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Town/Village of Harrison, NY
Westchester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Harrison as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Department of Public Works — See Ch. 66.
Building construction — See Ch. 103.
Fees — See Ch. 137.
Fire hydrants — See Ch. 141.
Freshwater wetlands — See Ch. 149.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 188.
Subdivision of land — See Ch. 204.
[Adopted 6-30-1943]
The following rules and regulations established by the Town Board of the Town of Harrison, New York, are hereby made a part of the contract between the Town of Harrison Water District No. 1 and each and every party taking and/or using water furnished by said district or making connections with its mains. The Town Board reserves the right to make such changes in these rules and regulations as it may, from time to time, deem desirable.
As used in this Article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
BOARD
The Town Board of the Town of Harrison and any succeeding board or commission which shall have authority in the management and control of Water District No. 1 of the Town of Harrison.
ORDINANCE
Includes any rule, regulation or order adopted, promulgated and established by the Town Board pursuant to law.
OWNER, CONSUMER AND/OR USER
The person or persons owning the premises connected with the mains and/or using water therefrom.
SUPERINTENDENT
The Superintendent duly appointed by the Board to supervise the operation of the water system supplying said district.
WATER DISTRICT OR DISTRICT
Town of Harrison Water District No. 1.
A. 
Every owner, person, firm, partnership or corporation using water from the system of said district shall be in all respects bound by and shall be considered to have assented to the rules, regulations and requirements of said Board, as herein set forth or as hereinafter amended, as a condition precedent to the rights to service from said water system.
B. 
No person or corporation shall be allowed to use the water of the district for any purpose whatever nor to connect with the mains, without first making application therefor and signing a contract for its use on a form provided. Contracts for water must be signed by the owner of the property or by an agent holding legal authorization to sign for said owner. In case of signature by an agent, a copy of the owner's authorization to sign must be filed with the application.
C. 
No person or persons shall be permitted to take water from the fire hydrants to sprinkle any street or portions of the streets or for any other purpose without having first obtained a permit from the Superintendent, which permit shall be good only from the time named therein. In unusual circumstances, where permission is granted for use of a fire hydrant, a valve shall be installed on the nozzle cap so that the connection may be turned off independently and not interfere with the normal operation of the hydrant. Permission for the use of fire hydrants will not be granted in freezing weather. If permission is granted to use a hydrant, the water district will require a deposit to cover the estimated charges for the water to be used, based on the quantities of work to be done or on another equitable basis.
[Amended 2-19-1986 by L.L. No. 2-1986]
[Amended 2-19-1986 by L.L. No. 2-1986]
A. 
All tapping of the mains of the district shall be done by the Superintendent or his duly authorized agent. The size of the tap to be made will be determined by the Superintendent. Before the Superintendent will make any tap, the owner must sign the contract previously mentioned and must pay the current tapping charge fixed by the Board. The district will furnish and install the corporation cock in the main, the service line from main to curb cock and box. All other material and labor, including all excavation for the tap, is to be furnished by the owner.
B. 
A tap and service line installation shall be made only after an application for service has been filed and the necessary fees paid. At least two working days' advance notice shall be furnished to the water district by the applicant in order that the district may schedule the tap. The applicant understands that emergencies may require the district to cancel the appointment. No tap shall be scheduled for a Monday or the day following a holiday without special approval of the District Superintendent. The applicant must have the trench ready and the pipe exposed and cleaned no later than 1:00 p.m. No taps shall be made after 1:30 p.m. Backfilling with suitable material under and around the main and service line and to one foot over the main and service line shall be placed by hand and tamped to water district specifications immediately upon completion of the work of the water district. Failure to promptly complete such backfilling operation or any delay in meeting the scheduled appointment time for a tap may result in an additional charge to the applicant. Service will not be initiated until the curb box is properly set, plumb to grade directly over the curb stop and the curb stop is operable through the curb box. Any additional cost incurred by the water district to make the curb stop operable shall be billed to the applicant.
A. 
