Delanco Sewerage Authority, NJ
Burlington County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Delanco Sewerage Authority 6-21-1948 by Res. No. 1948-7. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The following words, when used in this chapter, shall be deemed to have the meanings herein specified:
CONNECTION FEE
The fee associated with the connection of a single residential unit or a multiple thereof to the Authority's collection system. Based upon the regulations set forth in N.J.A.C. 7:14A-23.3, a single residential unit is equivalent to 300 gallons per day (GPD). Accordingly, any nonresidential projected use greater than 300 GPD shall be responsible for posting a connection fee based on the equivalent number of residential units necessary to provide sewerage to the property (i.e., a nonresidential user with a projected flow of 1,200 GPD shall be equivalent to 4 EDU). Connection fees are calculated only as whole number equivalents and shall be rounded up to the next whole number.
[Added 11-13-2014 by Res. No. 2014-27]
HOUSE CONNECTION
The sewer line running from a building to the property line and connecting with the service connection.
PERSON
Any person, firm, association or corporation.
SERVICE CONNECTION
The sewer line extended from the property line to the main or lateral in the street.
All property lying along the line of the sewerage system of the Delanco Sewerage Authority, upon which any building shall have been erected or constructed or upon which any building shall hereafter be erected or constructed and which is used for dwelling purposes or which uses sewer service, may be connected with such sewerage system.
[Amended 6-19-2003 by Res. No. 2003-30; 6-11-2004 by Res. No. 2004-32; 7-11-2006 by Res. No. 2006-26; 6-12-2007 by Res. No. 2007-26; 5-13-2008 by Res. No. 2008-16; 6-9-2009 by Res. No. 2009-25; 6-8-2010 by Res. No. 2010-22; 5-10-2011 by Res. No. 2011-17; 6-12-2012 by Res. No. 2012-17; 4-9-2013 by Res. No. 2013-16; 6-10-2014 by Res. No. 2014-17; 6-9-2015 by Res. No. 2015-18; 7-12-2016 by Res. No. 2016-17; 6-13-2017 by Res. No. 2017-16; 7-10-2018 by Res. No. 2018-17; 10-8-2019 by Res. No. 2019-25; 11-10-2020 by Res. No. 2020-19]
A. 
Hereafter, before any connection shall be made to the sewerage system aforesaid by any owner of property along the line thereof, said owner shall make application, in writing, to the Delanco Sewerage Authority and pay a connection fee of $2,573.43, payable as set forth in Subsection B hereof. Such owner shall not make such connection until the permission of the Delanco Sewerage Authority has been granted.
B. 
The connection fee of $2,573.43 referred to in Subsection A hereof shall be payable in advance.
Plans and specifications for said connection to the sewerage system must meet with the approval of the Delanco Sewerage Authority and with rules and regulations of the proper municipal department either now existing or hereafter adopted.
The person connecting his property with the sewerage system shall make the house connection at his own expense, and, in the event there is no service connection, he shall make the service connection at his own expense. Any damage to the pavement, sidewalk, curb or gutters, resulting from the making of any such connection shall be repaired by such person at his own expense.
[Amended 11-9-1993 by Res. No. 1993-25]
The following service charges for nonindustrial wastes are hereby fixed and officially established by the Delanco Sewerage Authority as the service charges or rentals to be charged for the use of any sewerage system of the Delanco Sewerage Authority:
A. 
Quarterly charges for sanitary sewerage services.
[Amended 12-11-2007 by Res. No. 2007-38]
(1) 
Schedule A: Residential. The minimum quarterly charge for each one-family residential dwelling, each dwelling unit of an apartment or of a multiple-family dwelling, or of a condominium and for a house shall be $90 per quarter with a minimum allowance of 10,000 gallons.
[Amended 12-13-2011 by Res. No. 2011-26; 12-11-2012 by Res. No. 2012-27]
(2) 
Schedule B: Commercial. The minimum quarterly charge for each hall, public building (except schools, churches, nursing homes and boarding homes), firehouses, saloons, clubs, stores, offices, restaurants, warehouses, service stations, public garages and other commercial establishments shall be $101 per quarter with a minimum allowance of 10,000 gallons.
[Amended 12-13-2011 by Res. No. 2011-26; 12-11-2012 by Res. No. 2012-27]
(3) 
Schedule C: Churches and Places of Worship. The minimum quarterly charge for each church and place of worship shall be $165 per quarter with a minimum allowance of 20,000 gallons.
[Amended 12-13-2011 by Res. No. 2011-26; 12-11-2012 by Res. No. 2012-27]
(4) 
Schedule D: Public and Private Schools. The minimum quarterly charge for each public or private school shall be $165 per quarter with a minimum allowance of 20,000 gallons.
