[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Lindenwold 10-11-1995 by Ord. No. 981 (Ch. 174 of the 1981 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
A Department of Sewer Utility ("Department") is hereby created in and for the Borough of Lindenwold, which Department shall be under the control and supervision of the Borough.
The Borough Council shall appoint a Superintendent of the Sewer Utility ("Superintendent"). The Superintendent shall serve at the pleasure of the Mayor and Borough Council, who may remove or replace such Superintendent.
In the event that the position of Superintendent of the Department becomes or remains vacant through removal, resignation, retirement or otherwise, then in that event the Deputy Director of the Department of Public Works of the Borough of Lindenwold shall assume all duties and obligations of the office of Superintendent until a replacement is appointed. The Superintendent shall perform all duties and functions and shall be accountable to the Borough Administrator and Mayor and Council as set forth in the general ordinances of the Borough which pertain generally to the administrative procedures of the Borough.
It is the purpose of this chapter to empower the Borough of Lindenwold through the Sewer Utility to perform all such reasonable and necessary functions in connection with the providing of sewage disposal and treatment as afforded to the Borough by the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40A:26A-1 et seq., without limitation, and the collection of fees therefor. The provisions of this chapter are subject to the ability of the Borough of Lindenwold to provide sewage service to the extent permitted by law and in accordance with the terms and conditions of any existing contracts which are not legally binding upon the Borough of Lindenwold.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- The party contracting for sewer service.
- LICENSED OPERATORS
- Those employees of the Sewer Utility who shall be properly licensed and qualified by the State of New Jersey to perform the necessary functions attendant to this position.
- PHYSICAL CONNECTION
- Any connection, cross connection, bypass, valve, pipeline or any like device which permits or may permit any flow of waste from any source into the sewerage system operated by the Utility.
- The water-carried wastes created in and carried, or to be carried, away from residences, hotels, apartments, schools, hospitals, commercial establishments, office complexes, industrial establishments or any other public or private building, together with such surface water or groundwater and industrial wastes as may be present.
- SEWAGE SYSTEM
- The plants, structures and other real and personal property acquired, constructed or operated, or to be acquired, constructed or operated, by the Sewer Utility, including sewers, conduits, pipelines, mains, pumping and ventilating stations, plants and works, connections, outfalls, compensating reservoirs and any other plants, conveyances and other real and personal property, and rights therein, and appurtenances necessary or useful and convenient for the collection, treatment, purification or disposal in a sanitary manner of any sewage, liquid or solid waste, night soil or industrial waste.
- SEWER UTILITY
- A utility fund of the Borough operated pursuant to the direction of the Borough through its elected officials and performing all functions pertaining to the treatment of sewage heretofore performed by the Lindenwold Borough Municipal Utilities Authority (LBMUA).
- The duly appointed Superintendent of the Department of Sewer Utility or, in the absence of such Superintendent, the Deputy Director of the Department of Public Works of the Borough of Lindenwold.
- UTILITIES COLLECTOR
- The duly appointed employee of the Borough authorized to collect fees and charges and to process applicants for sewer service.
The Mayor and Council of the Borough of Lindenwold are hereby empowered to adopt, by resolution, such portions of the current rules regulating the Lindenwold Sewer Utility as they deem proper and necessary in order to enable the Department to perform the purposes enumerated herein and any additional rules. In addition, the Borough is hereby empowered to retain the professional services of such sanitarian, engineer or other expert as the Borough shall determine to be necessary for the purpose of establishing appropriate rules and regulations effecting the installation, maintenance, repair and control of plumbing and drainage of buildings and the connections thereof to the facilities of the Sewer Utility. These rules and regulations may be adopted by the Borough by resolution and may, by reference, incorporate other codes, statutes and/or regulations as appropriate.
