Borough of Point Pleasant, NJ
Ocean County
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[Ord. #695, S 1]
The Water and Sewer Utilities shall be combined and operated as one single Utility entitled "Borough of Point Pleasant Water and Sewer Utility."
[Ord. #368, S 105-9]
No person shall use or permit to be used on his premises any water for any purpose, without first having paid a rent for such purposes. In addition, no person shall use or permit to be used on his premises any of the water, contrary to any of the ordinances of the Borough or any of the rules or regulations relating to the use of the water.
[Ord. #368, S 105-45; Ord. #369, S 105-45; Ord. #472, S 105-48; Ord. #636, S 3; Ord. #646, S 3-1; Ord. #689, S 5; Ord. #710, S 4; Ord. #762; Ord. #710, S 2; Ord. #726, S 1; Ord. #775, SS 1, 2; Ord. #777, SS 1, 2; Ord. #90-11, SS 1, 2; Ord. #1996-04, SS 1, 2; Ord. #1997-05, S 1; Ord. #1997-06, SS 1, 2; Ord. #1999-11, S 1; Ord. #1999-15, SS 1, 2; Ord. #2000-04, S 3; Ord. #2000-24, SS 2, 3; Ord. #2001-08, SS 1, 2; Ord. #2003-08, S 1; Ord. #2003-28, S 1; Ord. #2005-26, S 1; Ord. #2006-04, S 1; Ord. #2010-16, Ord. #2011-07; Ord. #2011-13; Ord. #2012-09; Ord. #2013-15; Ord. #2013-21; amended 2-24-2020 by Ord. No. 2020-01]
a. 
Rates Established. "Water Service Unit" and "Sewer Service Unit," which shall be the basic unit upon which user fees and rates are established, shall mean and be defined, by customer class, as follows:
1. 
Class I. Each housing unit, including but not limited to, single-family dwellings, and single housing units in multiple-unit or multiple-purpose buildings or complexes shall be assigned one (1) water and sewer service unit;
2. 
Class II. Each room designated for overnight occupancy in, but not limited to, hotels, motels, nursing homes, health-care facilities and hospitals, shall be assigned a water and sewer service unit at a rate of .6 per room.
3. 
Class III. Each professional, commercial industrial or other establishment consuming in excess of twenty-five thousand (25,000) gallons quarterly shall be assigned an additional water and sewer service unit or part thereof as described herein. For water consumption in excess of twenty-five thousand (25,000) gallons quarterly, additional water and sewer units shall be assigned for the year in which the consumption exceeded twenty-five thousand (25,000) gallons at a rate of 0.25 sewer service units per each three thousand seven hundred fifty (3,750) gallons or fraction thereof, above the twenty-five thousand (25,000) gallon figure.
b. 
Sewer and water ready to serve charges shall be set at twenty-four ($24.00) dollars for water and fifty-five ($55.00) dollars for sewer, per quarter per service unit, effective March 1, 2020.
Water
$24.00
Sewer
$55.00
Total
$79.00
c. 
Sewer usage billing shall be minimally on a quarterly basis. Those homeowners who wish to install a second water meter, in order to not be charged for sewage flow based upon water usage which is not intended to be deposited into the sewer (i.e. outside the house gardening, filling of pool, car washing, etc.) may install a second water meter, for the charge as established in subsection 10-4.5 herein. No second tap fee will be required for those homeowners who wish to install a second water meter to monitor water usage which is not deposited into the sewer system, and therefore not part of a sewer charge to the owner. However, the second water meter will be installed by the homeowner, and inspected after an appropriate application is made to the Department of Public Works, in such a manner so that the second water meter will meter only water utilized for outside the home purposes which is not intended to and which does not become deposited into the sewer system. The owner shall be charged a connection fee of forty ($40.00) dollars for the second water meter.
d. 
Water usage shall be billed on a yearly rate of two dollars and sixty ($2.60) cents per thousand gallons, plus the aforesaid ready to serve charge. Water usage billing shall be minimally on a quarterly basis based on water meter readings taken quarterly. In addition, sewer usage charges shall be set at five dollars and twenty-five ($5.25) cents per thousand gallons, plus the aforesaid ready to serve charge. Sewer usage billing shall be based upon metered water utilized by the unit. The new water and sewer user rates will be instituted effective January 1, 2014.
e. 
The Point Pleasant Board of Education shall be billed for water and sewer usage as a Class III customer.
f. 
Credits. One time, nonrecurring credits to all existing water and sewer service accounts shall be as follows:
Item
Amount
Sewer Service Unit Charge
$10.00
Water Service Unit Charge
$2.00
Class III customers as defined in paragraph a. above shall be entitled to no more than one (1) sewer and one (1) water credit as defined above per establishment.
[Ord. #636, S 4]
In the event a user obtains a water supply from a private well, then the user shall install a meter at his own expense, the type and location of which is to be approved by the Borough. In the event that the user fails to install such meter within thirty (30) days after receiving notice, then the user shall pay a sewer charge based upon an estimated water consumption, which estimate shall be conclusive and binding upon the user.
[Ord. #368, S 105-42; Ord. #591, S 1-3; Ord. #710, S 1]
If any meter shall be found to be out of order so that it fails to properly register, the consumer shall be charged for the water supply at the daily average rate as previously shown by the same meter.
[Ord. #368, S 105-45; Ord. #369, S 105-45; Ord. #472, S 105-45; Ord. #480, S 105-45; Ord. #689, S 2-3; Ord. #710, S 2; Ord. #726, S 1]
All properties presently occupied or suitable for occupancy, or for which a certificate of occupancy shall have been issued, not connected to the Borough water system shall, within ninety (90) days after receiving notice from the Borough, connect to the Borough water system. Refusal to connect to the Borough water system in accordance with this Section shall be deemed a violation of the Chapter, and every day that such refusal continues shall be deemed a separate violation.
