Lancaster Area Sewer Authority, PA
Lancaster County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of the Lancaster Area Sewer Authority. Amendments noted where applicable.]
APPENDIXES REFERENCED IN CHAPTER 100
Appendix BA — Review, Permit and Inspection Fees.
Appendix LD — Application for Connection to Sewer System.
Appendix SB — Standard Details for Sewer Construction, Extensions and Lateral Connections.
Appendix SH — Sample Indemnification Agreements.

§ 100-1 Application for connection permit.

A. 
Application for service and connection to the sewer system:
(1) 
Permit required. No person shall uncover, connect with, make any opening into or use, alter or disturb in any manner any sewer line without first making application for and obtaining a permit, in writing, from the Authority. Application to the Authority for a permit required hereunder shall be made by the owner or equitable owner of the improved property to be served, on the Authority's application for connection to the sewer system form, a copy of which is included in Appendix LD.
(2) 
Application for connection permit; fees and costs. No connection to the sewer system shall be allowed by the Authority without a connection permit. Application for a connection permit shall be made by completing an application for connection to the sewer system with the Authority. Said application shall be accompanied by the following:
(a) 
Payment of current application fee.
(b) 
Payment of all costs associated with the processing of the application.
(c) 
Photocopy of the appropriate portion of a 2,000 scale USGS topographic quadrangle map showing the location of the requested sewer service.
B. 
In response to the application for connection, the Authority will issue a letter stating whether or not adequate capacity is available at the time of the request. Such letters do not constitute a reservation of capacity.

§ 100-2 Responsibilities of owner.

A. 
Requirements prior to receiving service. Sewer service shall be furnished only after:
(1) 
The owner of the improved property to be served shall have installed, at his own cost and expense, the lateral sewer, if required, and the service line in accordance with the Rules and Regulations; and
(2) 
The Authority has inspected and tested said lateral sewer and service line, and approved such facilities as complying with the Rules and Regulations.
B. 
Abandoned service:
[Amended 10-22-2015 by Res. No. 15-10-003]
(1) 
Whenever an improved property which is connected to the sewer system is to be razed and the existing service line is to be abandoned, the existing lateral sewer shall be capped at the right-of-way line within 90 days of the date the existing service line is abandoned, with an appropriated six-inch watertight end cap, by the owner, and shall be inspected and approved by the Authority before backfilling is allowed.
(2) 
Once inspected and approved by the Authority, the capping of the lateral sewer in such a case shall exonerate the owner from payment of any ongoing sewer service charges for the affected property, with the following provisions:
(a) 
Failure of the owner to pay the ongoing sewer service charges for the affected property shall void all sewer capacity residing with that property. Any future use of the property requiring sewer service shall require the owner in such a case to first apply for and obtain sewer capacity at the then-current rates and charges.
(b) 
The owner shall have the right to continue to pay sewer service charges even if the sewer lateral is abandoned and capped. In such a case where the property owner continues to pay sewer service charges, all sewer capacity associated with the affected property shall remain valid.
C. 
Sale of premises. Whenever improved property which is connected to the sewer system is sold, or otherwise conveyed, the purchaser and/or the seller shall promptly notify the Authority of such sale or conveyance.
D. 
Indemnification agreement for lateral sewers. All owners who make connections shall enter into an indemnification agreement with the Authority. The standard forms of the agreement are provided in Appendix SH.
E. 
Maintenance and repair of service lines:
(1) 
All service lines shall be maintained and repaired by the owner at the cost of the owner of the improved property. Such repairs shall be subject to the approval and inspection of the Authority.
(2) 
All lateral sewers from the sewer main to the right-of-way line are the responsibility of the Authority except where an agreement is established between the owner and the Authority such that the lateral sewer is considered as part of the owner's private sewer system.

§ 100-3 Highway occupancy and restoration.

