Township of Upper Providence, PA
Delaware County
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GENERAL REFERENCES
Plumbing Code — See Ch. 1424.
[Ord. No. 312, passed 8-14-1997]
As used in this chapter:
(a) 
EXISTING SEWER SYSTEM — Means all mains, pipes, lines, laterals, manholes, pumping stations or similar facilities established, constructed, owned or maintained by the Upper Providence Township Sewer Authority or any other municipal authority which would permit the connection of the property to its sewer system where said system is in existence and operational on the date of enactment of this section.
(b) 
NEW SEWER EXTENSION — Means all mains, pipes, lines, laterals, manholes, pumping stations or similar facilities established, constructed, owned or maintained by the Upper Providence Township Sewer Authority or any other municipal authority which would permit the connection of the property to its sewer system where said system or extension thereof is constructed after the date of enactment of this section.
(c) 
ON-LOT SEWAGE SYSTEM — Means all pipes, laterals, cesspools, leach fields, septic tanks or systems, on-lot stream discharge systems or other facilities established, constructed or maintained on a parcel of property located within the Township and not connected to an existing sewer system owned or operated by the Upper Providence Township Sewer Authority or any other municipal authority.
(d) 
PRINCIPAL BUILDING — Means each dwelling unit of every type and size, including, without limitation, single detached dwellings, twins, duplexes, apartments and condominiums; each and every business unit, including, without limitation, stores, shops, offices, and industrial units; and each and every other use contained within any structure or any part thereof intended for periodic or continuous habitation, occupancy or use by human beings and from which structure sanitary sewage is or may be discharged.
(e) 
PROPERTY ACCESSIBLE TO A SEWER SYSTEM — Means improved property which adjoins, abuts, is adjacent to or has access to a sewer system to which the property can connect without acquiring an easement or right-of-way across private property.
[Ord. No. 102, passed 8-5-1975]
The purpose of this chapter is to assure that, wherever possible in the reasonably foreseeable future, sanitary sewers will be installed, and that developers henceforth shall install capped sewers in the furtherance of the health, safety and general welfare of the citizens of the Township.
[Ord. No. 102, passed 8-5-1975]
In all future cases where a trunk line sanitary sewer line facility is available or will become available in the reasonably foreseeable future, the owner of the property shall be required to install sanitary sewers and connect the same to such trunk line, if alive, irrespective of the size of the lots included on any owner's plot plan, but if such trunk line is not alive, such sewers, together with all necessary laterals extending from the proposed main to the street curbline, shall be installed and capped. The owner shall also be responsible for the installation of on-site disposal units in the interim before the sewer becomes live, provided only that they shall be located in such places on the lot so as to permit easy and the least expensive connection to the sewer when the same becomes usable.
[Ord. No. 312, passed 8-14-1997]
(a) 
Existing sewer systems. Each and every owner of property accessible to, and whose principal building is within 250 feet of, an existing sewer system, shall cause the property to connect to the said existing sewer system upon the occurrence of the earliest of the following events:
(1) 
Failure of an on-lot system serving the property to meet the requirements of the Township and/or the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as certified by the Township Sewage Enforcement Officer, such connection to be accomplished by the owner of the property within 90 days after notice to do so has been served upon the owner by either (1) personal service on an owner or an adult person found in charge on the subject property or (2) sending the notice by regular first-class mail, postage pre-paid, and by registered mail, to the property owner at the owner's last known address;
(2) 
Transfer of title to or ownership of the subject property; or
(3) 
Within 10 years of the effective date of this section.
Said connection shall include the construction and installation of all facilities and equipment deemed necessary and appropriate to effectuate said connection as determined necessary and appropriate by the Engineer of the municipal authority owning the existing sewer system. The owner is required to comply with all rules, regulations and ordinances of the municipal authority owning the existing sewer system.
(b) 
New sewer extensions. Each and every owner of property accessible to, and whose principal building is within 250 feet of, a new sewer extension, shall connect to the said new sewer extension within 90 days after notice to do so has been served upon the owner by either (1) personal service on an owner or an adult person found in charge on the subject property or by (2) sending the notice by regular first-class mail, postage pre-paid, and by registered mail, to the property owner at the owner's last known address. Said connection shall include the construction and installation of all facilities and equipment deemed necessary and appropriate to effectuate said connection as determined necessary and appropriate by the Engineer of the municipal authority owning the existing sewer system. The owner is required to comply with all rules, regulations and ordinances of the municipal authority owning the new sewer extension.
[Ord. No. 187, passed 1-19-1989]
(a) 
If an owner violates the duty to connect to a sewer system as set forth in this chapter, the Township or its agents may enter upon the owner's property and construct such connection. The Township's right to enter upon the owner's property shall be enforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction. The Township shall, upon completion of the work, send an itemized bill of the cost for the construction of such connection, and any other costs necessary to complete the connection, to the owner of the property to which connection has been made, which bill shall be immediately payable. The bill shall be sent by regular first class mail, postage prepaid, and by registered mail, to the owner's last known address.
(b) 
If the owner fails to pay the bill within 10 days of the date the Township mailed the bill, the Township shall have the right to file a Municipal lien for said costs within six months of the date of completion of said construction, the same to be subject in all respects to the general law provided for the filing and recovery of municipal liens. The Township's exercise of its rights under this section of this chapter does not affect the Township's right to cite the violating owner for a summary violation as provided in this chapter.
[Ord. No. 312, passed 8-14-1997]
Any person violating the duty to connect to a sewer system as provided in this chapter is guilty of a summary violation and any person convicted of such violation shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 per day for each and every day such person has failed or refused to make such connection, beginning on the sixty-first day after service of the notice to connect.