There is hereby established a transition period of 75 days' duration during which time the Superintendent of the Department shall assume the operation of the Sewer Utility functions heretofore carried out by the Lindenwold Borough Municipal Utilities Sewer Department. During such transition time, which may be extended by resolution of the Borough for such reasonable time as it deems proper and just, the Superintendent of such Department/Utility shall utilize the rules and procedures as established by the LBMUA which, pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40:49-5.1, are annexed to this chapter and which have been and are now filed in the office of the Clerk of the Borough of Lindenwold and which will remain on file there for the use and examination of the public, except where such rules and procedures are inconsistent with the provisions within this chapter.
To the extent not specifically set forth herein, the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Lindenwold specifically reserves unto itself all those certain powers, rights and responsibilities as set forth at length in N.J.S.A. 40A:26A-1 et seq. and N.J.S.A. 40:62-1 et seq., which provisions may be deemed by the Borough necessary for the operation of the Sewer Utility created hereby.
The Borough shall have a right of access to any customer's premises and to all equipment and property of the Borough at reasonable times for the purposes of inspecting, repairing or replacing equipment used in connection with the supplying of sewer services, or for the purpose of inspecting, repairing or replacing equipment used in connection with supplying of sewer services, or for the removal of equipment or property. The customer shall obtain for the Department all necessary permission from tenants or others for access to equipment or property. Customers shall not permit access to Department property except by authorized employees of the Department or other authorized state or local inspectors.
Any person, firm or corporation violating the provisions of this chapter or any succeeding ordinances or resolutions pertaining to the subject matter of this chapter which might be enacted or adopted shall be subject to the penalties as set forth in Chapter 1, § 1-1, of this Code. Each and every day that any violation continues shall be deemed to be and shall be a separate offense, separately punishable as aforesaid.
All connection, user and other fees and charges set forth in this chapter shall draw the same interest from the time that they became due as taxes upon real estate in the Borough and shall be a lien upon the premises connected until paid. The Borough shall have the same remedies for the collection thereof, with interest, costs and penalties, as it has for all collection of taxes upon real property.
Each contractor or other person performing work on Borough public property for the purpose of installing sanitary sewer connections shall post a bond acceptable to the Borough.
All work shall be adequately guarded with barricades, lights and other measures for protection to the public from hazard.
Streets, sidewalks, curbs and other public property disturbed in the course of the work shall be restored in a manner satisfactory to the Borough.
No person shall uncover, make any connection with or opening into, use, alter or disturb any public sewer or appurtenance thereto without first obtaining a written permit from the Borough.
[Amended 4-10-1996 by Ord. No. 993]
The applicant shall submit the application on forms provided by the Borough of Lindenwold Sewer Utility. The Superintendent of the Borough of Lindenwold Sewer Utility shall be given the authority to issue the permits once all requirements are met. In the case of disputes, the Mayor and Council shall be the final authority.
A letter from the Borough of Lindenwold Joint Land Use Board confirming that the parcel in question complies with the land use regulations of the Borough of Lindenwold for the purpose intended shall accompany the application, along with copies of any resolutions and/or subdivisions from the Borough.
[Amended 12-12-2012 by Ord. No. 1331]
The permit shall expire one year from the date of the issuance, and all fees shall be forfeited if a physical connection to the system of the Borough of Lindenwold Sewer Utility is not made within that time. The expiration date shall be indicated on the permit, and the permit is void thereafter.
At the option of the permit holder, rather than forfeit the connection permit he may pay the annual sewer rental to retain the permit.
In no event shall fees be refunded once a permit has been issued unless proof of extraordinary circumstances exist. Only then, at the discretion of the Borough of Lindenwold Sewer Utility, will refunds be considered. A request to review extraordinary circumstances must be submitted in writing within 30 days of the permit being issued.
Permits shall remain with the property and are not transferable.
Approval of an application for a sewer connection can only be made if it has been determined that a sewer main approved by the Sewer Utility exists in front of the applicant's property or in the public right-of-way. The main shall extend the length of the applicant's property, and if it does not so extend, it shall be extended at the applicant's expense in accordance with the Sewer Utility specifications.