[Ord. #368, S 105-45; Ord. #369, S 105-45; Ord. #472, S 105-45; Ord. #480, S 105-45; Ord. #689, S 2-3; Ord. #710, S 2; Ord. #726, S 1]
All new major subdivisions receiving preliminary approval shall provide for water mains in any new streets or streets to be improved where such water mains do not presently exist in accordance with the recommendations of the Borough Engineer.
[Ord. #368, S 105-48; Ord. #91-41, S 1]
a. 
All pools filled with water through the individual consumer's meter shall only be done during the legal hours for water purposes.
[Ord. #1998-18, S 3]
a. 
There is hereby established a Sanitary Sewer Charge Review Committee composed of three (3) members of the Borough Council, whose duties it will be to review inquiries of Borough residents to determine whether certain sanitary sewer charges should be imposed upon them inasmuch as sanitary sewer services were purportedly not provided by the Borough, because the water did not flow through the sanitary sewer system which is owned and operated by the Borough. It is not the purpose of the Review Committee however to consider abatement of sewer charges for persons who have beneficial use of the water system for such purposes as filling swimming pools, washing automobiles, lawn sprinklers, etc. Those persons can avoid sanitary sewer charges by installing a second water meter. The Review Committee is to consider abatement of sewer charges only for those ratepayers who have unintentionally utilized water services because of, for example water leaks, freezing pipes, or other similar acts caused by negligence or inadvertence.
b. 
Upon written request by a Borough sanitary sewer ratepayer the Review Committee will review all documentation submitted including but not limited to invoices, review of previous quarterly billings to determine the average flow on a quarterly basis which had been the history of this ratepayer's experience, reports from various contractors (i.e. plumbers, carpenters, etc.) and consider sworn testimony. The burden of proof to avoid the sanitary sewer charge shall be placed upon the ratepayer.
c. 
If requested the Tax Collector shall provide input to the Review Committee as to his/her opinion of the request for an abatement of sanitary sewer charges.
d. 
After review of all evidence and testimony the Review Committee shall provide a written report and recommendation to the Borough Council. The Borough Council shall either accept, reject or modify the recommendation of the Review Committee.
e. 
Written notification of the decision of the Borough Council shall be provided to the ratepayer within fifteen (15) days of the adoption of the appropriate motion or resolution by the Borough Council.
[Ord. #636, S 5; Ord. #669, S 5; Ord. #689, S 6; Ord. #705, S 2; Ord. #710, S 5; Ord. #771, SS 1, 2; Ord. #816, S 1; amended 2-24-2020 by Ord. No. 2020-01]
a. 
Annual Charges. Annual charges set forth in Section 10-2 for water and sewage usage shall be billed minimally on a quarterly basis.
b. 
Quarterly Bills. Quarterly water and sewer bills shall be mailed at least fourteen (14) days prior to the due date for such bills.
c. 
Interest on Overdue Accounts. Interest rates on overdue water and sewer accounts shall be charged at the rate established annually by the Borough Council. A bill shall be charged interest if it is paid more than ten (10) days beyond the established due date. Interest on overdue accounts shall be charged retroactive to the due date of the bill if same is paid beyond the aforesaid ten (10) day period.
d. 
Failure to Pay Beyond Ninety (90) Days. Failure to pay billed water and sewer usage charges for a period of ninety (90) days beyond the due date may result in the water service furnished to the delinquent user being shut- off from any house, tenement, building or lot where the same is connected and water shall not again be supplied until the arrearages, with interest and penalties, together with a water shut-off fee of forty ($40.00) dollars and a water turn-on fee of fofty ($40.00) dollars , shall have been fully paid. Water shall not be shut-off unless a delinquent notice is forwarded, by ordinary mail, to the delinquent user at the billing address at least thirty (30) days prior to shut-off.
e. 
Overdue Charges to Become a Lien. In the event that any water and sewer service rate charges are not paid as hereinabove specified, the overdue charges shall become a lien against the property in question and shall be subject to collection, with interest, costs and penalties, in the same manner as used for the collection of delinquent taxes.
[Ord. #368, S 105-2; Ord. #723, S 1; Ord. #1997-05, S 2; amended 10-16-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-12]
a. 
All applications for introduction of water into any premises or its supply for any purpose must be made in writing, and such applications shall be made at least one day before ground shall be broken or the work commences; and after the owner of the property to be supplied or his authorized agent shall have signed an application, a permit shall be issued for the required supply, in which permit the date, the name of the owner of the property to be supplied and to whom issued, the location of the property, the size and diameter of proposed ferrule, the purpose of which the water is to be used and the rate to be charged therefor shall be specified, and a list shall be kept of the permits so issued and the name of the person so contracting for a supply of water.
b. 
Prior to the issuance of a connection permit, the property owner or his authorized agent shall pay to the Borough a separate connection fee for each service unit as defined in Chapter X, Subsection 10-2.3 of this Code. The per-service-unit connection fee shall be $200. In the case of affordable housing units, the per-service-unit fee shall be $100.
[Ord. #368, S 105-4]
No person shall, without a permit, introduce a ferrule into any public or private pipe or form any connection or communication whatever with the pipes or break ground for that or any other similar purpose, or if any persons shall introduce or use a ferrule or larger diameter, or make any attachment or do anything otherwise than as specified in his permit.
[Ord. #368, S 105-7]
No service pipe shall be cut or disconnected ahead of a water meter by any person.
