City of Burlington, NJ
Burlington County
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[Adopted by Ord. No. 19-1993 (Ch. 13.20 of the 1996 Municipal Code)]
A. 
Control of sewers. The Division of Sewer within the Department of Public Works shall manage and control the sewerage and drainage system.
B. 
Superintendent of the Division of Sewer. The Superintendent of the Division of Sewer shall be in charge of the operation of the Division of Sewer. The Superintendent of the Division of Sewer shall be appointed by the Director of the Department of Public Works subject to the provisions of Title 11A of the New Jersey Statutes. The Superintendent of the Division of Sewer must satisfy all license and other requirements which may be imposed by any federal or state regulatory agency having jurisdiction over the operation of the City's sewer utility.
Any person making a connection with the sewerage system shall execute, in addition to the normal road opening bond, an additional bond in the amount of $1,000 with sufficient surety to be approved by the Business Administrator, conditioned upon that person indemnifying and saving the City harmless against all damages and costs occasioned by any injury or obstructions that the person may do or cause to be done to the sewerage system in any manner whatsoever.
A. 
Application for sewer service shall be made to the Tax Collector at his office in the municipal building. Each application shall be accompanied by payment of the connection fee, which shall be as set forth in Chapter 146, Fee Schedule. The application shall contain the following information:
(1) 
The location of the property.
(2) 
Description of the improvement.
(3) 
The nature of the waste to be carried by the connection.
(4) 
Whether or not there is any change in the nature of the use of the property.
(5) 
The estimated average daily flow of water.
B. 
Upon completion of the actual sewer connection, the owner of the property which has been connected and the Construction Code Official shall notify the Tax Collector of the connection for the purpose of imposing sewer service charges.
It shall be mandatory for the owner of any property abutting a street having a sewer main to connect the property to the sewer main.
A. 
Installation of connections and laterals. Installation of connections and laterals shall be made in accordance with the provisions of the Uniform Construction Code as directed by the Construction Code Official or an appropriate subcode official. Permit fees shall be established pursuant to the Uniform Construction Code as set forth in the applicable section of the New Jersey Administrative Code.
B. 
Regulations. Service shall be installed and maintained by the property owner in accordance with the standard detail on file in the Construction Code Official's office. A copy of the standard detail shall also be maintained in the office of the Municipal Clerk. All connections with sewer laterals shall be made in a careful and workmanlike manner and shall consist of pipe of an accepted standard construction and type approved for a particular installation at least four inches in diameter.
C. 
Sewer extensions. The design of any extension laid in connection with the City's sewerage system must be approved by the City Engineer. Any such extension shall be no less than eight inches in diameter.
Grease traps or other appliances necessary to protect the sewer system from stoppage shall be installed by the owner of the property at the owner's expense within 30 days of written notice from the Director of Public Works requiring that the appliance be installed. Failure to cause the installation to be made may result in the imposition of penalties pursuant to § 277-18 or disconnection of the property from the City's sewerage system.
The Division of Sewer shall have the right of access at all reasonable times to all parts of any premises connected with the sewer system for the purpose of examining and inspecting the sewer connections and fixtures draining into sewer mains.
The taking up of the streets for the purposes of making sewer connections or repairs to sewers shall be in compliance with the provisions of Chapter 306, Streets and Sidewalks, Article III, Excavations.
The sanitary sewer system shall be used only for the discharge of fluid refuse from sinks, bath and house laundry tubs, shower baths, urinals and waste from toilets, all of which shall hereafter be referred to as "domestic waste," and such other waste as the Council may, by special permission, allow to enter the sewer system as hereinafter provided.
No person, either owner, user or tenant, of any lands and premises shall cause to be drained, permit to flow or be deposited into any part of the sewer system, the following matter:
A. 
Gasoline, naphtha or other explosive matter, acids, matter having antiseptic properties, garbage, offal, animals, vegetable parings, ashes, cinders, rags, wax, oils or other articles or things which are liable to injure the sewer system or any part thereof, or obstruct the flow of sewerage therein.
B. 
The exhaust from any steam engine boiler.
C. 
Any storm, roof or surface water drainage.
D. 
Car wash water from car wash facilities.
A. 
The granting of special permission by the Director of Public Works upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of the Division of Sewer to discharge industrial waste into the sewerage system shall not be construed to establish a precedent for permission to discharge similar industrial waste into the sewerage system. Such special permission, when granted, shall not be deemed to be a continuing right to discharge industrial waste into the sewerage system, but may be revoked at any time, in addition to other causes for revocation contained herein, by the Director of Public Works, when it is determined that the terms and conditions of the special permission have been violated or that the flow into the sewerage system will overburden its capacity to the detriment of other users of the system. Revocation shall occur immediately upon receipt by the industrial discharger of written notice from the Director of Public Works ordering the industrial discharger to cease discharging industrial waste. Each day that such discharge shall continue following receipt of notice shall constitute a separate offense.
