|SECTION 2 RULES APPLICABLE TO BOTH WATER AND SEWERAGE SERVICE
The following words contained herein shall have the following meanings:
The word “Authority” shall mean the Hamilton Township Municipal Utilities Authority (HTMUA).
“Customer” or “Owner” shall mean the applicant for water and/or sewerage service at one household or business, whether the owner or tenant, and who enters into an agreement therefor.
“Main” shall mean the Authority owned or leased piping and appurtenances, in or along public highway and streets, or along privately owned right of way, used for the transmission of distribution of water to or for the collection of domestic or industrial waste from its customers.
“Domestic Sewerage” shall mean the normal water borne fluid wastes from residences, commercial establishments, institutions and industrial establishments limited to the wastes of kitchens, bathrooms, water closets, lavatories and laundries.
“Industrial Wastes” shall mean the liquid wastes from commercial or industrial processes as distinct from domestic sewerage.
“Authority Engineer” shall mean a consulting engineering firm hired by the Authority for engineering work.
“Residential User” shall mean:
“Other than Residential User” shall mean all users in connections other than residential, including but not in limitation, business, commercial, industry, restaurants, taverns, theaters, camps, churches, schools, hospitals, etc.
Builder/Developer shall mean one who engages in the construction of any project other than one single family home at any given time. Back to top.
Whenever the facilities of a sanitary sewerage collection system or water distribution system shall be available in any given area of Hamilton Township, the owner of any property which abuts the root of said sewerage and/or water system facility shall prior to or as a condition of continued occupancy be required to tie into said system, make use thereof and be subject to the cost and charges as shall be promulgated from time to time by the Authority pursuant to statutory authorization. The following applicable citations are hereby noted:
1. General: National Standard Plumbing Code Section 2.19.1
The water distribution and drainage system of any building in which plumbing fixtures are installed shall be connected to a public water supply and sewer system respectively, if available. A public water supply system and/or public sewer system shall be deemed available to a premise used for human occupancy if the property line of such a premise is within 200 feet, or such other reasonable distance as determined by the Administrative Authority, and a connection conforming with the standards set forth in this Code shall be made hereto.
2. Hamilton Township Mandatory Sewer Connection Ordinance:
Ordinance 344 of 1966 requires any house, building or structure located no more than 200 feet from a sanitary sewer line to connect and hook up to the public system.
3. NJ Safe Drinking Water Act (NJAC 7:10-12.5c-1):
“If an adequate public water is available and if connection can legally be made thereto, the realty improvement shall be supplied with water from that source.” Back to top.
2.2.1 Water and sewer service connections will be considered upon written application signed at the Authority office by the property owner or his property authorized agent. Water and sewer service will be considered only upon receipt of an executed application by the property owner. Blank forms for all applications prepared for their respective services will be furnished by the Authority, and all applications must receive the approval of the Authority before connection is made, or either class of service is furnished.
2.2.2 No application for service will be accepted by the Authority until the applicant has paid or made satisfactory arrangements to pay all arrears and charges due by the applicant at any premises now or heretofore occupied by him, including real estate taxes. Each application must be accompanied by a proof of payment certification, signed by a representative of the Hamilton Township Tax Collector’s office.
2.2.3 The accepted application shall constitute a contract between the Authority and the applicant, obliging the applicant to pay to the Authority its rates as established from time to time to comply with its rules and regulations.
2.2.4 Applications for service connections may be accepted to their being existing mains in streets or right of way abutting the premises to be served.
2.2.5 When a prospective customer has made application for a new service, or has applied for the reinstatement of an existing service, it is assumed that the piping and fixtures on the applicant’s premises are in good condition and the Authority will not be liable in any event, for any accident, breaks, or leakage arising in any way in connection with the supply of water or failure to supply same, or the freezing of water pipes or fixtures of the customer, nor for any damage to the property which may result from the usage of water supplied to the premises.
2.2.6 A new application may be made and approved by the Authority upon any change in ownership of the property. The Authority shall have the right upon ten (10) days notice, to discontinue the water supply until such new application has been made and approved. Although property may have been occupied or leased to a tenant, the owner of the property is responsible for the payment of any water and sewer bills.
The owner’s (not the tenant’s) name shall appear on the actual billing and account record. The bill will be mailed to the owner not the tenant. Any arrangement for the tenant to be responsible for the payment is strictly between the owner and tenant.
2.2.7 Industrial, commercial, public or institutional establishments must complete a commercial/industrial application for water and/or sanitary sewerage service. The application requires the submission of a detailed description of the type and size of buildings, the nature of businesses to be conducted in each structure, the number of type of fixtures to be served, the type volume and chemical characteristics of wastes to be discharged. Such applicants shall also furnish to the Authority two (2) copies of the plan showing:
It is agreed by the parties receiving public fire service, private fire service, or any service, that the Authority does not assume any liability as insurer of property or person and that the Authority does not guarantee any special service, pressure, capacity, or facility, other than is permitted by the ordinary and changing operating conditions of the Authority as the same exists from day to day. It is agreed, by the parties receiving service, that the Authority shall be free and exempt from any and all claims for injury due to any persons or property by reasons of fire, water, failure to supply water pressure or capacity. Back to top.
2.4.1 The Authority will not be responsible for the operations and maintenance of an internal private system unless otherwise formally accepted by Resolution.
2.4.2 An internal system is defined as any water and sewer main and the related appurtenances, excluding the water metering equipment. The internal system begins at a point of entrance into the proposed project. Projects maintaining a sewer pump station must secure a service contract with a repair company and file this information with the Authority.
2.4.3 Failure to make timely repairs will result in the Authority implementing the necessary repairs and invoicing the responsible project association for the applicable expenditures. Back to top.
