[Code 1985, §110.200; CC 1990 §20-36; Ord. No. 925 §10, 10-6-1994; Ord. No. 1676 §1, 9-21-2004]
The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this Article, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this Section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
- BOD (BIOCHEMICAL OXYGEN DEMAND)
- The quantity of oxygen used in the biochemical oxidation of organic matter under standard laboratory procedure in five (5) days at twenty degrees (20°) Centigrade, expressed in milligrams per liter.
- BUILDING DRAIN
- The part of the lowest horizontal piping of a drainage system which receives the discharge from soil, waste and other drainage pipes inside the walls of the building and conveys it to the building sewer, beginning five (5) feet (one and five-tenths (1.5) meters) outside the inner face of the building wall.
- BUILDING SEWER
- The extension from the building drain to the public sewer or other place of disposal.
- COMBINED SEWER
- A sewer receiving both surface runoff and sewage.
- Solid waste from the domestic and commercial preparation, cooking and dispensing of food, and from the handling, storage and sale of produce.
- INDUSTRIAL WASTES
- The liquid wastes from industrial manufacturing processes, trade or business as distinct from sanitary sewage.
- LOCATOR AND MARKER DEVICES/SANITARY SEWER STUB
- An electronic device that is owned, placed and located by the City of Grain Valley. Shall be referred to as "SS/Locator" throughout Chapter 705.
- NATURAL OUTLET
- Any outlet into a watercourse, pond, ditch, lake or other body of surface or ground waters.
- The logarithm of the reciprocal of the weight of hydrogen ions in grams per liter of solution.
- PROPERLY SHREDDED GARBAGE
- The wastes from the preparation, cooking and dispensing of foods that have been shredded to such a degree that all particles will be carried freely under the flow conditions normally prevailing in public sewers, with no particle greater than one-half (½) inch (one and twenty-seven hundredths (1.27) centimeters) in any dimension.
- PUBLIC SEWER
- A sewer in which all owners of abutting properties have equal rights and is controlled by public authority.
- SANITARY SEWER
- A sewer which carries sewage and to which storm, surface and ground water are not intentionally admitted.
- A combination of the water-carried wastes from residences, business buildings, institutions, and industrial establishments, together with such ground, surface and storm waters as may be present.
- SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT
- Any arrangement of devices and structures used for treating sewage.
- A pipe or conduit for carrying sewage.
- Any discharge of water, sewage or industrial waste which in concentration of any given constituent or if quantity of flow exceeds for any period or duration longer than fifteen (15) minutes more than five (5) times the average twenty-four (24) hour concentration of flows during normal operation.
- STORM DRAIN (STORM SEWER)
- A sewer which carries storm and surface waters and drainage, but excludes sewage and industrial wastes, other than unpolluted cooling water.
- The Superintendent of Public Works and/or of water pollution control of the City, or his/her authorized deputy, agent or representative.
- SUSPENDED SOLIDS
- Solids that either float on the surface of, or are in suspension in water, sewage or other liquids, and which are removable by laboratory filtering.
- A channel in which a flow of water occurs, either continuously or intermittently.
[Code 1985, §§110.210, 110.220; CC 1990 §20-37]
It shall be unlawful for any person to place, deposit, or permit to be deposited in any unsanitary manner on public or private property within the City, or in any area under the jurisdiction of the City, any human or animal excrement, garbage or other objectionable waste.
It shall be unlawful to discharge to any natural outlet within the City, or in any area under the jurisdiction of the City, any sewage or other polluted wastes, except where suitable treatment has been provided in accordance with the provisions of this Chapter.
[Code 1985, §110.230(1); CC 1990 §20-38]
Except as provided in this Article, it shall be unlawful to construct or maintain any privy, privy vault, septic tank, cesspool or other facility intended or used for the disposal of sewage.
[Code 1985, §110.230; CC 1990 §20-39; Ord. No. 925 §11, 10-6-1994]
The owner of all houses, buildings or properties used for human occupancy, employment, recreation or other purposes, situated within the City 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 City, is hereby required at his/her expense to install suitable toilet facilities therein, and to connect such facilities directly with the proper public sewer in accordance with the provisions of this Article within ninety (90) days after date of official notice to do so, provided that such public sewer is within one hundred (100) feet of the property line.
