Township of Hopewell, NJ
Mercer County
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[Ord. #13-1588]
a. 
It is hereby determined and declared to be necessary and conducive to the protection of the public health, safety, welfare and convenience of the township to collect charges from all users who contribute wastewater to the Stony Brook treatment works. The proceeds of such charges so derived will be used for the purpose of operating and maintaining the public wastewater treatment works.
b. 
There is hereby created the Stony Brook Sewer Utility of the Township of Hopewell. The Stony Brook Sewer Utility is created pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:62-106, N.J.S.A. 40:62-47 et seq. and N.J.S.A. 40:63-1 et seq., and shall have all the powers, rights and obligations as provided for in the New Jersey Statutes. The Stony Brook Sewer Utility shall consist of the township committee and such other township employees as may be designated by the governing body to operate and maintain said utility in accordance with the rules and regulations hereinafter adopted.
c. 
Sewer Service Fees. Charges for sewage disposal service to premises located within the Stony Brook Service District with non-metered water connections will be $385 per quarter.
d. 
Sewer Service Billing. Sewer service bills shall be rendered quarterly. The amount charged shall be due on the date indicated on the bill. Interest will be charged on any overdue balance at the rate of 8% per annum on balances of $1,500 or less and 18% per annum on balances greater than $1,500. In the event that sewer bills are not duly paid as provided for herein, the amounts due shall be forwarded to the collector of taxes for the Township of Hopewell. All delinquent unpaid sewer bills shall become a lien upon the premises served until paid; the township shall have the same remedy for the collection thereof together with legal interest, costs and penalties as presently permitted under the laws of the State of New Jersey.
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Editor's Note: Prior ordinance history includes portions of Ordinance Nos. 755-88, 786-88, 90-850, 91-878, 93-947, 94-968, 94-974, 94-983, 95-1020, 96-1039, 97-1069, 98-1108, 98-1109, 99-1138, 00-1141, 00-1173, 01-1213, 02-1225, 04-1309, 04-1310, 04-1316, 13-1573 and 13-1574.
[Ord. #13-1588; Ord. No. 2016-1631]
a. 
It is hereby determined and declared to be necessary and conducive to the protection of the public health, safety, welfare and convenience of the township to collect charges from all users who contribute wastewater to the ELSA treatment works. The proceeds of such charges so derived will be used for the purpose of operating and maintaining the public wastewater treatment works.
b. 
There is hereby created the Ewing Lawrence Sewer Utility of the Township of Hopewell. The Ewing Lawrence Sewer Utility is created pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:62-106, N.J.S.A. 40:62-47 et seq. and N.J.S.A. 40:63-1 et seq., and shall have all the powers, rights and obligations as provided for in the New Jersey Statutes. The Ewing Lawrence Sewer Utility shall consist of the township committee and such other township employees as may be designated by the governing body to operate and maintain said utility in accordance with the rules and regulations hereinafter adopted.
c. 
Sewer Service Fees.
1. 
Metered Premises. The charge for sewerage disposal services provided to the systems' users shall be based upon the water consumed on the users' premises as measured by a meter for this purpose. In the absence of water meters, users shall pay the fee specified in paragraph 2 of this subsection.
(a) 
Users may obtain an additional meter to measure water used for outside purposes, such as sprinkler systems, swimming pools, etc., which does not flow into the sanitary sewer (also see subsection 19-1.3e). Users may receive a deduction from their quarterly water consumption for the amount of water measured by the additional meter.
(b) 
All discrepancies with measurement of water used by the secondary meter shall be reconciled by the Municipal Engineer using all scientific means available to determine actual amounts of water used. In the event it is certified by the Municipal Engineer that there is not a reasonable basis to determine water used by scientific means, then the Municipal Engineer is authorized to adjust the measurement based upon a five year average of historic usage of the secondary meter for the property. When five years of data for the secondary meter does not exist, then the average shall be based upon a minimum of two years. There shall be no adjustment for discrepancies when less than two years of secondary meter data exists.
(c) 
When a secondary meter has been found defective it shall be replaced pursuant to subsection 19-1.3e. During the replacement period (30 days maximum) water used shall be determined based upon historic data as set forth in 19-1.2c1(b). When less than two years of data is available the Municipal Engineer shall provide an estimate during the replacement period.
2. 
Non-Metered Premises. Charges for sewer service for premises without water meters shall be based upon an estimated annual water consumption. The estimated water consumption shall be 85% of the calculated wastewater flow based upon the NJDEP's Treatment Works Application wastewater calculation.
3. 
Rate. The user rate shall be a uniform charge, which shall include operation, maintenance and replacement costs, administrative expenses, debt service and any additional contract charges required by the agreement with the Township of Ewing or ELSA.
