Borough of Farmingdale, NJ
Monmouth County
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[1971 Code T. V, Ch. 1 § 1]
Any person desiring to obtain water shall make application to the Collector of Water Rents on a form provided for the purpose, stating the location of the premises to be supplied and agreeing to abide by all rules and regulations now in force or hereafter to be established by the Mayor and Council.
[1971 Code T. V, Ch. 1 § 2; Ord. No. 114; Ord. No. 116; Ord. No. 11-8 § 1; Ord. No. 3-81; Ord. No. 7-83; Ord. No. 12-84; Ord. 4/6/85; Ord. 5/1/90; Ord. No. 7-89 § 2; Ord. 7/19/99; Ord. No. 95-07; Ord. No. 04-02; Ord. No. 2009-15]
a. 
From and after the effective date of this subsection any and all water consumption within the Borough of Farmingdale, except the First Aid Squad, Farmingdale Fire Department and Farmingdale Borough, shall be furnished in accordance with the Schedule of Charges hereinafter set forth in this subsection as follows:
1. 
Single Usage Customers.
(a)
Meter Size 5/8 inches (Dia)
Connection fee with Service Line 3/4 inches (Dia)
$3,000
For each 3 month billing period:
Administrative fee
$32.81
Per 1,000 gallons of water used
$5.39
(b)
Meter Size 3/4 inches (Dia)
Connection fee with
Service Line 1 inch (Dia)
$3,250
For each 3 month billing period:
Administrative fee
$44.62
Per 1,000 gallons of water used
$5.39
(c)
Meter Size 1 inch (Dia)
Connection fee with Service Line 1 1/2 inches (Dia)
$3,500
For each 3 month billing period:
Administrative fee
$72.18
Per 1,000 gallons of water used
$5.39
(d)
Meter Size 1 1/2 inches (Dia)
Connection fee with Service Line 2 inches (Dia)
$3,750
For each 3 month billing period:
Administrative fee
$142.62
Per 1,000 gallons of water used
$5.39
(e)
Meter Size 2 inches (Dia)
Connection fee with Service Line 3 inches (Dia)
$4,000
For each 3 month billing period:
Administrative fee
$200.37
Per 1,000 gallons of water used
$5.39
(f)
Meter Size 3 inches (Dia)
Connection fee with Service Line 4 inches (Dia)
$4,500
For each 3 month billing period:
Administrative fee
$430.06
Per 1,000 gallons of water used
$5.39
(g)
Meter Size 4 inches (Dia)
Connection fee with Service Line 6 inches (Dia)
$4,750
For each 3 month billing period:
Administrative fee
$733.25
Per 1,000 gallons of water used
$5.39
(h)
Meter Size 6 inches (Dia)
Connection fee with Service Line 6 inches (Dia)
$7,000
For each 3 month billing period:
Administrative fee
$1,428.87
Per 1,000 gallons of water used
$5.39
NOTE: Connection Fee shall include the service line from the street to the curb stop, the curb stop, curb box and meter. Said connection fee according to the schedule above set forth shall be paid and accompany the written application for service.
2. 
Multiple Usage Customers.[1]
Non-Apartment Buildings with Multiple Units
Apartment Buildings Number of Dwelling Units
2-5 Incl.
6-11 Incl.
12-18 Incl.
Minimum Size Service Line Required
None Specified
3/4 inches
1 inch
1 1/2 inches
Minimum Size Meter Required
None Specified
5/8 inch
3/4 inch
1 inch
Connection Fee
See Single Usage Schedule Under Size
$3,000
$3,250
$3,500
In residential/industrial/business buildings containing multiple units serviced by one water meter, each unit shall be charged as follows:
For each 3 month billing period:
$32.81 Administrative fee per unit
$5.39 per 1,000 gallons of water used
[1]
Multiple Usage Customers shall include all existing and future customers, aside from and in addition to apartment house users, where one service line services a residential/business building under one roof, which contains multiple dwelling (family or single) and/or business units; also included are units in separate, unattached buildings existing on the same premises; e.g. rooming houses, business offices, garage apartments, etc.
b. 
