[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Paulsboro 3-15-1955 by Ord. No. 357. Amendments noted where applicable.]
This ordinance shall be known and may be cited as the "Air-Conditioning Water Conservation Ordinance of the Borough of Paulsboro."
For the purposes of this ordinance, the following terms, phrases, words and their derivations shall have the meaning given herein. When not inconsistent with the context, words used in the present tense include the future, words in the plural number include the singular number, and words in the singular number include the plural number. The word "shall" is always mandatory and not merely directory.
- AIR-CONDITIONING SYSTEM or SYSTEM
- Is one or more units for the cooling or dehumidification, or both, of space for human or other occupancy.
- Is the Borough of Paulsboro.
- BOROUGH COUNCIL
- Is the Borough Council of the Borough of Paulsboro.
- BOROUGH PLUMBING INSPECTOR
- Is the Plumbing Inspector of the Borough of Paulsboro.
- BOROUGH SUPERINTENDENT
- Is the Borough Superintendent of the Borough of Paulsboro.
- Is any person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company or organization of any kind.
- WATER CONSERVATION DEVICE
- Is a cooling tower, spray pond, evaporative condenser or other equipment by which water is cooled and recirculated, thereby limiting the use of water from Borough mains to that amount used to fill the system or lost through evaporation.
- BOROUGH UTILITIES COMMITTEE
- Is the Committee of Borough Council in charge of operation of the water and sewage systems.
It shall be unlawful for any person to have installed or to operate any air-conditioning system using Borough water as its medium without first conforming to the provisions of this ordinance, the Borough Plumbing Code, the Building Code and the Electrical Code of the Fire Underwriters.
All persons who desire to install any system after the effective date of this ordinance shall obtain a permit from the Secretary of Board of Health, whose agent, the Plumbing Inspector, shall approve the equipment or plans and inspect the installation upon notice of its completion.
Applicant for a permit shall be charged a fee of $5 to cover the cost of permit and inspection.
[Amended 3-20-1956 by Ord. No. 370]
All persons who have installed systems prior to the effective date of this ordinance shall, in lieu of a permit, notify the Secretary of the Board of Health of such existing installation. Failure to give such notification shall be a violation of this ordinance.
Council may by resolution grant additional extensions of time within which systems heretofore installed shall be converted or modified to comply with requirements of this ordinance should special circumstances or resulting hardship warrant additional extension of time.
Before approving the issuance of a permit as required herein, the Plumbing Inspector shall find that the system complies with the following standards of operation:
Use of Borough water. Use of Borough water shall be limited to amount necessary to fill the system or replace the amount lost by evaporation and flushing.
Construction of makeup device. The makeup water connection required herein shall be so arranged that the supply has a physical break between the Borough water lines and such device whereby it is impossible for water to siphon back into the water lines in case of low pressure.
Discharge into Borough sewers.
The discharge into the Borough sanitary sewage system shall be limited to amount of water necessary to purge the system for repairs, flushing or seasonal shutdown, or the disposal of condensate away from the evaporators.
There shall be a physical break in the lines leading to the sewer lines to prevent siphoning of sewage into the system.
The Borough Utilities Committee shall cause all systems regulated herein to be inspected from time to time for compliance with this ordinance. Such inspection shall be made by the Borough Superintendent and the Plumbing Inspector, who shall notify the Borough Utilities Committee in writing as to compliance or violation thereof.
Finding of noncompliance. In ease of a noncompliance, the Borough Utilities Committee shall notify the permit holder to correct the condition within 15 days.
Revocation of permit. In the event of failure or upon the refusal of the permit holder to comply as ordered, the Borough Utilities Committee shall revoke the permit; provided, that upon a showing of hardship or other circumstances warranting such action, the Borough Utilities Committee shall have the authority to grant an extension of time.
Appeal. Whenever the Plumbing Inspector or Borough Utilities Committee shall reject any plan or specification hereunder, issue an order requiring compliance or revoke a permit, the person shall have the right to appeal to the Borough Council. The decision of the Borough Council with respect to such appeal shall be final. All appeals shall be registered with the Borough Council in writing within 15 days of the issuance of the order or revocation of the permit. Borough Council shall set a date for the hearing within 15 days of receiving written notification of an appeal.
Water to be shut off following the termination of the fifteen-day notice, or any extension thereof if an extension has been granted, unless an appeal has been filed in accordance with provisions of § 3-8C. In the event the decision of the Plumbing Inspector or Borough Utilities Committee is upheld by the Borough Council, there shall be a fine of $5 per day for each day in excess of the original 15 days, or extension thereof if an extension has been granted, allowed in § 3-8A; and the water shall be shut off immediately if the Borough Council should reject the appeal.
In addition to penalties provided for in § 3-9, all other violations of this ordinance shall, upon conviction before Municipal Magistrate, be punishable by a fine not exceeding $100, and imprisonment not exceeding 30 days, or both, for a first offense; and by a fine not exceeding $200 dollars and imprisonment not exceeding 60 days, or both, for a second offense.
All ordinances or parts of ordinance inconsistent with or conflicting with the provisions of this ordinance are hereby repealed.
This ordinance shall take effect immediately after final passage and publication as required by law.