Township of West Windsor, NJ
Mercer County
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[Adopted 12-27-1982 by Ord. No. 82-55]
The purpose of this article is to provide for the proper and efficient operation and maintenance of the sanitary sewerage system(s) which have been or may hereafter be acquired or constructed by or for the Township and to establish rules and regulations for the use of such systems.
[Amended 4-19-1999 by Ord. No. 99-07]
Other codes, ordinances, laws and regulations which are applicable to the use of the sanitary sewerage systems of West Windsor Township include:
A. 
The Plumbing Subcode of the State of New Jersey (latest edition).
B. 
The Sewer Use Rules and Regulations of the Stony Brook Regional Sewerage Authority.
C. 
Applicable regulations of the Department of Environmental Protection of the State of New Jersey.
D. 
The Sewer Master Plans of West Windsor Township:
(1) 
For the Stony Brook Drainage Basin - May 1975 Status Report on Sewerage Facilities, by Ditmars and Carmichael, 1975, amended January 1976, and associated addenda.
(2) 
For the Assunpink Drainage Basin - Assunpink Creek Drainage Basin Study - Sewer Master Plan Revisions Phase II report February 1, 1982, by Fellows, Read and Associates.
A. 
Definitions. As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ADDITION
Any proposed connection to the West Windsor sanitary sewer system where the roadway or easement shall have to be opened for connection to a sewer main.
BUILDING DRAIN
That part of the lowest piping of a drainage system which receives the discharge from soil, waste and other drainage pipes inside the walls of the building and conveys it to the building sewer beginning three feet outside the building wall.
SANITARY
A building drain which conveys sewerage only.
STORM
A building drain which conveys stormwater or other drainage, but no sewage.
BUILDING SEWER
That part of the drainage system which extends from the end of the building drain and conveys its discharge to a public sewer, private sewer, individual sewage-disposal system or other point of disposal.
CLEANOUT
That vertical pipe complete with a removable watertight cap at the surface of the ground provided for cleaning the lateral or house connection.
EXTENSION
As set forth in N.J.A.C. 7.9-13.3, any sewer, pipe, line or any other structure of appurtenance for the transport of sewage which conveys sewage from more than one building or structure or conveys or will convey 2,000 gallons or more of sewage per day, determined in accordance with the values specified in N.J.A.C. 7:9-1.106.
HEALTH OFFICER
The Health Officer of the Township of West Windsor or the Health Officer's duly authorized agent or representative.
[Amended 4-19-1999 by Ord. No. 99-07]
HOUSE CONNECTION
That portion of the building sewer which lies between the sewer main or public sewer and the cleanout.
INDUSTRIAL WASTES
The liquid wastes from industrial manufacturing processes, trade or business, as distinct from sanitary sewage.
LATERAL
See "house connection."
NATURAL OUTLET
Any outlet into a watercourse, pond, ditch, lake or other body of surface water or groundwater.
PERSON
Any individual, firm, company, association, society, corporation or group.
PLUMBING INSPECTOR
The duly appointed plumbing subcode official of the Township of West Windsor.
PUBLIC SEWER
A sewer in which all owners of abutting properties have equal rights and which is controlled by public authority.
SANITARY SEWER
A sewer which carries sewage and to which stormwater, surface water and groundwater are not intentionally admitted.
SEWAGE
Any liquid waste containing animal or vegetable matter in suspension or solution, or may include liquids containing chemicals in solution.
SEWAGE WORKS
See "sewerage."
SEWER
A pipe or conduit for carrying liquid wastes.
SEWERAGE
All the facilities for collecting, pumping, treating and disposing of sewage.
SEWER MAIN
See "public sewer."
STORM SEWER
A sewer used for conveying rainwater, surface water, condensate, cooling water or similar liquid wastes.
TOWNSHIP
The Mayor and Township Council of the Township of West Windsor or its duly authorized agent, employee or representative.
[Amended 4-19-1999 by Ord. No. 99-07]
TOWNSHIP CLERK
The Township Clerk of the Township of West Windsor.
WATERCOURSE
The channel in which a flow of water occurs, either continuously or intermittently.
B. 
