5. 
All leaks in service lines from the curb to, and in and upon, the premises supplied shall be promptly repaired. On failure to make such repairs with reasonable dispatch, the Township may turn off the water, and it will not be again turned on until the Township has been reimbursed, in full, for all proper and necessary expense incurred in shutting off and turning on the water.
6. 
The Township shall in no event be responsible for maintenance of, or for damage done by water escaping from, the service line or any other pipe or fixture on the outlet side of the curb cock; and the customer at all times shall comply with state and municipal regulations in reference thereto and shall make any changes thereof which may be required because of change of grade, relocation of mains or otherwise.
7. 
The use of water service by a customer shall be in accordance with the class, scope and type of use, and for the purpose stated in his application and service contract. A customer shall not sell, use or allow use of water service through his service facilities, for others or for purposes other than those covered by his application. To make service available for other purposes or character of use, a new application and contract are required.

§ 103 Meters.

[Ord. 1402, 6/17/1970, § 1.03]
1. 
All water service, except water for firefighting purposes, will be rendered only through meters.
2. 
Each customers' service shall have a separate meter to register the amount of water consumed.
3. 
All meters will be furnished by, and remain the property of, Harrison Township Water Authority. The Township reserves the right to establish the size of meter required by each customer.
4. 
Meters will be maintained by the Township as far as ordinary wear and tear is concerned, but the customer, in the instance of an inside installation, shall be responsible to the Township for any injury to, or loss of, any meter arising out of, or caused by, the customer's negligence or carelessness or that of his servants, employees, members of his household or any person upon his premises under, or by, his consent or sufferance. The customer shall not permit anyone, who is not an agent of the Township or otherwise lawfully authorized so to do, to remove, inspect or tamper with the meter or other property of Harrison Township Water Authority on his premises.
The customer will not be responsible for the meter where there is an outside meter installation if the Township has agreed upon the site and the installation of a meter vault or meter box. If a meter vault or meter box becomes unsuitable and the Township so notifies the customer, the customer shall remedy this condition promptly at his expense.
5. 
The customer shall notify the Township of any injury to, or of any cessation in registration of, the meter as soon as it comes to his knowledge.

§ 104 Meter Setting.

[Ord. 1402, 6/17/1970, § 1.04]
1. 
All meters shall be set at convenient locations, accessible to the Township, and subject to its control. When possible and if the customer and the Township agree, the meter shall be installed within the premises supplied, at a point approved by the Township, in order to control the entire supply. A proper place for the meter and protection therefor shall be provided by the customer.
2. 
Where it is not convenient or if both the customer and the Township agree not to place the meter within the building, as provided in the above rule, the meter will be placed outside the building in a suitable vault of concrete or brick, or in a meter box. The meter vault or meter box shall be provided with a suitable cover and locking device.
3. 
The cover and locking device for each outside meter vault or meter box shall conform to a proper uniform standard established by the Township. The cover and locking device shall be of uniform design for convenience and efficiency in the Township's operation. An outside meter vault or meter box shall be located, at the option of the customer, either inside the property line or near the curb stop and shall be built at the expense of the customer. The site shall be a suitable and safe place for the installation of a meter and must be acceptable to the Township.
4. 
To prevent heat damage to the meter where steam or hot water under pressure is used, a swing check valve and a pressure relief valve must be placed, at the expense of the customer, on the discharge side of the meter and before any outlets are taken off the service line.

§ 105 Meter Testing.

