[Adopted 9-18-1968 by Ord. No. 144]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- The Lower Moreland Township Authority presently or hereafter constituted, which has been created by the Board of Commissioners of the Township.
- OCCUPIED BUILDING
- Each single dwelling unit, household unit, flat or apartment unit, store, shop, office, business or industrial unit or family unit contained within any structure erected and intended for continuous or periodic habitation, occupancy or use by human beings or animals and from which structure sanitary sewage is or may be discharged.
- Any individual, firm, company, association, society, corporation or group.
- PROPERTY ACCESSIBLE TO THE SEWER SYSTEM
- Improved property benefited, improved and accommodated by
a usable portion of the sewer system.[Amended 5-12-1969 by Ord. No. 155]
- SANITARY SEWAGE
- The normal water-carried household and toilet wastes from residences, business buildings, institutions and commercial and industrial establishments.
- SEWER SYSTEM
- As of any particular time, the sewers, piping, interceptors,
pumping stations, laterals, tanks and all property and facilities
appurtenant thereto, used or useful in connection with any sewer project
of the Authority and all renewals, replacements and repairs thereof
and all capital additions, now or hereafter acquired, held, owned
or constructed by or for the Authority in connection with any such
sewer project.[Amended 12-9-1968 by Ord. No. 148]
- The Township of Lower Moreland, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, or the duly constituted and elected authorities thereof.
All persons owning any occupied building now erected upon property accessible to the sewer system shall, at their own expense, connect such building with the sewer system within 90 days after notice from the Township to such persons requiring such connection.
All persons owning any property accessible to the sewer system upon which an occupied building is hereafter erected shall, at the time of the erection of such building and at their own expense, connect the same with the sewer system.
All persons owning any occupied building upon property which hereafter becomes accessible to the sewer system shall, at their own expense, connect such building with the sewer system within 90 days after notice to do so from the Township.
Where more than one occupied building, as hereinbefore defined, is contained in a separate structure, a single common connection to the lateral of the sewer system shall be permitted for accommodating all units contained in such structure, except that separate connections shall be required for each semidetached or row-type house or structure.
[Amended 3-21-1990 by Ord. No. 392]
It shall be unlawful for any person owning any property accessible to the sewer system to erect, construct or use or maintain or cause to be erected, constructed, used or maintained any privy, cesspool, sinkhole, septic tank or other receptacle on such premises or otherwise at any time to erect, construct, use or maintain any pipe, conduit, drain or other facility for the discharge of sanitary sewage into the gutters of the Township, the storm sewers of the Township or upon public or private property or otherwise except into the sewer system.
Any person who erects, constructs, uses or maintains a privy, cesspool, sinkhole or septic tank on any property accessible to the sewer system or otherwise erects, constructs, uses or maintains any pipe, conduit, drain or other facility for the discharge of sanitary sewage in violation of this article shall be deemed and shall be declared to be erecting, constructing and maintaining a nuisance, which nuisance the Township is hereby authorized and directed to abate in the manner provided by law.
No connection shall be made to the sewer system except in compliance with the ordinances and resolutions, as well as such rules and regulations, as may from time to time be enacted, adopted, approved or promulgated by the Township or the Authority.
After the expiration of the particular periods specified in § 160-7 of this article, if any owner of an occupied building on property accessible to the sewer system shall have failed to connect such property with the sewer system as required by said § 160-7, the Township shall cause to be served on the owner of such property so failing to connect to said sewer system and also upon the occupants of the building in question a copy of this article and a written or printed notice requiring such connection to be made, and such notice shall further state that its requirements shall be complied with within 45 days from the date thereof.
[Amended 3-21-1990 by Ord. No. 392]
The provisions of this article are declared to be for the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the Township, and any user or other person who knowingly violates any provision of this article or who shall fail to comply with any of the requirements hereof shall, upon conviction, be guilty of a summary offense and sentenced to pay a fine not to exceed $1,000 and costs of prosecution for each and every violation or, in default of payment of such fine and costs, to undergo imprisonment for not more than 30 days for each violation. Each day a violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.
The owner of each occupied building, as hereinafter defined, whether or not the owner thereof shall be permitted to connect two or more occupied buildings or units by a single common connection to a lateral of the sewer system or shall be required to make separate connections for each occupied building or unit, shall be subject to the aforesaid fine for each and every one of such occupied buildings or units which are in violation of the provisions of this article.