Township of Branchburg, NJ
Somerset County
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[Ord. #BH 13; Ord. #BH 23]
As used in this chapter:
Shall mean the quantity of oxygen utilized in the biochemical oxidation of organic matter under standard laboratory procedure in five days at 20° C., expressed in parts per million by weight.
Shall mean a sewer receiving both surface runoff and sewage.
Shall mean the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, P.L. 92-500, and any amendments thereto, as well as any guidelines, limitations and standards promulgated by the Environmental Protection Agency (hereinafter sometimes referred to as EPA) pursuant to the Act.
Shall mean solid wastes from the preparation, cooking and dispensing of food and from the handling, storage and sale of produce.
Shall mean that part of the sewerage system which receives the sewage from the house plumbing system and conveys it to the nearest end of the sewer extension unless a sewer extension is not available whereby the house connection shall be extended to the nearest available "Y" branch on the main sewer. No house connection shall be made to a manhole on the public sewer system.
Shall mean all the plumbing work within the building and to a point five feet outside of the building which conveys sewage from within the building to the house connection outside of the building.
Shall mean waste from any producing, manufacturing, research or processing operation of whatever nature but not including domestic discharges resulting from human habitation.
Shall mean the liquid wastes from industrial processes as distinct from sanitary sewage.
Shall mean the sewers laid longitudinally along the centerline or other part of the streets or other rights-of-way and which all owners of abutting properties have equal rights and which is controlled by public authority.
Shall mean any outlet into a watercourse, pond, ditch, lake or other body of surface or ground water.
Shall mean any individual, partnership, firm, association or corporation which generates an industrial discharge.
Shall mean any individual, firm, company, association, society, corporation or group.
Shall mean the logarithm of the reciprocal of the weight of hydrogen ions in grams per liter of solution.
Shall mean the township plumbing inspector of the Township of Branchburg, or his authorized deputy, agent or representative.
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.
Shall mean a sewer in which all owners of abutting properties have equal rights and is controlled by public authority.
Shall mean a sewer which carries sewage and to which storm, surface and ground waters are not intentionally admitted.
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.
Shall mean any arrangement of devices and structures used for treating sewage.
Shall mean that part of the sewerage system that runs from the sewer main to the curb line and includes all necessary fittings.
Shall mean all facilities for collecting, pumping and disposing of sewage.
Is mandatory; "May" is permissive.
Shall mean a sewer which carries storm and surface waters and drainage, but excludes sewage and polluted wastes.
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.
Shall mean the Township of Branchburg.
Shall mean a channel in which a flow of water occurs, either continuously or intermittently.
[Ord. #BH 98-47]
Editor's Note: Prior ordinance history includes portions of Ordinance Nos. BH:13, BH:19 and BH:93-36.
The owners of every building which has available an accepted public sewer at or within the property line, or a public right of way adjacent to the property line, and within 300 feet of said building shall connect, at the owners' expense, all sanitary sewage facilities to the public sewer immediately upon proper written order of the department of health if:
There is a malfunction of the existing individual subsurface sewage disposal system servicing the building, or
There is a need, for any reason, to repair or alter the existing system, or
There is a change in use of the building that will result in the discharge of materials other than sanitary sewage, as defined in N.J.A.C. 7:9A-2. 1, or create a significant increase in sewage volume.
Note: Connection to said sewer is optional if the distance is 300 feet from the building or more.
Any person who violates, or neglects to comply with any provision of this section or code established herein or notice issued pursuant thereto, shall upon conviction thereof, be liable to a penalty of not less than $25, nor more than $1,000 for each violation. Each day that a violation of this section, or code, or notice, continues to exist shall constitute a separate and distinct offense.
In the event that any section, sentence or clause of this section or code shall be declared void by a court of competent jurisdiction, such declaration shall not in any manner prejudice the enforcement of the remaining provisions.
