Township of Little Falls, NJ
Passaic County
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[Adopted 12-18-1995 by Ord. No. 753 as Sec. 19-1 of the 1995 Revised General Ordinances; amended in its entirety at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II)]

§ 195-1 Connection with public sewers required.

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Every owner of property shall, upon being notified, immediately install and connect with the sewer the plumbing fixtures as required by this article and any other ordinance of the Township.
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No cesspool, septic tank or privy vault shall be used in connection with any building erected on land fronting on any street in which an active public sewer has been or shall hereafter be constructed.
C. 
All buildings erected on any plot of land fronting on any street in which a public sewer has been or shall hereafter be constructed shall have installed a toilet. All plumbing fixtures in the building shall be properly connected with the public sewer; provided, however, that this section shall not apply to barns and garages used exclusively for storage or to buildings used for other than dwelling purposes, in connection with adjoining buildings of the same owner in which adequate plumbing facilities are installed and connected with the sewer. No building need be connected with the sewer while it is vacant, unoccupied and unused.

§ 195-2 Notice of failure to connect.

Upon failure of any owner to connect with the public sewer, the governing body shall cause to be served upon the owner, in the manner required by statute, a notice containing a description of the property affected, a description of the required connection or installation and a statement indicating that unless the connection or installation is completed within 30 days after the service of the notice, the Township shall make the connection or installation or both and charge the cost thereof as a lien against the property.

§ 195-3 Failure to connect; accomplishment of work by Township; collection of costs.

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If after notice, the owner fails to make the sewer connection or installation, the governing body may make and award a contract for the improvement and cause the improvement to be made.
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A statement under oath of the cost of the improvement shall be filed with the Township Clerk. The governing body shall examine the report and if found correct shall confirm the report and file it with the Township Tax Collector, who shall record and collect the sewer connection and installation charge in the same manner as assessments for local improvements are recorded and collected.

§ 195-4 Discharge of oil and oil waste prohibited.

No person shall discharge or permit to be discharged into the public sewers of the Township any oil or oil waste, nor shall any person permit or cause to be permitted the discharge of oil or oil waste upon his or her premises where the oil or oil waste shall or may flow into the public sewers of the Township.

§ 195-5 Oil and grease control.

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Applicability. This section shall apply to nonresidential users discharging liquid waste containing grease from the preparation of food for commercial purposes directly or indirectly to the PVSC treatment plant. Users including but not limited to cafeterias, hospitals, hotels, restaurants, diners, church halls, school kitchen operations, supermarket food processing areas or other nonresidential establishments where grease may be introduced into the sanitary sewer system shall implement the applicable pollution prevention measures herein established for oil and grease removal. In addition to the PVSC pollution prevention program, the user shall be responsible to meet any and all Township ordinances, rules and/or regulations regarding oil and grease control and are subject to any fees and/or fines that apply to the applicable local sewer use ordinances.[1] The Township will determine the type of oil and grease control to be used for each user's establishment as outlined in this section.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 199, Sewer Use.
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Definitions. As used in this section, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
BMP
Best management practice.
GREASE INTERCEPTOR
A device so constructed as to separate and hold fats, oils and grease from the wastewater in order to reduce the fats, oils and grease entering the sanitary sewer. An under-the-sink grease trap shall not be considered a grease interceptor.
GREASE TRAP
A device primarily used by food-service establishments for removal of food solids from a waste stream and placed in the building drain immediately following a sink or wash basin.
NJDEP
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
NJDOT
The New Jersey Department of Transportation.
PVSC
The Passaic Valley Sewerage Commissioners.
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Compliance. To achieve compliance with this section, each user shall develop, implement and maintain a best management practice for oil and grease control to satisfy the following requirements:
(1) 
Oil and grease storage and disposal. The following requirements shall be required for oil and grease storage, on-site recovery and off-site disposal:
(a) 
All solid waste shall be stored in appropriate containers.
(b) 
There shall be compliance with all applicable NJDEP hazardous waste and NJDOT regulations.
(c) 
The user shall maintain records of volumes and type of all waste generated and must keep the records for a period of five years.
(2) 
Equipment. Each user shall install an adequately sized oil/water separator, grease trap or grease interceptor. Each trap, separator or interceptor shall comply with the requirements in this section, all federal laws and regulations, state laws and regulations and all other Township ordinances, rules and/or regulations. In addition, users must specifically comply with the provisions of Chapter 12 of the New Jersey Sanitation Code. All equipment shall be sized, installed and maintained in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-1 of the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code. A facility with an existing oil and grease removal system that PVSC or the Township determines is inadequate may be directed to modify, improve or replace the existing equipment.
(3) 
Maintenance schedule. Each user is required to implement a maintenance schedule for the user's grease removal system as outlined below:
(a) 
Grease trap. Each grease trap shall be properly installed, maintained and operated by the user at the user's own expense. Each grease trap shall be easily accessible for cleaning and inspection. The grease trap installation shall be in continuous operation at all times and shall be maintained to provide efficient operation. The cleaning of each grease trap shall be done once per month and may be performed by employees or a contractor specializing in this type of service. The user's facility must keep a maintenance log that includes the time, date and signature of the person performing the cleaning. If at anytime the PVSC or Township determines that the cleaning frequency or the grease trap system is not sufficient, the user shall increase the cleaning frequency or install a larger unit. Grease trap additives are prohibited unless approved by the PVSC and Township. All materials removed shall be disposed of in accordance with all state and federal regulations. All maintenance logs and any manifests shall be made available by the user upon request at the time of inspection by the PVSC or Township. Failure to allow an inspection shall constitute a violation of this section. The facility shall keep records of all grease trap cleaning for a minimum of five years.
(b) 
Grease interceptors. Each user shall implement weekly inspections by employees and keep a maintenance log that includes the time, date and signature of the person performing the inspection. A contractor that specializes in this type of service shall service the interceptor once every two months. If at anytime the PVSC or Township determines that the cleaning frequency or the grease interceptor system is not sufficient, the cleaning frequency, the user shall increase the cleaning frequency or install a larger unit. Additive for grease interceptors are prohibited unless approved by the PVSC and Township. All materials removed shall be disposed of in accordance with all applicable federal and state regulations. All maintenance logs and any manifests shall be made available upon request at the time of inspection by the PVSC or Township. Failure to allow an inspection shall constitute a violation of this section. The facility shall keep records of all grease interceptor cleaning for a minimum of five years.

