As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- MAIN or MAINS
- All pipes, other than supply pipes and service pipes, used for conveying water to or distributing water in the Township.
- METER RATES
- Rates or prices to be charged for water, based upon the quantity consumed as measured by an approved water meter.
- Any person, firm, corporation or association owning any property or premises which is or prospectively can be supplied with Township water, or his duly authorized agent.
- A building used for either business or residential purposes, or both, together with the land appurtenant thereto and such outbuildings as are used exclusively in connection therewith, or any part of a building with the land appurtenant thereto when sold as a separate unit.
- SERVICE PIPE
- A pipe extending from the curb stop and valve at the curbline
into privately owned property for supplying water thereto. On streets
without curbs or within easement areas, the service pipe shall extend
from the curb stop and valve located within the street right-of-way
or easement limits.[Amended 11-16-1992 by Ord. No. 92-412]
- SUPPLY PIPE
- A pipe connected to the main and extending thence to and
including the curb stop and valve at the curbline of the street. On
streets without curbs or within easement areas, the curb stop and
valve shall be located entirely within the street right-of-way or
easement limits.[Amended 11-16-1992 by Ord. No. 92-412]
The owner of any premises or his authorized agent desiring to use Township water or to make a change in an existing water supply to any premises shall first make application, in writing, to the Township for such water service, upon forms furnished by the Township. Such application shall request the installation to be made by the Township, subject to the provisions of this chapter, and bear the consent and agreement that the applicant shall be bound and governed by all the provisions of this chapter and all rules and regulations hereafter adopted by the Township. Any misrepresentation of facts contained in any application shall be deemed a violation of this section.
Upon receipt of an application for service, the Township Engineer may make or cause to be made an inspection of the premises. Unless the application is rejected for cause by the Township Engineer, he will render to the owner of the premises a bill in accordance with the provisions of § 259-11A.
No additional connections or alterations to existing connections shall be made to any premises unless and until charges of every nature due the Township from such owner or against such premises are first paid.
Every owner of a premises with a frontage on a street in the Township shall be required to obtain water for such premises from the Township, unless special permission is granted by the Township Council to obtain water from another public water supply. This subsection shall not apply to the owner of premises using wells existing on December 17, 1962, for drinking or sanitary purposes, in lieu of the public water supply system.
Water from wells constructed after December 17, 1962, in areas of the Township where the public water system is available, shall be used only for nonpotable purposes, such as for swimming pools, automobile washing and lawn watering, and shall not be used for drinking or sanitary purposes.
Any owner of premises connected to the Township water system shall not be permitted to disconnect from the Township water supply in order to use a well.
Written application for a permit to use Township water service in the construction or repair of buildings or for other purposes shall be made to the Township, upon forms furnished by the Township, by the owner of such premises or the contractor for the work to be done. The character of the work contemplated and the estimated quantities of the water to be used shall be specified in such application.
No permit for temporary water service during construction or repair shall be issued unless the fees prescribed in § 259-11C shall have first been paid.
Duly authorized agents of the Township, upon presentation of credentials provided by the Township, shall have access at any reasonable time to any and all premises supplied with Township water for the purpose of making any desired inspection thereof, including the examination of the entire water supply and plumbing system upon said premises. Any person who refuses to admit such duly authorized agent for the purpose of such inspection, or hinders or interferes with him in the performance of such inspection, shall be deemed to have violated this section and be subject to the penalty prescribed in § 259-30 hereof.
Where it is desired to permanently discontinue the use of Township water on any premises, a request to the Township is required and must be made by the owner. Upon receipt of said notice, the water shall be turned off at the curb stop, and thereafter charges for water for said premises shall not be made.
In case of the temporary vacancy by the owner or occupant of any premises, the water will be turned off at the curb stop by the Water Department upon written request therefore stating the period of such discontinuance, and will be turned on again on said last named date, following the payment of the necessary charges.
Where the premises are left unoccupied or vacant, no rebate will be allowed for water registered by the meter unless the water is turned off at the curb stop, as in this section provided.
The Township may, at its discretion, shut off water from the premises of any owner or consumer for violating any of the provisions of this chapter, upon giving such owner or consumer at least 72 hours' notice of such intended action. Such action shall not be deemed to be in lieu of the penalty provisions of § 259-30 hereof. The notice required by this subsection shall be given in person, by telephone or by mailing a copy thereof, postage prepaid, at the post office in the Township, to the last known address of the person to be notified, as the same appears on the books of the Township; and the notice so given shall be conclusively deemed to have been given at the time of such mailing.
The use of air-conditioning systems utilizing water without provision for recirculation is prohibited.
In the event that it becomes expedient to shut off the water from any section of the Township because of accidents or fire or in order to make repairs or extensions or for other necessary purposes, the Township will endeavor to give timely notice to those affected thereby and will, so far as practicable, use its best efforts to prevent inconvenience or damage arising from any such cause; but failure to give such notice or to receive the same will not render the Township responsible or liable for damages to property or any refund that may result therefrom or from any other cause.