Township of Pemberton, NJ
Burlington County
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[Adopted 12-7-1984 by Ord. No. 30-1984[1]]
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Editor's Note: This ordinance superseded former Ch. 186, Art. I, Water Use and Rates, adopted 3-5-1975 as Section 8:1 of Ch. VIII of the General Ordinances.

§ 186-1 Definitions.

As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
CUSTOMER or OWNER
The applicant for water service at one household or business, whether owner or tenant, and who enters into an agreement therefor.
DEPARTMENT
The Pemberton Township Water Department.
EQUIVALENT DOMESTIC CONSUMER UNIT or EDU
A unit of measure that standardizes water consumption based on the level of demand created by one single-family dwelling unit.
[Added 8-20-2014 by Ord. No. 10-2014]
MAIN
The township-owned or township-leased piping and appurtenances, in or along public highways and streets or along privately owned rights-of-way, used for the transmission or distribution of water.
OTHER THAN RESIDENTIAL USER
All users and connections other than residential, including but not limited to business, commercial, industry, restaurants, taverns, theaters, camps, churches, schools, hospitals, etc.
A. 
Single-family: a building on a lot, designed and occupied exclusively as a residence for one family.
B. 
Two-family: a building on a lot, designed and occupied exclusively as a residence for two families.
C. 
Three-family: a building on a lot, designed and occupied exclusively as a residence for three families.
D. 
Multiple-family: a building on a lot, designed and occupied exclusively as a residence for four or more families.
E. 
Garden, high-rise, trailer camps and multiple-type: a multiple dwelling or group of multiple dwellings on a lot which is held and is designed to be held in single ownership, on which common yards and other common facilities and services may be provided.
F. 
Boardinghouse, lodging house, nursing home, hotel or motel: a dwelling having one kitchen and used for the purpose of providing lodging, or both lodging and meals, for pay or compensation of any kind, where computed by day, week or month, to persons occupying such dwelling other than members of a family.

§ 186-2 General provisions.

