[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Willingboro as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Connection to Public Facilities
Article II Water Conservation
[Derived from Sec. 10-3 of the 2003 Revised General Ordinances]
All buildings located upon any street within the Township of Willingboro and utilized for human habitation or occupancy on either a permanent or temporary basis or which are used for commercial, industrial or institutional purposes, which buildings are located upon a street in which public water facilities shall be constructed either in that street or in an easement upon or adjacent to the lot on which the building is located, shall be connected with and thereafter remain connected to the sewer within 60 days after the completion of the same and upon proper notification thereof as required by law. It shall be the responsibility of the owner of the building to make the connections and installation previously referred to within the time period herein prescribed.
Every connection required by this article to be made shall be accomplished in the manner and with materials conforming to the Plumbing Code of the Township of Willingboro and the amendments and supplements thereof and thereto.
In the event that the owner of any building located within the Township of Willingboro shall fail to make any connection or installation required to be made under the provisions of this article within the time prescribed, the Township may proceed to make such connection or installation or to cause the same to be made and charge and assess the costs thereof against the property.
Any person violating the provisions of this article shall, upon conviction, be punishable as provided in Chapter 1, Article II, General Penalty.
[Adopted 5-4-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-4]
Water conservation guidelines for all users, including residential, commercial, academic, municipal properties and parks and recreation fields. Except as may be further restricted in accordance with § 365-6 below, the use of water within the Township of Willingboro, regardless of the source of water (public or private), shall consider the following:
All citizens shall be urged to observe indoor conservation measures at all times.
All citizens shall be urged to:
Limit lawn watering.
Limit watering of lawns to 20 minutes, three times per week, when rain is absent.
Water during times of less evaporation at early morning or early evening.
Water shrubs and flowers with a handheld hose with automatic shutoff nozzle or soaker hose or drip irrigation.
Wash vehicles with a handheld hose equipped with an automatic shutoff nozzle when not using a commercial car wash.
In order to encourage participation in water conservation and practice the guidelines set forth in this article, an e-mail blast will be sent quarterly to emphasize the significance of conserving our natural resources.
State of New Jersey requirements shall supersede when more stringent than Township of Willingboro water conservation guidelines.
Per New Jersey P.L. 2000, c. 107 (N.J.S.A. 52:27D-123.13), operational automatic rain sensor devices are required for all sprinkler/irrigation systems installed after September 8, 2000, to ensure that watering does not occur during periods of rain.
In addition, all automatic sprinkler/irrigation systems installed prior to September 8, 2000, must be equipped with an operational automatic rain sensor device by April 30, 2011, making this requirement for all systems.
Enforcement of rain sensors on automatic sprinkler/irrigation systems. The automatic rain sensor requirement imposed pursuant to this section shall be enforced by the local authorized official.
Penalties. A warning will be issued for a first offense, and, upon the verification for a second offense, green service may be delegated. Any person or business that thereafter violates the water use restrictions imposed pursuant to this section requiring rain sensors shall be subject to the penalty provisions of Chapter 1, Article II, General Penalty, of the Code of the Township of Willingboro.
A water emergency may be declared upon action by declaration of the Township of Willingboro.
Whenever the Willingboro Municipal Utilities Authority (WMUA), in its professional judgment, finds that emergency conditions exist within the municipality, it shall recommend to the Township that a water emergency be declared. Said recommendation shall contain findings which specify which water use restrictions, if any, contained in § 365-6 below are appropriate.
Factors which the WMUA may consider in making said recommendation include, but are not limited to, the following:
Lack of precipitation for an extended time period;
Below-average water levels in municipal streams or other surface water bodies;
Declaration of a water emergency by the Governor;
Declaration of a water emergency by a surrounding municipality or municipalities;
Designation by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection of a drought watch or drought warning condition;
Below-average water levels in wells monitored by the United States Geological Survey, New Jersey Geological Survey or other wells monitored by agencies of the United States or New Jersey;
Evidence of low or dirty water yields in private wells in the municipality; or
Declaration of a water emergency resulting from infrastructure failure or any other safe drinking water emergency issues.
Upon receiving such a recommendation, the Township Council may accept the WMUA's recommendation and findings, or any portion thereof, and declare a water emergency in the municipality.
Upon declaring a water emergency, the water use restrictions as stated below or as defined by the State of New Jersey, if more stringent, shall take effect until the declaration has been lifted.
Upon declaring that a water emergency exists in the municipality in accordance with § 365-5:
All citizens shall be urged to observe voluntary indoor conservation measures.
Water uses and restrictions, including but not limited to those below, may be included in a water emergency resolution:
The watering of all plant growth, except commercially grown food crops, sod at commercial sod farms and golf courses and nursery stock at nurseries or retail outlets;
The washing of vehicles, except for emergency vehicles and by a commercial enterprise whose primary function is car washing, regardless of whether the operation is mobile or stationary or in those instances where a threat to public health may exist;
The washing of driveways, sidewalks, decks, patios or paved areas;
The serving of water in restaurants, clubs, or eating places, unless specifically requested by patrons;
The use of fire hydrants by fire companies for testing fire apparatus and for Fire Department drills, except as the Municipal Fire Chief deems necessary in the interest of public safety;
The use of fire hydrants by municipal road departments, contractors, and all others, except as necessary for fire-fighting or protection purposes;
The use of water for all outdoor recreational purposes;
The washing of the outside of dwellings, buildings, or other structures, except windows;
The operation of any ornamental fountain or other structure making a similar use of water, except as necessary to preserve or support fish and aquatic life;
The washing of streets via a street sweeper, except in those instances where reclaimed water for beneficial reuse (RWBR) is authorized under a valid New Jersey Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NJPDES) permit;
The following restrictions may be imposed on the water uses stated in this § 365-6:
Limiting all outdoor usage which is not strictly prohibited by this section to the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. or between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
The watering of any single area shall not exceed thirty minutes per day.
Any other restriction specified by the Council of the Township of Willingboro which is reasonable under the circumstances, considering the nature and extent of the water emergency.
Any water use restriction imposed pursuant to this section may be amended by the Council of the Township of Willingboro to add, alter, or delete any restriction in this section at any time during the water emergency.
Any water use restriction imposed pursuant to this section shall apply equally to both users of privately owned wells and users served by a public water system, currently a private water purveyor.
Nothing in this section shall be read so as to prohibit, restrict or limit water usage where a bona fide health emergency exists.
Whenever the Municipal Engineer, in his or her professional judgment, finds that the emergency drought conditions in the municipality have abated, he or she shall recommend to the Council of the Township of Willingboro that the water emergency cease. Upon such a recommendation to cease, the Council may declare the water emergency ended and the water use restrictions identified in § 365-6 of this article inapplicable.
Reasonable attempts shall be made to notify citizens and residents of the municipality of the existence of a water emergency, the restrictions imposed, and the penalties for violations.
The water use restrictions imposed pursuant to this article shall be enforced during a water emergency by the local authorized official. The local authorized official shall enforce violations of the water use restrictions regardless of the source of the water.
After a warning for a first offense in accordance with § 365-8 of this article, any person or business that thereafter violates the water use restrictions imposed pursuant to this article shall be subject to the penalty provisions stated in Chapter 1, Article II, General Penalty, of the Code of the Township of Willingboro.