A. 
Street opening permits. Unless otherwise determined by the Authority, whenever the surface of any public street, sidewalk, or cartway is disturbed by construction of the sewer lines, except in such cases where said work is being performed by the Authority, it will be the responsibility of the owner to secure and maintain street opening permits from the municipality in which the work is being performed. Any highway occupancy permits required by the state will be secured by the owner in the Authority's name, as required by Subsection B(7) below.
B. 
Restoration within borough, township, and state rights-of-way. The following requirements shall be applicable for that portion of the lateral sewer installed within the public rights-of-way of borough and township streets and roads and state highways, and it shall be the responsibility of the owner of the property served to require his plumber or contractor to adhere to these requirements:
(1) 
The trench shall be thoroughly compacted using mechanical tamping equipment.
(2) 
The trench area shall be graded to conform to existing grades.
(3) 
No surplus excavated materials or debris shall be piled or stored in this area.
(4) 
All street, road or highway surfaces which are disturbed or damaged by the owner or his plumber or contractor shall be properly repaired in accordance with the applicable township, borough, or state specifications, at the owner's cost.
(5) 
Subsequent settlement of the street, road or highway surface resulting from the construction of the lateral sewer trench shall be promptly repaired at the owner's cost.
(6) 
Failure to comply. If the owner or his plumber or contractor shall fail to comply with any of the requirements of Subsection B(1) through (5) above, then, after reasonable notice to the owner, the Authority may proceed on its own to make any necessary corrections or repairs so that the aforesaid requirements are fulfilled. If the Authority does such repair, then the owner of the property shall be liable to the Authority for the entire costs of such repairs, including administrative costs, and said costs will be included in the owner's next billing for sewer services.
(7) 
In addition, in state highways, a highway occupancy permit application must be prepared by the owner, at his expense, in the Authority's name and submitted to PennDOT for approval prior to commencement of the work.

§ 100-4 Installation of laterals; connections to lateral sewers.

A. 
Basement flooding; check valves. The Authority will not be responsible for any damages that may result from basements being flooded by the stoppage of sewers. The Authority also does not guarantee that basement service will be provided to any building. All basements having floor drains shall be provided with a suitable check valve, and the pipes therein shall be connected so that use of plumbing fixtures on or above the first floor of the building shall not interfere with the shutting off of said valve. Sewer service check valves shall also be installed in sewer service lines where the flood-level rim of a plumbing fixture is below the elevation of the manhole cover of the next upstream manhole in the public sewer. A sewer service check valve shall be installed in all service lines where the possibility exists for the backup or reverse flow of wastewater.
B. 
Service line and lateral of same size. Where the service line and the lateral sewer are both of the same size pipe, connections shall be made by properly joining the bell end of the service line with the lateral sewer.
C. 
Unlike size and/or material. If the service line and lateral sewer are of unlike materials, the connection shall be made with a flexible pipe coupling suitable for the type and size of pipes to be connected. The use of pipe increasers fabricated by the pipe manufacturer for the specific types of pipe involved shall be an acceptable alternative. Projecting the smaller pipe into the larger and sealing with grout or mastic will in no circumstances be permitted. Also, the use of PVC elastomeric joint seal rings ("donuts") will not be permitted.
D. 
Location of connection. All connections to sewer mains shall be made at the end of the previously installed lateral sewer unless the Authority specifically authorizes otherwise.
E. 
Connection to sewer main with saddle. Whenever there is no existing wye branch present, the connection shall be made by carefully cutting a hole at approximately 2:00 or 10:00 in the sewer main and installing an approved wye saddle or tee saddle in accordance with § 150-2F of Chapter 150, Technical Specifications, of these Rules and Regulations.
F. 
Service lines. The saddle shall be installed in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. In no circumstances shall the pipe inserted into the opening protrude into the sewer main.
G. 
Connection to drop laterals. For drop lateral sewer installations, the connection shall be made at 12:00 with an approved wye saddle as shown in Detail 35 of Appendix SB.
H. 
Grease traps — hotel; restaurant; boarding house; public eating place. No hotel, restaurant, boarding house, or public eating place shall connect to the sewer system without first installing grease traps, of a type and size approved by the Authority, on the service lines at a location approved by the Authority.
I. 
Grease traps for service stations, garages, factory buildings and similar establishments. No service station, garage, factory building, or commercial establishment which handles oils, petroleum or similar products, or which washes cars, trucks, or other types of machinery, shall connect to the sewer system without first installing grease traps, of a size and type approved by the Authority, on the service lines at a location approved by the Authority.
J. 
Low-pressure and septic tank effluent pump (STEP) systems and any other system where multiple residential units share one grinder pump facility shall not be permitted within the LASA sewer system. Low-pressure grinder pump systems shall not be permitted within the LASA sewer system unless approved by the Authority's Executive Director. Factors to compel approval of a low-pressure grinder pump system are limited to situations where elevations are not conducive to gravity service and are too limited in scope to require a sewer pumping station.
[Amended 10-22-2015 by Res. No. 15-10-003]

§ 100-5 Testing and inspection of laterals.

