Town of Tonawanda, NY
Erie County
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A. 
No unauthorized person shall uncover, make any connections with or opening into, use, alter or disturb any public sewer or appurtenances thereof without first obtaining a written permit from the Plumbing Inspector.
B. 
Where any undertaking involves the discharge of any industrial wastes, including cooling waters or other lightly contaminated waters into the sewer system, an industrial waste permit is also required to be issued by the Pretreatment Administrator. No discharge of any quantity or type of industrial wastes into the sewer system is authorized without the issuance of such permit or formal written communication from the Pretreatment Administrator advising that such a permit will not be required.
A. 
There shall be two classes of building sewer permits:
(1) 
For residential and commercial service; and
(2) 
For service to establishments producing industrial wastes.
B. 
For connections from residential buildings, the sewer connection permit will be issued by the Plumbing Inspector.
C. 
For permits involving wastewater discharges from commercial establishments, the sewer connection permit will be issued by the Plumbing Inspector after consultation with the Pretreatment Administrator.
D. 
For discharges of wastewater from industrial facilities, a sewer connection permit will be issued by the Plumbing Inspector and any discharge of industrial wastes will be governed by an industrial waste permit, if deemed necessary by the Pretreatment Administrator.
E. 
Each permit application shall be supplemented by any plans, specifications or other information considered pertinent in the judgment of the permit issuer.
A. 
All costs and expenses incident to the installation and connection of the building sewer shall be borne by the owner. The owner shall indemnify the Town of Tonawanda from any loss or damage that may, directly or indirectly, be occasioned by the installation of the building sewer.
B. 
The owner shall be responsible for the maintenance and repairs of the sanitary sewer lateral and apparatus within the confines of any building, dwelling or structure.
C. 
When sanitary sewer laterals become inoperative due to plugging, breaks, settling, etc., it shall be the owner's responsibility to repair the same up to and including the wye connection at the Town of Tonawanda sanitary sewer main.
A separate and independent building sewer shall be provided for every building in residential and commercial areas; except that where one building stands at the rear of another on an interior lot and no private sewer is available or can be constructed to the rear building through an adjoining alley, court, yard or driveway, the building sewer from the front building may be extended to the rear building and the whole considered as one building sewer.
Old building sewers may be used in connection with new buildings only when they are found, on examination and tested by the Plumbing Inspector, to meet all requirements of this Part 1, including the exclusion of surface stormwater.
The size, slope, alignment, materials of construction of a building sewer and the methods to be used in excavating, placing of pipe, jointing, testing and backfilling the trench shall all conform to the requirements of the Building and Plumbing Code[1] or other applicable rules and regulations of the Town of Tonawanda. In the absence of code provisions or in amplification thereof, the materials and procedures set forth in appropriate specifications of the American Society for Testing and Materials and Water Pollution Control Federation Manual of Practice No. 9 shall apply.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 54, Building Code Administration.
Whenever possible, the building sewer shall be brought to the building at an elevation below the basement floor. In all buildings in which any building drain is too low to permit gravity flow to the public sewer, sanitary sewage carried by such building drain shall be lifted by an approved means and discharged to the building sewer or the building drain may be hung on the cellar wall and shall not be less than four inches in size.
No person shall make connection of roof downspouts, exterior foundation drains, areaway drains or other sources of surface runoff or groundwater to a building sewer or building drain, which in turn is connected directly or indirectly to a public sanitary sewer.
The connection of the building sewer into the public sewer shall conform to the requirements of the Building and Plumbing Code[1] or other applicable rules and regulations of the Town of Tonawanda or the procedures set forth in appropriate specifications of the American Society for Testing and Materials and Water Pollution Control Federation Manual of Practice No. 9. All such connections shall be made gastight and watertight. Any deviation from the prescribed procedures and materials must be approved by the Plumbing Inspector before installation.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 54, Building Code Administration.
The applicant for the building sewer permit shall notify the Plumbing Inspector when the building sewer is ready for inspection and connection to the public sewer. The connection shall be made under the supervision of the Plumbing Inspector.
All excavations for building sewer installation shall be adequately guarded with barricades and lights so as to protect the public from hazard. Streets, sidewalks, parkways and other public property disturbed in the course of the work shall be restored in a manner satisfactory to the Town of Tonawanda.
Costs for saddles, taps and other equipment or appliances, including labor, related to Town sewer service shall be established by resolution of the Town Board. Said established costs may be from time to time amended, supplemented, changed, modified or repealed by the Town Board by resolution after a public hearing in relation thereto in which parties in interest and citizens shall have an opportunity to be heard; at least 10 days' and not more than 20 days' notice of the time and place of such hearing shall be published in a paper of general circulation in the Town of Tonawanda. A copy of such resolution shall be filed in the office of the Town Clerk of the Town of Tonawanda and shall be incorporated into the Town of Tonawanda Sewer Use Local Law.