[1974 Code § 20-1]
As used in this chapter:
- BOD (denoting BIOCHEMICAL OXYGEN DEMAND)
- Shall mean the quantity of oxygen utilized in the biochemical oxidation of organic matter under standard laboratory procedure in five (5) days at twenty (20° C) degrees Celsius, expressed in milligrams per liter.
- CERTIFICATE OF COMPLIANCE
- The certificate issued by the municipality setting forth
that there are no known clearwater inflow connections into the sewer
lateral or sanitary sewer system from the specific property that is
being sold, transferred or leased.[Added 8-6-2019 by Ord. No. 19-86]
- Any stormwater, natural precipitation, surface flow, roof
runoff, surface runoff, subsurface drainage, downspouts, eave troughs,
rainspouts, yard drains, sump pumps, foundation drains, yard fountains,
ponds, cistern overflows, pools, water discharged from any air-conditioning
unit or system, and drainage that does not contain any sewerage or
waste.[Added 8-6-2019 by Ord. No. 19-86]
- INDUSTRIAL WASTES
- Shall mean the liquid wastes from industrial manufacturing processes, trade or business as distinct from sanitary sewage.
- Clearwater that enters a sanitary sewer system intended for
wastewater flows through connections, such as uncapped lateral cleanouts
and openings in manhole covers and illicit connections, such as area
drains, catch basins and foundation and roof drains.[Added 8-6-2019 by Ord. No. 19-86]
- Shall mean the logarithm of the reciprocal of the weight of hydrogen ions in grams per liter of solution.
- Precipitation and other surface drainage that is not infiltrated
into or otherwise retained by the soil, concrete, asphalt or other
surface upon which it falls.[Added 8-6-2019 by Ord. No. 19-86]
- SANITARY SEWER
- Shall mean a sewer which carries sewage and to which storm, surface and ground waters are not intentionally admitted.
- SANITARY SEWER SYSTEM
- Includes all piping, lines, sewers, laterals and connections
thereto, which carries or transports wastewater within the municipality
to trunk lines owned and maintained by the Rahway Valley Sewerage
Authority ("RVSA") to a destination at the RVSA's plant for wastewater
treatment.[Added 8-6-2019 by Ord. No. 19-86]
- Shall mean a combination of the water-carried wastes from residences, business buildings, institutions and industrial establishments, together with such ground, surface and storm waters as may be present.
- SEWAGE WORKS
- Shall mean all facilities for collecting, pumping, treating and disposing of sewage.
- Shall mean a pipe or conduit for carrying sewage.
- SEWER LATERAL
- Any pipe, line or sewer running across, through or from any
real property and connecting to any portion of the sanitary sewer
system.[Added 8-6-2019 by Ord. No. 19-86]
- Shall mean any discharge or water, sewage or industrial waste which, in concentration of any given constituent or in quantity of flow, exceeds for any period of duration longer than fifteen (15) minutes more than five (5) times the average twenty-four (24) hour concentration of flows during normal operation.
- SUSPENDED SOLIDS
- Shall mean solids that either float on the surface of, or are in water, sewage or other liquids, and which are removable by laboratory filtering.
- Shall mean the Township of Woodbridge, and, when the context requires, means the Director of Public Works or his authorized deputy, agent or representative.
[1974 Code § 20-2; Ord. #98-18 §§ 1, 2]
No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged any storm water, surface water, ground water, roof runoff, subsurface drainage, uncontaminated cooling water or unpolluted industrial process waters to any sanitary sewer.
Effective July 1, 1998, prior to the issuance of a Certificate of Approval for a residential property, there shall be an inspection conducted by the Township for purposes of verifying that no improper connections to the sanitary sewer system exist causing a prohibited discharge in violation of Subsection a of this section. Upon the finding of a violation of this section a reinspection fee of fifty ($50.00) dollars shall be charged. For each subsequent reinspection necessitated by such violation an additional one hundred ($100.00) dollar fee shall be charged.
No person shall directly or indirectly discharge, or permit to be discharged, clearwater into the sanitary sewer system.
[Added 8-6-2019 by Ord. No. 19-86]
No person shall tie into a connection between any conductor used to carry clearwater, such as, without limitation, a sump pump, roof drain, foundation drain, or other surface drain (collectively "device"), and the sanitary sewer system.
[Added 8-6-2019 by Ord. No. 19-86]
No owner shall sell or lease real property, which is improved with a building, without first obtaining from the municipality, as part of the municipality's certificate of occupancy procedure, a certificate of compliance that certifies that no device is connected to the sanitary sewer system. No purchaser or tenant shall purchase or rent such real property unless the seller has provided the purchaser or tenant with the required certificate of compliance prior to closing of the sale or finalization of the rental.
[Added 8-6-2019 by Ord. No. 19-86]
The municipality, by and through its building inspector, code enforcement officer, fire subcode official and/or any other person or employee duly appointed (collectively, "inspector"), may undertake inspections or tests as the inspector deems necessary and appropriate to determine whether clearwater is being discharged into the sanitary sewer system. Any inspection or test may only take place after written notice, mailed to the address of the property in question, at least seven business days in advance of the test or inspection. Tests or inspections shall be conducted on weekdays between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. or by appointment.
[Added 8-6-2019 by Ord. No. 19-86]
The inspector shall be permitted immediate entry onto real property to undertake inspections or tests for clearwater if, in the sole opinion of the inspector, an actual emergency exists tending to create an immediate danger to the public health and safety.
[Added 8-6-2019 by Ord. No. 19-86]
The owner of the property shall make all areas of the building to be tested or inspected available to the inspector.
[Added 8-6-2019 by Ord. No. 19-86]
If, in the sole opinion of the inspector, any clearwater is found, the sources of the clearwater into the sanitary sewer system shall be eliminated at the owner's expense. Such corrective work shall be completed within 10 days of the date the municipality notifies the owner of the deficiency, in writing, mailed to the address of the property in question.
