Village of Ridgewood, NJ
Bergen County
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Any person receiving a supply of water for any purpose from the Department of Water Supply of the Village shall be subject to rules and regulations as set forth herein.
[Amended 10-13-1992 by Ord. No. 2375]
For the purposes of this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
A. 
The party contracting for service to a property as hereinafter classified:
(1) 
A building under one roof owned by one party and occupied as one business or residence.
(2) 
A combination of buildings owned by one party in one common enclosure, occupied by one family or business.
(3) 
An individual dwelling unit, owned or rented by one party, which may or may not be separated by a fire-resistant wall and ceiling.
(4) 
A building owned by one party having a number of apartments or offices and using in common one hall and one or more means of entrance.
B. 
Where two or more customers are supplied through a single service line, any violation of the rules of the Department with reference to either or any of such customers shall be deemed a violation as to all, and the Department may take such action as could be taken if it were used by a single customer.
DEPARTMENT
The Department of Water Supply of the Village.
FIRE SERVICE LINE
Any line which receives water supplied to a fire hydrant, standpipe, sprinkler system or any combination of the foregoing, located on private property.
SERVICE CONNECTION
Either a service line or a fire service line.
SERVICE LINE
A line used to supply a single customer only, for use other than fire service, and no customer shall be supplied by more than one service line unless agreed upon between the customer and the Department.
The owner of any house, tenement, building or lot shall each be liable for the payment of the price or rent as fixed herein for the use of water by such owner or by the occupier and for the installation, purchase price, repair and testing of any water meter, water service, connections, appliances or parts and renewals thereof heretofore or hereafter furnished or made by the Department in or upon such house, tenement, building or lot or connecting with such house, tenement, building or lot and the interest and penalties charged; and such price or rent and other costs, expenses, interest and penalties as fixed herein shall be a lien upon such house, tenement, building or lot until the same shall be paid and satisfied.
A. 
Application for water service must be made on forms prescribed by the Department by the owner of the premises to be supplied or by a lessee. In the case of a metered supply, if made by a lessee it must be accompanied by a deposit of the maximum estimate credit to be extended, which will be returned to the depositor with legal interest from the date of the deposit on satisfactory proof that has terminated and his account has been settled in full and either that the meter has been removed and the water shut off or that application has been duly made for continued supply by the owner or by a new lessee who has been accepted as a customer with respect to such premises by the Department. Each customer shall notify the Department promptly of any change of ownership of the property supplied under his application.
B. 
No person having an undisputed delinquent account with the Department will be accepted as a customer until such account is paid in full or until the Department has been secured by a deposit for future service.
C. 
Owners or their agents applying for water, whether it be for the introduction of water or for the alteration and extension of the arrangements for supplying the same, shall state fully and truly the purpose for which such water is required.
D. 
A supply of water for building or other special purposes, except on a lot or premises already supplied with water by meter, must be especially applied for.
A. 
Written application for service connection on the form prescribed by the Water Department shall be made to the Department a reasonable time before any such connection shall be installed.
B. 
Service pipes will not be installed when the service pipe passes over or through premises which at the time may be the property of persons other than the owner of the premises to be supplied, unless the owner of the premises supplied guarantees the Department against all liability.
C. 
No service installation will be made from the first day of December to the first day of March following, except at the option of the Department. When installations are made during such period, the charge for the same will be increased by 50%.
[Amended 10-13-1992 by Ord. No. 2375]
Connections for a fire service line will be made to the mains of the Department upon application, in writing, upon forms furnished by the Department by the owner of any building or premises as follows:
A. 
Upon receipt of such application, except as otherwise provided by this chapter, the tapping of the main will be done and the service line from the main to the curb, curb stop and curb box will be furnished and placed by the Department or its agent at its expense; also, any increase in size of an existing service connection to cover an expansion of the premises served shall be done at the owner's expense, including that portion of the service connection from the main to the curb; the remainder of the service connection from the curb line to the building will be placed by the Department at the owner's expense. Under no condition shall the Department connect to their mains services laid by other than the Department or its agent. Under no condition will the Department lay service pipes in trenches with other subsurface structures, except in cases where the service line is to be laid in rock; in which case it may be done at the option of the Department.
B. 
The charge, if any, for a street opening permit shall be paid in advance by the applicant.
C. 
Whenever a tap is made through which regular service is not immediately desired, the applicant shall bear the entire expense of tapping the main and laying and maintaining the service pipes, couplings and connections, but shall be entitled to a refund for such part as the Department agrees to assume whenever regular service is begun.
D. 
Estimates of cost of laying the pipe from the curb to the house and of fittings and materials will be furnished upon request.
A. 
Stopcocks at the curbline and in branch service are for the exclusive use of the Department, and any person who shall, without permission, connect or disconnect the meter pipe or conduits of the Department or in any other manner without a permit tamper or interfere with the meters, pipes or conduits or who shall without permit connect with the meter, pipes or conduits of such Department by pipes, conduits or other instruments for the purpose of obtaining water, with intent to defraud such Department, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
B. 
