City of Paterson, NJ
Passaic County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Paterson: Art. I, 12-18-1979 by Ord. No. 79-111 as Ch. 25, Art. 1, of the 1979 Revised General Ordinances of Paterson; Art. II, 12-18-1979 by Ord. No. 79-111 as Ch. 25, Art. 2, of the 1979 Revised General Ordinances of Paterson. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Water Commission — See Ch. 95.
Sewers — See Ch. 407.
[Adopted 12-18-1979 by Ord. No. 79-111 as Ch. 25, Art. 1, of the 1979 Revised General Ordinances of Paterson]
Whenever the amount of water impounded in the storage reservoirs supplying users of water in the city has fallen below fifty percent (50%) of full storage capacity or whenever the engineer in charge of water being supplied to the city shall certify that an emergency exists in such water supply or the water of the Passaic River is at a low ebb, the Mayor may, for the protection, health, safety and general welfare of the citizens and residents of the city, proclaim the existence of a water emergency and prescribe regulations to:
A. 
Prohibit the use of water from the city supply for any purpose not necessary to the health, safety and welfare of the public.
B. 
Allocate and prorate the available water supplies.
C. 
Reduce consumption by users.
D. 
Prevent waste for the period of duration of such emergency.
The proclamation of the emergency shall be conclusive of the fact of the existence of such emergency and shall be binding upon all persons and users upon the filing of the same in the office of the City Clerk and the publication thereof at least once in each of the daily newspapers published and circulating in the city. The regulations set forth in the proclamation and any subsequent regulations made and published as aforesaid, upon filing thereof in the office of the City Clerk, shall be deemed to have the force and effect of regulations adopted under the authority of this Article, the same as if specifically incorporated and set forth herein. Every owner, lessee, tenant and occupant of any building or premises connected with the city water supply and every user thereof under any contract, ordinance or statute shall, upon the proclamation and promulgation of the regulations as aforesaid, become bound thereby and by the provisions of this Article and shall conform thereto and comply therewith in the use of water and the maintenance of the water service connections and equipment for the purposes thereof.
A. 
Every owner of buildings and premises connected with city water supply shall:
(1) 
Maintain or cause to be maintained the water service pipes, fixtures and connections in good order and repair in order to ensure that there shall be no waste of water.
(2) 
Forthwith make or cause to be made necessary repairs to prevent the waste of water.
B. 
Every lessee, tenant and occupant of any building or premises connected with the city water supply shall:
(1) 
Immediately notify the owner or his agent of any defective water service pipes, fixtures or connections whereby water is being wasted.
(2) 
Immediately notify the Department of Public Works or Police Division of any waste occurring by reason of defective water service pipes, fixtures or connections.[1]
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I.
C. 
Every owner and user of water shall, during the period of a water emergency, be chargeable with notice of any waste water due to defective water service pipes, fixtures or connections and of the regulations promulgated under the proclamation.
Every owner, lessee, tenant, occupant or other person in charge of any building or premises connected with the city water supply shall admit thereto the authorized agents and employees of the city for the purpose of inspecting the water service pipes, fixtures and connections.
Whenever an owner shall fail or refuse to make repairs so as to prevent the waste of water, then the city shall have the power to make such repairs and to charge the cost thereof to the owner in the same manner as other water charges are made, as provided by statute.
Any person who violates any provision of this Article or any of the regulations provided for therein shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000.), by imprisonment for a term not exceeding ninety (90) days or by a period of community service for not more than ninety (90) days, or any combination thereof. A separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day during or on which a violation occurs or continues.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I.
[Adopted 12-18-1979 by Ord. No. 79-111 as Ch. 25, Art. 2, of the 1979 Revised General Ordinances of Paterson]
As used in this Article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
WATER SYSTEM
Any fire hydrant, gate valve or appurtenance belonging to or forming part of the publicly owned water distribution system which is operated by Passaic Valley Water Commission, pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40:62-108 et seq.
No person shall:
A. 
At any time or in any manner, open or operate any fire hydrant, gate valve or other appurtenance of the water system or tamper with or damage any part of the water system or destroy or cause to be removed any part of the water system.
B. 
Have in his possession or on his person any hydrant or hydrant part belonging to Passaic Valley Water Commission.
C. 
Open or operate, turn on, turn off, interfere with, attach any pipe or hose to or connect anything with any fire hydrant, gate valve or other appurtenance of the water system or in any manner molest or interfere with the same.
This Article shall not be construed to apply to any duly authorized employee of the city who shall:
A. 
Open or operate any fire hydrant, gate valve or other appurtenance of the water system or remove any part of the water system.
B. 
Have in his possession or on his person any hydrant or hydrant part belonging to Passaic Valley Water Commission.
C. 
Turn on, turn off, attach any pipe or hose to or connect anything with any fire hydrant, gate valve or other appurtenance of the water system.
D. 
Remove any part or parts of the fire hydrant, gate valve or other appurtenance of the water system in the performance of his duties as such employee.
Any person who violates any provision of this Article shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000.), by imprisonment for a term not exceeding ninety (90) days or by a period of community service for not more than ninety (90) days, or any combination thereof. A separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day during or on which a violation occurs or continues.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I.