[Adopted 3-5-1976 by Ord. No. 76-5]
Unless the context specifically denotes otherwise, the meaning of the terms used in this article shall be as follows:
- CONSULTING ENGINEER
- The registered professional engineer employed by the Township or the Authority for the design and supervision of construction of the water supply system within the Township, or any member of his staff.
- SERVICE LINE
- The water line on the property of an abutting property owner from the water distribution line to the location of the meter in the building of an abutting property owner.
- WATER METER
- A device for measuring the quantity of water used to be installed by the Authority or Township on the premises of the abutting property owner.
- WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM
- The water distribution system constructed in the Township by the Authority and to include the acquisition of all necessary lands, easements and rights-of-way and the construction of a water works system including pumping stations, water distribution system, fire hydrants, valves and appurtenances thereto.
The water supply system to be constructed within the Township shall provide the exclusive source of potable water for human consumption within the Township or any part thereof, and abutting property owners shall connect with and use such water supply system in the manner herein provided, except that industries and farms which have their own supply of water may continue to use the same for uses other than human consumption, but such industries and farms shall connect with and use such water supply system as the exclusive source of potable water for human consumption.
Each owner of any house, building or property used for human occupancy, employment, recreation, or other purpose situated in Millcreek Township and abutting on any street, alley or right-of-way in which there has been constructed a water supply system and the principal building is within 250 feet of said water supply system shall, at his own expense, connect to such water supply system in accordance with the provisions of this article within 90 days after the date of official notice to do so given in the manner provided by law.
In case any owner of property other than those excepted in § 102-2 of this article shall neglect or refuse to connect with said water system for a period of 90 days after notice to do so has been served upon him by the Supervisors, either by personal service or by registered mail, the Supervisors or their agents may enter upon such property and construct such connection. In such case, the Supervisors shall forthwith, upon completion of the work, send an itemized bill of the costs of construction of such connection to the owner of the property to which connection has been made, which bill shall be payable forthwith or the Supervisors may authorize the payment of the cost of construction of connections in equal monthly installments, to bear interest at a rate not exceeding 7% per annum, for a period not to exceed one year.
The cost of construction of the connection shall include the cost of construction of the service line on the property of the abutting owner from the distribution line to a location within the building where the meter is located, including the cost of the meter and all necessary connections and equipment.
The cost of construction of the connection shall be payable at the office designated from time to time by the Supervisors either in whole within 30 days, or in equal monthly installments with interest at the rate of 7% per annum from the date of completion of construction. In case of default in the payment of any installment and interest for a period of 60 days after the same shall become due, the entire cost of construction of connection and accrued interest shall become due; and, the Township Solicitor shall proceed to collect the same under the general laws relating to the collection of municipal claims.
Each owner of any premises set forth in § 102-3 hereof shall make application in writing to the Authority for water service. Such application shall be in such form as the Authority shall designate.
No person shall maliciously, wilfully, or negligently break, damage, destroy, uncover, deface, or tamper with any structure, appurtenance, or equipment which is a part of the municipal water supply system.
The consulting engineer and other duly authorized employees of the Township or the Authority bearing proper credentials and identification shall be permitted to enter upon all properties for the purpose of inspection, observation, measurements, sampling and testing in accordance with the provisions of this article.
Any person who shall violate any provision of this article shall be served by Millcreek Township with written notice stating the nature of the violation and providing a reasonable time limit for the satisfactory correction thereof. The offender shall, within the period of time stated in such notice, permanently cease all violations. Any person who shall continue any violation after such notice be subject to a fine in an amount not less than $200 nor exceeding $500 for each violation.
Any person violating any of the provisions of this article, in addition to becoming liable for a fine and penalty, shall become liable to the Township for any expense, loss, or damage occasioned the Township or the Authority by reason of such violation.