[Adopted 3-3-1999 by Ord. No. 400]
This article shall be hereafter known as the "Rostraver Township Grease Remediation Ordinance."
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- EXCESSIVE AMOUNTS OF GREASE
- Discharge concentrations exceeding 100 parts per million (ppm) of grease, oil and fat downstream of an interceptor or trap.
- FOOD PREPARATION FACILITY
- Any food establishment in any building, room or place or any portion thereof or appurtenance thereto, where human food or drink is mixed, cooked or otherwise prepared, offered for sale, sold, served or given with or without charge to patrons, customers or guests for consumption on the premises; provided, however, that this does not include the mixing, cooking or other preparation of serving of food in single-family dwellings to the resident family or its guest.
- GREASE INTERCEPTOR
- An interceptor whose rated flow exceeds 35 gallons per minute (gpm) and which is located underground outside the building.
- GREASE TRAP
- An interceptor whose flow rate is 35 gpm or less and which is located inside the building. Grease traps shall be rated for a minimum 22.5 gpm.
- Any public eating place where meals are prepared, offered for sale, sold and served to patrons, customers or guests for compensation based on the price charged for and generally paid at the conclusion of each meal. The words "meals," as used herein, means meals generally consisting of courses embracing some kind of meat or its equivalent, vegetables, bread, pastry, beverages and accompaniments.
Every building or room occupied or used as a food preparation facility or restaurant shall be well drained. All soil pipes, waste pipes, drains or other plumbing fixtures shall be of adequate size to enable a passage of any waste intended to pass through it to the main public sewer. All drains, sewers, waste and soil pipes, traps in water and gas pipes shall at all times be kept in good repair and order so that no gasses or odor shall escape therefrom and so that the same shall not leak, and all vent pipes shall be kept in good order and repair and free from obstruction.
On or before June 1, 1999, every building, room or space or part thereof used as a restaurant or food preparation facility, whether new or existing, shall install or cause to be installed a grease interceptor or grease trap. The type of installation shall be determined by the total fixture flow-through rate of potential grease laden fixtures discharging through the building sewage lines as determined by the Rostraver Township Sewage Authority. For flow-through rates 35 gpm or less, an internal grease trap may be installed in certain existing structures used as restaurants and food preparation facilities. For flow-through rates exceeding 35 gpm, an external underground grease interceptor must be installed in all new structures or changes of use involving restaurants or food preparation facilities.
All new restaurants or food preparation facilities shall be required to install an exterior, underground grease interceptor of a minimum one-thousand-gallon capacity, regardless of flow-through rate.
In all existing restaurants or food preparation facilities, there shall be installed a grease interceptor or grease trap as determined by flow-through rate, as detailed above. In existing facilities where it is determined by Rostraver Township that a grease trap is not sufficient, Rostraver Township or its responsible agent or assigns may require that a grease interceptor (as detailed above) be installed. Such insufficiency shall be evidenced by excessive amounts of grease being discharged into the public sewer system by a facility. All existing restaurants or food preparation facilities shall, at a change of ownership or alteration, install an exterior, underground grease interceptor of a minimum one-thousand-gallon capacity. In all existing structures, buildings or parts thereof in which there is a change of use or occupancy to that of a restaurant of food preparation facility, there shall be installed a grease interceptor, minimum one-thousand-gallon capacity, regardless of flow-through rate. Each grease interceptor or grease trap shall and must be installed by a plumber registered width the Westmoreland County Plumbing Department.
Said grease trap or interceptors shall be installed at an appropriate location along the sewer line between the restaurant and/or food preparation facility and the lines entry into the main public sewer line. An inspection site tee shall be installed between the interceptor discharge and connect to the public sewer system. All installations shall be in accordance with Rostraver Township Sewage Authority Rules and Regulations.
No solid waste device, such as waste grinders, disposal, potato peelers, etc., shall discharge through the grease trap or grease interceptor. Only potential grease laden fixtures may discharge through the trap or interceptor.
All grease interceptors and grease traps shall be maintained and kept in good working order at all times. The interceptor or trap shall limit the amount of grease discharged into the public sewer system to levels not exceeding those permitted by the Rostraver Township Sewage Authority. Oil/grease discharges shall not exceed 100 ppm downstream of the interceptor or trap.
It shall be the duty and responsibility of any owner, lessee or agent of any restaurant or food preparation facility to, at a minimum of, quarterly inspect the grease interceptor or trap. A written record shall be kept of all inspections. The inspection record shall, at a minimum list the name (inspector and company), address, phone number of the inspection/disposal company, the method and frequency of cleaning schedule and the date of the cleaning/inspection. Such records shall be presented to the municipality upon request. A more frequent cleaning/inspection schedule may be ordered to be performed by the facility when it is determined by the municipality that the facility is discharging excessive amounts of grease to the public sewer system.
Rostraver Township Sewage Authority has the authorization to request random samplings for the testing of grease traps in restaurants and food preparation facilities. Said testing shall require the grease trap samples to be sent to a laboratory. It shall be the responsibility of any owner, lessee or agent of any restaurant or food preparation facility who fails the laboratory analysis involved with the grease-trap testing to pay the administrative costs that the Rostraver Township Sewage Authority incurred as a result of the test. Said administrative cost shall be in addition to any other fines or penalties that may be assessed in accordance with this article.
[Added 12-4-2002 by Ord. No. 476]
Whosoever violates any of the provisions of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of up to $1,000 for each offense plus costs of prosecution and, in default of payment of such fine and cost of prosecution, shall be imprisoned for a period not exceeding 30 days. Each day that a violation continues shall be deemed a separate offense.
[Amended 2-23-2000 by Ord. No. 421]
Whosoever violates any of the provisions of this article shall cease to discharge or infiltrate or permit the discharge or infiltration of the violating materials and substances upon receiving 30 days' notice, in writing, to do so. In case the violator neglects or refuses to do so, in addition to the fines set forth above, Rostraver Township may proceed to have the violating system disconnected and the cost thereof, together with the penalty of 10% additional thereto, shall be collected from the violator in the manner now provided by law. In addition to the penalties provided above, the Township of Rostraver shall have the right, upon proper notification, to cause water service to the offending premises to be terminated by the provider thereof.
Whosoever fails the laboratory analysis involved with the grease-trap testing shall pay the administrative fees within 30 days of notice. Any fees not paid within 30 days may initiate legal action for collection.
[Added 12-4-2002 by Ord. No. 476]
In the discharge of duties, Rostraver Township Code Enforcement Officer, Rostraver Township Sewage Authority personnel or authorized representative shall have the authority to enter, at any reasonable hour, any restaurant or food preparation facility in the jurisdiction to enforce the provisions of the article.
The Rostraver Township Code Enforcement Officer may cooperate with or delegate his authority to the appropriate official of the Rostraver Township Sewage Authority or other county agency charged with the duty of enforcing any ordinance or regulations relating to the subject matter of the within ordinance.
The Township of Rostraver reserves the right to invoke and enforce a Rostraver Township Sewage Authority regulation relating to the subject matter of this article and to seek the imposition of the penalties provided in the said Rostraver Township Sewage Authority Rules and Regulation.