[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Health of the Township of Mount Laurel 5-21-1970 as Ord. No. 1970-1BH. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 10-16-1989 by Ord. No. 1989-35]
In all streets of the Township of Mount Laurel in which a public sewer is or shall hereafter be laid, all buildings and premises located on said streets shall be connected with the sewer system, and all cesspools or privy vaults existing or maintained on lots abutting on said streets shall, within six months after the passage of this chapter, in the case of buildings or premises abutting on a street in which a sewer is now laid, or within six months after the completion of the sewer, in the case of buildings or premises abutting on a street in which a sewer shall hereafter be laid, be discontinued for use as a cesspool or privy vault, and such cesspools and privy vaults shall be emptied and filled with fresh earth and shall not thereafter be used as a receptacle for sewage or waste of any kind; except that this section shall not apply to any building or premises which is currently served by a septic system or privy vault certified by Burlington County Department of Health to meet Mount Laurel Township standards and which septic system or privy vault preexisted the municipal sanitary sewer system servicing said building or premises.
No person shall make any connection with the sewer system serving any portion of the Township of Mount Laurel, in the County of Burlington, New Jersey, without having made application in writing to the Secretary of the Board of Health of the Township of Mount Laurel for a permit to make such connection. Said application shall be on forms as furnished by the Secretary, which application shall clearly designate the property and location thereof, the name and address of the owner, the purpose for which the building or premises is to be used and the name of the plumber who shall make the connection, and shall be signed by the owner of said property or by his agent, duly authorized in writing. There shall be a fee of $5 to be paid for the issuance of said permit.
No connection shall be made to the said sewer system except by a licensed, registered plumber and only under the supervision and approval of the Plumbing Inspector. Nothing herein shall be construed to prevent the owner of lands from laying the lateral lines. The procedure for such connection shall be as follows: Upon receiving the permit as aforesaid, the applicant shall forthwith inform said Plumbing Inspector at what time on the following day, or as soon thereafter as may be possible, the trench will be opened and the main uncovered, ready for connection with the house lateral. The applicant shall, at his own cost and expense, make or cause to be made all necessary excavations in the street or highway without damage to the main, shall cause the paving and earth so excavated to be deposited in a manner that will occasion the least inconvenience to the public and shall cause the paving, flagging and roadbed to be restored as quickly as possible as it was prior to the excavation, and shall also be responsible for all damages by reason of such excavation or the imperfect filling-in of the same. The applicant shall likewise, at his own expense, cause any discontinued cesspool or privy vault to be properly emptied and backfilled with fresh earth within seven days of discontinuance of the cesspool.
The person connecting with said sewerage system shall submit to the Secretary of the Board of Health, at the time of submission of application for a permit, proof of payment of the connection fee as required by the Township Municipal Utilities Authority or proof of an arrangement of payment acceptable to the Township Municipal Utilities Authority.
No person shall cause willful or malicious damage to any part of the sewerage disposal system, or cause or permit any acid chemical or any other substance that may cause damage to flow into the sewer system, nor shall any person drain rain or surface water or water from any cellar or excavation into said sewer system.
This chapter or any ordinance to which this chapter is an amendment shall be administered by the Township Health Officer or any other official appointed by the Board of Health.
The owner of a property along the line of any sewer who shall not comply with any order issued by the Board of Health or its duly designated officer pursuant to the terms of this chapter, within 30 days after notice by the Board or its duly designated officer, shall be subject to a fine of $25 and an additional fine of $10 for each day of delay after the expiration of the 30 days in which the provisions of the order or notice are not complied with.
The notice or order as referred to in § 168-7 may be served upon the owner personally or by leaving it at his usual place of abode with a member of his family above the age of 18 years.