[Ord. #368, S 105-42; Ord. #591, S 1—3; Ord. #710, S 1; Ord. #784, S 1; Ord. #1997-05, SS 3—5; amended 2-24-2020 by Ord. No. 2020-01]
a. 
When meters are installed, they shall remain the property of the Borough, and shall be kept in repair by the Borough. Meters shall be placed in locations easily accessible at all times to the agents and employees of the Borough, and shall not be disconnected, moved or disturbed in any manner whatsoever without authority from the Superintendent of Public Works, and no change in the location of any meter, or repairs to the same, shall be undertaken by any person other than a properly authorized employee of the Borough.
b. 
The owner or occupant of premises where a meter is installed shall not furnish water from his supply pipe to any other person or to any other premises.
c. 
If, in his opinion, the owner of any premises believes his meter to be incorrect, he/she may make application to the Department of Public Works to have it tested. The meter will then be removed and tested for accuracy. If found to be correct or running slow, the charge for the test will be one hundred ($100.00) dollars. If, however the meter is found to be running fast, same will be corrected or replaced at no charge to the owner.
d. 
When premises are to be unoccupied and water service discontinued for a period of time, the meter is to be removed if it is subject to damage as a result of the discontinuance. Application for such removal must be made to the Department of Public Works at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance. The charge for turning water off and removing the meter will be forty ($40.00) dollars. The charge for turning water on will be forty ($40.00) dollars. The charge for removing and storing the water meter will be fifty ($50.00) dollars. The charge for either turning water on or off without removal or replacement of the meter will be forty ($40.00) dollars. Temporary disconnections will not excuse owners from service unit charges. The charge to relocate an ARB box for new siding/fences/shrubs, etc., or installation of a box for the second meter will be twenty-five ($25.00) dollars.
e. 
The Department of Public Works will shut the water off at the curb and remove and store the meter. Under no circumstances will the Borough be responsible for draining the boilers, washing machines or the system in general. This is the responsibility of the owner.
f. 
Application for reinstallation shall be given at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance to the Department of Public Works.
g. 
If any meter or outside register is damaged same shall be repaired or replaced at the expense of the account holder. Repairs will no longer be done by the Borough.
h. 
The supply of water to all public buildings and property including, but not limited to, those owned, operated or maintained by the Board of Education, shall be metered. The Superintendent of Public Works shall conduct a yearly survey of water consumption in such public buildings and property and shall recommend to the Borough Council such water conservation measures as he/she shall deem necessary. Meters shall not, however, be installed for fire hydrants.
i. 
The supply of water to all new service units shall be metered no later than twenty-four (24) hours after a water tap is made, except that a reasonable extension of time may be granted by the Superintendent of Public Works in extenuating circumstances.
[Ord. #368, S 105-14; Ord. #457, S 105-14; Ord. #543, S 105-14; Ord. #723, S 2; Ord. #1997-05, S 6; Ord. #2003-25, S 1; amended 2-24-2020 by Ord. No. 2020-01]
a. 
The fee schedule for the provision of water taps including meters is hereby established as follows:
Size
Fee
3/4" (with 5/8" meter)
$1,250.00
1" (with 5/8" meter)
$1,300.00
1" (with 1" meter)
$1,525.00
1 1/2" (with 1 1/2" meter)
$3,200.00
2" (with 2" meter)
$4,150.00
b. 
The fee range for the provision of meters only is hereby established as follows:
Size
Fee
5/8" meter
$400.00
1" meter
$525.00
1 1/2" meter
$1,000.00
2" meter
$2,300.00
An additional one hundred thirty-nine ($139.00) dollars shall be charged if a manual read is not possible and radio read equipment is necessary.
c. 
The above costs do not include the road opening fee due to the Borough of one hundred ($100.00) dollars for road restorations (Borough roads only). All County and State roads are to be restored by the contractor, and will not be restored by Borough employees.
[Ord. #1997-05, S 7; Ord. #1999-12, S 1; amended 2-24-2020 by Ord. No. 2020-01]
The additional following miscellaneous charges shall apply to the particular situation:
a. 
Water meter jacket: forty ($40.00) dollars.
b. 
Utilize below dash search equipment to trace a customer water use: twenty-five ($25.00) dollars.
c. 
Check for leaks as a result of high bill complaints: fifty ($50.00) dollars.
d. 
Disconnect water and/or sewer service for demolition (curb or street): three hundred fifty ($350.00) dollars .
e. 
Water meter reading for closing of title, mortgage refinances, rental, etc., shall be as follows:
1. 
Thirty ($30.00) dollars if forty-eight (48) hour notice is given to the Borough.
2. 
Sixty ($60.00) dollars fee if less than forty-eight (48) hour notice is given to the Borough.
f. 
Emergency turn offs: two hundred fifty ($250.00) dollars minimum call-out charge plus twenty-five ($25.00) dollars per hour for each hour over four (4).
[Ord. #368, S 105-8]
Any persons authorized by the Department of Public Works shall, at all reasonable hours, have free access to all parts of the premises to which water is supplied, for the purpose of inspection, examination of fixtures, etc. and any person who shall resist or refuse to allow such access shall be subject to a penalty as established in Chapter I, Section 1-5. In addition thereto, the water supply of such person so refusing may be disconnected.
[Ord. #368, S 105-16]
Should the Department of Public Works have reason to believe that there is actual or probable evasion or disregard for the provision of this Chapter or any rules or regulations relating to the distribution of water in any building, lot of ground or premises into or through which pipes for conducting a supply of water have been laid, it shall and may be lawful for any persons authorized by the Superintendent of the Department of Public Works to enter at all reasonable times into such building, lot of ground or premises for the purpose of examining the pipes or other fixtures to ascertain whether the same are in proper order and repair, and for cutting of all pipes of communication or shutting off the stopcocks or detaching the ferrules where delinquencies occur in the payment of water rents. No person shall oppose or obstruct the aforesaid persons in making such examinations or shall turn on the water or cause the water to be turned on without authority.
