Borough of Milltown, NJ
Middlesex County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[1984 Code § 148-3]
As used in this chapter:
HOUSE CONNECTION
Shall mean the sewer line running from a building to the property line and connecting with the service connection.
INDUSTRIAL WASTES
Shall mean any solid, liquid or gaseous substance discharged, permitted to flow or escaping in the course of any industrial, manufacturing, trade or business process or in the course of the development, recovery or processing of natural resources, as distinct from normal sewage.
M.C.U.A.
Shall mean the Middlesex County Utilities Authority.
N.J.D.E.P.
Shall mean the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
NORMAL SEWAGE
Shall mean sewage with a maximum:
a. 
Five-day biochemical oxygen demand of 200 milligrams per liter.
b. 
Suspended solids content of 240 milligrams per liter.
c. 
Chlorine demand of 15 milligrams per liter.
SANITARY SEWER SYSTEM
Shall mean Borough owned or leased piping, pump stations and appurtenances in or along public rights-of-way or easements owned by the Borough for the collection of sewage and transmission of sewage for ultimate treatment by the M.C.U.A.
SERVICE CONNECTION
Shall mean the sewer line extended from the property line to the main in the street.
SEWAGE
Shall mean the combination of water-carried wastes from residences, business, industries and other buildings, institutions and factories.
U.S.E.P.A.
Shall mean the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
UNPOLLUTED WATER OR LIQUIDS
Shall mean any water or liquid containing none of the following:
a. 
Emulsified grease or oil.
b. 
Substance that may impart taste, odor, color or change in temperature of the receiving body of water.
c. 
Odorous or otherwise obnoxious gases.
d. 
Total dissolved solids in excess of 1,000 milligrams per liter.
e. 
Suspended solids in excess of five milligrams per liter.
f. 
A biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) in excess of the five milligrams per liter.
g. 
A pH below 6.0 or greater than 9.0.
h. 
Any substance prohibited by Federal or State law or regulations from being discharged directly into any stream or other body of water, including, but not limited to, any substance classified as being toxic.
USER
Shall mean the person applying for use of or continuing to use the sewer system, whether owner or tenant, and who enters into an agreement therefor.
[1984 Code § 148-2]
a. 
These regulations govern the use of the Borough of Milltown sanitary sewer system (hereinafter referred to as the "sewer system") and are applicable to all existing and future users of the sewer system. These regulations cover the use of the sewer system and charges for sanitary sewer services provided by the Borough. All new users of the sewer system must also comply with regulations for connection to the sewer system and charges therefor.
b. 
Any user or potential user of the sewer system shall have the right to appeal any provision of these regulations to the Mayor and Borough Council of the Borough of Milltown or to an appeals board that they may designate.
[1984 Code § 148-4]
Any building used in whole or in part as a dwelling or which requires or uses sanitary sewage disposal now or hereafter erected on any lot abutting a street in which a sanitary sewer line is now or hereafter constructed shall be connected with such sewer line:
a. 
Existing buildings.
b. 
New buildings; prior to occupancy thereof.
c. 
Buildings on a street in which a sanitary sewer line is hereafter constructed: within 90 days after issuance of a user permit for such sewer line by the N.J.D.E.P.
[1984 Code § 148-5]
a. 
Before any new connection shall be made to the sewerage system by an owner of property along the line thereof, the owner shall make application, in writing, on proper blanks furnished for that purpose, to the Borough and pay a connection charge as designated by resolution of the Borough Council.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Current charges are available on file in the Borough Clerk's office.
b. 
The owner shall not make such connection until the permission of the Borough is granted.
[1984 Code § 148-6]
The connection to the sewer system shall comply with the rules and regulations of the Borough of Milltown, either now existing or hereafter adopted.
[1984 Code § 148-7]
Service connections and house connections shall be made at the expense of the person wishing to connect with the sewerage system. The cost of restoration of the pavement, sidewalks, curb or gutters resulting from the making of such connection shall be borne by the person connecting with the sewer system.
[Ord. No. 937 § 4]
a. 
Sewer Lateral.
1. 
Tie-in and Inspection: $550.
2. 
Inspections:
(a) 
Four inches or five inches line: $100.
(b) 
Six inches line: $200.
(c) 
Eight inches line: $300.
[1984 Code § 148-8]
Stormwater and all other unpolluted drainage, or uncontaminated process water in excessive quantities, shall be discharged to storm sewers or to a natural outlet. Such waters shall be discharged only after approval of any local, County or State regulatory agency having jurisdiction.