[Ord. #BH 13; Ord. #BH 19; Ord. #BH 23; Ord. #BH 26]
The plumbing inspector shall make preliminary plumbing inspections of all dwellings and other structures to be connected to any public sewer. Such inspection shall be made for the purpose of ascertaining that all of the waste lines of the plumbing system in or on the premises have been effectively trapped and vented to prevent the unsafe escape of sewer gas within a dwelling or other structure and to ascertain that no such waste lines have been connected to any footing drains, downspouts, sump pumps or other sources of storm water, surface run-off water, ground water, roof run-off water, subsurface drainage water, cooling water or unpolluted industrial process water. It shall be the duty of the plumbing inspector to schedule such inspections in an orderly manner to cover all dwellings and other structures serviced by any sanitary sewerage facility constructed by the township or by any private person or group of private persons as soon as a public works contract for such construction has been awarded by the township committee, or as soon as official approval has been given to the construction of any such sanitary sewerage facility by a private person or group of private persons. These inspections shall be scheduled to be completed on or before the estimated date of official acceptance for use of the construction of such sanitary sewerage facilities. In the scheduling of such inspections, it shall be the duty of the plumbing inspector to notify all owners and occupants of dwellings and other structures subject to inspection, as aforesaid, of the necessity to make such inspection so as to facilitate the scheduling thereof by appointment. On completion of each inspection, the plumbing inspector shall file an inspection certificate with the board of health and deliver to the owner a copy thereof. Such certificate shall be signed and dated and shall identify the premises inspected and further specify the plumbing work, if any, required to make the premises safe for connection to a public sanitary sewer and also such additional work, if any, that may be necessary to prevent the discharge of any footing drain, down-spout, sump pump or other source of storm water, surface run-off water, ground water, roof run-off water, sub-surface drainage water, cooling water, unpolluted industrial process water or any other prohibited water or other liquids into the public sewerage system.
No person other than authorized township personnel for repair purposes shall uncover, make any connections with or opening into, use, alter or disturb any public sewer or appurtenance thereof without first obtaining a written permit from the plumbing inspector. Such permit when for a house connection shall be in writing on a form provided by the township and shall state the street and number, tax map block and lot number, and be accompanied by a sketch showing the location of the line where it passes into the township sewer system by reference to property corners.
No sewer connection permit shall be issued for any premises which have not been inspected as required by subsection 6-3.1.
No sewer connection permit shall be issued for any premises which failed to pass the inspection required under subsection 6-3.1, unless the application for the connection permit is accompanied by an application for a plumbing permit for all work necessary to correct the deficiencies shown on the certificate of inspection. All such corrective plumbing work must be completed before the house connection is connected to the plumbing system.
Before any work may be started under a sewer connection permit, the owner, or the owner's agent, using forms to be provided by the board of health, must file with the plumbing inspector a signed statement specifying the proposed starting date for such connection work and the name, address and telephone number of each person, firm or corporation who will do the following parts of the work of installation of the proposed house sewer connection, to wit:
Sewer trench excavation.
House connection pipe lines.
Sewer trench back-filling.
Emptying the cesspool or septic tank or seepage pit being disconnected.
Back-filling cesspool or septic tank or seepage pit after disconnection.
No person shall start any part of the work of installation of a house sewer connection before the statement specified in subsection BH6-3.5 is filed with the plumbing inspector. It shall be the duty of such person proposing to do any part of such work to ascertain whether or not such statement has been so filed.
There shall be two classes of public sewer connection permits: (1) for residential and commercial service, and (2) for service to establishments producing industrial wastes. In either case the owner or his agent shall make application on a special form provided by the township. The permit application shall be supplemented by any plans, specifications or other information considered pertinent in the judgment of the plumbing inspector. A permit and inspection fee of $10 for a residential or commercial public sewer connection permit and $25 for an industrial public sewer connection permit shall be paid to the township plumbing inspector at the time the application is filed. A re-inspection fee of $10 shall be paid for each re-inspection necessitated by reason of defective work.
Prior to approval of any connection for industrial discharge, the applicant shall submit with his request the following information:
Name of company or person.
Product, service or activity.
A plan showing the proposed connection with a description of the method for flow determination and parameter monitoring.
Complete schedule of all process waters and industrial wastes produced or expected to be produced at the property, including a description of the character of each waste, the daily volume and the maximum rates of discharge and representative analysis.
The time period for which the connection to the system has been requested. For periods other than "indefinite", a renewal request for the discharge will be required to be submitted to the plumbing inspector at least 120 days prior to the expiration of the current approval.
Such other information as is deemed necessary by the plumbing inspector.
