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Town of Tusten, NY
Sullivan County
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Whenever a public sanitary sewer is not available within any sewer district as described under the provisions of Article IV, § 229-9, the building sewer shall be connected, either directly or through a private sewage system, to a private sewage disposal complying with the requirements of the Department of Health and the provisions of this article.
The type, capacities, location, and layout of a private sewage disposal system, and the pipe sizes, slopes, and design criteria of a private sewage system within a sewer district, shall comply with all requirements of the Health Department, and no statement in this article shall be construed to interfere with these or any other additional requirements or recommendations that may be imposed by the Department of Health. Any additional requirements imposed by this chapter are for the purpose of implementing the intent of this chapter, and providing for the proper development of the sewer districts.
Before approval of a project within any sewer district by a federal, state, or county agency, the Administrator shall have the right to require a submittal of a review application, plans, and specifications of the proposed private sewage disposal and/or sewage system to determine its conformity to the comprehensive plan of the Town of Tusten sewer district. The Administrator shall have the right to require additional information as deemed necessary, for the purpose of ensuring compliance with the provisions of this chapter. All information required shall become a part of the application. Construction shall not commence until approved by the Administrator. Any revisions to the approved application without the written approval of the Administrator are prohibited.
The methods, practices, and materials used in the construction of a private sewage system located in any sewer district shall be in accordance with the provisions of the approved application and any specifications and requirements adopted by the Town Board in fulfilling the Administrator's duties and the provisions of this chapter as provided herein. In the absence of any particular provisions, or in amplification thereof, the materials and procedures set forth in appropriate specifications of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), and the Water Pollution Control Federation (WPCF),[1] Manual of Practice No. 9, shall apply.
Editor's Note: Now the "Water Environment Federation."
The Administrator shall be allowed to inspect the work at any stage of construction, and in any event, the applicant shall notify the Administrator when the work, or separate portions of it, is ready for final inspection, and before any underground portions are covered. The inspection shall be made within 48 hours of receipt of notice by the Administrator. Prior to final approval, the applicant shall provide the Administrator with two complete sets of as-built drawings of the system, and in the case of a sewage infiltration test, results, certified by a professional engineer licensed in the State of New York. The maximum allowable rate or infiltration into any section of a sewage system shall not exceed 200 gallons per inch of pipe diameter per mile of sewer per day.
The owner of a private sewage disposal or sewage system shall operate and maintain such facilities in a satisfactory manner at all times, at no expense to any sewer district.
At such time as a public sewer becomes available to a property served by a private sewage disposal and/or sewage system, as provided for in Article IV, § 229-9, a direct connection shall be made to the public sewer in compliance with this chapter. Any person obtaining a permit to connect to the public sewer shall be required to abandon the existing private septic tank or cesspool or other private sewage disposal facilities as hereinafter prescribed in Article IV, and said facilities shall be cleaned of sludge, and removed or filled with suitable material, or as directed by the Administrator.
Where service through a public sewer becomes available to an existing private sewage system, whether or not such system was constructed prior to the adoption of this chapter, the Administrator shall, before issuing a permit for connection to the public sewer, have the right to perform such tests and inspections as shall be required to ascertain the completeness and integrity of the private sewage system and to require all necessary repairs to be made by the owner, at no expense to any sewer district, to make the private sewage system acceptable with connection to the public sewer as required by this chapter, or such additional rules, regulations and specifications as may be adopted by the Town Board. In addition, in those instances where the collecting sewers forming a part of the public sewage system within any sewer district to which the private sewage system is to connect are owned and maintained by that sewer district, the owner of the private sewage system shall transfer, without reimbursement, ownership of the private sewage system to that sewer district, together with all easements on private property in which any portion of the private sewage system is located, as a condition of the connection permit.
Upon the connection and transfer of the private sewage system to any sewer district, future maintenance and operation of the system will be accomplished by that sewer district.