Municipality of Bethel Park, PA
Allegheny County
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[Adopted by Ord. No. 11-13-56E]
55.18.1. 
AUTHORITY — Shall mean the Municipal Authority of the Municipality of Bethel Park heretofore created by the Council of the Municipality of Bethel Park by Ordinance No. 35-7-50.3
55.18.2. 
SEWAGE — Shall mean a combination of water-carried wastes from the residences, business and commercial buildings, apartments, institutions, and industrial establishments.
55.18.3. 
SEWER — Shall mean a pipe or conduit for carrying sewage.
55.18.4. 
PUBLIC SEWER — Shall mean a sewer in which all owners of abutting properties have equal rights, and is controlled by public authority.
55.18.5. 
SANITARY SEWER — Shall mean a sewer which carries sewage and to which storm, surface and ground waters are not intentionally admitted.
55.18.6. 
PUBLIC SANITARY SEWER — Shall mean a sanitary sewer which has been constructed and is owned by the Municipal Authority of the Municipality of Bethel Park, or has been constructed by private parties and has been accepted by the Municipality of Bethel Park or the Municipal Authority of the Municipality of Bethel Park as a sanitary sewer.
55.18.7. 
SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT or SEWAGE TREATMENT WORKS — Shall mean any arrangement of devices and structures used for treating sewage.
55.18.8. 
SEWAGE WORKS — Shall mean all facilities for collecting, transporting, pumping, treating and disposing of sewage.
55.18.9. 
STORM SEWER or STORM DRAIN — Shall mean a sewer which carries storm and surface waters and drainage, but excludes sewage and polluted industrial wastes.
55.18.10. 
GARBAGE — Shall mean solid wastes from the preparation, cooking and dispensing of food, and from the handling, storage and sale of produce.
55.18.11. 
PROPERLY SHREDDED GARBAGE — Shall mean the wastes from the preparation, cooking and dispensing of food that has been shredded to such degree that all particles will be carried freely under the flow conditions normally prevailing in public sewers, with no particle greater than 1/2 inch in any dimension.
55.18.12. 
BUILDING DRAIN or HOUSE DRAIN — Shall mean that part of the lowest horizontal piping of a drainage system which receives the sewage or discharge from soil, waste, and other drainage pipes inside the walls of the building, and conveys it to the building sewer, beginning five feet outside the inner face of the building wall.
55.18.13. 
BUILDING SEWER or HOUSE SEWER — Shall mean the extension from the building drain to the public sewer or other place of disposal.
55.18.14. 
SUSPENDED SOLIDS — Shall mean 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.
55.18.15. 
NATURAL OUTLET — Shall mean any outlet directly or indirectly into a watercourse, pond, gutter, ditch, lake or other body of surface or ground water.
55.18.16. 
WATERCOURSE — Shall mean a channel in which a flow of water occurs, either continuously or intermittently.
55.18.17. 
INSPECTOR — Shall mean the person appointed by the Municipality of Bethel Park to inspect sewage works, including both public and semipublic sewers, and including also inspection of building sewers and all other connections between occupied homes and other buildings and the public sewers.
55.18.18. 
PERSON — Shall mean any individual, firm, company, association, society, corporation or group.
55.18.19. 
SHALL — Is mandatory; MAY - Is permissive.
55.19.1. 
Within 60 days after the passage of this ordinance, the owner of all occupied buildings located on premises now accessible to a public sanitary sewer shall connect, or cause to be connected, the said building or buildings with the sanitary sewer to which this property is accessible, in the manner hereinafter provided; and
55.19.2. 
Further, hereafter, as public sanitary sewers are laid and provided in other and additional areas of the Municipality of Bethel Park, the owners of all occupied buildings accessible to such public sanitary sewers so laid and provided shall, within 60 days, connect or cause to be connected, the said occupied buildings with the sanitary sewer to which the property is accessible, in the manner hereinafter provided.
55.20.1. 
When connection has been made with the public sanitary sewer, the owner or owners of such property shall forthwith abandon any and all privies, privy vaults, cesspools and septic tanks then existing on said premises and shall use them no longer. Any and all connection or connections with the occupied building which has been served shall be broken or destroyed in such a manner that sanitary sewage can no longer enter therein.
55.21.1. 
From and after the passage of this ordinance, it shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to erect or construct any privy, privy vault, cesspool, septic tank or any other type of
55.21.2. 
Disposal receptacle or structure in, on or under any premises accessible to any public sanitary sewer in the Municipality of Bethel Park.
55.22.1. 