All costs and expenses incident to the installation and connection shall be borne by the owner. The owner shall indemnify the township from any loss or damage that may directly or indirectly be occasioned by the installation of the house connection.
A separate and independent house connection shall be provided for every building except where one building stands at the rear of another on an interior lot and no private sewer is available or can be constructed to the rear building through an adjoining alley, court, yard or driveway, in which case the house connection from the front building may be extended to the rear building.
A portion of the existing outside piping of the house plumbing system may be used in connection with the house connection only when it is found, on examination and test by the plumbing inspector, to meet all requirements of this chapter.
The house connection sewer pipe shall be made of extra heavy cast iron pipe (maximum of ten foot lengths) or asbestos-cement rubber ring house connection pipe (maximum of six foot lengths) properly jointed. Cast iron pipe shall be jointed with lead and okum, or with rubber gaskets conforming to current American Society For Testing and Materials Specifications for Rubber Gaskets for Cast Iron Soil Pipe and Fittings (A.S.T.M. Designation: C-564-65T). Cast iron pipe for such sewers shall be laid in a trench excavated of sufficient width and to proper grade for proper installation of each length of pipe. The bottom of the trench shall be evenly graded so that the pipe shall rest on undisturbed earth. Bell holes shall be provided by hand excavation in the bottom of the trench so that the entire length of the barrel of each pipe will rest on undisturbed earth and so that the bottom of the trench will provide a solid bearing for the entire length of each pipe. Rock shall be excavated to a uniform grade and shall be excavated three inches below the bells of the cast iron pipe. All cuts below trench grade shall be filled with three-quarter inch clean cracked stone compacted or with concrete. Only cast iron pipe shall be used where the pipe passes under a driveway or under other areas where, in the opinion of the plumbing inspector, its preference over asbestos cement pipe is warranted. Installations of asbestos cement pipe shall be bedded on six inches of three-quarter inch clean cracked stone. Asbestos cement pipe shall be jointed with rubber rings or gaskets conforming to current American Society For Testing And Materials specifications for rubber rings for asbestos cement pipe (A.S.T.M. Designation: D-1869-63T). Immediately after completion of the house sewer connection, all connections to cesspools, septic tanks and seepage pits shall be entirely cut off from all waste lines and the cesspool, septic tank and seepage pits shall be emptied of the contents thereof and shall be filled with fresh clean earth or sand. All septic tanks, cesspools and seepage pits servicing a system being connected to the public sewer shall be pumped and filled at the time of final inspection and approval of the house sewer connection. This work shall be done subject to the approval of the plumbing inspector.
The diameter of the house connection pipe shall be not less than four inches. The house connection shall be laid on a uniform grade, wherever practicable, at a straight grade of at least one-fourth of an inch per foot. Where in special cases, a minimum grade of one-fourth inch per foot cannot be maintained, a grade of 1/8 inch per foot will be permitted but only after the plumbing inspector is amply notified and gives his approval.
Whenever possible, the house connection shall be brought to the building at an elevation below the basement floor. No house connection shall be laid parallel to or within three feet of any bearing wall which might thereby be weakened. The depth shall be sufficient to afford protection from frost. The house connection shall be laid at uniform grade in the direction from the main sewer to the building and in straight alignment insofar as possible. Change in direction shall be made only with properly curved pipe and fittings.
In all buildings in which the house plumbing is too low to permit gravity flow to the public sewer, and where a health condition exists or where the septic system has been declared unsafe by the sanitary inspector, the sanitary sewage carried by such drain shall be lifted by approved artificial means and discharged to the house connection. Properties adjoining sewer lines and not having to connect will not be liable for connection fees or usage fees until such time as a connection is made.
When installing the house connection, the trenches shall be dug in a careful manner and properly sheathed where required. The road materials shall be placed in a separate pile and not mixed with the rest of the excavated materials which must be piled in a compact heap, so placed as to cause the least possible inconvenience to the public. Proper barricades and lights must be maintained around the trench to guard against accidents.
In backfilling, the material for the two feet immediately over the pipe shall be selected so it contains no stones. This must be carefully tamped, the balance of the trench to be back-filled in a workmanlike manner, tamping the filling in eight inch layers so as to avoid any settlement. When the trench has been filled to the proper height, the road material is to be replaced and heavily tamped or rolled.