[Added 8-6-2019 by Ord. No. 19-86]
In the event clearwater is identified, the municipality shall reinspect the property either upon notice from the owner that the deficiency has been corrected or within 15 days from the date of the notice of deficiency, whichever first occurs.
[Added 8-6-2019 by Ord. No. 19-86]
If the property owner fails to undertake such corrective work within the times specified herein, the municipality shall be authorized and permitted to make such repairs or replacements and to assess the owner of the property for the cost thereof, plus 10% or $50, whichever is greater, for administrative costs. Such assessment shall constitute a lien against the property until paid in the same manner as real estate taxes constitute a lien against the property.
[Added 8-6-2019 by Ord. No. 19-86]
[Added 8-6-2019 by Ord. No. 19-86]
When the inspector determines that there has been a violation of any provision of this chapter, written notice of the violation shall be given to the owner and any occupant of the property by mail. The violator(s) shall be given 10 days from the date of mailing of the notice in which to remedy the violation or contact the Building Department to set up a timetable for compliance.
If the violation is not remedied within the ten-day period, the violator shall be subject to a fine of not less than $250 plus costs for this first violation. Each date on which such violation occurs or exits, shall constitute a separate violation of this chapter.
Repeat offenses under this chapter shall be subject to increased fines as provided for below. As used in this section, "repeat offenses" means a second or subsequent violation of the same requirement or provision of this chapter for which the person admits responsibility or is determined to be responsible. The increased fine for repeat offenses shall be as follows:
In addition to other remedies under this chapter, the municipality may bring an action against the owner of the property for which the violation exists for the costs incurred in cleaning up and abating the offending condition. In any such action, the municipality shall be entitled to recover its costs of suit, together with reasonable attorneys' fees, experts' fees and costs of suit, if applicable.
[1974 Code § 20-3]
Storm water and all other unpolluted drainage shall be discharged to such sewers, or to a natural outlet approved by the Township. Industrial cooling water or unpolluted process waters may be discharged, on approval of the Township to a storm sewer or natural outlet.
[1974 Code § 20-4]
No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged any of the following described waters or wastes to any public sewers:
Any gasoline, benzene, naphtha, fuel oil, or other flammable or explosive liquid, solid or gas.
Any waters or wastes containing toxic or poisonous solids, liquids, or gases in sufficient quantity, either singly or by interaction with other wastes so as: 1. To injure or interfere with any sewage treatment process; or, 2. To constitute a hazard to humans or animals; or, 3. To create a public nuisance.
Any waters or wastes having a corrosive property capable of causing damage or hazard to structures, equipment and personnel of the sewage works.
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 and the like, either whole or ground by garbage grinders.
[1974 Code § 20-5]
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 Township 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, public property, or constitute a nuisance. In forming its opinion as to the acceptability of these wastes, the Township 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, degree of treatability of wastes in the sewage treatment plant and other pertinent factors. The substances prohibited are:
Any liquid or vapor having a temperature higher than one hundred fifty (150° F) degrees Fahrenheit [sixty-five (65° C) degrees Celsius].
Any water or waste containing fats, wax, grease, or oils, whether emulsified or not, in excess of one hundred (100) milligrams per liter or containing substances which may solidify or become viscous at temperatures between thirty-two (32° F) degrees and one hundred fifty (150° F) degrees Fahrenheit. [Zero (0° C) degrees and sixty-five (65° C) degrees Celsius].
Any waters or wastes containing strong acid iron-pickling wastes or concentrated plating solutions, whether neutralized or not.
Any waters or wastes containing iron, chromium, copper, zinc and similar objection-able or toxic substances in excess of limits established by the Township or having a pH outside of maximum and minimum limits established by the Township; or wastes exerting an excessive chlorine requirement.
Any waters or wastes containing phenols or other taste or odor-producing substances in such concentrations exceeding limits which may be established by the Township 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.
Any radioactive wastes or isotopes of such half-life or concentration as may exceed limits established by the Township in compliance with applicable State or Federal regulations.
Materials which exert or cause:
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).
Excessive discoloration, such as, but not limited to, dye wastes and vegetable tanning solutions.
Unusual volume of flow or concentration of wastes constituting "slugs," as defined herein.
Waters or wastes containing substances which are not amenable to treatment or reduction by the sewage treatment processes employed or are amenable to treatment only to such degree that the sewage treatment plant effluent cannot meet the requirements of other agencies having jurisdiction over discharge to the receiving waters.
[1974 Code § 20-6, Ord. #84-44; Ord. #95-86; Ord. #07-09; Ord. #07-31; Ord. #10-15; Ord. #13-05; Ord. No. 2017-135]
Rejection, Pretreatment or Control.
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 Subsection 28-1.5 and which, in the judgment of the Township, 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 Township may:
If the Township permits the pretreatment or equalization of waste flows, the design and installation of the plants and equipment shall be subject to the review and approval of the Township and subject to the requirements of all applicable codes, ordinances and laws. The time limit for the installation of any permitted pretreatment facilities shall be set by the Township.
Provisions for Commercial Establishments.
Grease traps shall be provided when the Director of Public Works and Parks or his designee determines that they are necessary for proper handling of liquid wastes containing grease in excessive amounts, or any flammable wastes, sand or other harmful ingredients, except that such grease trap shall not be required for private dwellings. All of the traps shall be located so that they are readily and easily accessible for cleaning and inspection. The grease traps shall be continuously maintained in order to provide satisfactory and effective operation by the owner, at the owner's expense. There shall be no bypass of the grease trap facilities which would allow the entry of untreated or partially treated wastes to the public sewer system. The Director or his designee shall determine the frequency to which an interior grease trap or exterior interceptor shall be cleaned or dumped.