No person or persons shall, in any manner, without permission, connect or disconnect or tamper or interfere with any property of the Sewer Utility of the Borough of Lindenwold such as pipes or conduits, meters, valves, instruments or other accessories or property.
The Sewer Utility may refuse to connect any customer's piping system or to supply sewer services to a system if said system has not been designated or installed in accordance with the applicable regulations or if any parts of the piping system have not been installed at sufficient depth to prevent freezing.
The Borough shall not be responsible for any inadequacy for sewer service should the customer make alterations, changes or additions to an existing system without notifying the Borough in advance of any proposed alterations, changes or additions. In case of defective service, the customer shall not interfere with property of the Department but shall immediately notify the Borough.
Complaints concerning the character of the service furnished or the reading of meters or bills rendered shall be made at the Department office to the Collector or the Superintendent of the Department in writing. A record of such complaints will be maintained by the Department to show the names and addresses of the complainants, dates and nature of the complaints and the action take thereon.
The existing publicly owned and operated sanitary sewer system of the Borough, previously operated by the LBMUA, is hereby declared to be a self-liquidating utility of the Borough of Lindenwold. This self-liquidating utility shall hereafter be referred to as the Sewer Utility ("the Utility"), which shall be operated by the Department of Sewer Utility ("Department") under the control of the Borough.
It is the obligation and intent of the Borough Mayor and Council and Borough administration to establish a self-liquidating utility in accordance with state statutes. All future revenue and accounting therefor from said Sewer Utility shall be on a dedicated utility basis in conformance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40A:4-35. All moneys derived from the operation of said Sewer Utility and any other moneys applicable to its support shall be segregated and kept in a separate fund, which shall be known as the "Sewer Utility Fund," and all disbursements for the operation and maintenance of said Sewer Utility shall be taken from said Sewer Utility Fund.
The dedicated budget of this Sewer Utility shall include appropriations for operating expenses, capital improvements, debt service and for the portion of all other deferred charges and statutory expenses as may be required.
The owners of all houses, buildings and properties constructed after the enactment of this chapter, situated within the Borough of Lindenwold and abutting on any street, alley or right-of-way in which there is now located or may in the future be located a public sanitary sewer of the Borough, are hereby required at their expense to connect all sanitary and other plumbing facilities directly with the proper public sewer, in accordance with all of the pertinent ordinances of the Borough, prior to the issuance of a certificate of occupancy.
The owners of all houses, buildings and properties existing at the time of the enactment of this chapter and having approved private sanitary facilities will be required at their expense to connect all available sanitary and other plumbing facilities directly with the proper public sewer where such connections are considered necessary in accordance with the rules, regulations and ordinances of the Borough and of the County Board of Health. Such connections shall be made in accordance with all the pertinent ordinances of the Borough within 180 days of the date of the official notice to do so.
Sump pumps. It is a violation for any person or user of this system to connect or discharge by any means into the system any materials, chemicals or drainage other than sanitary sewage. The Borough shall serve notice to such persons or users to remove such discharge immediately.
Broken lines. The Borough shall also serve notice to users of the Utility having broken service lines that cause infiltration into the system to repair the same no later than 10 days from the said service of notice pertaining to such violation.
The Borough Council is hereby authorized to establish, from time to time, the charges and fees for sewer and incidental services to be provided by the Sewer Utility. The Schedule of Charges shall be and the same is hereby fixed and established for the collection, disposal and treatment of sanitary sewage material collected in public sanitary sewers located within the Borough of Lindenwold to be charged to all customers of the Sewer Utility and property served by the public sewage collection system located within the Borough of Lindenwold, said charges as set forth on the Schedule of Charges annexed hereto and made a part hereof.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- DOMESTIC SEWAGE
- The normal waterborne fluid wastes from residences, commercial establishments, institutions and industrial establishments, limited to the wastes from kitchens, bathrooms, water closets, lavatories and laundries.
