Borough of Masontown, PA
Fayette County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Masontown: Art I, 12-28-1970 by Ord. No. 246, approved 12-28-1970; Art. II, 2-14-1978 by Ord. No. 263, approved 2-14-1978. Other amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Housing standards and property maintenance — See Ch. 86.
Plumbing — See Ch. 105.
Sewers — See Ch. 115.
[Adopted 12-28-1970 by Ord. No. 246, approved 12-28-1970]
[Amended 12-10-1973, approved 12-10-1973; 1-20-1983, approved 1-20-1983; 1-1-1984, approved 1-3-1984; 6-9-1987 by Ord. No. 1987-1, approved 6-9-1987]
The rate charged for all water furnished, supplied or sold by the Borough of Masontown to any person, firm or corporation for any purpose whatsoever shall be as adopted by regulation by the borough from time to time.
[Amended 12-10-1973, approved 12-10-1973; 6-9-1987 by Ord. No. 1987-1, approved 6-9-1987]
The minimum rent or charge in any calendar month for water furnished, supplied or sold by the Borough of Masontown to any person, firm or corporation for any purpose whatsoever shall be as fixed by regulation adopted by the borough from time to time.
[Amended 5-22-2018; approved 5-22-2018; 8-27-2019, approved 8-27-2019]
A. 
All moneys for water supplied, furnished or sold by the Borough of Masontown to any person, firm or corporation for any purpose as hereinbefore described and set forth, including the cost of any shutoff valve and curb box and any labor, shall be billed to the property owner and become due and payable to the Borough of Masontown within 19 days of the month next succeeding that during which said water was so supplied, furnished or sold.
B. 
All water bills, including the cost of any shutoff valve and curb box and any labor, must be paid as they become due, provided that if said water bills are not paid when due, a penalty of 10% of the water bill shall be added to the then-delinquent water bill.
All rates, charges or schedule of rates and/or charges for water furnished, supplied or sold by the Borough of Masontown to any person, firm or corporation for any ordinary, domestic, residential, commercial or any other purpose whatsoever, inconsistent with the provisions contained in this article, are hereby repealed.
[Adopted 2-14-1978 by Ord. No. 263, approved 2-14-1978]
[Amended 12-28-1993, approved 12-28-1993]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
BOROUGH
The Borough of Masontown, Fayette County, Pennsylvania.
CONSUMER
Any natural person, company, business, association, firm, corporation or municipal subdivision.
PROPERTY OWNER
The legal title holder, as evidenced by the records in the office of the Recorder of Deeds in Fayette County, Pennsylvania.
WATER CONNECTION
Any tap or connection of any nature whatsoever made into the water system of the Borough.
[Amended 9-25-1984, approved 9-25-1984; 3-27-1990; 12-28-1993; 7-24-2018]
A. 
All structures, dwellings, buildings or premises of whatsoever kind or description, as well as all factories, mines and coke ovens, to which water is supplied by the Borough shall be equipped with remote-read water meters as follows:
(1) 
One water meter per each supplied consumer.
(2) 
Any new structure being erected in the Borough for which a water meter is necessary shall have installed a remote-read water meter.
(3) 
In the event that any existing water meter within the Borough shall be replaced, it shall be replaced with a remote-read water meter.
(4) 
Effective the first day of January 1994, any and all existing water meters within the Borough shall be replaced with remote-read water meters.
B. 
The prevailing cost of the shutoff valve and curb box is to be borne by the property owner, and said shutoff valve and curb box are to be purchased from the Borough. The prevailing cost of the water meter and meter pit shall be borne by the Borough, and said water meter shall be provided by the Borough.
[Amended 4-9-2019, approved 4-9-2019]
C. 
The replacement or repair cost of all shutoff valves and curb boxes is to be borne by the property owner. The replacement or repair cost of all water meters and meter pits shall be borne by the Borough unless the consumer fails to properly protect the water meter and meter pit from any and all damage thereto. Should it be necessary to replace any water meter in the Borough, the minimum size thereof shall be 5/8 inch, and it shall be a remote-read water meter.
[Amended 4-9-2019, approved 4-9-2019]
D. 