All retail establishments, commercial food processors, meat processors or similar food preparers as deemed by the Director of Public Works and Parks or his designee shall be required to install an automatic dispensing system or use a technician installed suspended bacterial block, to insure proper dosage to this grease trap. The suspended bacterial block must be changed monthly, or as directed by the Director of Public Works and Parks or by his designee.
Any retail establishments, commercial food processors, meat processors or similar food preparers if deemed by the Director of Public Works and Parks or his designee to be either a high grease generator or who fails to maintain their grease trap shall be required to have their grease trap professionally cleaned on a schedule designated by the Director of Public Works and Parks or his designee. Maintenance intervals may vary from once a week to once in several weeks, but in no event less than once monthly.
All grease interceptors and grease traps shall be maintained and kept in good working order at all times. The grease interceptor or grease trap shall limit the amount of grease discharged into the sewer system to levels not exceeding those permitted by Woodbridge Township. Grease discharges shall not exceed one hundred (100) parts per million downstream of the grease interceptor or grease trap.
Grease interceptors shall be pumped at a minimum frequency of once every calendar month, or on a schedule deemed by Director of Public Works and Parks or his designee. In addition to required monthly pumping, each food facility shall determine an additional frequency at which its grease interceptor(s) shall be pumped according to the following criteria:
When the floatable grease layer exceeds six (6) inches in depth as measured by an approved dipping method, or;
When the settleable solids layer exceeds eight (8) inches in depth as measured by an approved dipping method, or;
When the interceptor is not retaining/capturing oils and grease.
When an Oil Recover System is in use the establishment may apply for a variance.
If upon inspection, an interceptor or Grease trap is found to have six (6) inches or more grease or eight (8) inches or more of solids the food establishment shall be required to have the interceptor or grease trap pumped out within seventy-two (72) hours of the inspection date. Failure to pump-out the interceptor shall constitute a violation from this division.
"No Grease" signs must be posted above sinks in all kitchens.
A yearly inspection shall be made of all establishments governed by this section. Pursuant to the yearly inspection, each establishment shall be designated as either approved or disapproved. All establishments designated as disapproved shall be subject to a reinspection(s) until all violations have been corrected and the establishment is designated as approved. A one hundred ($100.00) dollar fee shall be charged for all reinspections.
The bacteriological product must be free of wetting agents, additives and reducing agents, enzymes, solvents or chemical degreasers and must be approved for use by the Director of Public Works and Parks or designee prior to application and/or installation of equipment. The bacteria shall be introduced into the system after closing or during the period of time with the least amount of business activity, one (1) during every twenty-four (24) hour period, suspended bacterial block must be changed monthly, or as directed by the Director of Public Works and Parks or by his designee. All vendors of said products must submit a completed monthly report, to include last serviced date, next schedule service date, and condition of grease trap to the Director of Public Works and Parks or his designee.
All retail establishments, commercial food processors, meat processors or similar food preparers as deemed by the Director of Public Works and Parks or his designee shall be required to maintain records of microorganism, date and time of all cleaning and maintenance of each grease trap in a bound logbook along with a written protocol concerning grease trap cleaning and maintenance procedures. This book shall be available for inspection by Director of Public Works and Parks or his designee on demand.
The inspection report shall, at a minimum, list the company name, company representative, address and phone number of the company, the method and frequency of cleaning schedule and the date of cleaning/inspection. Such records shall be presented to the Township upon request. A more frequent cleaning/inspection schedule shall be performed at the property when it is determined by the Township that the property is discharging excessive amounts of grease to the sewer system.
[Ord. No. 2017-135]
[1974 Code § 20-7]
Where preliminary treatment or flow-equalizing facilities are provided for any waters or wastes, they shall be maintained continuously in satisfactory and effective operation by the owner at his expense.
[1974 Code § 20-8]
When required by the Township, the owner of any property serviced by a building sewer carrying industrial wastes shall install a suitable control manhole, together with such necessary meters and other appurtenances in the building sewer to facilitate observations, sampling and measurement of the wastes. Such manhole, when required, shall be accessibly and safety located and shall be constructed in accordance with plans approved by the Township. 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.
[1974 Code § 20-9]
All measurements, tests and analyses of the characteristics of waters and wastes to which reference is made in this section shall be determined in accordance with the latest edition of Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater, published by the American Public Health Association and shall be determined at the control manhole provided 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 downstream manhole in the public sewer to the point at which the building sewer is connected.
[1974 Code § 20-10; Ord. #07-09]
The Township, its Director of Public Works and Parks and/or any other duly authorized employees of the Township bearing proper credentials and identification shall, subject to law, be permitted to enter all properties for the purposes of inspection, observation, measurement, sampling and testing in accordance with the provisions of this section.
[1974 Code § 20-11]
The Township or its representatives shall have no authority to inquire into any processes, including metallurgical, chemical, oil, refining, ceramic, paper or other industries, beyond that point having a direct bearing on the kind and source of discharge to the sewers or waterways or facilities for waste treatment.
[1974 Code § 20-12; New]
[1974 Code § 20-13; Ord. #91-19]
All buildings in the Township which are located upon a street in which a sewer is connected, hereinafter designated in this section as a public sewer, shall be connected with the sewer or sewer system if the property is within one hundred (100) feet of the sewer or sewer system in the manner and in accordance with the standards and regulations hereinafter prescribed.
[1974 Code § 20-14]
All buildings referred to in the preceding subsection shall, within thirty (30) days after connection with the public sewer has been made, be equipped by the owner or occupant with adequate, sanitary and properly installed toilets.
At the expiration of the thirty (30) day period, the owner or occupant shall cease using an outhouse, privy, septic tank or like structure designed for the disposal of sewage.
