Town of Newton, NJ
Sussex County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
A. 
The Town will tap the main, but the service connection from the main to curb, curb stopcock and curb box will be furnished and placed by the owner of the property.
B. 
The service connection from the main to the meter must be installed and maintained by the owner. It shall consist of type K copper tubing and shall be laid 3 1/2 feet to four feet below the ground surface.
C. 
The minimum inside diameter of a service connection shall be 1/2 inch. The diameter shall not be less than that of the tap controlling it.
D. 
The service connection shall be run as far as practicable at right angles to the main and in a straight line to the meter. There shall be no attachment from which water can be drawn between the meter and the main.
E. 
The curb box shall be in sight on a level with the ground service and free from obstruction at all times.
F. 
The owner shall repair any damage to a curb box within seven days of service of notice by the Superintendent and in the event of his failure to do so, the Town may make the necessary repairs, charging the costs to the owner to be collected as other charges, except where the damage was the direct result of the negligence of the Town or its agents.
G. 
When tests made by the Town indicate a leak in a service connection between the curb, curb stopcock or curb box and the meter, notice to repair within seven days shall be served upon the owner. If the notice is not complied with, the Town may shut off the tap controlling the service connection, or in the alternative may make any necessary repairs and charge the costs to the owner, to be collected as other charges. However, if a leak is indicated in a service connection between the main and the curb, curb stopcock or up to but including the curb box, the Town shall repair the leak in the service connection. This shall not be interpreted to mean that the Town is responsible for the construction or reconstruction of the service connection between the main and the curb, curb stopcock or curb box, but the Town shall be responsible for the repair of leaks that may develop in that portion of the service connection.
H. 
All plumbing and other work from the main to the meter is subject to the inspection and approval of the Town or its agents and all work shall be inspected and approved before the pipes are covered and the water supply furnished.
A. 
Applications for water supply must be made on the forms furnished by the Town for that purpose. The application shall be made by the owner of the premises or property or his authorized agent, and shall state to whom the bill for water rates and charges shall be rendered (either owner or agent), the purpose for which the water is to be used, the type and character of the building and when used for construction or other special purposes and it must be stated on the application, and there shall be submitted any fees necessary to be paid in advance by this chapter. Persons desiring a 1/2 inch or 3/4 inch tap to be made on a specified day shall make application at least two days prior to the date. Persons desiring installation of a tap larger than 3/4 inch on a specified day shall make application at least 10 days prior to the date. The Department shall not, however, guarantee to any applicant that any tap will be made on a specified date, but will reasonably attempt to do so.
B. 
No application for water supply or service to be furnished premises against which there is an outstanding, undisputed, delinquent account, shall be accepted.
C. 
All applications for installation, change in or replacement of service connections shall be made in writing by the owner or his agent and, if a new connection to or tapping the main is necessary, such application shall be accompanied by payment of the required connection or tapping fee in an amount calculated and apportioned to the customer in accord with N.J.S.A. 40A:31-11, as set forth in § 100-19A. No tap fees shall be required for any water tap when the tap has been installed by a developer or his agent prior to the acceptance of the distribution mains in the development by the Town.
D. 
When a tap has been made for a new service connection, the curb stop shall be closed and shall not be opened unless the owner or authorized contractor applies for construction water. Construction water shall be made available for a flat charge as set forth in § 100-19B per calendar quarter or any portion thereof and payment shall be collected as other charges. If, however, in the opinion of the Superintendent, the amount of water to be used in connection with the proposed construction may exceed 15,000 gallons, he may require that a meter be installed. No person other than an authorized agent of the Department shall at any time turn on or turn off a curb stop.
A. 
No private mains may be installed or maintained without the approval of the Utility Advisory Board and the Town Council.
B. 
Private mains shall be installed at the expense of the applicant and shall consist of piping of a quality, type and size approved by the Superintendent and be separately controlled by a valve to be placed where directed by the Town. A meter shall also be installed at a point along the main to be designated by the Department; which point shall be between the tap and the point where the first branch goes off the private main.
C. 
Each branch or service connection from a private main shall be made only upon the written consent of the owners of the private main and shall be controlled at the connection by means of a stopcock.
D. 
Owners of the premises supplied from private mains or branch connections shall maintain the mains in good order, and when the private main is replaced by a public main or a private main or branch connection is abandoned, the owners shall be responsible for the closing of the controlling tap or for the disconnection of the stopcock or for any other work deemed necessary by the Town. Upon failure of the owner to properly maintain, disconnect or close a private main or a branch, after three days' written request by the Department, the Department may do the necessary work and charge the cost to the owner or owners to be collected as other charges.
E. 