[Ord. 4/21/76; Ord. 8/19/76, S 87-20]
As used in this Section:
BUILDING
shall mean any building or structure heretofore or hereafter constructed and designed and used for dwelling purposes, be it temporary or permanent, or designed or used for use or occupancy by persons.
CONNECTION DATE
shall mean, when used with respect to a building constructed prior to the date of the initial operation of a sewer available to serve the building, shall mean the ninetieth (90th) day next ensuing after the date of initial operation, and when used with respect to a building constructed after the date of initial operation of a sewer available to serve the building, the ninetieth (90th) day after the completion date of construction or date of receipt by the owner of a notice of the availability of sewers, whichever date shall be the earlier point in time.
LICENSED PLUMBER
shall mean a plumber licensed under the provisions of N.J.S.A. 45:14C et seq., the State Plumbing License Law of 1968, or the National Standard Plumbing Code/1975, as adopted by the rules and regulations promulgated under authority of the State Uniform Construction Code Act, P.L. 1975, c. 217 (N.J.S.A. 52:27D-119 et seq.).
SEWER
shall mean any sewer or main designed or used for the collection or disposal of sanitary sewage and located in any public street in the Borough.
[Ord. 8/9/76, S 87-21]
The owner of every residential, commercial or industrial building located upon any public street in the Borough in which a sewer is now constructed or shall hereafter be constructed shall, prior to the connection date with respect to the building, connect and hook up the sewerage facilities emanating from such building to the sewer.
[Ord. 4/21/76, S 87-22; Ord. 8/9/76, S 87-22]
The responsibility of the making of each connection with the sewer system shall be that of the respective property owners at their own expense. It is likewise the responsibility of each property owner to engage the services of a licensed plumber, as defined herein, to make the connection for the owner of each building and to check all plumbing facilities in and on the premises of the property owner. The connection may also be made by the property owner as set forth in the National Standard Plumbing Code/1975, as adopted by the rules and regulations promulgated under authority of the State Uniform Construction Code Act, P.L. 1975, c. 217 (N.J.S.A. 52:27D-119 et seq.).
[Ord. 8/9/76, S 87-23; Ord. #84-1, S 1; Ord. #1997-05, S 8; amended 10-16-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-12]
Prior to the commencement of any plumbing in the building relating to the sewage hook-up, the plumber or property owner shall complete an application for a permit on a form provided by the Board of Health of the Borough or other agency of the Borough which is so authorized by the Board of Health. Prior to the issuance of such a permit, the property owner or his or her authorized agent shall pay a separate connection fee for each service as defined in Subsection 10-2.2 of this Code. The per-service-unit connection fee shall be $700. The per-service-unit connection fee for affordable housing units shall be $350.
[Ord. 4/21/76, S 87-24; Ord. 8/9/76, S 87-24]
Every connection required by this Section shall be made in accordance with the National Plumbing Code/1975, as adopted by the rules and regulations promulgated under authority of the State Uniform Construction Code Act, P.L. 1975, c. 217 (N.J.S.A. 52:27D-119 et seq.).
[Ord. 8/9/76, S 87-25]
Upon being notified that a sewer is available to serve buildings on any property in the Borough, each property owner shall connect each building on the property with the sewer in accordance with the terms of this Section, as notified and directed by the Board of Health of the Borough.
[Ord. 8/9/76, S 87-26]
a. 
Notice to the property owners, with respect to which property an order is issued, pursuant to subsection 10-6.6, shall be given by the Board of Health of the Borough. All notices shall be addressed to the owners of the property as the names of the owners appear in the last tax duplicate of the Borough, shall describe the property by lot and block designation as the same appears on the Tax Map and by street address if a street address exists and shall state that, by order of the Board of Health of the Borough, the owner is required to connect each building on the property with a sewer in accordance with the terms of this Section, on or before the connection date, or any extension thereof, with respect to such building, or if such connection date shall have passed, within thirty (30) days after the service of such notice as hereinafter provided. The notice shall also describe the penalty which may be imposed hereunder for failure to comply with the notice and order in accordance with the terms of this Section.
b. 
The notice may be served, under the provisions of N.J.S.A. 26:3-31d, on the owner personally or by leaving it at his usual place of abode with a member of his family above the age of eighteen (18) years. The notice may also be served within or without the limits of the Borough by regular, certified or registered mail to the last known post office address of the owners as same appears on the last tax duplicate of the Borough.
[Ord. 8/9/76, S 87-27]
The property owner shall assume all responsibility for the proper and adequate venting and trapping of his building.
[Ord. 8/9/76, S 87-30]
If there is any damage to public property as a result of the connection of a building to a sewer, then it shall be the responsibility of the property owner and contractor to repair, rectify or pay for the damage.
[Ord. 8/9/76, S 87-31]
In a multiple-family dwelling, where one (1) or more sewer lateral connections may be made, the decision as to whether one (1) or more connections shall be made will be made by the Plumbing Subcode Official and the Borough Engineer, which decision shall be final.
[Ord. 8/9/76, S 87-32; New]
Any person violating the provisions of this Section shall be subject to a penalty as established in Chapter I, Section 1-5.