[Ord. 1402, 6/17/1970, § 1.05]
1. 
The quantity of water recorded by the meter shall be conclusive for both the customer and the Township, except when the meter has been found to be registering inaccurately or has ceased to register. In either of such cases, the meter will be promptly repaired or replaced by the Township, and the quantity of water consumed shall be estimated by the average registration of the meter during previous corresponding periods.
2. 
In case of a disputed bill involving the accuracy of a meter, such meter shall be tested upon the request of the customer. If the meter so tested is found to have an error in registration of 4% or more, the bills will be increased or decreased accordingly.
3. 
Each request for the test of a meter for accuracy shall be accompanied by a deposit governed by the size of the meter as follows: For each meter not exceeding one inch in size, $2; for each meter not exceeding two inches in size, $5; for larger meters, or for those so located that the cost is out of proportion to the preceding specific amounts, the deposit shall be $15. If the meter so tested shall be found to have an error in registration of less than 4%, the deposit shall be retained by the Township as compensation for such test; if the error in registration is found to be 4% or more, then the cost of the test shall be borne by the Township, and the amount of the deposit shall be returned to the customer.

§ 106 Bills.

[Ord. 1402, 6/17/1970, § 1.06]
1. 
Bills for water service will be rendered as specified on the Schedule of Rates and are due and payable when rendered. They will be considered to be delinquent 30 days after the due date. The Township may mail or deliver the bills and notices to a customer at his address given in the application and service contract, and the Township shall not be otherwise responsible for the delivery thereof. If payment of a bill for service is made by mail, the date of the postmark will be considered to be the date of payment.
2. 
The presentation or non-presentation of a bill shall not be held to be a waiver of any of the rules or regulations.

§ 107 Discontinuance of Service.

[Ord. 1402, 6/17/1970, § 1.07]
1. 
Whenever the customer desires to have his service contract terminated or his water service discontinued, he shall give the Township at least 24 hours' notice thereof, specifying the date on which discontinuance of service is desired. In the absence of such notice, the customer shall be responsible for all service rendered.
2. 
When premises will be unoccupied temporarily, the customer shall notify the Township in writing, and the water will be turned off, and all charges will cease from the date when water service is turned off. When the property is again occupied, the customer shall notify the Township in writing, and the water will be turned on. No refund or allowance will be made for unoccupied property when written notice has not been given as above provided. No refund will be allowed for property unoccupied for a period of less than one month.
3. 
In cases of vacancy of a customer's property, the customer must notify the Township in writing of such vacancy, and upon his failure to do so, he will become responsible for any damage to the property of Harrison Township Water Authority which results, arising from freezing, water damage, injury to meter or any other failure.
4. 
Service to any customer may be discontinued for violation of any of the rules and regulations or for nonpayment of bills. However, before service is discontinued for any violation of rules or for nonpayment of a bill, at least 24 hours' written notice shall be given that a bill is five or more days delinquent or that a violation of rules must cease; provided, however, that where fraudulent use of water is detected, or where the meter has been tampered with, or where a dangerous condition is found to exist on the customer's premises, the water may be shut off without advance notice. After service is thus discontinued, service will not be resumed until the customer's credit is re-established and/or reasonable assurance is given that the customer will comply with the rules and regulations and until $5 has been paid to the Township.

§ 108 Customers' Deposits.

[Ord. 1402, 6/17/1970, § 1.08]
1. 
The Township reserves the right to require a deposit equal to the estimated gross bill for any single billing period plus one month, with a minimum of $5, to secure payments for water service rendered where the credit of the customer has not been established to the satisfaction of the Township or when service has been discontinued for failure to pay a fuel bill. However, a deposit shall not be considered to be payment on account of a bill for water service during the time a customer is receiving water service.
2. 
The Township will refund said deposit on notice to discontinue service and after payment in full has been made for all service rendered or when the customer shall have paid undisputed bills for service over a period of 12 consecutive months, and any customer, having secured the return of a deposit, shall not be required to make a new deposit unless the service has been discontinued or the customer's credit standing has been impaired.
3. 
The payment of any undisputed bill shall be payment of the bill with or without discount or penalty, within 30 days following the period for which the bill was rendered or payment within 30 days following presentation of the bill, or the payment of any contested bill, payment of which is withheld beyond the period herein mentioned and the dispute is terminated substantially in favor of the customer and payment made by the customer within 10 days thereafter.

§ 109 Builders' Temporary Service.

