[HISTORY: Adopted by the governing body of the Township of Little Falls 12-18-1995 by Ord. No. 753 as Sec. 19-3 of the 1995 Revised General Ordinances; amended in its entirety at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II). Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
Sewer backup claims — See Ch. 191.
Sewer connections — See Ch. 195.
This chapter is governed by the rules and regulations concerning discharges to the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commissioners treatment works to which the Little Falls sewer system discharges its sewage. These rules and regulations are on file in the Township Clerk's office.
The rules and regulations in this chapter set forth uniform requirements for both dischargers into the PVSC wastewater collection and treatment systems, as well as users located within the PVSC district that could potentially discharge directly or indirectly to the PVSC treatment works, and enable PVSC to protect public health in conformity with all applicable and related state and federal laws. The objectives of these rules and regulations are as follows:
To prevent the introduction of pollutants into the PVSC treatment works, which will interfere with the normal operation of the treatment works or contaminate the resulting sludge;
To prevent the introduction of pollutants into the POTW which do not receive satisfactory treatment by the POTW or which pass through the system into receiving waters or the atmosphere or otherwise are incompatible with the POTW;
To improve the opportunity to recycle and reclaim wastewater and sludge produced by the treatment processes;
To improve the quality of the wastewater through the implementation of pollution prevention (P2) procedures;
To protect the public health and safety from exposure to hazardous materials;
To cooperate with federal, state and local agencies in their enforcement of air, water, solid waste and wastewater regulations.
These rules and regulations provide for the regulation of discharges into the PVSC treatment works through the issuance of sewer use permits and the use of best management practices (BMP's) plan.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- FLOATABLE OIL
- Oil, fat or grease in a physical state such that it will separate by gravity from wastewater by treatment in an approved pretreatment facility. A wastewater shall be considered free of floatable fat if it is properly pretreated and the wastewater does not interfere with the collection system.
- INDUSTRIAL COST RECOVERY
- A charge to an industrial user based on its use of PVSC facilities to repay the capital cost outlay of the federal share given PVSC under the provisions of applicable federal law allocable to the treatment of the wastes from the industrial user.
- INDUSTRIAL USER
- Any nongovernmental, nonresidential user which is identified in the Standard Industrial Classification Manual under Division A, B, D, E or I, and which is not designated as a significant industrial user. It also means any other user that the PVSC determines requires a sewer use permit due to the nature of the wastes in its discharge to the sanitary sewer.
- INDUSTRIAL WASTE
- The liquid wastes resulting from the processes employed in industrial, manufacturing, trade, or business establishments, or from the development, recovery, detoxification or processing of natural resources or other wastes as distinct from domestic sanitary wastes.
- The inhibition or disruption of the PVSC sewer system, treatment process or operation, which causes or significantly contributes to a violation of any requirements of its NJPDES permit.
- LARGE COMMERCIAL USER
- Any nongovernmental, nonresidential user (except as industrial or tax exempt user) which discharges more than the equivalent of 25,000 gallons per day of domestic sanitary waste.
- LEL (LOWER EXPLOSIVE LIMIT)
- The lowest concentration of combustible substance in air through which flame, once ignited, will continue to propagate.
- LETTER OF AUTHORIZATION
- A written authorization issued by the PVSC to a user, for a limited period not to exceed one year, for a specific purpose, which authorizes the discharge of wastes to the sanitary sewer.
- MAJOR INDUSTRY
- An industrial user of PVSC facilities that has a flow of 50,000 gallons or more per average work day; has in its waste a toxic pollutant in toxic amounts; or is found by USEPA, NJDEP or PVSC to have significant impact, either singly or in combination with other contributing industries, in the PVSC treatment works or upon the quality of the effluent from the PVSC treatment works.
- MAXIMUM LIMIT
- The highest allowable discharge of a pollutant where the pollutant is measured for more than a calendar day or any twenty-four-hour period, or where at least two daily discharge samples are composited prior to performing the analysis.
- MEASUREMENT YEAR
- For the purpose of calculating user charges, the period from October 1 of each year through September 30 of the following year.