A. 
The water supply system and the waterworks of the Township of Pemberton shall hereafter be known collectively and designated as the "Pemberton Township Water Department" and shall be governed and managed by the Township Council of the Township of Pemberton. The Township Council shall have the authority and power to appoint a Board of Water Commissioners, which Commission shall act as an advisory board and shall be subject to the full control of the Township Council, as provided by law. The Township Council shall have the authority and power to appoint a Superintendent of the Water Department who shall be subject to the control of the Township Council, as provided by law.
B. 
Compliance with rules. Water shall not be furnished to any customer unless he complies with all of the terms and conditions, rules and regulations herein set forth, together with any amendments and supplements which may hereafter be made.
C. 
Application. Applications to have water turned on or off shall be made in accordance with § 186-4 of this article.
D. 
Access to premises. The Superintendent of Water and such other persons as may be designated by the Township Council may, at all reasonable hours, have free access to the water pipes, fixtures and meters upon the premises or within the house and buildings of the property holders for the purpose of inspection, repairing and reading of meters and to do such other acts as may be deemed by the Superintendent of Water necessary and appertaining to his duties. All such officers and employees shall be provided with badges or certificates to prove their authority.
E. 
Damage claims.
(1) 
Damage from leaks or burst pipes. The Township of Pemberton shall not be held accountable for any damage which shall result from leaks, burst pipes or from any other cause in any building, and the owner shall pay for all water passing through the meter in cases where the Department has not been notified of any leaks or burst pipes and has not had sufficient time to shut off the same.
(2) 
Damage to meters. Meters will be maintained by the Township of Pemberton so far as ordinary wear and tear are concerned; any damage, however, which any meter may sustain by reason of carelessness of the owner, its agents or tenants or from neglect of any of them to properly protect the same, including any damage or injury that may result from allowing the meter to become frozen or to become damaged by hot water, shall be paid to the Township by the owner of the premises, and in case such payment is not made, the water may be shut off from such premises and shall not be turned on again until all such charges have been paid.
(3) 
All connections, service lines and fixtures furnished by the customer shall be maintained by him in good order, and meters owned by the Township and on the property of the customer shall be protected properly and cared for by the customer. All leaks in the service or any other pipe or fixture in or upon the premises supplied must be repaired immediately by the owner or occupant of the premises. The customer shall be responsible for notifying the Township of the party engaged by said customer to do any maintenance or work on the customer's service line prior to work being commenced, and said party shall not backfill any trench until the work has been inspected and approved by a township representative. Said maintenance work shall be conducted in accordance with § 186-7 below relating to private contracting for said services. Any work not acceptable shall immediately be removed and replaced by work which is acceptable.
[Amended 12-20-1985 by Ord No. 32-1985 [1]]
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Editor's Note: Original Subsection D, regarding boilers, which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed 12-5-1986 by Ord. No. 24-1986.
F. 
All connections, service lines and fixtures furnished by the customer shall be maintained by him in good order, and meters owned by the Township and on the property of the customer shall be protected properly and cared for by the customer. All leaks in the service or any other pipe or fixture in or upon the premises supplied must be repaired immediately by the owner or occupant of the premises. The customer shall be responsible for notifying the Township of the party engaged by said customer to do any maintenance or work on the customer's service line prior to work being commenced, and said party shall not backfill any trench until the work has been inspected and approved by a township representative. Any work not acceptable shall immediately be removed and replaced by work which is acceptable.
G. 
Disputed accounts/meter irregularities. If a meter at any time fails to accurately record the amount of water used, the quantity shall be determined and a charge made based on the average amount registered during such preceding period of time prior to the date of failure as the Department may elect. The accuracy of the meter on any property will be tested by the Department upon written request of the owner of the property, at which time a reasonable service charge will be made. In the event that a test of the meter reveals the meter to have an error in registration of 4% or more, the cost of the inspection shall be made by the Township; if less than 4%, the cost shall be borne by the customer. Said cost shall be $10 for each water service meter having an outlet not exceeding one inch; for other water service meters having outlets not exceeding two inches, the fee shall be $25 per meter; and for meters larger than two inches, the charge shall be $10 per inch in diameter.
[Amended 12-20-1985 by Ord. No. 32-1985; 12-5-1986 by Ord. No. 24-1986]
H. 
Rules and regulations. The Assistant Water Superintendent of the Water Department, the Township Administrator and such other persons as may be designated by the Township Council may make, from time to time, such rules and regulations as may be expedient for the proper and efficient supply of water to persons and corporations in the Township of Pemberton.
[Amended 12-5-1986 by Ord. No. 24-1986; 9-21-1989 by Ord. No. 30-1989]

§ 186-3 Application procedure.

[Amended 12-5-1986 by Ord. No. 24-1986; 9-21-1989 by Ord. No. 30-1989]
Before any water service connection can be made, the property owner or his properly authorized agent shall submit an application on the proper form to the Assistant Water Superintendent of the Water Department or his designated representative. Water service will be considered only upon receipt of the executed application by the property owner and, in applicable cases, the tenant. An application fee of $10 shall accompany the application. No application for service will be accepted by the Superintendent of the Water Department until the applicant has paid or has made satisfactory arrangements to pay all arrears and charges due by the applicant at any premises now or heretofore occupied by him. Any application which has been made for service will expire one year after the date of filing of the application. Additionally, application fee of $10 is nonrefundable on applications which have expired.
A. 
Applications for service connections may be accepted subject to the existence of mains six inches in diameter or larger in the streets or rights-of-way abutting the premises to be served and subject to the Township Engineer's certification of the availability of water.
B. 
A new application must be made and approved by the Assistant Water Superintendent of the Water Department upon any change in ownership of the property when the owner is the customer or in any tenancy where the tenant is the customer or in the service as described in the application, and the Township shall have the right, upon five days' notice to the new customer and/or owner, to discontinue the water supply until such new application has been made and approved. Although property may be occupied or leased to a tenant and the tenant may have paid the water bills, the owner of the property is responsible for the payment of any water bills not paid by the tenant. In the event that the water connection has been previously installed and service is desired, the proper application shall be signed by both the owner and the tenant.
C. 
Industrial and commercial establishments making application for water service, in addition to making written application for such services, shall furnish a detailed description of the type and size of the building, the nature of the business to be conducted in each structure and the number and type of fixtures to be served. Such applicants shall also furnish to the Assistant Water Superintendent of the Water Department four copies of plans, showing:
(1) 
The boundaries of the property.
(2) 
The location within the property of the structures to be served.
(3) 
The location and profile, with respect to finished grade, of the services.
(4) 
Details of the proposed connections to the water system and arrangements and details of meter installation.

