[Adopted 1-8-1991 by Ord. No. 91-2]
The intent of this article is to:
Promote the general health, welfare and safety of the community.
Encourage the utilization of appropriate construction practices in order to provide water for fire protection and domestic consumption in the future.
Minimize danger to public health and safety by providing a community water system for fire protection and domestic consumption.
Reduce financial burdens imposed on the community, its governmental units, and its residents by preventing the unwise design and construction of community water systems that will not provide sufficient water for fire protection and domestic consumption.
Specify minimum system sizes, flow rates, water storage capacity and construction materials that shall be used in the design and construction of a community water system.
Reduce the required parts inventory and increase the efficiency of maintenance by requiring that each type of appurtenance or component of the community water system be a standard design and model manufactured by one company.
Assure the proper operation and maintenance of community water supply systems within the Township.
Protect the groundwater resources of the Township.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- CAPITAL CONTRIBUTION FEE
- A fee set by the Authority to offset its costs for providing water supply, conveyance and storage to new developments. It will be charged on an EDU basis as set by the Authority's rules and regulations.
- COMMUNITY WATER SYSTEM
- A single source of water serving more than one user unit (residence, business, church, school or combination hereof). There shall be the following classes of community water systems within the Township:
- DESIGN FLOW RATE
- The design flow rate for any water distribution system shall include the fire flow rate plus the maximum anticipated flow rate for all other purposes.
- EQUIVALENT DWELLING UNIT (EDU)
- The metered flow of any use (or a gallons-per-day basis) divided by 185 (the average daily residential water consumption).
- FIRE FLOW RATE
- The design fire flow rate shall be determined using the Distribution Systems Requirements for Fire Protection (AWWA Manual M31) or this article, whichever is greater.
- OTHER FLOW RATES
- All other flow rates shall be as determined by the Upper Hanover Authority Engineer for similar users and approved by the Authority.
- RESIDENTIAL FLOW RATE
- The design residential flow rate shall be 100 gallons per day per capita.
- SERVICE CONNECTION FEE
- A fee set by the Authority to cover the cost of physically connecting a user's service line to the Authority's line. The fee is charged per physical connection and not on an EDU basis. It will vary on the size of the proposed water service line.
Community water supply systems are required for all residential, commercial and industrial developments involving 25 or more residential units or the equivalent flow (8,750 gallons per day) from commercial and industrial development, unless prior approval by the Board of Supervisors. Where a development's net densities is less than one unit per acre, community water systems are not required unless determined by the Board of Supervisors to be needed for public health or safety reasons.
Connection to the existing water supply system of the Upper Hanover Authority shall be required where feasible. The feasibility shall be established through a detailed cost evaluation comparing the proposed individual community water supply system and the connection to the Authority's system. The Upper Hanover Authority shall make the final determination of the feasibility of connecting to its system.
All community water systems shall be designed and constructed as dual-purpose systems able to supply enough water for fire protection while at the same time meeting the anticipated consumption for other purposes. The systems shall comply with the rules and regulations of the Upper Hanover Authority.
All individual community water supply systems may be dedicated to the Upper Hanover Authority, at its sole and exclusive discretion.
Connection of any water user to other community water supplies within the Township shall not be allowed without the official consent of the Upper Hanover Authority.
All community water supply systems shall be designed in accordance with the current specifications of the Upper Hanover Authority, whether or not owned, operated or controlled by the Authority.
All permits for community water supply systems shall be written and obtained in the name of the Upper Hanover Authority.
The plans and specifications for all community water supply systems shall be reviewed and approved by the Upper Hanover Authority's engineer prior to application for any permits from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection or the Delaware River Basin Commission.
Application for community water supply systems shall be made to the Upper Hanover Authority. The application shall include the following:
A general description of the proposed project, specifying its location, water usage, waste disposal method, source of water and preliminary system design.
An application escrow fee of $2,500 minimum for up to 10,000 gallons-per-day water usage and an additional $1,000 for each additional 10,000 gallons per day. The escrow is to be used for engineering and legal review of the application, and any and all other related costs and/or expenses which the Authority or the Township reasonably incurs. Any unused portion will be returned to the applicant.
Following the Authority's preliminary review, the applicant shall address the issues identified by the Authority and prepare a final design for submission to the Authority for its approval prior to final subdivision or land development plan approval by the Board of Supervisors.
The Authority, if it approves the proposal, will prepare an agreement covering the implementation of the project, the transfer of ownership to the Authority, construction escrow accounts and other issues related to the project.
Any new user or existing user with significant increases in quarterly water uses (more than one EDU of flow per day as an average over the quarter) shall pay a capital contribution fee to the Authority to cover the cost of replacing existing storage and well capacity consumed by the new development or increased water use. This amount is computed in the Authority's rules and regulations.
Individual community systems are to be paid for wholly by the developer, and no capital contribution fee shall be required. Portions of such facilities, which may be used by others, can be covered by cost-recovery provisions for a period of five years after acceptance by the Authority.
Any person, firm or corporation who shall fail, neglect or refuse to comply with any provision of this article, upon conviction thereof in an action brought before a Magisterial District Judge in the manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 90 days. Each day that a violation of this article continues or each section of this article which shall be found to have been violated shall constitute a separate offense.