- METHOD DETECTION LIMIT (MDL)
- The minimum concentration of a contaminant that can be measured and reported with a 99% confidence that the analyte concentration is greater than zero and is determined from analysis of a sample in a given matrix containing the analyte.
- NATURAL OUTLET
- An outlet, including storm sewers and combined sewer overflows, into a watercourse, pond, ditch, lake or other body of surface or groundwater including the Passaic River or any of its tributaries.
- NEW JERSEY POLLUTANT DISCHARGE ELIMINATION SYSTEM (NJPDES)
- The federal program, under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendments, Clean Water Act and other acts, for issuing, conditioning and denying permits for the discharge of pollutants from point sources into the navigable waters, the contiguous zone and the oceans, pursuant to Section 402 of the Act.
- The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
- A natural person or group of persons, unincorporated association, partnership, corporation, limited liability company, company, truck, business entity or associate, and any agent employee, partner, officer, director, member, stockholder, associate, trustee or legal representative. The term "person" shall also mean the federal government and the State of New Jersey, or any of their political subdivisions and/or agencies.
- The reciprocal of the logarithm of the hydrogen ion concentration. The concentration is the weight of hydrogen ions, in grams, per liter of solution. Neutral water has a pH value of 7 (a hydrogen concentration of 10-7). Lower pHs are acid; higher pHs are alkaline.
- The PVSC publicly owned treatment works.
- The reduction of the amount of pollutants, the elimination of pollutants, or the alteration of the nature of pollutant properties in wastewater prior to or in lieu of discharging or otherwise introducing such pollutants into PVSC. The reduction or alteration may be obtained by physical, chemical or biological processes, process changes or by other means, except as prohibited by 40 CFR 403.6(d). Appropriate pretreatment technology includes control equipment, such as equalization tanks or facilities, for protection against surges or slug loadings that might interfere with or otherwise be incompatible with PVSC. However, where wastewater from a regulated process is mixed in an equalization facility with unregulated wastewater or with wastewater from another regulated process, the effluent from the equalization facility must meet an adjusted pretreatment limit calculated in accordance with 40 CFR 403.6(e)
- PUBLIC SEWER
- Any sewer dedicated to public use and which use is controlled by a public corporation.
- The Passaic Valley Sewerage Commissioners.
- SANITARY SEWER
- A sewer that carries liquid and water-carried wastes from residences, commercial buildings, industrial plants, and institutions together with minor quantities of ground- , storm- and surface waters that are not admitted intentionally.
- SANITARY WASTE
- Waste derived principally from dwellings, office buildings, and sanitary conveniences; when segregated from industrial wastes, may come from industrial plants or commercial enterprises.
- The spent water of a community. The preferred term is "wastewater."
- A pipe or conduit that carries wastewater or drainage water.
- Any discharge of water of wastewater which in concentration of any given constituent or in quantity of flow exceeds for any period of duration longer than 15 minutes more than five times the average twenty-four-hour concentration or flows during normal operation.
- STORM DRAIN (sometimes called "storm sewer")
- A drain or sewer for conveying water, groundwater, subsurface water, or unpolluted water from any source.
- STRENGTH OF WASTE
- A measurement of suspended solids, and/or biochemical oxygen demand and/or chemical oxygen demand, and/or any other parameter determined by PVSC as a fair indicator of the relative use, other than volumetric, of PVSC facilities by industrial wastes.
- SUSPENDED SOLIDS
- Total suspended matter that either floats on the surface of, is in suspension in water, wastewater, or other liquids and that is removable by laboratory filtering as prescribed in Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater and referred to as nonfilterable residue.
- TOXIC WASTES IN TOXIC AMOUNTS
- Defined by USEPA in 40 CFR 129 (38 F.R. 24342, 9-7-73) and any superseding revisions.
- Not pulverized.
- UNPOLLUTED WATER
- Water of quality equal to or better than the effluent criteria in effect or water that would not cause violation of receiving water quality standards and would not be benefited by discharge to the sanitary sewer and wastewater treatment facilities provided.
- The United States Environmental Protection Agency.