§ 186-4 Discontinuation of service.

A. 
All arrangements covering water services shall continue in force, unless and until receipt of reasonable notice, in writing, of a desire to terminate the contract. Water service to any premises will be terminated upon the written order of the applicant; a service charge of $20 for the same shall be paid by the owner who shall thereafter be liable for the payment of the charge for the balance of the service period during which the water was turned off.
[Amended 4-6-2005 by Ord. No. 5-2005]
B. 
Discontinuance for cause. The township reserves the right to turn off the supply of water from any property for any of the following reasons:
(1) 
Nonpayment of bills or any other charge accruing pursuant to the application for service.
(2) 
Fraudulent misrepresentation on the part of the owner or the applicant.
(3) 
Tampering or in any way interfering with the meter or a part of the meter installed on the property.
(4) 
Willful wastage of water through improper or defective pipes, fixtures or otherwise.
(5) 
Refusal or neglect to immediately repair any leaky pipe, fixtures or attachment from the main.
(6) 
The tampering or interference with any service pipe, meter, curb stopcock or seals or any other appliance.
(7) 
Refusal of reasonable access to the property for purposes of maintaining, inspecting, reading, installing or removing meters.
[Amended 12-20-1985 by Ord. No. 32-1985]
(8) 
Making or refusing to sever any cross-connection between a pipe or fixture carrying water furnished by the Township and a pipe or fixture carrying water from any other source.
(9) 
Any other violation whatsoever of the rules and regulations governing the Water Department.
C. 
When the supply has been turned off for any cause, it is so recorded and the supply will not be turned on again, except upon proper rectification of the cause for withholding the same, nor until all charges for the use of water, which in no case should be less than the minimum quarterly rate whether any water has been passed through the meter or not, and the cost of all labor performed and materials furnished, if any, in making proper and necessary repairs and in shutting off and turning on said water shall have been paid. The specific cost for turning on the water shall be $20; the other costs set forth herein shall depend upon the circumstances of each case. Where the supply of water has been turned on without the permission of the Department, it will be lawful for the supply to be turned off at the main. If any water charge shall remain unpaid and in arrears for six months, the Department shall file with the Collector of Taxes of the Township a statement showing such arrearages, and said water charge shall be collected and enforced by the Collector of Taxes in the same manner as liens for taxes are enforced and collected.
[Amended 12-5-1986 by Ord. No. 24-1986; 4-6-2005 by Ord. No. 5-2005]
D. 
Turnoff without authorization. The customer shall not turn the water on or off at any corporation stop, curb stop or meter valve; or disconnect or remove the meter or permit its disconnection or removal without the written consent of the Assistant Water Superintendent of the Water Department or, in his absence, the Township Administrator or except for immediate emergency repairs.
[Amended 12-5-1986 by Ord. No. 24-1986; 9-21-1989 by Ord. No. 30-1989]
E. 
Emergency repairs. The Water Department reserves the right to stop and restrict the supply of water whenever it may be found necessary; and the Township will not be liable under any circumstances for a deficiency or failure in the supply of water for any cause whatsoever. When the supply of water is to be temporarily interrupted, notice will be given when practicable to all customers affected by the temporary interruption of service stating the probable duration of the interruption and also the purposes of the interruption.
F. 
Reserve supply. The township shall have the right to reserve a sufficient supply of water at all times in storage, to provide for fire and other emergencies, or may restrict or regulate the quantity of water used by the customer in case or scarcity or whenever the public welfare may so require. No liability shall accrue to the Township for any damage or inconvenience experienced by the customer as a result of said reserve of supply.

§ 186-5 Service responsibility; disclaimer.

The township does not assume any liability as insurer of property or person for any customer or consumer receiving public fire service, private fire service or any other service, and the Township does not guarantee any special service, pressure, capacity or facility other than is permitted by the ordinary and changing operating conditions of the Water Department as the same exists from day to day. The township shall be free and exempt from any and all claims for injury to any persons or property by reason of fire, water or failure to supply water pressure or capacity.