[Amended 12-13-2011 by Res. No. 2011-26; 12-11-2012 by Res. No. 2012-27]
(5) 
Schedule E: Manufacturing and Industrial Plants. The minimum quarterly charge for each manufacturing and industrial plant shall be $269 per quarter with a minimum allowance of 30,000 gallons.
[Amended 12-13-2011 by Res. No. 2011-26; 12-11-2012 by Res. No. 2012-27]
(6) 
Schedule F: Nursing Home or Boarding Home. The charge for each building used to house the residents of a nursing home or a boarding home shall be $165 per quarter with a minimum allowance of 10,000 gallons. Other buildings used in connection with the nursing home or the boarding home shall pay the commercial rate.
[Amended 12-13-2011 by Res. No. 2011-26; 12-11-2012 by Res. No. 2012-27]
(7) 
Schedule G: Residential Unmetered Service, Single Unit. The minimum quarterly charge for a single-family residential unit with unmetered private waste supply shall be $104 per quarter.
[Amended 12-13-2011 by Res. No. 2011-26; 12-11-2012 by Res. No. 2012-27]
(8) 
Schedule H: Senior citizen/income-eligible service. For those individuals within the Township who qualify through application forms submitted to the tax collector of the Township as a senior citizen, disabled person or income-eligible individual, excluding surviving spouse, there shall be a discount of 10% of the minimum charge applied to each eligible account, provided the particular individual has not exceeded the minimum allowance of 10,000 gallons of water per quarter.
[Added 1-9-2007 by Res. No. 2007-03; amended 8-14-2007]
(9) 
Schedule I: Delanco Firehouse. The minimum quarterly charge for the Delanco Firehouse Tax Map Block 1800 Lot 2 shall be $25 flat rate per quarter or $100 annually.
[Added 11-10-2009 by Res. No. 2009-35; amended 3-8-2011 by Res. No. 2011-14]
B. 
Excess water consumption charges for Schedules A to F, inclusive. Consumption in excess of the water allowance within the quarter for the minimum quarterly charge will be billed at $7 per 1,000 gallons. If the consumption of water in a manufacturing or industrial plant exceeds 2,000,000 gallons per year, the billable gallons shall be certified by the Authority Engineer.
[Added 12-13-1994 by Res. No. 1994-25; amended 12-11-2012 by Res. No. 2012-27]
[Amended 7-13-1993 by Res. No. 1993-14; 7-11-2006 by Res. No. 2006-27]
A. 
The charges or rentals for the use of the sewerage system as established by the terms of § 465-6 shall cover a quarterly period and shall be due and payable on the last day of the first month of each quarter. In the case of a new installation or connection, the charge shall be due and payable in advance upon the date of the making of such connection.
B. 
The quarterly charges or rentals shall be based upon water usage as metered by the local water utility. The first and second quarterly charges and rentals will be calculated based on actual meter readings taken for each respective usage period. The third and fourth quarterly charges and rentals shall be calculated on the lesser of either the average metered water usage as of the previous first and second quarter readings or the actual meter reading for the respective usage quarters. In the event of nonpayment of the service charges or rentals when due, such service charges or rentals shall bear interest from their due date at the rate of 1 1/2% per month after 30 days from the time when they become due and shall be and remain a lien on the premises which such sewer is connected in the same manner in which taxes are a lien on real estate, and the Authority shall have the same remedies for the enforcement of the lien of such service charges or rentals as the municipality has for the enforcement of the lien of taxes upon real estate. In the event of nonpayment of the service charges or rentals for a period of 30 days, the Authority may cause the sewer connection of such person to be disconnected, and such person may not again use the facilities of the system until the defaulting user pays all arrears, plus a new connection fee.[1]
[Amended 12-9-2008 by Res. No. 2008-33]
[1]
Editor's Note: Original Section 8, requiring the connection fee to be paid in advance, as amended, was deleted 7-11-2006 by Res. No. 2006-27 as duplicative. See now § 465-3.
No factory effluents or industrial wastes, comprising wastes other than domestic, shall be discharged into the sewerage system, except upon compliance with the following rules, regulations and conditions:
A. 
Each industrial plant making application for permission to discharge industrial waste into the sewerage system shall furnish all the information necessary to determine the quantity of such waste and the nature or quality of the materials therein and other characteristics of such waste. The industrial plant shall agree in such application to bear the cost of the original and any subsequent chemical analysis and laboratory tests.
B. 
