[Added 2-19-2018 by Ord. No. 1262; amended 10-22-2018 by Ord. No. 1270]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- The undesirable reversal of flow of any liquid, gas, or other substance from the desired direction of conveyance.
- BACKFLOW PREVENTION DEVICE
- Any assembly or equipment permanently installed on a sewer lateral in such manner as to prevent the backflow of sewage into a habitable structure.
- Any person, firm, partnership, association, or corporation that owns a piece of real property from which sewage is discharged into the public sewer.
- PUBLIC SEWER
- Any pipe or other sewer drainage infrastructure owned and maintained by the Borough of Brentwood and lying within the limits of a public right-of-way or public easement that receives sewage from one or more sewer laterals.
- SANITARY SEWER SYSTEM
- The building drain, sewer lateral, sewer connection, and public sewer, inclusive.
- Any combination of water and water-carried wastes discharged from a structure for conveyance to a wastewater treatment facility.
- SEWER LATERAL
- The generally horizontal pipe of the sewage drainage system, which receives discharge from the building drain at the exterior wall of a structure and conveys it to the sewer connection at the public sewer.
The Borough of Brentwood recognizes that, due to a combination of sheer topography and limited public sewer capacity, during periods of significant precipitation, certain structures that are connected to the sanitary sewer system may experience the backflow of sewage into the habitable areas of the same.
In order to protect the health, safety, and welfare of customers affected by backflow events, the Borough hereby implements a Backflow Prevention Device Installation Program to partially reimburse said customers for the installation of specialized equipment that is designed to prevent such backflow from reaching the habitable areas of the subject structure.
Any customer who experiences sewage backflow shall provide written documentation of such backflow event on a standardized form furnished by the Borough.
Within 48 hours of the receipt of said form or as soon as reasonably possible thereafter, the Public Works Director and/or Borough Engineer shall perform an investigation of site conditions at the subject property and at the public sewer connected to the sewer lateral servicing the same. The Borough shall provide the customer with a written report of such investigation.
Following the documentation of two backflow events within a single sewer lateral, excluding any events determined by the Public Works Director and/or Borough Engineer to be the result of negligence by the customer or the customer's agents, said customer shall be eligible to participate in the Backflow Prevention Device Installation Program.
If the subject structure is serviced by more than one sewer lateral, only the specific sewer lateral that has been affected by two documented backflow events shall be eligible to be improved under the terms of the Program.
If two documented backflow events occur on a sewer lateral that services more than one structure, no improvements may be performed under the Program unless all affected customers agree to the terms of the Program.
The Public Works Director and/or Borough Engineer shall determine the necessary size, model, and placement location for any backflow prevention device installed as part of the Program.
The Borough shall, at its sole expense, retain a plumber licensed by the Allegheny County Health Department to install the backflow prevention device.
Once a backflow prevention device is installed, said device must be kept in an operative condition unless the sewer lateral connected to the same is discontinued and removed. Ongoing and perpetual maintenance of said device shall be a condition of the receipt of service from the public sewer.
The customer agrees to hold harmless and indemnify the Borough from any liability for any damages or injuries pertaining to backflow events that occur after the installation of the backflow prevention device.
The customer shall assume responsibility for all testing and maintenance as may be necessary to ensure the proper operation of the backflow prevention device.
The terms and conditions contained within this section shall be incorporated into the deeds of all affected structures. Said deed amendment shall run with the land and shall bind the current customer and any heirs, assigns, successors, and administrators.
Any person who violates any provision of this article shall, upon conviction thereof before a District Justice or other court, be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $500 and not more than $1,000, plus the costs of prosecution. Each day of continuing violation shall constitute a separate offense.