[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Wappinger 4-16-1984. Amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter shall apply to all water and sewer improvement districts within the Town of Wappinger.
The water service pipe or pipes leading from dwellings or other buildings within the districts to the curb valve shall be installed by and at the expense of the property owner. The water service pipe or pipes from the curb valve to the district water main shall be installed by the water and sewer districts. Further, the water and sewer districts shall furnish the curb valve and the flare fitting thereof on the water main side of the curb valve. The property owner shall furnish the flare fitting on the dwelling side of the curb valve. Sanitary sewer service laterals leading from dwellings or other buildings within the districts to the edge of paved portion of roadway or curb shall be installed by and at the expense of the property owner. Sanitary sewer laterals from the paved portion of the roadway or curb to the district sewer main shall be installed by the water and sewer districts. The water and sewer districts shall not, however, be responsible to install water service lines or sewer service laterals on lots or from the mains to said lots within existing or new subdivisions. No connection to the water distribution system or the sewer main shall be made until a permit therefor shall be issued by the Building Inspector, and the permit fee paid by the applicant in accordance with the fees set forth in Chapter 122, Article IV, § 122-20I.1 of the Town of Wappinger Code. All such connections or service pipes and fixtures shall be constructed under and in accordance with the Rules and Regulations, Sewer and Water Hookups, Town of Wappinger, effective June 1, 1976 (including all addendums).
[Amended 6-14-2004 by L.L. No. 10-2004]
The water service pipe or pipes from dwellings or other building within the districts to the curb valve shall be kept in good repair by the property owner and at his expense and shall be maintained so that said pipes and connections shall be free of leaks. Upon abandonment of the water service or demolition of the building, the water service shall be dug up and shut off at the curb valve by the property owner and at his expense after obtaining a permit for the same and upon inspection by the Building Inspector.
The Building Inspector shall notify the property owner in writing of any existing leaks in the water service between the curb valve and the meter or that the water service shall be dug up and shut off at the main because of the abandonment of the water service or demolition of the building or buildings serviced by water, and that such repairs or shutoff shall be made within seven days after the mailing of such notice by registered mail, return receipt requested, except that in the event of an emergency, as determined by the Building Inspector, in which case, the Building Inspector shall order the repairs to be made immediately. Upon failure of the property owner to act, the Building Inspector shall order the repairs or shutoff made and the cost of making the repairs or shutoff shall be paid for by the property owner.
If, upon excavating the leak, it is found that the water service is pitted or crystallized to a point that permanent repairs cannot be made, then the Building Inspector shall order the water service replaced with new service pipe, and the cost shall be charged against the property owner.
Such repair costs or shutoff costs, as well as engineering and administrative costs, if undertaken by the water and sewer districts, shall be assessed by the Building Inspector, and shall be a lien upon real estate and, if not paid within 60 days after the billing date, shall be collected in the same manner as provided in this chapter for the collection of taxes or other charges or assessments in default of their payment.
Any damage to existing corporation valves, water service pipes, curb valves or curb boxes occurring prior to completion of any construction, grading and permanent occupancy of dwellings or other buildings within the districts shall at the direction of the Building Inspector be repaired, replaced and/or paid for by the property owner or builder before water service to the dwelling or other place is permanently commenced and allowed.
The repairs and replacement to the water service from the corporation stop to the distribution main shall be made by the water and sewer districts and the cost thereof shall be borne by the water and sewer districts.
The domestic sewer from the dwelling to the paved portion of the roadway or curb or from other buildings within the districts to the same shall at all times be maintained by the property owner and at his expense in the same manner and subject to the same town remedies and enforcement powers as heretofore set forth for water connection pipes. The property owner shall be responsible for removing or otherwise remedying any and all obstructions or blockages which may occur in the sewer service lateral from the dwelling or other buildings within the districts to the district sewer main. All expenses relating to this responsibility shall be paid by the property owner.
The repairs and maintenance obligations described in the preceding sections shall be continual obligations and shall apply to all water and sewer service pipes previously installed in the Town of Wappinger as well as to those subsequently installed therein.
[Added 9-13-1999 by L.L. No. 6-1999; amended 3-22-2004 by L.L. No. 5-2004]
Any person, firm or corporation who or which shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter or any rule or regulation made pursuant thereto shall be guilty of a violation and shall be punished by a fine in the amount set forth in Chapter 122, Article V, § 122-20X of the Code or imprisonment for not more than 15 days, or both.
[Added 8-18-2003 by L.L. No. 10-2003]
This chapter will be enforced by the Zoning Administrator, the Building Inspector, the Deputy Building Inspector, the Fire Inspector, the Deputy Fire Inspector and any police agency having jurisdiction within the Town of Wappinger.