Township of Plumstead, PA
Bucks County
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[Ord. 2002-18, -/-/2002, Art. I]
As used in this Part, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ACT
The Pennsylvania Sewage Facilities Act (35 P.S. §§ 750.1 – 750.20).
COMMUNITY SEWAGE SYSTEMS
Any system, whether publicly or privately owned, for the collection of sewage from two or more lots, or the disposal of the sewage on one or more lots or at any other site.
CONVENTIONAL SEWAGE SYSTEM
A system employing the use of demonstrated on-lot sewage treatment and disposal technology in a manner specifically recognized by the regulations promulgated under the Act. The term includes individual or community on-lot sewage systems, including sand mounds.
DEPARTMENT
The Department of Environmental Protection of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
INDIVIDUAL RESIDENTIAL SPRAYIRRIGATION SYSTEM (IRSIS)
An individual sewage system permitted under Section 7 of the Sewage Facilities Act, which serves a single dwelling and which treats and disposes of sewage using a system of piping, treatment tanks and soil renovation through spray irrigation.
INDIVIDUAL SEWAGE SYSTEM
A system of piping tanks or other facilities serving a single lot and collecting and disposing of sewage in whole or in part into the soil or into any waters of this Commonwealth.
LOT
A part of a subdivision or a parcel of land used as a building site or intended to be used for building purposes, whether immediate or future.
PERSON
Any individual, association, public or private corporation for profit or not for profit, partnership, firm, trust, estate, department, board, bureau or agency of the Commonwealth, political subdivision, authority or any other legal entity whatsoever which is recognized by law as the subject of rights and duties. Whenever used in any clause prescribing and imposing the penalty or imposing a fine or imprisonment, the term "person" shall include the members of an association, partnership or firm and the officers of any local agency or municipal, public or private corporation for profit or not for profit.
PUBLIC SEWAGE SYSTEM
The sewer system and the treatment facility owned, operated or maintained by a municipality or municipal authority approved by the Department under a permit issued pursuant to the Clean Streams Law, 35 P.S. § 691.1 et seq., as hereafter amended, supplemented, modified or reenacted by the General Assembly of Pennsylvania.
SEWAGE
Any substance that contains any of the waste products or excrement or other discharge from the bodies of human beings or animals and any noxious or deleterious substances being harmful or inimical to the public health, or to animal or aquatic life, or to the use of water for domestic supply or for recreation, or which constitutes pollution under the Act of June 22, 1937, (P.L. 1987, No. 394), known as the "Clean Streams Law," as amended.
SMALL-FLOW TREATMENT FACILITY
An individual or community sewage system designed to adequately treat sewage flows not greater than 2,000 gallons per day for final disposal using a stream discharge or discharge to the surface of the ground.
TOWNSHIP
Plumstead Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
[Ord. 2002-18, -/-/2002, Art. II]
This Part shall be construed as implementing for Plumstead Township the provisions of the Pennsylvania Sewage Facilities Act, P.L. 1535, No. 537, January 24, 1966, 35 P.S. § 750.1 et seq., as hereafter amended, supplemented, modified or reenacted by the General Assembly of Pennsylvania.
[Ord. 2002-18, -/-/2002, Art. III]
The type, capacities, location and layout of a community sewage or an individual sewage system and building sewer shall comply with all rules, regulations and ordinances of Plumstead Township, the Bucks County Department of Health, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and all applicable statutes of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
[Ord. 2002-18, -/-/2002, Art. IV]
1. 
The owner of a property that utilizes an individual spray irrigation system (IRSIS) shall:
A. 
Construct and maintain the system in conformance with this Part and any ordinance of the Township, the Act and the rules and regulations of the Bucks County Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and all applicable statutes of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
B. 
Execute an agreement with the Township to hold the Township harmless in the event of a claim against the Township arising from the operation and maintenance of the system and furthermore pay a nonrefundable fee to the Township for its cost of administration, future compliance monitoring and enforcement of this Part.
