Township of Cranberry, PA
Butler County
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[Ord. 2002-325, 1/13/2002, § 8.01]
1. 
All meters, unless otherwise indicated, will be furnished and installed by the Township, subject to payment of the applicable fees, if any by the owner. All meters will remain the property of the Township and be accessible to and subject to its control and maintenance. The Township shall have the right to furnish and install meters of the remote type, all costs of which shall be borne by the applicant and/or owner. Fire-type meters will not be installed for general service. A meter will be required for each premises, except as otherwise provided.
2. 
Each multifamily building and/or each nonresidential building shall have one master meter per building. The Township shall invoice one account, the owner of the building. The owner may submeter each tenant if necessary. The owner assumes all responsibility for purchasing, installing, reading and billing of submeter(s).
[Added by Ord. 2011-414, 3/3/2011, § 1]
[Ord. 2002-325, 1/13/2002, § 8.02; as amended by Ord. 2011-416, 8/4/2011, § 19]
Where a premises is furnished sewage and not water service, the Township may require the installation of a meter (at the owner 's expense) to measure water use, said installation to be made in accordance with the regulations relating to meters for regular water service. Where the Township does not require the installation of a meter, the customer may nevertheless install a meter at his expense.
[Ord. 2002-325, 1/13/2002, § 8.03]
The Township shall have the right to specify the size and type of the meter and to require the installation of a larger size meter in any case where the peak use of water places any meter under undue or unusual strain or exceeds the recommended meter capacity and to charge the fees currently in effect for the larger meters.
[Ord. 2002-325, 1/13/2002, § 8.04; as amended by Ord. 2011-416, 8/4/2011, § 20]
The minimum size of a meter shall be the same size as the service line unless otherwise approved by the Township.
[Ord. 2002-325, 1/13/2002, § 8.05]
The location of the meter shall be approved by the Township and shall conform to the specifications set forth in Appendix A attached hereto; where "Authority" is mentioned or referred to, it shall mean "Cranberry Township."
[Ord. 2002-325, 1/13/2002, § 8.06]
No fixture shall be attached to, or any branch made in, the service pipe between the meter and the street main or source of supply.
[Ord. 2002-325, 1/13/2002, § 8.07; as amended by Ord. 2011-416, 8/4/2011, § 21]
Where it is not practical to place the meter within the building, the Township may require the property owner to construct, inside the property line, a precast concrete or plastic meter pit with an approved cover or similar type of approved meter box to be constructed in accordance with Chapter 17, Public and Private Improvements Code.
[Ord. 2002-325, 1/13/2002, § 8.08; as amended by Ord. 2005-362, 12/15/2005; and by Ord. 2011-416, 8/4/2011, § 22]
All piping, fittings, valves, check valves, gauges, bolts, nuts, meter pit structures, manholes or other accessories or materials, and the labor for installing the same, used in connection with meter settings within the property line of the premises, shall be at the expense of the applicant. The customer shall employ the services of skilled tradesmen, not unsatisfactory to the Township, who shall cooperate with the Township and install all the piping and appurtenances in accordance with the dimensions and requirements for each specific case, so that the meter or meters can be properly installed and connected by the Township. The customer shall furnish and install on the service line a full port ball valve or full port gate valve, without waste, the same size as the service line on the street side immediately inside the structure, vault or meter pit, and a full port ball valve or full port gate valve on the outlet side and after the meter. A suitable backflow device shall be furnished and installed by the customer at a point between the downstream valve and the meter. When a thermal expansion tank is required, the tank shall be furnished and installed by the customer (at the customer’s expense) at a location recommended by the tank manufacturer and in accordance with Chapter 17, Public and Private Improvements Code.
[Ord. 2002-325, 1/13/2002, § 8.09]
Under certain conditions where there is a demand or necessity for uninterrupted water service, in order to eliminate inconvenience to both the customer and the Township when repairs to or replacement of the meter is necessary, the Township may require the installation of a battery of two or more meters on the one service line, with a combined capacity approximately equal to the capacity of the single meter requested. Such installations shall be properly valved to control or cut any single meter out of service and permit its removal without interruption of service through the remaining meter or meters. In cases where meters are so installed or where the Township requires more than one meter, bills will be separately rendered for each meter, the cost of such installations to be paid by the customer.