All curb boxes once set shall be adjusted to changes in grade and shall be kept accessible and in repair by the owner. No person shall turn on or shut off any curb cock controlling any service line without the permission of the Superintendent. Curb boxes once set plumbed vertical must be maintained by the owner.
[Amended 2-19-1986 by L.L. No. 2-1986]
B. 
The size of the service line will be determined by the Superintendent in accordance with information to be furnished by the owner as to probable water supply requirements. All service lines are to be installed completely by the owner's plumber from the curb box to and into the house. The service connection shall consist of the corporation cock, curb cock and curb box and service line from main to curb box, to be furnished by the district, and the necessary pipe, connections, fittings and valves to be furnished by the owner. All service lines up to and including two inches shall be of Type K copper tubing with ground joints. All larger service lines shall be of a size and material designated by the Superintendent.
[Amended 2-19-1986 by L.L. No. 2-1986]
C. 
All trenches for service lines shall be excavated at least four feet in depth and at right angles to the main, unless otherwise specially permitted by the Superintendent. The owner shall secure all necessary street opening permits, shall make all excavations in earth or rock, shall protect the pavement and remove and replace the same in accordance with the directions of the Town Superintendent of Highways. Each premises shall be supplied with water from a water main in the street on which the building fronts. Where there is no main, the nearest main shall be extended to the center line of the frontage of the property or to the center line of the frontage of the proposed building, whichever distance is greater. Such extensions shall be made at the expense of the property owner, with no cost accruing to the water district.
[Amended 2-19-1986 by L.L. No. 2-1986]
D. 
With the exception of a broken service line, all requests for water to be shut down shall be charged to the homeowner on the next regular billing in the following manner: During regular district work hours, a charge of $10 will be rendered. At all other times, the charge shall be $30.
[Amended 2-19-1986 by L.L. No. 2-1986]
E. 
Except with the written permission of the Superintendent, a separate tap and service shall be installed for each building used for residence purposes and located on the street in which there is a district water main, and no consumer shall be allowed to supply water to other persons or premises. No connections of any kind shall be made to the service pipe between the main and the meter.
A. 
Meters will be furnished by and will remain the property of the district. The consumer shall provide a suitable shutoff cock or valve on the inlet and outlet side. Meters will be set by the Superintendent, but the owner shall make suitable provision so that they may be set in a horizontal position not more than three feet from the point where the service enters the building.
[Amended 2-19-1986 by L.L. No. 2-1986]
B. 
The Superintendent or any of the district employees, in the performance of their duties, shall be permitted to enter the premises of any consumer between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to examine the meter, pipes and fixtures and make a record of the quantity of water used, including the manner of its use. If any violation of this Article is found to exist, the Superintendent shall order its correction, and if it is not corrected within 48 hours thereafter, water may be shut off until such violation is remedied.
[Amended 2-19-1986 by L.L. No. 2-1986]
C. 
No persons other than employees of the district shall interfere with or remove any water meter, coupling or shutoff from any service pipe after it has once been installed, and the owner of the premises shall be held strictly responsible for any violation of this regulation.
D. 
Meters will be installed in a building where the distance does not exceed 75 feet from the property line. In all other cases, the owner must build a meter pit at the property line, of a size determined by the Superintendent, in compliance with this Article.
E. 
Any meter damaged by frost or freezing or hot water backing into the meter or in any other way due to the negligence of the consumer shall be repaired by the water district. The charge for such repairs shall include the cost of removing, repairing and replacing of said meter and shall be properly charged to the property owner. Consumers wishing to protect meters from hot water may do so by installing a check valve between the boiler and the meter, but in such case a suitable blowoff valve should also be installed to guard against explosion. No meters may be removed by other than employees of the district.
[Amended 2-19-1986 by L.L. No. 2-1986]
F. 
