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Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of Northumberland County 9-16-1977. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Septic systems — See Ch. 118.
Subdivision of land — See Ch. 128.
A. 
Unless the context specifically indicates otherwise, the meaning and terms used herein shall be as follows:
ADMINISTRATOR
The District's duly appointed agent.
DISTRICT
The District of Reedville, Virginia.
ENGINEERS
The consulting engineers retained by the District.
SEWER DEPARTMENT
The sewer utility owned by the District.
SUPERVISORS
The Board of Supervisors, the County of Northumberland, Virginia.
B. 
All definitions relating to building plumbing and to drainage systems shall be in accordance with the definitions outlined in Chapter 1 of the National Plumbing Code, with the exception that the drainage system as referred to in the Plumbing Code shall herein mean sewer service lines.
Materials for sewer service lines from the building extremities to the District sewer shall be in accordance with the following:
A. 
The types of pipe which will be allowed will include ABS plastic gravity sewer pipe, PVC plastic gravity sewer pipe, cast-iron soil and drainage pipe, vitrified clay sewer pipe and cement asbestos pipe.
B. 
ABS plastic sewer pipe shall conform to the standard specification for acrylon-titrile-butadiene-butadiene-styrene composite sewer piping, ASTM designation D2680. The ABS plastic material shall conform to ASTM specification D1788.
C. 
PVC plastic gravity sewer pipe shall be made from clean virgin approved Class 11332B PVC compound conforming to ASTM resin specification D1784. Minimum pipe stiffness shall be in accordance with ASTM D2412.
D. 
Cast-iron soil and drainage pipe shall conform to AWWA specifications C106 or federal specification WWP-421A, Type 2, Class 50, with coal tar or pitch varnish, hot dip, inside and out.
E. 
Vitrified clay sewer pipe shall conform to ASTM specification C-200-55T, for extra strength clay pipe. Joints for clay pipe shall be in accordance with ASTM specification C425-60T.
F. 
Cement asbestos sewer pipe and couplings shall conform to federal specifications C-428, Class 2400. Joints for cement asbestos pipe shall consist of a coupling with rubber "O" ring.
G. 
Fittings and specials for gravity sewer pipe shall be furnished by the pipe manufacturer and shall be compatible with the type of pipe used. Sewer service lines shall be connected to the town's main sewer through the use of a standard adapter manufactured especially for conversion from the type of pipe used in the main gravity sewer to that used in the sewer service line. The responsibility for procuring adapters for this conversion shall rest with the owner or his or her installer.
A. 
Installation of gravity sewer service lines shall conform to the general requirements in the National Plumbing Code.
B. 
The minimum size for sewer service line pipe shall be four inches. The number of fixtures which may be connected to each size pipe shall be in accordance with Chapter 11 of the National Plumbing Code.
C. 
Sewer service pipe shall be installed at a uniform slope, but in no case shall the slope be less than 1/8 inch per foot for six-inch pipe. Where ground conditions do not permit sewer service lines to be laid with a slope as great as that specified, a lesser slope may be permitted, provided that the computed velocity will not be less than two feet per second.
D. 
A sewer service line installed in a filled or unstable ground condition shall be of cast-iron pipe, except that nonmetallic pipe may be laid upon an approved concrete pad if installed under the supervision of the Administrator.
E. 
All building drains constructed underneath the building shall be of cast-iron pipe. Cast-iron pipe shall extend to a point five feet beyond the neat exterior building line. A proper adapter shall be furnished to connect the building drain to the sewer service line.
F. 
Sewer service lines shall be installed using trenching methods and pipe-laying methods as specified for drainage pipe installation in the National Plumbing Code. The method of installation shall be approved by the Administrator prior to beginning construction.
G. 
After sewer service lines are installed within the trench, the trench shall be left open for inspection by the Administrator or his or her duly appointed representative prior to backfilling. Sewer service lines which are covered over prior to inspection shall be rejected, and a connection to the District sewer will not be allowed.
H. 
Upon completion of sewer service installation, the service lines shall be tested with a ten-foot head of water or equivalent and found to be tight.
I. 
All sewer service lines shall be installed with at least two cleanouts, one at the point of connection to the building drain and one at the point of connection to the District sewer line. In addition, cleanouts shall be provided at all bends in either vertical or horizontal alignment.
J. 
Changes in direction in sewer service piping shall be made by the appropriate use of forty-five-degree wyes, 1/4 bends, 1/6, 1/8 or 1/16 bends or by a combination of these or equivalent fittings. No fittings having a hub in the direction opposite the flow or T-branch shall be used in the sewer service line, and the service lines shall not be drilled or tapped.
