[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Shirley as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 6-27-1994 by Ord. No. 1994-3]
Pursuant to 53 P.S. § 67603, Shirley Township is authorized to require abutting property owners to a water supply system to connect with and use that water supply system.
Each owner of any property within Shirley Township which is located abutting any street, alley or right-of-way in which a water main has been provided by either Shirley Township or any other public water system supplier, and upon which any building is within 250 feet of that water main, shall, at his or her own expense, connect into the water supply system within 90 days after the date of receipt of official notice to do so, said notice to be sent by either registered mail or personal service from either Shirley Township or water system supplier, unless granted an exception thereto in writing by either Shirley Township or the water system supplier.
In the event that the owner so notified fails to connect within 90 days, then Shirley Township or the water system supplier, or their agents, may enter upon the property and construct said connection. In such case, Shirley Township or the water system supplier shall forthwith, upon completion of the work, send an itemized bill of the cost of construction of such connection to the owner of the property to which connection has been made, which bill shall be payable forthwith, or the Township or water system supplier may authorize the payment of the cost of construction of connections in equal monthly installments, said installments shall bear interest at a rate not to exceed 7% per year. In the event the owner neglects or refuses to pay the aforesaid bill within 30 days, or does not enter an agreement to pay same in installments, then it shall be the duty of the Township or water system supplier to file a municipal lien or exercise any other legal remedies to collect said sum.
Each owner shall pay to the water system supplier, in addition to the cost of making connection, a monthly, quarterly, semiannual, annual, or periodic charge for water service provided by the water system provider based upon the supplier's existing rates. Any owner shall pay the existing minimum charges for water service regardless of whether the owner does not receive and/or use said water as result of the connection. Such periodic charges based upon the rates of the water system supplier shall constitute a lien until paid against any property connected to the system, and the amount thereof shall be recovered by due process of law and/or by the other rules and regulations of the water system supplier.
It shall be unlawful for any owner of any property so connected to a water system supplier to connect in any way a private water system or supply into the aforesaid water system such that a cross-connection is created. Prior to initiation of service the internal piping shall be inspected to verify that no such cross-connection is or has been created. If a private water supply is maintained, it is recommended that its use be limited to exterior uses. For the owner of any property required to be connected to the water system supplier, use of a private water system does not relieve him or her from the requirement of the payment for at least minimum service from the water system supplier.