[Ord. 2002-325, 1/13/2002, § 8.10]
The Township will own and maintain all meters at its expense, except that the customer shall be liable for all damage to all meters while on his premises. In the event of injury to or malfunction of the meter, the customer shall promptly notify the Township. The Township will furnish and set another meter to replace the one frozen or damaged by such causes, and the cost of the repairs to the same, including replaced parts, labor and transportation charges, as well as the costs of testing and costs for reinstallation or changing of the meter, shall be paid by the customer, except that costs relating to the repair or reinstallation of an inherently defective meter shall be borne by the Township.
[Ord. 2002-325, 1/13/2002, § 8.11]
All meters shall be accurately tested before installation and thereafter may be periodically tested by the Township from time to time.
[Ord. 2002-325, 1/13/2002, § 8.12]
Should any customer at any time doubt the accuracy or correctness of the meter, the Township will, upon a written request of the customer, make a test, in his presence or that of his authorized representative, of the accuracy of the meter. When a customer desires either personally or through a representative to witness the testing of a meter, he may require the meter to be sealed in his presence before removal, which seal shall not be broken until the test is made in his presence. If the meter upon testing shall be found to be accurate within the limits herein specified, a fee, determined from the schedule indicated, shall be paid to the Township by the customer; but, if not so found, then the cost thereof shall be paid by the Township. When making such request, the customer shall agree to the basis of payment herein specified, or as currently in effect.
[Ord. 2002-325, 1/13/2002, § 8.13; as amended by Ord. 2011-416, 8/4/2011, § 23]
In the case of meters used for private water supply systems, including, but not limited to, deduct meters, well meters, etc., should the Township at any time doubt the accuracy or correctness of the meter the Township will, in the customer's presence or that of his authorized representative, make a test of the accuracy of the meter. When a customer desires, either personally or through a representative, to witness the testing of a meter, he may require the meter to be sealed in his presence before such removal, which seal shall not be broken until the test is made in his presence. If the meter so tested shall be found to be accurate within the limits herein specified, the Township shall be responsible for the cost of testing if the Township requested such test, but if not so found, then the cost thereof shall be paid by the customer.
[Ord. 2002-325, 1/13/2002, § 8.14]
A report of all tests shall be made to the customer by the Township and a complete record of such tests shall be kept by the Township.
[Ord. 2002-325, 1/13/2002, § 8.15; as amended by Ord. 2011-416, 8/4/2011, § 24]
Estimated fees for testing of meters will be paid for in advance and in accordance with the current Fee Resolution. If the meter is found to have an error in registration in excess of 4%, the cost of the test will be paid by the Township, and the advance fee will be refunded. The bill, based on the last reading of such meter or meters, shall be corrected accordingly. This correction shall apply both for over or under registration.
[Ord. 2002-325, 1/13/2002, § 8.16]
The Township shall have the right to remove and test any meter at any time at its own expense, and, if such meter is found to be inaccurate, to substitute another meter of the same size in its place either permanently or temporarily.
[Ord. 2002-325, 1/13/2002, § 8.17; as amended by Ord. 2011-416, 8/4/2011, § 25]
The customer shall pay for the cost of relocation of all meters made at his request or for his convenience. The relocation shall be in accordance with the current edition of Chapter 17, Public and Private Improvements Code.
[Ord. 2002-325, 1/13/2002, § 8.18]
No seal placed by the Township for the protection of any meter, valve, fitting or other water connection shall be tampered with or defaced. It shall not be broken except upon authorization from the Township or in the presence of an Township representative. Where the seal is broken, the Township may remove the meter for testing, at the expense of the customer, even though said meter registers accurately.
[Ord. 2002-325, 1/13/2002, § 8.19]
Customers are responsible for their plumbing and fixtures and must repair immediately all leaks. No allowance will be made by the Township for water used, lost, stolen or otherwise wasted through leaks, carelessness, neglect or otherwise after the same has passed through the water meter.
[Ord. 2002-325, 1/13/2002, § 8.20]
Readings of meters shall be taken monthly or quarterly, at the option of the Township, and the quantity recorded by the meter shall be taken to be the amount of water passing through the meter, which amount will be conclusive on both the customer and the Township, except when the meter has been found to be registering inaccurately. In such case, the quantity may be determined by the average registration of another meter for a period of at least one year, or of the same meter for a period of at least one year after it has been repaired, tested and reset; or the quantity consumed during a previous corresponding period may be used as a basis for settlement. If none of these methods can be applied fairly, another method may be used that will be just and reasonable to the Township and to the customer.
[Ord. 2002-325, 1/13/2002, § 8.21]
The customer shall notify the Township of damage to or the malfunction of the meter, or of the breaking of the seal or seal wire, as soon as he is aware of such a condition.