[1974 Code § 20-15]
If the owner of any of the buildings referred to in subsections 28-2.1 and 28-2.2 shall fail to make the prescribed sewer connection or installation of a toilet or toilets, the Municipal Council may cause such connection or installation to be made under the direction of the Director of Public Works or award one (1) or more contracts for the making of such improvement.
If the Council exercises the power granted by Subsection a of this subsection, it shall comply with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40:63-55 through 40:63-58.
After the sewer connection or toilet installation has been made, the costs thereof shall be kept and apportioned, filed, examined, confirmed, regarded, assessed and collected in accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40:63-60, 40:63-61 and 40:63-63.
[1974 Code § 20-16; Ord. #85-63 § II; Ord. #06-19]
The installation and repair of sewer, drainage and water service lines, within the limits of any public street, highway, easement or other public property and the connection of such service lines to the sanitary sewers, stormwater drains and water mains of the Township shall be done in accordance with the provisions of the rules and regulations of the Department of Public Works and shall also conform with such specifications as may be promulgated by the Director.
A sewer service line, between its connection point at the sanitary sewer and a point at the public right-of-way line or the dedicated sanitary sewer easement shall be of extra-heavy cast-iron soil pipe, Schedule 40 or SDR 35 polyvinyl chloride (PVC), SDR 35 ABS plastic pipe or ductile-iron pipe and shall be laid by a home improvement contractor licensed by the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs.
Such service lines shall be paid on a straight alignment and uniform gradient of not less than one-fourth (1/4) inch per foot unless otherwise specifically authorized by the Director, having all changes in direction made with approved fittings.
A riser with a cleanout shall be provided in the lateral between the edge of the pavement and the property line, or within the designated easement as determined by the municipality.
Inspection cleanouts within the easement or right-of-way shall be fitted with either a metallic cap or a nonmetal cap fitted with a metallic plug that is suitable for locating the cleanout. The inspection cleanout shall be placed between the curb and edge of pavement and property line or within a designated easement.
Connections beyond the cleanout are under the jurisdiction of the Plumbing Subcode of the Uniform Construction Code (N.J.A.C. 5:23-3.15) through the Plumbing Subcode Official. The pipe size and specifications shall comply with the regulations and requirements of the Plumbing Subcode of the Uniform Construction Code.
As-built drawings that include the location of plumbing wyes, as supplied by the contractor, shall be submitted to the Municipal Engineer.
Maintenance and replacement of sanitary sewer service lines, including, but not limited to that portion located in the public right-of-way and/or easement shall be the responsibility of the property owner. Work within the public right-of-way and/or easement shall be in conformance with the provisions of Chapter 25 of the Township General Ordinances.
[1974 Code § 20-17]
No domestic sewage or industrial wastes and no injurious waste substance shall be discharged into a stormwater drain, watercourse or body of water through any connection thereto.
No industrial wastes nor any injurious waste substances shall be discharged into a sanitary sewer unless the method and degree of treatment, prior to discharge, have been approved by the Director of Public Works and the Health Officer of the Division of Health and unless such method and degree of treatment continue at all times to meet with such approval.
Subject to the prior approval of the Director, waste lines from a swimming pool shall be connected into a sanitary sewer and discharge of wastewater from a swimming pool into the sanitary sewer shall be restricted to the period between 12:00 midnight and 6:00 a.m. The size of the discharge line at the point of connection shall not, in general, exceed four (4) inches and may be further reduced by the Director at the latter's discretion.
[1974 Code § 20-18]
Except as otherwise provided herein-below, connections to sanitary sewers and stormwater drains shall be made by means of wyes as approved by the Director.
The use of an existing Y-branch, or other existing fitting, for the purpose of connecting a service line thereto shall be allowed only when such branch or fitting is already available and in place as a part of a sanitary sewer or stormwater drain, is in satisfactory condition and at an acceptable location, and is of adequate size to receive the service line.
Whenever the proposed service line to be connected is greater than five (5) inches, when the sanitary sewer or storm-water drain is eight (8) inches, or greater than six (6) inches when the sanitary sewer or storm-water drain is ten (10) inches or more, a manhole shall be built over the sanitary sewer or storm-water drain at the point of connection unless otherwise specifically authorized. The above sizes refer to the internal diameter of pipe or conduit.
Type of wye to be determined and other approved types of connections shall be installed in such a manner that the invert of the connection shall be higher than the invert of a sanitary sewer or storm-water drain by an amount not less than one-half (1/2) the vertical diameter of the sanitary sewer or not less than the vertical diameter of the storm-water drain unless otherwise authorized by the Director.
Connections to an existing cast-iron pipe sanitary sewer or storm-water drain shall be made by burning an opening in the pipe in an approved manner or by such other means as may be authorized by the Director.
When a connection is made into an existing manhole or when a manhole is required to be built at the point of connection, as specified hereinabove, the invert of the service line at the point of connection shall be higher than the invert of the sanitary sewer or storm-water drain by an amount not less than the vertical diameter of the sanitary sewer or storm-water drain, unless otherwise authorized by the Director.
When the difference in invert elevation in the manhole at the point of connection exceeds two (2) feet, a drop connection shall be installed in the manhole.
Adequate provisions shall be made so that the discharge from a service line within a manhole shall be conducted smoothly into, and in the direction of flow of, the main channel of the sanitary sewer or storm-water drain by means of a built-up channel or by extending the service line partly into the manhole as may be necessary and in such manner as may be approved by the Director.
Construction of new manholes, drop connections and any other necessary structures, and connections to existing structures, shall conform with such specifications as may be promulgated by the Director. In general, the current standard specifications and construction details of the Department of Public Works shall be followed, subject to the prior approval of the Director.
[1974 Code § 20-19]
Roof and other drainage from properties on which buildings are constructed after March 16, 1965 to be used in whole or in part for business, commercial, industrial or other public purposes shall be discharged through drainage service lines directly into a stormwater drain through an approved connection thereto when such a stormwater drain is available, and unless such connection, in the opinion of the Director, is deemed impracticable.