§ 186-6 Bills; payment.

A. 
Meter reading/bills for service.
(1) 
Under the supervision of the Assistant Water Superintendent of the Water Department and such other persons as may be designated by the Administrator, commercial, and industrial water meters will be read at least once each quarter, and bills for such meter service or any minimum charge shall also be rendered each quarter.
[Amended 12-5-1986 by Ord. No. 24-1986; 9-21-1989 by Ord. No. 30-1989]
(2) 
Under the supervision of the Assistant Water Superintendent of the Water Department and such other persons as may be designated by the Administrator, residential meters will be read at least once quarterly and bills for such meter service shall be rendered quarterly. At the discretion of the Township Council, any account which requires or is expected to require only the minimum charge may be billed annually.
[Amended 12-20-1985 by Ord. No. 32-1985; 9-21-1989 by Ord. No. 30-1989]
(3) 
All bills become delinquent within 30 days after their due date. The due date will be specified on the bill form and will normally be 30 days following the postmark date that the bill is sent to the owner.
B. 
Payment of bills; penalties. Payments for bills made by mail will be credited as received on the date of mailing as evidenced by the United States Post Office cancellation stamp. All bills for water shall be payable to the Receiver of Taxes for the Township of Pemberton at his office; and in the event that any bills are not paid until the same have become delinquent, a penalty shall be charged at the maximum rate allowable by law. If a bill remains unpaid 14 days after being classified as delinquent, service may be discontinued at any time after having been given not less than five days' notice. If service is thus discontinued, it will not be restored until all unpaid bills and all charges, including the turn-on and turnoff charges, are paid or satisfactory arrangements are made for payment.
C. 
Adjustment of charges. Adjustment of charges may be made at the discretion of the Township Council or such other persons as designated by the Township Council on personal application only of the owner of the property charged. Claims for adjustment must be presented 30 days from the date of the bill for the period in which the adjustment is claimed.
[Amended 10-19-2011 by Ord. No. 23-2011]
D. 
Payment plan established for failed or defective service lines. In the event that a customer receives a water bill from the Township in the amount of $500 or greater, due to the presence of a leak resulting from a failed or defective connection or fixture on a customer’s premises, the customer may apply to the Business Administrator, or his designee, for participation in a two-year payment plan. Payments shall be due on the first of each month, and each individual payment shall not be less than 1/24 of the total amount due. In the event of a late or delinquent payment under the payment plan outlined in this section, penalties shall be assessed in conformance with Subsections A and B above. All the provisions of this chapter shall otherwise apply.
[Added 10-19-2011 by Ord. No. 23-2011]

§ 186-7 Main extensions and third-party contracting.

[Amended 11-1-1985 by Ord. No. 27-1985; 12-20-1985 by Ord. No. 32-1985]
A. 
General provisions.
(1) 
A bona fide customer, as referred to in succeeding subsections hereafter, shall be a customer of permanent and established character, exclusive of the real estate developer or builder, who receives service at a premises improved with structures of a permanent nature.
(2) 
Any facilities installed under the provisions of this section shall be the sole property of the Township of Pemberton and shall be deemed to be dedicated by the customer to the municipality.
(3) 
The size, type or quality of materials and their location will be specified by the Township of Pemberton.
(4) 
Extensions for fire hydrant service, private fire protection service and temporary service will not be made under this rule.
B. 
Extensions to serve individuals.
(1) 
Every installation and extension of a water main to service an individual property will be undertaken by the Pemberton Township Water Department. Applicants shall be responsible for the cost of all permits and fees and for the cost of any materials used by the Water Department, including water mains, valves and other appurtenances. The applicant shall not be required to pay for any labor performed in the course of the installation. In completing the application forms, the individual property owner shall submit a sketch of the proposed extension to the Pemberton Township Water Department. No installation shall be undertaken until the applicant has first procured a road opening permit, where one is necessary.
[Amended 9-21-1989 by Ord. No. 30-1989]
(2) 
Reimbursements or paybacks from other customers connecting into an individual's line extension are available in accordance with the Procedural and Administrative Guidelines for the Pemberton Township Water Department dated August 30, 1985, which is adopted here by reference, and which may from time to time be amended by the Township Council by resolution.
C. 
Extensions to serve subdivisions, tract housing projects, industrial developments or organized service districts. Engineering design plans shall be prepared by a New Jersey licensed engineer and approved by the Township Engineer. The developer shall contract directly for the performance of all work by reliable established contractors. Prior to commencement of work, the names of all contractors and subcontractors to be employed must be approved by the Township Engineer and a performance bond posted in the full amount of the Township Engineer's estimate of costs. After the completion of all work and prior to the acceptance of lines and appurtenances by the Township, the developer will post a two-year maintenance bond in the amount of 10% of the value of work to be accepted. The developer shall reimburse the Township for all legal and engineering fees charged by its consultants in the preparation of any contracts, bonds, plans, specifications, supervision, resident inspection and all work incidental to the construction engaged in by the developer.

