Egg Harbor City, NJ
Atlantic County
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[Adopted 11-14-1974 as Ch. 76, Art. I, of the 1974 Code]
There shall be and hereby is established and created a committee of the Common Council to be known and designated as the "Utility Department," to which committee, under the direction and control of the Common Council, shall be entrusted the administration, supervision and management of the supply and distribution of water and of the property and works designated therefor, now or hereafter owned or controlled by the City of Egg Harbor City, and of the sewer system and sewage treatment plant and of the property and works designated therefor, now or hereafter owned or controlled by the City of Egg Harbor City.
[Amended 8-26-1999 by Ord. No. 16-1999]
Said committee shall consist of three members of the Common Council, who shall be appointed by the Mayor annually at the first meeting in January of each year and shall hold their offices for the term of one year and until their successors are appointed and duly qualified.
[Amended 8-26-1999 by Ord. No. 16-1999]
Said committee shall, under such regulations and restrictions as the Common Council shall from time to time by ordinance or otherwise provide, have the care, custody, control and management of the property and works now or hereafter owned or used by the City of Egg Harbor City for the supply of water for public use and the distribution thereof and for the treatment of sewage and drainage.
It shall be the duty of said committee from time to time and whenever necessary to report to the Common Council the condition of the department under its care, custody, control and management and to recommend such measures as will in its opinion be to the public advantage and report such regulations and ordinances as will in its judgment secure the greatest efficiency in the management of its department and will promote the interest of the City and the public.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Original § 76-5, Rules and regulations for operation of sewer and water works, which immediately followed this section, was deleted 8-26-1999 by Ord. No. 16-1999.
A. 
Definitions with respect to water utility.
CUSTOMER
As used herein, shall be the party contracting for service to a property as hereinafter classified:
(1) 
A building under one roof owned by one party and occupied as one business or residence;
(2) 
A combination of buildings owned by one party in one common enclosure, occupied by one family or business;
(3) 
The one side of a double house having a solid, vertical partition wall;
(4) 
A building owned by one party, consisting of more than one apartment and using in common one hall and one entrance; or
(5) 
A building owned by one party, having a number of apartments or offices and using in common one hall and one or more means of entran
DEPARTMENT
As used herein, shall be the Utility Department of the City of Egg Harbor City, New Jersey.
SERVICE LINE
A line used to supply a single customer only, and no customer shall be supplied by more than one service line unless agreed upon between the customer and the Department.
B. 
Word usage. The terms "customer," "consumer," "owner" or "person," as used in this article, are intended to include the plural as well as singular number and are further intended to include natural persons, partnerships, corporations, incorporated and unincorporated associations or bodies.
Where two or more customers are supplied through a single service line, any violation of the rules of the Department with reference to either or any of said customers shall be deemed a violation as to all, and the Department may take such action as could be taken if it were used by a single customer.
A. 
Service connections will be made to the mains of the water utility upon application, in writing, upon forms furnished by the Department, by the owner of any building or premises, as follows: upon receipt of such application, except as hereinbelow provided for, the tapping of the main will be done, and the service line from the main to the curb not over 30 feet, curb stopcock and curb box, will be furnished and placed by the Department or its agent, at its expense; the remainder of the service connection will be placed at the owner's expense by the Department at cost, payable in advance, or, at the option of the owner, such additional service connection may be placed by himself/herself or his/her agent, who shall be a registered plumber, at his/her own expense; provided, however, that if placed by the owner or his/her said agent, it shall conform to the specifications prescribed by the Department.
[Amended 8-26-1999 by Ord. No. 16-1999]
B. 
The charge, if any, for permission to open the street shall be paid in advance by the applicant.
C. 
Whenever a tap is made through which regular service is not immediately desired, the applicant shall bear the entire expense of tapping the main and laying and maintaining the service pipes, couplings and connections, but shall be entitled to a refund for such part as the Department agrees to assume whenever regular service is begun.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection D, pertaining to estimates, was repealed 4-6-1989 by Ord. No. 5A-1989.
A. 