[Ord. 1402, 6/17/1970, § 1.09]
1. 
Contractors, builders or others will be required to take water at the meter rates and, in addition, shall pay a fee of $6.50, for installing and discontinuing the temporary meter, to be paid at the time a permit is granted.
2. 
Bills for water service for building purposes are payable and due after service is rendered and upon presentation.

§ 110 Miscellaneous.

[Ord. 1402, 6/17/1970, § 1.10]
1. 
Water shall not be turned into any customer's premises by any person who is not an agent of the Township, except temporarily by a plumber, with Township approval to enable him to test his work, provided it shall be turned off immediately after the test is made.
2. 
The authorized agent of the Township shall have the right of access, at all reasonable hours, to the premises supplied with water for the purpose of reading meters, examining pipes and fixtures, observing manner of using water and for any other purpose which is proper and necessary.
3. 
The Township shall not be liable for any claim or damage arising from a shortage of water, the breaking of machinery or other facilities or for any other cause.
4. 
As necessity may arise in case of break, emergency or other unavoidable cause, the Township shall have the right temporarily to cut off the water supply in order to make necessary repairs, connections, etc. The Township shall use all reasonable and practicable measures to notify the customer, in advance, of such discontinuances of service. The Township shall not be liable for any damage or inconvenience suffered by the customer, or for any claim for interruption in service, lessening of supply, inadequate pressure, poor quality of water or any other cause. The Township may restrict or regulate the quantity of water used by customers in case of scarcity or whenever the public welfare may require it.
5. 
No customer shall open or close any stop cock or valve in any public or private line.
6. 
Lawn, greenhouse and garden sprinkling will be permitted through flexible hoses if equipped with hand or automatic nozzles.
Underground lawn sprinklers and irrigation systems may be installed only under special approval by the Township. Customer must furnish schematic drawing of the proposed pipe layout, together with valves, sprinkler heads and appurtenances, including sizes and specifications.
7. 
The Township reserves the right to alter or amend these rules and regulations in the manner provided by law.

§ 111 Fire Protection.

[Ord. 1402, 6/17/1970, § 1.11]
1. 
Water from fire hydrants or other fire fighting facilities shall be used only for fire fighting purposes, except that a written permit will be issued by the Township without charge for a quarterly test of fire hose or apparatus, or a drill of each fire company, but the use of water for such purposes shall be limited to a period of one hour and only at a time approved by the Township.
2. 
The Township and its agent shall have no greater duty, with regard to fire hydrant service or private fire fighting service, than to supply only such volumes of water at such pressures as may be available in the normal operation of the waterworks facilities. The Township or its agent shall not be considered an insurer of property or persons or to have undertaken to extinguish fire or to protect persons or property against loss or damage by fire or otherwise. In consideration of the level of charges for public fire hydrant service and for private fire fighting service, the Township or its agent shall not be held liable for any amount in excess of 10% of the annual charge for public fire hydrant service or for private fire fighting service, as applicable, because of any claim based upon a loss resulting from failure to supply water or pressure or for any other cause.
3. 
All public fire hydrants will be maintained by the Township except that any expense for repairs caused by carelessness or negligence of employees of any municipality, including the Township, or members of the fire or any other department thereof shall be paid for any said municipality.
4. 
Private fire hydrants shall not be located at the sidewalk or in any open place of easy access to the public, except with the written consent of the Township.
5. 
Where metered service is provided to any customer, the Township shall not be responsible for the quantities of water or pressures which may be available for any fire fighting facilities or purposes where the customer installs such facilities, or makes connections to his water system for such purposes, on the discharge side of the meter in his service line and shall not be held liable for any claim based upon loss due to fire or fire fighting.

§ 112 Definitions.

