[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Stafford 9-4-2001 by Ord. No. 2001-63. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Controlled dispersion of water from any safe suitable source, including properly treated wastewater, for the purpose of irrigating landscape vegetation or the control of dust and erosion on landscape areas.
- IRRIGATION SYSTEM
- Any assemblage of components, materials, or special equipment which is designed, constructed and installed for controlled dispersion of water from any safe suitable source, including properly treated wastewater, for the purpose of irrigating landscape vegetation or the control of dust and erosion on landscape areas, including integral pumping systems or integral control systems for the manual, semiautomatic, or automatic control of the operation of these systems.
- Fit for human consumption.
- SIGNIFICANT RAINFALL
- One-fourth inch of rain.
All Township residents and nonresidential property owners are encouraged to voluntarily assist in the advancement of the interest of water conservation by using private wells for irrigation and nonpotable water needs, which action shall further promote the purposes of this chapter. Further, Township residents and nonresidential owners are hereby encouraged to continue use of private wells for irrigation and nonpotable water needs subsequent to connecting to the public water system to promote water conservation and the purposes of this chapter.
All new nonresidential development properties shall utilize private wells for irrigation and other nonpotable purposes. The requirement that new nonresidential development properties utilize private wells for irrigation and nonpotable purposes shall not be construed to prohibit new or existing residential properties from utilizing the public water system for irrigation or nonpotable purposes.
If an underground irrigation system is proposed for nonresidential site or installed for a lawn or landscaped areas, a rain-sensor shutoff device must be installed and properly maintained with such system. The shutoff device shall meet the following specifications.
The rain sensor shall employ an electromechanical actuating device designed to cause circuit interruption that temporarily disables the irrigation controller during periods of significant rainfall. For purposes of this chapter, "significant rainfall" shall mean 1/4 inch of rain.
The rain-sensor device shall be of a suitable grade of construction such that the rain sensor device can withstand varying temperatures and inclement weather.
The rain-sensor device shall be placed in a suitable location to prevent the irrigation system from watering in the event of a significant rainfall.
In order to reduce the demand on the Township's water system during peak periods of use, no irrigation system connected to the public water system shall be operated other than between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
No cross-connection between the public water system and a private well source shall be created, implemented or used. Any person, firm or corporation who creates, implements or uses a cross-connection between the public water system and a private well source shall be in violation of this chapter.
Any person, firm or corporation that shall be convicted of a violation of a provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof by any court authorized by law to hear and determine the matter, be subject to a fine not exceeding $1,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days, or both, as such court in its discretion may impose. Each day that such violation exists shall constitute a separate offense.