- INDUSTRIAL WASTES
- The liquid wastes from industrial processes as distinct from domestic sewage.
- The Sewer Department-owned or -leased piping and appurtenances, in or along public highways and streets or along privately owned rights-of-way, used for the collection of domestic sewage or industrial wastes from its customer.
New sewerage service connections will be made only upon written application signed by the property owner or his properly authorized agent and delivered to the Sewer Department office. Blank forms for all applications will be furnished by the Sewer Department, and all applications must receive the approval of the Sewer Department before the property owner makes the connection to the Sewer Department main in the street or service furnished.
The accepted application shall constitute a contract between the Sewer Department and the applicant, obliging the applicant to pay the Sewer Department its rates as established from time to time and to comply with its rules and regulations.
Applications for service connections will be accepted, subject to there being existing mains in streets or rights-of-way abutting the premises to be served.
A new application must be made and approved by the Sewer Department upon any change in ownership of the property or in the character of the service, as described in the application, but failure to make such new application shall not affect the customer's liability to pay for service rendered after the change of ownership or character of the service.
Industrial establishments making application for sanitary sewerage service, in addition to making written application for such service, shall furnish a detailed description of the type and size of buildings, the nature of the business to be conducted in each structure, the number and type of fixtures to be served, and the type, volume and chemical characteristics of the waste to be discharged. Such applicants shall also the furnish the Sewer Department four copies of plans prepared by a New Jersey licensed professional engineer showing:
All such data submitted shall be reviewed by the Sewer Department Engineer, and he shall make recommendation to the Sewer Department within a reasonable period of time.
All charges for sewer service shall be payable in advance at the Lindenwold Borough Tax Office, quarterly, on January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1, which shall be the billing dates.
Regular meter readings, when required, will be made quarterly on or about January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1, and bills for metered service will be rendered as soon as practicable after the reading of the respective meters. All bills for metered service shall be due when the bill therefor is dated and shall be payable at the Lindenwold Borough Tax Office.
If a sewer service charge shall not be paid within one month after the billing date, irrespective of whether or not a bill for such service shall have been received by the customer, then interest shall accrue and be due to the Sewer Department on the unpaid balance at the rate of 1% per month until such service charge, and the interest thereon, shall be fully paid to the Sewer Department, and the real property with regard to which such service charge was incurred shall be subject to the lien imposed by N.J.S.A. 40:14A-21, to be enforced as therein provided, and the Sewer Department shall have and may pursue the other remedies for the collection of such service charge, and interest thereon, as provided in said N.J.S.A. 40:14A-21, all of the provisions of which are by reference incorporated in and made a part of these rules and regulations.
Upon connection of an improved property to a sewer, the obligation to pay the applicable annual service charge shall continue, despite the failure to occupy the property or to use the sewer facilities, so long as the building or structure on the property is available for use and the sewer facilities remain available.
The owner of any property located along the line of any sewer in the Borough on which a building or other structure for use by people is now or shall hereafter be erected shall comply with all the requirements of the Borough of Lindenwold, the County Board of Health and the State of New Jersey, now or hereafter in effect, in respect to the disposal of sewage and waste from such property through sanitary sewers, and all of such requirements are hereby adopted by the Sewer Department and made part of its rules and regulations.
An applicant for a main extension to serve a new subdivision, tract, housing project, industrial development or organized service district shall be required to construct and convey to the Lindenwold Sewer Department a sewer line from the nearest existing main capable of taking the additional flow and at least equal in size to the main required to serve such development, including necessary service stubs or service pipelines, fittings, valves and housing therefor, manholes and other appurtenances. If additional facilities are required specifically to provide treatment or pumping facilities exclusively for the service requested, the cost of such facilities must be paid by the applicant.
