Township of Upper Moreland, PA
Montgomery County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of Upper Moreland Township as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Floodplain development — See Ch. 156.
Sewers and sewerage — See Ch. 256.
Stormwater management — See Ch. 287.
Subdivision and land development — See Ch. 300.
Zoning — See Ch. 350.
[Adopted 5-3-2004 by Ord. No. 1485 (Title 5, Ch. 13, of the 1977 Code)]
The following words and phrases, when used in this article, shall have the following meanings:
PERSON
Any individual or individuals, partnership, limited partnership, association, corporation, trust or any other legally recognized entity.
STORM SEWER or STORM SEWERS
A conveyance or system of conveyances, including roads or streets with drainage systems, catch basins, detention or retention basins, gutters, ditches, swales or other man-made channels, underground pipes, or culverts, used or intended for the collection and conveying of stormwater runoff for discharge to streams, other bodies of water being the surface waters of the commonwealth (as defined hereafter), without regard for whether such system is owned by the Township or private persons or entities in whole or in part.
STORMWATER
The runoff generated by natural precipitation in any form.
SURFACE WATERS OF THE COMMONWEALTH
Any and all rivers, streams, creeks, rivulets, springs, ditches, watercourses, lakes, ponds, impoundments, wetlands, and any and all bodies or channels or conveyances of surface water, whether natural or artificial, within the boundaries of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
A. 
Prohibited discharges. No person shall make, cause or cause to make or allow discharges of any liquid or substance, directly or indirectly, into any storm sewer, except for stormwater or except as provided by this article.
B. 
Prohibited connections. No person shall make, cause or cause to make or allow any connection or drain, whether on the surface or underground, which allows any discharges of any liquid or substance, including but not limited to any sewage, process wastewater, and wash water, directly or indirectly, to any storm sewer, except for stormwater or except as provided by this article. No person shall make or maintain any connection to the storm sewer from any commercial or industrial land use which has not been documented in plans, maps or other such records of the Township and approved by the Township.
C. 
Exceptions:
(1) 
This article shall not prohibit any discharges allowed under a properly granted permit to such person issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or any agency of the United States.
(2) 
The following discharges shall be permitted on the basis that such discharges do not significantly contribute to the pollution of the surface waters of the commonwealth:
(a) 
Discharges from fire-fighting activities.
(b) 
Discharges from potable water sources, including dechlorinated waterline flushings and fire hydrant flushings.
(c) 
Springs and flows from riparian habitats and wetlands.
(d) 
Irrigation drainage and lawn watering.
(e) 
Routine external building washdown not involving any detergent, toxic or hazardous materials.
(f) 
Air-conditioning condensate.
(g) 
Uncontaminated water from sump pumps, foundation drains, footing drains or crawl spaces or other sources of uncontaminated groundwater.
(h) 
Pavement washdown not involving any toxic or hazardous materials.
(i) 
Dechlorinated swimming pool discharges.
Every person, owner or occupier of land whereon or wherefrom any discharge may originate or occur that violates the provisions of this article shall be required to cease any activity creating such discharge and to abate such discharge immediately upon notice to do so communicated by any representative of the Township, including the Police Department or Department of Code Enforcement. In the event that abatement of the violation requires the removal of any object or thing or physical changes to the land or any structure, the owner or occupier shall remove or cause to be removed such health and sanitation violation or perform any work necessary to remove any cause of violation within 10 days after notice to abate such violation, unless required to do so sooner by reason of any emergency or danger to the public requiring emergency action. In the event of any failure or refusal to abate any nuisance or perform any work necessary to abate such violation, after the expiration of 10 days of notice to abate such violation, the Township may cause the abatement of such violation at the cost of the owner or occupier and to collect the cost thereof, together with an administrative fee to the Township of 20% of such cost and reasonable attorneys' fees of the Township, from such owner or occupier, and the Township may file a municipal claim for the same or collect it by assumpsit.
Any person who shall violate this article and/or shall fail to cease any violation as set forth in § 285-3 hereof after notice to cease has been communicated by a representative of the Township or in case any person shall fail or refuse to abate any nuisance after notice, in addition to bearing the cost of abatement as provided in § 285-3 hereof, such person shall be subject, upon conviction in a summary proceeding before a magisterial district judge, to pay a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000, together with the costs of prosecution. Each day that such violation shall continue after notice shall constitute a separate offense and may be subject to a separate prosecution and fine.
[Adopted 11-10-2008 by Ord. No. 1569 (Title 7, Ch. 7, of the 1977 Code)]
It shall be unlawful for any person or persons, firm or corporation to open or otherwise tamper with any manholes or manhole covers forming a part of the storm or sanitary sewer systems within the Township of Upper Moreland.
It shall be unlawful for any person or persons, firm or corporation to deposit or dump into manholes of said storm or sanitary sewer systems within the Township of Upper Moreland any materials or substances of any kind whatsoever.
It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to open a fire hydrant without proper authorization from the Township's Fire Department or Water Authority.
The provisions of this article shall not prevent persons for removing manhole covers or opening fire hydrants for lawful reasons.
Any person violating any of the provisions of this article shall be subject to a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000. All fines are to be collected as fines and penalties are now collected by law.