[Code 1985, §§110.540-110.560; CC 1990 §20-40; Ord. No. 925 §12, 10-6-1994]
The Superintendent of Public Works and other duly authorized employees of the City bearing proper credentials and identification shall be permitted to enter all properties for the purposes of inspection, observation, measurement, sampling and testing in accordance with the provisions of this Article. The Superintendent or his/her representatives shall have the authority to inquire into any processes including metallurgical, chemical, oil, refining, ceramic, paper or other industries beyond that point having direct bearing on the kind and source of discharge to the sewers or waterways or facilities for waste treatment.
While performing the necessary work on private properties referred to in Subsection (C) of this Section, the Superintendent or duly authorized employees of the City shall observe all safety rules applicable to the premises established by the owner and the owner shall be held harmless for injury or death to the City employees and the City shall indemnify the owner against loss or damage to its property by City employees and against liability claims and demands for personal injury or property damage asserted against the owner and growing out of the gauging and sampling operation, except as such may be caused by negligence or failure of the owner to maintain safe conditions.
The Superintendent and other duly authorized employees of the City bearing proper credentials and identification shall be permitted to enter all private properties through which the City holds a duly negotiated easement for the purpose of, but not limited to, inspection, observation, measurement, sampling, repair and maintenance of any portion of the sewer works lying within such easement. All entry and subsequent work, if any, on such easement shall be done in full accordance with the terms of the duly negotiated easement pertaining to the private property involved.
[Code 1985, §110.530; CC 1990 §20-41]
No unauthorized person shall maliciously, willfully or negligently break, damage, destroy, uncover, deface or tamper with any structure, appurtenance or equipment which is a part of any sewage works. Any person violating this provision shall be subject to immediate arrest under a charge of disorderly conduct.
[Code 1985, §110.570; CC 1990 §20-42]
Any person violating any of the provisions of this Article shall become liable to the City for any expense, loss or damage occasioned the City by reason of such violation.
[CC 1990 §20-4; Ord. No. 771 §1 b, c, 7-23-1991; Ord. No. 1422 §3, 8-27-2001; Ord. No. 1598 §3, 10-27-2003; Ord. No. 1694 §§1 — 2, 11-23-2004; Ord. No. 1762 §§1 — 2, 6-13-2005; Ord. No. 1980 §§1 — 2, 7-14-2008; Ord. No. 2042, 8-10-2009; Ord. No. 2124 §2, 12-27-2010; Ord. No. 2257 §2, 10-22-2012; Ord. No. 2273 §§1 — 2, 12-10-2012; Ord. No. 2277 §§1 — 2, 1-14-2013]
Residential Customers. "Residential customers" shall mean any customer whose structure is exclusively used for domestic dwelling purposes with no more than two (2) dwelling units on each water meter. Residential customers shall not include users of hotels, motels, boarding houses, nursing homes, residence halls or multi-unit residential complexes served by a common water meter.
For residential customers monthly sewer use charges shall be based on one (1) of the following:
Average monthly water usage as determined by water billed during the months of December, January, and February. Such average water usage thus determined shall remain the basis for determining the customer's monthly sewer charge until the next average period. If the customer does not have an average for that period, they may elect the City-wide average or actual volume. Customers selecting this billing method shall remain on the method until the next average period takes effect. Billing method shall be effective April first (1st).
Sewer charges as determined by the monthly metered water consumption or actual water used. Customers selecting this billing method shall remain on the method until the next average period. Billing method shall be effective April first (1st).
Residential customers shall be given the option to select either sewer billing method during the average period. If notice is not received by the utility billing office before March first (1st), each year the billing method will remain the same as the previous year.
Non-Residential Customers. Includes industrial, commercial, or multi-unit residential complexes served by the City shall be based on water used during the current month.
Customers who experience a water leak during the winter months and feel their sewer average is too high may submit a letter of explanation by July first (1st) of each year to be considered for a possible sewer adjustment.
City will not average in a period of no consumption, but use the remaining period or the City-wide average.
Rate Structure — Residential, Commercial, And Industrial. The following schedule shall be the schedule of monthly charges for sewer services. Reference Section 140.070 Utility Fees.
Businesses, due to the services they provide or the operations they employ, that consistently use more water (compared to the summer months) for each month of the winter month cycle that is normally used for the billing calculations, will consistently utilize a rolling average cycle sewer rate calculation with prior approval from the Mayor.