Borough of Wrightstown, NJ
Burlington County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Wrightstown as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted by Ord. No. 1975-4 as Sec. 10-2 of the Revised General Ordinances]

§ 214-1 Declaration.

It is hereby determined, declared and recited that the water supply system owned and operated by the Wrightstown Municipal Utilities Authority is a public supply within the intent and meaning of N.J.S.A. 40:63-52.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: N.J.S.A. 40:63-52 was repealed by L. 1991, c. 53, § 1, effective 1-1-1992.

§ 214-2 Connection required.

The owner of any building located upon a street in which the water main of the Wrightstown Municipal Utilities Authority is constructed shall connect such building with such water supply main.

§ 214-3 Compliance with rules.

Such connection shall be made in strict compliance with the rules and regulations of the Wrightstown Municipal Utilities Authority governing construction of such connections and the materials to be used and method of doing the same and shall thereafter be repaired and maintained in accordance with such rules and regulations in effect and such work, upon completion, shall be inspected by the utilities authority and all such connections made at the expense of the owner or owners of land in front of or upon which the same is done.

§ 214-4 Time limit.

All connections of buildings existing on June 20, 1972, shall connect to such main within 30 days after notice of final adoption and approval by the Mayor of this article in those cases where the building is located upon a street in which a public water supply main is constructed and in those cases in which a public water supply main is later constructed within 30 days after notice of completion of such construction. All new buildings hereafter erected shall connect to such public water supply main prior to occupancy of the building or within 30 days after the public water supply main is constructed in the street upon which the building is located, whichever date is later.

§ 214-5 Failure of owner to act; cost to be lien.

In the event of a failure of any owner of such property to make such connection, the borough shall proceed to make or cause such connection to be made in the manner provided by the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40:63-52 to 40:63-64, their amendments and supplements,[1] and the cost thereof to be enforced as a lien against the property so connected in the manner specified in the act.
[1]
Editor's Note: N.J.S.A. 40:63-52 to 40:63-64 were repealed by L. 1991, c. 53, § 1, effective 1-1-1992.
[Adopted by Ord. No. 1989-5 (Sec. 10-4 of the Revised General Ordinances)]

§ 214-6 Declaration of water emergency.

Whenever the Borough of Wrightstown shall be satisfied and finds that a water emergency exists in the municipality, it may adopt a resolution declaring that a water emergency exists in the municipality. Such resolution shall be adopted by the governing body at any regular, special, adjourned or emergency public meeting of the governing body. Such resolution shall identify that portion of the municipality affected by the water emergency, which may include the entire municipality and shall specify which of the water use regulations contained in § 214-7 of this article is being imposed as well as any exemptions as may be authorized. Such resolution shall become effective immediately upon notice to the owner or occupant of any structure utilizing water. The resolution may be published in the legally designated newspaper in which ordinances are published and shall become effective two days after publication of this form of notice as utilized or the governing body in adopting the resolution of implementation as set forth herein and declaration of emergency may cause said resolution to be either personally delivered or other means of notification in which case the resolution shall set forth the effective date but under no event may the resolution become effective or the penalties provided for in this article be imposed until such time as the owner or occupant of the property using water has been notified, and shall continue in effect for 90 days, unless extended or repealed as set forth in § 214-8 of this article. For the purpose of this section, a water emergency shall exist if, for any of the following reasons:
A. 
The public utility providing water service to all or a portion of the municipality has adopted water use restrictions, has notified the municipality, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, as well as any other state, county or local agency entitled to notice of such restrictions and such restrictions are not overruled or declared invalid by any state, county or local agency having the jurisdiction and power to do so; or
B. 
The governing authority is otherwise satisfied that a water emergency exists in the municipality.

§ 214-7 Water use restrictions.

Upon adoption by the governing body of a resolution declaring that a water emergency exists in the municipality in accordance with § 214-6 herein, all citizens shall be urged to observe voluntary indoor conservation measures, and any of the following water use restrictions shall be imposed and shall be applicable to all residents and tenants, except where a bona fide health emergency exists and to exempt businesses, as specified herein during the water emergency;
A. 
The complete ban and prohibition of outside water usage, including the watering of lawns and plants, the filling of pools and the washing of cars;
B. 
Outside water usage on alternate days allowing outside water usage by persons or businesses having even house or box numbers on even days and those having odd house or box numbers on odd days with outside water usage being completely banned and prohibited on the the 31st day of any month during the water emergency; or
C. 
Any other water use restriction specified by the governing body in the resolution required by § 214-6 herein which is reasonable under the circumstances considering the nature and extent of the water emergency. Any water restriction imposed pursuant to this subsection shall be limited in application to that portion of the municipality, which may include the entire municipality, identified as being affected by the water emergency in the resolution of the governing body adopted in accordance with § 214-6 herein.

§ 214-8 Duration of water use restrictions.

The resolution of the governing body required by § 214-6 herein shall, in addition to complying with § 214-6; provide a period of time during which the water use restrictions imposed shall be applicable and which shall be no longer than reasonably necessary to abate the water emergency under the circumstances considering the nature and extent of the water emergency. At the expiration of the time period specified in the resolution, the water use restriction shall lapse and be inapplicable and unenforceable. If the governing body shall be satisfied that the water emergency has been abated prior to the expiration of the time period specified in the resolution, it shall adopt a resolution declaring the water emergency ended and the water use restrictions inapplicable. If, at the expiration of the time period specified in the resolution, the governing body shall be satisfied that the water emergency continues to exist, it may adopt a resolution in accordance with the requirements of this article continuing the water use restrictions.

§ 214-9 Enforcement of water use restrictions.

The water use restrictions imposed pursuant to this article shall be enforced during a water emergency by the Police Department or any municipal official. Whenever the Police Department or a local authorized official shall find a violation of the water use restrictions, such police officer or authorized official shall give the violator a written warning and explain the penalties for a violation of this article. The local authorized official shall keep such records as may be reasonable and necessary for the purpose of determining the persons and businesses who have been warned upon a first offense, and these records shall be centralized with the Clerk of the municipality. The police officer or local authorized official is hereby empowered and authorized to issue and write summons for the violation of the water use restrictions imposed pursuant to this article.

§ 214-10 Violations and penalties.

Penalties shall be as provided for the violation of any ordinance of the Borough of Wrightstown pursuant to Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article II, Penalties, of the Code of the Borough of Wrightstown.