K. 
No fitting, connection device or method of installation which obstructs or retards the flow of water, wastes, sewage or air shall be allowed in the sewer service line.
L. 
Water service pipes or any underground water pipes shall not be run or laid in the same trench as a sewer service piping unless approved by the Administrator.
M. 
All sewer service piping shall be firmly supported through its entire length. All excavations shall allow a depression for bells so that pipes will not be supported by bells. Backfilling shall be conducted in a manner to ensure proper compactness of backfill around piping without damage to piping. Backfill materials shall be clean earth or sand which shall not contain stones, rubble, boulders or other materials which would damage or break piping.
N. 
Firms or persons installing sewer service lines shall take adequate safety precautions as required by the National Plumbing Code and the Administrator. The installer shall take adequate precautions for structural safety in excavation and backfilling procedures.
A. 
Applications for permission to install sewer service lines shall be made in accordance with the District's operating policy for its sewer systems.
B. 
Applications shall be made to the Administrator or his or her duly appointed representative at the office designated by the District. Applications shall be made on prescribed forms prepared by the County of Northumberland.
C. 
Applications for sewer service shall be reviewed and processed according to the District's operating policy for its sewer systems.
D. 
Fees for permission to construct sewer service lines shall be as prescribed by the District and shall be paid at the time of application for service.
A. 
Unless the context specifically indicates otherwise, the meaning of terms used herein shall be as follows:
ADMINISTRATOR
The District's duly appointed agent.
DEVELOPER or OWNER
In addition to the definition of "person," the person or persons developing or planning to develop any parcel, tract or subdivision in the area covered by Chapter 128, Subdivision of Land.
DWELLING UNIT
A separately maintained quarters with facilities for sleeping and/or cooking.
ENGINEERS
The consulting engineers retained by the Reedville Sanitary District.
FACILITIES OF THE DISTRICT
Any and all component and pertinent parts of the entire systems of sanitary sewer utilities under jurisdiction of the District, such as sewage pumping stations and treatment plants, including these items and others now constructed, installed, operated or maintained by the District or any which may be approved and accepted in the future as additions or extensions of the systems.
FRANCHISE TERRITORY
The territory now or hereafter included within the boundaries prescribed for the District for the specific project as titled above.
INDUSTRIAL WASTES
The liquid wastes from industrial processes as distinct from sanitary sewage.
PERSON
Any individual, firm, corporation or association having an interest, whether legal or equitable, sole or partial, in any premises which is or may in the future be served by the facilities of the District and which is or may in the future be responsible for design and construction of facilities to be under the jurisdiction of the Administrator and to become a part of the public utilities system of the District.
PREMISES
Any building or group of buildings to be constructed which is or may be served by the facilities of the District.
PUBLIC SEWER
A sewer in which all owners of abutting properties have equal rights and which are controlled by the District.
SANITARY SEWAGE
That water-carried waste which derives principally from dwellings, business buildings, institutions, industrial establishments and the like, exclusive of any storm and surface waters.
SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT
Any arrangement of devices and structures used for treating sewage.
SEWAGE WORKS
All facilities for collecting, pumping, treating and disposing of sewage.
SEWER
A pipe or conduit for carrying sewage.
SEWER DEPARTMENT
The sewer utility owned by the District.
SUPERVISORS
Board of Supervisors, the County of Northumberland.
TOWN
The Town of Reedville, Virginia.
B. 
Word usage. "Shall" is mandatory; "may" is permissive.
A. 
The owners of all houses, buildings or properties used for human occupancy, employment, recreation or other purposes, constructed subsequent to the passage of these rules and regulations and situated within the franchise territory owned sanitary sewer line, which can be served by a gravity sewer and to which sewer service is available, shall be required to install suitable toilet and other disposable liquid wastes facilities therein and to connect such facilities directly with the public sewer, when the District or developer, as the case may be, shall have provided all easements or rights-of-way, if any are required, in which to connect to such public sewer line; provided, however, that the owner shall be required to construct such connection line at his or her own expense.
(1) 
Structures completed before the passage of these regulations must comply with the requirements of Subsection A at such time as the District's sewer facilities are available and ready for use.
(2) 
No sewer line shall be hereafter extended unless and until the property owners whose properties may be or will be served by such extension have agreed in writing to pay to the District their pro rata share of the actual cost of installation of such lines, which cost shall be paid either at the time of installation or at the election of the property owners, subject to the approval of the District, over a period of five years, in five equal installments, carrying interest on the unpaid balance at such rate as may from time to time be set by the District, and by such agreement make the same a lien on their property, upon recordation of the same in the Clerk's office of the Circuit Court of Northumberland County. The costs of such recording shall be paid by such property owner.
