Borough of Sharon Hill, PA
Delaware County
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No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged any stormwater, surface water, groundwater, roof runoff, subsurface drainage, uncontaminated cooling water or unpolluted industrial process waters into any sanitary sewer. Existing facilities presently connected to the combined sewers may remain until combined sewers become separated, at which time they shall be disconnected.
Stormwater and all other unpolluted drainage shall be discharged to such sewers as are specifically designated as combined sewers or storm sewers or to a natural outlet approved by the Borough Superintendent. Industrial cooling water or unpolluted process waters may be discharged, on approval of the Borough Superintendent, to a storm sewer, combined sewer or natural outlet.
No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged any of the following described waters or wastes to any public sewers:
A. 
Any gasoline, benzene, naphtha, fuel oil or other flammable or explosive liquid, solid or gas.
B. 
Any waters or wastes containing toxic or poisonous solids, liquids or gases. However, the discharge of these may be accepted conditionally by the Borough Superintendent.
C. 
Any waters or wastes having a pH lower than 5.5 or having a pH higher than 9.5, or having any other corrosive property capable of causing damage or hazard to structures, equipment or personnel of the sewage works.
D. 
Solid or viscous substances in quantities or of such size capable of causing obstruction to the flow in sewers or other interference with the proper operation of the sewage works, such as, but not limited to, ashes, cinders, sand, mud, straw, shavings, metal, glass, rags, feathers, tar, plastics, wood, unground garbage, whole blood, paunch manure, hair and fleshings, entrails and paper dishes, cups, milk containers, etc., either whole or ground by garbage grinders.
No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged the following described substances, materials, waters or wastes if it appears likely, in the opinion of the Borough Superintendent, that such wastes can harm either the sewers, sewage treatment process or equipment, have an adverse effect on the receiving stream, or can otherwise endanger life, limb or public property or constitute a nuisance. In forming his opinion as to the acceptability of these wastes, the Borough Superintendent will give consideration to such factors as the quantities of subject wastes in relation to flows and velocities in the sewers, materials of construction of the sewers, nature of the sewage treatment process, capacity of the sewage treatment plant and other pertinent factors. The substances prohibited in the first instance, but subject to review by the Borough Superintendent, are:
A. 
Any liquid or vapor having a temperature higher than 150° F.
B. 
Any water or waste containing fats, wax, grease or oils, whether emulsified or not, in excess of 100 milligrams per liter, or containing substances which may solidify or become viscous at temperatures between 32° F. and 150° F.
C. 
Any garbage that has not been properly shredded. The installation and operation of any garbage grinder equipped with a motor of 3/4 horsepower or greater shall be subject to the review and approval of the Borough Superintendent. Not more than 30% of ground garbage, on the dry basis, shall pass a No. 40 U.S. Standard sieve.
D. 
Any waters or wastes containing strong acid from pickling wastes or concentrated plating solutions, whether neutralized or not.
E. 
Any waters or wastes containing iron, chromium, copper, zinc and similar objectionable or toxic substances, unless their concentration is reduced to a point that will not adversely affect any of the biochemical, chemical or other sewage treatment process. The concentration in sewage of any of the toxic substances shall not exceed the concentrations judged by the Borough Superintendent to be toxic to biological sewage treatment processes or to the biota of the receiving waters.
F. 
Any waters or wastes containing phenols or other taste- or odor-producing substances in such concentrations exceeding limits which may be established by the Borough Superintendent as necessary, after treatment of the composite sewage, to meet the requirements of the state, federal or other public agencies of jurisdiction for such discharge to the receiving waters.
G. 
Any radioactive wastes or isotopes of such half-life or concentration as may exceed limits established by the Borough Superintendent in compliance with applicable state or federal regulations.
H. 
Materials which exert or cause:
(1) 
Unusual concentrations of inert suspended solids (such as, but not limited to, fuller's earth, lime slurries and lime residues) or of dissolved solids (such as, but not limited to, sodium chloride and sodium sulfate).
(2) 
Excessive discoloration (such as, but not limited to, dye wastes and vegetable tanning solutions).
(3) 
Unusual BOD, chemical oxygen demand or chlorine requirements in such quantities as to constitute a significant load on the sewage treatment works.
(4) 
Unusual volume of flow or concentration of wastes constituting "slugs," as defined herein.
If any waters or wastes are discharged or are proposed to be discharged to the public sewers, which waters contain the substances or possess the characteristics enumerated in § 298-36 of Article VI, and which in the judgment of the Borough Superintendent may have a deleterious effect upon the sewage works, processes, equipment or receiving waters, or which otherwise create a hazard to life or constitute a public nuisance, the Borough Superintendent may:
A. 
Reject the wastes;
B. 
Require pretreatment to an acceptable condition for discharge to the public sewers;
C. 
Require control over the quantities and rates of discharge; and/or
D. 
Require payment to cover the added cost of any surcharge incurred by reason of handling and treating the wastes not covered by existing taxes or sewer charges, exclusive of surcharges.
