Borough of Rockaway, NJ
Morris County
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[Adopted 11-14-1991 by Ord. No. 30-91]
The following definitions shall apply in the interpretation and enforcement of this article:
BUILDING
Includes any building or structure constructed, designed or used for dwelling purposes or for any other use or occupancy by human beings, either temporarily or permanently.
BUILDING LOCATED ON ANY STREET
Includes a building located on any parcel of land contiguous to a street in which a sewer has been or is hereafter constructed.
CONNECTION
Includes the lateral pipe connecting the system of piping or plumbing installed within a building for the purpose of collecting and conveying therefrom sewage and other household wastes with the sanitary sewer installed in a public street.
DOMESTIC SEWAGE
Waste and wastewater from humans or household operations.
[Added 10-13-2005 by Ord. No. 19-05]
ILLICIT CONNECTION
Any physical or nonphysical connection that discharges domestic sewage, noncontact cooling water, process wastewater, or other industrial waste (other than stormwater) to the municipal separate storm sewer system operated by the Borough of Rockaway, unless that discharge is authorized under a NJPDES permit other than the Tier A Municipal Stormwater General Permit (NJPDES Permit Number NJ0141852). Nonphysical connections may include, but are not limited to, leaks, flows, or overflows into the municipal separate storm sewer system.
[Added 10-13-2005 by Ord. No. 19-05]
INDUSTRIAL WASTE
Nondomestic waste, including but not limited to those pollutants regulated under Section 307(a), (b), or (c) of the Federal Clean Water Act [33 U.S.C. §1317(a), (b), or (c)].
[Added 10-13-2005 by Ord. No. 19-05]
MUNICIPAL SEPARATE STORM SEWER SYSTEM (MS4)
A conveyance or system of conveyances (including roads with drainage systems, municipal streets, catch basins, curbs, gutters, ditches, man-made channels, or storm drains) that is owned or operated by Borough of Rockaway or other public body, and is designed and used for collecting and conveying stormwater.
[Added 10-13-2005 by Ord. No. 19-05]
NJPDES PERMIT
A permit issued by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to implement the New Jersey Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NJPDES) rules at N.J.A.C. 7:14A.
[Added 10-13-2005 by Ord. No. 19-05]
NONCONTACT COOLING WATER
Water used to reduce temperature for the purpose of cooling. Such waters do not come into direct contact with any raw material, intermediate product (other than heat) or finished product. Noncontact cooling water may however contain algaecides, or biocides to control fouling of equipment such as heat exchangers, and/or corrosion inhibitors.
[Added 10-13-2005 by Ord. No. 19-05]
PERSON
Any individual, partnership, corporation, owner, tenant, lessee, occupant, association, organization or other legal entity residing, owning or operating, managing, leasing or occupying any premises or commercial or industrial business within the Borough of Rockaway and serviced by the sanitary sewer system or the municipal separate storm sewer system.
[Added 10-13-2005 by Ord. No. 19-05]
PROCESS WASTEWATER
Any water which, during manufacturing or processing, comes into direct contact with or results from the production or use of any raw material, intermediate product, finished product, by-product, or waste product. Process wastewater includes, but is not limited to, leachate and cooling water other than noncontact cooling water.
[Added 10-13-2005 by Ord. No. 19-05]
SEWER
Any sewer or sewer main designed or used for the collection or disposal of sanitary sewage and located in any public street in the Borough.
STORMWATER
Water resulting from precipitation (including rain and snow) that runs off the land's surface, is transmitted to the subsurface, is captured by separate storm sewers or other sewerage or drainage facilities, or is conveyed by snow removal equipment.
[Added 10-13-2005 by Ord. No. 19-05]
A. 
Where any building is located upon any street in the Borough of Rockaway in which a sanitary sewer has heretofore been constructed and is in operation, said building shall be connected with said sanitary sewer within 90 days after this chapter shall take effect.
B. 