Discharge of such drainage into a catch-basin or through sidewalk or curb drains will not be allowed except with the prior approval of the Director and provided that the owner of the property has filed with the Director a signed statement by such owner that the Township is to be saved harmless from any loss, injury or damage arising out of the approval of the Director of the discharge of drainage into a catch-basin or through sidewalk or curb drains.
[1974 Code § 20-20; Ord. #85-70 § II]
Unless otherwise authorized, in writing, by the Director, drainage outlets laid under the sidewalk area between the property line and the curbline and discharging into the gutter or into a catch basin or curb inlet, shall be approved of ductile-steel or polyvinyl chloride (PVC) construction.
When holes are cut through curbs, for the purpose of providing drainage outlets, care shall be taken not to damage curbs and any damage or injury to the curbs shall be repaired by the permittee at the latter's own expense and to the satisfaction of the Director.
All roof drain outlets are to be constructed underground.
[1974 Code § 20-21; Ord. #5-16-72 § 2; New]
[1974 Code § 20-22]
After the construction of a sanitary sewer line or system in any street in the Township, all homes, dwellings, commercial establishments and industrial buildings facing or fronting thereon shall be connected to the sewer line or system within thirty (30) days after the acceptance of the sewer line or system by the Township.
[1974 Code § 20-23]
Any owner, tenant or occupant of the homes, dwellings, establishments or buildings mentioned in the preceding subsection shall, after connection has been made with the sewer line or system, discontinue the use of any septic tank or cesspool theretofore used for the disposal of sewage.
[1974 Code § 20-24]
Within ninety (90) days after the homes, dwellings, establishments or structures are connected with the sewer line or system, the owner, tenant or occupant shall, so as to eliminate any hazard to health, life or limb:
[1974 Code § 20-25]
[1974 Code § 20-45; Ord. #89-71 § 1]
There is hereby created and established, as of January 1, 1990, a municipally owned public utility to be known as the "Woodbridge Township Sewer Utility," hereinafter referred to as the "Sewer Utility." The authorized operations of the Sewer Utility shall consist of the operation, management, control and maintenance of the sewer system and all extensions and improvements hereafter made thereto, together with all services relating to such purposes including the billing and collection of sewer user fees and connection fees. The authorized operations of the Sewer Utility shall further include the performance of data processing services on behalf of Township departments and other entities, both public and private, pursuant to arrangements hereafter established.
[1974 Code § 20-46; Ord. #89-71 § 2]
The Mayor is hereby authorized to appoint an individual who shall be responsible for the day-to-day administrative operations of the Sewer Utility, including proposing the annual budget for the Sewer Utility and making recommendations to the Municipal Council regarding sanitary sewer service rates and charges, the classification of users, general policy over-sight of Sewer Utility administration and operations and the review and investigation of grievances. All personnel of the Sewer Utility shall be municipal employees; however, the salary of the employees or appointments of the Sewer Utility shall be paid from the Sewer Utility Fund.
[1974 Code § 20-47; Ord. #89-71 § 3]
All moneys derived from the operations of the Sewer Utility and other moneys applicable to its support shall be segregated and kept in a separate fund known as the "Sewer Utility Fund" and treated as moneys held in trust for the purposes for which the Sewer Utility was created. Moneys in the Sewer Utility Fund shall be applied only to costs of the Sewer Utility or as otherwise permitted by law and shall be accounted for in accordance with the Local Budget Law and Local Bond Law. A list of sample costs of the Sewer Utility is annexed hereto as Attachment A.
[1974 Code § 20-48; Ord. #89-71 § 4]
The budget of the Sewer Utility and the appropriations and disbursements from the Sewer Utility Fund shall be in compliance with the Local Budget Law and other applicable law.
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. § 40A:4-1 et seq.
[1974 Code § 20-49; Ord. #89-71 § 5; Ord. #98-17 § 1; Ord. #01-09 § 1; Ord. #04-08; Ord. #05-14; Ord. #10-11; Ord. #10-63; Ord. #13-60; Ord. # 14-06; Ord. No. 2017-124]
The charges and rents for connection to and use of the sewer system shall be fixed by ordinance and shall not be altered, amended or repealed by the provisions of this section. The charges for data processing services not relating to sewer purposes shall be fixed by resolution.
Residential Domestic User Fee. The user fees of residential domestic users shall be calculated using water consumption information available to the Township and shall be charged as follows:
Commercial Domestic User Fee. The user fee for commercial domestic users shall be based on class and shall be calculated using water consumption information available to the Township and shall be charged as follows:
Commercial Domestic User Classifications. Commercial domestic users shall be classified as follows:
Class 1: Hotels, motels, nursing homes, retirement homes.
Class 2: Bagel shops, butchers, doughnut shops, restaurants, bars and grills, bakeries, delicatessens, diners, luncheonettes, social clubs.
Class 3: Fast food restaurants.
Class 4: Auto retail stores, barber shops, bars and taverns, disposal, food markets, laundromats, manufacturing, meat markets, service stations (full repairs only), beauty salons, bowling alleys, cleaners, clinics, day care centers, dental practices, funeral parlors, general construction, golf courses, country clubs, ice cream shops, kennel, orphanage, photograph developing, pharmacy, printing shops, religious clubs, rest areas, supermarkets, train stations.
