Township of Montclair, NJ
Essex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners (now Council) of the Town (now Township) of Montclair 4-15-1980 by Ord. No. 80-12 as Ch. 65 of the 1979 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 121.
Water — See Ch. 341.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
CONDITIONING EQUIPMENT
Any individual or collective system of refrigeration, air-conditioning or refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment requiring the use of water.
NEW INSTALLATION OF CONDITIONING EQUIPMENT
Conditioning equipment installed on or after May 7, 1957.
For the purpose of this chapter, the rated capacity of conditioning equipment in tons shall be determined in accordance with one of the following methods:
A. 
Manufacturer's horsepower rating for compressor prime mover of any conditioning equipment which does not involve a refrigeration unit.
B. 
Two-thirds of manufacturer's horsepower rating for compressor prime mover of any conditioning equipment which involves a refrigeration unit.
C. 
For conditioning equipment using gas for energy, manufacturer's rated capacity in BTU per hour of the unit divided by 12,000.
No new installation of conditioning equipment requiring the use of water from any source shall be made on any premises until a permit authorizing such installation has been issued by the Building Subcode Official.
Application for a permit required by § 67-3 shall be made in duplicate on forms supplied by the Building Subcode Official. The information requested on such form shall be furnished by the applicant. After approval by the Building Subcode Official, one copy of the application shall be returned to the applicant and serve as a permit.
The fee for a permit required by § 67-3 shall be $25 and shall accompany the application.
All new installations of conditioning equipment, regardless of the source of water supply, shall conform to and comply with the following requirements:
A. 
The conditioning equipment shall not discharge water into any sanitary sewer.
B. 
The wastewater drain from any conditioning equipment shall not be connected directly with any storm sewer, house drain, water leader or other waste pipe.
In addition to complying with the requirements of § 67-6, all new installations of conditioning equipment using water derived from any source used for human consumption shall also comply with the following specifications:
A. 
Each direct water connection to any such conditioning equipment shall be equipped with a check valve. When the water connection is not made directly to the conditioning equipment, as in the case of equipment using only makeup water for evaporation losses, the discharge must be to the sump of the equipment at a point above the overflow of the sump and through a float valve set to maintain a water level at a point below the sump overflow level.
B. 
Conditioning equipment with a capacity of more than 20 pounds of refrigerant shall be provided with a relief valve installed on the outlet side of the check valve of the water supply connection. Such relief valve shall be set at five pounds above the maximum water pressure at the point of installation.
All new installations of conditioning equipment requiring the use of water from the public water supply system and made in any premises for a single consumer or for a single unit serving more than one consumer in a single building shall comply with the following requirements and specifications:
A. 
If of more than three tons' capacity, such conditioning equipment shall be equipped with a water conserving device such as an economizer, evaporative condenser, water cooling tower or similar apparatus. Such device shall not consume for makeup purposes more than 5% of the water consumption that would be required without such device.
B. 
If of three tons' capacity or less and not using recirculated water, such conditioning equipment shall be provided with an automatic water supply regulating device so as to limit the flow of water in relation to the condenser temperature reduction requirements of the apparatus. In no case shall the conditioning equipment use more than 1 1/2 gallons of water per minute per ton of capacity.
C. 
If two or more units which in the aggregate total more than three tons' capacity are installed to serve the same building or premises, each of said units shall be subject to all the requirements applicable to a unit of equipment of more than three tons' capacity, as set forth in Subsection A of this section.
[Amended 5-23-2000 by Ord. No. 00-19; 4-10-2007 by Ord. No. 07-17]
Any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine not exceeding $2,000, imprisonment in the county/municipal jail for a term not exceeding 90 days, or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days, or any combination thereof as determined by the Municipal Court Judge. Each day on which a violation of an ordinance exists shall be considered a separate and distinct violation and shall be subject to imposition of a separate penalty for each day of the violation as the Municipal Court Judge may determine.