Written application for a water service connection, on the form prescribed by the Department, shall be made to the Department a reasonable time before any such connection shall be installed.
B. 
Service pipes will not be installed when the service pipe passes over or through premises which at the time are the property of persons other than the owner of the premises to be supplied, unless the owner of the premises supplied, in writing, guarantees and indemnifies the Department against any and all liability by reason of passing over or through such other premises.
C. 
The Department will make no service installations from December 1 to March 1 following, unless weather permits.
D. 
No ground openings shall be made after November 1 until March 1 following unless the same is required by an emergency, as determined by the Department.
E. 
No taps or renewals shall be made on the White Horse Pike or on Route 50.
F. 
Connection.
[Added 4-6-1989 by Ord. No. 5A-1989; amended 8-26-1999 by Ord. No. 16-1999]
(1) 
The water distribution and drainage system of all buildings shall be connected to a public water supply and sewer system, if available, in accordance with Article III and the Plumbing Subcode.
(2) 
Where either a public water supply or sewer system or both are not available, then a private water supply or private disposal system shall be provided until such time as public systems are available. The building must be connected to public water supply or public sewer system within one year when available. Failure to connect within the allotted time may result in a penalty as set forth in § 255-20.
All applications for the introduction and supply of water into any premises must be made on the form prescribed by the Department, by the owner of the premises to be supplied, or, if made by anyone other than the owner, a written consent of the owner must accompany the application.
[Amended 8-26-1999 by Ord. No. 16-1999]
A. 
No person except an employee of the Department will be permitted under any circumstances to tap the mains or distributing pipes or insert stopcocks therein. The service pipe and fittings between the curb and the cellar or building shall be installed by the owner or his/her agent, and the work shall be left uncovered until inspected by the Department, which inspection will be made by the Department as soon as may be reasonable after the receipt of a request for inspection.
B. 
Owners or their agents applying for water, whether it be for the introduction of water or for the alteration and extension of the arrangements for supplying the same, shall state fully and truly the purpose for which the water is required.
C. 
Service pipes from curbcock to meter must be of good-quality galvanized iron pipe of full weight or of other quality of pipe approved by the Department and laid at least three feet below the established grades.
D. 
Service pipes from curbcock to meter are the property of the consumer and must be maintained by him/her.
E. 
House boilers should be provided with expansion tanks and vacuum valves in new work and, when old boilers are taken out and replaced by others, also with a stopcock to shut off supply.
F. 
In opening the stopcock to let the water through the meter, said cock shall be opened gradually, leaving some convenient faucet on the outlet side open to allow the water to escape.
G. 
Any person who shall turn on the water without first having obtained permission to do so from the Department shall, upon conviction by a court of competent jurisdiction, be subject to a penalty as provided in § 255-20.
[Amended 4-6-1989 by Ord. No. 5A-1989]
A. 
All water meters hereafter placed in buildings shall be located in the cellar or first floor, as near as possible to the point of entrance of the service, in a clean, dry, safe place, not subject to great variation in temperature, and so located as to be easily accessible for installation or disconnection and for reading. The proposed location of each meter must be inspected and approved by the inspector of the Department before the meter will be set.
B. 
The meter, if installed outside the building, must be set opposite the service box in a convenient place, protected with a suitable box and packed to prevent the meter from freezing.
C. 
A proper place and protection for the meter shall be provided by the customer. A round-way stopcock or gate 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 outlet side of the meter. A suitable check valve may be placed between the stop-and-waste cock or valve and the meter on all sizes up to and including two-inch.
D. 
Where a check valve is installed, a safety valve should be inserted at some convenient point on the house piping to relieve excess pressure due to heating of the water.
A. 
Customers' tests. Customers may test the accuracy of a meter at any time, in the case of meters reading in cubic feet, by drawing water until the meter registers one or more cubic feet. Each cubic foot of water equals approximately 7 1/2 gallons and weighs 62 1/2 pounds. In the case of meters reading in gallons, tests may be made by drawing 10 gallons, or any multiple thereof, each gallon of water weighing approximately 8 1/3 pounds.
B. 