[1984 Code § 148-9]
No roof drainage, cellar drainage, sump pump discharge, unpolluted industrial process water, surface water, waste from hydrants or groundwater from underground drainage fields shall be admitted or be permitted to drain into the sewer system. The sewer system is intended to convey sanitary sewage and acceptable industrial wastes only.
[1984 Code § 148-10]
Owners, their agents, employees or independent contractors may do excavation, ditch preparation and plumbing work involved in the construction of a building sewer and the connection of a building sewer to a service lateral or sewer system, upon receipt of the connection permit and subject to compliance with Borough standards, applicable codes and inspection requirements.
[1984 Code § 148-10]
All contractors, before performing any work involving the construction of a building sewer or the connection of a building sewer to a service lateral or sewer system, shall register with the Borough's authorized agent, giving his name, business and home address, telephone numbers and the amount of and nature of his experience.
[1984 Code § 148-12]
a. 
No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged any stormwater, surface water, groundwater, roof runoff, subsurface drainage, cooling water or unpolluted industrial or unpolluted commercial process water into the sanitary sewer system.
b. 
Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, no person shall discharge or cause to be discharged any of the following described wastes or waters into the sanitary sewer system:
1. 
Any liquid or vapor having a temperature higher than 150° F.
2. 
Any water or waste containing more than 100 milligrams per liter of fats, oils or greases.
3. 
Any gasoline, benzine, naphtha, fuel oil or other flammable or explosive liquid, solid or gas which, by reason of its nature or quality may cause fire or explosion or which, in any other way, may be injurious to persons or the sanitary sewer system or the M.C.U.A. sewage treatment facilities.
4. 
Any noxious or malodorous gas or substance which, whether singly or by interaction with other wastes, shall be capable of creating a public nuisance or hazard to life or of preventing entry into any sewer or the M.C.U.A. sewage treatment plant for maintenance and repair.
5. 
Any garbage, except properly shredded or ground garbage.
6. 
Any ashes, cinders, sand, mud, straw, shavings, metal, glass, rags, bones, feathers, tar, plastic, wood, paunch manure, butcher's offal or any other solid or viscous substance which shall be capable of causing obstruction to the flow in any sewer or other interference with the proper operation of the sanitary sewer system or the M.C.U.A. sewage treatment facilities.
7. 
Any water or waste having a pH lower than 6.0 or higher than 9.0 or having any corrosive property capable of causing damage or hazard to structures or equipment of the sanitary sewer system or the M.C.U.A. sewage treatment facilities or to personnel engaged in operation and maintenance thereof.
8. 
Any water or waste containing any toxic substance in quantity sufficient to constitute a hazard to humans or animals, interfere with the biochemical processes of the M.C.U.A. sewage treatment facilities or exceed State, Federal or other validly existing requirements for the receiving stream.
9. 
Any water or waste containing suspended solids of such character that unusual attention or expense shall be required to handle such water or waste at the M.C.U.A. sewage treatment facilities.
10. 
Any radioactive isotopes, except by special permission by the Borough and the M.C.U.A.
11. 
Any drainage from building construction.
c. 
Interceptors.
1. 
Gas stations and garages are required to provide oil interceptors of the types Series GA, GX, GNC, GRC of Josam Manufacturing Company, Michigan City, Indiana, or equivalent, in an approved location where the dangerous liquids are to be intercepted.
2. 
Restaurants or other commercial establishments, when directed, shall be required to provide grease interceptors of the Type Series J of the Josam Manufacturing Company or equivalent.
d. 
Nothing contained in this section shall be construed as prohibiting any special agreement between the Borough and any person whereby industrial wastes of unusual strength or character may be admitted into the sewer system by the Borough, either before or after preliminary treatment.
[1984 Code § 148-13]
In determining whether any waste discharged or proposed to be discharged into any public sewer is to be excluded, consideration will be given to the quantity, time or times, rate and manner of discharge, dilution, character of the waste in question, the size of the sewer into which the waste is to be discharged, the probable quantity of sewage or other wastes likely in said sewer and other pertinent facts. Minute quantities of a waste which would be objectionable in larger quantity may be accepted if sufficiently diluted when and as discharged or if the quantity discharged is small as compared to the flow in the receiving sewer; but any permission to discharge minute quantities of any otherwise excluded waste shall be revocable at any time by the Borough.
[1984 Code § 148-14]
No wastewaters or substances which are excluded from sanitary sewers shall be discharged into any storm sewer.
[1984 Code § 148-11]
a. 
Approval Required for Industrial Wastes. The discharge into the sanitary sewer system of industrial wastes having any of the following characteristics shall be subject to prior review and approval of the Borough:
1. 
