[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Woodbury Heights 7-15-87 as Ord. No. 14-87. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Editor's Note: Section VI of this ordinance provided as follows: "This ordinance shall take effect upon its final passage and publication according to law and shall be entirely contingent upon the existence of a drought emergency as declared by the Governor of this state or by resolution of the governing body of this municipality."
There exists in the Borough of Woodbury Heights a need to regulate the use of water throughout the community.
The adjustable uses of water are regulated as follows:
The watering of lawns is prohibited, except as noted below:
Newly installed sod may be watered with sprinklers for 60 days from the date of planting, from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. or from 12:00 midnight to 6:00 a.m., with watering not to exceed 45 minutes per area watered at any one time. Watering with sprinklers within one hour after laying is permitted.
Companies engaging in the installation or repair of lawn irrigation systems may test a customer's newly installed or newly repaired sprinkler system for a maximum of 10 minutes per sprinkler zone with no more than 10 minutes of watering allowed in the same area. During the period of the test, a sign shall be displayed on the front lawn which shall be at least four by four (4 x 4) feet in size, with lettering large enough to be clearly visible from the nearest road. The sign shall read: "Authorized limited testing of sprinkler system," with the company name, address and telephone number.
Lawns within the municipal confines of the Borough of Woodbury Heights may be watered between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., and 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. Residents living in odd-numbered houses may water on the odd days of the month, while residents living in even-numbered houses may water on the even days of the month. All watering is to be done within the times as outlined herein. In no event shall any section or area of lawn be continuously watered for a period in excess of one hour.
[Amended 8-17-88 by Ord. No. 18-1988] .
The watering of plants, shrubs and vegetable gardens is prohibited by any means other than by bucket, can or hand-held hose equipped with a nozzle, which will shut off automatically when dropped. An exception to this subsection allows for the watering of plants, shrubs and vegetable gardens during the first 60 days after planting between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. every day of the week provided that the expense of the plants, shrubs and vegetable gardens is in excess of $1,000.
Washing of vehicles.
[Amended 8-17-88 by Ord. No. 18-1988]
The washing of vehicles other than businesses engaged exclusively in car washing shall be permitted during those same hours wherein the resident is permitted to water his lawn in accordance with § 108-2A(3).
The following requirements shall be met at all commercial car-washing facilities:
Pre-rinses of vehicles shall be permitted only with recycled water.
Rinse cycles shall be 40 seconds or less per vehicle. This may be accomplished by increasing conveyor speeds.
Additional measures shall be implemented, such as reducing the size of water nozzles where possible and plugging all unnecessary outflows, further reducing consumption.
All fixtures and equipment shall be inspected for leaks on a daily basis. Necessary repairs shall be made immediately.
The use of water in the sweeping or washing of streets, driveways, sidewalks or paved areas is prohibited, except in those instances where a threat to public health may exist, as certified by the Municipal Department of Health. A minimum amount of water should be used to accomplish any given task.
The use of fire hydrants by fire companies for testing or for Fire Department drills is prohibited, except as deemed necessary in the interest of public safety and specifically approved by the municipal governing body and the purveyor.
The use of fire hydrants by the Public Works Department, contractors and all others is prohibited, except as necessary for fire fighting, fire-protection purposes or in those cases where a business has traditionally used water from hydrants with purveyor permission and provided that all water used is metered and that such usage is necessary for the maintenance of said business.
The use of water for outdoor recreational purposes is prohibited, subject to the following exceptions:
Swimming pools may be filled once per season. Water remaining in them from the previous pool season shall not be drained out.
Do not drain a partially filled pool for maintenance.
Swimming pool covers should be removed during rains.
Roof drain pipes should be altered to divert drainage into the pool.
Collected rainwater should be used to the maximum extent possible to fill the pool and to maintain the minimum water level required for health and safety.
The use of any water for ornamental purposes, including fountains, artificial waterfalls and reflecting pools is prohibited.
All commercial and industrial users are directed to reduce water usage insofar as possible without affecting employment levels.
This chapter shall be enforceable by the Police Department of the Borough of Woodbury Heights.
Upon a first violation of any of the terms or conditions of this chapter, the Police Department shall cite the violator, giving him a detailed explanation as to the nature of the alleged violation.
Upon a second violation by any such person, a summons shall be issued directing that the matter be brought before the Municipal Court of the Borough of Woodbury Heights.
A penalty of not less than $10 nor more than $100 may be imposed in the discretion of the Municipal Court Judge.
The penalties provided in Subsection D above shall be preempted and shall be governed by any penalty as imposed by any applicable New Jersey State statute or by any directive that may in the future be issued by the Governor of this state.
The Chairman of the Water and Sewer Department or water and sewer consultant may enact the terms, conditions and regulations of this chapter upon just cause and shall cause notice of the enactment of the provisions of this chapter to be posted on the municipal bulletin board and published in the official newspapers of the Borough of Woodbury Heights.
[Added 8-17-88 by Ord. No. 18-1988]
This chapter shall be known and cited as the "Emergency Drought Plan Ordinance" for the Borough of Woodbury Heights, County of Gloucester and State of New Jersey.