- USER CHARGE
- A charge to users consisting of two parts: the first part established by PVSC based on volume and, where applicable, on strength and/or flow rate to pay for the use of the PVSC facilities; the second part established by the Township to pay for the use of the local sewer system and to pay for administration of the billing and collection of the funds.
- The spent water of a community. From the standpoint of source, it may be a combination of the liquid and water-carried wastes from residences, commercial buildings, industrial plants, and institutions, together with any groundwater, surface water, and stormwater that may be present.
- WASTEWATER FACILITIES
- The structures, equipment, and processes required to collect, carry away, and treat domestic and industrial wastes and dispose of the effluent.
- WASTEWATER TREATMENT WORKS
- The PVSC facilities.
It shall be unlawful to discharge into any natural outlet within the Township any wastewater or other polluted waters, except where suitable treatment has been provided and where a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit has been obtained from the appropriate governmental authority, where required.
No person shall connect to or cause to be connected to, or alter or cause to be altered, any municipally owned sewer, sewage pumping plant or other facility without first obtaining approval of the sewerage construction plans as required by Township ordinances. A PVSC sewer use application shall be submitted as required by PVSC's rules and regulations on file with the Township Clerk's office.
All industrial users discharging wastes directly or indirectly to the PVSC treatment works prior to the effective date of these rules and regulations are hereby granted temporary authority to discharge these wastes. This temporary authority shall expire 90 days after the adoption of these rules and regulations concerning discharges to the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commissioners treatment works into which the Little Falls sewer system discharges its sewage unless prior to that date the discharger has filed an application for a sewer use permit to the PVSC. In such a case, this temporary authority shall expire on the date the sewer use permit is issued. Any person discharging pursuant to the temporary authority provided for hereby is subject to all provisions of these rules and regulations, and such authority may be suspended or revoked by the PVSC.
New industrial users who desire to locate into the PVSC sewer district or existing industrial users who desire to commence operations at a new facility within the PVSC sewer district shall apply for and receive a sewer use permit, temporary permit or letter of authorization, as the case may be, prior to the commencement of operations at the new facility. Although a sewer use application may be submitted to the PVSC at any time, the PVSC shall issue a permit only after the user either procures title to the property or signs a lease agreement with the property owner.
Persons desiring a sewer use permit to discharge shall complete a PVSC application form and forward it to the PVSC. Persons desiring a temporary permit or letter of authorization shall supply all information requested by the PVSC. Upon receipt of all required information, the sewer use application or request shall be processed, and if required and upon approval, a sewer use permit, temporary permit or letter of authorization shall be issued.
The application shall be approved if the applicant has complied with all applicable requirements of these rules and regulations and furnished to the PVSC all requested information, and if the PVSC determines that the expected discharge will not interfere with the treatment process, pass through the treatment process inadequately treated or contaminate the sludge produced, and that there is adequate capacity in the PVSC treatment works to convey, treat and dispose of the industrial wastes. The PVSC shall make a determination within 90 days of receipt of all required information.
An application or request submitted by a corporation shall be signed by a corporate officer or other executive officer so designated. An application or request signed by an individual other than a corporate officer shall include a corporate resolution granting the individual the authority to make the application or request on behalf of the corporation. An application or request submitted by a user other than a corporation shall be signed by a proprietor or general partner.
An industrial user that proposes to make any significant changes as defined herein in its facility or processing that affects its discharge to the PVSC treatment works shall submit a request for a permit modification to the PVSC at least 90 days prior to the date it expects to implement the change. The user shall comply with any federal, state or PVSC rule or regulation applicable to this discharge, and shall not commence the discharge until it receives the authorization from the PVSC.
Each user shall comply with all federal, categorical, state or local regulations applicable to any discharge resulting from such a change in its discharge. The omission of an applicable effluent limit from the permit shall not exempt the user from its obligation to comply nor from enforcement.
The PVSC shall notify the permittee if the application for permit modification is administratively complete within 30 days of receipt. The PVSC shall respond within 90 days of receipt of a completed application. In the event of a denial by the PVSC of said application, the PVSC shall set forth the reasons for said denial. The permittee may appeal said denial in accordance with these regulations.