Word usage. "May" is permissive; "shall" is mandatory.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Section 14-2.5, Sewer Department, which immediately followed this subsection, was deleted 4-19-1999 by Ord. No. 99-07.
[Amended 10-17-1988 by Ord. No. 88-32; 11-28-1989 by Ord. No. 89-49; 10-5-1992 by Ord. No. 92-20]
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge, deposit or permit to be deposited into any natural outlet within the Township or in any area under the jurisdiction of the Township any sewage or other polluted waters, except where suitable treatment has been provided in accordance with the provisions of the Health Code of the Township.
B. 
Except as hereinafter provided, all plumbing fixtures installed in any building for human habitation, occupancy or use located on a premises abutting on any street, alley or easement in which there is a public sewer shall be connected to such sewer.
A. 
Reservation of capacity in the Township sanitary sewage system shall be obtained from the Township Council for all additions to and extensions of the Township's sanitary sewer system and for any change in the use of an existing structure which would increase the anticipated flow of sewage by 2,000 gallons per day or more.
B. 
Reservation of capacity shall be sought by means of a letter directed to the Township Clerk. Said request shall contain the following information:
(1) 
The block and lot.
(2) 
The number of structures.
(3) 
The use.
(4) 
The anticipated gallonage.
C. 
The reservation of capacity shall not be granted by the Township Council until such time as the applicant for the reservation has been granted preliminary subdivision or site plan approval by the Planning Board or a use variance has been granted by the Zoning Board of Adjustment, and only upon the recommendation of the Township Engineer that the sewer capacity exists. A fee for said evaluation by the Township Engineer shall be charged in accordance with Chapter 82, Fees, § 82-12, Sewer fees, of the Code of the Township of West Windsor.
[Amended 3-22-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-05]
D. 
The reservation of capacity, when granted by resolution of the Township Council, shall be in effect for a period of one year and shall be conditioned upon payment by the applicant of development fees at the rate authorized by the West Windsor Township Code in effect at the time the extension is granted.
[Added 3-22-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-05]
A. 
No unauthorized person shall uncover, make any connections with or opening into, use, alter or disturb any public sewer (or appurtenance thereof) or building sewer without first obtaining from the Township a sewer permit for each habitable structure and paying the sewer permit fee (as prescribed in Chapter 82, Fees, of this Code).
B. 
No person in connecting a building sewer to a public sewer shall excavate or open a public roadway without first having obtained a street opening permit in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 152, Streets and Sidewalks, of this Code.
C. 
Applications for sewer permits (and street opening permits) shall be made on forms supplied by the Township. All sewer permit applications must show the depth and location of the sewer lateral. The permit applications shall be supplemented by proof of reservation of capacity; any plans, specifications, security to guarantee proper construction and restoration; or other information considered pertinent in the judgment of the Township.
D. 
All costs and expenses related to the installation and connection of the building sewer shall be borne by the owner. The owner shall indemnify the Township for any loss or damage that may directly or indirectly be occasioned by the installation of the building sewer.
E. 
A separate and independent building sewer shall be provided for every building, except that where one building stands at the rear of another on an interior lot and no private sewer is available or can be constructed to the rear building through an adjoining alley, court, yard or driveway, the building sewer from the front building may be extended to the rear building and the whole considered as one building sewer.
F. 
Existing building sewers may be used in connection with the new buildings only when, on examination and test(s) required by the Township, they are found to meet all requirements of this article. The owner or the owner's agent shall obtain a sewer permit for use of such sewer.
G. 
The size, slope, alignment, materials of construction of a building sewer, the methods to be used in excavation, placing the pipe joining, testing and backfilling the trench and the connection of the building sewer to the public sewer shall all conform to the requirements of the Plumbing Subcode of the State of New Jersey (National Standard Plumbing Code latest edition), Chapters 51, 63 and 100 of this Code and all other applicable rules and regulations of the Township.
[Amended 4-19-1999 by Ord. No. 99-07]
H. 
Whenever possible, the building sewer shall be brought to the building at an elevation below the first floor. In all buildings in which any building drain is too low to permit gravity flow to the public sewer, sanitary sewage carried by such building drain shall be lifted by an approved means and discharged to the building sewer.