Price Per 1,000 Gallons
ELSA/Ewing-Treatment*
Operations, Maintenance and Replacement Charges/Costs and Ewing Contract Charge
$9.98
*As per contractual agreement
Price Per 1,000 Gallons
Hopewell
Administrative/O&M
$1.20
Debt Service
$0.23
Total Unit Charge per 1,000 Gallons:
$11.41
4. 
Sewer Service Billing. Sewer service bills shall be rendered quarterly. The amount charged shall be due on the date indicated on the bill. Interest will be charged on any overdue balance at the rate of 8% per annum on balances of $1,500 or less and 18% per annum on balances greater than $1,500. In the event that sewer bills are not duly paid as provided for herein, the amounts due shall be forwarded to the collector of taxes for the Township of Hopewell. All delinquent unpaid sewer bills shall become a lien upon the premises served until paid; the township shall have the same remedy for the collection thereof together with legal interest, costs and penalties as presently permitted under the laws of the State of New Jersey.
[Ord. #13-1588; Ord. No. 2016-1631]
a. 
Sump Pumps and Storm Drainage Collectors. No person shall connect any sump pump or storm drainage collectors to a sewer line. This includes, but is not limited to roof drains, leaders, gutters, stormwater detention ponds or tanks. The record title owner shall be responsible under this subsection and shall be presumed to have caused any such connection.
b. 
Infiltration into Sewer System. No person shall permit, allow, or suffer or cause the infiltration of water or any other substance which is not normal sewage into the sewer system. The record title owner shall be responsible under this subsection and shall be presumed to have caused any such connection.
c. 
Sewer Connections, Extensions and/or Additions. No person shall be permitted to connect to any public sewer system, or to perform any extension or addition to an existing sewer connection, except through and with the approval of the Hopewell Township Committee, provided such Hopewell Township Committee approval is required or permitted pursuant to applicable law, regulations, rules or water quality management plan for the connection, extension or addition to or of a public sewer system, which approval must be received through the affirmative vote of not less than two-thirds of the full membership thereof.
d. 
Powers and Authority of the Township. Duly authorized employees or officials of the township bearing proper credentials and identification shall be permitted to enter any and all properties for the purposes of inspection, observation, measurement, sampling and testing in accordance with the provisions of this section.
e. 
Additional Meters. Additional meters installed in accordance with subsection 19-1.2c1 shall be of the make and model prescribed by the Township. All installation shall be approved by the Township and the costs of purchasing the meter, installing the meter, all construction permit fees, and maintaining the meter in good working condition is the sole responsibility of the user. The owner shall monitor the secondary meter and replace any defective meter within 30 days. Hopewell Township reserves the right to declare the secondary meter defective for any reason. Upon receipt of notice from Hopewell Township that the secondary meter is defective then the owner shall replace the defective meter within 30 days of receipt of notice from the Township.
f. 
Waiver of Prosecution Upon Finding of Special Need. Whenever the township committee finds that the public health, safety or welfare requires prompt and efficient access to properties for the purpose of inspection, observation, measurement, sampling and testing; and further finds that this need outweighs the municipality's interest in collecting a fine or imposing a penalty for a violation of this subsection, the township committee may authorize a period of general amnesty, during which the municipality shall suspend the imposition of fines and penalties and waive prosecution of all persons found during the amnesty period to have violated the terms of this subsection. Authorization of a period of general amnesty must be by resolution of the governing body after an advertised public hearing, and any general amnesty so authorized must be limited to a period not to exceed 60 days.
[Ord. #13-1588]
a. 
No person shall discharge, deposit or cause or allow to be discharged or deposited:
1. 
Any gasoline, benzene, naphtha, fuel oil, mineral oil or other flammable or explosive liquid, solid or gas.
2. 
Any waters containing toxic or poisonous solids, liquids or gases in sufficient quantity, either singularly or by interaction with other wastes, to injure or interfere with any wastewater treatment process, to constitute a hazard to humans or animals, create a public nuisance or create any hazard in the receiving waters of the wastewater treatment plant.
3. 
Any waters or wastes having a pH lower than 5.5 or higher than 9.5 or having any other corrosive property capable of causing damage or hazard to structures, equipment and personnel of the wastewater system.
4. 
Solid or viscous substances in quantities or of such size capable of causing obstruction to the flow in sewers or other interference with the proper operation of the wastewater facilities, such as but not limited to ashes, bones, cinders, sand, mud, straw, shavings, metal, glass, rags, feathers, tar, plastics, wood, whole blood, paunch manure, hair and fleshings, entrails and paper dishes, cups or milk containers, etc.