The Sewer Department Engineer shall review all plans and specifications submitted for approval on any extension and make recommendations to the Sewer Department concerning the same. All construction is subject to the inspection of the Sewer Department Engineer. All engineering fees shall be paid by the developer to the Sewer Department.
Operation or use of any sewage disposal plant, pumping stations, lines, mains or other sanitary sewer accoutrements shall be prohibited until said plant or system or portion of system has received certification of the Sewer Department Engineer to the effect that said plant, system or portion thereof has been erected, constructed and installed pursuant to the requisite requirements and specifications and is ready for use. Upon the issuance of said certificate, the title to said plant, station, system or part thereof and easements shall be conveyed to and become a part of the system of the Lindenwold Borough Sewer Department. However, the Sewer Department retains the right to require of any such owner the execution of any document or instrument to further effect such conveyance or transfer if the Sewer Department deems the same necessary for its purposes. Upon the Sewer Department's demand, said documents or instruments shall be executed.
Prior to the issuance of said certification, the Sewer Department shall demand and receive from said applicant, if a plant or station is involved, said applicant's guaranty to maintain and repair said plant or station for a period of one year, to be secured by an appropriate bond of a surety approved by the Sewer Department as to amount, form and surety. Prior to the issuance of said certification, the Sewer Department shall demand and receive from said applicant, if lines, mains or systems are involved, said applicant's guaranty to maintain and repair said lines, main and system for a period of time, commencing with the issuance of said certificate, and during that period of time said applicant is responsible to the Borough of Lindenwold for the maintenance and repair of any streets, ways, easements, courts, drives or avenues situate in the land area in question. Said guaranty shall be secured by an appropriate bond of a surety approved by the Sewer Department as to form, amount and surety.
Complaints with respect to the character of the service furnished or of the bills rendered must be made at the Sewer Department's office, in writing, and a record of such complaint will be kept by the Sewer Department, noting the name and address of the complainant, the date, the nature of the complaint and the remedy.
The properly identified authorized agents of the Sewer Department shall have the right of access to the premises served at all reasonable hours, but only in the presence of the owner, tenant or agent of owner, for any purpose which is proper and necessary in the conduct of the Sewer Department's business.
No agent or employee of the Sewer Department has authorization to bind it by any promise, agreement or representation not provided for in these rules. The Sewer Department reserves the right to change, take from or add to the foregoing rules and regulations.
The Sewer Department reserves the right to change or amend, from time to time, these rules and regulations and the rates for sewer service.
The Sewer Department will permit connections to its mains, upon proper application and payment of fees. Where said mains are located in streets, the Sewer Department will be deeded and will maintain all service laterals from the main to a point at the curb, all of which service lateral shall remain the sole property of the Sewer Department and shall not be trespassed on or interfered with in any respect. Where the Sewer Department's main is located in a right-of-way, the Sewer Department will permit the connection tap between the service laterals and the Sewer Department's main upon proper application and payment of fees. The applicant shall pay a connection charge for each such service lateral or connection permitted by the Sewer Department, as listed in Schedule of Rates. In addition to the charge stated above, the applicant shall also secure a permit for and pay any municipal, county or state permit fee or other charge for opening and restoration of street, highway or sidewalk paving.
No service lateral shall be laid in the same trench with any gas pipe, water service or any other facility of any public service company, nor within three feet of any open excavation, vault or meter pit; nor shall the location be beneath any sidewalk or driveway running from the street to the front of the building.
Where the renewal of the service lateral from the main to the curb is found to be necessary, the Sewer Department will renew the service in the location as previously used. If the property owner for his own convenience desires the new service lateral at some other location, and agrees to pay all expenses of such relocation in excess of the cost of laying the service lateral in the same location as previously used and cutting and disconnecting the old service lateral, the Sewer Department will lay the new service lateral at the location desired.