A. 
Supervision of connection. No connection to the sewer system shall be made except under the supervision of the Authority. The application and its acceptance by the Authority shall constitute, from the date of acceptance by the Authority, a contract obligating the applicant to pay rates and charges as established by the Authority from time to time and to comply with these Rules and Regulations.
B. 
Inspection of lateral sewers and service lines. The construction of lateral sewers and/or service lines shall at all times be subject to the inspection of the Authority and shall conform to the Authority's specifications. No owner shall permit lateral sewers or service lines to be covered or backfilled until authorized by the Authority to do so. If the line is backfilled prior to an inspection by the Authority, the lines shall be totally exposed at the owner's expense for the required inspection. All inspection costs shall be paid by the owner in accordance with the Authority's fee schedule listed in Appendix BA.
C. 
Inspection of premises. The Authority, through its agents and employees, shall have the right at all reasonable times to enter any premises connected with or about to be connected with the sewer system in order to enforce compliance with these Rules and Regulations.
D. 
Testing of service line.
(1) 
Each service line shall be subjected to an air test prior to approval by the Authority. The test shall be witnessed by the Authority and the service line shall not be deemed acceptable until said service line has satisfactorily passed the test hereinafter described. All costs of testing and inspecting and any subsequent test(s), including equipment, material or labor required shall be the responsibility of the owner.
(2) 
The service line shall be tested in accordance with the standard details in Appendix SB, unless an alternate procedure is accepted by the Authority. All risers, vents, plugs and cleanouts should be adequately blocked, plugged or supported to withstand the pressure associated with the test. The test shall be made by air.
E. 
Trench backfill after inspection. No trench shall be backfilled until the service line has been inspected and approved by the Authority. The owner shall be responsible for proper backfill material and installation. (See Appendix SB.)
F. 
General material and installation standards for lateral sewers and service lines.
(1) 
Conditions of service. No connection, through which sanitary sewage or industrial waste does or may enter the sewer system, shall be constructed, altered, repaired, or allowed to exist, which does not comply with these Rules and Regulations (latest edition).
(2) 
Individual connections.
(a) 
Individual line for each separate property. Each improved property shall have its own individual lateral sewer and service line. Each side of a double house having a solid vertical partition wall shall be considered a separate property requiring individual sewer connections.
(b) 
More than one building on a property. Where premises in single ownership consist of more than one building, the Authority reserves the right to determine, under the circumstances of each case, whether each separate building must have its individual sewer connection or whether all buildings together may use a single connection. If a single connection is permitted by the Authority, it shall have a minimum diameter of six inches, but in all cases shall be sized to pass the maximum flow anticipated.
(3) 
Existing lateral sewers and service lines. Existing lateral sewers and service lines may be utilized, provided that they have been inspected by the Authority and found to be reasonably true to grade and alignment, in good condition for the purpose of conveying sanitary sewage or industrial wastes, and have tight joints of approved materials. If the existing lines do not conform to this requirement, the line shall be corrected or a new line shall be constructed at the expense of the owner in accordance with the specifications contained herein.
(4) 
Complete technical specifications for materials, equipment, installation and testing of laterals are found in Chapter 150, Technical Specifications, of these Rules and Regulations.

§ 100-6 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 10-22-2015 by Res. No. 15-10-003]
A. 
Any person who violates a provision of this Chapter 100 shall, upon notice from the Authority or its designated representative, have 10 days in which to cease and remedy such violation. If such person remains in violation 10 days following notice from the Authority, then the Authority shall have the right to order such person to disconnect from the sewer system or, in the case of a connection not already established, prevent connection to the sewer system until the violation is remedied.
B. 
The remedies specified in this § 100-6 are cumulative. The election of one remedy shall not bar or prohibit the Authority from invoking any and all additional remedies as provided for in other sections of these Rules and Regulations, or any other remedies that may be available by law or in equity.