2. 
Design Requirements.
A. 
No component of an IRSIS (including the wetted perimeter of the spray field) shall encroach within the required minimum front, side or rear yard setback designated by the Township Zoning Ordinance [Chapter 27].
B. 
Whenever the wetted perimeter of the spray irrigation field is located within 50 feet of a property boundary, a fence at least four feet in height of material approved by the Township (such as split-rail fencing with wire backing) shall be installed along the property line. Fence shall extend at least 25 feet beyond the limits of the spray field.
C. 
Buffering.
(1) 
Whenever the wetted perimeter of the spray irrigation field is located within 100 feet, but not less than 50 feet, of a property boundary, buffering shall include a minimum of one evergreen tree per 30 feet and one canopy tree per 40 feet arranged along and within 25 feet of the property boundary.
(2) 
Whenever the wetted perimeter of the spray irrigation field is located within 50 feet of a property boundary, buffering shall include a minimum of one evergreen tree per 20 feet arranged along and within 25 feet of the property boundary.
(3) 
Buffer plant material shall conform to the requirements of § 22-920 of the Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance [Chapter 22].
(4) 
Where natural features/vegetation exists on the site which duplicate or essentially duplicate requirements for buffering, buffer requirements may be waived by the Board of Supervisors.
D. 
Spray irrigation of the treated effluent shall be permitted only between the hours of 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.
[Ord. 2002-18, -/-/2002, Art. V]
1. 
The owner of a property that utilizes a small-flow treatment system shall:
A. 
Construct and maintain the system in conformance with this Part and any ordinance of the Township, the Act and the rules and regulations of the Bucks County Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and all applicable statutes of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
B. 
Execute an agreement with the Township to hold the Township harmless in the event of a claim against the Township arising from the operation and maintenance of the system and furthermore pay a nonrefundable fee to the Township for its cost of administration, future compliance monitoring and enforcement of this Part.
2. 
Public Sewer Connections. If public sewage service becomes available for a property utilizing a small-flow treatment facility, each and every owner of such property shall be required to make the necessary connection to the abutting or adjoining sewer lines. The small-flow treatment facility must be disconnected and disposed of in accordance with applicable Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Bucks County Department of Health rules and regulations.
[Ord. 2002-18, -/-/2002, Art. VI]
All owners of property or persons who propose utilizing an individual spray irrigation system or small-flow treatment facility shall execute a sewage facilities maintenance agreement with the Township. The agreement shall provide for deposit of a nonrefundable fee to the Township for administration and future compliance monitoring and shall further provide for sufficient financial security to guarantee the proper operation and maintenance of the proposed facility in accordance with the Act, which may include cash, a letter of credit or other Township-approved financial security.
[Ord. 2002-18, -/-/2002, Art. VII]
The Board of Supervisors is hereby authorized to make and promulgate any additional rules and regulations for the review, regulation, approval, administration and enforcement of sewage systems within Plumstead Township not in conflict with this Part, and violations of same shall be subject to the same penalties as provided in this Part.
[Ord. 2002-18, -/-/2002, Art. VIII; as amended by Ord. 2004-07, 12/7/2004, § 1]
1. 
In the event that any person or property owner fails to construct, operate or maintain an individual or community sewage system in accordance with this Part, the Act or the rules and regulations of the Bucks County Department of Health or the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the Township may revoke any certificate of occupancy issued for the use or uses being served by the individual or community sewage system.
2. 
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this Part, upon conviction thereof in an action brought before a District Justice in the manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 90 days. Each day that a violation of this Part continues or each Section of this Part which shall be found to have been violated shall constitute a separate offense.
3. 
In addition to or in lieu of enforcement by action before a District Justice, the Township may enforce this Part in equity, or it may find the person or property owner in violation of this Part and in default of any financial security provisions provided for in the Township's Sewage Maintenance Agreement.