Where the trench is excavated in rock, the rock must be carefully excavated to a depth of six inches below the grade line of the sewer and the trench brought to the proper elevation with gravel or other material satisfactory to the plumbing inspector. The remainder of the trench must be backfilled with suitable material.
Nothing in this section shall be construed as abrogating any of the existing requirements of the township relating to the excavation and backfilling of trenches but the requirements herein contained shall be in addition thereto.
Where sub-soil conditions are bad, such special precaution must be taken to secure a watertight job as may be directed by the plumbing inspector. In quicksand, all pipes must be laid out on planking, two inches thick by at least six inches wide.
All joints and connections shall be made gastight and watertight. Cast iron pipe joints shall be firmly packed with jute, hemp or equal yarning material and hot-poured with a melted lead to a depth of not less than one inch. The jointing compound shall be run in one pouring and caulked tight. No paint, varnish or other coatings shall be permitted on the jointing material until after the joint has been tested and approved by the plumbing inspector. Material for hot-poured joints shall not soften sufficiently to destroy the effectiveness of the joint when subjected to a temperature of 160° F., nor be soluble in any of the wastes carried by the drainage system.
Joints for asbestos-cement pipe shall be the standard rubber-ring coupling type and installed in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.
Other jointing materials and methods may be used only upon approval of the plumbing inspector.
The connection of the house connection to the main sewer shall be made at the sewer extension at the curb line, or, if no sewer extension exists connection shall be made at the nearest available "Y" connection on the main sewer. The plumbing inspector and/or the township engineer will designate the position of the end of the sewer extension at the curb line or the "Y" connection on the main sewer, whichever is appropriate. If it becomes necessary to cut into the main sewer, since no other source of connection is available, then such connection shall be made as directed by and under supervision of the township engineer. The dead-ends of all pipes not immediately connected with the house plumbing system must be securely closed by a watertight cover of imperishable material.
Prior to any connection to the sewer extension or to the main sewer, the plumbing inspector and/or the township engineer must be given ample notice of at least 24 hours in order that he may supervise such work. If the plumbing inspector and/or the township engineer has not been given ample notice, he may require the completed work to be uncovered for examination at the owner's expense.
The use of cleanouts on the house connection shall be made by installing a "Y" and one-eighth bend. The clean-outs shall ordinarily be installed at the point of connection between the house connection and outside part of the house plumbing system, at all curves on the house connection and on the straight part of the house sewer to the main sewer. The clean-out shall be brought up from the house connection to eight inches below ground level and be properly capped. Where the distance from the building to the point of connection at the main sewer is less than 50 feet, and there are no curves in this distance, the clean-out in the house will be sufficient if it is at least six inches above the basement floor. Where the distance exceeds 50 feet, at least one cleanout 20 feet from the house shall be provided.
Where connection is made between the portion of the house plumbing system outside of the building and the house connection, a long radius bend shall appropriately be installed at this connection, along with a clean-out as described in subsection BH6-3.18. This connection shall be subject to the approval of the plumbing inspector who shall be given ample notice prior to such work.
Before any portion of the existing plumbing system outside of the building is connected to the house connection, the owner shall prove to the satisfaction of the plumbing inspector that it is clean and conforms in every respect to these rules and regulations.
No person, shall engage in any of the work involved in the installation of house connection sewers and in the work of emptying cesspools, septic tanks or seepage pits except as hereinafter specified, to wit:
Anyone may excavate and back fill the sewer trench and back fill the cesspool, septic tank or seepage pit, if, but only if designated in the statement required to be filed pursuant to subsection BH6-3.5.
The work of laying house connection sewer pipe may be performed by any qualified contractor provided that the contractor is designated in the statement required to be filed pursuant to subsection BH6-3.5. In the case of the owner of a one-family dwelling who is a resident of such dwelling, the owner may perform the work himself, provided that he is designated in the aforesaid statement.
No person, shall engage in the work of emptying cesspools, septic tanks or seepage pits unless they are designated in the statement required to be filed pursuant to subsection BH6-3.5 and unless they are also licensed to do so by the township board of health.
The plumbing inspector may require any appropriate test to the pipes. The plumber or contractor at his own expense shall furnish all necessary tools, labor, materials and assistants for such tests and shall remove or repair any defective materials when so ordered by the plumbing inspector.