Request tests. The Department will make a test of the accuracy of a meter upon request of a customer, provided that such customer does not make a request for a test more frequently than once a year. A report giving the results of such test will be made to the customer, and a record of such tests will be kept. If the test discloses that the meter is operating correctly, there will be a service charge as set forth in the fee schedule available from the Utility Department; otherwise there will be none.
[Amended 8-26-1999 by Ord. No. 16-1999]
C. 
Periodical tests. The Department will make periodical tests of its meters.
D. 
Allowable error. No water meter shall be placed in service nor kept in service if, on test, it registers more than 103% of the water passed or less than 97% of full capacity.
E. 
Changing meters. The Department will not make any charge for replacing a meter where such replacement is requested by a customer unless the meter first referred to has been in use less than one year, in which case a reasonable uniform charge will be made.
F. 
Adjustments. In case of a disputed account involving a question as to the accuracy of a meter, such meter will be tested upon the request of the applicant, unless there has been an obvious waste of water by accident or neglect of plumbing. In the event that the meter so tested is found to have an error in registration in excess of 3%, the bills will be corrected accordingly.
G. 
When water is furnished through a meter, the quantity recorded by it shall be taken to be the amount passing the meter, except where the meter has been found to be registering 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. Where excessive leakage (that is, leakage involving loss over $5) has been found, adjustment may be made.
A. 
All pipes, meters and fixtures shall be subject at all reasonable hours to inspection by employees of the Department, identified by proper badges or written permits. No water fixture will be considered cut off until it is disconnected so that it cannot be used again or until sealed in a manner satisfactory to the Department. No plumber, owner or other unauthorized person shall turn the water on or off at any corporation stop or curb stop or disconnect or remove the meter without the consent of the Department.
B. 
No agent or employee of the Department shall have authority to bind it by any promise, agreement or representation not provided for in this article.
C. 
All use of water other than by the customer, or for any purpose or upon any premises not stated or described in the application, must be prevented by him/her. The customer will be liable for the amount of water used in conformity with the schedule of rates or tariffs of the Department.
D. 
A customer's service may be discontinued for any of the following reasons:
(1) 
For the use of water for any other property or purposes than that described in the application.
(2) 
For 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 customer.
(4) 
For molesting any service pipe, meter, curb stopcock or seal or any other appliances of the Department.
(5) 
In case of vacancy of premises.
(6) 
For neglecting to make or renew advance payments or for nonpayment of water service, or for any other charges accruing under the application.
(7) 
For refusal of access at reasonable hours to property, for purpose of inspecting or for reading, caring for or removing meters.
E. 
Water will be turned off from any premises upon the written order of the customer without in any way affecting the existing agreement for service.
F. 
Service will be renewed under a proper application when the conditions under which service was discontinued are corrected and upon the payment of all proper charges provided in the schedule of rates or tariffs of the Department, due from the customer.
G. 
As necessity may arise, in case of breakdown, emergency or for any other unavoidable causes, the Department may temporarily discontinue the water supply to make necessary repairs, connections, etc., using all reasonable and practicable measures to notify the customers of such discontinuance of service and the probable duration of the discontinuance. In such case, the Department will not be liable for any damage or inconvenience suffered. All persons having boilers within their premises, not supplied by a tank or cistern, are hereby cautioned against collapse.
H. 
The Department undertakes only to use reasonable care and diligence to provide a constant supply of water through its pipes, but does not undertake to render any special services or to maintain any fixed or definite quantity or pressure, and in the event of the occurrence of any break, failure or accident, the Department shall not be liable for any damage resulting therefrom.
I. 
The Department reserves the right to decrease or limit the quantity of water used whenever in the judgment of the Department it is necessary or expedient to do so.
J. 
The Department reserves the right to add to or modify its rules and regulations at any time.
[Amended 6-8-1978; 7-13-1978; 9-14-1978; 8-14-1980 by Ord. No. 7-1980; 3-25-1982 by Ord. No. 1-1982]
A. 
The rates to be charged for water and sewer for all customers of Egg Harbor City Utility Department shall be as set forth in the fee schedule available from the Utility Department.
