[Adopted 10-5-2005 by Ord. No. 326]
Unless the context specifically indicates otherwise, the meaning of the terms used in this article shall be as follows:
- ACT 537 PLAN
- The Doylestown Township Official Plan as defined in the Pennsylvania Sewage Facilities Act, Act of January 24, 1966 P.L. 1535 (1965), No. 537, as amended, 35 P.S. §§ 750.1-750.20a ("Sewage Facilities Act" or "Act 537").
- The Bucks County Water and Sewer Authority, as defined by the Municipality Authorities Act of 2001 (2001, June 19, P.L. 287, No. 22, and as amended thereafter, 53 Pa.C.S. § 5601 et seq.).
- The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
- GRINDER PUMP
- Any electric-motor-driven, submersible, centrifugal pump capable of macerating all material found in normal domestic sanitary sewage, including reasonable amounts of objects, such as plastics, sanitary napkins, disposable diapers, rubber and the like, to a fine slurry, and pumping this material through a small diameter discharge.
- IMPROVED PROPERTY
- Any property within Doylestown Township upon which there is erected a structure intended for continuous or periodic habitation, occupancy or use by human being or animals and from which structure sewage shall or may be discharged.
- OFFICIAL PLAN REVISION
- A change in Doylestown Township's Act 537 Plan to provide for additional or newly identified future of existing sewage facilities needs, as defined fully in Section 1 of the Sewage Facilities Act, 35 P.S. § 750.1.
- PROPERTY OWNER
- Any person vested with ownership, legal or equitable, sole or partial, of any property located in Doylestown Township.
- Any substance that contains any of the waste products or excrement or other discharge from the bodies of human beings or animals and any noxious or deleterious substance being harmful or inimical to the public health or to animal or aquatic life or to the use of water for domestic water supply or for recreation or any substance which constitutes pollution under the Clean Stream Law, 35 P.S. §§ 691.1-691.1001, as amended.
- Doylestown Township and/or its Board of Supervisors.
The connection of existing properties or proposed new land development to an existing or proposed sewerage system through the use of sewage grinder pumps, their associated force mains, or low-pressure laterals shall occur only after an Official Plan Revision to the Township's Act 537 Plan, approved by Doylestown Township, and the development designates that the proposed properties be served by such a connection.
The Authority and the Township are hereby authorized and empowered to adopt such rules and regulations concerning sewage which it may deem necessary from time to time to effect the purposes herein. The Authority and the Township are further authorized and empowered to take such other actions as are necessary, including but not limited to entering into agreements with property owners that assure proper operation and maintenance of sewage facilities within Doylestown Township's borders, including but not limited to sewage grinder pumps and any associated force mains or low-pressure laterals.
The Authority and the Township shall exercise their powers and legal authority set forth herein and under all applicable statutes, ordinances and other laws to effect the purposes of this article.
The Authority and the Township may enter into an agreement with each property owner proposing to install or who has installed a sewage grinder pump or low-pressure sewage system to assure the short- and long-term operation and maintenance, use, service, repair or replacement of such systems.
All grinder pumps and low-pressure sewer systems (and the installation, use, operation, maintenance, service, repair and replacement thereof) shall comply with the rules and regulations of the Authority and the Township in effect from time to time.
All grinder pumps and low-pressure sewer systems shall be connected to the sewage collection and conveyance system in full compliance with the rules and regulations of the Authority and the Township in effect from time to time.
The Authority and the Township shall maintain control over the type of grinder pumps used and the Authority shall maintain extra grinder pumps units or replacement parts for emergency repairs or replacements on short notice.
Neither the Authority nor the Township shall bear any responsibility for the purchase, installation, use, operation, maintenance, service, repair, or replacement of the grinder pump and/or its low-pressure force main or lateral, except as otherwise set forth herein.
Each property owner served by a grinder pump shall bear full responsibility for providing, installing, using, operating, maintaining, servicing, repairing and replacing his/her grinder pump and/or its low-pressure force main or lateral, unless otherwise set forth herein.
Each property owner served by a grinder pump shall have full responsibility for using the pump consistent with the manufacturer's instructions and shall avoid introducing into the sewerage system materials that may damage the impellers on the pump, including but not limited to items designated as biodegradable in septic tanks.
Each property owner served by a grinder pump shall close the sewage system and cease operations during any period when the grinder pump and/or low-pressure system serving a property is inoperable for more than two days.
Where the low-pressure force main or lateral is shared between property owners, they shall submit to the Authority and the Township a declaration of easements, covenants and restrictions in recordable form, setting forth the agreement of each benefited property owner with respect to the installation, use, operation, maintenance, service, repair and replacement of the low-pressure sewer system, which agreement shall bind all future property owners. Following the approval of the low-pressure system by all applicable agencies, the Authority and the Township will not issue a permit for its installation until evidence is presented that the agreement has been recorded in the Office for the Recording of Deeds, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
In addition to any other remedies provided in this article, any violation of § 136-49 above shall constitute a nuisance and shall be abated by the Authority and Township by either seeking mitigation of the nuisance or appropriate equitable or legal relief from a court of competent jurisdiction.
All such rules and regulations adopted by the Authority and Township to effectuate this article shall be in conformity with the provisions herein, all other ordinances or resolutions of the Authority and Township, and all applicable laws, and applicable rules and regulations of administrative agencies of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.