[HISTORY: Adopted by the Annual Town Meeting of the Town of Harwich 5-1-2017 by Art. 13. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Town of Harwich hereby establishes the following sewer use bylaw (Bylaw) governing the use of the wastewater collection system in Harwich, County of Barnstable, Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
While this Bylaw will apply to the wastewater collection system throughout the Town, it has been specifically developed herein for the wastewater collection system to be implemented in the Pleasant Bay Watershed area of Harwich. Wastewater collected in this area will be conveyed to the Town of Chatham wastewater treatment facility. As part of this Bylaw, the Sewer Governance Board shall establish rules and regulations and from time to time modify said rules and regulations as authorized by MGL c. 83, § 10.
In addition to the civil penalties set forth in MGL c. 83, § 10, any violation of the rules and regulations hereinafter enacted by the Sewer Governance Board, as they may be amended from time to time, may be enforced pursuant to Chapter 1, Article I, Violations and Penalties, of the Code of the Town of Harwich. When enforced through the noncriminal disposition procedures set forth in § 1-2 of said Code, the penalty for each violation of the rules and regulations shall be $300.
The purpose of this Bylaw, and the subsequent rules and regulations, is:
To establish the technical and administrative procedures for making connections to the sanitary sewer system, including standards of materials and design;
To establish requirements, restrictions, and controls on the quantities and quality of what may be discharged to the sanitary sewer system, such as discharges that may:
Interfere with the operation of the sewer system, pumping station or publicly owned treatment works (POTW) in any way;
Pass through the POTW, to the groundwaters, inadequately treated effluent that may cause contravention of standards for these waters or surface waters or cause violation of the POTW's groundwater discharge permit (GWDP) or negatively impact the watershed into which treated effluent is discharged;
Reduce the opportunity to reclaim or recycle treated wastewater and/or sludge from the system;
Increase the cost or otherwise hamper or limit the disposal of sludges and other residuals;
Endanger municipal employees or the public;
Cause, directly or indirectly, any public nuisance conditions;
To prevent new sources of inflow and infiltration (I/I) and eliminate private source inflow;
To provide for equitable distribution to all uses of the POTW, all costs associated with the collection, transmission, treatment, and residuals disposal, and to provide for the collection of such costs; and
To provide for the orderly planning of sewer systems' and treatment systems' components to improve the health and environmental quality of the Town of Harwich and its people and resources while discharging wastewater in the Chatham Sewer System.
The established rules and regulations will be part of the contract with every person who discharges wastewater into the Town of Chatham Sewer System from the East Harwich area, and governs the relationship between the Town of Harwich and its consumers, contractors and/or developers, and all other persons who install sewers, discharge wastewater, are connected into the sewer system or apply for a connection to the sewer system.