Class 5: Appliance stores, art studios, auto repairs, banking, bookstores, building supplies, bus charter, car rental, car wash, cemeteries, chiropractors, churches, cinemas, clothing, convenience stores, department stores, electrical contractor, electronic stores, florists, fruits and vegetables, furniture stores, general retail stores, glass repairs, government - other, grocery stores, hardware stores, health spas, hobby shops, toy stores, heating/air conditioning, home furnishings, jewelry stores, landscaping, libraries, limousine service, liquor stores, locksmiths, lumberyards, marina, medical supplies, non-education schools, paint stores, parks, pest control, pet grooming, pet supplies, pool supply, post office, psychic/tarot cards, realty agencies, rentals, scrap/junk yards, service stations - gas only, shoe stores, sporting goods, stationery stores, storage lots, tailor, tank farms, tanning salons, television repairs, towing service, travel agencies, trucking, video rental, warehousing.
Class 6: Laboratories, mini medical.
Class 7: Accountant, attorneys, consultants, engineers, general offices, insurance, opticians.
Class 8: Schools - public, schools - religious.
Class 9: Malls, shopping centers.
[Ord. #95-85; Ord. #10-22]
Findings. The Municipal Council has been made aware of the requests of aggrieved industrial property owners who pay sewer fees to appear before and be heard by the Woodbridge Sewer Utility Administrator and Woodbridge Township Sewer Utility Review Board regarding the calculation of sewer fees.
The Municipal Council deems it to be in the best interest of the Township that such industrial property owners be afforded the opportunity to appear before the Woodbridge Sewer Utility Administrator and Woodbridge Township Sewer Utility Review Board to present evidence or such other documentation in support of the appeal of the aggrieved industrial property owner.
Procedure. Any aggrieved industrial property owner who has filed a proper and timely notice of appeal pursuant to this subsection may request a reconsideration hearing before the Sewer Utility Administrator. The aggrieved industrial property owner may appear with counsel or other such representative, and may present facts or other evidence upon which the industrial property owner relies in appealing the calculation of fees imposed by the Woodbridge Township Sewer Utility.
Dispute of Recommendation. In the event an industrial property owner disputes the findings and advisory recommendations of the Sewer Utility Administrator, the aggrieved industrial property owner may request to appear before and be heard by the Woodbridge Township Sewer Utility Review Board. The aggrieved industrial property owner may appear with counsel or other such representative, and may present facts or other evidence upon which the industrial property owner relies in appealing the advisory recommendations of the Sewer Utility Administrator.
Appeal Based on Sample or Lab Results. In order for the result to be contested, the industrial user had to take a split sample when out field representative took a grab or composite sample from the designated sampling point. The sample would then have to be sent to a qualified lab and the Chain of Custody would have to be presented at the time of appeal. If the Chain of Custody is in any way broken the appeal is forfeited. The sample cannot be taken at a different time and it cannot be taken from a different sampling location.
[1974 Code § 20-50; Ord. #89-73 § 1]
Terms used herein shall have the meanings set forth herein or in existing ordinances of the Township or other applicable law.
[1974 Code § 20-51; Ord. #89-73 § 2; Ord. No. 2016-72]
A user of the sewer system may be deemed to be any owner, tenant or occupant of any real property which, directly or indirectly, is or has been connected with the sewer system or from or on which originates sewage or other wastes which, directly or indirectly, enter into the sewer system. All users of the sewer system shall be classified as one (1) of the following classes of users:
Domestic Users. Includes all users who discharge sewage through domestic dwellings and business premises not otherwise classified hereunder.
Significant Industrial Users. Includes all users who discharge sewage of particular characteristics or flow in excess of one (1) or more of the following threshold amounts:
Total sewage flow (flow). Flow of sewage in excess of twenty-five thousand (25,000) gallons per day.
Biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) present in sewage. BOD in excess of fifty-three (53) pounds per day; or,
Suspended solids (SS) present in sewage. SS in excess of forty-two (42) pounds per day.
[1974 Code § 20-52; Ord. #89-73 § 3; Ord. #90-62 § 1; Ord. #91-09 § 1; Ord. #04-08; Ord. #13-60; Ord. No. 2016-58]
A sanitary sewer connection fee shall be required for any net increase in the discharge rate to the Township sanitary sewerage system.
Discharge rates shall be calculated based on New Jersey Department of Environmental protection regulations regarding Projected Flow Criteria under the Technical Requirements for Treatment Works Approval Applications.
Connection fees shall be based on the total number of equivalent service units (ESU) served by the connection. An ESU is the average daily flow of sewage for the average single-family residence in the Township which is two hundred fifty-five (255) gallons per day.
Connection fees shall be charged at a rate of one thousand seven hundred seventy-five ($1,775.00) dollars per ESU.
Connection fees shall be paid prior to execution of a builder's agreement or developer's agreement. In the event that a builder's agreement or developer's agreement is not required, the fee shall be paid prior to issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy.
Users may pay the connection fee in two equal installments if the total fee exceeds ten thousand ($10,000.00) dollars. The first installment shall be made at the time of execution of a developer's agreement. The second installment shall be made prior to issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy.
[1974 Code § 20-53; Ord. #89-73 § 4; Ord. #91-09 §§ 2, 3; Ord. #98-17 § 2; Ord. #01-09 § 2; Ord. #04-08; Ord. #05-14; Ord. #10-11; Ord. #13-60; Ord. No. 2016-72; Ord. No. 2017-124]
All users shall be charged annual fees for use or services of the sewer system after direct or indirect connection therewith. Such annual fees (user fees) shall be based on the use of the sewer system determined by the flow of sewage as set forth below:
Domestic User Fee. The user fee of domestic users shall be calculated using water consumption information available to the Township and shall be charged as follows: $0.00245 per gallon of water consumed.
Significant Industrial User Fee. All significant industrial users shall install and maintain a meter to measure and record the actual flow of sewage. The user fee of significant industrial users shall be calculated using actual readings of sewage flow and shall be charged as follows:
[1974 Code § 20-54; Ord. #89-73 § 5]
Notwithstanding anything contained herein to the contrary, the minimum annual charge for any property connected to the sewer system shall be based on the presumed consumption of one hundred thirty-two (132) gallons of water per day per ESU to cover administrative costs, fixed costs, debt service and other costs of the sewer system.