All connections, service laterals and fixtures installed or furnished by the customer shall be maintained by him in good order, and all piping and connections furnished and owned by the Sewer Department and on the property of the customer shall be protected properly and cared for by the customer. All leaks in the service lateral or any other pipe or fixture in or upon the premises served must be repaired immediately by the owner or occupant of the premises. The customer shall be responsible for notifying the Sewer Department of the party engaged by said customer to do any maintenance work in the customer's service lateral prior to the work being commenced. Any work not acceptable to the Sewer Department shall be immediately removed and replaced by work which is acceptable.
The Sewer Department shall in no way be responsible for maintaining any portion of the service lateral owned by the customer, or for damage done by sewage escaping therefrom, or for lines or fixtures on the customer's property, and the customer shall at all times comply with applicable municipal regulations with respect thereto and make changes therein required by reason of changes of grade, relocation of mains or otherwise.
A service lateral from the main to a property shall not serve more than one property, but any such property upon proper application of the owner may be served by two or more service laterals, each of which, for billing purposes, shall be considered as being one customer account.
Under no circumstances will any of the following be connected to the sanitary sewers, either directly or indirectly:
Floor drain, area drain or yard drain.
Rain conductor or downspout.
Air-conditioning equipment, except condensate which will be permitted under conditions approved by the Sewer Department.
Stormwater inlets or catch basins.
Service laterals to public buildings, churches, apartment houses, commercial establishments and industrial establishments shall be installed to conform to detailed plans and specifications submitted to the Sewer Department by the applicant and only after review and approval of those plans and specifications by the Sewer Department Engineer.
Where groundwater is normally above the invert elevation of the service lateral, wedge-lock-type O joints or approved equal, or otherwise cast-iron soil pipe, with properly caulked lead joints, shall be used in construction of service laterals. Where the trench bottom is soft and yielding, the Sewer Department may require that the service be laid in partial or total concrete encasement. Junctions of two different types of pipe may, at the option of the Sewer Department Engineer, be required to be encased in concrete of mix determined by the Sewer Department Engineer.
Agreement required. The Sewer Department will accept industrial wastes into the sanitary sewerage system, upon execution of a formal, written agreement and under and subject to the provisions appearing in said agreement and these rules and regulations. The agreement will set out in detail the characteristics of the wastes, the flow conditions which shall govern and the conditions with respect to the physical connection or connections. It will be the policy of the Sewer Department to consider each application on its own merits and to establish specific conditions applicable to the particular situation for each agreement. No connection shall be made prior to execution of the agreement.
Special application. Prior to approving an application for a connection involving the acceptance of industrial wastes, the applicant shall submit complete data with respect to the following:
Average, maximum and minimum rates of flow to be expected daily and seasonally.
Flow diagram, showing points of application of chemicals, type and quantity of each chemical used per day and per shift, a schedule of operations, expected chemical characteristics of the untreated wastes, the point or points of connection to the sewerage system and any other data required by the Sewer Department Engineer to properly determine the merits of the application. The normal situation will require the separation of and separate points of connection for domestic sewage and industrial wastes from each industrial establishment.
Prohibited wastes. Wastes containing the following substances or possessing the characteristics listed below will not be accepted:
Any vapors or steam.
Any fluids with temperatures in excess of 150° F.
Any fluid wastes which contain in excess of 100 parts per million of fat, oil or grease, whether animal, vegetable or mineral.
Any volatile, explosive or flammable substances such as benzene, gasoline, naphtha, fuel oil or similar substances.
Any solids or viscous matter which may cause any interference with the flow of sewage, such as ashes, cinders, concrete, sand, mud, straw, shavings, metal, glass, rags, feathers, tar, plastics, wood, manure, hair or similar substances. Equipment or trucks carrying such materials shall not be washed and this water discharged in the system.
Any fluid wastes having a pH value less than 5.5 or in excess of 9.0 or possessing other properties capable of causing damage or hazard to sewers, structures, treatment process, equipment or operating personnel.
Any wastes containing toxic, poisonous or other substances in sufficient concentration to interfere with the sewage treatment process, to cause injury to animals or persons, or to create an unacceptable condition in the receiving streams.
