As a governmental corporation of the State of New Jersey, the County of Warren has been promulgated as a subcode of the Uniform Construction Code as adopted by the Commissioner of Community Affairs pursuant to the Uniform Construction Act, N.J.S.A. 5:23 et. seq; and 52:27 D-119; et. seq; and charged with the responsibility of providing a full comprehensive plumbing program which is found upon certain basic principles of environmental sanitation through properly designed, acceptably installed and adequately maintained plumbing systems. Enforcement of plumbing construction and design may vary but the basic concept of sanitary and safety principles desirable and necessary to protect the health of the people remain the same everywhere. I as the Plumbing Subcode Official along with the County of Warren have entered into agreements or contracts with various municipalities throughout our country. These agreements designate the Health Department as an on-site inspection agency also known as an Interlocal Agency, and I as the Plumbing Subcode Official.
The Plumbing Subcode and Inspection program's goal is formulated to improve and assist the communities by building upon public awareness of all aspects of our code enforcement roll in the community. Good will and compliance can only be generated through public education. Educating municipal officials and employees of the prevailing code requirements such as permit requirements and the inspection process will greatly assist in achieving our goal to make the communities more enlightened and help to understand that the codes and regulations are designed in their interest to protect the health and safety of everyone.
Train inspectors and staff to work closely with consumers (homeowners) that are not professional or licensed contractors, by taking time to explain, educate and assist them in going through what is sometimes an awkward maze of paper work, along with educating them in the technical areas that they are by law entitled to do the work, but have no or little knowledge of. Plumbing Subcode duties are performed and in cooperation with the Department of Environmental Protections Division of Water Resources, Bureau of Safe drinking Water and pursuant to the New Jersey Safe Drinking Water Act N.J.A.C. 7110-10.1 et. seq.which provides for full surveillance and inspections of all testable double check valve assemblies or reduced pressure zone backflow preventers which are designed and installed in accordance with the regulations to protect public water supplies from contamination. A full comprehensive quarterly monitoring program is implemented throughout the County of Warren.
My plumbing subcode official duties require complete coordination of all administrative duties that are required daily by implementation of a complete and comprehensive Plumbing Subcode Program including plan review and compiling meaningful records. The plumbing programs duties are outlined in our Interlocal Agreement contract that all respective municipalities have entered into with the county of Warren. These contracts are renewable every for years as prescribed in N.J.A.C. 5:23. I am required to possess an administrative license issued by the Department of community Affairs. This license is known as a "Plumbing Subcode Official License", and allows me to implement the plumbing program in each community.
My Plumbing Inspector, H.H.S. License is known as a high rise and hazardous license. This license permits me to perform on-site plumbing inspections in the field for all newly installed and altered plumbing, in all residential, commercial, industrial and high rise structures.
Our enforcement duties are regulated by various technical codes that we are responsible to enforce such as, The National Standard Plumbing Code, which must be cross referenced with all applicable building codes. The International Mechanical Code, which encompassed such plumbing matters as boilers, Hydronic Piping, Fuel Oil Storage Tanks, that are cross referenced to many technical standards in the National Fire Protection Codes, such as NFPA 13, 30 and 31. The Liquid Petroleum and Natural Gas Codes known as the International Fuel Gas Code regulates all gas piping installations. The NFPA-58, or liquid Petroleum Code regulates all tank installations above ground and below ground.
There is an extensive list of published standards that are referenced daily for materials and installation procedures. All of this information is required to be researched and coordinated with manufacturer standards on fixtures, appliances and materials.
A plumbing fixture is described as a receptacle which is either permanently or temporarily connected to the water distribution system of the premises, and demands a supply of water, or discharges used water, liquid-borne waste materials, or sewage either directly or indirectly to the drainage system of the premises, or which requires both a water supply connection and a discharge to the drainage system of the premises.
A general description of these fixtures are as follows, but not limited to:
Two & Three Bay Sinks
Vegetable Soaking Sinks
X-Ray Processing Equipment
Washing machines (Residential or Commercial)
Hand Washing Sinks
Dental Units or Cuspidors
Fuel Oil Piping
Food Waste Grinders
Kitchen Sinks (Private or Restaurants)
Dishwasher (Residential or Commercial)
Water Heaters (Electric, Gas or Oil Fired)
Plumbing appliances are identified as a special class of fixtures called gas fired appliances and are further defined as:
|Furnaces (Attic or Basement)
Fire Place Inserts
All Piping That Supplies Gas
A Special Device may be defined as one of a special class of plumbing fixtures which is intended to perform a special function. It's operation and/or controls may be dependant upon one or more energized components, such as motors, controls, heating elements, or pressure and temperature sensing elements. Such fixtures may operate automatically through one or more of the following actions: Time cycle, a temperature range, a pressure range, a measured volume or weight, or the device may be manually adjusted or controlled by the user or operator.
A general list of the special devices are as follow but not limited to:
| Steam boilers
Hot Water Boilers
Sewer Ejectors (Pneumatic)
Sewer Pump (Mechanical)
Grinder pump Ejector
Individual Fixture Ejector of Pump
Macerating Toilet Pump
Lawn Sprinkling Systems
Ornamental or Lilly Pools
Baseboard Heating Piping (Heat Loop)
| Active Solar Systems
Grease Interceptors (Inside or Outside)
Oil tanks (Inside or Outside)
Liquid Petroleum Tanks (Underground or Above Ground)
Water Cooled Air Conditioning
Water cooled Refrigeration Unit
|Radiant heat Piping Under Concrete (Heat Loops)
Backflow Preventor (not on Boilers - only those that have test ports) installed
between wells and public water supplies (unapproved and approved water)
Sewerline (Residential & Commercial)
Waterservices (Residential & Commercial)
Agriculture type of water feeders for animals
Hospital & clinical fixtures that require protection from contaminating the water supply
This concludes a general outline or program analysis of the Plumbing Inspections Program throughout all participating townships in Warren County.
The program's activities encompass an area of three hundred sixty square miles that is traveled daily. The program generates thousands of activities which include, plan review permit approvals, field inspections and certificate of approvals issued (finals), and enforcement procedures to abate violations.
From 1971 the Plumbing inspection program was regulated by the New Jersey State Department of Health. In 1977 the Department of community Affairs implemented the Uniform Construction Code portion of the Administrative Code and is presently responsible for the performance of 577 municipalities throughout the state.