From and after the passage of this ordinance, it shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to connect any privy, privy vault, cesspool, septic tank or any other type of disposal receptacle or structure to any public sanitary sewer in the Municipality of Bethel Park.
55.23.1. 
From and after the passage of this ordinance, it shall be unlawful in areas where public sanitary sewers have been provided and where the owner or owners of premises have connected with the public sanitary sewer, or are by this ordinance duty bound so to do, to connect the occupied building with a privy, privy vault, cesspool, septic tank or any other type of disposal receptacle or structure.
55.24.1. 
In all cases where a sanitary sewer connection is made from an occupied building to the sanitary sewer system, either cast-iron or cylindrical terra-cotta pipe, of the kind and quality hereinafter specified, or the equivalent thereof, as approved by the Municipality of Bethel Park, of at least six-inch diameter, shall be used and shall be given an even grade to the sanitary sewer system. Where the ground is of sufficient solidity for a
55.24.2. 
proper foundation cylindrical terra-cotta pipe of the best quality, free from flaws, splits or cracks, perfectly burned and well glazed over the entire inner and outer surfaces, may be used if lain on smooth bottom with a special groove cut in the bottom of the trench for each hub, in order to give the pipe a solid bearing on its entire length, and the soil well rammed on each side of and around the pipe. The spigot and hub ends of the pipe shall be tightly joined, the joints to be thoroughly caulked with an approved material, no particle of the caulking material to remain on the inside of the finished joint; where cement mortar or a poured asphalt material is used for jointing, the joint must first be caulked with hemp or oakum; where cast-iron pipe is used, joints to be caulked with oakum, and leaded. On filled or made ground, cast-iron pipe or equivalent is to be used; all work to be done in a workmanlike manner.
55.25.1. 
All connections to the sewer lines that are a part of the sewerage system of the Municipal Authority of the Municipality of Bethel Park will be made by the Authority. Upon application for a service connection by a property owner or the developer of a subdivision, the Authority will insert a connection with a six-inch branch for each house and provide an adequate bend to bring the service connection at right angles to the sewer main and extend a six-inch vitrified clay service connection to the curbline. Beyond this point, the property owner shall install the service line at his own expense, making connection to his house sewer. For this connection, a tapping charge of $40, plus $5 for the permit and inspection fee will be due and payable with the application for the connection, provided such application is made prior to the construction of the collector sewer in front of the property for which the application is made. Should application be made subsequent to this time, the inspection and permit fee of $5 shall be made, and the entire cost of the service connection, plus 10% for overhead and other costs shall be made for each service connection. The amount of such costs shall be estimated at the time the application is made, and deposit of this amount shall accompany the application. After the installation is completed, all costs shall be totaled plus 10%, and any excess over the estimated costs shall be returned to the applicant, and any costs under the estimated amount shall be paid by the applicant.
55.25.2. 
No connection less than six inches in diameter will be permitted to the main sewer lines, and the construction of the property owners' connection shall be in accordance with the general requirements of sewers, except that a grade of not less than 0.6 foot per 100 feet for six-inch pipe shall be employed. Curblines shall be designated as being 15 feet from the center of the street. Where sewers are laid in rights-of-way, the service connection will be laid to the edge of the right-of-way granted, but not more than 15 feet from the center line of the sewer. The applicant will also be required to conform to all other requirements of the Municipality of Bethel Park as regards changes for sewage transportation, collection, etc. as outlined under the Municipality of Bethel Park rules and regulations, and as necessary to establish, to meet the management, overhead, operation and fixed charges to retire the capital cost of the system.
55.25.3. 
House sewers shall be installed by competent, skilled pipe-layers, in accordance with approved standards, plans and specifications of the Municipality of Bethel Park.
55.26.1. 
No basement seepage or groundwater drainage or any other uncontaminated source of water shall be discharged to the sanitary sewerage system, and all applicants desiring connection to the sewerage system shall certify that no groundwater or seepage drains are or shall be connected to their system. After connection to the sewer is made, the applicant shall maintain his house system in such a manner that no such seepage or drainage enters his sanitary sewage system.
55.27.1. 
No downspouts, roof drainage or surface or areaway drainage shall be connected into the sanitary sewerage system, and before attachment to the sewer system, the property owner or applicant for service shall remove such connections and adequately and rightly plug his system to prevent the entrance of any downspout, roof, surface or areaway drainage.
55.27.2. 
Any person, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of this section of the ordinance shall, upon conviction thereof before the Mayor or any Justice of the Peace, be fined not less than $50 for each and every day each violation continues, and in default thereof, any such person be sentenced to undergo an imprisonment of not less than five days nor more than 30 days in the County jail.