It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge, directly or indirectly, into public sewers or into any private sewer or any combined sewer discharging into a public sewer, sewage combined with industrial wastes or other wastes, industrial wastes or other wastes, the characteristics of which, at the point of discharge, exceed the concentration limits prescribed for "normal sewage," as defined in Article III herein, or fall within the categories prohibited under Article VI herein, except under the issuance of a permit therefor by the Borough Superintendent and upon such terms and conditions as may be established by the Borough Superintendent in the issuance of such permit.
Each applicant for a permit to discharge sewage combined with industrial wastes or other wastes into public sewers shall fill out and file with the Borough Superintendent an industrial sewer connection application as a prerequisite for the consideration of such permit. The following is a partial list of information to be furnished by the applicant:
A. 
Plot of the property, showing accurately all sewers, drains and house connections.
B. 
Plans and specifications covering any work proposed to be performed under the permit.
C. 
A complete schedule of all process waters and industrial wastes produced or expected to be produced at said property or premises, including a description of the character of each waste, the daily volume and maximum rates of discharge and representative analyses.
D. 
The name and address of the person or firm who will be responsible for the performance of the work to be covered by the permit, and the name and address of the person or firm who will be responsible for operating the facilities in accordance with the terms and conditions of the permit.
A. 
Terms and conditions as may be required and imposed by the Borough Superintendent in the issuance of the permit are as follows:
(1) 
A limitation upon the volume of sewage and the rate of flow permitted from the premises.
(2) 
The installation and maintenance by the permittee, at his own expense, of facilities or equipment for intermittent or continuous measurement of sewage, industrial wastes or other wastes discharged from the premises into a public sewer.
(3) 
The installation and maintenance by the permittee, at his own expense, of detention tanks or other facilities or equipment for reducing the maximum rates of discharge of sewage to such a percentage of the twenty-four-hour rate as may be required by the Borough Superintendent.
(4) 
The installation and maintenance by the permittee, at his own expense, of such preliminary treatment facilities as may be required by the Borough Superintendent.
(5) 
The installation and maintenance by the permittee, at his own expense, of a suitable control or sampling manhole or manholes in any sewer discharging to a public sewer for which a permit is issued.
(6) 
The installation and maintenance by the permittee, at his own expense, of grease, oil and sand interceptors, separators or traps that are necessary for the proper handling of liquid wastes containing such substances in excessive quantities or any flammable waste or other harmful ingredients.
(7) 
The submission to and approval by the Borough Superintendent of the plans for any of the facilities or equipment required to be installed and maintained by the permittee.
(8) 
Such other terms and conditions as may be necessary to protect the sewer system and carry out the intent and provisions of these rules and regulations.
B. 
Such terms and conditions may also provide that, subsequent to the commencement of operation of any preliminary treatment facilities, periodic reports shall be made by the permittee to the Borough, setting forth adequate data upon which the acceptability of the sewage, industrial wastes or other wastes, after treatment, may be determined.
C. 
Where preliminary treatment or flow-equalizing facilities are provided for any water or wastes, they shall be maintained continuously in satisfactory and effective operation by the permittee at his expense.
D. 
A violation by the permittee of the permit shall be a cause for revocation or suspension of the permit.
A. 
Whenever sewage, industrial wastes or other wastes having characteristics other than prescribed for "normal sewage," as defined in Article III herein, or falling within the categories of waste prohibited from public sewers pursuant to these rules and regulations are discharged into public sewers from any premises, the Borough Superintendent shall have the right to take samples and tests as may be necessary to determine the nature and concentration of such wastes and shall have the right to reassess his determinations by taking samples and tests at any time or by periodic rechecks without notice to the person discharging such wastes.
B. 
Samples shall be taken and flow measurements made normally at the control manhole or manholes.
C. 
In the event that the requirement of a control manhole or manholes has been specifically waived, the samples shall be taken at a point or points to be selected by the Borough Superintendent.
When required by the Borough Superintendent, the owner of any property serviced by a building sewer carrying industrial wastes shall install a suitable control manhole, together with such meters and other appurtenances in the building sewer as are necessary to facilitate observation, sampling and measurement of the wastes. Such manhole, when required, shall be accessibly and safely located and shall be constructed in accordance with plans approved by the Borough Superintendent. The manhole shall be installed by the owner at his expense and shall be maintained by him so as to be safe and accessible at all times.
All measurements, tests and analyses of the characteristics of waters and wastes to which reference is made in these rules and regulations shall be determined in accordance with the latest edition of "Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Waste Water," published by the American Public Health Association, and shall be determined at the control manhole or upon suitable samples taken at said control manhole. In the event that no special manhole has been required, the control manhole shall be considered to be the nearest suitable one downstream in the public sewer to the point at which the building sewer is connected. Sampling shall be carried out by customarily accepted methods to reflect the effect of constituents upon the sewage works and to determine the existence of hazards to life, limb and property.