[Adopted 8-16-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-2]
Purpose. The purpose of this article is to establish procedures for the installation, use and maintenance of sewage grinder pumps and any associated force mains or low-pressure laterals. It is hereby declared that the enactment of this article is necessary for the protection, benefit and preservation of the health, safety and welfare of the inhabitants of the Township.
Authority. The Township is authorized by law to enact ordinances or adopt resolutions regarding sewage conveyance, treatment and disposal.
Unless the context specifically and clearly indicates otherwise, the meaning of terms used in this article shall be as follows:
- ACT 537 PLAN
- The Township's official plan as defined in the Pennsylvania Sewage Facilities Act, Act of January 24, 1966, P.L. (1965) 1535, No. 537, as amended, 35 P.S. §§ 750.1 through 750.20a ("Sewage Facilities Act" or "Act 537").
- The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
- GRINDER PUMP
- Any electric motor-driven, submersible, centrifugal pump capable of macerating all material found in normal domestic sanitary sewage, including reasonable amounts of objects such as plastics, sanitary napkins, disposable diapers, rubber and the like, to a fine slurry and pumping this material through a small-diameter discharge.
- IMPROVED PROPERTY
- Any property within the Township upon which there is erected a structure intended for continuous or periodic habitation, occupancy or use by human beings or animals and from which structure sewage shall or may be discharged.
- OFFICIAL PLAN REVISION
- A change in the Township's Act 537 Plan to provide for additional or newly identified future or existing sewage facilities needs, as defined fully in Section 2 of the Sewage Facilities Act, 35 P.S. § 750.2.
- PROPERTY OWNER
- Any person vested with ownership, legal or equitable, sole or partial, of any property located in the Township.
- QUALIFIED TECHNICIAN
- A plumber who is licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and possesses adequate insurance as required by the Township.
- Any substance that contains any of the waste products or excrement or other discharge from the bodies of human beings or animals, or any noxious or deleterious substance being harmful or inimical to the public health or to animal or aquatic life or to the use of water for domestic water supply or for recreation or any substance that constitutes pollution under the Clean Streams Law, 35 P.S. §§ 691.1 through 691.1001, as amended.
- Thornbury Township and/or its Board of Supervisors.
The connection of existing properties or proposed new land development to an existing or proposed sewerage system through the use of sewage grinder pumps, their associated force mains, or low-pressure laterals shall occur only after an official plan revision to the Township's Act 537 Plan, approved by both the Township and the Department, designates that the proposed properties be served by such a connection.
The Township is hereby authorized and empowered to adopt by resolution such rules and regulations concerning sewage that it may deem necessary, from time to time, to properly operate and maintain the sewer system. Such rules and regulations shall be maintained at the Township building for inspection during normal office hours.
The Township is hereby authorized and empowered to take such other actions as are necessary, including, but not limited to, entering into agreements with property owners that assure proper operation and maintenance of sewage facilities within the Township's borders, including, but not limited to, sewage grinder pumps and any associated force mains or low-pressure laterals.
The Township shall exercise its powers and legal authority set forth herein, and under all applicable statutes, ordinances, and other laws, to effect the purposes of this article.
The Township may enter into an agreement with each property owner, or representative homeowner association representing multiple property owners located within a development, proposing to install or who has installed a sewage grinder pump or low-pressure sewage system to assure the short- and long-term operation and maintenance, use, service, repair or replacement of such systems.
The installation, use, operation, maintenance, service, repair and replacement of all grinder pumps and low-pressure sewer systems shall comply with all applicable rules and regulations of the Township and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
All grinder pumps and low-pressure sewer systems shall be connected to the sewage collection and conveyance system only after receiving a permit from the Township. The Township shall also be responsible for the permitting and inspection of any replacement, repair, or modification of the sewer system located on a property owner's land.
The Township shall prescribe the type of grinder pumps that may be used by the Township residents and may maintain or make arrangements for the provision of extra grinder pump replacement parts, including pumps and controls for emergency repair or replacement on short notice.
The Township shall maintain, repair, replace, and service only that portion of each low-pressure sewage system that is located within the public right-of-way, unless otherwise set forth in writing in an agreement with a property owner.
Each property owner whose sewer system contains a grinder pump shall be responsible for all charges related to permitting, operations, maintenance, and repairs to the low-pressure sewer system up to the public right-of-way.
Each owner whose property is served by a grinder pump shall bear full responsibility for installing, using, operating, maintaining, repairing, replacing, and servicing his/her grinder pump and its low-pressure force main or lateral up to the public right-of-way, unless otherwise set forth herein. Any work conducted on the grinder pump, pump components, or the property owner's portion of the sewer system, other than routine maintenance, cleaning, and emergency repairs, must be performed by a qualified technician subject to a permit from the Township.
For any emergency repair conducted on a property owner's sewer system, including the grinder pump and its components, a permit is not required to be obtained prior to such work being done. Upon completion of emergency repairs, the property owner, whether from the property owner or through his/her qualified technician, shall submit a report to the Township describing the emergency repairs that were completed. The property owner is responsible for any fees associated with a post-repair inspection by the Township.
Each owner whose property is served by a grinder pump shall have responsibility for using and maintaining the pump consistent with the manufacturer's instructions and the rules and regulations promulgated by the Township and shall avoid introducing into the sewerage system any material that could damage the impellers on the pump, including, but not limited to, items designated as biodegradable in septic tanks.
Each owner whose property is served by a grinder pump shall close the sewage system and cease operations during any period when the grinder pump and/or low-pressure system serving the property is inoperable for more than 90 days.
Where the low-pressure force main or lateral is shared between property owners, the property owners shall submit to the Township a declaration of easements, covenants and restrictions in recordable form setting forth the agreement of each benefited property owner with respect to the installation, use, operation, maintenance, service, repair and replacement of the low-pressure sewer system, which agreement shall run with the land and bind all future property owners. Following the approval of the low pressure system by all applicable agencies, the Township will not issue a permit for installation of the system until evidence is presented that the declaration has been recorded in the office of the Recorder of Deeds, Chester County, Pennsylvania.
All rules and regulations adopted by the Township to effectuate this article shall be in conformity with the provisions herein, all other ordinances of the Township, and all applicable laws and applicable rules and regulations of administrative agencies of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.