A five-day BOD greater than 200 milligrams per liter.
2. 
A suspended solids content greater than 240 milligrams per liter.
3. 
A chlorine demand greater than 15 milligrams per liter.
4. 
Any quantity of substance possessing characteristics described as prohibited wastes.
b. 
Preliminary Treatment and Handling of Industrial Wastes. Whenever necessary, in the opinion of the Borough Engineer, the owner of improved property shall, prior to the discharge of industrial wastes into the sewer system, provide, at his expense, such facilities for preliminary treatment and handling of industrial wastes as may be necessary to:
1. 
Remove any toxic substance as designated by the U.S.E.P.A. or any substances which cannot be properly treated by M.C.U.A.
2. 
Reduce BOD to 200 milligrams per liter, suspended solids to 240 milligrams per liter, and chlorine demand to 15 milligrams per liter by weight.
3. 
Reduce objectionable characteristics or Constituents to come within the maximum limits permitted in this chapter.
4. 
Control the quantities and rates of discharge over a twenty-four-hour day and a seven day week.
c. 
Requirements for Industrial Facilities.
1. 
Plans, specifications and any other pertinent information relating to proposed facilities for preliminary treatment and handling of industrial wastes shall be submitted for approval of the borough, and no construction of any such facility shall be commenced until approval thereof first shall have been obtained, in writing, from the Borough, and until approval thereof first shall have been obtained from all regulatory agencies having jurisdiction.
2. 
Whenever facilities for preliminary treatment and handling of industrial wastes shall have been provided by the owner of such improved property, such facilities shall be maintained continuously, at the expense of the owner, in satisfactory operating condition; and the borough shall have access to such facilities at reasonable times for purposes of inspection and testing.
[1984 Code § 148-15]
a. 
Required Survey Data. All sewer system users presently discharging industrial wastes into the sewer system or any person desiring to make a connection to the sanitary sewer system through which industrial wastes shall be discharged into the sanitary sewer system shall file with the Borough an industrial wastes questionnaire, to be furnished by the Borough, which shall supply pertinent data, including estimated quantity of flow, to the Borough with respect to industrial wastes proposed to be discharged into the sewer system.
b. 
Control Manholes.
1. 
Any person who is or shall in the future discharge industrial wastes into the sanitary sewer system, when required by the Borough, shall construct in accordance with Borough requirements and thereafter shall properly maintain, at his expense, a suitable control manhole or other device acceptable to the Borough to facilitate observation, flow measurement and sampling by the owner to the Borough's satisfaction.
2. 
Any such control manhole, or device, when required by the Borough, shall be constructed at an accessible, safe, suitable and satisfactory location in accordance with plans approved by the Borough prior to commencement of construction.
c. 
Sewage Sampling. Industrial wastes being discharged into the sewer system shall be subject to periodic sampling, inspection and determination of character and concentration. Such sampling, inspection and determination shall be made by the industrial discharger or the Borough as frequently as may be deemed necessary by the Borough. Representative samples for a full working day shall be obtained by taking hourly samples and compositing them in accordance with the flow at the time of sampling. Sewage sampling and metering facilities shall be accessible to the Borough at all times. Due care shall be exercised in the collection of all samples to ensure preservation thereof in as nearly the natural state as possible, including refrigeration of all samples which are intended for analysis by biochemical methods.
d. 
Analysis.
1. 
The industrial discharger shall be responsible for the analysis of samples of industrial wastes at any U.S.E.P.A. approved and N.J.D.E.P. certified laboratory approved by the Borough Engineer.
2. 
Laboratory methods used in the analysis of samples of industrial wastes shall be those set forth in the latest edition of Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Sewage, as published by the American Public Health Association; and/or any method approved by U.S.E.P.A., N.J.D.E.P. and/or M.C.U.A.
3. 
All analysis of sample results shall be submitted in report form to the industrial discharger and Borough Engineer or other Borough representative by the laboratory.
e. 
Changes in Type of Wastes. Any owner of any improved property who is discharging industrial wastes into the sanitary sewer system and who contemplates a change in the method of operation which will alter the type of industrial wastes at the time being discharged into the sanitary sewer system shall notify the Borough, in writing, at least 30 days prior to consummation of such change.
[1984 Code § 148-16]
The maximum permitted rate of discharge shall be determined by the Borough Engineer, based upon the capacity of the system and the existing and potential users of the system.
[1984 Code § 148-1]
Sanitary sewer user charges for normal sewage, as defined in this chapter, shall be based on the water consumption of the user and an adjustment for extraneous flow. User charges for users contributing other than normal sewage shall be based on the user's water consumption, with surcharges for pollutant loading in excess of the levels established for normal sewage and surcharges for the treatment of pollutants not contained in normal sewage.