[Ord. 1402, 6/17/1970, § 1.12; as amended by Ord. 1413, 9/21/1970, § 2]
CUSTOMER — The party contracting for a supply of water, through a single meter, for one of the following purposes, and service through each meter shall be considered, for billing purposes, as service to a separate customer:
(a) 
The supply of water, for normal household purposes, to a building, under one roof, occupied by one family for residential purposes only or to a mobile home occupied by one family for residential purposes only;
(b) 
The supply of water, for normal household purposes, to one part of a double house or one part of a row house, which has a vertical partition wall without openings, occupied by one family for residential purposes only; or
(c) 
The supply of water for use in a single business enterprise, eleemosynary organization or governmental activity, irrespective of whether the single business enterprise, eleemosynary organization or governmental activity shall be conducted in a part of a building, in an entire building or in a combination of buildings situated on one tract of land; provided, however, that the business of leasing, as lessor, and/or operating a property for occupancy by tenants shall not be considered to be a business enterprise for purposes of this subdivision (c); or
(d) 
The supply of water for use in motels, hotels or trailer courts or mobile home compounds; or
(e) 
The supply of water, for normal household purposes, to that part of a building or to a building, owned or operated by the party contracting for such supply of water, which contains apartment dwelling units where at least one of such apartment dwelling units is leased to a tenant or available for lease to a tenant for residential purposes only; or
(f) 
The supply of water, for sanitary and drinking purposes only, to that part of a building, owned or operated by the party contracting for such supply of water, which contains an office or offices which are leased for use by others and/or which contains warehouse space leased for use by others.
TOWNSHIP
The Township of Harrison. Clearview Water Supply Company shall operate the waterworks facilities, as agent for the Township, pursuant to provisions of an Agreement, dated July 9, 1969, by and among Harrison Township Water Authority, Township of Harrison and Clearview Water Supply Company, and any and all powers, rights and duties expressed in these regulations as being vested in, or imposed upon, the "Township" shall be possessed and performed by Clearview Water Supply Company. Clearview Water Supply Company shall receive, as agent of the Township, all amounts payable to the Township.

§ 201 Rates.

[Ord. 1402, 6/17/1970, § 2.01; as amended by Ord. 1622, 11/28/1977; by Ord. 1677, 5/19/1980; by Ord. 1718, 8/17/1981; by Ord. 1738, 7/26/1982; by Ord. 1754, 1/23/1984; and by Ord. 1767, 4/29/1985]
The following rates (the "Water Charge") are revised and established for application to all metered and unmetered customers for domestic, commercial, industrial or municipal use:
Metered Rates
Rates:
Per Month
Per Quarter
Net Rate
Per 1,000 Gallons
First
2,000 Gallons
6,000 Gallons
$4.66
Next
6,000 Gallons
18,000 Gallons
$3.00
Next
18,000 Gallons
54,000 Gallons
$2.11
Next
174,000 Gallons
552,000 Gallons
$1.56
Over
200,000 Gallons
600,000 Gallons
$0.92
000 Gallons Included
Net
Meter Size
Per Month
Per Quarter
Per Month
Per Quarter
1/2" or 5/8"
2
6
$9.32
$27.96
3/4"
3
9
$12.32
$36.96
1"
5
15
$18.32
$54.96
1 1/4"
8
24
$27.32
$81.96
1 1/2"
10
30
$31.54
$94.62
2"
16
48
$44.20
$132.60
3"
32
96
$74.66
$223.60
4"
50
150
$102.74
$308.22
6"
100
300
$180.74
$542.22
For service to County of Allegheny for use in its Regional Park Site No. 4, the minimum charge, in lieu of the foregoing, shall be $700 per month for a period of 15 years from May 30, 1970, and shall be $350 per month thereafter, for an additional period of five years, and such minimum charge shall include 15,000 gallons of water per average day, as determined by daily average consumption, from time to time, over three-month periods.
Conditions of Contract:
The customer shall pay the minimum charge only when the amount resulting from applying the meter rates to the metered amount of water is less than the minimum charge.
Terms of Payment:
Bills for service under this schedule will be rendered monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly in arrears, at the net rates shown above and are due and payable within 20 days after the bill is rendered.
Rates for Private Fire Hydrant Service
Application
To all customers having private fire hydrant installation.
Rates:
Net Per Month
For each fire hydrant installed and maintained by the customer at his expense.
$10.29
Conditions:
The Township reserves the right to meter any fire line where evidence indicates that water is being taken from the line for purposes other than fire fighting, and such metered service shall then be billed in accordance with the regular Schedule of Metered Rates in addition to the above rates, with proper allowance for water consumed in fire fighting.
Terms of Payment:
Bills for service under this schedule will be rendered monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly in arrears at the net rates shown above and are due and payable when rendered.
Rates for Private Fire Sprinkler and Hose Service
Application:
To all customers having sprinkler systems and/or private hose connections for fire fighting purposes.
Rates:
For service through a separate fire service line from any multi-service distribution line.[1]
Net Per Month
For each 3" service line
$12.89
For each 4" service line
$25.78
For each 6" service line
$51.53
For each 8" service line
$103.08
Conditions:
The Township reserves the right to meter any fire line where evidence indicates that water is being taken from the line for purposes other than fire fighting, and such metered service shall then be billed in accordance with the regular Schedule of Metered Rates in addition to the above rates, with proper allowances for water consumed in fire fighting.
Terms of Payment:
Bills for service under this schedule will be rendered monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly in arrears at the net rate shown above and are due and payable when rendered.
[1]
Editor's Note: A multi-service distribution line is any pipeline, regardless of ownership, which serves more than one customer or more than one class of service.