When the actual cost of installation, connection and metering exceeds the fee schedule set forth herein, the Borough of Farmingdale reserves the right to charge the actual cost incurred.
c. 
Water payments will be due quarterly. Meter readings will be taken in late March and in late September. Bills will be mailed on May 1st and on November 1st. The billing amounts for June and September will reflect 1/2 the amount for the March meter reading and the billings amounts for December and March will reflect 1/2 the amount for the September reading. Water bills will be due on June 1st, September 1st, December 1st and March 1st. A ten-day grace period will be allowed, however interest will accrue from the first of the month on payments made after the grace period. Water service will be turned off after the 20th day of the month if payment is not received, at the discretion of Borough Officials. Water service will be turned on only after full payment of all delinquent charges have been received, including water turn-off and turn-on charges in accordance with Subsection g.
d. 
Every reasonable effort shall be taken by DPW employees to obtain a meter reading for each customer. If unable to gain admittance at first visit, the following action shall be taken:
1. 
DPW employee will leave a card on the doorknob for the customer to read own meter and send in card.
2. 
Customer reaches Water Clerk by telephone, if possible, to have the Water Clerk explain instructions on card or make specific appointment to have meter read.
3. 
If customer does not contact Water Clerk by telephone, or if completed card is not received within two weeks, a letter to customer will be prepared directing customer to call for an appointment to read meter within five days, or a $25 penalty will be assessed. Only one estimated bill will be allowed per customer/user per year, and credit shall be given when an over-estimation occurs. If the customer/user, and/or owner of dwelling, does not comply with the above, water shall be shut off and the appropriate billing will be made, to include the $25 shut-off fee.
e. 
For business and multiple-dwelling customers having separately metered units, all water bills will be mailed directly to the owner of the property. In the event tenant(s) reside at/occupy a site, the property owner will continue to be billed unless the owner requests in writing that his tenant(s) be billed for water charges with the understanding that he (the owner of the property) is responsible for nonpayment by his tenant and any subsequent tax liens, on the property, for nonpayment. Failure of the owner of the property to pay water charges, plus applicable interest and late charges will result in penalties, including, but not limited to, the following: the disconnection of water service, the institution/recording of tax liens if nonpayment continues to the date of tax sale, and any other penalty allowable by applicable statute/ordinance.
f. 
When a house, or other customer/user dwelling becomes vacant or is sold, a final meter reading shall be taken upon notification, water will be shut off, if requested, and the last or previous owner shall be billed and charges collected in accordance with the quarterly billing schedule. When a house, or other user dwelling remains vacant but the water has not been turned off, the owner shall be charged the appropriate administrative fee each quarter.
g. 
There shall be a minimum charge of $25 for each turn-off and $50 for each turn-on of a service by the Water Department of the Borough, except a turn-off/turn-on charge will not be levied for the specific purpose to allow the homeowner/customer to install a water shut-off valve at the service meter (older systems not having this shut-off). A fee of $25 will be charged for final readings. Forty-eight hours' notice must be given to the Borough Office for any turn-on or turn-off of water.
h. 
When a house or other customer/user dwelling has a new owner and water has been turned off, the new owner or his/her representative must call in person at the Borough Office to establish the new account and pay a turn-on fee of $50. The water will then be turned on and a meter reading will be taken and recorded at that time. In case water had not been turned off, the new owner or his/her representative will be required to notify the Borough Office on day of closing to establish the new account.
i. 
In the event the charges for water service are not paid within 50 days after rendition of the bill for such service, such charges shall be deemed and are hereby declared to be delinquent and thereafter such delinquency shall constitute a lien upon the real estate for which such service is supplied, and the Borough shall have the same remedies for the collection thereof with the same rate of interest, costs and penalties as it has for the collection of taxes upon real estate.
[1971 Code T. V, Ch. 1 § 2]
a. 