Industrial users shall be classified by the PVSC as follows:
Class I-A permit shall not be issued to an industry defined as a major industry and when issued shall allow the industry to discharge with no modification or pretreatment of flow.
Class I-B permit is one issued to an industry classified as a major industry. This permit shall allow the industry to discharge with no modifications or pretreatment of flow; however, the PVSC may require the installation of monitoring equipment.
Class II-A permit shall allow an industry to discharge pretreated wastes in accordance with standards established in the permit.
Class II-B permit shall allow an industry to continue to discharge, subject to change of characteristics of its waste by pretreatment or other means in accordance with a schedule as established by the PVSC in the permit.
Category III. The permit is denied and the discharge of prohibited materials must be halted or modified by a date established by the PVSC and in accordance with conditions contained in the permit denial.
The PVSC classification of an application is subject to change by the PVSC upon written notification from the PVSC to the applicant by certified mail. Any change shall be accompanied by a detailed explanation of the reason for the change.
Any industry aggrieved by a permit classification by the PVSC shall have a right to appeal to the PVSC. Such an administrative appeal shall be taken within 30 days of notification by the PVSC to the industry of its decision. The notice of appeal shall be delivered personally to the offices of the PVSC at 600 Wilson Avenue, Newark, New Jersey, or shall be sent by certified mail, return receipt requested. The taking of an appeal shall not stay the provisions of a Class III denial. During the time of appeal the Class II permits shall be stayed; however, the staying shall not release any industry from meeting any requirements of any schedule set by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection or the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
Upon the filing of an appeal the PVSC shall set the date and time for a hearing before the Commissioners. The applicant shall have the right to present evidence, shall have the right to be represented by counsel and shall have the right of cross examination. Upon the conclusion of the hearing the Commissioners shall make findings of fact and conclusions.
All applications for industrial permits shall be submitted on forms supplied by the PVSC and shall comply with the instructions on said form.
All costs and expenses incidental to the installation and connection of the building sewer shall be borne by the applicant, and the applicant shall indemnify the Township or the PVSC from any loss or damage that may be occasioned by the installation of the building sewer. All sewer connections shall be in accordance with the requirements of the Township as otherwise provided by ordinance. In the case of the connection into the PVSC sewer, the connection shall be in accordance with the conditions contained in the approval of the PVSC.
No person shall make connection on roof downspouts, foundation drains, areaway drains, or other sources of surface runoff or groundwater to a building sewer or drain, which in turn is connected directly or indirectly to a public sanitary sewer, unless approved by the Township for the purpose of disposal of polluted surface drainage.
In addition to the application for the permit as hereinabove provided, each industrial user must complete an Industrial Survey Form which will be supplied by the PVSC and, from time to time, shall update the form when required by the PVSC.
All industrial users who discharge or propose to discharge waste to the PVSC treatment works shall maintain such records as are necessary to demonstrate compliance with the requirements of this chapter, any permit and any applicable state or federal pretreatment standards or requirements. All such records shall be maintained for review by the PVSC for a period of at least five years.
Such records shall be made available upon request by the PVSC. All such records relating to compliance with pretreatment standards shall be made available to officials of NJDEP and officials of the USEPA upon demand. A summary of such data indicating the industrial user's compliance with this chapter shall be prepared and submitted to the PVSC designated in the permit forms provided by the PVSC.
Each designated industrial user shall install, at its own cost and expense, suitable monitoring equipment to facilitate the accurate observation, sampling and measurement of industrial wastes. The equipment shall provide for a continuous recorder as defined herein. Such equipment shall be kept safe, secured from unauthorized entry or tampering and accessible at all times. Except as provided for in Subsection E of this section monitoring equipment shall be calibrated as recommended by the manufacturer, except that LEL recorders shall be calibrated daily and pH recorders shall be calibrated at least weekly, whichever is more frequent. Suitable notations shall be made on the recorded tapes or charts whenever the device is calibrated, citing the date, time and the individual making the calibration. If the PVSC requires a user to continuously monitor the effluent for pH or LEL, the recorder may not be turned off, even during periods when the user is not operating nor discharging to the sewer, unless specifically authorized in advance by the PVSC. Any user required to continuously record the pH of its discharge shall have such recording equipment certified by the NJDEP's Office of Quality Assurance, as required under the Regulations Governing Laboratory Certifications and Standards of Performance under N.J.A.C. 7:18-1.1 et seq.