§ 186-8 Service lines.

A. 
The Assistant Water Superintendent or his agents will make the physical connection to the Township's water main. The Township Water Department will also install the service line and the meter and meter box from the main to the property line of the facility being serviced. The service line from the property line to the facility being served shall be installed and maintained by the owner of the premises. The applicant shall pay a capacity charge of $800 for each equivalent domestic consumer unit installed in accordance with Schedule A.[1] In the event that a business or structure is not described in Schedule A, the Assistant Superintendent of the Water Department and the Township Engineer shall determine the minimum equivalent domestic consumer units.
[Amended 12-20-1985 by Ord. No. 32-1985; 12-5-1986 by Ord. No. 24-1986; 9-21-1989 by Ord. No. 30-1989]
[1]
Editor's Note: Schedule A is included at the end of this chapter.
B. 
The Township reserves the right to determine the size and kind of service line from the main to the property line and from the property line to the facility being served. PVC pipe AWWA Standard Class 150 water pipe shall generally be used throughout the Township. The pipe from the main to the property line shall be installed by the Township Water Department, the costs of the materials to be paid by the applicant. The pipe from the property line to the building or facility being serviced shall be furnished and installed by the owner of the property and shall be laid in a straight line at right angles to the curbline, within the building limits of structures to be served, and shall be at least four feet below the surface of the ground when final grading of the property has been completed. The service lateral installed by the owner shall be inspected by a registered plumber and shall be inspected and approved by the Township's representative prior to backfilling the trench; otherwise, any construction not approved shall be immediately removed and reconstructed in an approved manner.
[Amended 12-5-1986 by Ord. No. 24-1986; 9-21-1989 by Ord. No. 30-1989]
C. 
Separate trench. No service pipe shall be laid in the same trench with gas pipe, drain or sewer pipe or any other facility of any public service company, nor within three feet of any open excavation, vault, cesspool or septic tank; nor shall the location be in conflict with any sidewalk or driveway running at right angles to the front of the building.
D. 
Renewal or maintenance of service lines. Where the renewal or maintenance of the service lines from the main to the curb stop or meter pit or to a point one foot outside the cartway or shoulder is found to be necessary, the Water Department will restore the service line in the same location as previously used.
[Amended 12-5-1986 by Ord. No. 24-1986]
E. 
Maintenance by customer. All connections and fixtures furnished by and on the customer's premises shall be maintained by the customer in good order, and meters owned by the Township and on the property of the customer shall be protected properly and cared for by the customer. All leaks in the service or any other pipe or fixture in or upon the premises supplied must be repaired immediately by the owner or occupant of the premises. The customer shall be responsible for notifying the Township Inspection Department of any work prior to work being commenced, and said party shall not backfill any trench until the work has been inspected and approved by the Township's representative. Any work not acceptable shall be immediately removed and replaced by work which is acceptable.
[Amended 12-5-1986 by Ord. No. 24-1986]
F. 
Property supplied by single service line. A service line from the curb stop or meter pit to a property shall not supply more than one property, as generally described and classified below; but any such property, upon proper application of the owner, may be supplied by two or more meters, each of which, for billing purposes, shall be considered as being one customer account, and provided that the supply to each such meter has an individual control at or near the curbline:
(1) 
A dwelling house, either detached or one side of a double house, or a house in a row of houses, provided that a garage, a conservatory and similar structures accessory to the life of one family shall be considered as a portion of the dwelling.
(2) 
An industrial or commercial or manufacturing establishment.
(3) 
A building separated from adjacent buildings by a party wall or party walls and comprising apartments or stores or offices, of any combination thereof.
(4) 
A detached building comprising apartments or stores or offices, or any combination thereof.
G. 
Single service line with two or more customers. Where two or more customers are now supplied through a single service line, any violation of the rules of the Township with respect to either or any of said customers shall be deemed a violation as to all, and unless said violation is corrected after reasonable notice, the Township may take such action as can be taken for a single customer, except that such action will not be taken until an innocent customer who has not violated the Township's rules has been given a reasonable opportunity to attach his pipe to a separately controlled service connection.

