[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough of Rutherford Council 4-15-1986 by Ord. No. 2433-86. Amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Sewers and the Disposal of Wastewater Ordinance of the Borough of Rutherford."
Whenever used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the following meanings:
- FLOTABLE OIL
- Oil, fat or grease in a physical state such that it will separate by gravity from wastewater by treatment in an approved pretreatment facility. A wastewater shall be considered free of flotable fat if it is properly pretreated and the wastewater does not interfere with the collection system.
- NATURAL OUTLET
- An outlet, including storm sewers and combined sewer overflows, into a watercourse, pond, ditch, lake or other body of surface or groundwater, including the Passaic River or any of its tributaries.
- SANITARY SEWER
- A sewer that carries liquid and water-carried wastes from residences, commercial buildings, industrial plants and institutions, together with minor quantities of ground-, storm- and surface waters that are not admitted intentionally.
- SANITARY WASTE
- Waste derived principally from dwellings, office buildings and sanitary conveniences. When segregated from industrial wastes, it may come from industrial plants or commercial enterprises.
- The spent water of a community; the preferred term is "wastewater."
- A pipe or conduit that carries wastewater or drainage water.
- STORM DRAIN (sometimes called "storm sewer")
- A drain or sewer for conveying water, groundwater, subsurface water or unpolluted water from any source.
- STRENGTH OF WASTE
- A measurement of suspended solids and/or biochemical oxygen demand and/or chemical oxygen demand and/or any other parameter determined by the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission as a fair indicator of the relative use, other than volumetric, of Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission facilities by industrial wastes.
It shall be unlawful to discharge into any natural outlet within the municipality any wastewater or other polluted waters, except where suitable treatment has been provided and where a national pollution discharge elimination system permit has been obtained from the appropriate governmental authority, where required.
No person shall make connection on roof downspouts, foundation drains, areaway drains or other sources of surface runoff or groundwater to a building sewer or drain, which in turn is connected directly or indirectly to a public sanitary sewer, unless approved by the municipality for the purpose of disposal of polluted surface drainage.
The governing body shall appoint or designate some suitable person to administer this chapter.
All users of the wastewater facilities shall comply with the requirements of the written rules and regulations of the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission which have been adopted and which from time to time shall have been adopted, which regulations shall become effective upon filing of certified copies in the office of the Municipal Clerk after the effective date of this chapter.
Violations of any of the provisions of this chapter or any permit issued under the authority of this chapter may result in the termination of the permit and/or the termination of the authority to discharge into the system.
Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be subject to a fine not to exceed $500 and/or imprisonment not to exceed 90 days, or both. Each and every day in which a violation of any provision of this chapter exists shall constitute a separate violation.
No ordinance heretofore adopted by the municipality shall be affected by this chapter, except that, if any provision of the prior ordinance is in conflict with the provisions of this chapter, the provisions of this chapter shall control.
If any portion of this chapter shall be declared to be unconstitutional invalid or inoperable, in whole or in part, by a court of competent jurisdiction, the remaining portion not declared to be unconstitutional invalid or inoperable shall remain in full force and effect.
This chapter shall take effect upon final passage and publication in accordance with the provisions of law.