New Jersey Administrative Code
Title 14 - PUBLIC UTILITIES
Chapter 9 - WATER AND WASTEWATER
Subchapter 8 - COMBINED DOMESTIC WATER AND FIRE SUPPRESSION SERVICE
Section 14:9-8.3 - Multi-use service

Universal Citation: NJ Admin Code 14:9-8.3

Current through Register Vol. 55, No. 48, December 18, 2023

(a) Each water utility that provides multi-use service, as defined at 14:9-8.1, shall include in its tariff the language required in this section. The water utility shall place the language in the tariff in the location required in this section.

(b) The following language shall be located in the tariff in a Terms of Payment section governing multi-use service, or in a general Terms of Payment section:

"A water utility may terminate a customer's multi-use service for non-payment of a valid water bill for multi-use service, in accordance with the Board's rules governing discontinuance of service at 14:3-3A.4(j)."

(c) The following language shall be located in the tariff in a Conditions section that governs multi-use service:

"By applying for multi-use service, the customer or builder certifies that:

1. The customer or builder has hydraulically calculated the demand for the customer's or builder's water system, based on the simultaneous domestic demand and fire sprinkler demand. The customer or builder shall make this calculation in accordance with the Uniform Construction Code; and

2. The customer or builder will ensure that the system is installed in accordance with the Uniform Construction Code at N.J.A.C. 5:23; and

3. The customer will, prior to installation of the meter, obtain a construction permit in accordance with the Uniform Construction Code from the enforcing agency having jurisdiction over the system.

(d) The following language shall be located in the tariff in a General Terms and Conditions section that applies to all regulated water services:

"By applying for multi-use service, the customer agrees to be responsible for all claims, costs, and liability for personal injury, death and/or property damage, resulting from the customer's individual water system, unless caused by the negligence of the water utility."

(e) The following language shall be located in the tariff in a Provision of Services section that governs multi-use service:

"By applying for multi-use service, and operating the same, the customer agrees:

1. To include a backflow prevention device(s) as defined at 7:10-1.3, and as specified at 7:10-10.3;

2. To be solely responsible for all costs and expenses relating to the installation, operation, maintenance, repair and replacement of the customer's water system, including the fire suppression system and backflow prevention device(s);

3. To ensure that the customer's water system complies with the applicable requirements of the Uniform Construction Code in effect at the time of system installation, including any applicable building, plumbing and fire protection subcodes; and

4. To ensure that the customer's water system is maintained in accordance with all applicable law so as to protect against backflow, back-siphonage and contamination of the potable water system."

(f) A water utility shall supply multi-use service to a customer or builder upon request, unless the utility can show good cause or a compelling reason to refuse to supply multi-use service.

(g) A water utility's intent to impose a higher safety standard than that set by DCA shall not constitute good cause or a compelling reason to refuse multi-use service to a customer or builder.

Amended by R.2014 d.049, effective 3/17/2014.
See: 45 N.J.R. 2174(a), 46 N.J.R. 550(a).
In the second paragraph of (b), updated the N.J.A.C. reference.

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