Every meter shall be kept unobstructed and easily accessible to the district employees. The valves and couplings shall be accessible so that the meter can be readily removed without destroying partitions or cabinet work. The cost of removal of obstructions will be charged against the property owner, and the water district will not be responsible for their replacement. The meter shall be installed in a horizontal position in the following manner: After the service line enters the building, the first fitting shall be an approved gate valve, the second shall be the meter, the third shall be an acceptable dual backflow-preventive device (a Febco 810 or equivalent) and the fourth shall be another gate valve. No more than one meter shall be furnished for each tap.
[Amended 2-19-1986 by L.L. No. 2-1986]
G. 
All meters are tested for accuracy before installation. If any meter is found to be defective, it will be changed by the Superintendent. In case of its ceasing to register accurately, the account will be adjusted by taking the average shown by another meter or an amount equivalent or proportional to that charged during a previous corresponding period. Consumers, on written request, may have their meters tested by the Superintendent upon the payment as set forth in the most current resolution of the Town Board fixing the fee pursuant to § 137-1 of the Town Code, which shall be remitted if the meter so tested is found to register inaccurately to the extent of 3% either way.[1]
[Amended 2-19-1986 by L.L. No. 2-1986; 2-21-2007 by L.L. No. 1-2007]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection H, which immediately followed this subsection and which limited the number of meters furnished for each tap, was deleted 2-19-1986 by L.L. No. 2-1986.
A. 
Written notice must be given by the owner to the Superintendent when he wishes to discontinue the use of water, and it will be turned off at the curb box when the property is temporarily vacated. A charge of $10 will be made for each time the service is turned off or on.
[Amended 2-19-1986 by L.L. No. 2-1986]
B. 
Should an owner wish to permanently discontinue the service line, he shall notify the Superintendent, who will cause the service line to be cut off at the main and to be plugged. The owner shall be liable for any expenses incident to such permanent disconnection and, in the event of his later desiring to renew the service, shall pay for the same just as if the original service had never existed.
Water shall be turned on and off only by an employee of the water district, except in cases of emergency, when immediate notice thereof must be given to the Superintendent. Violation of this rule shall be sufficient cause for the cutting off of the supply of water.
A. 
The water district shall not be liable for any damages which may result to consumer's pipes, appliances, etc., from the shutting off of water mains or service pipes for any purpose whatever, whether previous notice has been given or not. In cases where boilers are directly supplied with water, a suitable valve or other device should be applied to prevent collapse or explosion in case the water is shut off in the street mains. No deductions from water bills will be made for periods when the service is shut off due to accidents or repairs. The water district shall not be held liable for any damage sustained by reason of its failure to supply water to any consumer at any time or for any time or any cause and reserves the right to control the amount of water supplied in the event that the supply becomes short for any reason.
B. 
The water district does not guarantee service from main to house or through any piping, valves or connections therein. Faulty service or inadequate supply is frequently due to corroding or stopping of pipes and fixtures. Any necessary changes in piping, valves or connections to increase the water supply or its efficiency must be made by the owner at his own expense.
C. 
The Board reserves to itself the control of all taps, mains, curb cocks and meters. It also reserves the right, whenever the Board deems it proper or whenever there is a violation of the rules and regulations, to take charge of and control the service pipes. The district will not be accountable for any breaks or obstructions caused by frost or otherwise or from any damage arising by leakage from service pipes, fixtures or pipes owned by individuals. The district will not thaw out or pay for the thawing out of frozen service lines.
The owner must keep the service pipes from main to building curb boxes and his plumbing fixtures in good repair and, at his own expense, must prevent all unnecessary waste of water. Water consumers shall be liable for such repairs as may be deemed necessary to prevent water waste. Upon failure of the consumer to comply with this rule, the Superintendent may turn off the water and not turn it on again until the repairs are made. Consumers are warned that high pressures are maintained in some parts of the district and the installation of a pressure-reducing valve may be advisable. The owner is liable for any accidents due to curb boxes protruding above grade.
