No unauthorized person shall uncover, make any connections with or opening into, use, alter or disturb any public sewer or appurtenance thereto without applying for and obtaining a written permit from the Borough Council or its designee, the form of which shall be determined by a resolution of the Borough Council.
[Amended 5-24-2012 by Ord. No. 1359]
A permit fee as set from time to time by resolution of the Borough Council will be required with each application, a portion of which shall be returned on demand to any applicant who connects into the sanitary sewers after installation but before they are covered. The Borough Superintendent or his agent shall note each connection inspection that was made while the sanitary sewer was exposed, as above provided.
All work is to be done in accordance with this article. Notice must be given the Borough Superintendent by the owner or his agent when the work is ready for inspection, and no part of the work shall be covered until it has been examined, tested and approved by the Borough Superintendent or his representative.
The Borough Superintendent or his representative, in the discharge of his duties and the enforcement of these regulations and for the purpose of inspection, may enter lawfully upon the properties and the buildings thereon within the Borough of Sharon Hill or connected to the Borough of Sharon Hill sewer system.
House sewers installed on and after the effective date of this part of this chapter must be at least six inches in diameter.
No opening shall be made into the sewer system except in the presence of the Borough Superintendent or his designee.
No water which shall gather in house-sewer excavations shall be discharged into the sewer system.
Drainage of roof and stormwater into the sewer system is prohibited.
Cellar drains may not be connected with the sewer system except in special circumstances.
Old building sewers may be used in connection with new buildings only when they are found, on examination and test by the Borough Superintendent, to meet all the requirements of this part of this chapter.
The size, slope, alignment and materials of construction of a building sewer, and the methods to be used in excavating, placing of the pipe, jointing, testing and backfilling the trench, except where specifically set forth in this article, shall be governed by the regulations of the Borough Superintendent in effect at the time the permit for a sewer connection is issued, provided such connection occurs within one year of the issuance of the permit. In the absence of such regulations, or in amplification thereof, the materials and procedures set forth in appropriate specifications of the ASTM and WPCF Manual of Practice No. 9 shall apply.
Whenever possible, the building sewer shall be brought to the building at an elevation below the basement floor. In all buildings in which a building drain is too low to permit gravity flow to the public sewer, sanitary sewage carried by such building drain shall be lifted by an approved means and discharged to the building sewer.
All excavations for building-sewer installations shall be adequately shielded and 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 Borough Council. In the event such public properties are not restored in a manner satisfactory to the Borough Council, written notice specifying the corrective steps required will be issued to the owner of the property for which the connection was made, and if within 10 days such steps have not been taken by the property owner, they will be undertaken by the Borough of Sharon Hill. The cost of such corrective steps to the Borough of Sharon Hill shall be added to the sewer rent charged to the property owners.