A user shall notify the PVSC as soon as possible, but in no case later than two hours from becoming aware of it, if a sampling, monitoring, or recording device required in accordance with this chapter becomes inoperable. A user shall also notify the PVSC if a pretreatment system becomes inoperable or taken off line whether the system was required by the PVSC or installed at the user's own discretion. Unless modified by the PVSC, the user shall submit a written report to the attention of the Industrial and Pollution Control Department or the PVSC, within five working days of the occurrence detailing what type of incident occurred, why the incident happened, what measures will be taken to correct the problem and a date when the problem will be corrected. If corrective action is expected to take more than two months from the date of the occurrence, the user shall submit monthly progress reports until such times as the problem is corrected. This provision shall not apply during flow meter calibration or to other instrument calibrations that do not exceed 30 minutes.
An industrial user who claims a lower discharge volume than is indicated by his water consumption, due to retention of water in his product, discharge to a storm sewer, river or ditch, a higher evaporation rate than is allowed by the PVSC or for other reasons, shall provide the PVSC with an acceptable method for accurately determining his discharge volume to the sanitary sewer. An industrial user with more than one discharge point to the sanitary sewer shall provide the PVSC with accurate discharge volumes for each outlet. In the event that the PVSC determines that said volumes are not accurate, the PVSC may require the installation of flow-measuring equipment. Unless this requirement is modified by the individual permit, flow measuring devices, used in determination of effluent volumes and which are required to be installed in accordance with Subsection C of this section, shall be calibrated annually or more frequently if recommended by the manufacturer. Each user required to calibrate any flow meter shall notify the PVSC at least seven days prior to the flow meter calibration. The PVSC reserves the right to witness a calibration. If so notified at least two business days in advance of the scheduled calibration, the user shall calibrate the flow meter only if the PVSC is present. All flow meters applicable to this part must have a nonresettable totalizer.
When more than one industrial user can discharge into a common sewer, the PVSC may require installation of separate monitoring equipment for each industrial user. When there is a significant difference in wastewater constituents and characteristics produced by different operations of a single industrial user, the PVSC may require that separate monitoring facilities be installed for each separate discharge.
When a permittee continuously measures the pH of its effluent discharge, the permittee shall maintain the pH of the discharge within the limits set forth in this chapter, except that temporary and/or unintentional excursions from the alkaline limit is permitted subject to the following conditions:
The PVSC shall have the right to install its own equipment to monitor the volume or to sample the effluent or vapor space of any user's effluent in order to determine compliance with any regulation limits and/or the PVSC rules and regulations. Users shall not interfere or tamper with any equipment or take any action to affect its function. Such equipment shall be kept safe, secured from unauthorized entry or tampering by others, and the user shall be responsible for reimbursing the PVSC for all costs to repair or replace damaged PVSC equipment.
No person shall discharge, cause to be discharged or allow to be discharged any stormwater, surface water, groundwater, roof runoff, subsurface drainage, swimming pool water, uncontaminated water or unpolluted waters to any sanitary sewer in any manner, except with the prior written consent of both the Township and the PVSC. Stormwater and all other unpolluted drainage shall be discharged to such sewers as are specifically designated as storm drains or to a natural outlet approved by the Township Engineer. Industrial cooling water or unpolluted process water may be discharged, on approval of the Township Engineer, to a storm drain or natural outlet.
When pretreatment standards are adopted by the United States Environmental Protection Agency for any given class of industries, then any industry within that class must conform to the United States Environmental Protection Agency timetable for adherence to pretreatment requirements as well as all other applicable requirements promulgated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency in accordance with the provisions of the law. Additionally, such industries shall comply with such more stringent standards necessitated by local conditions as determined from time to time by the PVSC.