The Town shall have the right to install meters upon the connections from the private main and to go upon the premises for the purpose of reading or removing or servicing the meters and to regulate the use in the same manner that other meters are regulated, and the users of water through the meters shall be subject to the same charges as are users of the water in the Town.
A. 
The Town may discontinue the service of water for any of the following reasons:
(1) 
Violation by any owner or occupant of any of the provisions of this section or any ordinances of the Town relative to the use and sale of water.
(2) 
For tampering with any service connections, pipe or line, meter, curb stop or sale of any other appliance belonging to the Town.
(3) 
For the refusal of reasonable access to property for the purpose of inspection or for reading meters.
(4) 
For failure to maintain in good condition any private main or branch connection, any service pipe or service connection.
B. 
A service charge as set forth in § 100-19C shall be made for either turning water on or off as the result of an infraction of any regulation or by request of the owner.
C. 
No voluntary discontinuance of service shall be effective unless the owner or occupant gives at least two days' written notice to the Town.
A. 
When a house is located on a public street within 100 feet of a public water main in that street, the owner will be required to tap the main, and only one meter per tap will be permitted.
B. 
When a house does not front on a public street, the structure may share common service and tap of a house fronting on the street, provided the service line is separated so that separate meter readings at each house will be possible.
C. 
When a common tap is used, the owner shall be charged as set forth in § 100-19D for the second and each succeeding 5/8 inch meter off the tap. These meters shall remain the property of the Town and be installed by the owner at his expense under the supervision of the Superintendent.
D. 
Water must not be allowed to run to waste to prevent freezing in the service pipes or their attachments, or for any other purpose, except when taken through a meter, and shall not be used for any other purposes than those indicated in the application and permit.
E. 
A meter shall be required in every house or building supplied with water from the mains. Meters shall be checked periodically for accuracy.
F. 
The stop at the curb shall not be used or tampered with other than by an authorized agent of the Water and Sewer Department.
G. 
No consumer shall supply water to any other person or family or permit them to take it except for use on his own premises and for the purposes specified in the application; nor shall be make any changes affecting the water supply without a written permit from the Superintendent of the Water and Sewer Department stating the particular changes to be made and the purposes for which the water is to be used, after water is introduced into any building or upon any premises.
H. 
When a water service is discontinued and the owner has no plans to use the service within a period of one year from the discontinuance, the service shall be shut off at the main at the owner's expense. The work shall be done either by a contractor of the owner's choice or by the Town on a cost basis. If the work is done by the Town, the cost or expense of shutting off the service shall become a lien upon the property involved, to be collected as other charges.
I. 
Any consumer wishing to discontinue the use of water supplied from the mains must give two days' written notice at the office of the Water and Sewer Department.
J. 
All persons are prohibited from opening or in any way interfering with any fire plug or hydrant for any purpose whatever, except under the direction of the Superintendent or his agent. The Chief of the Fire Department, his assistant officers and members of the Department are authorized to use the hydrants and plugs for the purpose of extinguishing fires or cleaning their engines and hose, or Department materials, or making trials of the hose or for drills, but all uses shall be under the direction and supervision of the Chief or his assistants, and in no event shall inexperienced or incompetent persons be permitted to manipulate or control in any way any hydrant, plug or other fixture.
K. 
Standpipes, sprinkler systems or other devices used for the suppression of fire shall be installed only after application is made to and approved by the Superintendent. The application shall show the existing or proposed system in sufficient detail to enable the Superintendent to render a decision based upon existing Department rules and policies. A detector check system shall be required to be installed. The approved systems shall at all times be subject to inspection by the Superintendent of the Department or his authorized agents. No person shall make any connection to any approved independent system or permit the making of any tap or connection whereby water may be drawn from the system to use for other than purposes of fire suppression and testing of the system. No alteration in or extensions to any approved system shall be made without first notifying the Superintendent. An annual charge for standpipes, sprinkler systems or other devices used for the suppression of fire shall be made at a rate as provided in § 100-19E per inch of fire line at the tap, payable the first billing after each installation and then annually at the first billing of each calendar year. Water used in any standpipe or sprinkler system or otherwise which is not operated as an independent approved system shall be charged at regular applicable rates, notwithstanding the fact that any portion of the water consumed is used or is available for the suppression of fire.
L. 
Hydrants authorized by the Town Council to be installed outside the Town shall be used only by authorized Fire Department personnel. Abuse of these hydrants or unauthorized use except in case of fire will be cause for removal. An annual charge as set forth in § 100-19F per year per hydrant shall be paid by the property owner or governmental unit involved for this service, except in cases where the hydrant was installed by agreement in consideration for a right-of-way over the property. For those property owners or governmental units that pay hydrant charges in excess of $1,000 per year, payments may be made to the Town on a quarterly basis and shall be due the Town on January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1 of each year. Installation and maintenance of the hydrants shall be made by the Town.
