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Township of Worcester, PA
Montgomery County
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[Adopted 5-19-1999 by Ord. No. 172]
[Amended 2-18-2004 by Ord. No. 194]
There is hereby established a separate sewer district in Worcester Township which shall be comprised of the residential, commercial, office and all other properties adjoining or adjacent to and/or utilizing the sanitary sewer lines flowing to the Berwick Place Wastewater Treatment Plant as configured on May 21, 2003, which properties and facilities shall be known hereafter as the "Fairview Village Sewer District."
All dwelling units and other residential uses within the Fairview Village Sewer District shall be charged uniform rates and charges on a quarterly basis in accordance with Article II of this chapter.
For all nonresidential and mixed-use properties within the Fairview Village Sewer District, the sewer rates and charges shall be based on water consumption records for the preceding month, or quarter at the Township's discretion, as recorded by the public water source utilized by the property owner.
In those cases where properties secure water from wells or from sources other than a water company, the Township Engineer shall estimate the water consumed by said properties by utilizing standard accepted water usage factors as established for similar-type facilities. In lieu of the water consumption estimate of the Township Engineer, the property owner may, at its own expense, install a water meter to measure water consumption on the premises, which meter specifications and installation location shall be approved by the Township. When installing such a water meter, the property owner shall grant access to the Township for meter reading.
The sewer rental rate or charge shall be calculated based on total water consumption. The following minimum charges for each 1,000 gallons of metered water consumed per month on the premises are hereby imposed upon all nonresidential or mixed-use owners or their successors in title payable as herein provided, which shall be collected by Worcester Township in use for payment of the cost of operating and maintaining that portion of the Township's sewage collection and disposal system comprising the Fairview Village Sewer District and for a reserve fund sufficient for its future replacement: effective January 1, 2014, a charge of $6.82; effective January 1, 2015, a charge of $7.50; and effective January 1, 2016, a charge of $8.25.
[Amended 12-19-2012 by Ord. No. 240; 12-18-2013 by Ord. No. 247]
Bills for the sewage charges imposed hereby shall be rendered monthly or quarterly at the Township's discretion and shall cover the billing period consisting of the immediately preceding quarter. Bills shall be due and payable on the billing date, and the appropriate amount computed in accordance with this article shall constitute the net bill. If the charges are not paid within 30 calendar days after each billing date, an additional sum of 10% shall be added to such net bill, which net bill, plus such additional sum, shall constitute the gross bill. Payment made or mailed and postmarked on or before the first day of the end of such thirty-calendar-day period shall constitute payment within such period. If the end of such thirty-calendar-day period shall fall on a legal holiday or on a Saturday or Sunday, payment made or mailed and postmarked on the next succeeding day which is not a legal holiday shall constitute payment within such period. Any bill not paid within said thirty-calendar-day period shall be deemed delinquent.
The sewage charges imposed by this article shall be a lien upon all real property within the Fairview Village Sewer District; and any such charges which are delinquent shall be filed as a lien against said property, which lien shall be filed in the office of the Prothonotary of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, and shall be collected in the manner provided by law for the filing and collecting of municipal claims. Interest collective on liens filed by the Township shall accrue at the rate of 10% per annum from the date of the filing of the lien until paid.
The Township reserves the right to adopt, from time to time, such additional rules and regulations as it shall deem necessary and proper in connection with the use and operation of the sewer system, which rules and regulations shall be, shall become and shall be construed as part of this article.