(3) 
Refusal to pay for extension of sewer lines.
(a) 
Where one or more of the property owners mentioned in the next preceding subsection refuses to agree to pay for the extension of sewer lines as provided in the preceding subsection, one or more of the property owners requesting such extension may pay the share of the person who so refuses. Thereafter, any person who requests connection to the sewer which has been paid for by those other than the person owning the property shall pay to the District his or her pro rata share of the cost of the line, which will be returned by the District to the party who has actually paid for the installation or extension of the line, and the person requesting the connection shall also pay to the District the hookup fee.
(b) 
The cost of any extension shall be figured from the point where the extension joins the existing line to the point of termination.
(4) 
Requirement to install and connect.
(a) 
The owners of all houses, buildings or properties used for human occupancy, employment, recreation or other purposes, constructed subsequent to the passage of these rules and regulations and situated within the District sanitary sewer, shall be required to install suitable toilet and other disposable liquid waste facilities therein and to connect such facilities directly with the public sewer when the District provides the necessary lines to the property line.
(b) 
Structures completed before the passage of these regulations must comply with the requirements of this section within six months after service is available.
(5) 
Subsequent to the passage of these regulations, no person shall make connection to the facilities of the Reedville Sanitary District without the written approval of the Administrator. The regulations of the District shall supersede any conflicting provisions of this chapter.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Original Section 6.01.7, which immediately followed this section and was a duplicate penalties section, was deleted 8-13-1998.
B. 
New subdivisions and developments.
(1) 
The developer of any new subdivision intended for residential or commercial use, or any combination hereof, or the developer of any industrial site shall construct all sanitary sewer lines within his or her subdivision or development at his or her own expense. Immediately upon completion and acceptance of the construction work, the sanitary sewer with necessary easement shall become the property of the District.
(2) 
Where a sanitary sewer is not available to a new subdivision or development, the developer shall construct necessary sewer mains and shall connect his or her sanitary sewers to a public gravity sewer or to one or more suitable private sanitary sewage pumping stations which shall discharge into a public sanitary sewer. Sufficient easements shall be provided. Immediately upon completion and acceptance of such construction works, sewer works systems shall become the property of the District.
(3) 
Where construction by the developer of an off-site trunk or lateral sewer is deemed to be either necessary, feasible or advisable to connect the applicable systems of the subdivision or development to the suitable facilities of the District, the financial responsibility of the developer, location and details of such construction shall be determined in conference by the developer and Administrator. Any and all agreements so established shall be in writing and acknowledged by both the developer and the Administrator. Each such proposed item of off-site construction shall be a separate matter for discussion and agreement.
(4) 
The Administrator shall, in conjunction with the engineers, review and approve or revise, if necessary to conform with standards acceptable to the Administrator, as hereinafter specified, prepared plans for all projects for developing, extending and/or constructing sanitary sewer lines and all pertinent connections, structures and accessories proposed thereto within the District and/or those lying outside the District which will connect to the facilities of the District, prior to any construction of such projects.
(5) 
Materials, workmanship and procedures used in work shall be in accordance with the standards and specifications established or approved by the Supervisors and all applicable health authorities.
(6) 
During progress of the work, the Administrator or the duly authorized engineers, inspectors or others who are directly concerned with the work shall have access to the locations of construction for the purpose of establishing to their satisfaction that the projects are being constructed to the District's requirements and in accordance with approved plans and specifications.
(7) 
After completion of the facilities, and on written request of the developer or owner responsible for the construction, the Administrator or his or her authorized representative shall make a final comprehensive inspection of the completed projects and shall be satisfied as to conformance to plans and specifications before accepting the facilities to become a part of the public utilities system of the District.
(8) 
Any developer or owner who proposes to submit an application to the Administrator for review and approval of plans and specifications for construction of facilities classified hereinafter in § 120-7C, D or E may examine at the office of or procure from the Administrator this publication of District rules and requirements, titled "Operating Policy," together with a copy of drawings showing detailed construction standards approved by the District for use in the franchise territory.
(9) 
Copies furnished by the Administrator of the publications and drawings mentioned in the next preceding subsection shall be supplied by the Administrator to any recipient at a cost of not less than the actual cost thereof to the District.
A. 
Duties of Administrator.
(1) 
The Administrator shall accept, review and render decision on applications for sanitary sewer service to the premises described in the application from any person, group of persons, firm, corporation or association who are owners of or legally represent the owners of land or who are tenants of land within the franchise territory.
