[Adopted 7-2-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-4]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated, unless a different meaning clearly appears from the context:
- The Warwick Township Water and Sewer Authority or any successor of said Authority.
- COMMUNITY SEWAGE SYSTEM
- Any system, whether publicly or privately owned, for the collection and disposal of sewage or industrial wastes of a liquid nature, or both, including various devices for the treatment of such sewage or industrial wastes serving three or more individual lots.
- Department of Environmental Protection of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
- ENFORCEMENT OFFICER
- A person or agency appointed to perform inspections and issue permits in connection with individual sewage systems and community sewage systems, in this case the Bucks County Health Department.
- HOLDING TANK
- A watertight receptacle which receives and retains sewage and is designed and constructed to facilitate ultimate disposal of the sewage at another site. Holding tanks include, but are not limited to, the following:
- LAND DEVELOPMENT
- Any of the following activities:
- (1) The improvement of one lot or two or more contiguous lots, tracts or parcels of land for any purpose involving:
- (a) A group of two or more residential or nonresidential buildings, whether proposed initially or cumulatively, or a single nonresidential building on a lot or lots regardless of the number of occupants or tenure.
- (b) The division or allocation of land or space, whether initially or cumulatively, between or among two or more existing or prospective occupants by means of, or for the purpose of, streets, common areas, leaseholds, condominiums, building groups or other features.
- (2) A subdivision of land.
- (3) Land development does not include development which involves:
- (a) The conversion of an existing single-family detached dwelling or single-family semidetached dwelling into not more than three residential units, unless such units are intended to be a condominium.
- (b) The addition of an accessory building, including farm building, on a lot or lots subordinate to an existing principal building.
- (c) The addition or conversion of buildings or rides within the confines of an enterprise which would be considered an amusement park. For the purposes of this subsection, an "amusement park" is defined as a tract or area used principally as a location for permanent amusement structures or rides. This exclusion shall not apply to newly acquired acreage by an amusement park until initial plans for the expanded area have been approved by the proper authorities.
- A designated parcel, tract, or area of land established by a plat or otherwise as permitted by law and to be used, developed or built upon as a unit.
- Any natural person, partnership, association, or corporation. Whenever used in any clause prescribing and imposing a penalty, or imposing a fine or imprisonment, or both, the term "person" shall include the members of an association and the officers of a corporation.
- PUBLIC SEWAGE SYSTEM
- The sewer system and the treatment facility owned, operated, or maintained by the 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.
- Any substance that contains any of the waste products or excrementitious 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 water supply or for recreation.
- SEWAGE ENFORCEMENT OFFICE
- The Bucks County Health Department.
- SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT
- Any arrangement of devices and structures used for treating sewage.
- STORM SEWER
- A sewer which carries storm- and surface waters and drainage, but excludes sewage and industrial wastes.
In this article, the singular shall include the plural; the plural shall include the singular; and the masculine shall include the feminine and neuter.
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this article, upon conviction thereof in an action brought before a district justice in the manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses wider 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 article continues or each section of this article which shall be found to have been violated shall constitute a separate offense.
All property owners whose property lines are within 150 feet of any public sewer line shall connect to the public sewer system upon approval by the Township and subject to the rules and regulations of the Authority. The Township Board of Supervisors may, as it deems appropriate, require or exempt other property owners in the Township from connection to the public sewer system, subject to the following guidelines:
The Township Board of Supervisors may require property owners whose property lines are not within 150 feet of any public sewer line to connect to the public sewer system because of health, safety, and/or welfare concerns.
The Township Board of Supervisors may, in its sole discretion and as it deems appropriate, exempt residential property owners whose property lines are within 150 feet of any public sewer line from connection to the public sewer system upon proof that the existing system on the site is functioning to the satisfaction of the Sewage Enforcement Officer, and further provided that the property must connect to the public sewer upon a change in ownership of the property. Notice of the requirement to connect to the sewer line upon change in ownership of the property shall be recorded with the office of the Recorder of Deeds of Bucks County in a form deemed satisfactory to the Township Solicitor.
Connection to the public sewer line shall be mandatory to any new development that qualifies for mandatory connection under this article. The Township Board of Supervisors may also require new development beyond 150 feet and/or not abutting the public sewer system to connect to the public sewer as part of the subdivision and land development process if the Township Board of Supervisors deems it appropriate.
If the owner of any property, after 90 days' notice from the Township or Authority to make connection of such property with the public sewage system, shall fail to make such connection, the Township or Authority may make the connection and collect the costs thereof in the manner provided by law.
From time to time in the future, as public sewage services become available to additional properties within the Township by reason of additions to the public sewage system or improvements on abutting properties, each and every owner of such property shall be required to make the necessary connection to the abutting or adjoining sewer lines, and any septic tanks, cesspools, holding tanks, and similar devices connected to an individual sewage system shall be abandoned and filled with new material unless they are exempt under § 153-29 of this article.
The sewer inspector or his authorized agent, and agents of the Authority, shall have access at all reasonable hours of the day to all parts of the premises to which sewage service is supplied to make necessary inspections.
No unauthorized person shall uncover, make any connection with or opening into, use, alter or disturb any part of the public sewage system or appurtenance thereto without first obtaining a permit from the Authority. If work must be done in the right-of-way of a Township road or street, a Township road opening permit will be required.
Before making a connection with the sewer system, each property owner shall make a written application therefor to the Authority and shall pay all connection, tapping, facilities and other fees established pursuant to a resolution of the Authority.
All costs and expenses incident to the installation and connection of the building sewer shall be borne by the owner. The owner shall indemnify the Township and Authority from any loss or damage that may directly or indirectly be occasioned by the installation of the building sewer.
A separate and independent building sewer shall be provided for every building. Exceptions to this provision shall be made where one building stands to the rear of another on an interior lot and no sewer line is available or can be constructed to the rear building through an adjoining alley, court, yard or driveway, in which case the building sewer from the front building may be extended to the rear building only on approval by the Sewage Enforcement Officer. Such connection of the two buildings to the sewer lines shall be considered as two building sewers.
Old building sewers may be used in connection with a building only when such connection is approved by the Authority and Bucks County Department of Health, and they meet the requirements of this article or rules and regulations adopted pursuant hereto.
The construction, materials used in the construction, and location of the sewer and all sewer connections shall comply with specifications of the Authority and the regulations of the Bucks County Department of Health.
The permit holder shall notify the Authority when the building sewer is ready for inspection and connection with the public sewer, and the connection shall be made under his supervision.
All excavations for building sewer installation and connection shall be adequately guarded with barricades and lights so as to protect the public from hazard. Streets, sidewalks, parkways and other public property disturbed in the course of the work shall be restored in a manner satisfactory to the Township and the Authority.
All owners of property connected or connecting with the sewer lines and the public sewage system, and all of the owners of property who may hereafter connect with and use the same, shall pay sewer rentals or charges in installments as set forth in the fee schedule of the Authority.