Rates. Rates for sprinkler or standby fire service shall be a minimum of $750 per year for such service to buildings containing up to and including 18,500 square feet of floor area and $0.0405 per square foot per year for all buildings larger than 18,500 square feet. Sprinkler or standby fire service rates are in addition to charges for water consumption as outlined in § 16-1.2. For those users who only have one meter and pay a sprinkler or standby fire service rate, a $32.81 domestic usage administrative fee will be added for each three-month billing period. For those users who have more than one meter at their location and pay a sprinkler or standby fire service rate, there will be only one $32.81 domestic usage administrative fee charged.
[Added 8-9-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-07]
b. 
Connections. The applicant shall, at his own cost and expense, supply and install all material and equipment necessary to connect to the water distribution main of the Borough and submit the plans and specifications therefor together with a fee of $100 to the Borough Collector for approval of the plans and specifications by the Borough Engineer. After approval of the plans and specifications by the Borough Engineer, the applicant shall notify him in writing at least 24 hours prior to the installation of the connection.
c. 
Specifications of Materials. All installations, including the connection to the existing main in the street, valve and road box, branch pipe to the curb, replacement of road surfacing and the detector meter shall be done in accordance with the following specifications:
1. 
Pipe: Pipe shall be cast iron, thickness Class 22, manufactured in accordance with A.S.A. specifications A21.6 or 21.8 and shall be cement lined in accordance with A.S.A. specifications A21.4.
2. 
Fittings: Fittings shall be manufactured in accordance with A.S.A. specifications A.21.10 except for joints.
3. 
Joints: Joints for pipe and fittings shall be manufactured in accordance with A.S.A. specifications A.21.11.
4. 
Valves: Valves shall be iron body, bronze mounted, double gate valves for working pressure of 175 psi and shall be manufactured in accordance with A.W.W.A. specification C500-52T. Valves shall turn left to open.
5. 
Valve Boxes: Valve boxes shall be of cast iron of adjustable length and of the sliding type. They shall be of a type which has a hood of ample size to protect the operating nut and the stuffing box bolts.
6. 
Detector Meters: Connections to the Borough water system for standby fire protection service shall have a meter installed in the line, designed for the purpose of merely indicating whether or not a flow of water has occurred through the system. The meter shall be installed in such a location as to be readily accessible for reading and servicing and shall at all times be protected from freezing or physical damage.
7. 
Connection to Main: Fire service connections shall be made to existing mains with standard Tees and Sleeves wherever possible. The Engineer may permit the use of wet-cut Tees and Valves.
8. 
Replacement of Road Surface. On Borough owned streets, all roads surfaces which are removed or damaged in connection with such installations shall be replaced with road gravel having a compacted thickness of six inches with a two inch thick bituminous concrete surface immediately on completion of the connection to the water main. All trenches shall be thoroughly tamped and compacted in layers not exceeding three inches to a depth of one foot above the top of the pipe and 12 inches from a depth of one foot above the top of the pipe to the surface. On streets over which the County of Monmouth or other authority maintains jurisdiction, the applicant shall secure any necessary permits for the installation from such authority and comply with the rules and regulations established by such authority governing such permits, and pay any and all fees required in connection therewith.
[1971 Code T. V, Ch. 1 § 2; Ord. No. 01-05]
Provision is further made for a charge of $3 per 1,000 gallons of water taken from the Borough water system in fire trucks, tank trucks or other bulk containers for the use of filling pools, and the like, except for fire uses, whether in or out of the Borough. The Fire Company shall be required to receive a notification from the Collector of Water Rents that proper payment has been made for such usage and stating the number of gallons which have been paid for before it removes any water from the Borough system for such purpose.
[1971 Code T. V, Ch. 1 § 3]
A service line will be used to supply a single building or a single group of buildings as a group of factory buildings, hospital buildings or a single institution having a number of separate buildings. Not more than one service line shall be run into a building unless by special agreement between the Water Department and the applicant for such service line.
[1971 Code T. V, Ch. 1 § 3]
a. 