55.28.1. 
Each user of the system, before connections are made thereto, shall provide in-house sewering system, just outside the building wall, a trap with a fresh-air vent on the house side, in accordance with the standards approved by the Municipality of Bethel Park.
55.29.1. 
No cross-connections shall be made between the sanitary sewerage system and the potable water system whereby vacuums or back siphonage could permit sanitary wastes to enter the potable water system. No cross-connections shall be made between the sanitary sewerage system and storm drains or storm sewers.
55.30.1. 
The inspector and other duly authorized employees of the Authority, bearing proper credentials and identification, shall be permitted to enter upon all properties for the purposes of inspection, observation, sampling, testing and retesting, in accordance with the provisions of this ordinance.
55.31.1. 
No person, firm or corporation shall make or cause to be made any connection of his property with any public sanitary sewer until he has fulfilled all of the following conditions:
1. 
Prior to the leasing of the sewerage system by the Municipal Authority of the Municipality of Bethel Park to the Municipality of Bethel Park, he shall notify the Municipal Authority of the Municipality of Bethel Park of his desire and intention to make such connection.
2. 
Subsequent to the leasing of the sewerage system by the Municipal Authority of the Municipality of Bethel Park to the Municipality of Bethel Park, he shall notify the Municipality of Bethel Park of his desire to make such connection.
3. 
He shall notify the Municipal Authority of the Municipality of Bethel Park of his desire and intention to make such connection.
4. 
He shall pay such inspection fees and tapping-in or connection fees or expenses as are fixed for such services by the Municipality of Bethel Park and the Municipal Authority.
5. 
He shall have applied for and obtained a permit from the Sewer Inspector. Cost of the permit shall be part of inspection fee. No work shall commence before the issuance of this permit.
6. 
He shall have given the Sewer Inspector at least 24 hours' notice of the time when such connection shall be made, in order that the Sewer Inspector can be present to supervise and inspect the work of connection.
55.31.2. 
At the time of inspection, the owner or owners of properties shall allow and permit the full and complete inspection of all sanitary and drainage arrangements and facilities in his building and in and about all parts of his property.
55.31.3. 
All work contemplated by this ordinance shall be under the direct supervision and inspection of the Sewer Inspector appointed by the said Municipality of Bethel Park, and no building sewer line shall be covered over or in any manner concealed until after it is inspected and approved by said Sewer Inspector.
55.32.1. 
Hereafter, when sanitary sewering is or has become available to any property, and the property owner or owners have failed to connect or cause to be connected his or their property to the sanitary sewer, the Municipality of Bethel Park may give, or cause to be given, written notice to the said owner or owners to connect or cause to be connected his, her or their property to the sanitary sewer, within 60 days from the date thereof, and failure to comply with the said notice shall subject the property owner or owners to the penalties of this ordinance.
55.33.1. 
If any owner or owners of any occupied building or buildings shall neglect or refuse to comply with the provisions of this ordinance, the Municipality of Bethel Park may serve a written.
55.33.2. 
Notice upon said owner or owners, or upon the tenant or party in possession of the premises, if said owner or owners cannot be found on the said premises, requiring said owner or owners to comply in every respect with the provisions of this ordinance within 60 days after the service of such notice, and if said owner or owners shall neglect or refuse to comply with said notice, the Municipality of Bethel Park may perform or cause to be performed such work and labor, and furnish or cause to be furnished such material as may be necessary to comply with the provisions of this ordinance, at the cost and expense of such owner or owners together with 10% additional thereof, and all charges and expenses incident thereto, which sum shall be collected from said owner or owners for the use of the Municipality of Bethel Park, as debts are by law collectible, or the said Municipality of Bethel Park may, by its proper officer, file a municipal claim or lien therefor against said premises as provided by the Act or Acts of Assembly in such cases made and provided.
55.34.1. 
In addition to any penalty hereinabove prescribed, any person, firm, or corporation violating any of the provisions of this ordinance shall, upon conviction thereof before the Mayor or any Justice of the Peace, be fined not less than $5 nor more than $100, and in default of payment thereof, be sentenced to undergo an imprisonment of not less than five days nor move than 30 days in the County jail.
55.35.1. 
All ordinances or parts of ordinances inconsistent with or conflicting with the provisions of this ordinance be and the same are hereby repealed insofar as they affect the provisions of this ordinance.
55.36.1. 
The invalidity of any section, clause, sentence or provision of this ordinance shall not affect the validity of any other part of this ordinance which can be given effect without such invalid part or parts.