Municipality of Murrysville, PA
Westmoreland County
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[Adopted 1-15-1969 by Ord. No. 36-69]
Every owner of property in the Municipality of Murrysville whose property abuts upon any public sanitary sewer presently in existence or to be constructed in the future by Murrysville Municipal Sanitary Authority shall connect, at its own cost, the house, building or other structures located on said property with the aforementioned public sanitary sewers for the purpose of disposing of all acceptable sanitary sewage emanating from said property.
It shall be unlawful for any owner, lessee or occupier of any property in the Municipality of Murrysville abutting upon any aforementioned public sanitary sewer to employ any means, either by septic tank, cesspool, privy vault, mine hole or otherwise, for the disposal of acceptable sanitary sewage other than into and through said public sanitary sewers.
Where any house, building or structure in the Municipality abutting upon any aforementioned public sanitary sewer is now or hereafter may be using any method for the disposal of acceptable sanitary sewage other than through said public sanitary sewer, it shall be the duty of the Chief Administrator or the authorized representative of Murrysville Municipal Sanitary Authority (hereinafter called the "Authority") to notify the owner, lessee or occupier of such structure, in writing, either by personal service, certified mail or registered mail, to disconnect the same and make proper connection for the discharge and disposal of all acceptable sanitary sewage through said public sanitary sewers, as herein provided, within 60 days after receipt of such notice. Any owner or lessee or occupier of a structure who cannot comply with the provisions of this section as to connection within the sixty-day period stipulated above due to causes beyond his control shall apply to the Authority within said sixty-day period for a time extension of up to six months in duration. Said application shall be made on a form to be furnished by the Authority and shall contain a voluntary agreement on the part of the applicant under which the applicant shall agree to commence paying the regular monthly sewer rates immediately even though actual connection to the public sanitary sewers will not be accomplished until some later date within the said six-month extension period.
No privy vault, cesspool, septic tank, mine hole or similar receptacle for human excrement shall at the present time or at any time hereafter be connected with the aforesaid public sanitary sewers.
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation connected to any aforementioned public sanitary sewers to connect any roof drain thereto or permit any roof drain to remain connected thereto, or to permit, allow or cause to enter into said public sanitary sewers any stormwater, foundation drain water, spring water, surface water or any sewage or industrial waste from any property other than that for which a permit is issued.
No person, firm or corporation shall make or cause to be made any connection with any of the aforementioned public sanitary sewers until he has fulfilled all of the following conditions:
A. 
He shall make application to the Authority, the Municipality's agent, upon a permit form to be formulated and supplied by the Authority for permission to connect to the aforementioned public sanitary sewers. Among other things, the applicant must state the character and use of each structure located upon his property.
B. 
He shall pay the required Authority tap connection fee to the Authority at the time of making application for permission to make a connection.
C. 
No work shall commence before the payment of the aforesaid tap connection fee and issuance of the aforementioned connection permit.
D. 
He shall give the designated inspector of the Authority at least 24 hours' notice of the time when such connection shall be made in order that said inspector can be present to inspect and approve the work of connection. The inspector shall signify his approval of the connection by endorsing his name and the date of approval on the aforementioned connection permit in the possession of the permittees.
E. 
At the time of inspection of the connection, the owner or owners of properties shall permit the inspector full and complete access to all sanitary and drainage arrangements and facilities in each building and in and about all parts of the property. No building sewer line shall be covered over or in any manner concealed until after it is inspected and approved by said inspector.
The construction of all building sewer lines or house service sewers shall be done in accordance with the specifications, plans and procedures established by the Authority in its Sewer System Rules and Regulations, as the same may be from time to time published and amended, copies of which, upon adoption by the Authority, shall be maintained on file with the Chief Administrator.
If the owner or owners of any occupied houses, buildings or structures in the Municipality shall neglect or refuse to comply with the provisions of this article or written notice as prescribed in § 193-14 hereof, the Municipality or the Authority may perform or cause to be performed such work and labor and furnish or cause to be furnished such material as may be necessary to comply with the provisions of this article at the cost and expense of such owner or owners, together with 10% additional thereof and all charges and expenses incidental thereto, which sum shall be collected from said owner or owners for the use of the Municipality or the Authority as debts are by law collectible, or the Municipality or the Authority may, by its proper officer, file a municipal claim or lien therefor against said premises as provided by law.
"Unacceptable sanitary sewage," for purposes of this article, shall have the same definition as that which is set forth in the Authority's Sewer System Rules and Regulations, said Rules and Regulations being hereby approved by the Municipality and held to be applicable to all users of the aforementioned public sanitary sewers.
[Amended 12-16-1991 by Ord. No. 305-91]
In addition to any penalty hereinabove prescribed, any person, firm or corporation failing to make a proper connection within the time specified after receipt of proper notice as provided in § 193-14 hereof shall, upon conviction thereof before a District Magistrate, pay a fine or penalty of $50 for each day in violation hereof and, violating any of the other provisions of this article, shall pay a fine or penalty of not more than $600 and, in default of payment of either thereof, be sentenced to undergo an imprisonment of not less than five days nor more than 30 days in the county jail.
[Added 12-16-1991 by Ord. No. 305-91]
Fees required to be paid to the Municipality with regard to the provisions of this article shall be as set forth in Chapter 112, Fees.