[1984 Code § 148-17]
a. 
At least once each year, the Borough shall review and revise, as necessary, sewer use and sewer user charges and shall establish a schedule of charges by user class, flow, biological oxygen demand, suspended solids and such other criteria as the governing body shall deem appropriate. Any charges so established shall, at a minimum, provide for the equitable distribution of the operation and maintenance charges of the Middlesex County Utilities Authority to the Borough and the Borough's own sewer utility charges.
b. 
The Schedule of Charges[1] shall be amended yearly by resolution, or at such other time as the governing body may determine, to reflect changes and/or adjustments in the charges.
[1]
Editor's Note: Schedule of Charges is available on file in the office of the Borough Clerk. See also subsection 26-7.8, Sewer Use Charges.
c. 
The charges shall be payable and billed quarterly and shall be a lien upon the premises connected with the sewer system until paid.
[1984 Code § 148-18]
All charges are lien against the property and therefore the responsibility of the property owner. If the owner requests in writing that bills be sent to a tenant, the Borough may oblige, at its discretion, but the final responsibility for any unpaid charges is still the responsibility of the owner of the property.
[1984 Code § 148-19]
a. 
The rent for the use of the sanitary sewer and all other costs and expenses, interest and penalties shall be and remain a lien upon the house, tenement, building, factory or lot until fully paid and satisfied.
b. 
If prompt payment of rent for the use of the sanitary sewer or for work done and materials furnished in connection therewith shall not be made when due and shall remain in arrears for six months, the officer or board charged with the duty of the collection shall file with the officer charged with the duty of collection of tax arrears a statement showing the arrears in the payment for the use of the sanitary sewer or other charges which shall be and remain a lien upon the real estate served by the sanitary sewer and any connection with which the charges were incurred to the same extent as taxes are a lien upon real estate in the Borough and shall be collected and enforced by the Collector of Taxes in the same manner as liens for taxes.
[1984 Code § 148-20]
Charges for connection with and use of sanitary sewers shall draw the same interest from the time they become due as taxes upon real estate in the Borough and shall have the same remedies for the collection thereof with interest, cost and penalties as is had by law for collection of taxes upon real estate.
[1984 Code § 148-21]
Any flows or strengths which are not chargeable to a particular user, whether by reason of the user being exempted from charges, or by reason of the flow entering the system by infiltration or inflow, shall be charged to all users, proportionately, on the basis of flow.
[1984 Code § 148-22]
Any user objecting to any estimate of flow, or strength made hereunder shall have the option, at its own cost and expense of installing metering equipment on its discharge lines to record actual flow and strength readings. The metering equipment used, its installation and the location of the installation shall be subject to review and approval by the governing body or its designated representative.
[1984 Code § 148-23]
Each user shall be notified, at least annually, by a copy of a regular bill, of the rate and charges for wastewater treatment representing operation and maintenance costs of the M.C.U.A.
[Ord. No. 907 § 1; Ord. No. 995 § 1; Ord. No. 01-1097; Ord. No. 06-1225 § 1; Ord. No. 09-1289 § 2; Ord. No. 10-1300; Ord. No. 10-1310; Ord. No. 11-1325; amended 4-17-2017 by Ord. No. 17-1447; 4-9-2018 by Ord. No. 18-1458]
a. 
Consumption charges.
Consumption Charges
Quarterly
Minimum quarterly amount
$104.67
(0 to 7,500 gallons)
Gallons Used in Quarter
Rate per 1,000 Gallons
Amount of Gallons Used
All gallonage
$4.11
7,501 to 15,000
(If consumption exceeds 7,500 gallons)
$5.75
15,001 to 22,500
$8.05
Over 22,500
b. 
The rates shall take effect with the April 1, 2018, consumption.
[1984 Code § 148-24; Ord. No. 08-1283]
a. 
Any person found to be violating any provisions of this chapter shall be served by the Borough with written notice stating the nature of the violation and providing a reasonable time limit for the satisfactory correction thereof. The offender shall, within the period of time stated in such notice, permanently cease all violations.
b. 
Any person who shall violate any provisions of this chapter shall be liable to the penalty stated in Chapter 1, Section 1-5. Each day that any person continues to discharge prohibited wastes or substances into any public sewer shall be deemed to be a separate offense for the purpose of applying the penalty provided in this section.
c. 
Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be liable to the Borough for any expense, loss or damage occasioned by the Borough by reason of such violation.