(2) 
The Administrator reserves the right to approve, revise or request additional data, design or information on or to disapprove any such application or plans pertinent thereto which in the opinion of the Administrator is in the best interest of the District.
(3) 
Decisions of the Administrator are subject to appeal to the County Supervisors by the applicant or the Administrator, subject to the procedures set forth in § 120-8 of this policy.
B. 
Applications for sewer service for existing or proposed new individual or multiple dwelling or commercial establishment to which the District service facility is immediately adjacent and available shall be made in duplicate on a form prescribed and furnished by the Administrator for the purpose of such application, and each form shall be accompanied by measurements, maps, drawings and such other data that will clearly establish and indicate the physical location within or with respect to location of the premises for which the application is submitted and location on the premises of the service or services applied for.
C. 
Service to buildings not classified as new subdivision.
(1) 
Where service is desired for sewer facilities for any individual building or group of buildings, whether intended for use as residential or commercial purpose, and which are not classified as being the development of a new subdivision, or section thereof, and which will require the design and construction by the owner of new trunk, lateral or principal lines and any necessary appurtenances thereto in order to reach and connect onto applicable existing facilities of the District and which such new construction in its entirety shall ultimately be accepted as an integral part of the facilities of the District, application shall be made in writing to the Administrator.
(2) 
Such application, stipulated in Subsection C(1) above, shall be accompanied by four sets of detailed plans showing accurate plans and profile design drawings of the lines and location, design and identification of all appurtenances and accessories pertinent thereto. It is preferable that such plans show on the same sheet the plan and profile design of the contiguous sections of the street or easement and proposed utility as is indicated by the application.
(3) 
The design and detailed plans stipulated in Subsection C(2) above, and all subsequent revisions thereof, shall be prepared and properly signed by a civil engineer registered in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
D. 
Facilities to be accepted into public utilities system.
(1) 
Where construction of sanitary sewer facilities is proposed by a developer or owner of any new residential subdivision or commercial area, or any combinations thereof, and which facilities shall ultimately be accepted into the jurisdiction of the Administrator as a part of the public utilities system of the District, application for review of the design and plans for all such proposed construction shall be made in writing to the Administrator.
(2) 
Such application, stipulated in Subsection D(1) above, shall be accompanied by:
(a) 
Four prints of the record plat of the subdivision or applicable section thereof, which shall bear the approval of the Supervisors.
(b) 
Four sets of detailed plans showing accurate plan and profile design drawings, the proposed lines and the location, design and indication of all their appurtenances and accessories. It is preferable that such plans show on the same sheet the plan and profile design of the contiguous sections of the new street or easement and proposed sewer facilities, the design and detailed plans stipulated immediately above and all subsequent revisions thereof in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
(c) 
If any facilities other than pipe lines and their appurtenances are proposed by the applicant or required by the Administrator for the complete and satisfactory operation of the proposed facilities, such as sewage treatment plants, sewage pumping stations or other like equipment, the application shall be accompanied by four sets of detailed plans and specifications on design, equipment, materials and construction of such facilities.
(3) 
The plans and specifications stipulated immediately above and all subsequent revisions shall be prepared and properly signed by a civil engineer registered in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Final approval of plans and specifications by the Administrator will be contingent on approval of said plans by all applicable health authorities.
E. 
Industrial establishments.
(1) 
Application for proposed sewer facilities to serve any type of industrial establishment within the franchise territory shall be made in writing to the Administrator.
(2) 
Complete information regarding plant location, type of industry, raw and finished products, approximate volume of utility requirements, types of industrial wastes to be discharged, proposed facilities for pretreatment of industrial wastes and other data pertinent to the industry shall be accompanied by the application.
(3) 
The applicant for sanitary sewer services to serve industrial establishments shall conform to the requirements for application for the same as is outlined in Subsection A through D hereinbefore in this section, as may be governed by the location of the proposed industrial site.
(4) 
Any design, plans and specifications, required as stipulated in Subsection D(2) above, and all subsequent revisions thereof, shall be prepared and properly signed by a civil engineer registered in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
A. 
On receiving application as prescribed hereinbefore in § 120-7A, the Administrator will, within 60 days, approve, with or without revision, or disapprove the application and return one of the submitted forms to the applicant so marked to indicate the action taken by the Administrator.
B. 
Review procedure.
(1) 
On receiving application as prescribed hereinbefore in § 120-7A, the Administrator will review all data, design, plans and/or specifications and indicate thereon any revisions, additions, changes or deletions as considered necessary in order that the proposed construction shall conform to the standards and best interest of the District. One marked set of the submitted plans and/or specifications shall be returned to the applicant.