B. 
The discharge of industrial waste into the sewerage system shall be by a separate connection from that used for the discharge of domestic waste.
C. 
Standards for the present treatment of industrial waste shall comply with the standards established by the Division of Sewer. Industrial waste shall be metered. A meter(s) shall be installed at the expense of the owner of the property from which the industrial waste emanates.
[Amended by Ord. No. 10-1997]
A. 
Cleaning drains and sewers.
(1) 
Property owners shall keep all laterals leading to the sewer mains in good condition and order.
(2) 
The Superintendent of the Division of Sewer shall be responsible for keeping all sewer mains clean and free to permit laterals to empty into mains.
B. 
Garbage grinder or garbage disposal unit. The use of a garbage grinder or garbage disposal unit connected to the City's sewerage system is permitted.
C. 
Privies and outhouses prohibited. The use of privy wells, outhouses and cesspools in the City shall be prohibited. The installation of septic tanks shall be required, in accordance with the Plumbing Code currently in effect in the City, in areas where the City's sewer service is not available.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
A. 
Unused buildings. An unused building connection shall not be connected with the sewer system until the Superintendent of the Division of Sewer has inspected it and has found it to be clean and to conform with the requirements of this article.
B. 
Demolished building. Upon the demolishing or razing of a building, the connection shall be sealed in a manner to be approved by the Superintendent of the Division of Sewer at the expense of the property owner.
A. 
All sewer service charges shall be based upon metered water use. Such charges shall be set by the Common Council. With the exception of industrial users, bills shall be payable semiannually on March 15 and September 15 of each year. Sewer service charges shall be specified in Chapter 146, Fee Schedule.
B. 
Service charges, connection fees or other charges levied in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40A:26A-10 and N.J.S.A. 40A:26A-11 shall be a first lien or charge against the property benefitted therefrom. If any part of the amount due and payable shall remain unpaid for 30 days following the billing date, interest upon the amount unpaid shall accrue at a rate of interest permitted by statute. The Common Council may authorize payment of delinquent assessments on an installment basis in accordance with N.J.S.A. 54:5-19. Liens resulting from the operation of the sewer utility shall be enforceable in the manner provided for real property tax liens in N.J.S.A. 54:5-1 et seq.
C. 
The Division of Sewer may discontinue service to any property for the failure to pay any amount owing within 30 days after the date the amount is due and payable, if written notice of the proposed discontinuance of service and of the reasons therefor have been given, within at least 10 days prior to the date of discontinuance, to the owner of record of the property. In the event that notice is provided by mail, the notice requirements shall be satisfied if the mailing is made to the last known address of the owner of record and is postmarked at least 10 days prior to the date of discontinuance.
A. 
Industrial users.
(1) 
An industrial user who installs a wastewater flow meter approved by the City Engineer and Superintendent of the Division of Sewer may elect to have its sewer charge based upon metered wastewater flow. An industrial user who elects to have its sewer charge based upon metered wastewater flow shall pay a surcharge as set forth in Chapter 146, Fee Schedule, for each 1,000 gallons in excess of the gallonage upon which its connection fee was calculated. The surcharge shall be determined per calendar day.
(2) 
The rate charged to industrial users shall be multiplied by a surcharge factor for removal of allowed pollutants in excess of permitted concentrations. The surcharge factor shall be based upon maximum permitted concentrations and shall be the greater of:
(a) 
SS: 300 mg/l;
(b) 
BOD-5: 300 mg/l;
(c) 
COD: 500 mg/l; or
(d) 
Oil and grease: 15 mg/l where total oil and grease exceeds two pounds per day.
(3) 
Industrial users shall be billed monthly based on actual use.
B. 
Burlington Township rate change notice. The Municipal Clerk shall notify the Clerk of Burlington Township annually by September 30 of each year during which the City provides sewer service to the township of any change in the City sewer charges.
Any senior citizen who is qualified for the real estate senior citizen's tax deduction and who is a resident and user at the time of the September billing shall be eligible annually for the credit set forth in Chapter 146, Fee Schedule, to be taken against the last billing of the year.
The connection fee shall be recomputed at the end of each budget year, after a public hearing is held, pursuant to the standards set forth in N.J.S.A. 40A:26A-11. The revised connection fee shall be imposed upon users who subsequently connect to the system.
Any person violating any provisions of this article shall, upon conviction, be subject to penalties as provided in Chapter 1, Article III, General Penalty. Each day that the violation continues shall be deemed a separate offense.