Town of Boonton, NJ
Morris County
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No new installation of refrigeration equipment, air conditioning or refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment requiring the use of water, supplied by the Town Water Department or derived from any well, shall be installed on any premises until a permit authorizing such installation has been issued by the Water Superintendent.
Application in duplicate, on forms furnished by the Water Superintendent for permits for refrigeration, air conditioning or refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment to be installed shall specify the information requested on the application and shall be accompanied by a fee of $50. One approved copy of the application will be returned to the applicant to serve as a permit.
If the refrigeration or air-conditioning units are either rebuilt, remodeled or replaced, the action shall constitute a new installation and shall therefore be subject to all rules, regulations and conditions prescribed herein.
All installations of any individual or collective system or refrigeration equipment, air conditioning or refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment in any premises for a single consumer shall be installed under the following specifications:
A. 
All installation of any individual or collective system of refrigeration equipment, air-conditioning equipment, or refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment of three tons and over shall be equipped with a water-conserving device such as economizer, evaporative condenser, water cooling tower or similar apparatus, which device shall not consume for makeup purposes in excess of 5% of the consumption of water that would normally be used without such device.
B. 
All installations of refrigeration equipment, air-conditioning equipment, or refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment under three tons, not using recirculated water, shall be provided with an automatic water-supply-regulating device as to limit the flow of water in relation to the condenser temperature reduction requirements of the apparatus. In no case shall the equipment use in excess of 1 1/2 gallons per minute per ton capacity.
C. 
If two or more units, which is the aggregate total of three tons or over, are installed to serve the same building premises, the units shall be subject to the same requirements applicable to a unit or equipment of three tons or over, as in this article is provided.
D. 
The term "air conditioning" as used herein applies to that equipment used primarily for human comfort cooling and shall be expressed on the basis that one compressor motor horsepower is equal to one ton of refrigeration.
E. 
Equipment used for a purpose other than air conditioning shall be considered on the basis that one compressor motor horsepower is equal to 0.6 tons of refrigeration.
F. 
Refrigeration or air-conditioning equipment using gas for energy shall be rated on the basis that one ton is equal to the removal of 12,000 (BTU) British thermal unit per hour with a five-degree-Fahrenheit evaporating temperature and eighty-six-degree-Fahrenheit condensing temperature.
Each direct water connection to a refrigeration unit, air-conditioning unit, or refrigeration unit and air-conditioning unit, using water for cooling purposes and which is connected with potable water system, shall be equipped with a vacuum breaker, except in installations where the water supply piping has no contact with the refrigerant; this will be the case when two substantial and independent wall thicknesses of metal separate the refrigerant from the public water system.
Refrigeration units, air-conditioning units, or refrigeration and air-conditioning units with a capacity of more than 20 pounds of refrigerant shall be provided with a relief valve installed on the outlet side of the vacuum breaker of the water supply connection, such relief valve being set at five pounds above the maximum water pressure at the point of installation.
All existing installations of refrigeration equipment, air-conditioning equipment, and refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment installed on any premises requiring the use of water, supplied by the Boonton Water Department or any well, shall be subject to the rules and regulations prescribed in this article.
Any person who installs such equipment and any owner, agent, lessee or occupant who causes or permits the installation or operation of any such equipment, in violation of the provisions of this article shall, upon conviction, be liable to the penalty stated in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article III, General Penalty. Each day that a violation is permitted to exist constitutes a separate offense.