§ 186-9 Use for building purposes.

A supply of water for building or other special purposes, except on a lot or premises already supplied with a metered water connection, must be specially applied for. All applications for water building purposes must be supplied through a meter at meter rates, must be signed by the owner or his duly authorized agent and shall be interpreted to mean that the water is to be used from a builder's hydrant and shall not be introduced into any of the house fixtures.

§ 186-10 Meters.

A. 
All persons using water supplied by the Township's Water Department shall, in cases where a meter service has not been installed, immediately contact the Township's Water Department, which will provide for the installation of water meters. Each and every water service from property line or meter pit to a property shall be metered. The determination of the size and location of the meter shall be made by the Township Water Department.
[Amended 12-5-1986 by Ord. No. 24-1986; 9-21-1989 by Ord. No. 30-1989]
B. 
Property of township. All meters will be according to the Township's specifications and will remain the property of and under the control of the Township and will be accessible at all times for inspection. The township will furnish all five-eighths-inch water meters at no additional cost to the user. Meters larger than 5/8 inch in size will be furnished by the Township at its direct cost, less $45 allowance for the five-eighths-inch meter normally furnished.
C. 
Location. Applicants shall provide space for the meter, which will be readily accessible, and will provide proper protection for the meter and have the plumbing arranged to receive the meter at a convenient point approved by the Township and so positioned as to meter and control the entire supply. Where it is not practical to place the meter within a building, a brick, concrete or other approved meter box or pit, fitted with a suitable and approved type of iron cover, shall be built inside the curbline where a curbline exists or, if none, inside the property line by the customer. The size and dimensions of the pit or box and covers for other than standard single-family connections shall be approved by the Township Engineer or Assistant Water Superintendent of the Water Department and constructed within the property by the owner, who shall provide adequate access to the meter and permit its ready installation, removal or maintenance.
[Amended 12-5-1986 by Ord. No. 24-1986; 9-21-1989 by Ord. No. 30-1989]
D. 
Valves required. A suitable and approved check valve shall be placed after the meter by the customer. When said check valve is installed, a safety valve shall be inserted at some convenient point in the house piping to relieve excess pressure due to heating water.
E. 
The customer shall be responsible for the cost of reinstallation or changing of a meter when removed because of damage in any way due to the negligence of the customer. The determination of negligence shall be made by the Assistant Water Superintendent of the Water Department and the Township Construction Code Official. The charge for said meters shall be set by the Water Department, which charge shall include the testing of the repaired meter. The customer shall also pay for the cost of the repairs, which costs shall become a charge and a part of the customer bill for water service.
[Amended 12-5-1986 by Ord. No. 24-1986; 9-21-1989 by Ord. No. 30-1989]
F. 
Minimum charge. Each meter is installed subject to a fixed minimum quarterly charge in accordance with the adopted rate schedule annexed hereto as Schedule A[1] and made a part hereof, for which certain quantities of water will be furnished without additional charge. Such minimum charge shall be nonabatable for nonusers of water and noncumulative against subsequent consumption. In the case of fractional period bills covering less than a quarter, minimum charges and allowances shall be prorated.
[1]
Editor's Note: Schedule A is included at the end of this chapter.

§ 186-11 Public fire service.

No person shall take water from any public fire hydrant except by written consent of the Township Council or its designee.

§ 186-12 Private fire service.