[Amended 3-10-1983 by Ord. No. 1-1983; 4-12-1984 by Ord. No. 5-1984; 3-28-1985 by Ord. No. 6-1985; 12-4-1986 by Ord. No. 18-1986; 3-1-1990 by Ord. No. 1-1990; 9-20-1990 by Ord. No. 20-1990; 3-25-1993 by Ord. No. 5-1993; 6-22-1995 by Ord. No. 11-1995; 7-23-1998 by Ord. No. 12-1998; 8-26-1999 by Ord. No. 16-1999]
B. 
(Reserved)[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection B, Public fire service, as amended 4-1 2-1984 by Ord. No. 5-1984, was repealed 7-15-1999 by Ord. No. 12-1999. See now § 255-14C9(2)(c).
C. 
Charges for sewer and water connection shall be as follows:
[Amended 4-6-1989 by Ord. No. 5A-1989; 2-20-1997 by Ord. No. 3-1997; 7-15-1999 by Ord. No. 12-1999; 8-26-1999 by Ord. No. 16-1999]
(1) 
Sewer.
(a) 
Connection fees for residential, commercial, and/or industrial uses:
[1] 
The Egg Harbor City Utility allocates sewerage capacity on the basis of 300 gallons of daily flow. The minimum allocation is one 300-gallon-per-day unit, referred to as a "Domestic Consumer Unit" (DCU).
[2] 
The connection fee per domestic consumer unit shall be $3,200. The connection fee per property shall be based on the schedule herein provided.
[Amended 5-8-2003 by Ord. No. 5-2003[2]; 1-27-2005 by Ord. No. 2-2005; 11-10-2005 by Ord. No. 23-2005; 2-11-2010 by Ord. No. 2-2010]
[2]
Editor's Note: This ordinance shall take effect 9-1-2003.
[3] 
All property owners shall be responsible for all construction costs, including all labor and materials, associated with the tapping and connection with the main and said property owners shall be responsible for all contracts and agreements thereto and, in addition thereto, shall be responsible for the costs as further articulated herein.
[4] 
All service installations from street main to curb line are charged the actual installation cost
[5] 
New connection fees will be charged for a change in use. A "change in use" is defined as an alteration to a heretofore existing building from one type of use group to a new use group which imposes provisions of law governing areas such as building construction, equipment or means of egress.
Domestic Consumer Unit Schedule
Type of Establishment
Measurement Unit
Gallons
per Day
Residential dwellings
Per dwelling
300
Single-family
Duplex units, town-
1 bedroom s
150
houses, condominiums,
2 bedroom
225
apartments
3 or more bedrooms
300
Transit Dwelling Units
Hotels
Per bedroom
75
Lodging houses, tourist homes, motels and tourist cabins with kitchenettes
Per bedroom
75
Lodging houses, tourist homes motels and tourist cabins without kitchenettes
Per bedroom
60
Boarding houses
Per boarder
50
Camps
Campground/RV/tent
Per site
100
Parked mobile trailer
Per site
200
Children's camps
Per bed
50
Labor camps
Per bed
40
Day camps, no meals
Per person
15
Restaurants
Restaurant
Per seat
35
24-hour service restaurant
Per seat
50
Fast-food restaurant
Per seat
15
Curb service/drive-in
Per car space
50
Bar/cocktail lounges
Per seat
20
Clubs
Residential
Per member
75
Nonresidential
Per member
35
Racquet club
Per court/per hour
80
Institutions (including staff)
Hospitals
Per bed
175
Other institutions
Per bed
125
Schools (including staff)
No showers or cafeteria
Per student
10
With cafeteria
Per student
15
With cafeteria and showers
Per student
20
With cafeteria, showers, and labs
Per student
25
Boarding
Per student
75
Automobile Service Stations
Service stations
Per filling positions
125
Service bays
Per bay
50
Minimarket
Per square foot
0.100
Miscellaneous
Office buildings (gross area)
Per square foot
.100
Stores/shopping centers
Per square foot
.100
Factories/warehouses
Per employee
25
Factories/warehouses with showers
Per employee
40
Laundromats
Per machine
150
Bowling alleys
Per alley/lane
125
Assembly halls
Per seat
3
Churches (worship area only)
Per seat
3
Theater (indoor)
Per seat
3
Dinner theater
Per seat
20
Catering/banquet hall
Per person
20
Sports stadium
Per seat
3
Visitor center
Per visitor
3
NOTE: The Egg Harbor City Utility reserves the right to determine the gallons per day associated with any project.
