[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Aleppo as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Connection to Public Water System
[Adopted 6-18-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-1]
Every owner of an occupied structure, for residential, commercial, or industrial purposes, shall, where the structure is located within 150 feet of a public waterline of the Aleppo Township Authority ("Authority") abutting or adjoining the property, be required to connect, at his own cost, the house, building or other structure to the public water system of the Township of Aleppo ("Township"), in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Aleppo Township Authority.
No person, firm or corporation which is now within the Aleppo Township Authority's water service system or within the service area for its proposed extension, and upon which an existing residential structure, built or acquired prior to the enactment of this article, is within 150 feet of the public water system, shall be required to connect such structure to the public water system under the terms and provisions of this article, until such time as ownership of the property upon which the structure is located is transferred. This exemption, which applies only to current owners, will terminate at the time of transfer and shall not be assignable or transferable to any future owner. For those persons, firms, or corporations whose property is not currently within 150 feet of the public water system, and for whom access to the system is not yet available, nothing contained in this section shall be construed or interpreted as requiring them to connect to the public system until such time as their property is within 150 feet of said water system. However, no exemption acquired hereunder by a current owner of such a property shall extend to any future owner or that owner's heirs, successors or assigns.
It shall be unlawful for any owner of real property to which the provisions of § 392-1 this article apply to fail to provide the means of connection to the public water system by way of a service line and to tap to the Authority's distribution system and/or fail to comply with the provisions of this article, including the payment of the tap fee and the monthly service fee to the Authority.
It shall be unlawful for any owner, lessee or occupier of any property in the Township to which the provisions of § 392-1 of this article apply abutting upon said public water system to employ any means of obtaining water for purposes of human consumption on the property other than from said public water system.
It shall be the duty of the authorized representative of the Authority to notify the owner, lessee or occupier of each structure covered hereunder, in writing, either by personal service, certified mail or registered mail, to connect the same to said public water system, as herein provided, within 90 days after receipt of such notice. If service is by certified mail or regular mail, a copy of the notice shall also be mailed by regular mail, postage prepaid, with proof of mailing. Any owner, lessee or occupier of a structure who cannot, due to causes beyond the applicant's control, comply with provisions of this section as to connection within the ninety-day period stipulated above shall apply to the Authority within said ninety-day period for a time extension of up to six months' duration. Said application shall be made on a form to be furnished by the Authority and shall contain a voluntary agreement on the part of the applicant under which the applicant shall agree to commence paying the regular monthly water bill immediately even though actual connection to the public water system will not be accomplished until some later date within said six-month extension period. In its discretion, the Authority may grant an extension of time for such connection if the applicant proves to the Authority's satisfaction that the then-current water supply is safe for human consumption and if the applicant otherwise complies with the Authority's rules and regulations.
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation connected to the public water system to connect with or permit the connection of any other property by any other person, firm or corporation, or to interconnect any other source of water supply for human consumption with the property and public water system hereinbefore mentioned.
No owner of real property not presently connected to the public water system shall make or cause to be made any connection with the public water system until all of the following conditions have been fulfilled:
The owner has made application to the Authority as the Township's agent, upon a form to be formulated and supplied by the Authority, for permission to connect to the aforementioned public water system. Connections shall be made according to the rules and regulations of the Authority.
The owner shall pay the required tap connection fee as required by the Authority at the time of making application for permission to make the connection.
No work shall commence before the payment of the aforesaid tap connection fee and issuance of the aforementioned connection permit.
The owner shall give the designated inspector of the Authority or its consulting engineer at least 24 hours' notice of the time when such connection shall be made in order that said inspector or consulting engineer can be present to inspect and approve the work of connection. The inspector or consulting engineer shall signify his/her approval of the connection by endorsing his/her name and the date of approval on the connection permit in the presence of the permittees.
At the time of inspection of the connection, the owner or owners of the property shall permit the inspector or consulting engineer full and complete access to all water system facilities in each building and in and about all parts of the property. No water connection line shall be covered over or in any way concealed until after it has been inspected by said inspector.
The construction of all connections between the building and the public water system shall be done in accordance with the specifications, plans and procedures established by the Authority in its rules and regulations, as the same may be from time to time published and amended, copies of which will, upon adoption by the Authority, be maintained on file with the Township Secretary.
If the owner or owners of any houses, buildings or structures in the Township shall neglect or refuse to comply with the provisions of this article or the written notice as prescribed in § 392-4 hereof, the Township or the Authority as an agent of said Township may perform or cause to be performed such work and labor and furnish or cause to be furnished such material as may be necessary to comply with the provisions of this article at the cost and expense of such owner or owners, together with 10% additional thereof on all charges and expenses incidental thereto, which sum shall be collected from said owner or owners for the use of the Township or the Authority, or the Township or the Authority may, by its proper officers, file a municipal claim or lien therefor against said premises as provided by law.
In addition to any penalty hereinabove prescribed, any person, firm or corporation failing to make the proper connection within the time specified, after receipt of proper notice as provided in § 392-4 hereof, shall, upon conviction thereof before a Magisterial District Judge, pay a fine or penalty of $350 for each day in violation hereof and, for violating any of the other provisions of this article, shall pay a fine or penalty of not less than $350 and, upon default of payment of either thereof, shall be sentenced to undergo imprisonment of not less than five days nor more than 30 days in the county jail.