A. 
Automatic devices and hydrants. For automatic sprinklers or other automatic fire service devices located inside a building or buildings, a separate service line will be required to be used exclusively for fire service. At the option of the customer, fire hydrants located outside of buildings may be connected to the fire service line. Each such separate service line shall be metered and shall be subject to the charges shown in the rate schedule.[1] The township reserves that right to refuse approval for an application for automatic fire service where, in the judgment of the Township, such service is not practical.
[1]
Editor's Note: The rate schedule is on file in the Township offices.
B. 
Ownership and location. Meters will be set in an approved type of brick or concrete masonry meter vault, adequately drained, located on the premises of the customer. The meter vaults are to be constructed and maintained at the expense of the customer.
C. 
Private unmetered fire service. When, in the judgment of the Township Council, it is practical, private unmetered fire service lines may be permitted to be installed at the expense of the owner. In such cases, the applicant shall submit a performance bond to the Township for the estimated costs of the fire hydrant installation, said costs to be determined by the Township Engineer prior to installation, and the appropriate adjusting payment shall be made by the owner or by the Township after the actual costs have been determined. In no event, however, will unmetered fire service be introduced into a building.
[Amended 12-5-1986 by Ord. No. 24-1986]

§ 186-13 System interconnections.

[Amended 12-20-1985 by Ord. No. 32-1985; 12-5-1986 by Ord. No. 24-1986; 8-20-2014 by Ord. No. 10-2014]
Any other state-approved water supply system desiring a permanent interconnection on an emergency basis with the Pemberton Township water distribution system shall make such requests by letter to the Township. Construction costs and engineering fees shall be borne by the applicant. Additionally, each applicant approved to connect to the Township's water supply system for use on an emergent basis, shall pay a standby fee of $150 per quarter, plus the cost of water used, as further set forth in § 186-14. If an applicant desires a permanent connection for such supply not in an emergency context, then all applicable fees, including connection fees and engineering fees, shall apply and all water utilized by either party will be metered and charged according to the prevailing Township water rates.

§ 186-14 Water service rates.