(2) 
Schedule of water fees.
(a) 
Connection fees as set forth in the fee schedule available from the Utility Department.
[1] 
Residential.
[a] 
Basic connection fee per domestic consumer unit shall be $2,200.
[Amended 5-8-2003 by Ord. No. 5-2003[3]; 1-27-2005 by Ord. No. 2-2005; 11-10-2005 by Ord. No. 23-2005; 2-11-2010 by Ord. No. 2-2010; 8-25-2011 by Ord. No. 13-2011]
[3]
Editor's Note: This ordinance shall take effect 9-1-2003.
[b] 
All service installations from street main to curb line are charged the actual installation cost for labor and materials.
[2] 
Commercial and industrial.
[a] 
One water connection is required for each sewerage DCU allocated.
[b] 
Domestic service installation cost will be calculated and will be dependent on the following factors:
[i] 
Size of proposed service line; and
[ii] 
Prevailing cost for labor and materials.
[3] 
As soon as the property is listed and tied into the City’s system, a flat quarterly fee will remain in effect whether service is shut off, if the meter is stolen or removed, or the property remains vacant.
[Added 6-22-2017 by Ord. No. 12-2017]
(b) 
Construction water usage/usage from a fire hydrant.
[1] 
The applicant must seek written permission to draw water from the City's system.
[2] 
The applicant must secure a temporary water meter from the Superintendent of Utilities.
[3] 
Charges are applicable according to the regular water rate schedule.
[4] 
Residents seeking to fill swimming pools must seek permission from the Superintendent of Utilities who will designate the time, method and hydrant location to be used. A labor charge of equal to four hours labor will cover hydrant turn-on, monitoring and turn-off by City employees. The labor rate is on file in the Clerk's office. The water consumption will follow the regular water rate schedule. Billing for this service will be at the time of service.
(c) 
Fire protection service.
[1] 
Public fire standby service.
[a] 
For each fire hydrant payable annually, the fee shall be as set forth in the fee schedule available from the Utility Department.
[b] 
There shall be no charge for water used for fire-fighting purposes from a public fire hydrant.
[2] 
Commercial fire standby service.
[a] 
For each fire hydrant the fee shall be as set forth in the fee schedule available from the Utility Department.
[b] 
For fire lines the fee shall be as set forth in the fee schedule available from the Utility Department.
[3] 
The fire service connection fee shall be as set forth in the fee schedule available from the Utility Department. The above fees for fire service connection do not include installation charges.
[4] 
Detector check valves will be supplied by the owner or builder and installed by the owner or builder. Detector checks shall be installed with OSY valves on each detector check, and a one-inch ball valve shall be installed on each side of the meter setting on the detector check.
[5] 
Water Utility personnel will install the meter. At any time, the meter may be pulled for test and inspection by Water Utility personnel.
[6] 
All material, such as valves, check valves and meter valves, meter connections and any other materials needed will be furnished by the owner or builder.
[7] 
All tap fees, meter fees and inspection fees will be paid before work is initiated.
[8] 
In addition to all of the above, all properties which maintain fire service(s) as herein articulated, shall comply with the following:
[a] 
Said property owner shall forward a copy of any annual inspection report to the Utility Department and the Fire Code Official of the municipality and shall maintain annual reports and provide same when requested by said municipality; and
[b] 
All property owners shall comply with all fire code requirements and City fire code specifications and shall have all plans for fire service reviewed by the Utility Department as well as the Fire Code Official of said municipality.
(3) 
Development application process.
(a) 
Project review fees.
[1] 
Individual water/sewer service.
[a] 
No fee is required unless an investigation/review is warranted and/or required.