All industrial users shall provide immediate access to their facilities at any time during normal working hours or at any other time that there is a discharge into the PVSC system or into any waters under the jurisdiction of the PVSC. Access shall be for the purpose of checking the quality of the discharge, taking samples and making tests of the discharge or for the purpose of permitting enforcement of these regulations. The access shall be made available to the employees of the PVSC, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, United States Environmental Agency and/or the Township. All users shall provide access to property and premises for inspection for the purpose of determining if there is any violation of the terms or provisions of this chapter.
No person shall discharge or deposit or cause or allow to be discharged or deposited into the treatment works or public sewer, the following:
Explosive wastes. Wastes in such quantity which may create a fire or explosion hazard to the treatment works, collection system or to the operation of the system, including but not limited to wastewater with a closed-cup flashpoint of less than 140° F. or 60° C. using the test methods specified in 40 CFR 261.21. Additional quantitative limitations on explosive wastes are specified in PVSC's rules and regulations.
Corrosive wastes. Wastes in such quantity which may cause corrosion or deterioration of the treatment works. Unless a higher limit is otherwise stated in the sewer use permit issued to a user, all wastes shall have a pH not less than 5. Unless otherwise stated in the sewer use permit, all wastes shall have a pH not more than 10.5. If the PVSC requires the installation of a continuous pH recorder, the permittee may exceed the upper or alkaline pH limit subject to the conditions contained in § 199-14. Prohibited materials include, but are not limited to, acids, sulfides, concentrated chloride or fluoride compounds, etc.
Solids or viscous wastes. Solids or viscous wastes in amounts which may cause obstruction to the flow in a sewer, or otherwise interfere with the proper operation of the treatment works. Prohibited materials include, but are not limited to, uncomminuted garbage, bones, hides, or fleshings, cinders, sand, stone or marble dust, glass, etc.
Petroleum oil, nonbiodegradable cutting oil, or products of mineral oil origin in amounts that will cause interference or pass-through.
Any wastes containing floatable fats, wax, grease, oils, or any other floatable pollutants.
Any industrial wastes containing more than 100 mg/l of petroleum based oil or grease.
Pollutants which result in the presence of toxic gases, vapors or fumes within the POTW in a quantity that may cause acute worker health and safety problems.
Noxious liquids or gases, which in sufficient quantity, either singly or by interaction with other wastes, are capable of creating a public nuisance or hazard to life, or are or may be sufficient to prevent entry into a sewer for its maintenance and repair.
Radioactive wastes. Radioactive wastes or isotopes of such half life or concentration that they do not comply with regulations or orders issued by the appropriate authority having control over their use and which will, or may, cause damage or hazards to the treatment works or personnel operating the system.
Interference/pass-through. Any waste, including discharges of oxygen demanding wastes (BOD, etc.) released or discharged at a flow rate and/or pollutant concentration which causes or threatens to cause an upset at the PVSC treatment works, or which causes or threatens to cause a violation of the PVSC's NJPDES permit conditions.
Excessive discharge rate. Industrial wastes discharged in a slug or such volume or strength so as to cause a treatment process upset and subsequent loss of treatment efficiency.
Unpolluted waters. Any unpolluted water including, but not limited to, cooling water and uncontaminated stormwater, which will increase the hydraulic load on the treatment system, unless specifically authorized by PVSC's rules and regulations.
Dilution. Increase in the use of process water, or an attempt in any other way, to dilute a discharge as a partial or complete substitute for adequate treatment to achieve compliance with a pretreatment standard or effluent limit.
Violations. Wastes, which cause the PVSC treatment plant to violate its NJPDES permit, applicable receiving water standards, permit regulating sludge which is produced during treatment or any other permit issued to the PVSC.
Ultrahazardous toxics. Those wastes designated by EPA as sufficiently toxic that they shall not be discharged to the sanitary sewer in any concentrations.
Trucked pollutants. Any trucked or hauled pollutants, accepted at discharge points designated by the PVSC, and only after approval is issued by the PVSC.
Groundwater. Any groundwater, whether contaminated or uncontaminated, unless specifically authorized by the PVSC in its rules and regulations.