Any noxious or malodorous gas or substances which are capable of causing a public nuisance.
Grease, oil, sand and line separators. When, in the opinion of the Sewer Department Engineer, grease, oil, sand and line interceptors or oil reclaimers are required, they shall be provided and maintained at the expense of the owner in continuously efficient operating condition. Grease and oil interceptors shall be constructed of impervious materials, capable of withstanding abrupt and extreme changes in temperature. They shall be watertight, substantially constructed and equipped with readily removable access covers. Where deemed necessary, cold-water sprays shall be installed. The design and pertinent data shall be submitted to the Sewer Department Engineer for review and approval by the Sewer Department prior to construction or installation. Separators must be constructed entirely on the property of the owner.
Preliminary treatment. The Sewer Department reserves the right to require preliminary treatment where the chemical characteristics of the proposed industrial wastes, in the opinion of the Sewer Department Engineer or by the requirement of the State Health Department or County Board of Health, make such preliminary treatment desirable or mandatory. Some of the characteristics which may dictate preliminary treatment are listed below:
Five-day biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) in excess of 300 parts per million (ppm).
Suspended solids in excess of 350 ppm.
Average daily flow in excess of 2% of rated capacity of the treatment plant.
In such instances where it is agreed that the industrial waste will be received following preliminary treatment, drawings and specifications shall be submitted for approval of the Sewer Department Engineer showing all pertinent details of the construction proposed to accomplish the treatment, to include details of the indicator recorder-register type of fluid meter and housing to be used to meter the flow of industrial wastes and also details of the control manhole to be constructed on the industrial wastes connection within the sidewalk area. The control manhole shall be provided with adequate access manhole covers of approved type, through which access shall be possible to Sewer Department personnel at all times. Drawings, specifications, reports, etc., shall be submitted in quadruplicate and shall be prepared by a registered professional engineer.
Where preliminary treatment facilities are required, they shall be provided and continuously maintained in an effectively operating condition at all times at the expense of the industry.
Each industry connected shall be responsible for maintaining a quality of effluent from its premises which conforms to the provisions established in its agreement with the Sewer Department. Sampling and analysis shall be done to conform to accepted practice and in accordance with the current edition of Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater.
The cost of preparing and submitting this data for consideration by the Sewer Department shall be borne by the industry. Likewise, the cost of sampling and analysis to determine compliance with the terms of the agreement shall be borne by the industry, although conducted by the Sewer Department or its duly authorized representative.
Charges for sewer service are:
Annual rates shall be as established in Chapter 150, Fees, Article I, Fee Schedule, § 150-29.
[Amended 6-11-1997 by Ord. No. 1014; 4-22-2002 by Ord. No. 1111; 2-11-2004 by Ord. No. 1145; 2-8-2006 by Ord. No. 1179; 2-25-2009 by Ord. No. 1247; 3-11-2009 by Ord. No. 1250; 11-15-2010 by Ord. No. 1281; 12-28-2011 by Ord. No. 1303]
Schedule 1, Schedule of Domestic Consumer Units, is as follows:
The domestic consumer unit (a unit of measure for note and billing purposes) shall be the basis for billing at the annual rate of $64 per domestic consumer unit.
The connection fee for the minimum six-inch lateral connection shall be $1,213.
The Sewer Department will permit the use of domestic garbage disposal units; however, a special permit will be required, and there will be a charge of $14 per year over and above the annual rate for a domestic consumer unit. This extra charge will be billed quarterly with the domestic unit. If a disposal unit is in use without a permit being issued, the Sewer Department will render a bill at the rate of $14 per year for each year since the initial sewer connection was made.
