[Adopted 10-14-1971 by Ord. No. 5-71 as Ch. 31, Art. II, of the 1971 Code of Ordinances]
All water services and meters installed in the Borough are subject to the approval of the Borough.
The installation of water meters shall be made in accordance with the specifications of the Borough, which shall be furnished upon application to the Borough Clerk.
[Amended 6-13-1985 by Ord. No. 17-85; 11-14-1991 by Ord. No. 22-91; 9-11-2008 by Ord. No. 23-08]
The property owner shall be responsible for all damages to water meters caused by freezing, accidents and/or negligence. The Borough of Rockaway will, in its discretion, replace any such damaged meters. The charge to replace a water meter because of accidents, weather conditions, and/or negligence shall be as provided in Chapter A263, Fees.
Water services to individual families shall have separate shutoffs at the curb, the installation of which shall be the responsibility of the owner.
Only one meter shall be set for each water service.
All water meters shall be sealed at all times with copper wire and seal.
Water meters shall be installed in locations which are accessible at all times and particularly not in coal bins.
[Amended 6-13-1985 by Ord. No. 17-85; 11-14-1991 by Ord. No. 22-91]
The accuracy of the water meter on any premises shall be tested by the Borough upon written request of the owner, who shall pay a fee as provided in Chapter A263, Fees, to cover the cost of the test. If, on such test, the meter shall be found to register over 3% more water than actually passes through it, another meter will be substituted therefor or the one in use will be repaired and no fee will be charged, and the Borough will, upon application, adjust the water bill for the current quarter in such a manner as it may think fair and just.
No person other than the authorized employees of the Borough shall change the location of, alter or interfere in any way with any meter while in service.
[Amended 6-8-2006 by Ord. No. 10-06]
Any water meter requested to be installed by a consumer larger than the standard 5/8-inch meter may be installed, provided:
The type, design, and make shall be as prescribed by the Borough; and
The cost of the meter and installation of the same shall be solely the responsibility of the consumer; and
Once installed, the meter shall be the property of the Borough and shall be subject to the rules, regulations and requirements promulgated by the Borough.
[Amended 8-8-2013 by Ord. No. 15-13]
All Borough water used on any premises must pass through a meter. No bypass or connection between the meter and the main shall be made or maintained by any person.
[Amended 5-10-2007 by Ord. No. 07-07; 9-13-2007 by Ord. No. 16-07]
No person shall permit or allow in any building any damaged water meter through which water is supplied to such person without immediately notifying the Public Works/Public Utilities Committee that such meter is damaged.
[Added 11-20-1979 by Ord. No. 31-79; amended 5-10-2007 by Ord. No. 07-07; 9-13-2007 by Ord. No. 16-07]
Each property owner within the Borough of Rockaway serviced by the municipal water system of the Borough of Rockaway shall provide a proper and safe condition for the installation of water meters and/or the replacement of the same within such buildings. Where it is determined that an unsafe condition exists, which the installation of a water meter or removal of an existing water meter might cause either damage or personal injury, or both, the Superintendent of Public Works shall notify the property owner, in writing, of such unsafe condition, and the property owner shall have 30 days from the date of said notification to provide the necessary repairs to the plumbing system of the buildings so as to allow the installation of the water meter in a safe and proper condition. In the event that the property owner shall, after notice and after the expiration of the period specified in said notice and as provided herein, fail to make the necessary repairs to the plumbing system, the Borough of Rockaway may proceed to have said repairs made so as to allow for the installation of the water meter in a safe and proper manner and shall charge the cost of the same to said property owner as a part of the water bill rendered to said property owner pursuant to local ordinances and state law.
In the event that the property owner shall dispute the findings of the Superintendent of Public Works, the property owner may appeal the directive of the Superintendent of Public Works to make the necessary repairs by filing a written application of appeal to the Public Works/Public Utilities Committee of the Mayor and Council. The Public Works/Public Utilities Committee, upon receipt of such appeal, shall hold a hearing in which the property owner and Public Works/Public Utilities Committee and any additional witnesses may be present to present evidence to said Committee. The Committee shall make a final determination with respect to the plumbing condition of the residence and its suitability for water meter installation, which decision of the Public Works/Public Utilities Committee shall be binding upon all parties to such appeal. The cost of the obligation to make repairs to the individual property shall be the responsibility of the owner of said property pursuant to this section.