[Adopted 3-17-2009 by Ord. No. 346]
The purpose of this article is to assist the Bucks County Water and Sewer Authority with respect to the maintenance and rehabilitation of oil and grease interceptor/trap systems, to prevent the discharge of certain grease, fats, grit and the like into the public sewer system, and to establish penalties for violations of this article.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- AUTHORIZED AGENT
- An employee of Doylestown Township properly certified pursuant to the Uniform Construction Code and authorized to conduct inspections of grease interceptors and/or traps within Doylestown Township.
- Any individual, partnership, corporation, limited liability company, or any other legal entity.
- PROHIBITED DISCHARGE STANDARDS
- The standards as described in the Industrial Wastewater Discharge and Pretreatment Rules attached hereto as Exhibit A.
Editor's Note: Exhibit A is on file in the Township offices.
The provisions of this article shall apply to all commercial, industrial and institutional establishments located within Doylestown Township.
The Township agrees to cooperate with the Bucks County Water and Sewer Authority and to conduct such inspections of grease interceptor and trap systems as may be requested, from time to time, by representatives of the Bucks County Water and Sewer Authority.
Oil and grease interceptor/trap systems, except as may be modified by the provisions of the Uniform Construction Code, are required for all restaurants, food preparation facilities or other establishments within the Township that have the potential to discharge oil and/or grease into the sanitary sewer system.
No person shall install, construct or alter an oil and grease interceptor/trap, or occupy or utilize any structure in which an oil and grease interceptor/trap system shall be installed, without first receiving a permit from Doylestown Township, which said approval shall identify the site and approve the plans and specifications so as to ensure compliance with the provisions of this article.
All oil and grease interceptor/traps shall be available for inspection by appropriate representatives of Doylestown Township.
After receipt of all required approvals, any person desiring to construct a permanent oil and grease interceptor/trap system shall notify Doylestown Township.
When a permit is prepared to be issued and construction is about to commence, representatives of Doylestown Township shall contact the Bucks County Water and Sewer Authority and advise it of the proposed installation of an oil and grease trap system.
Subject to the requirements of the Uniform Construction Code, an oil and grease interceptor must be the type and capacity approved by the owner's design professional and must be located for easy accessibility, for cleaning and inspection.
The owner or person utilizing any property connected to the sanitary sewer system of the Bucks County Water and Sewer Authority shall permit an authorized agent of the Township:
To enter all properties and facilities for the purposes of inspection, sampling, and testing to determine compliance with the provisions of these regulations; and
To examine and copy all records required to be maintained by the owner for the purpose of determining compliance with the provisions of these regulations.
Any oil and grease interceptor/trap system may be inspected by an authorized agent of the Township at any reasonable time. Such inspection may require a physical tour of the property, sampling of the oil and grease interceptor/trap, and dye-testing of the interior plumbing to determine the path and ultimate destination of the generated wastewater.
An authorized agent of the Township shall have the right to enter upon land for purposes of inspections.
An initial inspection may be conducted by an authorized agent of the Township to determine the type and functionality of each oil and grease interceptor/trap.
A schedule of routine inspections by the Township may be established to assure proper functioning of the oil and grease interceptor/trap.
An authorized agent of the Township shall inspect systems known or alleged to be malfunctioning. Should said inspections reveal the system is malfunctioning, the authorized agent will order action to be taken to correct the malfunction.
Every person owning a building or structure containing an oil and grease interceptor/trap system, as well as any person making use of the oil and grease interceptor/trap system, shall have the oil and grease interceptor/trap pumped by a qualified pumper/hauler within 60 days of the effective date of this article. Thereafter, all persons required to pump an interceptor system shall do so at least every quarter. The owner and/or utilizer of the oil and grease interceptor/trap shall submit to the Township receipts from the pumper/hauler confirming the pumping of the oil and grease interceptor/trap within two weeks after the removal of the accumulated oil and grease.
The required pumping frequency may be increased by the Township for good cause shown.
Any person owning a property served by an oil and grease interceptor/trap, as well as any person making use of the oil and grease interceptor/trap system, must submit, with each required pumping receipt, a written statement from the pumper/hauler that the baffles in the oil and grease interceptor/trap have been inspected and found to be in good working order. Any person whose oil and grease interceptor/trap baffles are determined to require repair or replacement must first contact Doylestown Township for approval of the necessary repair.
Any person owning a building served by an oil and grease interceptor/trap, as well as any person utilizing an oil and grease interceptor/trap system, must follow the operation and maintenance recommendations of the equipment manufacturer. A copy of the manufacturer's recommendations and a copy of the service agreement must be submitted to Doylestown Township within 60 days of the effective date of this article. In no case may the service or pumping intervals for the oil and grease interceptor/trap exceed those recommended by the manufacturer.
A written notice of violation may be issued to any person who is the owner of any property which is found to be served by a malfunctioning oil and grease interceptor/trap system; and/or to any person utilizing said oil and grease interceptor/trap system, or who is discharging oil and grease without a permit.
Within seven days of notification by Doylestown Township that a malfunction has been identified, the property owner, and/or the person utilizing the oil and grease interceptor/trap system, must make application to Doylestown Township for approval to repair or replace the malfunctioning system. Within 30 days of initial notification by Doylestown Township, construction of the permitted repair or replacement must commence. Within 60 days of the original notification by Doylestown Township, the construction must be completed, unless conditions mandate a longer period, in which case Doylestown Township may set an extended completion date.
In the event the modifications do not result in the elimination of the malfunction of the existing oil and grease interceptor/trap system, the person owning and/or making use of the interceptor system shall bear responsibility for the continued malfunction of the system. The owner and/or utilizer of said system shall be required to take such action as necessary to eliminate the malfunction.
Doylestown Township, upon notice that an imminent public health or safety hazard exists due to failure of a proper owner and/or utilizer to maintain, repair or replace an oil and grease interceptor/trap system, shall have the authority to contract to have the work performed. The owner of record of the property will be charged for the work performed and, if necessary, a lien will be entered therefor in accordance with the law.
All grease originating within a sewer system intended to flow to the Bucks County Water and Sewer Authority public sewer system shall be disposed of in accordance with the requirements of the Solid Waste Management Act (Act 97 of 1980, 35 P.S. § 6018.101 et seq.) and all other applicable laws, and shall be disposed of at sites or facilities approved by PADEP.
Oil and grease pumpers/haulers operating within Doylestown Township's collection system shall operate in a manner consistent with the provisions of the Pennsylvania Solid Waste Management Act (Act 97 of 1980, 35 P.S. §§ 6018.101 through 6018.1003) and all other applicable laws.
Should any person violate the provision of this article, Doylestown Township is authorized to pursue all legal remedies available to it in order to effectuate compliance. In addition to any other remedies provided to the Township at law, any person violating any of the provisions of this article shall be guilty of a summary offense and, upon conviction thereof, shall be subject to a fine in an amount not exceeding $300.