(2) 
After receiving the returned set of plans and/or specifications, the applicant shall prepare revised plans and/or specifications to conform with such revisions indicated by the Administrator and submit four sets of the revised plans and/or specifications to the Administrator.
(3) 
On receipt of the revised plans and/or specifications, the Administrator shall check them for conformity with the initially marked revisions. If satisfactory, one of the revised sets of plans and/or specifications shall be returned to the applicant with written approval for construction, contingent upon approval of all applicable health authorities. If for any reason a disagreement between the Administrator and the applicant arises relative to the interpretation of the terms and requirements of this policy, either party may within 10 days of notification of such disagreement, in writing, file an appeal for a determination to be made by the Supervisors. Such decision shall be rendered at the next regularly scheduled meeting following filing with the Supervisors of written notice of such appeal.
(4) 
Construction of any public utility facility under the jurisdiction of the District, and all its appurtenances and accessories, shall be in strict conformance with the final approved set of plans and/or specifications stipulated in the subsection immediately above.
C. 
Deviations from approved plans.
(1) 
In the event that an applicant desires to deviate from the plans and/or specifications which have been approved by the Administrator for construction, or to make any changes or revisions therein, the applicant shall make such request to the Administrator in writing and state the reasons for his or her request.
(2) 
Revised plans, specifications and other substantiating data shall accompany the request in such manner, form and quantity as was required for the original application.
(3) 
The procedure for all parties concerned for processing any such request for deviation from or changes and revisions in initially approved plans and/or specifications for construction shall be the same as stipulated for the original application for the project.
A. 
After completion of construction of the public utility facilities from approved plans on any project hereinbefore classified in § 120-7C, D or E, the developer or owner responsible for the construction shall provide as-built plans, based on accurate, field-obtained information, to show actual conditions of the finished construction. The as-built plans shall be revisions in and permanently indicated changes on the original tracings or master sheets from which were made the plans and/or specifications approved by the Administrator for construction.
B. 
The as-built plans shall show, but may not be limited to, the following:
(1) 
Sewer line construction.
(a) 
Scale accuracy location of manhole invert and top casting elevations and numerical notation of the exact elevations of the same as determined by field survey after construction. Elevations shall be in datum of the District.
(b) 
Scale accuracy indication of lengths and grades of lines between manholes and numerical notation of the exact lengths and grades, as determined after construction.
(c) 
Scale accuracy location of concrete cradle, encasement or special construction.
(d) 
Location of house services by measurement from the manhole immediately downgrade.
(2) 
Sanitary sewage treatment plants and pumping stations, all other comparable construction and building structures.
(a) 
As-built plans and specifications shall accurately indicate all approved deviation from or changes in location or type of equipment installed and material used.
(b) 
Accurate listings of the name of the manufacturer for all operating equipment installed, together with model or style numbers, ratings capacities and other pertinent information, shall be provided as part of the as-built plans on the project.
(c) 
At least three complete sets of operation and maintenance manuals of all operating equipment, and all certificates of inspections, approvals, warranties and guaranties of equipment, materials and installations thereof, required by the project specifications which were approved by the Administrator shall be provided as a part of the as-built plans on the project.
A. 
At the completion of construction of any project of public utility facilities on any project hereinbefore classified in § 120-7C, D or E, the developer or owner responsible for the construction shall notify the Administrator, in writing, that the work has been completed. Together with the notification of completion, there shall be submitted to the Administrator all as-built plans, specifications and such other data and addenda relative thereto which is required hereinbefore in § 120-9.
B. 
On receipt of the notification and as-built information as required, the Administrator or his or her representative shall make a final comprehensive inspection of the constructed facilities, examining in detail for conformance of the work with approved plans and specifications, alignment of sewer lines, infiltration leakage, workmanship, operation of equipment and other factors to the satisfaction of the Administrator and best interest of the District.
C. 
It shall be required that a responsible representative of the developer or owner accompany the Administrator on the final inspection. The developer or owner shall furnish whatever labor is necessary for conducting the final inspection.
D. 
Deficiencies which are found to exist during the inspection shall be pointed out to the developer or owner's representative. Subsequent to the inspection, the developer or owner shall be furnished, in writing, a summary of the deficiencies found and corrections of which are required.
E. 
On notification that all construction deficiencies have been completed, the Administrator will inspect all such work.
A. 