As long as water is supplied by the Borough to any premises, the proper officials of the Borough of Masontown shall at all reasonable times have free access to the meters or service pipes to inspect, test, read, repair, remove or replace the same, whether or not the owner/occupant of the premises/building is a water user, and such access shall not be impeded in any manner. Failure to provide such free access shall be cause for termination of service until suitable access is provided as well as any other penalty specified in § 141-12 of this article.
A. 
All waterlines that are laid from the curb box to the water meter shall be of Type K copper-type material or high-density polyethylene pipe, (HDPE), PE4710 (SDR 11, 200 PSI or better) and shall be of the minimum size of 3/4 inch. The minimum depth for laying outside lines shall be 36 inches. Type K copper shall be used at least three inches beyond the meter pit.
[Amended 4-9-2019, approved 4-9-2019]
(1) 
The use of high-density polyethylene water service pipe shall be governed by the following specifications:
(a) 
NSF approved for drinking water.
(b) 
Meets NSF-14 Standard.
(c) 
Complies with NSF/ANSI 61 for Health Effect.
(d) 
Use insert fittings for connections.
(e) 
High-performance PE4710 material.
(f) 
ASTM D2239 SIDR 7, SDR 9.
B. 
Any and all future repair costs necessary to maintain waterlines from the curb box to the water meter shall be borne by the property owner.
C. 
The expense of the laying of any new public waterline or the extension of any existing waterline shall be borne by the abutting property owners on a front-foot basis. The Borough reserves the right to waive the above assessment as to any property owner who, at the time of any extension, is currently connected to the existing water system and who shall not receive any actual or potential benefits from the extension of the existing waterline.
[Added 1-26-1982, approved 1-26-1982; amended 6-9-1987 by Ord. No. 1987-1, approved 6-9-1987]
D. 
The consumer shall maintain all service pipes free from leaks at all times. Whenever a leak appears in a consumer's installation, which allows water to escape without registering upon the meter, the Borough shall give the consumer written notice thereof, and the consumer shall immediately proceed to repair such service pipe. If such repairs have not been completed within 72 hours after notice has been given, the Borough may stop the service by shutting off the water at the curb stop or by excavating to and closing or by the corporation stop. The costs incurred by the Borough for excavating and shutting off such service shall be paid by the consumer or by the owner of the property before service is restored. If, in the determination of the Borough, any leak on the consumer's installation is of such nature that endangers public safety or constitutes a nuisance or a source of waste, the Borough may shut off or stop such service until such leak is repaired.
[Added 4-9-2019, approved 4-9-2019]
E. 
A suitable pressure-reducing valve shall be installed on all new services in accordance with the International Plumbing Code (Water pressure > 80 psi). PRV shall be owned and maintained by the property owner.
[Added 4-9-2019, approved 4-9-2019]
A. 
All persons owning property who wish to connect into the water system of the Borough must file an application with the Borough Clerk, designating generally the location of the proposed connection, a reference to the deed evidencing title to the property to be serviced and a sketch or plot of the proposed waterline.
B. 
All such applications shall be referred to the Borough Superintendent, and the construction of such connection shall be in accordance with the regulations of the Borough and shall be approved by the Borough Superintendent before construction or installation thereof.
C. 
The minimum size for any new tap shall be 3/4 inch. Should any property owner change from a smaller to a larger tap, he shall be given a credit of $50 towards the new fee.
D. 
Fees.
[Amended 6-26-1979, approved 6-27-1979]
(1) 
At the time the application is filed, there shall be deposited with the Borough Clerk a service fee, in accordance with the following fee schedule, with each application requesting connection to the Borough water system:
[Amended 5-28-2002, approved 5-28-2002]
Size of Connection
(inches)
Fee
Up to 3/4
$700
1
$800
1 1/4 to 2
$900
(2) 
The service fee for all connections larger than two inches shall be determined at the time of the filing of the application for the same.
E. 
The cost of such connection shall be borne solely by the property owner requesting the connection to the Borough water system, and all connections are to be made by Borough employees.
F. 
No connections or taps shall be permitted on such lines other than those requested for and approved in the original application.
G. 
Service and rates for water[1] shall be governed by the rules and regulations of the Borough now in effect or hereinafter adopted.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Art. I of this chapter.
H. 