Where any sanitary sewer shall hereafter be constructed in any street in the Borough of Rockaway, the buildings located upon such street shall be connected with said sanitary sewer within 90 days after the completion of said sewer. Such completion shall be certified to the Council of the Borough of Rockaway by the Borough Engineer.
C. 
When any building shall hereafter be constructed on any street in the Borough of Rockaway in which a sanitary sewer exists and is in operation at the time of such construction, said building shall be connected with said sanitary sewer during the course of construction, and no use or occupancy of such building shall be permitted until said sewer connection has been made, inspected and approved.
When any existing building on any street in the Borough of Rockaway wherein a sanitary sewer exists and is in operation is altered for use and occupancy by human beings, either temporarily or permanently, said building or structure shall be connected with the sanitary sewer during the course of alteration thereof, and no use or occupancy of such building shall be permitted until such sewer connection has been made, inspected and approved.
A. 
Applications for permission to connect with the Borough sanitary sewage system must be made, in writing, to the Borough Clerk by the owner of the property.
B. 
Such application shall give the precise location of the property, the name and address of the owner and the name and address of the plumber, contractor or person engaged to do the work, shall state what work is to be performed and shall be accompanied by a sketch showing the relative position of the sewer, the property and the proposed work.
C. 
Applications shall be made on forms furnished by the Borough.
No permit shall be deemed to authorize anything not stated in the application, and for any misrepresentation in such application, the permit may be revoked.
A. 
Whenever any of the work herein provided for is done, it shall be at the expense of the owner or owners of the land in front or upon which the same is done.
B. 
Such owner or owners shall also be responsible for the maintenance, repair and replacement of any lateral installed upon premises owned by him or them or other work done in connection therewith to the Borough's main sewer line.
[Amended 5-13-2021 by Ord. No. 10-21]
C. 
Such owner shall also pay the connection fees applicable to such building as established from time to time by ordinance duly adopted by the Mayor and Council.
D. 
The fee to permit the applicant to obtain permission for a four-inch sanitary sewer connection from the sewer main to the curbline (not to exceed 30 feet) shall be as provided in Chapter A263, Fees, and when it is necessary to break up permanent pavement to make said connection, there shall be an additional charge as provided in Chapter A263, Fees. The method of computation shall be as follows:
[Amended 8-11-2005 by Ord. No. 12-05]
(1) 
Any dwelling house providing family accommodations for more than one family shall pay therefor a fee equal to the number of such families times the rate established.
(2) 
Any store premises erected to provide for more than one store or place of business shall pay therefor a fee equal to the number of stores plus the number of private family dwellings times the rate established.
(3) 
Any combined store and dwelling premises shall pay therefor a fee equal to the number of stores plus the number of private family dwellings times the rate established.
(4) 
Where an existing structure is remodeled or enlarged to provide for additional tenants, the owner or owners shall pay therefor a sewer connection fee equal to the number of additional tenants times the rate established.
E. 
In the case of an industrial plant or in any other case where the connection charge is not specifically provided for in this chapter, the Mayor and Council may, by resolution, fix and determine the fee to be charged for any such connection.
F. 
The fee to be paid by an applicant at the time of requesting a dye test to determine if a building is connected to the Borough's sanitary sewer shall be as provided in Chapter A263, Fees.
[Added 3-25-2010 by Ord. No. 07-10]
All fees provided for in this chapter shall be paid to the Borough Clerk at the time the application is made for permission to connect with the Borough sewerage system.
Every connection required by this chapter shall be made with bell-and-spigot soil pipe of cast iron, caulked and leaded, extending from inside the building foundation to the sewer. All such connections shall be made and installed in accordance with the Plumbing Code of the Board of Health of Rockaway and shall be inspected and approved in accordance with the Health Regulations of the Borough of Rockaway and the State of New Jersey prior to any use thereof.
If the owner of any property in the Borough shall fail to make any connection or installation required by this chapter within the time required herein, the Borough may proceed to make such connection or installation or cause the same to be made and charge and assess the cost thereof against such property pursuant to the authority of N.J.S.A. 40:63-54 et seq.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: N.J.S.A. 40:63-54 was repealed by Chapter 53, Laws of 1991.