M. 
Street openings for the purpose of installing or repairing water or sewer lines must be made only by approved contractors and subject to inspection by representatives of the utility and in accordance with all applicable Town ordinances.
N. 
No person shall attach, alter or extend any water pipe or make any alterations in any tap, stop or other fixture, nor do any work calculated to increase the facilities for using water, nor turn on or off the connection to the main or at the curb without the consent of the Superintendent.
O. 
No person shall prevent or hinder any Town employee from making inspections at any reasonable time of all service connections, meters, taps and fixtures.
P. 
No person other than employees of the Town shall break or remove any seal placed upon a meter by the Town or its agents or employees, nor shall any person tamper with, deface or attempt to alter any meter. The owner shall be responsible for all meter repairs occasioned by other than ordinary wear, and the cost of repairs necessary because of negligent or willful misconduct of the owner or any other person except an agent of the Town shall, if remaining unpaid for more than 30 days after billing, become a lien on the owner's property and shall be collected as other charges.
Q. 
No person shall keep or store any explosives, acids or other substances likely to injure or damage the water supply system within 50 feet of any of the mains or appurtenances of the water supply or distribution system without first obtaining a permit from the Superintendent.
R. 
No person shall tap or connect any water main or insert a stopcock therein, except duly authorized employees of the Town.
S. 
No person except a Town employee or other authorized person shall open or close any valve in the public main or tamper or interfere with any valve or valve box cover.
T. 
No person shall use a service connection to supply premises or property other than that particularly described in the application hereinabove provided.
U. 
An owner may request that his meter be removed and tested in order to determine its accuracy. If tests indicate that the meter is recording in excess of 102% on a full flow, the owner shall be entitled to an adjustment in his last quarterly bill on the basis of the percentage in excess of 102%, and no charge shall be made for the test. If the test indicates the meter is recording less than 102% on a full flow, no adjustment in the owner's bill shall be made and the owner shall be charged as provided for in § 100-19G for making the test. No adjustments shall be made in any owner's bill because of leaks or for any other reason except as hereinabove set forth. Whenever due to malfunction a meter fails to record water consumption and a reading cannot be obtained, the owner shall be billed for the quarter an amount based upon the average of the readings for the four preceding quarters.
V. 
When the distance from the curb stop to the house or building to be serviced is less than 50 feet and the pipe is one inch or less in diameter, no joints shall be permitted. No sweat joints shall be permitted between the main and the meter, and only flared and IPS brass joints shall be allowed.
W. 
No water service pipes or any underground water pipes shall be run or laid in the same trench with a sewer service or drainage piping unless:
(1) 
The bottom of the water service pipe at all joints is at least 12 inches above the top of the adjacent sewer lines or drainage piping.
(2) 
The water service pipe shall be placed on a firm foundation at one side of the common ditch.
(3) 
The number of joints in the water service pipe is kept to a minimum.
(4) 
The materials and joints of the building drain and building sewer shall be installed in such manner and shall possess the necessary strength and durability to prevent the escape of solids, liquids and gases under all known adverse conditions, such as corrosion, strains due to temperature changes, settlement, vibrations and superimposed loads.
(5) 
Building sewers installed in the same trench with the water service pipe are constructed of durable materials which are corrosive-resistant, and are installed so as to remain watertight and rustproof. Only cast-iron pipe with watertight caulked and leaded joints, or other equivalent approved by the Superintendent, shall be acceptable for this construction.
X. 
When any street is to be rebuilt, notice shall be given by the Town to every person owning property abutting the street, requesting that the owner replace any galvanized or iron service connections with copper service connections within 30 days. If the owner, his agent or contractor fails to commence the work within the thirty-day period, the Town may do the work and bill the owner for the cost, to be collected as other charges.
If for any reason whatever the Superintendent deems it necessary to conserve or restrict the use of water, he shall inform the Town Council. The Council may then promulgate any restrictions on the use of water as may seem necessary or advisable. Notice of the restrictions shall be given by mailing or delivering a notice to each water consumer and by any other method as the council may provide.
No owner shall install, use or operate any air-conditioning unit or units which require the use of Town water in the system, unless the system is so constructed that the water can be recirculated. Any person who wishes to install, use or maintain an air-conditioning system which requires the use of Town water in the system shall, prior to the installation or use, file an application including a diagram of the installation, with the Superintendent. If the application meets all requirements of the Department, the Superintendent may issue a permit.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
Cross connections between the public water supply and any other water supply must include an approved double check valve installation approved by the State Department of Health and Senior Services in accordance with applicable statutes. No cross connections shall be put in use without the prior approval of the State Department of Health and Senior Services.