[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Stafford 10-4-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-89; amended in its entirety 12-6-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-105. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Water and Sewer Utility — See Ch. 47.
Editor's Note: Former Ch. 185, Stormwater Management, adopted 7-15-1986 by Ord. No. 86-33, was repealed 9-15-1987 by Ord. No. 87-74. Ordinance No. 2005-89 originally adopted the provisions of this chapter as §§ 130-76 through 130-76.3. Ordinance No. 2005-105 provided for their deletion from Ch. 130 and inclusion here as Ch. 185.
As used in this chapter, the following terms, phrases, words and their derivations shall have the meanings stated herein unless their use in the text of this chapter clearly demonstrates a different meaning. When not inconsistent with the context, words used in the present tense include the future, words used in the plural number include the singular number, and words used in the singular number include the plural number. The word "shall" is always mandatory and not merely directory.
- DOMESTIC SEWAGE
- Waste and wastewater from humans or household operations.
- ILLICIT CONNECTION
- Any physical or nonphysical connection that discharges domestic sewage, noncontact cooling water, process wastewater or other industrial waste (other than stormwater) to the municipal separate stormwater system operated by the Township of Stafford, unless that discharge is authorized under a NJPDES permit other than the Tier A Municipal Stormwater General Permit (NJPDES Permit Number NJ0141852). Nonphysical connections may include, but are not limited to, leaks, flows or overflows into the municipal separate stormwater system.
- INDUSTRIAL WASTE
- Nondomestic waste, including, but not limited to, those pollutants regulated under Section 307(a), (b) or (c) of the Federal Clean Water Act [33 U.S.C. § 1317(a), (b) or (c)].
- MUNICIPAL SEPARATE STORMWATER SYSTEM (MS4)
- A conveyance or system of conveyances (including roads with drainage systems, municipal streets, catch basins, curbs, gutters, ditches, man-made channels or storm drains) that is owned or operated by the Township of Stafford or other public body and is designed and used for collecting and conveying stormwater.
- NJPDES PERMIT
- A permit issued by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to implement the New Jersey Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NJPDES) rules at N.J.A.C. 7:14A.
- NONCONTACT COOLING WATER
- Water used to reduce temperature for the purpose of cooling. Such waters do not come into direct contact with any raw material, intermediate product (other than heat) or finished product. Noncontact cooling water may, however, contain algaecides or biocides to control fouling of equipment such as heat exchangers and/or corrosion inhibitors.
- Any individual, corporation, company, partnership, firm, association or political subdivision of this state subject to municipal jurisdiction.
- PROCESS WASTEWATER
- Any water which, during manufacturing or processing, comes into direct contact with or results from the production or use of any raw material, intermediate product, finished product, by-product or waste product. Process wastewater includes, but is not limited to, leachate and cooling water other than noncontact cooling water.
- Water resulting from precipitation (including rain and snow) that runs off the land's surface, is transmitted to the subsurface, is captured by separate storm collection systems or drainage facilities or is conveyed by snow removal equipment.
Purpose. The purpose of this section is to prohibit the spilling, dumping or disposal of materials other than stormwater to the municipal separate stormwater system (MS4) operated by the Township of Stafford so as to protect public health, safety and welfare and to prescribe penalties for the failure to comply.
Prohibited conduct. The spilling, dumping or disposal of materials other than stormwater to the municipal separate stormwater system in the Township of Stafford is prohibited. The spilling, dumping or disposal of materials other than stormwater in such a manner as to cause the discharge of pollutants to the municipal separate stormwater system is also prohibited.
Exceptions to prohibition.
Waterline flushing and discharges from potable water sources.
Uncontaminated groundwater (e.g., infiltration, crawl space or basement sump pumps, foundation or footing drains, rising groundwaters).
Air-conditioning condensate (excluding contact and noncontact cooling water).
Irrigation water (including landscape and lawn watering runoff).
Flows from springs, riparian habitats and wetlands, water reservoir discharges and diverted stream flows.
Residential car washing water and residential swimming pool discharges.
Sidewalk, driveway and street wash water.
Flows from fire-fighting activities.
Flows from rinsing of the following equipment with clean water:
Beach maintenance equipment immediately following their use for their intended purposes; and
Equipment used in the application of salt and de-icing materials immediately following salt and de-icing material applications. Prior to rinsing with clean water, all residual salt and de-icing materials must be removed from equipment and vehicles to the maximum extent practicable using dry cleaning methods (e.g., shoveling and sweeping). Recovered materials are to be returned to storage for reuse or properly discarded. Rinsing of equipment, as noted in the above situation, is limited to exterior, undercarriage and exposed parts and does not apply to engines or other enclosed machinery.
Purpose. The purpose of this section is to prohibit illicit connections to the municipal separate stormwater (MS4) operated by the Township of Stafford, or other public body, so as to protect public health, safety and welfare and to prescribe penalties for the failure to comply.
Prohibited conduct. No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged through an illicit connection to the municipal separate stormwater system operated by the Township of Stafford any domestic sewage, noncontact cooling water, process wastewater or other industrial waste (other than stormwater).
Enforcement. This chapter shall be enforced by the Police Department and/or the Code Enforcement Officer of Township of Stafford.
Violations and penalties.
Any person violating or failing to comply with any other provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by fine of no less than $100 and no more than $1,250, by imprisonment not to exceed 90 days or by community service of not more than 90 days, or any combination of fine, imprisonment and community service, as determined in the discretion of the Municipal Court Judge. The continuation of such violation for each successive day shall constitute a separate offense, and the person or persons allowing or permitting the continuation of the violation may be punished as provided above for each separate offense.
The violation of any provision of this chapter shall be subject to abatement summarily by a restraining order or injunction issued by a court of competent jurisdiction.