Borough of Clarion, PA
Clarion County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Clarion as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Sanitary wastewater and stormwater discharge — See Ch. 174.
Stormwater management — See Ch. 183.
Subdivision and land development — See Ch. 190.
Zoning — See Ch. 210.
[Adopted 9-1-1981 as Ch. 60, Part 2, of the 1981 Code]

§ 175-1 Definition and interpretation.

The word "person," as used in this article, shall mean any natural person, association, partnership, firm or corporation. The singular shall include the plural, and the masculine shall include the feminine and the neuter.

§ 175-2 Connection and/or use of available storm sewer.

Every property in the Borough of Clarion adjoining or abutting upon any street or alley in which a public storm sewer is now or shall hereafter be located shall be connected with such sewer for the discharge of surface water from said property, or adequate provision be made that such water will flow directly into the storm sewer system of the Borough of Clarion and not into the sanitary system of the Borough of Clarion.

§ 175-3 Borough may make connection upon noncompliance of property owner.

If the owner of any such property, after 45 days' notice from the Borough, fails to make connection of such property with the Borough storm sewer system or make other adequate provision for the flowage of such surface water, the Borough may make the connection or may make such other adequate provision, and may collect the cost thereof from such owner by a municipal claim or in an action of assumpsit as is provided by law. All work pertaining to the connection with the Borough sewer system or with such other adequate provisions for the flowage of surface water shall be, financially and otherwise, the responsibility of the owner of the property with which connection is made, subject to the right of supervision hereby reserved by the Borough.

§ 175-4 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 12-20-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-798]
Any person who shall violate or fail to conform to any of the provisions of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 and costs of prosecution and, in default of payment of such fine and costs, to imprisonment for not more than 30 days.
[Adopted 9-1-1981 as Ch. 60, Part 1, of the 1981 Code]

§ 175-5 Connection to available sewers upon notice.

Every owner of property in the Borough of Clarion whose property is benefited, improved or accommodated by any public sanitary sewer shall connect, upon due notification, at his own cost, the building, buildings or other structures located on said property with the aforementioned sanitary sewers for the purpose of disposing of all sanitary sewage and industrial wastes as is customarily disposed of in such a system of sanitary sewers.

§ 175-6 Required use of available sewers.

It shall hereafter be unlawful for any owner, lessee or occupier of any property in the Borough benefited, improved or accommodated by any public sanitary sewer to employ any means, either by septic tank, cesspool, privy vault, mine hole or otherwise, for the disposal of sanitary sewage or industrial wastes, other than into and through said sanitary sewer.

§ 175-7 Notice to connect; time limit.

Where any such structure in the Borough is now or hereafter using any method for the disposal of sanitary sewage or industrial wastes other than through said sanitary sewer, it shall be the duty of the Borough Secretary or Pennsylvania American Water or its successor, as agent for the Borough, to notify the owner, lessee or occupier of such structure in writing, either by personal service, certified mail or registered mail, to disconnect the same and make proper connections for the discharge and disposal of acceptable sewage and industrial wastes through said sanitary sewer as herein provided within 60 days after receipt of such notice.

§ 175-8 Sewage receptacle not to be connected to sewer.

No privy vault, cesspool, septic tank, mine hole or similar receptacle for human excrement shall at any time, now or hereafter, be connected with any public sanitary sewer.

§ 175-9 Certain wastes not to enter sewers.

It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation connected to any public sanitary sewer to connect any roof drain thereto or permit any roof drain to remain connected thereto or to permit, allow or cause to enter into said sanitary sewer any stormwater, foundation drain water, spring water, surface water, or any sewage or industrial waste from any property other than that for which a permit is issued.

§ 175-10 Requirements for connection to and disconnection from sewers.