When, in the opinion of the Sewer Department, a contract payment method for sewer service for industrial users is in the best interest of the Sewer Department, annual service charges for the discharge of industrial wastes or waters other than sanitary sewage into the sewerage system of the Sewer Department and annual service charges with respect to types of property not included above in this schedule shall be established between the Sewer Department and the persons contracting for such discharge and use of said system and the owners of such property on the basis of the quantity of such discharge or use and the character of such sewage and the cost of treatment and disposal thereof.
Schedule 2, Schedule of Rates for Commercial and Industrial Sanitary Sewerage Service, is as follows:
Each commercial or industrial user of the sewer system shall pay a quarterly sewer rental according to Schedule 1 or on a contract basis in accordance with the following subsections of Schedule 2 or Schedules 3 and 4.
In cases where users using the sewer system have sources of water supply other than, or in combination with, water supplied through an approved metered source, such dwellings and establishments shall provide a meter on the other sources of supply. The total amount of water consumed, as shown by the sum of all meter readings, shall be used as the basis for computation of the sewer rent pursuant to Schedule 3.
In cases where industrial users using the sewer system use water supplied from any source, and the water so supplied is not entirely discharged into the sewer system, the amount of water consumed, to be used as a basis for the computation of the sewer rent pursuant to Subsection C(1) and applicable use of Schedule 1, shall be determined by any of the following methods:
The industrial user, at his own expense, shall install a meter or measuring device approved by the Sewer Department on his sewer connection with the sewer system, and the readings from this meter or measuring device shall be used in computing the sewer rent.
The industrial user, at his own expense, shall install a meter or measuring device approved by the Sewer Department on the effluent not discharging into the sewer system, and the readings from this meter or measuring device shall be deducted from the readings of all water meters, and the remainder shall be used in computing the sewer rent.
If the Sewer Department shall decide it is not practicable to install a meter or measuring device to determine the quantity of water not discharged into the sewer system, the Sewer Department will determine in such manner and by such method as it may prescribe the percentage of metered water discharged into the sewer system, and the quantity of water used to compute the sewer rent shall be that percentage so determined of the total quantity measured by the water meter or meters.
Schedule 3, Additional Charge for Treatment of Industrial Wastes. The sewer rent for collection and treatment of industrial wastes discharged into the sewer system shall be based upon a premium charge for extra-strength waste applied as a factor against the charges for sanitary sewerage. The premium charge is to be based on the strength factor determined according to the following formula:
Schedule 4. Discharge of water from swimming pools will not be allowed unless a permit is issued by the Sewer Department. Written application should be made to the Sewer Department, including sufficient data for review by the Sewer Department Engineer. A rate schedule will then be established by the Sewer Department. Swimming pools shall be emptied at off-peak periods unless specific permission to the contrary is given.
[Added 2-26-2020 by Ord. No. 2020-1]
If the property owner wishes to abandon the sewer line on the property, sewer personnel must attest to the sewer lateral being properly abandoned or capped with the proper means and materials. It is mandatory that all sewers shall be capped as close to the curbline as possible. If no curbline is present, then an attempt shall be made to be as close to the road surface or easement as possible. All paperwork must be acquired by the Lindenwold Sewer Department prior to abandoning sewer lines. Upon inspection, the owner of said property shall no longer receive a sanitary sewer bill. The reason for abandonment shall be noted with the Lindenwold Sewer Department.
If the property owner wishes to keep a sewer connection present for future building or occupancy, the property owner must inform the Lindenwold Sewer Department. This will ensure that said owner shall continue to receive a sanitary sewer bill for said property. This will alleviate the need for a new connection fee. The reason for abandonment shall be noted with the Lindenwold Sewer Department.
If the existing sanitary sewer line is present and the account is up to date, a sanitary sewer connection permit is not necessary. If the current account is paid and up-to-date, the resident would not be required to pay a connection fee. This is not to be confused with a plumbing permit.
For any new or existing property meeting the above criteria, the Lindenwold Sewer Department must receive a copy of the final engineer's drawings. The Lindenwold Sewer Department should be notified of any changes made to the existing plans.