Borough of Pennington, NJ
Mercer County
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[Adopted 4-5-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-5]
[Amended 11-15-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-15; 2-7-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-1; 5-7-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-5; 4-1-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-4; 5-12-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-9; 2-2-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-1; 4-4-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-8; 3-20-2017 by Ord. No. 2017-6; 5-22-2017 by Ord. No. 2017-11]
Base and usage charges for water and sewer customers and related provisions are set forth in § 98-41 of the Code.
A. 
There are hereby established the following quarterly charges for water customers:
Meter Size
(inches)
Base Charge 4,000 Gallons or Less (percent change)
First Excess Usage Block Charge 4,001-20,000 Gallons (per 1,000 gallons) (percent change)
Second Excess Usage Block Charge 20,00-60,000 Gallons (per 1,000 gallons) (percent change)
Third Excess Usage Block Charge 60,001-200,000 Gallons (per 1,000 gallons) (percent change)
Fourth Excess Usage Block Charge More than 200,000 Gallons (per 1,000 gallons) (percent change)
Less than 1
$31.16
(+2.5%)
$7.34
(+2.5%)
$8.74
(+15%)
$9.59
(+15%)
$11.22
(15%)
1
$47.57
(+2.5%)
$7.34
(+2.5%)
$8.74
(+15%)
$9.59
(+15%)
$11.22
(15%)
2
$135.90
(+2.5%)
$7.34
(+2.5%)
$8.74
(+15%)
$9.59
(+15%)
$11.22
(15%)
3
$303.17
(+2.5%)
$7.34
(+2.5%)
$8.74
(+15%)
$9.59
(+15%)
$11.22
(15%)
4
$445.56
(+2.5%)
$7.34
(+2.5%)
$8.74
(+15%)
$9.59
(+15%)
$11.22
(15%)
6
$832.55
(+2.5%)
$7.34
(+2.5%)
$8.74
(+15%)
$9.59
(+15%)
$11.22
(15%)
NOTE: Usage charges are per one-thousand-gallon increments, or portion thereof.
B. 
There are hereby established the following quarterly charges for sewer customers:
Base Charge 4,000 Gallons or Less (percent change)
First Excess Usage Block Charge 4,001-20,000 Gallons (per 1,000 gallons) (percent change)
Second Excess Usage Block Charge 20,00-60,000 Gallons (per 1,000 gallons) (percent change)
Third Excess Usage Block Charge 60,001-200,000 Gallons (per 1,000 gallons) (percent change)
Fourth Excess Usage Block Charge More than 200,000 Gallons (per 1,000 gallons) (percent change)
$35.36
(+2.5%)
$8.03
(+2.5%)
$9.64
(+15.0%)
$10.35
(+15.0%)
$11.14
(+15.0%)
NOTE: Usage charges are per one-thousand-gallon increment, or portion thereof.
C. 
The minimum quarterly base charge for multiunit residential or multiunit commercial or a combination thereof serviced through a single water meter shall be determined by the product of the number of units by the minimum quarterly base charge of a one-inch meter, regardless of the size of the meter(s) that feeds the units.
D. 
Sewage or other wastes containing unduly high concentrations of other substances which add to the operating costs of the sewage treatment works will be subject to a surcharge to be determined by the Borough on the basis of the character and volume for such sewage and wastes. Where, in the opinion of the Borough, sewage and other wastes of a deleterious character adversely affect the treatment processes, the Borough reserves the right to require that such sewage and wastes be treated by the contributor to remove or neutralize the objectionable substances before discharge into the sewers.
E. 
Base and usage charges shall be due on March 1, June 1, September 1 and December 1, except in 2017 the billing date for the first quarter water/sewer bills is extended to April 3, 2017, and the due date for the first quarter water/sewer bills is extended to May 1, 2017.
F. 
Premises introducing water into a permanent private pool may be allowed a reduction in the charge of sewer usage in an amount equal to the volume of water introduced into the pool. This will require the installation and rental of a temporary meter in conformance with the Borough Code.
Quarterly standby fees for private fire-protection systems pursuant to § 206-2 of this Code are as follows:
A. 
Quarterly standby fees for private fire-protection systems regardless of the rate or quantity of that service:
[Amended 11-15-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-15; 8-6-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-9; 5-22-2017 by Ord. No. 2017-10]
Size of Private Lines
(inches)
Fee
(per connection)
2
$158
3
$378
4
$567
6
$1,166
8
$2,016
B. 