[Amended 2-19-1986 by L.L. No. 2-1986]
Water for building construction will be charged for at a flat rate, depending on the type and size of building, the minimum charge for any building being $10. The Board reserves the right to regulate the purpose for which the water may be used during construction and may, at its option, require the water to be metered. No water shall be obtained from the mains of the district for any purpose, except properly authorized building construction, except through a metered service. When meters are furnished for temporary service, a deposit will be required, to be fixed by the Superintendent in each case.
[Amended 2-19-1986 by L.L. No. 2-1986]
A. 
Checks or money orders for the payment of water bills or water charges shall be made payable to Town of Harrison Water District No. 1. Payments may be made in person at the office of the Receiver of Taxes.
B. 
Meters are to be read and bills rendered at regular intervals. The present interval is every six months for meter sizes from 5/8 inch to one inch; for meters from 1 1/2 inches to eight inches, every three months. A penalty of 10% per annum will be charged on all unpaid bills. All bills shall be paid prior to the due date shown on the bill.
C. 
In the event that the meter reader is unable to enter upon the premises to read the meter, the water bill may be computed by averaging previous meter readings for a similar period. Such procedure will also be resorted to in the event that meters become stopped and do not register. All water bills will be sent to the owner of the premises. Payments will be received from agents or tenants; however, the owner is responsible for the payment of all water bills.
Service of any notice authorized or directed by or on behalf of the water district may be made upon the owner or consumer personally or by leaving the same at the premises where water is supplied or by sending the same by mail to such party at the last address furnished.
[Added 4-2-1996; amended 10-2-1996]
A. 
Every owner, person, firm, partnership or corporation using water from the system shall be required to install, at their own expense, an approved air gap, reduced pressure zone device, double check valve assembly or equivalent protective device consistent with the degree of hazard posed by any service connection.
B. 
Every owner, person, firm, partnership or corporation using water from the system shall submit plans for the installation of protective device to the Water District for review. Upon approval by the Water District, plans will be forwarded to the Westchester County Department of Health for their final approval and issuance of a log number.
C. 
Every owner, person, firm, partnership or corporation, at their own expense, shall have the protective devices be in compliance with the State Sanitary Code Part 5-1.31 and shall be tested on an annual basis, by a New York State certified tester, at the expense of every owner, person, firm, partnership or corporation, and records of such shall be presented to the Water District.
[Amended 2-19-1986 by L.L. No. 2-1986]
Any person violating any of the provisions of this Article shall, upon conviction, be punishable by a fine not to exceed $250 or by imprisonment for a term not to exceed 15 days, or both. In addition, the enforcement of compliance with this Article or any of the rules, regulations or provisions thereof shall be made by cutting off the supply of water; and the Town Board may also, at any time, maintain an action or proceeding in the name of the Town, in a court of competent jurisdiction, to compel compliance with or to restrain by injunction the violation of this Article, any rule, regulation, part or portion thereof.
[Adopted 7-27-1965 as Ch. 45W of the General Ordinances]
A. 
Usage. When not inconsistent with the context, words used in the present tense include the future, words in the plural number include the singular number and words in the singular number include the plural number. The word "shall" is always mandatory and not merely directory.
B. 
Definitions. For the purposes of this Article, the following terms, phrases, words and their derivations shall have the meanings given herein:
PERSON
A person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company or organization of any kind.
TOWN
The Town of Harrison.
WATER
Water from the Town water supply systems.
The provisions of this Article shall apply to all persons using water in any area of the Town and regardless of whether any person using water shall have a contract for water service with the Town or any district thereof.
The use and withdrawal of water by any person for the following purposes is hereby restricted as follows:
A. 
Watering yards.
(1) 
The sprinkling, watering or irrigation of shrubbery, trees, lawns, grass, ground cover, plants, vines, gardens, vegetables, flowers or any other vegetation is limited to six hours per week in the following manner:
(a) 
Even-numbered homes will be permitted to sprinkle lawns between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
(b) 
Odd-numbered homes will be permitted to sprinkle lawns between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
(2) 
The practice of allowing sprinklers to operate in such a manner that sidewalks are flooded, the water flowing into the roadways and gutters, is prohibited.
