[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Washington as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 7-21-1986 by Ord. No. 22-86 (Ch. XIV of the Revised General Ordinances)]
Editor's Note: Former Ch. XIV, Utilities, adopted 9-9-1966, as amended, was repealed 5-18-1981 by Ord. No. 18-81.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Any building or structure heretofore or hereinafter constructed and designed or used for dwelling purposes or occupancy by persons, whether temporary or permanent or in which water is used for human consumption or otherwise.
- Any pipe or conduit designed or used for the transmission of potable water within the township, whether owned and operated by the township itself or the Township of Washington Municipal Utilities Authority.
- WATER SUPPLY PROJECT AREA
- That portion of the Township of Washington contained within the area
established by the New Jersey State Department of Environmental Protection
and Energy and more specifically described by lot and block numbers on Schedules
A and B attached hereto.[Added 12-21-1992 by Ord. No. 23-92]
- WELL RESTRICTED AREA
- That portion of the Township of Washington contained within the ten-year
well restricted area established by the New Jersey State Department of Environmental
Protection and more specifically described by lot and block numbers on Schedule
A attached hereto.[Added 9-15-1986 by Ord. No. 33-86]
The owner or owners of each improved property within the Township of Washington and having reasonable access to a street, highway or alley in which the water supply system of the township or the Municipal Utilities Authority is located shall, upon receipt of written notice from the township that water service is available and that connection is required, connect such improved property to the water supply system within 60 days of said notice so that the public water supply shall be used for all domestic purposes, dwelling purposes or for any purpose relating to human occupancy and/or consumption.
As or when, from time to time, a public water supply becomes available to additional properties within the township by reason of the improvement of properties located on or having reasonable access to a street, highway or alley in which the water supply system of the Municipal Utilities Authority is located or by reason of the construction of extensions or additions to the water supply system by the township or the Municipal Utilities Authority, the owner or owners of such additional property shall likewise, upon receipt of written notice from the township ordering the connection, connect his/their property to the water supply system within 60 days of said notice.
Every connection required by this article shall comply in all respects with the Plumbing Code of the Township of Washington, the Uniform Construction Code or such other code as shall be in force and effect at the time connection is required.
The Township Administrator or such department or office as he/she may, from time to time, designate shall give notice to the owner of property required to connect with the public water supply system. Such notice shall be addressed to the owner of said property as the name of the owner appears in the last tax duplicate of the Township of Washington and shall describe the property by lot and block designation as the same appears in the Tax Map of the Township of Washington and by the street address if a street address exists. The notice shall state that the owner is required to connect each building on said property with the waterline in accordance with the terms of this article on or before 60 days of receipt of the notice. Said notice shall also describe the penalty which may be imposed hereunder for failure to comply with the notice.
If any owner of improved property within the township required to be connected to the water supply system of the township or Municipal Utilities Authority pursuant to this article shall fail to connect therewith promptly after written notice to do so, the township or the Municipal Utilities Authority shall give such owner written notice of this article, describing the property required to be connected sufficiently definite to identify it, describing the required connection and stating that unless connection shall be completed within 30 days of the service of such notice, the township or Municipal Utilities Authority may proceed to make such connection or to cause same to be made.
Upon failure of such owner to make the required connection within said thirty-day period, the township or the Municipal Utilities Authority may make such connection or cause the same to be made and shall send an itemized bill for the cost of such connection to the property owner, which shall be payable forthwith. In case of failure of the owner to pay such bill, it shall be the duty of the proper township officials to cause the confirmation and assessment of the amount thereof as a lien against the property and to proceed with the collection and enforcement thereof, all in the manner provided by the laws of the State of New Jersey.
All notices to be served under this article shall be served in the manner prescribed by the laws of the State of New Jersey.
Every owner required to connect to a township-owned or -operated public water supply shall pay a connection fee and the water service charge prescribed by the township ordinance. Every owner required to connect to a public water supply owned or operated by the Municipal Utilities Authority shall pay the connection fee and water service charge established by Municipal Utilities Authority regulations.
[Amended 9-15-1986 by Ord. No. 33-86; 12-21-1992 by Ord. No. 23-92]
Capping of wells. When a public water supply is made ready and available for connection, all owners of property within a water supply project area as defined by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Energy shall cap and fill so as to permanently destroy any water-producing capacity of any well, whether for human consumption or not, located upon said premises within 30 days after such time as public water has been hooked up or within 60 days of receipt of notice to hook into the public water supply, whichever occurs first.
Compliance. The sealing of the well shall be done in compliance with all state and municipal laws and regulations of the Municipal Utilities Authority.
Connection fees and capping assessments. There shall be no fee charged for connection to a public water supply or for the capping of existing wells within a well restricted area, provided that the property owner has given the Municipal Utilities Authority permission to enter onto the property to perform such work. Where the property owner fails to provide the Municipal Utilities Authority with permission to arrange for or make the connection or where the property owner has not received a well sealing exemption from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Energy (NJDEPE) and refuses access to the Municipal Utilities Authority for well sealing, then connection to the water supply system and well sealing shall be required under the provisions of § 213-5, Failure to Connect, of this article. All costs for such work shall then be borne solely by the property owner. The above-referenced fee exemptions shall apply only to wells in existence prior to May 16, 1986.
[Amended 7-18-1994 by Ord. No. 16-94]
Capping of wells shall not be required where specific written authorization is received from the New Jersey State Department of Environmental Protection and Energy exempting a well from capping.