I. 
The permit for a building sewer shall not become effective until the installation is completed to the satisfaction of the Township. The Township shall be allowed to inspect the work at any stage of construction. The applicant for the sewer permit shall notify the Township when the building sewer is ready for final inspection and connection to the public sewer, which final inspection shall be consistent with the Plumbing Subcode of the State of New Jersey (National Standard Plumbing Code, latest edition).
J. 
All excavations for building sewer installation shall be adequately guarded with barricades and lights so as to protect the public from hazard. Streets, sidewalks, parkways and other public property disturbed in the course of the work shall be restored in a manner satisfactory to the Township.
K. 
Any obstruction occurring in the building sewer must be corrected by the homeowner with notice to the Township Sewer Superintendent.
[Amended 12-6-1993 by Ord. No. 93-35]
A. 
The owner(s) shall be responsible for the clearing of all blockages in the building drain and the building sewer.
B. 
Repairs to the building sewer from the public sewer to the ROW/easement line, frequently at a cleanout, are the responsibility of the Township, upon proper notice by the property owner. Where repairs to the building drain and the building sewer are required (on private property), such repairs shall be made at the sole expense of the property owner(s), who shall also be responsible for obtaining necessary plumbing permits and shall be subject to inspection by the Plumbing Subcode Official.
C. 
The schematic diagram entitled "Typical Sanitary Sewer Building Connection" is provided for clarification of the defined terms referenced herein.
A. 
No person shall discharge or cause any substance to be discharged into a public sewer prohibited by or any substance in any amount which exceeds limits set by the Stony Brook Regional Sewerage Authority. (See § 133-2.) Among the prohibited substances are:
(1) 
Discharge from sump pumps.
(2) 
Swimming pool drains.
(3) 
Air conditioner or cooling tower drains.
(4) 
Roof downspouts.
(5) 
Other collected precipitation or groundwater.
B. 
If any waters or wastes are discharged or are proposed to be discharged to public sewers, such waters possessing substances or characteristics prohibited by the Stony Brook Regional Sewerage Authority and which in the judgment of the Township or the Sewerage Authority may have a deleterious effect upon the sewage works, processes, equipment or receiving waters or which otherwise create a hazard to life, public health or safety or constitute a public nuisance, the Township may:
(1) 
Reject the wastes.
(2) 
Require pretreatment by the owner(s) at the owner's expense to meet the standards set by Stony Brook Regional Authority for discharge into the public sewers.
(3) 
Require control over the qualities and rates of discharge.
(4) 
Require payment to cover the added cost of handling and treating the wastes.
C. 
If the Township permits the pretreatment or equalization of waste flow, the design and installation of the plants and equipment shall be subject to the review and approval of the Township and subject to the requirements of all applicable codes, ordinances and laws.
D. 
The Township reserves the right to use whatever tests are available to determine the existence of unauthorized connections and/or discharges to the public sewer system. There shall be no cause for action against the Township law or equity for the effects of such tests when properly conducted.
A. 
All extensions/additions to the Township sewer system shall comply with the respective Sewer Master Plan in effect for the particular drainage basin.
B. 
All pipe sizes shall be as dictated by the Sewer Master Plan (or applicable code). Deviation from the Sewer Master Plan requirements may be granted by resolution of the Township Council.
C. 
All plans to enter the sewer system shall be reviewed and approved by the appropriate Township boards or employees.
D. 
All plans for proposed extensions to the Township sewer system shall provide for gravity flow.
E. 
Private pumping stations are prohibited except where a waiver may be granted by the Township Council upon good cause shown.
Duly authorized employees of the Township bearing proper credentials and identification shall be permitted to enter any and all properties for the purposes of inspection, observation, measurement, sampling and testing in accordance with the provisions of this article.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Section 14-2.11, Sewer Department fees, which immediately followed this section, was deleted at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. III).
For user service charges, see Chapter 82, Fees.
[Added 4-19-1999 by Ord. No. 99-07]
Penalties for violation of this article shall be as provided in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article II, Penalty, § 1-3.