§ 202 Surcharges.

[Ord. 1402, 6/17/1970, § 2.02; as amended by Ord. 1413, 9/21/1970, § 1]
The following surcharges are established for application to customers (except County of Allegheny) which shall be in addition to the water charges made pursuant to § 201:
1. 
A residential surcharge, in the amount of $42 per year, to be paid by each customer who receives water service for a single-residence dwelling unit.
2. 
A residential surcharge, in the amount of $42 per year per apartment dwelling unit, to be paid by each customer who receives water service for a structure containing one or more apartment dwelling units.
3. 
A non-residential surcharge, in the amount of 100% of the water charge, to be paid by each customer who receives water service other than for a single-residence dwelling unit and other than for a structure containing one or more apartment dwelling units.
Terms of Payment — Bills for the residential surcharges and for the nonresidential surcharges will be rendered monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly in arrears and are due and payable when rendered.
Miscellaneous — The term "single residence dwelling unit" shall mean a structure which is described in items (a) and (b) of "customer" definition § 112 of Part 1.
The term "apartment dwelling unit" shall mean a room or combination of rooms for human habitation and which shall contain water fixtures which are customary in a home.

§ 203 Surcharge Regulations.

[Ord. 1402, 6/17/1970; as added by Ord. 1411, 9/10/1970, §§ 1, 2]
1. 
The surcharges established herein are imposed hereby upon each person, corporation, partnership, association, municipality or other entity owning or occupying a structure which contains fixtures for use of water and:
A. 
Who or which has applied for water service heretofore or who or which shall apply for water service hereafter; and
B. 
Who or which does not connect such structure to the waterworks system for the purpose of securing a water supply for use within such structure.
2. 
Each such applicant for water service is required hereby to pay the minimum water charges established by this Part until such structure is connected to the waterworks system.

§ 204 Miscellaneous Regulations.

[Ord. 1402, 6/17/1970, §§ 2.03, 2.04, 3.01]
1. 
The public fire hydrant rental charge shall be $125 per fire hydrant per year. Charges shall be billed quarterly.
2. 
Clearview Water Supply Company shall receive, as agent of the Township, all amounts payable to the Township.
3. 
Township of Harrison confirms hereby appointment of Clearview Water Supply Company to act as agent of the Township with regard to all matters related to operation of the waterworks facilities in accordance with provisions of the Agreement, dated July 9, 1969, by and among Harrison Township Water Authority, Township of Harrison and Clearview Water Supply Company.