Borough of Hopewell, NJ
Mercer County
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[Ord. 448, S 1; Ord. 490, S 1; Ord. 576, S 2; Ord. 698, S 1; Ord. 713; Ord. 741, S 1; Ord. No. 771; Ord. No. 804]
a. 
The following charges and rents shall be imposed for premises connected to the sanitary sewer system of the Borough. The charges and rents shall be computed from the amount and use of water taken from the water mains, during the preceding quarter, as measured by the reading of the water meter for the premises served.
[Amended 5-2-2019 by Ord. No. 831]
For Water Taken Each Quarter
Rate
Rates Effective April 1, 2019
First 10,000 gallons or less (minimum charge)
$82.19
In excess of 10,000 gallons up to 50,000 gallons per 1,000 gallons
$1.88
In excess of 50,000 gallons per 1,000 gallons
$2.88
b. 
Any service unit connected to the municipal sewer system but not connected to the municipal water system, shall install a water meter on its water supply system at a location to be designated by the borough, at the owner's sole cost and expense. The meter shall be purchased from the borough at the price paid by the borough plus 20%.
c. 
The annual service charge for the year in which a new sewer service connection is made shall be based upon a reasonable estimate and shall be prorated for such year.
d. 
Additional Fees and Charges. All new service units connected to the municipal sewer system shall pay the following fees at the time of connection to the system.[1]
1. 
Account set up fee: $65.[2]
[2]
If a new service is for both a water and sewer account only one account set up fee shall be charged.
2. 
Facility fee: $2,000.
3. 
Connection fee:
(a) 
Standard: $750.
(b) 
Half Street width: $1,500.
(c) 
Full Street width: $1,800.
4. 
Non-Borough Properties. Properties along the borough's boundary that are located within the borough, in whole or in part, and are serviced by the sanitary sewer system of the borough are responsible for the additional fees and charges referred to in this section and for all costs, if any, associated with the connection to the system, including, but not limited to, the extension of a main line to the property and all other appurtenances.
A standard connection is where the connection to the sewer main is made on the side of the street nearest to the property. A half street width connection is where the sewer main is in the middle of the street and a full street width connection is where the sewer main is on the far side of the street from the property.
The connection fee covers all costs of connecting to the sewer main, including excavation, bedding, backfill, inspection, pavement restoration, materials, equipment and labor to install a complete service connection.
[1]
Editor's Note: Ordinance No. 358, previously codified herein, has been repealed in its entirety by Ordinance No. 448.
[Ord. 448; Ord. 741]
a. 
The owner or occupant of each and every service unit connected to the sanitary sewer system of the borough shall pay for sewer services per quarter at the rates herein set forth.
b. 
For purposes of this chapter a "service unit" shall be defined to mean and include a single-family dwelling, an apartment, an office, retail store, business, church or any other structure or portion of a structure connected to and discharging waste into the sanitary sewer system.
c. 
Rate Calculation for Multiple Users. Where more than one service unit is located within a single structure or building, sewer service charges shall be calculated as follows: the total gallonage of water used (as measured by the reading of the water meter for the premises served) shall be divided by the number of service units and the rates herein set forth shall be applied to the quotient. In any event, the bill for each quarter shall not be less than the sum total of the minimum rates for the number of service units in the building or structure. It shall be the obligation of each property owner to notify the borough sewer department of the number of service units in the property and of any increase or decrease in the number of service units located in or within the property immediately upon the change in the number of such service units.
d. 
Billing Periods. Billing periods for sewer usage shall be quarterly, and bills shall be rendered as of the first day of January, April, July and October. No discount or rebate shall be allowed for or on account of, a disconnection from or nonuse of the sanitary sewer system for a portion of a quarter.
All sewer bills shall be payable within 30 days from the date of billing. Sewer charges shall bear interest at the same rate as delinquent taxes, commencing 30 days from the date of the bill.
e. 
If any sewer rent or other charge shall remain in arrears for six months or more, the officer charged with the duty of collecting sewer rents shall file with the officer charged with the duty of the collection of tax arrears, a statement showing such arrearages, and from the time of such filing, the sewer rent or other charge shall be a lien upon the real estate to which the sewer service was rendered and in connection with which the charges were incurred, to the same extent as taxes are a lien upon real estate in the municipality, and shall be collected and enforced by the same officers and in the same manner as liens for taxes.
[Ord. 448]
Any person who violates any provision of this chapter or who otherwise fails to comply with any of the requirements of this chapter, or who shall refuse the borough engineer, his agent or the borough's authorized agent reasonable opportunity for inspection, shall for each such violation or offense be subject to the penalty, upon conviction as stated in Chapter 3, Section 3-11, of "The Revised General Ordinances of the Borough of Hopewell, 1975" as amended.
[Ord. 741]
Residential properties along the borough's boundary that are located within the borough, in whole or in part, are eligible to connect to the sanitary sewer system of the borough as long as the property is currently provided water service from the Hopewell Borough Water Authority and is two acres or less in area.