§ 195-6 Openings for sewer connections.

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Connections to be made before improvements. Prior to the paving, repaving or otherwise improving of any public street of the Township where sanitary sewers, gas or water lines or pipes are located, the owner of any real estate constituting a usable lot for building purposes as designated under the provisions of Chapter 280, Zoning, and fronting on a street or portion thereof not already connected with the sanitary sewer shall in accordance with the provisions of this article make the necessary connection and shall extend the connection to the right-of-way of the street abutting the lot. The above shall be done before the work upon the improvement is begun so that it will not become necessary to excavate, tear up or open the improved portion of the street after the improvement has been completed.
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Connection to be made by owner. The connection required above shall be made by the owner of the property affected by any ordinance authorizing such paving, repaving or other improvement of any street within 31 days after receipt by each owner of an order requiring the connection to be made unless the order shall allow a greater time. The order shall be made in the name of the Township by the governing body and shall be mailed to each property owner at his or her address as shown on the tax records, registered mail, return receipt requested, within 10 days after the adoption of a resolution of the governing body authorizing the order to be issued. The order shall specify the property affected, the connection required to be made and the time within which the connections shall be made.
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Connection made by Township. If the owners of any property shall fail to make the connections and installations required by this article, the Township may proceed to make the connections or cause the connections to be made and pay the expense and costs thereof, and the expense and costs shall be assessed upon the real estate affected.

§ 195-7 Review of proposed connection by Township Engineer; escrow deposit.

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Any property owner seeking approval for an extension and/or new connection into the sanitary sewer system of the Township of Little Falls shall be required, prior to commencing any construction, to submit a copy of the plans and specifications to the Township Engineer for his review as to compliance with the standards of the municipality and apply to NJDEP for all necessary permits and approvals.
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The applicant shall further submit an escrow in an amount to be determined by the Engineer to compensate the Township Engineer for engineering services performed in connection with review of the plans and specifications and such field inspections as shall be required.
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The fees charged by the Engineer shall not exceed the normal hourly rate which he charges the municipality.

§ 195-8 Enforcement.

This article shall be enforced by the Police Department, the Department of Public Works, the Department of Health, the Construction Code Official and such other duly designated agents as may be authorized by resolution of the governing body.

§ 195-9 Violations and penalties.

Any person violating any of the provisions of this article shall, upon conviction, be liable for the penalty stated in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article I. Each and every day in which a violation of any provision of this article exists shall constitute a separate violation.