Borough of Pennington, NJ
Mercer County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Pennington 8-5-1985 as Arts. 2 through 8 of Ord. No. 397. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Water and Sewer Utility — See Ch. 53.

§ 209-1 Declaration of water emergency.

If, in the opinion of Borough Council, a water emergency should exist by reason of insufficient water availability, then the Borough Council shall declare a water emergency. A copy of the water emergency declaration shall be published in the official borough newspapers and shall be posted in the Borough Hall.

§ 209-2 Binding nature of declaration.

The declaration of a water emergency shall be conclusive of the fact of the existence of such emergency and shall be binding upon all users of the borough public water system.

§ 209-3 Usage which may be prohibited.

During the period of any water emergency, the following uses of water, from whatever source, except for recycled water, may, at the discretion of Borough Council, be prohibited:
A. 
The sprinkling, watering and/or irrigation of shrubbery, trees, lawns, grass, ground cover, plants, vines, gardens, vegetables, flowers or any other vegetation.
B. 
The washing of motor vehicles, trailers, boats or any other type of mobile equipment, except in a commercial washing facility which has approved water conservation devices.
C. 
The washing of sidewalks, walkways, driveways, porches and other outside surfaces.
D. 
The washing of the outside of dwellings and/or office buildings.
E. 
The washing and cleaning of any business or industrial equipment and machinery, except as may be necessary for health reasons.
F. 
The operation of any ornamental fountain or other structure making similar use of water.
G. 
The filling of any swimming pool or wading pools.
H. 
Any other uses, determined by Council, to be in the best interest of the residents of the borough and the contiguous area of Hopewell Township.

§ 209-4 Termination by resolution.

The declaration of a water emergency shall continue in effect until terminated by a resolution adopted by the Borough Council.

§ 209-5 Water-saving devices required.

All construction within the borough, including both new construction and repairs and renovations, shall employ the latest up-to-date water-saving devices.

§ 209-6 Responsibility for water lateral.

[Amended 4-13-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-3]
The property owner shall install and maintain and bear the entire cost and expense of the water service line. The owner shall keep it in good repair and protect it from damage. The owner shall not be responsible for repair or maintenance of the water lateral beyond the water service line, except the owner shall be held liable for any damage or extra costs to the water system, or Water Department, as a result of damage to or obstruction of the water lateral or water system caused by tampering or other act or neglect of the property owner or other user of the property, including without limitation tampering or other act or neglect in the maintenance or use of the owner's water service line. Any leaks discovered in these lines must be repaired promptly to the satisfaction of the Superintendent of Public Works.

§ 209-7 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 12-6-1999 by Ord. No. 99-14]
Any user found guilty of violating this chapter shall be a fined not exceeding $1,000, imprisoned for a term not exceeding 90 days or be subject to a period of community service not exceeding 90 days, or any combination thereof.

§ 209-8 Definitions.

[Added 4-13-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-3]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
CURB VALVE AND CURB STOP
The curb valve is located underground at the property line of the house or building being serviced and is accessed through the curb box. The curb valve connects the water service line to the water system and operates as a shut-off valve.
WATER LATERAL
The water lateral refers to the entire water line between the connection at the house or building being serviced and the Borough water main.
WATER SERVICE LINE
The water service line is that portion of the water lateral extending from the house or building being serviced to the curb valve and curb box, but does not include the curb valve or curb box.