[Adopted 8-8-1988 by Ord. No. 1420]
The Township of Moorestown finds that the reduction of the amount of extraneous flow to its sanitary sewer system is an important public concern and is necessary in order to comply with the New Jersey pollution discharge elimination system permit issued to the Township of Moorestown. A portion of this extraneous flow enters the sanitary sewer system via sump pumps, roof drains and other drainage devices connected directly or indirectly to the Township's sanitary sewer system. For the purpose of this article, a direct connection is one that is intentionally installed in a manner which allows extraneous flow to enter the sanitary sewer system by piping connected to the sanitary sewer lines from any building or lot. Indirect sanitary sewer connections are those which allow extraneous flow to enter via a device such as a sink or floor drain.
Effective January 1, 1989, each property connected to the Township's sanitary sewer shall be assessed an annual surcharge fee for the purpose of treating stormwater discharged from the property into the sanitary sewer system through illegal connections such as sump pumps, roof and gutter drains, yard drains, floor drains or any other stormwater drainage system or device, except as hereinafter provided.
[Amended 12-11-1989 by Ord. No. 1510-89]
Prior to January 1, 1989, any property owner may request a municipal inspection to determine if illegal connections exist. Should said inspection indicate the absence of illegal connections, the surcharge shall not apply to that property.
Based on the municipal inspection or an owner's knowledge, the owner of a property which has illegal stormwater connections may disconnect said connections as provided below and in a manner approved by the Director of Public Works prior to January 1, 1989. Upon completion of disconnection work, the owner may contact the Township for an inspection or reinspection. If said inspection confirms the proper removal of illegal connections, the surcharge shall not apply to the subject property.
Property owners and occupants whose property has been exempted from the surcharge shall maintain their property free from stormwater connections and shall consent to periodic reinspections by the Township. Failure to maintain the property free of stormwater connections or to permit reinspections shall cause the surcharge to be reinstated and shall be a violation of this article.
[Amended 11-28-1994 by Ord. No. 1730-94]
Property owners disconnecting sump pumps and other stormwater drainage devices, as defined in § 175-46, from the sanitary sewer system shall conform to the following standards:
New sump pump or other drainage piping shall discharge its flow at least 10 feet from any structure which has a basement, cellar or crawl space to minimize infiltration into the buildings.
New sump pumps or other drainage piping shall not discharge into a public street or storm sewer without the permission of the Director of Public Works. Property owners are encouraged to discharge stormwater into storm sewers.
New sump pump or other drainage piping shall not discharge water into any adjoining property.
Amount of surcharge. The surcharge shall be billed quarterly, as follows:
[Amended 12-11-1989 by Ord. No. 1510-89; 12-10-1990 by Ord. No. 1557-90; 12-9-1991 by Ord. No. 1597-91; 12-14-1992 by Ord. No. 1637-92; 12-13-1993 by Ord. No. 1681-93; 11-28-1994 by Ord. No. 1730-94]
The stormwater treatment surcharge shall be payable quarterly in the same manner as sewer use charges. Delinquent surcharge fees shall become a lien and be collected and accrue interest in the same manner as delinquent sewer use charges.
The Township Manager is hereby authorized to draft and promulgate such rules and regulations as may be reasonable and prudent to administer this article.