No plumber, owner or other unauthorized person shall turn the water on or off at any corporation stop or curb stop or disconnect or remove the meter without the consent of the Department.
A. 
A customer's piping system should comply with the regulations of the Village and the rules of the Department.
B. 
The Department shall have the right of access to a customer's premises and to all property furnished by it at reasonable times for the purpose of reading meters or inspecting or replacing appliances used in connection with the supply or service or for the removal of its property at the time service is to be terminated. The customer shall obtain or cause to be obtained all necessary permits needed by the Department in giving access to the appliances referred to. Customers shall not permit access to the meter and other appliances of the Department except by authorized employees of the Department or properly qualified state or local inspectors. In case of defective service, customers should immediately notify the office of the Department.
C. 
Any plumbing in a residential or nonresidential facility providing water for human consumption which is connected to the mains of the Department shall be lead-free in accordance with the BOCA National Plumbing Code.
[Added 10-13-1992 by Ord. No. 2375]
No person except an employee of the Department will be allowed under any circumstance to tap the mains or distribution pipes or insert stopcocks therein. If the service pipe and fittings between the curb and the cellar are installed by the owner or his agent, the work shall be left uncovered until inspected by the Department, which inspection will be made by the Department after it receives a request to do so.
Service pipes from the curb cock to the meter must be of material and quality approved by the Department and laid at least four feet below the established grades. Such service pipes are the property of the customer and must be maintained by him.
House boilers should be provided with vacuum valves in new work, and when old boilers are taken out and replaced by others, they shall be provided with a stopcock to shut off supply.
Owners or their agents making repairs when the water has been shut off by the Department on account of leak, defect, misuse or disuse shall report, in writing, to the Department that all plumbing work, both new and old, is in complete working order and pay all expenses, otherwise the water will not be turned on, and no person shall turn on the water unless he receives permission.
[Amended 10-13-1992 by Ord. No. 2375]
In opening the stopcock to let the water through the meter, such cock shall be opened gradually, leaving some convenient faucet on the outlet side open to allow the water to escape and to avoid damage to the meter.
No water fixture shall be considered cut off until it is disconnected so that it cannot be used again or until sealed in a manner satisfactory to the Department.
No person, unless authorized by the Department, shall take water from any public fire hydrant or hose plug, except for fire purposes or for the use of the fire department in case of fire, and no public fire hydrant shall be used for sprinkling the streets, flushing sewers or gutters, or for any other than fire purposes without a permit from the Department.
A. 
Connections for private fire service will be installed by the Department and will be paid for by the customer. The size of the fire service line shall be in accordance with the Department's approval, but in no case shall exceed six inches.
[Amended 10-13-1992 by Ord. No. 2375]
B. 
Connections may be used jointly for fire service and domestic purposes, provided that the piping for the two services is separated immediately outside the building. Where an independent supply for fire protection is owned or maintained for fire protection, there shall be no connection between it and the public water supply. Where an independent supply is used, the fire service from the mains shall discharge into either a cistern or elevated tank at or above the floor line. The domestic supply will be metered. No meter will be required for the fire service supply unless it is found that unauthorized use is being made of the supply, in which case the Department reserves the right to install a meter, at the owner's expense, in a housing provided by the customer.
[Amended 10-13-1992 by Ord. No. 2375]
C. 
No water shall be used through the fire service supply, except for testing purposes and in case of fire.
D. 
All hydrants, hose connections and outlets other than sprinkler heads will be sealed by the Department. Seals may be broken in case of fire or in the presence of a representative of the Department for testing purposes. When seals are broken for any other purpose, a charge will be made for resealing.
E. 
Rates for fire service connections shall be as follows:
(1) 
A yearly charge will be made for each fire service connection equal to the average current rate per hydrant charged to the Village.
(2) 
A charge as set forth in Chapter 145, Fees, will be made for resealing outlets.
[Amended 10-13-1992 by Ord. No. 2375]
All pipes, meters and fixtures shall be subject at all reasonable hours to inspection by employees of the Department, identified by proper badges or written permits.
All use of water other than by the customer or for any purpose or upon any premises not stated or described in the application must be prevented by him. The customer will be liable for the amount of water used in conformity with the schedule of rates or tariffs of the Department.
A customer's service may be discontinued for any of the following reasons:
A. 
For the use of water for any other property or purposes than that described in the application.
B. 
For willful waste of water through improper or imperfect pipes, fixtures or otherwise.
C. 
For failure to maintain in good order connections, service lines or fixtures owned by the customer.
D. 
For molesting any service pipe, meter, curb stopcock or seal or any other appliance of the Department.
E. 
In case of vacancy of premises.
F. 
For neglecting to make or renew advance payments or for nonpayment of water service charges or any other charges accruing under the application.
G. 
For refusal of access at reasonable hours to property for purposes of inspecting or for reading, caring for or removing meters.
H. 
For connecting or operating any piping or other facility, including but not limited to lawn sprinkling on the customer's premises in such a manner as to adversely affect the safety or adequacy of service provided to other customers, present or prospective.
[Added 10-13-1992 by Ord. No. 2375]
I. 