[b] 
If an investigation/review is warranted and/or required, a minimum fee of $300 is to be posted with the municipality.
[c] 
If said application is for water or sewer service only, then said investigation/review fee is as set forth in the fee schedule available from the Utility Department.
[2] 
The preliminary/conceptual and water/sewer service shall be 1.5% of the construction estimate, with a minimum fee as set forth in the fee schedule available from the Utility Department. to be posted as escrow with the municipality.
[3] 
Commercial/industrial water sewer service.
[a] 
The fee shall be 1.5% of the construction estimate, with a minimum fee as set forth in the fee schedule available from the Utility Department to be posted as escrow with the municipality.
[b] 
A water model fee as set forth in the fee schedule available from the Utility Department plus a fee as set forth in the fee schedule available from the Utility Department per number of DCU's, is to be posted as escrow with the municipality.
[4] 
The fee for a change of use of water/sewer service, commercial/industrial, shall be 1.5% of the construction estimate, if applicable, with a minimum fee as set forth in the fee schedule available from the Utility Department to be posted as escrow with the municipality.
(b) 
Water Meter(s). The price shall be the actual cost of the water meter(s) at time of application.
(c) 
Project inspection fee. Said project inspection fee shall be 6.5% of the total water and sewer construction costs.
Note: All escrow fees are to be posted with the municipality prior to the review process. The fees posted represent estimates to cover anticipated review and inspection services. In the event that the fees posted are not sufficient to cover the review and inspection services in total, the applicant shall submit additional funds to replenish the escrow balance prior to receiving final approval or certification of work completed. Any unexpended funds will be returned to the applicant upon conclusion of the project.
(4) 
Miscellaneous charges.
(a) 
Administrative.
[1] 
Charge for meters with outside repeaters: installed at the cost of the unit at the time of installation.
[2] 
Return of check: as set forth in the fee schedule available from the Utility Department.
[3] 
Return of bad check posted on terminated account: as set forth in the fee schedule available from the Utility Department.
[4] 
Charge for turning on water or turning off water: as set forth in the fee schedule available from the Utility Department.
[Amended 8-25-2011 by Ord. No. 13-2011]
[5] 
Meter test at customer's request: as set forth in the fee schedule available from the Utility Department plus shipping cost (returned if meter is found to be faulty).
[6] 
Meter tampering: anyone found guilty of meter tampering shall be subject to a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000, or by imprisonment not to exceed 180 days, or both, or a period of community service not to exceed 90 days and any applicable court costs and assessments.
[7] 
Estimates for charges on other work and service will be furnished on request and will be billed accordingly.
[8] 
Meter replacement charge: In the event that the City is required to install a replacement meter at any location with the City the property owner shall be responsible for the cost charged by the City for the installation of a new meter at the time the replacement meter is installed.
[Added 10-13-2016 by Ord. No. 16-2016]
(b) 
Sewer main cleaning service charges.
[1] 
For dump truck, sewer jet and two City employees: as set forth in the fee schedule available from the Utility Department during regular business hours;
[2] 
For dump truck, sewer jet and two City employees: as set forth in the fee schedule available from the Utility Department outside of the regular business hours;
[3] 
These charges will be applied to any restaurant discharging grease in the City's sewer system.
(c) 
Publications.
[1] 
Utility rules and regulations: as set forth in the fee schedule available from the Utility Department, plus postage.
(d) 
Billing. The Utility will use one bill for all services. Billing will be on a quarterly basis.
D. 
(Reserved)[4]
[4]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection D, Miscellaneous charges, as amended 4-6-1989 by Ord. No. 5A-1989, was repealed 7-15-1999 by Ord. No. 12-1999. See now § 255-14C(4).
E. 
All fire services.
[Amended 4-6-1989 by Ord. No. 5A-1989]
(1) 
The rates are applicable for service furnished exclusively to private fire-protection facilities.
(2) 
The rates herein shall apply and be in effect where water is made available for private fire service only. Bills shall be rendered quarterly, and the rate charged for said fire service shall be as set forth in the fee schedule available from the Utility Department per year, per zone (tap).