[1974 Code § 20-55; Ord. #89-73 § 6]
All meters used by the Township in determining user fees shall be of the type specified or approved by the Municipal Engineer and shall be properly installed and maintained by the user at the user's expense. Whenever a user is required to install a meter and fails to do so, the Township shall install the meter and charge the installation, measurement and maintenance cost of the meter to the user.
[1974 Code § 20-56; Ord. #89-73 § 7; Ord. #10-22]
The Township will regularly sample and test the sewage emanating from all significant industrial users or rely on available equivalent records of sampling and testing. The Township may impose a sampling fee not to exceed seventy-five ($75.00) dollars per sample. The samples must be drawn from a Township prescribed sampling point.
[1974 Code § 20-57; Ord. #89-73 § 8]
Each user shall be notified, at least annually, by way of a sewer user fee bill of the rate and charges billed to the user for sanitary sewer services.
[1974 Code § 20-58; Ord. #89-73 § 9; Ord. #10-22]
The Sewer Utility Review Board is authorized to implement rules and guidelines for sewer user fee appeals. Any sewer user filing an appeal must be current with their sewer bill.
[1974 Code § 20-59; Ord. #89-73 § 10]
At least once each year the Municipal Council shall review and revise, as necessary, the sewer connection fee and the sewer user fees. Any fees so established shall, at a minimum, provide sufficient revenues to meet the charges imposed on the Township by the Middlesex County Utilities Authority (MCUA) and the Rahway Valley Sewerage Authority (RVSA) and the operation and maintenance costs of the sewer system and debt service costs relating to the sewer system.
[1974 Code § 20-60; Ord. #89-73 § 1]
The fees established hereunder shall take effect immediately.
[1974 Code § 20-26]
The purpose of this section is to provide for equitable charges to industrial users based upon quantity and strength of wastewater discharge in compliance with Federal Regulation 18 CFR 601.34, dated July 2, 1970 as amended and supplemented from time to time.
[1974 Code § 20-27; Ord. #1-20-76 § 1; Ord. #80-54 § 1]
Acceptable Wastes. No industrial liquid waste shall be discharged into the sanitary sewer system of the Township unless it is amenable to secondary or biological treatment processes. No toxic materials or wastes containing explosive or flammable substances which would be detrimental to the collection system, including pumping stations and all treatment plant facilities and equipment or treatment processes, shall be permitted to be discharged into the collection system. Subsections 28-6.3 and 28-6.4 set forth, in further detail, requirements concerning limitations on the quality of industrial waste characteristics.
Chemical Analyses Submitted. Every industry proposing to connect with the Township sewer system and to discharge industrial waste into same shall submit a complete chemical analysis of the waste, including biochemical oxygen demand (BOD), chemical oxygen demand (COD), suspended solids, chlorine demand, phosphates, nitrates and other waste characteristics required by the regulatory agencies and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
Charges. Every industrial connected to the Township system and discharging industrial wastes shall pay a quarterly charge to the Township to cover the cost of treatment of the industrial waste.
Payment for industrial wastes shall be based upon the following factors:
Industrial waste flow.
BOD of the waste.
Suspended solids of the waste.
The Township reserves the right to include additional charges for industrial waste characteristics as may be imposed by the Sewerage Authority to the Township or to modify the rates based upon actual cost to the Township.
Sampling and Testing. The Township shall undertake periodic sampling and testing of the waste to determine both volume and strength or waste characteristics. The owner shall reimburse the Township for all costs of sampling and testing.
Determination of Volume. The volume of sewage and/or industrial waste from each industrial establishment may be determined by meters paid for and installed and maintained by the owner, actual water meter records and/or private well meter records combined with Township water records or from estimates or measurements made by the Township Consulting Engineer.
Determination of Waste Characteristics. The characteristics of the industrial waste shall be determined from actual samplings or other approved means and shall be based upon analyses made in accordance with the procedures outlined in the latest edition of Standard Methods of Analysis of Water and Sewage, published by the American Public Health Association. The Township may require the installation of automatic samplers at the cost of the owner to obtain representative samples during a calendar quarter or as may be required.
Additional Determinations. Additional classifications of waste characteristics or modifications of the rate schedule may be established by the Township from time to time as deemed necessary.
Agreement to Accept Wastes. The Township will accept industrial wastes into the sanitary sewerage system upon execution of a formal, written agreement and under and subject to the provisions appearing in the agreement and the rules, regulations and rates stated herein. The agreement will set out in detail the characteristics of the wastes, the flow conditions which shall govern and the conditions with respect to the physical connection or connections. It will be the policy of the Township to consider each application on its own merits and to establish specific conditions applicable to the particular situation for each agreement. No connection shall be made prior to execution of the agreement.
Applicant to Submit Data. Prior to approving an application for a connection involving the acceptance of industrial liquid wastes, the applicant shall submit complete data with respect to the following:
Average, maximum and minimum rates of flow to be expected daily and seasonally.
Flow diagram, showing points of applications of chemicals, type and quantity of each chemical used per day and per shift, a schedule of operations, expected chemical characteristics of the untreated wastes and the point or points of connection to the sewerage system. The normal situation will require the separation of and separate points of connection for domestic sewage and industrial wastes from each industrial establishment.
Chemical analyses and waste characteristics of liquid industrial waste to be discharged into system.
[1974 Code § 20-28]
Wastes containing the following substances or possessing the characteristics listed below will not be accepted:
Any vapors or steam.
Any fluids with temperature in excess of one hundred fifty (150 F.) degrees Fahrenheit.
Any fluids wastes which contain in excess of one hundred (100) parts per million of fat, oil or grease, either vegetable or mineral.