[Ord. 8/9/76, S 87-33]
In addition to the aforesaid penalties as set forth in subsection 10-6.11 above, if the owner of any property in the Borough shall fail to make any connection or installation required by this Section within the time prescribed, the Board of Health of the Borough may proceed to make such connection or installation or cause the same to be made and charge and assess the cost thereof against such property.
[Ord. 8/9/76, S 87-34]
If the owner of the property within the Borough has a valid contract with a licensed plumber for the connection of a sewer to his building and it is apparent from the contract that the connection with the sewer cannot be made on or before the connection date as defined herein, then an extension of time within which the connection must be made may be granted by the Board of Health in its discretion for successive periods of thirty (30) days upon the presentment of the contract, and any other evidence, to the Secretary of the Board of Health, who shall have the power to grant such extensions or refer them to the full Board for determination.
[Ord. 4/21/76, S 87-35; Ord. 8/9/76, S 87-35]
Water in swimming pools in the Borough shall not be discharged into the sanitary sewer system.
[Ord. #368, S 105-20; Ord. #429, S 105-20]
Should the Superintendent of the Department of Public Works determine that a violation of the provisions of this Chapter or any rules and regulations relating to the distribution of water in any building, lot or premises into or through which pipes for conducting a supply of water have been laid, it shall be lawful for the Superintendent of the Public Works Department to shut off the water supply to any such premises, building lot or lot of ground where the same is connected.
[Ord. #368, S 105-43]
The Council reserves the right to change the rules and regulations and the rates for the use of water; to make special rates or contracts, in all proper cases; to shut off the water for alterations, extensions and repairs; to stop and restrict the supply of water whenever it may be found necessary; and to attach meters at any time Council may deem it expedient, and to thereafter charge for the quantity of water measured and used and to make reasonable charges for the use of such meters. The Borough shall not be liable under any circumstances for a deficiency or failure in the supply of water, whether occasioned by the shutting off of water to make repairs or connections, or for any other cause whatsoever.
[Ord. #368, S 105-12]
All persons who may be supplied with water from any of the Borough mains shall keep their own service pipes, and apparatus in good repair and protected from frost and at their own risk and expense, and shall prevent any unnecessary waste of water, and it is expressly stipulated that no claim shall be made against the Borough by reason of the breaking of any service pipe or service cock of other fixtures or from damage arising from shutting off water to repair or alter mains or to make connections with the same.
[Ord. #368, S 105-25; and S 105-37]
a. 
Injuring or Breaking Water or Sewer System Prohibited. No person shall break, injure, or do any damage whatever to any engine, pump or machinery or to any engine house or other structure, or to any pipe valve, stopcock, fire hydrant or other fixture or appurtenances appertaining to or connected with the waterworks, or shall throw or put stones, earth, filth or any foreign matter or substance whatever into the reservoirs, wells or waterways, or place sticks, stones or other matter in curb boxes or shall dig or break the earth in any of the streets or grounds, for the purpose of disturbing, moving or injuring any pipes, valves or other fixtures or appurtenances or of obstructing the passage of water through the same.
b. 
Repair of Damage to Mains, Services or Fixtures. Any damage to service pipes, street mains, valves, hydrants or other fixtures or loss by leakage occasioned thereby shall be made good by the person or corporation causing the same.
[Ord. #194; Ord. #368, S 105-19]
All lead-in pipes from the water main tap to the curb stop shall be of Type K copper.
[Ord. #368, S 105-21; New]
Whenever two (2) or more separate or distinct buildings or premises are to receive water by means of branch or subservice pipe supplied by one (1) pipe from the main, each branch must be independently arranged with stopcock and box in the manner to be designated by the Superintendent of Public Works; all stopcocks used upon services shall be of the kind shown as "round water way."
[Ord. #368, S 105-22; New]
Stopcocks, unless otherwise specially permitted, shall be connected with service pipe within the sidewalk at or near the curbline, and shall be enclosed in and protected by an iron box or cover of a design approved by the Superintendent of Public Works.
[Ord. #368, S 105-24]
Every service pipe must be provided with a stop-and-waste cock for the use of the consumer, located within the building, easily accessible and beyond damage of frost, and so placed that water can be conveniently shut off and drawn from the pipes.
[Ord. #368, S 105-23; New]
Every property located upon a street, alley or byway through which a water main is laid into which water from the public supply is introduced shall be provided with an independent service pipe from the water main, unless otherwise directed by the Superintendent of Public Works.
[Ord. #368, S 105-29; S 105-30; New]
a. 
Prohibited. No person shall permit water to flow unnecessarily from any part of a private pipe or fixture, even to prevent freezing, or shall permit any waste of water on his premises or the premises occupied by him/her, either within a building or upon any yard, street or alley.
b. 
Correction of Leaks. Any person authorized by the Superintendent of the Public Works Department to inquire at any dwelling or other place where any unnecessary waste of water proceeds into the cause of the same, and if the waste arises from the want of repair in the pipes or fixtures, and if the owner or occupant of the premises shall neglect or refuse, upon twenty-four (24) hours' notice being given, to have the necessary repairs made forthwith, the authorized person is hereby authorized and empowered to shut off the water leading to such place or premises. Any person who shall turn on the water before the necessary repairs are made shall be subject to a penalty as established in Chapter I, Section 1-5.
[Ord. #368, S105-41; Ord. #90-10, SS 1, 2]
The right of using Borough supplied water through a hose or sprinkler for the watering of lawns, gardens or shrubbery is expressly held subject to the right of the Borough to revoke the right at any time when in its opinion the supply of water is too low to admit of the right to exercise such right. The use of any hose or sprinkler shall be restricted to use on the premises of the taker and shall be used during the following days and hours only:
a. 
From May 15 to September 15 of the calendar year:
1. 