[Amended 4-22-1993 by Ord. No. 9-1993; 2-20-1997 by Ord. No. 3-1997; 8-26-1999 by Ord. No. 16-1999]
(3) 
Detector check valves will be supplied by the owner or builder and installed by the owner or builder. Detector check shall be installed with OSY valves on each of detector check, and one-inch ball valves shall be installed on each side of the meter setting on the detector check.
(4) 
Water utility personnel will install the meter. At any time, the meter may be pulled for test and inspection by water utility personnel.
[Amended 3-25-1993 by Ord. No. 5-1993]
(5) 
All material, such as valves, check valves and meter valves, meter connection and any other materials needed, will be furnished by the owner or builder.
(6) 
All tap fees, meter fees and inspection fees will be paid before work is done.
(7) 
In addition to all of the above, all properties which maintain fire services as herein articulated shall comply with the following:
[Added 2-20-1997 by Ord. No. 3-1997]
(a) 
Said property owner shall forward a copy of any annual inspection report to the Utility Department and the Fire Code Official of the municipality and shall maintain annual reports and provide the same when requested by said municipality; and
(b) 
All property owners shall comply with all Fire Code requirements and City Fire Code specifications and shall have all plans for fire service reviewed by the Utility Department as well as the Fire Code Official of said municipality.[5]
[5]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 150, Fire Prevention.
F. 
Utility Fee Schedule. The fee schedule is available from the Utility Department.
[Added 8-25-2011 by Ord. No. 13-2011]
A. 
The charges for sewage service, except as otherwise hereinafter specified, shall be based upon the water consumed on the premises, as measured by the meter or meters used for this purpose.
[Amended 3-25-1982 by Ord. No. 1-1982]
(1) 
Applications for all new sewer connections to the sewerage system shall be made to the Department, in writing, on blanks furnished by the Department, for which the applicant shall pay a connection charge as set forth in the fee schedule available from the Utility Department. Such connection shall be made only by the Department.
[Amended 4-6-1989 by Ord. No. 5A-1989; 8-26-1999 by Ord. No. 16-1999]
(2) 
Charges for street opening permits and deposits in connection therewith shall be as provided in Chapter 235, Streets and Sidewalks, Article IV, Openings and Excavations.
[Amended 8-26-1999 by Ord. No. 16-1999]
(3) 
Charges for other miscellaneous services not specifically covered herein or in the Plumbing Code shall be as determined by the Department in a schedule of charges to be prepared by it.
B. 
Premises with private water supply. The owner of premises which use water from a source other than the City water supply system shall install, without cost to the City, a meter or meters, as approved by the Department, to measure the quantity of water received from such source or sources and discharged into the sewers, and the charge for sewage service shall be based upon the quantity of water so metered at the same rate as is required to be paid by the owner of premises receiving the same quantity of water from the City's water supply system; provided, however, that this section shall not apply in cases where the property owner disposes of its own industrial waste through its own disposal system. Where a private meter is required, as herein set forth, no such meter shall be installed or used unless the same shall have been first approved by the Department upon application by the person required to use such meter as herein provided.
C. 
Water not discharged into sewers. Whenever the premises uses water for an industrial or commercial purpose so that the water so used is not discharged in the sewage system of the City, the quantity of water so used and not discharged into the sewage system of the City shall be excluded in determining the sewage service charge of said premises; provided, however, that the quantity of water so used and not discharged into the City's sewers is measured by a device or devices, meter or meters approved by the Department and installed without cost to the City; and provided, further, that the water supply is metered. The sewage service charge of said premises shall be computed at the rates hereinabove provided for, less the quantity not discharged into the City's sewage system. In lieu of the installation of devices for measuring quantity of water not discharged into sewers, the owner of the premises may install, at no cost to the City, a meter or meters for measuring the quantity of sewage discharged into the City sewage system; provided further, however, that any such devices so installed shall, upon application to the Department, be first approved by the Department.
D. 