Any volatile, explosive or flammable substances, such as benzene, gasoline, naphtha, fuel oil or similar substances.
Any solids or viscous matter which may contain any ashes, cinders, sand, mud, straw shavings, metal, glass, rags, feathers, tar, plastics, wood, paunch hair or similar substances.
Any fluid wastes having a pH value less than five point five (5.5) or in excess of nine point zero (9.0) or possessing other properties capable of causing damage or hazard to sewers, structures, treatment process, equipment or operating personnel.
Any wastes containing toxic or poisonous substances in sufficient concentration to interfere with the sewage treatment process or cause injury to animals or persons or create an unacceptable condition in the receiving streams.
Any noxious or malodorous gas or substance which causes a public nuisance.
[1974 Code § 20-29]
The Township reserves the right to require preliminary treatment where the chemical characteristics of the proposed industrial wastes, in the opinion of the Township or in the opinion of the State Department of Environmental Protection or the local health officials, make such preliminary treatment desirable or mandatory. Some of the characteristics which may dictate preliminary treatment are listed below:
Five (5) day BOD in excess of three hundred fifty (350) milligrams per liter.
Suspended solids in excess of three hundred fifty (350) milligrams per liter.
Presence of arsenic, barium, cadmium, chloride, copper, cyanide, fluoride, iron, lead, magnesium, manganese, nickel, nitrate, selenium, sulfate, zinc or pH values outside the acceptable limits.
pH below or above the allowable limits.
A chlorine demand in excess of thirty (30) mg/1.
In such instances where it is agreed that the industrial waste will be received following preliminary treatment, drawings and specifications shall be submitted for approval, showing all pertinent details of the construction proposed to accomplish the preliminary treatment, to include details of the indicator-record-register type of fluid meter and the housing to be used to meter the flow of industrial wastes, and also details of the control manhole to be constructed on the industrial wastes connection within the sidewalk area. The control manhole shall be provided with adequate access manhole covers of approved type, through which access shall be possible to the Township personnel at all times. Drawings, specifications, reports, etc. shall be submitted in quadruplicate and shall be prepared by a registered professional engineer.
Where preliminary treatment facilities are required, they shall be provided and continuously maintained in an effectively operating condition at all times, at the expense of the owner.
Each owner connected shall be responsible for maintaining a quality of effluent from their premises which conforms to the provisions established in their agreement with the Township. Sampling and analysis shall be done to conform with accepted practice, and in accordance with the current edition of "Standard Methods for Examination of Water, Sewage and Industrial Wastes" published by the American Public Health Association.
The cost of preparing and submitting this data for consideration by the Township shall be borne by the industry; likewise, the cost of sampling and analysis to determine compliance with the terms of the agreement shall be borne by the owner although conducted by the Township or its duly authorized representative.
[1974 Code § 20-30]
Industries permitted to connect to Township sewers, even though not initially required to provide preliminary treatment, may be required to provide a control manhole and/or meter, as described above.
[1974 Code § 20-31]
Where the owner provides its own water supply, entirely separate from that supplied by the Township or provides from its own sources a portion of the water consumed on the premises, which eventually finds its way into the sewerage system of the Township all aforementioned provisions will apply. This does not relieve the owner from the requirements to furnish, install and maintain a meter of the indicator-register-record type to measure the discharge of industrial wastes, as provided herein. All costs of furnishing, installing and maintaining the industrial waste flow meter will be borne by the owner.
The Township representative shall have access at reasonable times to industrial establishments and to any meters used to determine waste volumes discharged into the sewer system or excluded from the sewer system.
[1974 Code § 20-32; Ord. #89-08]
Under no circumstances will any of the following be connected to the sanitary sewers, directly or indirectly:
Floor drain, area drain or yard drain.
Rain conductor or downspout.
Stormwater inlets or catch basins.
Drains from pieces of equipment or manufacturing process, except when specifically authorized under the provisions of these rules and regulations.
No cesspool, privy vault, subsoil or cellar drains, rainwater or surface drains. Only the sewerage system of the premises shall be so connected.
No Certificate of Occupancy shall issue for the occupancy of any premises and/or unit thereof unless and until the Township shall determine that there are no prohibited connections to the sanitary sewers.
[1974 Code § 20-33]
A separate connection shall be provided for domestic sewage and the waste shall not be commingled with the industrial waste within the plant. The Township shall determine the equivalent household connections from the discharge of domestic sewage from each industrial plant. This shall be determined by dividing the average daily domestic sewage flow by three hundred (300) gallons per day; the latter representing the average household domestic sewage discharge. The annual rate for discharge of domestic sewage into the Township sewer system shall be computed by multiplying the number of equivalent units, as determined by the formula above, times the annual sewer charge applied to each household unit [presently fifteen ($15.00) dollars per year].
[1974 Code § 20-34]
The rates and charges fixed by the Township shall be in lieu of and in substitution for any other sewer charges heretofore made by any other agency for such quarter or any succeeding period.
Bills for the charges and rents shall be rendered to the owner or each premises quarterly, in advance, as soon as may be practicable after the beginning of each quarter and may be rendered with the tax bills covering real estate. The charges and rents shall become due and payable as herein prescribed.
The charges and rents shall draw interest and be a lien upon the premises until paid and the Township shall have and exercise the remedies for the collection thereof with interest, costs and penalties provided in N.J.S.A. 40:63-8 and as it has by law for the collection of taxes upon real estate.
[1974 Code § 20-35]
Each owner of premises located on streets in which sewers are available shall connect all sewerage facilities on the premises to the sewer system immediately upon such sewerage facilities becoming available and use the sewerage facilities at all times for sewage disposal therefrom.
No alteration or repair to any part of the sewer system or any connection thereto shall be made except by duly authorized representatives or employees of the Township without application for such having been made to the Township and approved and upon compliance with the rules and regulations of the Township relating thereto.