Fees (in addition to service charges) are applicable to Authority procedures and are subject to annual revision with the start of each new fiscal year (September) as per the HTMUA schedule of fees.
The following are the categories of fees:
Unless the Authority shall determine otherwise in unusual cases, service charges for both water and sewer service for existing structures shall begin to accrue on the earlier of the following dates:
2.7.1 Bills are payable at the office of the Authority.
2.7.2 Regular meter readings will be made quarterly. Bills will be rendered on or about the first days of February, May, August and November for service during the preceding three (3) months for water and proceeding three (3) months for sewer. All bills are due and payable on presentation or delivery. All customers connected to the water system will be billed and shall pay the minimum charge quarterly.
2.7.3 Water bills are based on consumption and a factor of the quarterly meter reading in accordance with prevailing rates.
2.7.4 Sewer bills are based on flat rate charges including the treatment cost assessed by the Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA). Back to top.
Timely payments of any bill for service, within the meaning of these rules shall be:
Authority bills will be mailed within the first week of February, May August and November and due by the first of the following month.
Twenty-five (25) days after due date, a reminder notice shall be mailed including a notice of intent to notify mortgage company.
Twenty-five (25) days after the first notice is issued, a final notice shall be mailed naming the date service is to be terminated. Along with the final notice, the mortgage company shall also be notified
Every effort will be made to identify and notify those residents in rental properties. Back to top.
Occasionally, circumstances arise when a customer may challenge the accuracy of charges on the quarterly billing. These circumstances typically occur with regard to water service charges since the sewer is billed on a flat rate basis.
The customer can request a test on the meter at a cost set forth in the rate schedule. See Section 8.12.12 for details on meter testing. Back to top.
Upon connection of an approved and usable property to a water main or sewer, the obligation to pay the minimum annual service charge continues despite the failure to occupy the property, or to use the water or sewer facilities, so long as the building or structure on the property is still available for use and the water and sewer facilities remain available. Back to top.
2.12.1 Existing Structure: All agreements covering water supply and/or sewerage service shall continue in force, as long as the structure remains. An owner may request to terminate physical service, however, the minimum quarterly service charges will continue to be charged.
2.12.2 Demolished Structures: In the case of a demolished structure, the owner is obligated to remit the minimum quarterly service charge to retain the capacity rights allocated to the property. If the owner desires to terminate the account and thereby eliminate any additional accrual of charges, the owner must do so by written request to the Authority. The termination of the account to the demolished property does not eliminate the requirement to pay the account balances accrued. Termination of the account results in a recission of capacity rights to the property.
Any subsequent use of the parcel involving the need for the public water and/or sewer system will require application under those rules and the payment of connection fees at prevailing rates. The request of the owner for account termination must include an acknowledgment of the aforesaid provisions. Back to top.
Service may in the sole discretion of the Authority, be discontinued for any of the following reasons:
Water service will be renewed, under proper application, when the conditions under which such service was discontinued have been corrected and upon the payment of all proper charges or amounts provided in the schedule of rates or rules of the Authority, due from the applicant. Back to top.
Neither the customer or any plumber or any other person shall turn the water on or off at any corporation stop, curb stop or water valve; or disconnect or remove the meter or permit its disconnection or removal, without the written consent of the Authority. Back to top.
Any property owner or person(s) authorizing a contractor to connect water or sewer services to a property without the permission of the Hamilton Township Municipal Utilities Authority is subject to legal recourse by the Authority. Prior to the granting of said permission, all connection and lateral fees must be paid. Back to top.
2.17.1 System Shutoff/Disruption - As necessity may arise in the event of breakdown emergency, or for any other unavoidable cause, the Authority shall have the right to cut off the water supply temporarily, in order to make the necessary repairs, connections, etc. but the Authority will use all reasonable and practicable measures to notify the customer of such discontinuance of service. In such case, the Authority shall not be liable for any damage or inconvenience experienced by the customer; or any claim against it at any time for interruption in service, lessening of the supply in adequate pressure, poor quality of water, or for any causes beyond its control. When the supply of water is to be temporarily interrupted, notice will be given, when practicable, to all customers affected by the temporary interruption of service, stating the probable duration of the interruption, and also the purpose of the interruption.
2.17.2 Water Emergency/Water Restriction - At the request of the Authority, the Township of Hamilton adopted Ordinance #1237-96 on January 24, 1997 instituting provisions to address the need to enforce the restriction of water usage during emergency situations. The components of the Ordinance are as follows:
2.18.1 General - The Authority shall have the right to reserve a sufficient supply of water at all times in storage, to provide for fire and other emergencies or may restrict or regulate the quantity of water used by the customer in case of scarcity or whenever the public welfare may so require.
2.18.2 Water Conservation/Emergency/Water Restriction Phases
Commercial Customers - All commercial customers and “Common Area” Irrigation Accounts may water Monday through Friday, 12:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. Irrigation on the weekends is prohibited Odd/Even designation does not apply. Back to top.
This resolution shall take effect immediately, and a copy shall at all times be kept on file at the principal office of the Hamilton Township Municipal Utilities Authority and shall at all reasonable times be open to public inspection. All resolutions, rules or regulations inconsistent herewith are hereby rescinded. The Authority shall, as it deems necessary, amend these Rules and Regulations by passage of an amending resolution at a duly authorized meeting of the Authority. Back to top.
The applicant shall comply with all the Rules and Regulations as set forth herein. Failure to do so will result in “stop work order” by the Authority. These Rules and Regulations are minimum requirements, and are not intended to replace detail specifications which are the responsibility of the applicant. They are intended to apply to usual and not the exceptional conditions. These Rules and Regulations are subject to amendments by the Hamilton Township Municipal Utilities Authority. The Authority reserves the right to specify additional requirements. Back to top.