Customer as used herein shall be the party who owns a property as hereinafter classified, that is 1. a building under one roof and occupied as one business or residence; or 2. each side of a double house having solid vertical partition wall making it capable of divided ownership; or 3. each apartment in a building of more than one apartment; or 4. if the owner of a multifamily dwelling or apartment house desires to have meters installed for each family, the Water Department will install such meters upon application therefor, and only in accordance with the following specifications:
b. 
A suitable location must be provided in the basement or cellar where all meters can be placed in an accessible position, free from danger or damage either from frost or hot water, or undue heat, and where they will not be subject to possible mechanical damage.
c. 
The piping of the building must be so arranged that each apartment will be supplied through its independent meter and the piping for each apartment run independently from the meter location.
d. 
The connection at the meter must include a suitable stop-cock of a type arranged to be locked when closed and must also be so arranged that the Water Department will not be required to do any pipe fitting but will merely have to connect the meter by means of unions already in place. The union connections are to be put in place at the expense of the owner and will remain as a part of the permanent piping of the building.
[1971 Code T. V, Ch. 1 § 4]
If two or more existing premises are supplied by one service line each customer shall be responsible for all the others. If there be no payment of water rents or there be any violations of any provisions of any ordinance of the Borough now in force or hereafter to be established, by anyone on such service line, the Superintendent of the Water Works shall shut off the water supply and no other person supplied by the tap shall have any claim for damage or for compensation, or for the abatement of water rent or charges.
[1971 Code T. V, Ch. 1 § 5]
In the event that the Mayor and Council shall at any time furnish water through the water system of the Borough outside the territorial limits of the Borough of Farmingdale, consumers of the water residing outside the Borough shall be furnished upon the same or as favorable terms and conditions as water furnished to consumers within the Borough unless otherwise provided by law.
[1971 Code T.V, Ch. 1 § 6; Ord. No. 16-84; New]
Consumers failing to pay water rents within 30 days after bill is rendered will be required to pay an additional penalty of 18% per annum until such service charge and interest thereon shall be fully paid. If the bill with the penalty is not paid within 60 days after the bill is rendered, then upon certification thereof by the collector of water rents, it shall be the duty of the Superintendent of Water Works to discontinue the service of water to such consumer, and service shall not be restored until the collector shall certify to the Superintendent of Water Works that he has received the amount of the bill rendered together with the penalty and a fee of $25 and such other charges as may be necessary because of the failure of the consumer to pay the bill and shall also be liable to the turn-on fee.
[1971 Code T. V, Ch. 1 § 7]
The owner of any premises to which water is served shall be liable for all charges for water service and the charges shall be a lien upon such land or buildings to which the water was furnished, which lien shall be enforced and collection of water charges made in the manner provided by law.
[1971 Code T. V, Ch. 1 § 8]
At any time a customer desires discontinuance of water service by the Borough, application for such discontinuance must be made in writing to the Water Department by such customer and with the written consent of the owner of the premises if such customer is not the owner, whereupon the Borough will remove the meter and leave the service lines intact. Subsequent to this, if the customer together with the owner, if the customer is not the owner, request restoration of the service, such application shall again be made in writing for such restoration and the Borough will thereupon reinstall the meter upon payment to accompany the application for such restoration of service, of a sum in an amount equal to the semi-annual charges set forth in § 16-1.2 under Schedule of Charges for Water Service for the particular size meter involved, but not in any event in excess of the sum of $100.
[1971 Code T. V, Ch. 1 §§ 9, 10]
a. 
Where a water connection has been previously installed and water is desired, the proper application must be signed by the owner.
b. 
When the supply of water is to be temporarily cut off, notice will be given, when practicable, to all customers affected by the shutting off, stating the probable duration of the interruption of service, and also the purpose for which the shut-off is made.
c. 
A supply of water for buildings or other special purposes except on a lot or premises already supplied with water by meter, must be specially applied for.
d. 
All use of water other than by the applicant, or for any purpose or upon any premises not stated or described in the application, must be prevented by him. The applicant will be liable for the amount of water used in conformity with the schedule or rates or tariffs of the Water Department.
e. 