A. 
Capacity charge. The initial fees for the right to connect directly or indirectly to the Township's potable water system shall include a capacity charge per unit as well as fees for application, review and inspection of work to be accomplished by the applicant in keeping with the Township's rules and regulations.
[Amended 12-5-1986 by Ord. No. 24-1986]
B. 
Fees.
(1) 
Fees for connection into the Township's water distribution system shall be $2,000 for each equivalent domestic consumer unit as listed on Schedule A annexed hereto and made a part of this article.[1]
[Amended 12-7-1995 by Ord. No. 30-1995]
[1]
Editor's Note: Schedule A is included at the end of this chapter.
(2) 
Application fees shall be as follows:
[Amended 12-7-1995 by Ord. No. 30-1995]
(a) 
Filing fee: $15.
(b) 
Six-inch water lines: $15 per foot.
(c) 
Lines in excess of six inches: $20 per foot.
(d) 
Pumping stations and/or treatment works: 2% of the Township Engineer's estimated cost of construction.
(e) 
Inspection fees at the rate of 6% of Engineer's estimated cost of improvements, including mains, laterals, hydrants, valves, pumping stations and/or treatment works and miscellaneous appurtenances.
(f) 
Water distribution map update fee. The fee of $35 shall be charged to any applicant requesting an extension; the purpose of said fee is to maintain and update water maps.
(3) 
Capacity charges, which are one-time initial service charges for the right to connect, are an integral part of the Township's rate schedule. The charges in Subsection C(2) below of this article are annual supplemental charges necessary to maintain, improve and operate the Township's potable water facilities.
[Amended 12-5-1986 by Ord. No. 24-1986]
C. 
Water rates. The following minimal annual charges are hereby fixed and established for the supplying of water. Minimum quarterly charges (metered) for water service shall be as follows:
[Amended 12-20-1985 by Ord. No. 32-1985; 12-5-1986 by Ord. No. 24-1986; 12-7-1995 by Ord. No. 30-1995]
(1) 
Single-family residential users. The minimum quarterly charge for all one-family residential dwellings is $37.80 per quarter, based upon a quarterly allowance of 8,000 gallons.
(2) 
Multiple-dwelling units, residential users. The minimum quarterly charge of multi-unit residential users services through a single water meter shall be determined by the product of a number of equivalent domestic consumer units as set forth on Schedule A,[2] annexed hereto and made a part of this article, and the minimum quarterly charge as established in this rate schedule. The minimum quarterly allowance will be determined in the same manner using an allowance of 8,000 gallons per equivalent dwelling unit.
[2]
Editor's Note: Schedule A is included at the end of this chapter.
(3) 
Single, commercial and industrial users. All other classes of single users will be subject to the following minimum quarterly charges:
(a) 
Metered service:
[1] 
Quarterly minimum water charge: $38.75 for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th billing quarters of 2005 and $39 for the year 2006 and thereafter until modified by subsequent amendment.
[Amended 4-6-2005 by Ord. No. 5-2005]
[2] 
Water allowance for minimum charge (gallons): 8,000.
(b) 
Unmetered service:
[1] 
Quarterly minimum water charge: $98 for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th quarters of 2005 and thereafter until modified by subsequent amendment.
[Amended 5-15-2003 by Ord. No. 10-2003; 4-6-2005 by Ord. No. 5-2005]
[2] 
Water allowance for minimum charge (gallons): 8,000.
(4) 
Multicommercial or combination users. The minimum quarterly charge for all multi-unit commercial or combination of commercial and residential users serviced through a single water meter shall be determined by the product of the number of equivalent domestic consumer units of each type of use and the minimum quarterly charge for commercial users and, if applicable, the minimum quarterly charge for residential units. The minimum water allowance shall be determined in the same manner.
(5) 
Excess water consumption. Excess water consumption over and above the quarterly allowance shall be at the rate of $4.20 per 1,000 gallons, regardless of class of user or size of meter, for the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th billing quarters of 2005 and $4.50 for the year 2006 and thereafter until modified by subsequent amendment.
[Amended 5-15-2003 by Ord. No. 10-2003; 4-6-2005 by Ord. No. 5-2005]
(6) 
Water for building purposes. The use of water for building purposes and other construction directly in connection therewith by the builder, contractor or agent shall be metered at a hydrant to be determined by the Township. The user shall pay an installation cost of $50, plus a refundable deposit for the meter based on size, at the time of application to the Township. The charge for construction water usage will thereafter be made on the basis of metered service charges.
D. 
Fire service.
[Amended 12-5-1986 by Ord. No. 24-1986]
(1) 
The following fees shall be charged for private fire service:
Private Fire Service
Rate Per Annum
For each private hydrant not connected to a metered service line
$50.00
For 2-inch fire service line
$100.00
For 4-inch fire service line
$200.00
For 6-inch fire service line
$350.00
For 8-inch fire service line
$500.00
(2) 
Dwelling units which do not contain separate and private bedrooms and kitchen facilities, such as hotels, motels, boardinghouses, lodging house rooms and nursing home rooms shall, for billing purposes, be defined in accordance with the water connection unit designation, and therefore, the minimum quarterly charges, the minimum usage allowances and excess water consumption shall be computed according to Schedule A.
E. 
Emergency use fees.
[Added 8-20-2014 by Ord. No. 10-2014]
(1) 
The following fees shall be charged for water used from the Township's water supply system in accordance with § 186-13 regarding system interconnections on an emergent basis, provided that such user gets permission from the Township:
(a) 
If water is used for a consecutive period of 30 days or less, the minimum water charge shall be $9.75 for each EDU within the private water system, with a water allowance per minimum charge of 2,000 gallons per EDU.
(b) 
If water is used for a consecutive period of 31 days or more, the water use shall be charged in the same manner and under the same terms as the fees otherwise set forth in this chapter for existing customers, including the minimum quarterly fees and the water gallon allowances.
(2) 
A meter reading indicating usage of water from the Township's water supply system, without approval by the Township, shall require the owner of the private water system to make payments to the Township in accordance with Subsection E(1)(a) above, based upon a reasonable estimation of the period of time for which the water was impermissibly used.

§ 186-15 Gender-specific terminology.

All nouns or pronouns in the masculine gender utilized in this article shall be construed to include the feminine gender.