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Township of Worcester, PA
Montgomery County
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[Adopted 12-12-1988 by Ord. No. 106]
There is hereby established a separate sewer district in Worcester Township which shall be comprised of the dwelling units and support facilities at the Meadowood Retirement Community and shall be known as the "Meadowood Sewer District."
[Amended 8-21-1991 by Ord. No. 121]
The following minimum charges for each 1,000 gallons of metered water consumed per month at the Meadowood Retirement Community are hereby imposed upon the owner of the Meadowood Retirement Community and upon its successors in title, payable as herein provided, which shall be collected by Worcester Township and used for payment of the cost of operating and maintaining that portion of the Township's sewage collection and disposal system comprising the Meadowood Sewer District and for a reserve fund sufficient for its future replacement: effective January 1, 2014, a charge of $6.82; effective January 1, 2015, a charge of $7.50; and effective January 1, 2016, a charge of $8.25. This minimum charge is based upon Meadowood discharging sewage with the characteristics of typical domestic sewage with a strength no greater than the following concentrations:
[Amended 12-19-2012 by Ord. No. 240;12-18-2013 by Ord. No. 247]
Type of Sewage
Suspended solids
Total phosphorous
Ammonia (NH3)
Strength of sewage will be determined by taking a monthly twenty-four-hour composite sample of wastewater as it enters the Meadowood pumping station prior to pumping to the wastewater treatment plant. The composite sample will be tested for the four parameters referenced above, and any parameter found to be in excess of the maximum allowable concentration will be used to calculate a sewage surcharge fee to be added to the minimum charge, based upon the following formula:
Where: R = minimum charge per 1,000 gallons.
When a parameter is less than the maximum allowable concentration, that portion of the formula shall be assumed to be zero.
The total sewage charge shall, therefore, be the sum of the minimum charge, based upon total flow, plus any applicable surcharge.
Bills for the sewage charges imposed hereby shall be rendered monthly on the first day of each month or on such other dates as the Township shall specify, and shall cover the billing period consisting of the immediately preceding month. Bills shall be due and payable on the billing date, and the appropriate amount computed in accordance with this article shall constitute the net bill. If the charges are not paid within 30 calendar days after each billing date, an additional sum of 10% shall be added to such net bill, which net bill, plus such additional sum, shall constitute the gross bill. Payment made or mailed and postmarked on or before the first day of the end of such thirty-calendar-day period shall constitute payment within such period. If the end of such thirty-calendar-day period shall fall on a legal holiday or on a Saturday or Sunday, payment made or mailed and postmarked on the next succeeding day which is not a legal holiday shall constitute payment within such period. Any bill not paid within said thirty-calendar-day period shall be deemed delinquent.
The sewage charges imposed by this article shall be a lien upon all real property within the Meadowood Sewer District; and any such charges which are delinquent shall be filed as a lien against said property, which lien shall be filed in the office of the Prothonotary of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, and shall be collected in the manner provided by law for the filing and collecting of municipal claims. Interest collectible on liens filed by the Township shall accrue at the rate of 10% per annum from the date of the filing of the lien until paid.