Service under an application may be discontinued for any of the following reasons:
1. 
Of the use of water for any other property or purpose than that described in the application;
2. 
For the willful waste of water through improper or imperfect pipes, fixtures or otherwise;
3. 
For failure to maintain in good order, connections, service lines or fixtures owned by the applicant;
4. 
For molesting any service pipe, meter, curb, stop-cock or seal or any other appliance of the Water Department;
5. 
In case of vacancy of premises;
6. 
For neglecting to make or renew advance payments or for non-payment for water service, or any other charges accruing under the application;
7. 
For refusal of reasonable access to the property for purposes of inspecting or for reading, caring for or removing meters.
f. 
Water will be turned off from any premises upon written order of applicant without in any way affecting the existing agreement for service.
g. 
As necessity may arise, in case of breakdown, emergency, or for any unavoidable cause, the Water Department shall have the right to temporarily cut off the water supply to make necessary repairs, connections, etc., but the Water Department will use all reasonable and practicable measures to notify the consumer of such discontinuance of service. All persons having boilers within their premises not supplied by a tank or cistern are hereby cautioned against collapse. In such case the Water Department will not be liable for any damage or inconvenience suffered.
h. 
Service will be renewed under a proper application when the conditions under which such service was discontinued are corrected, and upon the payment of all proper charges, provided in the schedule or rates or tariffs due from the applicant.
[1971 Code T. V, Ch. 1 §§ 11, 12; Ord. No. 21-79 § 1]
a. 
Meters shall be conveniently located at the point approved by the Water Department so as to control the entire supply, and a proper place and protection for the meter shall be provided by the applicant. A one-way stop-cock or gate valve shall be placed on the service line on the street side of and near the meter, and a stop and waste cock or valve on the other side of the meter.
b. 
Meters will be furnished and maintained by the Water Department without charge; provided, however, except for ordinary wear and tear, the consumer shall be responsible for all other damage occurring to the meter including, but not limited to, damage due to freezing, hot water or external causes. The consumer shall also be responsible to pay the cost of relocation of a meter to a proper place for proper protection.
c. 
All water delivered to consumers shall be measured by meters and sold at meter rates, and all premises not now metered will be metered before the water is supplied.
d. 
In case of a disrupted account involving a question as to the accuracy of a meter, such meter will be tested by the Water Department upon the request of the applicant. In the event that the meter so tested is found to have an error in the registration in excess of 3%, the bills will be corrected accordingly. If meter tests are required more often than once each year, they shall be made at the expense of the applicant.
e. 
Water furnished through meters shall be taken to be the amount passing the meter, except where the meter has been found to be registered inaccurately or has ceased to register. In such cases the quantity may be determined by the average registration of the meter when in order, or by such fair and reasonable method as shall be based upon the best information obtainable.
f. 
Water will not be furnished where pipes are inferior, the plumbing defective, or the faucets, water closets or other fixtures leaky or imperfect, and when such conditions are discovered the supply of water will be cut off, unless immediate repairs are made.
g. 
Stopcocks at curb line are for the exclusive use of the Water Department and attention is directed to the following provision of the Statutes of the State of New Jersey, approved April 8, 1903, forbidding interference with a utility's property, to wit:
"Any person or persons who shall, without permission, connect the meter pipe or conduits of any gas or water utility or in any other manner without such permit tamper or interfere with the meters, pipes or conduits, or who shall without permit connect with the meters, pipes or conduits, or who shall without permit cause connection with the meter pipe or conduits of such company by pipes, conduits or other instruments for the purpose of obtaining power or electrical current or gas or water, with intent to defraud such company or companies, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor."
h. 
All pipes, meters and fixtures shall be subject at all reasonable hours to inspection by employees of the Water Department properly identified. No plumber, owner or other unauthorized person shall turn the water on or off at any corporation valve cock or curb stop, or disconnect or remove the meter without the consent of the Water Department. No agent, or employee of the Water Department shall have authority to bind the Borough by any promise, agreement or representation not provided for in these rules.
i. 