In case a number of persons file a joint application requesting approval of a water connection, each of such persons shall deposit with the Borough Clerk a service fee in accordance with the schedule contained in Subsection D of this section. In case a single application is filed by any person acting on behalf of or for the benefit of a number of persons, such person shall deposit with the Borough Clerk a service fee in accordance with the schedule contained in Subsection D of this section for each such person he represents.
I. 
A single connection will be permitted to serve a school, factory, apartment house or other permanent multiple-unit structure whose individual apartments or units are not subject to separate ownership, provided that, at the time the application for such a connection is filed, there shall be deposited with the Borough Clerk a service fee in the sum of $300.
J. 
Multiple-unit structures.
(1) 
In the event that a single connection is desired to serve a multiple-unit structure whose individual apartments or units are or may be subject to separate ownership; a subdivision of individual units, apartments or private residences; scattered site housing; or any other type of development not hereinbefore mentioned in this or any other clause of this Article, then, in that event, a single application for one or more connections is permitted, provided that, at the time the application for such a connection is filed, there shall be deposited with the Borough Clerk a service fee in accordance with the schedule contained in Subsection D of this section for each structure, apartment, unit or residential structure to be served as a result of the connection or connections thereto.
(2) 
Further, no future connection to any line or lines served by any connection made hereunder shall be made until a proper application therefor is filed with the Borough Clerk, together with the appropriate service fee, and all other provisions of this Article are followed.
(3) 
All multiunit structures of any kind shall be calculated on a per-unit basis and billed to the owner of the property.
[Added 8-27-2019, approved 8-27-2019]
K. 
If a connection, or connections, is desired to serve new construction, such connection, or connections, shall be made at the time of initial excavation.
[Amended 8-11-1981, approved 8-12-1981; 1-1-1984, approved 1-3-1984; 9-12-1995, approved 9-12-1995]
A security deposit of $100 shall be paid by any and all new accounts. In the case of a homeowner/depositor, the water security deposit shall be returned after 12 consecutive nondelinquent payments. In the case of a renter or tenant/depositor, the security deposit shall be returned when the subject premises are vacated, provided that said account is current and nondelinquent. Should any depositor vacate the premises prior to the lapse of said 12 consecutive nondelinquent payments and said depositor's account is paid in full, said security deposit shall be returned to the depositor.
A. 
All water accounts showing a delinquency of two months, at the prevailing rates, must be paid within 10 days from receipt of notification of delinquency or service will be discontinued. Further, any consumer who has voluntarily terminated service and who wishes to have service restored shall also be charged a fee of $10 for the restoration of service.
[Amended 8-11-1981, approved 8-12-1981]
B. 
For the purpose of this section specifically and this Article generally, should it become necessary to discontinue water service to any user, which discontinuance interrupts service to other users on the same meter, it shall be the responsibility of the owner of the building or structure served to pay or cause to be paid the amount of the delinquency so that service may be restored.
[Amended 11-24-1981, approved 11-25-1981]
[Added 11-24-1981, approved 11-25-1981; amended 6-9-1987 by Ord. No. 1987-1, approved 6-9-1987]
In the event that a building or structure is receiving water service for the use of existing tenants or occupants and additional tenants or occupants begin to use water from the Borough system, it shall be the responsibility of the owner of the building or structure served to notify the Borough office of the new user. Failure of the owner to so notify shall cause him, in addition to any other penalties contained in this Article, to be responsible for the payment of all water charges due from the initial date of occupancy, together with any other charges or assessments. Bills for said water service shall be rendered in the manner and in the form to be prescribed by the Borough. All bills for water service shall be rendered to the owner or, after proper arrangements have been made, to the tenant of the premises to which the water services are furnished. However, the owner shall in all cases be ultimately liable for payment of such bills.
[Added 11-24-1981, approved 11-25-1981; amended 6-9-1987 by Ord. No. 1987-1, approved 6-9-1987]
Any person who shall violate any provision of this Article shall, upon conviction thereof, be punishable by a fine of not more than $300 and costs of such proceedings or, upon default of payment of such fine and costs, by imprisonment in the county jail for a term of not more than 30 days; provided, however, that if the District Justice determines that the defendant is without the financial means to pay the fines and costs immediately or in a single remittance, such defendant shall be permitted to pay the fines or costs in installments and over such periods of time as the District Justice deems to be just.