5. 
Any unpolluted waters, such as stormwater, groundwater, roof runoff, subsurface drainage or cooling water.
6. 
Any waters or waste containing an odor-producing substance which, either singularly or by interaction with other waste, is capable of creating a public nuisance or hazard to life or which prevents entry into sewers for their inspection, maintenance and repair.
7. 
Quantities of flow, concentrations, or both, which constitute a slug.
8. 
Any water or wastes which, by interaction with other water or wastes in the public sewer system, release obnoxious gases, develop color of undesirable intensity, form suspended solids which interfere with the collection system, or create a condition deleterious to structures and treatment processes.
9. 
Any wastes containing viable pathogenic bacteria other than those normal to domestic sewage.
10. 
Any waste containing grease or oil that will solidify or become viscous at temperatures between 32° Fahrenheit and 150° Fahrenheit.
11. 
Any wastewater with objectionable color not removed in the treatment process, such as but not limited to dye wastes, de-inking wastes and vegetable tanning solutions.
[Ord. #13-1588]
Revenue realized from sewer charges shall be dedicated to purposes normally associated with the operation of a sewerage system, including, but not limited to, operations, maintenance, repair, debt service and offset of future revenue requirements.
[Ord. #13-1588]
a. 
The township will review the user charges at least annually and revise the rates as necessary to ensure that adequate revenues are generated to pay the costs of operation and maintenance including replacement and that the system continues to provide for the proportional distribution of operation and maintenance including replacement costs among users and user classes.
b. 
The township will notify each user at least annually of the rate being charged for operation and maintenance including replacement of the treatment works.
[Ord. #00-1141, § 2]
There is hereby created a water utility of the township. Said utility is created pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:62-47 et seq. and N.J.S.A. 40:63-1 et seq., and said utility shall have all the powers, rights and obligations as provided for in the New Jersey Statutes. Said utility shall consist of the township committee and such other township employees as may be designated by the governing body to operate and maintain said utility in accordance with the rules and regulations hereinafter adopted.
[Ord. #00-1141, § 2; Ord. #12-1561]
The water service fee shall be payable in quarterly installments due and owing on January 10th, April 10th, July 10th and October 10th, respectively. Payment must be made before the last business day of the billing month. Interest will be charged on any overdue balance at the maximum rate allowed under N.J.S.A. 54-5:67c until the account is brought current. Interest will be charged back to the date the fee became due and owing. In the event that water bills are not duly paid as provided for herein, the amounts shall be forwarded to the Collector of Taxes for the Township of Hopewell. All delinquent unpaid water bills shall become a lien upon the premises served until paid and the Township shall have the same remedy for the collection thereof together with legal interest, costs and penalties as presently permitted under the laws of the State of New Jersey. The minimum charge for consumption of up to 6,000 gallons per quarter shall be $75 in each quarter. For amounts over 6,000 gallons in a quarter, the following schedule shall apply:
K/Q*
$/gallon
6,001 to 9,000
0.0120
9,001 to 12,000
0.0130
12,001 to 15,000
0.0140
15,001 to 18,000
0.0150
18,001 to 21,000
0.0160
21,001 to 24,000
0.0180
24,001 to 27,000
0.0200
27,001 to 30,000
0.0220
30,001 to 35,000
0.0240
More than 35,000
0.0260
*K - 1,000 gal
Q - quarterly
[Ord. #00-1141, § 2]
Water meters will be read quarterly by the utility and owners will be billed accordingly. The owner shall allow access to the premises for reading of the meter, if necessary. In the event that the meter reader cannot gain access to the premises, a quantity of water consumed during the period shall be estimated by the utility. All accounts will be billed for the amount of water used during the quarterly period, with a minimum charge for water used, at the rates and charges herein indicated.
Water bills shall be rendered quarterly. The amount charged shall be due on the date indicated on the bill. Interest will be charged on any overdue balance at the rate of 8% per annum on balances of $1,500 or less and 18% per annum on balances greater than $1,500.
In the event water bills are not duly paid as provided for herein, the amounts due shall be forwarded to the collector of taxes for the Township of Hopewell. All delinquent unpaid water bills shall become a lien upon the premises served until paid; the township shall have the same remedy for the collection thereof together with legal interest, costs and penalties as presently permitted under the laws of the State of New Jersey.
[Ord. #00-1141, § 2]
The provisions of this chapter shall be enforced by any duly authorized agent or employee of Hopewell Township. Any person found guilty of a violation of this chapter shall be liable to a penalty of a maximum of $1,000 and/or six months imprisonment. Additionally, the township may take such other action deemed necessary to halt or restrain such violations.