The water mains, supply pipes, curb stops, service pipes and meters shall be under the exclusive control of the Township.
All persons, other than a duly authorized agent of the Township, are forbidden to disturb, tamper with, injure, tap, change, obstruct access to or interfere with any water main, supply pipe, service pipe, curb stop or meter.
Under no circumstances shall curb stops be opened or closed by any person not an authorized employee of the Township.
Service pipes, supply pipes, curb stops, meters and all necessary plumbing parts used in the installation and maintenance of water supply systems shall be of such material and manufacture as are approved by the Township Engineer.
Supply pipes up to and including the curb stop and valve, either within the street right-of-way or within easement limits, shall remain the property of the Township. Supply pipes shall be maintained by the Township up to and including the inlet side of the curb valve and only within the street right-of-way or easement limit. No repairs will be made by the Township on private property. In the event of a leak, Township personnel shall shut off the curb valve. If, upon examination, the leak stops, it shall be assumed that the leak is on the outlet side of the valve, and it shall be the homeowner's responsibility to make the necessary repairs as provided for in § 259-15C below. If the leak does not stop, it shall be assumed that the leak is within the supply pipe and the Township shall make the necessary repairs.
[Amended 11-16-1992 by Ord. No. 92-412]
Service pipes shall be installed at the expense of the owner by a plumber licensed to do plumbing work within the Township and shall be installed in accordance with drawings and the materials specified thereon on file in the office of the Township Engineer. Repairs may be made by duly licensed plumbers on special written permission from the Township; and in such case, a fee for the inspection of the work by the Township, as prescribed in § 259-11 hereof, shall be collected from said plumber previous to such inspection.
When new service pipes are installed in any premises, the curb stop shall be left closed and thereafter will be opened only by the Water Department upon request of the owner of such premises. A fee, as prescribed in § 259-11G hereof, shall be collected from the licensed plumber installing the service pipes to cover inspection by the Township and shall be paid prior to such inspection. The service pipe trench shall not be backfilled until such inspection has been made.
Service pipes between the cellar wall and meter, likely to be exposed to freezing temperatures, must be effectively protected from freezing by the property owner.
Extensions to or changes in existing mains or the construction of new mains within the Township may be initiated by the Township Council or upon petition from property owners or citizens upon forms provided by the Township. The Township Council shall prescribe the terms and conditions upon which such petition will be granted and shall require the written acceptance and guaranty thereof by the petitioner. After such petition shall be granted by the Township Council, the Township Manager will direct the Township Engineer to proceed as promptly as practicable with the work.
The minimum size of water pipe extensions shall be not less than eight inches. No dead-end waterline shall be permitted without written consent of the Township Engineer and Township Manager, in which case said officials may also give permission for six-inch pipe on dead-end extensions of 600 feet or less.
All Township water used on any premises must pass through a meter furnished by the Township, except for fire sprinkler connections and temporary water services for construction purposes.
All persons using water supplied by the Township shall have the duty of determining that such water is being supplied through a meter furnished by the Township, except as otherwise provided in § 259-5 hereof. Any failure so to do shall not relieve such persons from any liability therefor, and the Township shall determine the amounts of water so used and the rates therefor.
All supply lines installed by the owner of any premises to service lawn sprinklers or swimming pools must have installed at the owner's expense a separate and independent meter furnished by the Township and approved by the Municipal Engineer.
[Added 11-16-1992 by Ord. No. 92-412]
In all cases where meters are to be installed, the Township shall determine the size, proper location and the manner in which such meter shall be installed and protected. The meters shall be easily accessible for reading and be placed in a free and clear space of at least two feet by two feet. The decision of the Township Engineer in regard to these meters shall be final.
The owner or occupant of the premises where the meter is installed shall be held responsible for its care and protection from freezing or hot water or from other injury thereto or interference by any person or persons. In case of any injury to the meter or in case of its stoppage or imperfect working, he shall give immediate notice to the Township.
Where replacement, repair or adjustment of any meter, whether owned by the Township or not, becomes necessary due to the act, neglect or carelessness of the owner or occupant of any premises, any expense to the Township caused thereby shall be charged to and collected from the owner of such premises.
Industrial, commercial and apartment meters.
[Added 3-6-1978 by Ord. No. 78-68]
There shall be no service charges for customers with meters up to and including one-inch meters. For meters larger than one inch, the full cost for maintenance, repair and replacement shall be borne by the owner of the premises. The Township reserves the right at all times to inspect and supervise maintenance repairs, replacement or removal of said meter. A certified test report is to be furnished to the Township in accordance with the American Water Works Association testing standards upon completion of meter repairs.
A meter shall not be allowed to remain in service for a period longer than that specified by the Engineering Department without a complete overhaul and testing in accordance with the American Water Works Association testing standards. The Water Superintendent is to be notified in advance of the date and time of the overhaul and test. A certified test report is to be furnished to the Township in accordance with the American Water Works Association testing standards upon completion of meter repairs.
Testing, replacement and/or repair of water meters may be ordered at any time, at the discretion of the Water Superintendent.
Meters controlling the services are and shall remain the property of the Township and, at all times, shall be under the control of the Township.
Meters shall be sealed by the Township and no person, except an agent of the Township, shall disconnect, remove, break, injure or in any way tamper with such seals.
The Township shall test the accuracy and condition of any meter upon the written request of the owner or occupant and upon the payment in advance of the fee prescribed in § 259-11. If the meter is found to register over 3% fast, another meter will be substituted therefor and the test fee refunded; and the Township Manager may adjust the last water bill upon such basis as he may deem just and reasonable.