Each contractor, or other person performing work on township property for the purposes of installing house connections, shall post a bond acceptable to the township. All work shall be adequately guarded with barricades, lights, and other measures for protection to the public from hazard. Streets, sidewalks, curbs and other public property disturbed in the course of the work shall be restored in a manner satisfactory to the township engineer.
The plug on the curb connection shall only be removed in the presence of the plumbing inspector of the township.
[Ord. #BH 23]
No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged any of the following:
Any unpolluted waters such as, but not limited to, stormwater, groundwater, roof run-off, subsurface drainage or cooling water.
Any liquid or vapor having a temperature higher than that stipulated hereinafter.
Any water or waste which may contain soluble oil or grease or any water containing floatable fats, oils, greases or other substance that will solidify or become viscous at normal climatic conditions or impair the operation of the authority's system.
Any gasoline, benzine, naptha, fuel oil, motor oil, mineral spirits, commercial solvent or other flammable or explosive liquid, solid or gas.
Any water or wastes that contain hydrogen sulphide, sulphur dioxide or nitrous oxide in quantities higher than that stipulated hereinafter.
Any ashes, cinders, sand, mud, straw, shavings, metal, glass, rags, feathers, offal, plastics, wood, paunch manure, hair and fleshings, entrails, lime residues, beer or distillery slops, chemical residues, paint or ink residues, cannery waste bulk solids, unshredded garbage, antibiotic wastes, free mineral acid, concentrated picking wastes or plating solutions or any other solid of viscous substance capable of causing obstruction to the flow or other interference with the proper operation of the sewage works.
Any water or wastes containing toxic or poisonous substances in such concentrations as to constitute a hazard to human or animals, or to interfere with any sewage treatment process, or to create any hazard in the receiving waters of the sewage works or the sewage treatment plant.
Wastes which will cause corrosive structural damage to the sewage works.
Any waters containing suspended solids of such character and quantity that unusual provision, attention or expense is required to handle such materials in the sewage works or at the sewage treatment plant.
Any noxious or malodorous gas or substance, capable of creating a public nuisance or hazard to life or preventing entry into sewers for their maintenance, inspection and repair.
Any waters containing quantities of radium, naturally occurring or artificially produced radioisotopes in excess of presently existing or subsequently accepted limits for drinking water as established by the national committee on radiation protection and measuring.
Any concentrated dye wastes, spent tanning solutions, or other wastes which are highly colored, or wastes which are of unusual volume, concentration of solids or composition that may create obstruction to the flow in sewers, or other interference with the proper operation of the sewage works or the quality of the effluent from the sewage works.
The following fixed upper limits of acceptable quantity (concentration) and characteristics of material shall apply:
Concentration, mg/l
Acetylene Generation Sludge
Total Chrome
Grease and Soluble Oils
Hydrogen Sulphide
Iron (Total)
Mineral Acid (free)
Nitrous Oxide
Oils, Minerals
Sulphur Dioxide
Temperature, Maximum
pH-Allowable Range
5.5 to 9.0
Biochemical Oxygen Demand (B.O.D.-5 Day Max.)
350 ppm
Suspended Solids, Maximum
350 ppm
200 Co.-Pt. Units
The above listed concentrations and characteristics may be altered by the township plumbing inspector or the township engineer as required by regulatory agencies, treatment or reuse requirements or in the event of cumulative overload of the system.
Effluent limitations promulgated by the Federal Act or any regulations adopted under the Act shall apply in any instance where they are more stringent than those stipulated in this chapter. Under section 307(b) of the Federal Act, Federal pre-treatment standards are designed to achieve two purposes: (1) to protect the operations of publicly owned treatment works, and (2) to prevent the discharge of pollutants which pass through such works inadequately treated. Industrial discharges subject to effluent guidelines issued under section 304(b) of the Federal Act that are discharging pollutants to the Authority's System which are beyond the limits stated herein and beyond the treatment capability of the installed treatment facility, are required to adopt best practicable control technology currently available, as defined by the administrator pursuant to section 304(b) of the Act.