The Administrator shall accept new constructed sanitary sewer service facilities, classified hereinbefore in § 120-7C, D and E, on satisfaction of the following conditions:
(1) 
That all requirements of the foregoing § 120-10 have been fulfilled in the opinion of the Administrator.
(2) 
That all matters relative to specific contracts between the developer or owner and the Administrator are in order.
(3) 
That payment has been made by the developer or owner for all fees relative to applications and inspections.
(4) 
That a civil engineer registered in the Commonwealth of Virginia certifies that the work has been completed in accordance with the approved plans and specifications.
(5) 
That explicit understanding exists between the developer or owner and the Administrator that the developer or owner shall be responsible for and obligated to correct any deficiencies in construction for a period of one year from the date of acceptance of the facilities by the District. This condition shall be stipulated in the written form of acceptance issued by the Administrator or a standard acceptable performance bond covering a one-year guarantee period.
B. 
Acceptance in writing.
(1) 
Acceptance of the newly constructed facilities, when approved by the Administrator, shall be made in writing to the developer or owner responsible for the construction.
(2) 
The issuance of the written form of acceptance of any such facilities shall constitute an irrevocable agreement between the developer or owner responsible for construction and the Administrator that the Council acting for the District and any of its officers, agents, servants or employees shall be saved harmless by the developer or owner from liability and responsibility of any nature and kind for costs of or payments on labor, equipment or material used in construction of the accepted facilities or on account of any patented or unpatented invention, process, article or appliance manufactured for or used in construction of or for the intended operation of the accepted facilities.
A. 
No persons shall discharge or cause to be discharged any stormwater, surface water, groundwater, roof runoff, subsurface drainage, cooling water or unpolluted industrial process waters into any public sanitary sewer.
B. 
Except as hereinafter provided, or under conditions specifically approved and detailed, in writing, by the Administrator, no person shall discharge or cause to be discharged into any public sanitary sewer any of the following described water or wastes:
(1) 
Any water or waste which may contain more than 100 parts per million, by weight, of fat, oil or grease.
(2) 
Any gasoline, benzene, naphtha, fuel oil or other flammable or explosive liquid, solid or gas.
(3) 
Any garbage resulting from preparation, cooking and dispensing of food which has not been properly shredded in approved household garbage grinding units.
(4) 
Any ashes, cinders, sand, mud, straw, shavings, metal, glass, rags, feathers, tar, plastics or any other solid or viscous substance capable of causing obstruction to the flow in sewers or other interference with the proper operation of the sewage works.
(5) 
Any waters or wastes having a pH value lower than 5.5 or higher than 9.0 or having any other corrosive property capable of causing damage or hazard to structures, equipment and personnel of the sewage works.
(6) 
Any waters or wastes containing a toxic or poisonous substance in sufficient quantity to injure or interfere with any sewage treatment process, constitute a hazard to humans or animals or create any hazard in the receiving waters of the sewage treatment plant.
(7) 
Any waters or wastes containing suspended solids of such character and quantity that unusual attention or expense is required to handle such materials at the sewage treatment plant.
(8) 
Any noxious or malodorous gas or substance capable of creating a public nuisance.
C. 
Grease, oil and sand interceptors.
(1) 
Grease, oil and sand traps or interceptors shall be provided by the owner when in the opinion of the Administrator they are necessary for the proper handling of liquid wastes containing such ingredients or any other of a flammable or harmful nature, except that such interceptors shall not be required for private living quarters or dwelling units.
(2) 
All interceptors shall be of a type and capacity approved by the Administrator and the engineers. They shall be of substantial construction, watertight and equipped with easily removable covers which when bolted in place shall be gas and water tight.
(3) 
Where installed, all grease, oil and sand interceptors shall be maintained by the owner, at his or her expense, in continuously efficient operation at all times.
D. 
Waste from industrial and manufacturing processes.
(1) 
The admission or proposed admission into the public sewers of any waters or wastes resulting from any industrial or manufacturing process, products or comparable activity shall be subject to the review and approval of the Administrator.
(2) 
When necessary in the opinion of the Administrator, the owner of any such industrial or manufacturing establishment shall provide, at his or her expense, such preliminary treatment of his or her industrial waters or wastes as may be required to reduce objectional characteristics or constituents or to satisfy any other condition which the Administrator may decide is advisable in order to allow the admission of such waters or wastes into the sanitary sewers.
(3) 
Plans and specifications and any other pertinent information relating to required or proposed preliminary treatment facilities shall be submitted for the review and approval of the Administrator. No construction of any such facilities shall be started until such approval has been obtained in writing. Any such pretreatment facilities shall also be approved by all applicable health authorities.