For those premises with a street address of an even number:
2. 
Between 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., on even numbered days only.
3. 
For those premises with a street address of an odd number:
4. 
Between 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on odd numbered days only.
b. 
From September 16 to May 14 of the calendar year: No restrictions.
[Ord. #368, S 106-2]
There is hereby created the office of Borough Water Plant Operator.
[Ord. #368, S 106-1]
It shall be, the duty of the Borough Water Plant Operator to be in direct charge of public water-treatment plants, public sewerage-treatment plants and/or public water-supply systems in the Borough and to undertake other duties as can be assigned. The Borough Water Plant Operator shall be responsible for and supervise the condition, operation and effectiveness of the structures comprising the plants or systems, and shall be responsible for the safeness or quality of the effluence discharged or delivered from the plants or systems. The Borough Water Plant Operator shall be under the direct supervision of the Borough Superintendent.
[Ord. #636, S 6; Ord. #92-46, S 1; Ord. #94-3, SS 1—4; Ord. #1997-05, S 9; amended 2-24-2020 by Ord. No. 2020-01]
The following regulations shall govern the sewerage system within the Borough:
a. 
No user shall discharge or permit to be discharged into the Point Pleasant Sewerage System:
1. 
Any stormwater, surface water, groundwater, roof runoff, swimming pool water, subsurface drainage, foundation or basement sump drainage, uncontaminated cooling water, exhaust water or exhaust steam or unpolluted industrial process waters.
2. 
Oils, tar, grease, combustible gases and liquids, insoluble solids of any kind, or other substances which would impair, impede, affect, interfere with or endanger the sewerage system or any part thereof.
3. 
Any gasoline, benzene, naptha, paints, lacquers, fuel oil, or other flammable or explosive liquid, solid or gas which by reason of its nature or quality may cause fire or explosion or which, in any way, may be injurious to personnel or the sewerage system.
4. 
Substances of such a nature as to form noxious or malodorous gases or substances which either singularly or through interaction with other wastes or substances found in wastewater treatment processes create a public nuisance, hazard to life, or prevent entry into any portion of the sewerage system for operational duties, maintenance or repair.
5. 
Solids or viscous substances in quantities or of such size capable of causing obstruction to the flow in sewers, or other interference with the proper operation of the sewerage system such as, but not limited to, ashes, cinders, sand, mud, straw, plastics, wood, paunch manure, hair, fleshings, offal, shavings, metal, glass, rags, feathers, tar, entrails, paper products, etc.
6. 
Any garbage not properly shredded.
7. 
Any septic tank or cesspool wastes.
8. 
Any waters or wastes having an objectionable color which is not removable in the waste water treatment facility.
b. 
No user shall discharge or permit to be discharged the following described substances, materials, waters or wastes, if it appears likely in the opinion of the Borough such wastes can impair, impede, affect, interfere with or endanger the sewerage system, or interfere with the efficiency of operation. The prohibited substances are:
1. 
Any liquid or vapor having a temperature higher than one hundred fifty (150°F) degrees Fahrenheit or sixty-five (65°C) degrees Centigrade.
2. 
Any water or waste containing fats, wax, grease, or oils, whether emulsified or not, in excess of one hundred (100 mg/1) milligrams/liter or containing substances which may solidify or become viscous at temperatures between thirty-two (32°F) degrees Fahrenheit and one hundred fifty (150°F) degrees Fahrenheit or zero (0°C) degrees Centigrade and sixty-five (65°C) degrees Centigrade.
3. 
Wastes containing phenolic compounds over 1.0 ppm, expressed as phenol.
4. 
Any liquids having a pH exceeding a minimum value of 5.5 or a maximum value of 9.5 or found to be excessively corrosive.
5. 
Any radioactive substances.
6. 
Any liquid having a flash point lower than two hundred thirty-five (235°F) degrees Fahrenheit (one hundred thirteen (113°C) degrees Centigrade) as determined by the T gliabue (Tag.) closed cup method.
7. 
Any waters or wastes with biochemical oxygen demand (SOD) in excess of three hundred (300) ppm by weight.
8. 
Any waters or wastes with a suspended solids content in excess of three hundred (300) ppm, or containing suspended solids of such character or quantity that unusual attention or expense is required to handle or treat such materials.
9. 
All wastes containing corrosive, toxic or poisonous substances in sufficient quantity to cause injury, damage or hazard to personnel, structures or equipment, or interfere with the sewerage system or any portion of the liquid or solids treatment or handling processes, or that will pass through the treatment facilities in such condition that it will not achieve State, Federal or other existing requirements for the effluent or for the receiving waters. The following chemicals are specifically mentioned: arsenic and arsenicals; cyanides, copper and copper salts; chromium, mercury and mercurials; nickel and nickel compounds; silver and silver compounds; zinc and zinc compounds; toxic dyes (organic or mineral); sulganamides; cresols, alcohols, aldehydes; chlorinated hydrocarbons; chlorine in excess of one hundred (100) ppm; iodine; fluorine; bromine; all strong oxidizing agents such as peroxides, chromates, cichromates, permanganates, etc., compounds producing hydrogen sulphide or any other toxic flammable or explosive gases, either upon acidifications, alkalization, reduction or oxidation; strong reducing agents such as nitrates, sulfites, sulphides; strong acids or strong alkalis.
10. 
Unusual volume of flow or concentration of wastes constituting "slugs" as defined by the Ocean County Sewerage Authority regulations.
11. 
Water or wastes containing substances which are not amenable to treatment or reduction by the wastewater treatment processes employed, or are amenable to treatment only to such degree that the treated effluent cannot meet the requirement of other agencies having jurisdiction over discharge to the receiving water.
c. 