The admission into the system of any water or wastes having a five-day biochemical oxygen demand (BOD5) in excess of 350 parts per million, by weight on a twenty-four-hour composite basis, or for any grab sample having a five-day BOD5 in excess of 500 MG per liter, will be subject to review by the township plumbing inspector or the township engineer. Where necessary in the opinion of the township plumbing inspector or the township engineer the owner shall provide and operate, at his own expense, such pre-treatment as may be required to reduce the biochemical oxygen demand to meet the above requirements.
The admission into the system of any waters or wastes having a suspended solids content in excess of 350 parts per million by weight on a twenty-four-hour composite basis or for any grab sample having a suspended solids content in excess of 500 MG per liter, will be subject to review by the township plumbing inspector or the township engineer. Where necessary in the opinion of the township plumbing inspector or the township engineer, pre-treatment may be required to reduce the suspended solids content to meet the above requirements.
The admission into the system of any waters or wastes in volumes, or with constituents, such that the existing dilution conditions in the sewage system would be affected to the detriment of the sewage works, shall be subject to review and approval of the township plumbing inspector or the township engineer. Where necessary in the opinion of the township plumbing inspector or the township engineer pre-treatment or equalizing units may be required to bring constituents or volume of flow within the limits previously described or to an otherwise acceptable level, and to hold or equalize flows such that no peak flow conditions may hamper the operations of any unit of the sewage works. The equalization or holding unit shall have a capacity suitable to serve its intended purpose, and be equipped with acceptable outlet control facilities to provide flexibility in the operation and accommodate changing conditions in the waste flow.
Where pre-treatment facilities are provided for any waters or wastes, they shall be maintained continuously in satisfactory and effective operation, by the owner at his expense.
The township plumbing inspector, the township engineer and any other authorized representative of the Somerset-Raritan Valley Sewerage Authority, The Township of Bridgewater Sewerage Authority, the State of New Jersey, The Department of Environmental Protection or the Federal Environmental Protection Agency shall have the right to enter all properties from which there is any industrial discharge into the sewer works for the purpose of inspection, observation, measurement, sampling and testing. The owner of any property that discharges waste water in excess of 50,000 gallons per day at any time during the year or has discharges exceeding the concentrations and characteristics listed hereinbefore, shall be required to install a suitable control manhole on the building sewer on his property to facilitate inspection, observation, measurement, sampling and testing of wastes. Such manhole, when required, shall be accessible and safely located, and shall be constructed in accordance with plans approved by the township plumbing inspector or the township engineer. The manhole shall be installed by the owner at his own expense, and shall be so maintained by him as to be safe and accessible at all times. The manhole must be located on the industrial waste service connection with all sanitary wastes excluded.
All measurements, tests and analyses of the characteristics of waters and wastes to which reference is made herein shall be determined in accordance with the analytical methods described in Title 40 Federal Register Part 136 issued October 16, 1973, or as it may be amended from time to time, and shall be determined at the control manhole provided for above. 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, provided that there is no dilution of the waste water at this location.
Subsequent to meeting the requirement for analysis of waste water stipulated under this section, the owner shall monitor the industrial discharge at such increments of time to insure that the discharge requirements as hereinbefore stipulated are not being violated. Periodic reports on the constituents and characteristics of the waste waters shall be submitted to the township plumbing inspector or the township engineer substantiating compliance with this section. Frequency of reports shall be not less than quarterly.
The owner shall maintain such monitoring and testing equipment in good condition and shall keep accurate records showing the results of all sampling and testing conducted. These records shall be made available on request for inspection by the township plumbing inspector or the township engineer or other authorized regulatory agencies or by the township.
Any approval by the township plumbing inspector or the township engineer of a type, kind or capacity of an installation shall not relieve a person of the responsibility of revamping, enlarging or otherwise modifying such installation to accomplish an intended purpose, nor shall any fixed or verbal agreement as to limits of constituents or volumes of waters or wastes be considered as final approval for continuing operation. These limits will be subject to constant study and change as considered necessary to serve their intended purpose.
The accidental discharge of any prohibited liquid or material into any sewer or natural outlet, either directly or indirectly shall be reported to the township plumbing inspector or the township engineer immediately by the owner, person, or industry responsible for the discharge.
Although no penalty, as such, will be levied as a result of such accidental discharge, the owner, person or industry shall not be relieved of its responsibilities and shall be liable for any expense, loss or damage occasioned the township by reason of such accidental discharge.