Adequate means shall be provided at each industrial plant connected with the sewerage system for periodic determination of all characteristics and concentrations of wastes. Such determination shall be made at least twice each year, or, if deemed necessary by the Authority, such determination may be made quarterly. Samples shall be collected in such manner as to be truly representative of the actual quality of the wastes, and standard method of analysis shall be used.
C. 
Industrial waste discharged or proposed to be discharged into the sewerage system shall be subject to analysis by the Authority.
D. 
Industrial plants shall cooperate by adopting such schedules of discharge as will, without interfering with factory production, minimize peak concentration.
E. 
So far as practicable, industrial wastes may be discharged into the sewerage system with a minimum of pretreatment or without pretreatment, provided the consent of the Authority is first obtained.
F. 
In the event that the materials in wastes discharged or proposed to be discharged from any industrial plant or the chemicals in or characteristics of such wastes interfere or will interfere with the efficiency of the sewage treatment and disposal works or unduly increase the cost of operation thereof, said industrial plant shall produce wastes of acceptable quality before discharge thereof into the sewerage system by reducing its peak discharges, by construction of equalizing tanks, by pretreatment, by partial pretreatment, by elimination of troublesome wastes or by other approved means.
G. 
Inasmuch as the difficulties involved in treatment and disposal of industrial wastes from a particular industry may be mitigated or aggravated by waste from another industry, and the cost of such treatment and disposal may be decreased or increased thereby, it is not deemed practicable at this time to fix any numerical standards or limitations with respect to concentration or quality of industrial wastes. It is, therefore, the intention of these rules, regulations and conditions to allow maximum latitude in the use of the sewerage system and to require control or special procedure by industries only in such cases as the failure so to do would seriously affect the operation of the sewerage treatment and disposal works or would entail unwarranted expense for treatment and disposal thereof at said treatment and disposal works.
Each industry discharging factory effluents or industrial wastes into the sewers shall install a suitable device for continuously recording and totalizing the flow discharged by it into the sewerage system and shall submit for approval by the Authority plans for complete metering installation.
[Added 11-12-2002 by Res. No. 2002-35; amended 4-12-2016 by Res. No. 2016-12]
Any person or entity found to have violated an order of the Authority, or who willfully or negligently failed to comply with any provision of this Code, shall be subject to all penalties allowed by law for each offense. For each violation of this Code, the Authority may assess a monetary penalty of up to $500 per offense. Each day on which a violation shall occur or continue shall be deemed a separate and distinct offense. In addition to the monetary penalty authorized by this section, to the extent that the Authority incurs any identifiable cleanup costs associated with such violation and/or failure to comply, the Authority may assess all cleanup and remediation costs, or any portion thereof, to such person(s) or violating entity. In addition to the penalties provided herein, the Authority may also recover its reasonable attorneys' fees, its consulting engineers’ fees, court costs, and costs of litigation by appropriate suit at law against the person found to have so violated or failed to comply.
[Added 1-9-2007 by Res. No. 2007-04]
From time to time, the Authority may establish that, in addition to the rates, fees and charges established and set forth in this chapter, there shall be an additional fair share obligation payment. The fair share obligation payment shall be established by the Authority to offset the costs of capital improvements needed to increase the size/infrastructure of the Authority's collection system due to the added wastewater proposed to be discharged by the developer (payer of the fair share obligation) in question.
[Added 1-9-2007 by Res. No. 2007-04]
Any developer who has previously obtained from the Delanco Township Planning/Zoning Board an approval for either a minor or major subdivision or a final site plan approval and who proposes to construct a sewerage collection system on the lots or site plan shall, as previously required within this Code, submit to the Authority a comprehensive plan of the proposed sewerage development. In addition, the developer shall deposit with the Secretary of the Authority a professional escrow which shall be held by the Authority in an interest-bearing account in the name of the particular developer until the project is reviewed, inspected and deemed complete by the Authority's consulting professionals. The Authority will, on a monthly basis, provide to the developer who has established an escrow account an account statement as to the activity within the particular account during the preceding month. In the event, at any time during the course of the development, the initial amount established in the escrow account is deemed insufficient, the developer shall, within 15 days' notice, replenish the escrow in an amount established by the Authority to complete the necessary professional review. In the event that a sewer development escrow account is not replenished, the Authority's consulting professionals shall have no further obligation to review, inspect or approve a proposed sewer development. A sewer development escrow account shall be funded by a developer in accordance with the following escrow calculation formula:
A. 
For any minor or major subdivision, the developer shall establish an initial escrow of $100 per lot for the first 50 lots and $50 per lot for each lot thereafter.
B. 
For any approved site plan, the developer shall deposit with the Authority an escrow of $500 per acre for the first 10 acres and $100 per acre thereafter.