Town of Chelmsford, MA
Middlesex County
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Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Annual Town Meeting of the Town of Chelmsford 5-23-1983 by Arts. 52 and 53. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Health regulations — See Ch. 201.
To ensure compliance with the requirements of the Board of Health, every owner, agent or occupant of premises on which there is a private wastewater or sewage disposal system shall keep such system in proper operational order and shall provide a reasonable means of access for inspection and pumping. Residential properties shall have such system pumped when necessary. All commercial, industrial and other nonresidential establishments shall have their systems pumped every two years. Such pumping shall be made by private operators duly licensed by the Board of Health. More frequent pumpings may be ordered as deemed necessary by the Board of Health for the proper operation of the subsurface septic system.
[Amended 10-19-2020 ATM by Art. 19]
The Board of Health may order any person to connect with the public sewer at any time if it is deemed to be in the best interest of the Town, and if it is informed by the Sewer Division of the Department of Public Works that a connection to the public sewer is reasonably available (which shall be defined as the Town having sufficient available sewer capacity to allow the connection and whether sewer infrastructure is located within 300 feet of the subject property) upon giving 30 days' notice to do so. The Board of Health shall not require a connection to the public sewer for properties which have existing and properly functioning septic systems or private wastewater treatment facilities. If a connection to the public sewer is reasonably available (as defined above), the Board of Health may require a connection for septic systems which are not properly functioning, and which are located within environmentally sensitive areas (as determined by the Board of Health), rather than allowing such improperly functioning septic system to be repaired and replaced.
[Added 4-28-2014 ATM by Art. 25]
A. 
The preferred method of discharge of sewage from an individual building or group of buildings to the Town's sewer system is gravity flow. Grinder pumps shall be approved only after alternatives for gravity service connections have been thoroughly considered and, in the opinion of the Town of Chelmsford Department of Public Works, such alternatives cannot reasonably discharge to the Town's sewer system by gravity flow. Grinder pumps shall only be used in accordance with regulations established by the Town of Chelmsford Department of Public Works.
[Amended 10-19-2015 ATM by Art. 7]
B. 
Licensed drain layers shall submit required documentation to the Department of Public Works, apply for a sewer connection permit and install the grinder system. The owner shall be responsible for all of the costs related to the connection to the Town's sewer system.
[Amended 10-19-2015 ATM by Art. 7]
C. 
Grinder pumps remain the private property of the homeowner. Existing single- or two-family residential grinder pumps, installed controls and new single- or two-family DPW-approved residential grinder pumps and installed controls shall be maintained, repaired or replaced by the Town of Chelmsford at the election of the Department of Public Works. The Town of Chelmsford shall not be responsible for the maintenance or repair of grinder pumps or systems servicing commercial properties and residential properties comprised of three or more units.
[Amended 10-19-2015 ATM by Art. 7]
D. 
Items that may cause damage to the Town's sewer system or grinder pump system shall not be introduced into any sewer system either directly or through a drain or waste disposal, including:
[Amended 10-19-2015 ATM by Art. 7]
(1) 
Glass, metal or plastic.
(2) 
Diapers, sanitary napkins, tampons or baby wipes.
(3) 
Socks, rags or clothes.
(4) 
Explosives or flammable material.
(5) 
Lubricating oils or grease.
(6) 
Strong chemicals or gasoline.
(7) 
Seafood shells or kitty litter.
E. 
The property owner shall be responsible for any and all costs to repair and/or replace a grinder pump as a result of improper disposal of materials into the sewer system.
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