In addition, all rules and regulations adopted by the Ocean County Sewerage Authority in reference to its requirements for the acceptance of sewerage flow are hereby established as additional requirements of the Point Pleasant Borough Sewerage System. Copies of the rules and regulations are available for public inspection in the office of the Point Pleasant Borough Clerk.
d. 
It shall be the responsibility of the property owner to maintain the sewerage system from the point of origin within the property up to and including the connection (commonly referred to as the "FERNCO" connection) hook-up at the area of the property line. All blockages, damage, and/or other disturbance within or made to said section and any repair, replacement or service required to maintain the proper function of the above mentioned section, shall be the sole responsibility of the property owner.
e. 
During periods of other than normal work hours (overtime), should the Department of Public Works be required to investigate, repair, or service a blockage which is later determined to have been caused by a faulty connection (commonly referred to as the "FERNCO" connection) or any other damage or blockage to the system previously described to be within the responsibility of the property owner, then a service charge shall be levied against the property owner in the amount hereafter specified.
f. 
Service charges for all work as referenced in Section 10-12e shall be as follows:
1. 
Two hundred fifty ($250.00) dollars minimum call-out charge plus twenty-five ($25.00) dollars per hour charge for any time over four hours, presuming that the need for the service rendered by the Department is a result of homeowner negligence or error.
[Ord. #368, S 105-50]
Any person convicted of a violation of any Section or part of a Section of this Chapter shall be subject to a penalty as established in Chapter I, Section 1-5.
[Ord. #90-6, S 1]
It is in the public's health, safety, and welfare in the Borough to exclude from the public sewers discharges of oils, greases, and other harmful substances.
[Ord. #90-6, S 1]
All retail food establishments, catering establishments, commercial food preparation facilities, and meat processing facilities shall maintain their grease traps with treatments of microorganisms.
[Ord. #90-6, S 1]
Where installed, all such grease traps with treatments of microorganisms shall be maintained by the property owner, or his agent, at his expense, in continuously efficient operation at all times.
[Ord. #90-6, S 1]
The microorganisms shall be of a type approved by the Director of Public Works, and shall be applied in accordance with manufacturers specifications.
[Ord. #90-6, S 1]
Any person convicted of a violation of any Section or any part of this Section 10-14, shall be subject to a penalty as established in Section 1-5. Any violation of this Section or any part of this Section 10-14, shall be of a continuing nature without the requirement of additional summonses being issued.
[Ord. #1997-05, S 10]
Editor's Note: Ordinance No. 1997-05 was adopted as Section 10-14. It was renumbered as Section 10-15 to facilitate codification.
a. 
Locate a curb box/sewer clean out - no charge.
b. 
Repair/lower/raise curb box - clean out - no charge.
c. 
Repair sewer blockages (non-overtime) - fifty ($50.00) dollar charge if the problem is caused by the owner. No charge if it is the Borough's responsibility.
[Ord. #14-2005, S 2]
a. 
No person shall connect or be allowed to connect to any part of the municipal water system without a water meter being installed by Point Pleasant Borough.
b. 
No person shall connect or be allowed to connect to any part of the municipal water system without first having a properly installed backflow prevention device approved by Point Pleasant Borough.
c. 
No person shall connect or be allowed to connect into any part of the sewer system located within Point Pleasant Borough any drain or drain leader or gutter designed to collect precipitation, ground or surface waters.
d. 
No person shall connect or be allowed to be connect into the sewer system of Point Pleasant Borough any residence, commercial buildings, institutions, factories or industrial establishments without first obtaining a permit therefor from Point Pleasant Borough and payment of the required fee to Point Pleasant Borough.
[Ord. #14-2005, S 2]
Applications for connection to the municipal water system and sanitary sewer system of Point Pleasant Borough shall be made to Point Pleasant Borough on forms provided by Point Pleasant Borough. The application fee and connection fee as set forth in the user charge schedule shall accompany the application.
[Ord. #14-2005, S 2]
a. 
Water Meters are Required. All water taps made and services installed must be metered.
b. 
No person other than an employee of Point Pleasant Borough shall remove, replace or in any manner interfere or tamper with a meter attached to a water pipe used or intended to be used to supply water to any building. This applies whether the meter is set within or without a building. Any plumbing configuration intended to bypass the meter is prohibited and shall be considered theft of service.
[Ord. #14-2005, S 2]
a. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to place, deposit or permit to be deposited in any unsanitary manner on public or private property within Point Pleasant Borough or in any area under the jurisdiction of the Borough any human or animal excrement, garbage or other objectionable waste without the approval of the Borough Council, Point Pleasant Borough Board of Health and Point Pleasant Borough.
b. 
It shall be unlawful to discharge to any natural outlet within Point Pleasant Borough or in any area under the jurisdiction of the Borough any sewage or other polluted waters, except where suitable treatment has been provided in accordance with subsequent provisions of this Chapter.
c. 
Except as hereinafter provided, it shall be unlawful to construct or maintain any privy, privy vault, septic tank, cesspool or other facility intended or used for the disposal of sewage on any lot within the Borough that abuts a street, alley or right-of-way in which there is located a public sanitary sewer line.
d. 
The owner of each house, building or property used for human occupancy, employment, recreation or other purposes situated within the Borough and abutting on any street, alley or right-of-way in which there is now located or may in the future be located a public sanitary sewer of the Borough, is hereby required, at his expense, to install suitable toilet facilities therein and to connect such facilities directly with the proper public sewer in accordance with the provisions of this Chapter within ninety (90) days after date of official notice to do so.
[Ord. #14-2005, S 2]
a. 