[Amended 3-11-1981; 1-1-1984; 8-8-1985; 3-1-2011]
A. 
Monthly rates shall be as follows:
[Amended 12-14-2017]
(1) 
Effective January 1, 2018, to December 31, 2018:
User Classification
Estimated Daily Flow(gallons)
Unit
Minimum Monthly Charge
Single-family residence
260
each
$46
Apartments in residences
260
each
$46
Multiple/family/apartment building
260/unit
per family unit
$46/unit
$92 minimum
Mobile homes
260
each
$46
Small commercial (less than 2,000 square feet)
260
MSF
$46
Large commercial (2,000 square feet or more)
520
MSF
$92
Service stations (excludes car washes)
300
each
$92
Small schools (less than 24 pupils and staff)
300
person
$46
Medium schools (less than 48 pupils and staff)
300
person
$46
Large schools (48 or more pupils and staff)
300
person
$92
Restaurants (15 or less)
300
seat
$92
Restaurants (more than 15)
300
seat
$130.50
Motels and hotels (10 rooms or less)
600
room
$92
Motels and hotels (more than 10 rooms)
600
room
$138
Boats, Menhaden
2,600
boat
$333.50
Boats, other
260
gallons
$46
Industrial users
1,000
gallons
$932.43
Other: by BOS decision
260
gallons
$64
(2) 
Effective January 1, 2019, to December 31, 2019:
User Classification
Estimated Daily Flow(gallons)
Unit
Minimum Monthly Charge
Single-family residence
260
each
$56
Apartments in residences
260
each
$56
Multiple/family/apartment building
260/unit
per family unit
$56/unit
$112 minimum
Mobile homes
260
each
$56
Small commercial (less than 2,000 square feet)
260
MSF
$46
Large commercial (2,000 square feet or more)
520
MSF
$112
Service stations (excludes car washes)
300
each
$112
Small schools (less than 24 pupils and staff)
300
person
$56
Medium schools (less than 48 pupils and staff)
300
person
$56
Large schools (48 or more pupils and staff)
300
person
$112
Restaurants (15 or less)
300
seat
$112
Restaurants (more than 15)
300
seat
$168
Motels and hotels (10 rooms or less)
600
room
$112
Motels and hotels (more than 10 rooms)
600
room
$168
Boats, Menhaden
2,600
boat
$406
Boats, other
260
gallons
$56
Industrial users
1,000
gallons
$1,135
Other: by BOS decision
260
gallons
$112
B. 
Residential users. Persons who pay their user charges through an automatic payment plan, set up through the Northumberland Treasurer's Office, will receive a discount of $1 a month on the normal monthly rate. Persons who prepay their user charges annually will receive a discount of 5% on the total annual user charge.
C. 
The connection fees will be as follows:
(1) 
Residential: $6,000 minimum or actual costs.
(2) 
Commercial: $8,000 minimum or actual costs.
(3) 
Boats: $6,000 minimum or actual costs.
(4) 
Reconnection fee: $100.
D. 
Late penalty.
(1) 
User charges for the Reedville Sanitary District are billed every two months. The due dates are as follows:
(a) 
March 31.
(b) 
May 31.
(c) 
July 31.
(d) 
September 30.
(e) 
November 30.
(f) 
January 31.
(2) 
A late charge of 10% will be added to any outstanding user charges fees paid after the grace period of 30 days from the due dates.
E. 
This section provides for the exemption from user fees on the Reedville Sanitary District owned by and occupied as the sole dwelling of a person or persons not less than 65 years of age, subject to the restrictions and conditions as outlined herein.
(1) 
Definitions. For the purposes of this section, certain words and terms used herein shall be interpreted or defined as follows:
AFFIDAVIT
The sanitary sewer exemption affidavit.
CALENDAR YEAR
The calendar year, from January 1 until December 31, for which exemption is claimed.
DWELLING
The full-time residence of the person or persons claiming the exemption.
EXEMPTION
Exemption from the sanitary sewer user fees of the County according to the provisions of this article.
INCOME
Income from whatever sources derived, including but not limited to social security payments, inheritances, gifts, gains from the sale or exchange of assets, proceeds of insurance, welfare receipts, and benefits under the Virginia Supplemental Retirement System.
NET COMBINED FINANCIAL WORTH
The fair market value of all assets, tangible or intangible, legal or equitable, of the owner or owners, and the spouse of any owner, less the liabilities of such person or persons, but excluding the value of the dwelling and the land, as provided in Subsection E(2)(b)[2]. Such term includes, but is not limited to, the cash surrender value of any life insurance policy owned by such person or persons.