Upon request by a customer, the Water Department shall remove a meter and have it properly tested and inspected, provided, however, that in the event the meter is found to be accurate and in proper working order, the customer shall reimburse the Water Department for the actual cost of the meter inspection and testing.
[1971 Code T. V, Ch. 1 § 14; New]
Any person violating any of the provisions of this section shall be subject upon conviction to the penalty stated in Chapter 1, § 1-5.
[Ord. 2/20/90 § 1]
Whenever the Mayor and Council shall determine that a water emergency exists, it may adopt a resolution declaring that a water emergency exists in the Borough. Such resolution may identify a portion of the municipality affected by the water emergency, may provide for exemptions from the water emergency regulations and shall be effective for such period of time as the resolution shall declare, or until rescinded by further resolution of the Borough Council.
[Ord. 2/20/90 § 2]
For the purposes of this section a water emergency shall exist for any of the following reasons:
a. 
A public utility providing water to all or a portion of the Borough of Farmingdale has adopted a water use restriction, has notified the Borough, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection as well as any other State, county or local agency entitled to notice of such restrictions and such restrictions are not overruled or declared invalid by any State, county or local agency having jurisdiction and power to do so; or
b. 
The Mayor and Council is otherwise satisfied that a water emergency exists in the Borough.
[Ord. 2/20/90 § 3]
Upon adoption by the Mayor and Council of a resolution declaring that a water emergency exists in the Borough, in accordance with this section all citizens shall be urged to observe voluntary indoor conservation measures and, any of the restrictions shall be imposed and shall be applicable to all residents and tenants, except where a bona fide health emergency exists and to exempt businesses, as specified herein during the water emergency;
a. 
The complete ban and prohibition of outside water usage, including the watering of lawns, and plants, the filling of pools and the washing of cars; or
b. 
Outside water usage on alternate days allowing outside water usage by persons or businesses having even house or box numbers on even days and those having odd house or box numbers on odd days with outside water usage being completely banned and prohibited on the 31st day of any month during the water emergency; or
c. 
Any other water use restriction specified by the Mayor and Council in the resolution which is reasonable under the circumstances considering the nature and extent of the water emergency.
[Ord. 2/20/90 § 4]
The water use restrictions imposed pursuant to this section shall be enforced during a water emergency by the local authorized official. Whenever a local authorized official shall find a violation of the water use restrictions, such authorized official shall give the violator a written warning and explain the penalties for a second and third offense as provided by this section.
The local authorized official shall keep such records as may be reasonable and necessary for the purpose of determining the persons and businesses who have been warned upon a first offense. The local authorized official is hereby empowered to write summonses for the violation of the water use restrictions imposed pursuant to this section.
[Ord. 2/20/90 § 5; New]
After a first offense in accordance with this section, any person or business who thereafter violates the water use restrictions imposed pursuant to this section shall be subject upon conviction to the penalty stated in Chapter 1, § 1-5.
[Ord. 3/5/91 § 1; Ord. No. 99-01]
All lawn sprinklers and irrigation systems must be connected to the Farmingdale Municipal Water System or the property owner's private well.
[Ord. 3/5/91 § 2]
The prohibitions of this section shall not extend to lawn sprinkler or irrigation systems existing and connected to the Farmingdale Municipal Water System as of the date of the adoption of this section, provided that the owner of the lands upon which such system is located shall file with the Plumbing Inspector of the Borough of Farmingdale within six months after the adoption of this section, a certification stating the location and nature of such existing irrigation system and the date upon which it was connected to the Farmingdale Municipal Water System.
[Ord. 3/5/91 § 3]
The prohibitions of this section shall not extend to interior water sprinkler systems designed for fire protection or other emergency standby service.
[Ord. 3/5/91 § 4]
The Borough Clerk shall forward to the Farmingdale Plumbing Subcode Official a certified copy of this section upon its adoption.
[Ord. 3/5/91 § 5; New]
Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be subject upon conviction to the penalty stated in Chapter 1, § 1-5.