A. 
The owner of a building in the Borough of Rockaway, which building is connected to the Borough sewerage system by virtue of a permit issued to said owner by the Borough of Rockaway or Jersey City, shall allow the Sanitary Inspector or a designated agent, as a condition to the holding of said permit, to inspect said premises no less than semiannually. Any permit heretofore issued or hereafter issued to an owner of any building in the Borough of Rockaway shall be deemed to imply consent to said inspection as a term and condition of the issuance and continuance of said permit. The Sanitary Inspector or a duly authorized agent shall present proper credentials to the owner, and the inspection made shall be limited to the purposes hereinafter stated.
B. 
In the event that the Sanitary Inspector or a duly authorized agent shall determine, upon making said inspection, that the owner of said building has connected to the sanitary sewer line a sump pump or pumping device which directly or indirectly injects water without sewerage into the sanitary sewerage system, the Sanitary Inspector shall cause to be served upon said property owner a notice of the violation and shall give said owner a reasonable time within which to disconnect said illegal hookup or prevent the injection of water as aforementioned. The notice shall contain a date upon which a reinspection shall be made to determine compliance with the terms herewith. Thereafter, the owner shall, at the owner's expense, immediately disconnect said connection and/or provide for diversion of said waters to some other area or pipeline which will not cause said water to be injected into the sanitary sewerage system.
C. 
Any person violating any of the terms of this section shall, upon conviction thereof by the Municipal Judge, be subject to a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $2,000 and/or imprisonment of not more than 90 days or 90 days' community service, all in the discretion of the Court. For each day after the owner shall have been required to correct the hookup which shall be deemed a violation of this section, it shall be considered a separate violation of this section, and the owner shall be subject to said fine and/or imprisonment as aforesaid.
[Amended 8-24-2006 by Ord. No. 15-06]
A. 
There is hereby adopted by the Borough of Rockaway in the County of Morris, for the purpose of establishing rules and regulations affecting the installation, maintenance, repair and control of pumping and drainage of buildings and the connection thereof with an outside sewer, the Local Sewer Service Rules Governing the Use of the Rockaway Valley Regional Sewerage Authority Treatment System, February 1982. Pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40:49-5.1, a copy of said rules is annexed to this chapter, and three copies of the same have been and are now filed in the office of the Clerk of Rockaway Borough and will remain on file there for the use and examination of the public.
B. 
Wherever the word "municipality" appears in the text of the Local Sewer Service Rules, it shall be understood to mean the Borough of Rockaway.
C. 
The office of the Construction Official of the municipality shall be empowered to enforce the provisions of the Local Sewer Service Rules in the manner provided by Article VII of said rules.
D. 
Any person who shall violate any provisions of the Local Sewer Service Rules or shall fail to comply with any of the requirements thereof shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $2,000 and/or imprisonment in the county jail for a term not exceeding 90 days or 90 days' community service, all in the discretion of the Court. Each violation of said rules and each and every day the same is violated shall be deemed to be a separate and distinct offense. Said fine and penalty shall be in addition to and not in lieu of any other remedy or penalty provided by law.
[Amended 8-24-2006 by Ord. No. 15-06]
[Added 10-13-2005 by Ord. No. 19-05]
No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged through an illicit connection to the municipal separate storm sewer system operated by the Borough of Rockaway any domestic sewage, noncontact cooling water, process wastewater, or other industrial waste (other than stormwater).
[Added 10-13-2005 by Ord. No. 19-05; amended 8-24-2006 by Ord. No. 15-06]
Any person, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be punishable by one or more of the following: by a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $2,000; by imprisonment not exceeding 90 days; or by a period of community service not exceeding 90 days, all in the discretion of the Court.
[Added 10-13-2005 by Ord. No. 19-05]
The provisions of this article shall be enforced by the Superintendent of Public Works or the Sanitary Inspector or the Borough Engineer or the office of the Construction Official.