PERMANENTLY AND TOTALLY DISABLED
A person shall be deemed permanently and totally disabled if he or she is so certified and is found by the County Administrator to be unable to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determined physical or mental impairment or deformity which can by expected to result in death or can be expected to last for the duration of such person's life.
PROPERTY
Real property.
(2) 
Exemption; qualifications.
(a) 
Exemption. Sewer user fees, or any portion thereof, owned by and occupied as the sole dwelling of a head of household not less than 65 years of age, or a person who is determined to be permanently and totally disabled as provided herein, shall be exempt from sewer user fees in the amounts set forth elsewhere in this article.
(b) 
Qualifications. Such exemption may be granted for any calendar year following the date that the head of the household occupying such dwelling and owning title or partial title thereto reaches the age of 65 years and in addition:
[1] 
The total combined income during the immediately preceding calendar year from all sources of the owners of the dwelling living therein and of the owners' relatives living in the dwelling does not exceed $20,000, provided that the first $4,000 of income of each relative, other than the spouse, of the owner or owners who is living in the dwelling shall not be included in such total.
[2] 
The net combined financial worth, including equitable interests, as of the 31st day of December of the immediately preceding calendar year, of the owners and of the spouse of any owner, excluding the value of the dwelling and the land, not exceeding 1 acre, upon which it is situated does not exceed $100,000.
[3] 
If such person is under 65 years of age, a certification shall be required by the Social Security Administration, the Department of Veterans Affairs or the Railroad Retirement Board or, if such person is not eligible for certification by any of these agencies, a sworn affidavit by two medical doctors licensed to practice medicine in the Commonwealth to the effect that such person is permanently and totally disabled and that at least one of the medical doctors has physically examined the applicant.
(c) 
Scale of exemptions. Any person or persons qualifying for such exemption shall be exempt in the amounts from sanitary sewer fees as follows:
Total Combined Income
Percentage Exemption of Fees
Less than $14,000
50%
$14,001 to $20,000
25%
$20,001 and above
0%
(3) 
Application.
(a) 
The County Administrator's Office shall accept, review and render a decision on the application for sanitary sewer exemption from any person or persons claiming such exemption.
(b) 
Any person or persons claiming exemption shall file annually with the County Administrator, on forms to be supplied by the County, an affidavit setting forth the name or names of the related persons occupying such real estate and that the total combined net worth, including equitable interests and the combined income from all sources, of the person or persons as specified does not exceed the limits prescribed herein. Such person or persons claiming such exemption shall file annually with the County Administrator, on forms to be supplied by the County, a certification that no information contained on the last preceding affidavit has changed to violate the limitations and conditions provided herein.
(c) 
The County Administrator shall also make such further inquiry of persons seeking such exemption, requiring answers under oath, as may be reasonably necessary to determine qualifications therefor as specified in this article. In addition, certified tax returns shall be produced by the applicant to establish income or financial worth.
(4) 
Change in qualifications for exemption. Changes in respect to income, financial worth, ownership of property, or other factors occurring during the calendar year for which the affidavit is filed and having the effect of exceeding or violating the limitations and conditions provided herein shall nullify any exemption for the then-current taxable year and the taxable year immediately following.
(5) 
Approval or disapproval of application. On receiving an application as prescribed hereinbefore, the County Administrator shall approve or disapprove the application and return one of the submitted forms to the applicant so marked to indicate the action taken by the County Administrator.
(6) 
Penalty for false statement. Any applicant making a false statement to obtain a relief under this section shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine not in excess of $200.
[Amended 8-13-1998; 3-1-2011]
A. 
Any person failing to comply with the provisions of this chapter shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor and shall be subject to a fine not to exceed $50 for each such offense. Each day of such failure shall constitute a separate offense.
B. 
After notice by the Administrator or County Treasurer, sewer service shall be terminated for any of the following causes:
(1) 
Nonpayment of utility charges (after two billing cycles);
(2) 
For tampering or altering by the customer, or others with knowledge of the customer, with any service connection or service line or other apparatus or appliance of the utility;
(3) 
For fraud or abuse, including the nondisclosure of information on the "Application for Service" or any false statement or misrepresentation;
(4) 
For abandonment of the premises;
(5) 
For the willful or indifferent introduction of strong wastes into the sewer system above that provided for in § 120-12 of this article.
C. 
Reconnection.
(1) 
Reconnection fee. The reconnection fee is charged to turn wastewater service back on for a previously delinquent customer. This fee recovers the cost of turning off wastewater services and then turning it back on for the customer. The reconnection fee is $100.