Meters or measuring devices. When any owner of premises shall install a meter or measuring device upon proper application to the Department as hereinabove provided for, such installation shall be at said owner's expense, and said owner shall be responsible for its maintenance and all repairs thereto, whether such repairs are made necessary by ordinary wear and tear or other causes. Should repairs to said meter or measuring device be made by the Department upon request of the owner, all bills for such repairs shall be due and payable at the same time and be collected in the same manner and be subject to the same penalties for nonpayment as are bills for sewage service.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection E, Character of sewage varying from the average, which originally followed, was deleted 8-26-1999 by Ord. No. 16-1999.
E. 
Meter inspection. The Department shall have the right to make reasonable inspection of all measuring devices or meters installed by owners of premises under this article, and upon the discovery of any mechanical defect or error in recording, such inspector may direct the owner to have the same repaired. If said owner shall not, within 10 days after written notice thereof, have repaired or caused such device to be repaired, the Department may have the same properly repaired, adjusted, calibrated or replaced, and such cost for repairs or replacements shall be charged against the owner thereof and shall be included in the next quarterly billing for sewer rental and be collectible in the same manner as sewer rentals herein provided for.
F. 
Any commercial entity which uses machine(s) for commercial and/or public usage, for the purpose of washing clothing or other fabric items, shall be charged the following for sewage service:
[Amended 2-20-1997 by Ord. No. 4-1997]
(1) 
As set forth in the fee schedule available from the Utility Department per quarter per machine; or
[Amended 8-26-1999 by Ord. No. 16-1999]
(2) 
Any commercial establishment herein shall have the option of metering water usage for said machinery, by either metering City water if provided by the City for such purposes or by metering any well established for the use of said machinery, and to pay the current sewage charges per 1,000 gallons of the City of Egg Harbor City.
A. 
All bills for water and/or sewage charges shall be payable quarterly, on the first days of January, April, July and October of each year.
B. 
Customers shall be held responsible for all charges accruing for water and/or sewage service until written notice has been given to the office of the Department to discontinue the service.
C. 
If a bill for water service remains unpaid for a period of over 60 days after mailing thereof, notice will be mailed to the customer advising him/her that unless the bill, including penalty, is paid within seven days from the date of said notice, the water supply will be discontinued. When the water is turned off under such conditions, it will remain off until the amount owing is paid in full, with penalty, or until arrangements for payment satisfactory to the Department have been made. If it is necessary for an employee or agent of the Department to call at the premises after such seven-day notice, a charge as set forth in the fee schedule available from the Utility Department will be made to cover the cost of the call.
[Amended 4-6-1989 by Ord. No. 5A-1989; 8-26-1999 by Ord. No. 16-1999]
D. 
The charges for connection with and use of the City's water and sewage systems shall draw the same interest from the time they become due as taxes upon real estate in the City and shall be a lien upon the premises connected until paid, and the City shall have the same remedies for the collection thereof, with interest, costs and penalties, as it has by law for collection of taxes upon real estate.
The City reserves the right to turn off the water of any customer without notice, and neither the City nor the Department will be liable for any damage which may result from the shutoff of the water, whether with or without notice.
The City reserves the right to alter, change, amend and add to the rules and regulations herein set forth at any time, either by ordinance or resolution, and any and all consumers will be bound by such additional rules and regulations.
The Department may make such additional rules and regulations in connection with the operation of the waterworks and the supply of water and of the sewage system and the sewage treatment plant as may, in its judgment, be necessary or proper; provided, however, that such rules and regulations do not conflict with the provisions of this article or any subsequent ordinance or resolution of the Common Council on said subject, and provided further, that any rules and regulations so made by the Department may be rescinded and annulled by a majority vote of the entire Common Council.
[Amended 8-26-1999 by Ord. No. 16-1999]
Each and every person violating any of the provisions of this article shall be subject, upon conviction thereof, to a fine not exceeding $1,000, a term of imprisonment not exceeding 90 days or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days, or any combination thereof, in the discretion of the Judge before whom said conviction shall be had. The continuation of such violation for each successive day shall constitute a separate offense, and each person continuing or allowing or permitting the continuation of a violation may be punished as provided above for each separate offense.