B. 
Golf courses. The watering, sprinkling or irrigation of golf courses is limited to greens only, said watering to be done between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. only.
[Amended 2-19-1986 by L.L. No. 2-1986]
C. 
Washing mobile equipment. The washing of automobiles, trucks, trailers or any other type of mobile equipment shall be done with the use of a bucket rather than a hose.
[Amended 2-19-1986 by L.L. No. 2-1986]
A. 
The term "air conditioning," as used herein, applies to that water-using equipment used primarily for temperature and humidity control and shall be considered on the basis that one compressor motor horsepower is equal to one ton of refrigeration.
B. 
All installations of refrigeration or air-conditioning equipment of six tons or more shall be provided with an approved automatic water-supply regulating device. In no case shall the equipment use in excess of two gallons per minute per ton of capacity.
C. 
All installations of any individual or collective system of refrigeration or air-conditioning equipment of over six tons shall be equipped with a water-conserving device, such as an economizer, evaporative condenser, water-cooling tower or similar apparatus, which device shall not consume for make-up purposes in excess of 5% of the consumption that would normally by used without such device.
D. 
Each direct water connection to a refrigerating or air-conditioning unit using water for cooling purposes shall be equipped with a suitable check valve.
[Amended 2-19-1986 by L.L. No. 2-1986]
For underground lawn sprinkling, an approved vacuum breaker shall be installed on a loop extending at least 12 inches vertically above at least one sprinkler head in each zone, and in general 12 inches above the surrounding ground. The main control valve shall be installed so that it will operate when the various sections are out of service. An electrically controlled valve shall be used. A weep hole shall be located in the distribution piping to reduce pressure in the line so that the vacuum breaker will open at least once each day. The weep hole shall be provided with satisfactory free drainage and be free from obstructions. It shall be located at least 12 inches below the vacuum breaker. A one-sixteenth-inch brass tap may serve as the weep hole. Double all-bronze check valves shall be installed between the main valve and the vacuum breaker. An application for sprinkler installation must be completed and approved by the District Superintendent. Stamped approval must also be obtained from the Westchester County Board of Health. Under no circumstances may an underground sprinkler system be installed and connected to a house faucet, hose bib or any piping without the aforementioned protective valves, backflow-preventive devices and vacuum breakers. All of the aforementioned are required for both residential and commercial customers. A completed and approved underground lawn sprinkler application must be secured prior to any construction of sprinkler system from the Superintendent of Water District No. 1. Town/Village of Harrison.
The Building Inspector shall have the authority to permit a reasonable use of water in any case necessary to maintain adequate health and sanitation standards.
The provisions of this Article shall not apply to those businesses and industries declared by resolution of the Town Board to be necessary for the public health, safety and welfare.
Businesses and industries processing animal, vegetable and mineral matter for food purposes shall be regulated in the use of water as follows: The Supervisor, when so ordered by resolution of the Town Board, shall hold a public hearing to determine the amount of water to be used based on the amount needed during normal years in the particular food processing business.
A. 
Police officers enforce. Every police officer of the Town shall, in connection with his duties imposed by law, diligently enforce the provisions of this Article.
B. 
Discontinuance of service. The Superintendents of the water districts concerned shall have the authority to enforce the provisions of this Article by the discontinuance of water service in the event of violation thereof.
[Amended 2-19-1986 by L.L. No. 2-1986]
Any person violating any of the provisions of this Article shall, upon conviction, be punishable by a fine not to exceed $250 or by imprisonment for a term not to exceed 15 days, or both. Each day that such violation is committed or permitted to continue shall constitute a separate offense and shall be punishable as such hereunder.
This Article is passed as an emergency measure, and the Town Board does, by the vote by which this Article is passed, hereby declare that an emergency exists and that this Article shall become effective forthwith in order that the public health, welfare and safety might most effectively be provided for. Such emergency shall be deemed to continue until it is declared by the Town Board to be ended.