Township of Maplewood, NJ
Essex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Maplewood: Art. I, 12-3-1974 by Ord. No. 1438 as Section 11-2 of the 1974 Revised General Ordinances; Art. II, 12-3-1974 by Ord. No. 1438 as Section 11-3 of the 1974 Revised General Ordinances. Section 243-9 amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. III. Other amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fees — See Ch. 123.
Parks and recreation areas — See Ch. 193.
Sewers — See Ch. 223.
Zoning and land development — See Ch. 271.
[Adopted 12-3-1974 by Ord. No. 1438 as Section 11-2 of the 1974 Revised General Ordinances]

§ 243-1 Chlorination.

All public swimming pools shall be equipped with chlorinating equipment of acceptable capacity and design which will provide in the water at all times when the public swimming pool is in use a residual of excess chlorine of not less than zero and four-tenths (0.4) parts per million nor more than zero and six-tenths (0.6) parts per million nor an excess residual of chloramine of not less than zero and seven-tenths (0.7) parts per million nor more than one and zero-tenths (1.0) parts per million. No public swimming pool shall have when in use a residual of excess chlorine or chloramine in the water above the maximum or below the minimum above set forth.

§ 243-2 Filtration and clarification.

All public swimming pools shall be properly equipped with filtering or clarifying devices in satisfactory operating condition so that the water of such pools shall be continuously and regularly filtered and clarified and kept at all times in a sanitary and safe condition for bathing purposes.

§ 243-3 Bacteriological standards.

Not more than fifteen percent (15%) of the samples of water taken from any public swimming pool, when more than twenty (20) samples have been examined, and not more than three samples, when fewer than twenty (20) samples have been examined, shall contain more than two hundred (200) bacteria per cubic centimeter or shall show positive test (confirmed) for Bacillus coli in any of five (5) ten-cubic-centimeter portions of water at times when the pool is in operation. For the purposes of this section, any number of samplings of water on a single day shall be considered as one (1) sample.

§ 243-4 Incidental facilities and equipment.

Locker rooms, shower rooms, toilets, runways and all other physical facilities or equipment incident to the operation of any public swimming pool shall be kept in a sanitary condition at all times.

§ 243-5 Closing of pools.

Whenever any public swimming pool by reason of mechanical defects, lack of proper supervision or failure to comply with the requirements of this Article is a hazard to public health, the Swimming Pool Inspector is authorized to order such pool to be immediately closed until no further hazard to the public health exists.

§ 243-6 Swimming Pool Inspector.

A Swimming Pool Inspector shall be appointed by the Township Committee, whose duty it shall be to enforce the provisions of this Article.
[Adopted 12-3-1974 by Ord. No. 1438 as Section 11-3 of the 1974 Revised General Ordinances]

§ 243-7 Definitions.

As used in this Article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
PRIVATE SWIMMING POOLS
Includes artificially constructed swimming pools or tanks, whether permanently installed, portable, collapsible or otherwise, having a depth of eighteen (18) inches or greater or a volume in excess of one hundred (100) cubic feet, established or maintained by any individual upon any premises as an appurtenance to a residence occupied by not more than three (3) families for the use of the occupants of the residence and their guests.

§ 243-8 Permit required.

It shall be unlawful to establish or construct or alter a private swimming pool without first having obtained a permit. A permit for a private swimming pool shall be issued by the Building Inspector to the owner or agent of any residence property in the township upon compliance with the requirements for private swimming pools as set forth in this Article.

§ 243-9 Permit application; fee. [1]

Application for a permit, accompanied by three (3) sets of plans and specifications or proper descriptive brochures, shall be made to the Building Inspector by the owner of the property or his authorized agent. The Building Inspector shall issue a permit for the construction, installation or alteration of the pool if it complies with the following rules and regulations, and provided, further, that it has been approved by the Plumbing Inspector and the Board of Health. A fee as provided in Chapter 123, Fees, for each new pool or alteration to any existing pool shall be charged by the Building Inspector for a permit.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. III.

§ 243-10 Construction and maintenance.

The following regulations shall be complied with in the construction and maintenance of private swimming pools:
A. 
Material of construction. All material used in the construction of swimming pools shall be waterproof and easily cleaned. The bottom and side of the pool shall be either white or a light color, except that aluminum paint shall not be used as a finish. Sand or earth bottoms shall not be used.
B. 
Water supply. There shall be no physical connection between a potable public or private water supply system and pools or their circulating systems.
C. 
Discharge system. All swimming pools shall be provided with not over one (1) two-inch diameter galvanized iron pipe or approved equal drain extending from the pool to either a brook, adequate dry well, storm sewer or sanitary sewer. No pool drain shall be connected directly to the sanitary sewer system.
D. 
Disinfection, filtration, recirculation and bacteriological standards. All swimming pools shall be so constructed, installed and maintained as to provide equipment necessary for the chlorination or other disinfection, filtration and recirculation of the pool water so as to comply with approved bacteriological standards as may be promulgated by regulations issued by the Board of Health of the township and the State of New Jersey.
E. 
Location. No private swimming pool or wading pool shall be constructed or installed on any lot unless upon said lot shall be located a residence building or unless the lot is part of a residence curtilage.
[Amended 6-17-1975 by Ord. No. 1446]
F. 
Lighting. No artificial lighting shall be maintained or operated in connection with a swimming pool in such a manner as to be a nuisance or an annoyance to neighboring properties.
G. 
Appearance. All areas surrounding the pond shall be made and kept neat and attractive so as to be in conformity with surrounding property, and no rubbish, debris or litter shall be permitted to remain or accumulate in or about the pool.
H. 
Fences. The pool shall be completely surrounded by structurally adequate fencing so as to effectively exclude children or trespassers, except that gates shall be provided which automatically return to a closed, latched position and shall be kept locked when the pool is not in use.
[Amended 6-17-1975 by Ord. No. 1446]
I. 
Hours of use. No private swimming pool shall be used by bathers at any hours except during daylight hours.
J. 
Enforcement. Every private swimming pool constructed or to be constructed in the township shall at all times comply with the requirements of all health authorities having jurisdiction in the premises, and any nuisance or hazard to health which may exist or develop in or in consequence of or in connection with any swimming pool shall forthwith be abated and removed by the person in possession of the pool upon receipt of notice from the Building Inspector, Health Officer or other designated person so requiring. It shall be unlawful for any person to maintain a private swimming pool which is not in conformity with the requirements of this Article.