For failure to comply with any state law or the rules, regulations, orders or restrictions of any governmental authority having jurisdiction.
[Added 10-13-1992 by Ord. No. 2375]
Service will be renewed under a proper application when the conditions under which service was discontinued are corrected and upon the payment of all proper charges due from the customer as provided for in the schedule of rates or tariffs of the Department.
[Amended 10-13-1992 by Ord. No. 2375]
Water will be turned off during normal business hours from any premises upon the written order of the customer without in any way affecting the existing agreement for service.
As necessity may arise, in case of breakdown, emergency or for any other unavoidable cause, the Department may temporarily discontinue the water supply to make necessary repairs, connections, etc., using all reasonable and practicable measures to notify the customers of such discontinuance of service and the probable duration of the discontinuance. In such case, the Department will not be liable for any damage or inconvenience suffered. All persons having boilers within their premises not supplied by a tank or cistern are hereby cautioned against collapse.
No agent or employee of the Department shall have the authority to bind it by any promise, agreement or representation not provided for in this chapter.
The Department undertakes only to use reasonable care and diligence to provide a constant supply of water through its pipes, but does not undertake to render any special service or to maintain any fixed or definite quantity or pressure, and in the event of the occurrence of any break, failure or accident, the Department shall not be liable for any damage resulting therefrom.
A. 
This service shall be for water supplied through temporary connections or other means for the construction of buildings, sewers, storm drains, street paving, concrete sidewalks, curbs and gutters, puddling trenches or fills, flushing sewers or any other purpose not otherwise classified.
B. 
Service for any purpose under this classification shall be especially applied for at the office of the Water Department on blanks supplied by the Department.
C. 
Under this classification, water service shall be through a meter.
D. 
Where it is necessary to make special connections for this service, a charge as set forth in Chapter 145, Fees, will be made.
E. 
When water is supplied through a meter, the applicant will be responsible for the meter, and all charges for repairs due to outside causes will be paid by the applicant.
[Amended 10-13-1992 by Ord. No. 2375]
F. 
When necessary to use a fire hydrant for flushing sewers or similar work, the Department will furnish a meter and a man to operate the hydrant at the expense of the applicant.
G. 
A deposit as set forth in Chapter 145, Fees, will be required on each application to cover the cost of water consumed, damages to meter and cost of connection. The amount of the deposit will be determined by the estimated amount of water required.
[Amended 10-13-1992 by Ord. No. 2375]
H. 
Bills will be rendered monthly, and if unpaid within 30 days after rendering, the deposit will be applied to the bill and service discontinued.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former provisions regarding discount and rates, which immediately followed this section, were deleted 10-13-1992 by Ord. No. 2375.
A. 
The Department reserves the right to decrease or limit the quantity of water used whenever, in the judgment of the Department, it is necessary or expedient to do so.
B. 
The Department also reserves the right to add to or modify its rules and regulations at any time.
Complaints with regard to the character of the service furnished or the reading of meters or of the bills rendered may be made at the Department's office and should be in writing, and a record thereto will be kept by the Department.
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any well heretofore or hereafter driven, drilled, dug or constructed within the Village to be used for any purpose whatsoever without first registering the same with the Division of Health upon forms provided by it, setting forth the information required by this section.
B. 
The person who registers each and every well shall furnish the following information to the Division of Health of the Village:
(1) 
The name and address of the owner of and the location of the property on which the well is situated by street address and lot and block number from the current assessment atlas of the Village.
(2) 
The location of the well on such property, measured in feet from the two nearest property lines thereof.
(3) 
The depth and diameter of such well.
(4) 
The diameter, length and material of the casing thereof.
(5) 
The diameter and length of the well screen, if any.
(6) 
The name, address and state license number of the well driller.
(7) 
The date the well was completed.
(8) 
The type of pump.
(9) 
The connections to and from such well, together with their sizes and locations.
(10) 
The uses to which the water therefrom is or shall be put.
(11) 
The nature and extent of purification, if any, applied to the water therefrom.
No person shall use or make available for the use of any other person for drinking, bathing, culinary purposes or for the cleaning of utensils or for other domestic or potable purposes any water unless the same shall be of a quality safe for the use to which the same is intended to be put and unless such water shall fully meet the standards of quality for such purposes as fixed by the Director of Health of the state or by any other officer or department having the right or the power to fix or determine such quality.
No person shall pollute or permit to be polluted any spring, well, cistern, reservoir or other source of domestic or potable water supply or any surface waters which drain into any such source of supply.
Whenever the Division of Health shall have satisfactory evidence that any spring, well or cistern or other source of water, the water of which is used for domestic or potable purposes or for any of the purposes set forth in § 269-29, has become polluted or rendered unsafe for the use to which the same is being put, written notice to discontinue the use of such water and the well, cistern or other sources may be sent to the owner, agent or person in charge of such spring, well or cistern or other source of water, and such owner, agent or person shall forthwith, on receipt of such notice, close such spring, well or cistern or other source and discontinue and cause the discontinuance of the use of such water until the cause of the pollution has been abated and until such water shall be rendered safe and of the quality provided for in § 269-29.