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Township may force property owners to hook to water line

May 18, 2004|by RICHARD BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Property owners will have to hook up to any new public water line when the line runs in front of their homes if the Washington Township Supervisors adopt an ordinance they plan to consider next month.

Ordinances that require property owners to tie into public sewer lines have been on the books for years in most municipalities, but this is a first for a public water line in Washington Township, Township Manager Mike Christopher said after Monday's meeting of the Board of Supervisors.

The cost to hook up to a water line is $2,000, he said. Even if they have a good well, owners would have to hook up to the line, the proposed ordinance states.

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Owners whose properties are on an existing public water line won't be affected by the new ordinance, Christopher said.

The same owners would not be affected if an existing water line is replaced, he said.

The ordinance would affect any public utility that serves the township, including the Washington Township Municipal Authority or the Waynesboro Borough Authority wherever its lines cross into the township, Christopher said.

Public comments will be taken at the June 7 supervisors meeting, with the ordinance to be ready for consideration at the June 27 meeting.

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