The owner, person or industry discharging waste waters having concentrations or characteristics prohibited by this section shall provide the township plumbing inspector or the township engineer with a series of analyses, not less than five in number taken on 24 hour composite samples containing the results of the concentrations or characteristics in question.
Such a series of analyses shall be required for each quarter of one calendar year following violation. The flow for each day during the sampling period and the average quarterly flow of the discharge shall be included with the submission of the analyses. The 24 hour composite samples shall be obtained on normal operating days.
The township plumbing inspector or the township engineer may request split samples and may from time to time require access to manholes for sampling purposes. Any discrepancies found in the results submitted shall be treated in accordance with penalties described hereinafter and the concentrations determined by the township plumbing inspector or the township engineer will be the concentrations of record for that quarter.
All information and data on a user obtained from reports, questionnaires, connection application, monitoring programs and from inspections shall be available to the public or other governmental agency without restriction, unless the user specifically requests and is able to demonstrate to the satisfaction of the township plumbing inspector or the township engineer that the release of such information would divulge information, processes or methods which would be detrimental to the user's competitive position.
When requested by the person furnishing a report, the portions of a report which might disclose trade secrets or secret processes shall not be made available for inspection by the public, but shall be made available to governmental agencies for use in making studies; provided, however, that such portions of a report shall be available for use by the State or any State agency in judicial review or enforcement proceedings involving the person furnishing the report. Wastewater constituents and characteristics will not be recognized as confidential information.
Information accepted by the township plumbing inspector or the township engineer as confidential, shall not be transmitted to any governmental agency or to the general public until and unless prior and adequate notification is given to the user.
[Ord. #BH 13]
No unauthorized person shall maliciously, wilfully or negligently break, damage, destroy, uncover, deface or tamper with any structure, appurtenance or equipment which is part of the municipal sewage works. Any person violating this provision shall be subject to immediate arrest under charge of disorderly conduct.
[Ord. #BH 13]
The plumbing inspector and other duly authorized employees of the township bearing proper credentials and identification shall be permitted to enter upon all properties for the purposes of inspection, observation, measurement, sampling and testing in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
[Ord. #BH 23]
In addition to any penalties which may be imposed upon any person who violates any provision of this chapter, where the township plumbing inspector or the township engineer finds that a discharge of waste water has taken place in violation of this chapter, the township plumbing inspector or the township engineer shall issue an order to cease and desist and may direct those persons not complying with this chapter to:
Comply forthwith; or
Comply in accordance with a time schedule established by the township plumbing inspector or the township engineer; or
Take appropriate remedial or preventive action in the event of a threatened violation.
When the township plumbing inspector or the township engineer find that a discharge of waste water has been taking place, in violation of prohibitions or limitations prescribed in this chapter, or wastewater source control requirements, effluent limitations or pre-treatment standards, the township plumbing inspector or the township engineer may require that person to submit for approval, with such modifications as it deems necessary, a detailed time schedule of specific actions which shall be taken in order to prevent or correct a violation of requirements.
Any person affected by the decision, action or determination, including cease and desist orders, made by the township plumbing inspector or the township engineer, interpreting or implementing the provisions of this chapter or in any permit issued herein, may file with the township plumbing inspector or the township engineer a written request for reconsideration within 10 days of such decision, action or determination, setting forth in detail the facts supporting the request for reconsideration.
Discharges of wastewater in any manner in violation of this chapter or of any order issued by the township plumbing inspector or the township engineer as authorized by this chapter, is hereby declared a public nuisance and shall be corrected or abated as directed by the township plumbing inspector or the township engineer.
The township plumbing inspector or the township engineer may terminate or cause to be terminated wastewater service to any premises if a violation of any provision of this chapter is found to exist or if a discharge of wastewater causes or threatens to cause a condition of contamination, pollution, or nuisance as defined in this chapter. This provision is in addition to any other statutes, rules, or regulations, authorizing termination of service.
[Ord. #BH 23]
Charges to be made for industrial cost recovery shall be computed, levied and collected in accordance with the provision of Title 2 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendments of 1972 (PL 92-500, 33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq.) and any amendments thereto in accordance with rules, regulations and procedures of the Environmental Protection Agency, section 35.928.1 and section 35.935-13 and any amendments, additions, and supplements thereto and thereof.