No unauthorized person shall uncover, make any connections with or opening into, use, alter or disturb any public sewer or appurtenance thereof without first obtaining a written permit from Point Pleasant Borough.
b. 
All costs and expenses incident to the installation and connection of the building sewer shall be borne by the owner. The owner shall indemnify Point Pleasant Borough for any loss or damage that may directly or indirectly be occasioned by the installation of the building sewer.
c. 
No person shall make connection of roof downspouts, exterior foundation drains, areaway drains or other sources of surface runoff or groundwater to a building sewer or building drain which in turn is connected directly or indirectly to a public sanitary sewer.
d. 
The connection of the building sewer into the public sewer shall conform to the requirements of the Building and Plumbing Codes or other applicable rules or regulations of the Borough. Any deviation from the prescribed procedure and material must be approved by the Borough before installation.
e. 
All excavations for building sewer installation shall be adequately guarded with barricades and lights so as to protect the public from hazard. Streets, sidewalks, parkways and other public property disturbed in the course of the work shall be restored in a manner satisfactory to the Borough.
[Ord. #14-2005, S 2]
Under no circumstances shall curb stops be opened or closed by any person without authorization of Point Pleasant Borough, except that a licensed plumber may open or close a curb stop to test his work or to make emergency repairs. Any unauthorized person who shall turn on water at the curb for any other purpose shall be liable for such fine or penalty as determined for violation of this Chapter.
[Ord. #14-2005, S 2]
No person shall break, damage, destroy, uncover, deface or tamper with any structure, meter, line or appurtenance or any equipment which is part of the municipal water system.
[Ord. #14-2005, S 2]
No unauthorized person shall tamper with, operate or cause to be operated any municipal water system fire hydrant without first having obtained a permit from Point Pleasant Borough.
[Ord. #14-2005, S 2]
Representatives of Point Pleasant Borough shall have the power to enter, at all reasonable times and after reasonable notice, any premises on which municipal water equipment is installed for the purpose of reading meters and inspecting, rehabilitating, improving, repairing, replacing or upgrading such equipment.
[Ord. #14-2005, S 2]
Any person convicted of a violation of any section or part of this Section 10-16 shall be subject to a penalty as established in Section 1-5. Any violation of this Section or any part of this Section 10-16 shall be of a continuing nature without the requirement of additional summonses being issued. Any penalty established herein is in addition to any and all of the civil remedies available to Point Pleasant Borough in the event of theft of service or damage to Borough property.
[Added 10-16-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-12]
a. 
A credit, applicable to the connection fee to be charged for a reconnection of a disconnected property that was previously connected to the sewerage system, shall be given, provided that:
1. 
The property has been connected to the sewerage system for at least 20 years; and
2. 
Service charges have been paid for the property in at least one of the last five years.
b. 
The credit required under Subsection (a) shall be calculated as follows:
1. 
If the reconnection does not require any new physical connection or does not increase the nature or size of the service or the number of units, or does not expand the use of the water or sewerage system, the credit shall be equal in amount to the new connection fee ($1,500 per unit).
2. 
If the reconnection requires a new physical connection, increases the nature or size of the service or the number of service units, or expands the use of the water or sewerage system, the credit shall be equal in amount to any connection fee previously paid for the property, and the Township shall charge the difference between the credit and the connection fee for the new use.
3. 
If no connection fee was ever paid for the property, but all service charges due and owing on the property have been paid for at least 20 years, the credit shall be equal in the amount to new connection fee; provided, however, that any charges due and owing pursuant to Subsection b2 of this subsection shall be paid.
c. 
If no connection fee was ever paid for a disconnected property that is to be reconnected and which was previously connected to the water or sewerage system for at least 20 years, the Township shall charge, in addition to amount due and owing after application of a credit pursuant to this section, a connection fee equal to the lesser of:
1. 
Twenty percent of the service charges that would have been paid based upon the usage for the last full year that the property was connected to the water or sewerage system for the period from the date of the disconnection from the sewerage system to the date of the new connection; or
2. 
The new connection fee.
d. 
A credit shall not be allowed under this section for a property that has been disconnected from the water or sewerage system for more than five years.
e. 
As used in this section, "disconnected property" means a property that has been physically disconnected from the water or sewerage system or a property not physically disconnected but to which service has been discontinued without payments being made. A "disconnected property" shall not include a property that has been temporarily disconnected from the water or sewerage system or to which service has been discontinued without payments being made for less than 12 consecutive months and is being reconnected as it existed, prior to the temporary disconnection of discontinuance of service.
f. 
For a property connected to the water or sewerage system for less than 20 years, the Township may charge an additional connection fee for an addition, alternation, or change in use that materially increases the level of use and imposes a greater demand on the water or sewerage system, but does not involve a new physical connection of the property to the water or sewerage system.
g. 
The connection fee authorized by Subsection f of this section shall be equal to the amount by which the increased use and demand on the sewerage system exceeds the use and demand that existed prior to such addition, alteration or change in use.
h. 
Nothing in this section shall be construed to preclude the Township from charging a new or additional connection fee for any new or additional connections of a property to the water or sewerage system, or for any increase in the size of an existing connection or for any new construction or additional service units connected to the water or sewerage system that materially increases the level of use or demand on the sewerage system.
i. 
As used in this section, "materially increases" means any increase in the number of service units; or any other change which increases the level of use or demand on the water or sewerage system by 15% or more over the highest actual annual use and demand that existed prior to the ten-year period immediately preceding the addition, alternation or change in use; provided, however, that, if the property has been connected to the water or sewerage system for less than 10 years, the average level of use and demand shall be calculated based on the actual period of connection.