Customers who are late in making payment of the standby fee will be given notice as to their deficiency in payment, and a copy of this notice shall be sent to the customer's insurance carrier.
C. 
Standby fees shall be due on March 1, June 1, September 1 and December 1.
Connection fees pursuant to § 206-3 of this Code are as follows:
A. 
Standard connection fees:
[Amended 2-2-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-2]
(1) 
Standard water connection is $2,100.
(2) 
Standard sewer connection fee is $3,000.[1]
[1]
Editor’s Note: Former Subsection B, regarding the formula for connection fees, Subsection C, regarding change in use or increase, and Subsection D, regarding the time when connection fees are due, were repealed 9-7-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-16.
[1]
Editor’s Note: Former § 98-44, Tapping fees, as amended, was repealed 2-3-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-1.
A. 
Meters one inch or less shall be provided by the Borough. Meters greater than one inch are provided by the applicant and must be approved by the Superintendent of Public Works or designated representative.
[Amended 2-2-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-2]
B. 
Meter fees are due at the time of delivery of the meter.
Inspection and field service fees pursuant to § 206-6 of the Code are as follows:
A. 
Plan approval, inspection and field service fees pursuant to § 206-6 of the Code are as follows: :
[Amended 2-3-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-1]
(1) 
Plan approval (actual engineering charges up to): $250.
(2) 
Service connections: $160.
(3) 
Lateral connections: $160.
(4) 
Certified construction cost, off-site improvements (escrow): 7.8%
B. 
Equipment hourly rates are as follows:
(1) 
Backhoe: $120.
(2) 
Service truck: $75.
(3) 
Dump truck: $100.
(4) 
Parts: 172%.
Note: Includes the time required to mobilize to and demobilize from the site.
C. 
Labor hourly rates:
(1) 
Base hourly rates are as follows:
(a) 
Foreman: $85.
(b) 
Operator: $75.
(c) 
Laborer: $65.
Note: Includes the time required to mobilize and demobilize from the site.
(2) 
Overtime (OT) hourly rates are determined by applying the following multipliers to the base labor rates:
(a) 
Work before 7:30 a.m.: 1.5.
(b) 
Work after 3:30 p.m.: 1.5.
(c) 
Work on Saturday and Sunday: 1.5.
(d) 
Work on Borough-recognized holidays: 2.0.
(e) 
Continuous work in excess of 12 hours: 2.0.
D. 
Line-stopping fees are as follows:
(1) 
Nondisruptive or minor disruptive: $250.
(2) 
Major disruptive: $1,200.
E. 
Temporary meter charges are as follows:
(1) 
Meter installations: $75.
(2) 
Rental (two week maximum): $50.
(3) 
Removal and recording: $75.
(4) 
Special billing: $25.
Administrative fees pursuant to § 206-7 of the Code shall be charged as follows:
A. 
Interest will be charged at the same rate as the interest on tax bills.
B. 
Returned checks: $20.
C. 
(Reserved)[1]
[1]
Editor’s Note: Former Subsection C, regarding account closeout fees, was repealed 9-7-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-16.
D. 
(Reserved)[2]
[2]
Editor’s Note: Former Subsection D, regarding account setup fees, was repealed 9-7-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-16.
E. 
Non-quarterly or additional meter readings: $50. (On non-quarterly billings, if the reading is requested due to an actual error by the Borough, the fee will be waived.)
[Amended 2-2-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-2]
F. 
House inspections on sale of property: regular fee, $100; fee if less than 10 days' notice, $200.
[Amended 8-6-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-9; 2-2-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-2; 9-7-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-16]
G. 
Tanker of water: $200 plus per-gallon charge for water in accordance with water rates.
[Added 8-6-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-9]
H. 
Shutting off and turning on water at curb: $100.
[Added 8-6-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-9]
Application and review fees pursuant to § 206-8 of the Code are the following:
A. 
Per EDU for first EDU: $15.60.
B. 
Per EDU for subsequent EDU: $78.
C. 
Request for availability of service: $62.40.
D. 
Certified construction cost, off-site improvements (escrow): 3.2%
[1]
Editor’s Note: Former § 98-49, Inspection fees, was repealed 9-7-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-16.