A. 
No person, firm or corporation shall make or cause to be made any connection with any public sanitary sewer until he has fulfilled all of the following conditions:
(1) 
He shall make application to Pennsylvania American Water or its successor upon a permit form to be formulated and supplied by Pennsylvania American Water or its successor for permission to connect to said sanitary sewer. Among other things, the applicant must state the character and use of each structure located upon the property.
(2) 
He shall pay the tapping fee in the amount imposed by Pennsylvania American Water or its successor at the time of making application for permission to make a connection.
(3) 
No work shall commence before the payment of the tapping fee and issuance of the aforementioned connection permit.
(4) 
He shall give the designated inspector of Pennsylvania American Water or its successor at least 24 hours' notice of the time when such connection shall be made in order that said inspector can be present to inspect and approve the work of connection. The inspector shall signify his approval of the connection by endorsing his name and date of approval on the aforementioned connection permit in the possession of the permittee.
(5) 
At the time of inspection of the connection, the owner or owners of properties shall permit the inspector full and complete access to all sanitary and drainage arrangements and facilities in each building and in and about all parts of the property. No building sewer line shall be covered over or in any manner concealed until after it is inspected and approved by said inspector.
B. 
No person, firm or corporation shall disconnect any sewer tap from any public sanitary sewer until he has fulfilled all of the following conditions:
(1) 
He shall make application to Pennsylvania American Water or its successor upon a permit form to be formulated and supplied by Pennsylvania American Water or its successor for permission to disconnect from the said sanitary sewer. Among other things, the applicant must state the location of the said connection and the date when he desires to disconnect.
(2) 
He shall pay the fee imposed by Pennsylvania American Water or its successor to Pennsylvania American Water or its designated agent at the time of making application for permission to disconnect.
(3) 
No work shall commence before the payment of the fee and issuance of the aforementioned permit.
(4) 
He shall give the designated inspector of Pennsylvania American Water or its successor at least 24 hours' notice of the time when the disconnection shall be made in order that the said inspector can be present to inspect and approve the work.
(5) 
After making disconnection, the sanitary sewer shall be properly capped in accordance with requirements of the inspector so that there will be no possibility of any water or other foreign material entering the said sanitary sewer at the point of disconnection at any future date. The capped sanitary sewer shall not be covered up until the inspector approves the said work. The inspector shall signify his approval of the said work by endorsing his name and the date of approval upon the permit in possession of the permittee.

§ 175-11 Building sewer construction.

The construction of all building sewer lines or house service sewers shall be done in accordance with the specifications, plans and procedures established by Pennsylvania American Water or its successor, as the same may from time to time be published and amended, copies of which, upon adoption by Pennsylvania American Water or its successor, shall be maintained on file with the Borough Secretary.

§ 175-12 Separate connection for each building; exception.

Unless written permission is obtained from Pennsylvania American Water or its successor, separate connections and tapping fees will be required for each individual occupied building, whether constructed as a detached unit or as one of a pair or row, but a single connection will be permitted to serve a school, factory, apartment house or other permanent multiple-unit structure whose individual apartments or units may not be subject to separate ownership. Pennsylvania American Water or its successor, however, does not assume any obligation or responsibility for damages caused by or resulting from any permitted single connection for multiple units as aforementioned.

§ 175-13 Regulations for discharge into sewers; permit to discharge industrial wastes.

All sanitary sewage discharged in any public sanitary sewer shall meet requirements of the rules and regulations to be established by Pennsylvania American Water or its successor. The discharge of industrial wastes into any public sanitary sewer without the prior written consent of Pennsylvania American Water or its successor is hereby prohibited. Any industrial establishment desiring to discharge industrial wastes into any public sanitary sewer shall make application to Pennsylvania American Water or its successor with such information as is required for the purpose of determining whether the proposed discharge of industrial wastes will conform with the requirements of the rules and regulations of Pennsylvania American Water or its successor. The granting of such permit may be made contingent upon the applicant providing and maintaining, at the expense of the applicant, apparatus for regulating the rate of discharge and/or pretreating such wastes prior to discharge and for the proper sampling thereof, from time to time, as Pennsylvania American Water or its successor may deem necessary.

§ 175-14 Borough or its agent may make connection upon noncompliance of property owner and collect costs plus 10%.

If the owner or owners of any occupied building or buildings in the Borough shall neglect or refuse to comply with the provisions of this article or the written notice as prescribed in § 175-7 hereof, the Borough or Pennsylvania American Water or its successor, as the Borough's agent, may perform or cause to be performed such work and labor, and furnish or cause to be furnished such material as may be necessary to comply with the provisions of this article at the cost and expense of such owner or owners, together with 10% additional thereof, and all charges and expenses incident thereto, which sum shall be collected from said owner or owners for the use of the Borough as debts are by law collectible, or the said Borough may, by its proper officer or agent, file a municipal claim or lien therefor against said premises as provided by law.

§ 175-15 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 12-20-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-798]
In addition to any penalty hereinabove prescribed, any person, firm or corporation who or which makes a connection or a disconnection without obtaining a permit therefor and any person, firm or corporation who or which fails to make a proper connection or fails to make a proper disconnection shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 and costs of prosecution or, in default of payment of such fine and costs, to undergo imprisonment for not less than five days nor more than 30 days.