Stormwater. Any stormwater, whether contaminated or uncontaminated, unless specifically authorized by the PVSC in its rules and regulations.
Bypassed wastes. Any wastewaters which would normally be monitored or pretreated, but are discharged to the sanitary sewer without being monitored or pretreated, unless specifically authorized by the PVSC.
Excess heel material. Any quantity of trucked or hauled material meeting the definition as contained herein, unless authorized by the PVSC.
The following wastes may not be discharged without special permission from the PVSC and the Township, upon a determination by the PVSC that the discharge would not be detrimental to the system:
Each major industrial user shall construct or otherwise have available a sampling point for sampling wastewater before it enters the Township sewer system. Other industrial users may be required to construct such sampling point, if ordered so to do by the Township or the PVSC.
No discharge into the wastewater facilities of the PVSC shall be permitted from any source which causes physical damage, interferes with the treatment process, or results in a violation of effluent limitations or other conditions contained in the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit to discharge issued to the PVSC.
When required by the Township, USEPA, NJDEP or the PVSC, the owner of any property serviced by a building sewer carrying industrial wastes shall install a suitable structure, together with such necessary meters and other appurtenances to the building sewer to facilitate observation, sampling and measurement of the wastes. Such structure, when required, shall be accessibly and safely located and shall be constructed in accordance with plans approved by the governmental agency requiring it. The structure shall be installed by the applicant at his expense and shall be maintained by him so as to be safe and accessible at all times.
All persons subject to these regulations in this chapter shall be required to provide information to the Township and the PVSC as needed to determine compliance with this chapter. These requirements may include:
Wastewaters, discharge peak rate and volume over a specified time period.
Chemical analyses of wastewaters.
Information on raw materials, processes, and products affecting wastewater volume and quality.
Quantity and disposition of specific liquid, sludge, oil, solvent or other materials important to sewer use control.
A plot plan of sewers of the user's property showing sewer and pretreatment facility location.
Details of wastewater pretreatment facilities.
Details of systems to prevent and control the losses of materials through spills to the municipal sewer.
All measurements, tests, and analysis of the characteristics of waters and wastes to which reference is made in this chapter shall be determined in accordance with the latest edition of Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater, published by the American Public Health Association, or other method or procedure as may be approved by the PVSC. Sampling methods, location times, durations, and frequencies are to be determined on an individual basis subject to the approval of the Township and/or the PVSC.
All users shall be required to comply with the requirements of the user charge regulations adopted by the PVSC. The user charges are established under Part V, User Charge, published in the PVSC's rules and regulations concerning discharges to the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commissioners treatment works that are on file in the Township Clerk's office. These rules and regulations maybe amended from time to time by the PVSC as necessary to comply with NJDEP and the USEPA.
No person shall intentionally break, damage, destroy, uncover, deface or tamper with any structure, appurtenance or equipment which is part of the wastewater facilities.
The Superintendent of Public Works is hereby designated as the person who shall administer this chapter.
All users of the wastewater facilities shall comply with all requirements of the written rules and regulations of the PVSC which have been adopted and which from time to time shall have been adopted, which regulations shall become effective upon filing of certified copies in the office of the Township Clerk after the effective dates of this chapter.
Any violation of this chapter, including the failure to pay fees, charges and/or surcharges, or any conditions or limitations of a permit issued under the authority of this chapter may result in the termination of the permit and/or the termination of the authority to discharge into the Township's wastewater system. In addition to these sanctions, any violation shall be subject to such penalties as are otherwise provided by law.
This chapter shall be effective only for those portions of the Township which are serviced by the treatment facilities of the PVSC.
Notwithstanding the penalty provisions in Chapter 1, any user who fails to comply with the provisions of this chapter or any of the PVSC's rules and regulations may be liable for such penalties as prescribed by the PVSC.
In addition to any such penalties, the PVSC may institute a civil action, including injunctive relief, fines, civil penalties or criminal prosecution, against any person violating the provisions of this chapter or the PVSC's rules and regulations. Such person shall also be civilly liable for such damages to the PVSC, as a result of said violations.