Borough of South River, NJ
Middlesex County
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[Adopted 5-14-1981 by Ord. No. 1981-20 (Ch. 158 of the 1977 Code)]
The following words, when used in this article, shall be deemed to have the meanings herein specified:
DWELLING UNIT
Residential space designed for more or less permanent occupancy by a family, an individual or group of individuals maintaining a household with cooking facilities.
HOUSE CONNECTION
The sewer line running from a building to the property line and connecting with the sewer connection.
PERSON
Any person, firm, association or corporation.
SERVICE CONNECTION
The sewer line extended from the property line to the main in the street.
SEWERAGE SYSTEM
The sanitary sewerage system of the Borough of South River.
USER CLASSES
Three classes of users shall be established:
[Amended 12-10-1981 by Ord. No. 1981-55]
A. 
"Tax exempt" includes institutions which pay no ad valorem taxes or receive substantial credits in paying such taxes, except publicly owned facilities performing local government functions which discharge solely domestic wastes.
B. 
"Industrial and commercial" includes all users which discharge the equivalent of 25,000 gallons or more of domestic sanitary wastewater per day.
C. 
"Residential" includes single and multifamily dwellings and small nonresidential and industrial users which introduce no more than the equivalent of 25,000 gallons per day (gpd) of domestic sanitary wastes.
Any building used, in whole or in part, as a dwelling or which requires or uses sanitary sewage disposal, now or hereafter erected on any lot abutting a street in which a sanitary sewer line is now or hereafter constructed, shall be connected with such sewer line and a toilet or toilets installed therein, within the appropriate following time period applicable to such building:
A. 
Existing buildings: within 90 days after adoption of this article.
B. 
New buildings: prior to occupancy thereof.
C. 
Buildings on a street in which a sanitary sewer line is hereafter constructed: within 90 days after completion of the construction of such sewer line.
[Amended 8-14-1996 by Ord. No. 1996-23; 12-10-1997 by Ord. No. 1997-37]
A. 
Hereafter, before any new construction shall be made to the sewer system by any owner of property along the line thereof, said owner shall make application, in writing, on proper blanks furnished for that purpose to the Borough. All connection fees to be paid to the Borough shall be determined annually on January 1 of the calendar year by calculating the total past capital costs of the Borough's sewer system to date and dividing that total cost by the number of equivalent, or service, connections made by the Borough, in order to enable the Borough to receive the capital cost of its sewer system for users as they enter the system. The rates for the different size connections shall be posted by the Utility Department annually in a conspicuous place where permits are issued.
B. 
Said rates shall be as provided in Chapter 155, Fees.
Said connection to the sewer system shall comply with the rules and regulations of the proper municipal department, either now existing or hereafter adopted.
[Amended 12-10-1997 by Ord. No. 1997-34]
Service connections and house connections shall be made at the expense of the person wishing to connect with the sewer system. The cost of restoration of the pavement, sidewalks, curb or gutters resulting from the making of such connection shall be borne by the person connecting with the sewer system. Maintenance or replacement of service connections, house connections and lateral service lines up to the sewer main are the responsibility of the property owner.
No factory effluents or industrial or commercial 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 connection 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 Borough, 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 methods 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 Borough.
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 that the consent of the Borough 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 cause or threaten injury to the sewers or sewage treatment plant or impair the sewage treatment process 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 sewage treatment and disposal works or would entail unwarranted expense for treatment and disposal thereof at said treatment and disposal works.
No person shall discharge into any public sewer of the Borough of South River any waste, substance or waters other than such kinds or types of waters or water-carried wastes for the conveyance of which the particular public sewer is intended, designed or provided.
No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged to any sanitary sewer any stormwater, surface water, groundwater, roof runoff, subsurface drainage, cooling water, air-conditioning and refrigerating wastewaters or unpolluted industrial process waters.
Stormwater and all other unpolluted drainage or uncontaminated process water in excessive quantities shall be discharged to storm sewers or to a natural outlet. Such water shall be discharged only after approval of any local, county or state regulatory agency having jurisdiction.
Except as hereinafter provided, no person shall discharge or cause to be discharged any of the following described waters or wastes to any public sewer:
A. 
Any liquid or vapor having a temperature higher than 150° F.
B. 
Any water or waste which may contain more than 100 milligrams per liter by weight of fat, oil, wax or grease or containing other substances which may solidify or become viscous at temperatures between 32° and 150° F.
C. 
Any gasoline, benzene, naphtha, alcohol, tar, fuel oil or other flammable or explosive liquid, solid, gas or vapor.
D. 
Any garbage, except properly shredded garbage. The installation and operation of any garbage grinder equipped with a motor of 3/4 horsepower or greater shall be subject to the review and approval of the Superintendent.
E. 
Any ashes, cinders, stones, sand, mud, straw, shavings or sawdust, metal, sticks, coarse rubbish, glass, rags, tar, feathers, plastics, waste rubber, animal guts or tissues, entrails, blood, hair, hides, wood, paunch manure or any other substance likely to damage, destroy or cause an obstruction to the flow in any sewer or which may interfere with the proper operation of the sewage works.
F. 
Any waters, sewage or wastes having a pH lower than five 5.0 or higher than 9.5 or having any other corrosive or detrimental property capable of causing damage or hazard to the sewage works or personnel.
G. 
Any waters or wastes containing a toxic, poisonous or radioactive substance in sufficient quantity to injure or interfere with any sewage treatment process or to constitute a hazard to humans, animals or marine life or create any hazard in the receiving waters. Radioactive wastes or materials may be discharged into a public sewer if Conditions I and II below are met and if either Condition III or IV is also met, provided that such discharges are in compliance with applicable state or federal regulations:
(1) 
Condition I. Such wastes must be readily soluble or dispersible in water.
(2) 
Condition II. The gross quantity of all radioactive materials so discharged must not exceed one curie per year.
(3) 
Condition III. The daily quantity of any radioactive material, if diluted by the average daily volume of sewage discharged into the system from the installation, must not exceed the maximum concentrations allowed by regulations of the United States Atomic Energy Commission.
(4) 
Condition IV. Daily quantities of radioactive materials up to the maximum permitted by the United States Atomic Energy Commission may be so discharged, provided that the total monthly quantities, if diluted by the average monthly volume of sewage discharged from the installation, do not exceed the concentrations permissible under Condition III above.
H. 
Any noxious, malodorous or taste-producing gas, vapor or substance, such as phenols, capable of creating a public or private nuisance or which may prove toxic to sewage treatment processes or which may exceed acceptable limits for discharge to receiving waters.
I. 
Materials which exert or cause:
(1) 
Unusual concentrations of inert suspended solids, such as but not limited to Fuller's earth, lime slurries and lime residues, or of dissolved solids, such as but not limited to sodium chloride and sodium sulfate.
(2) 
Excessive discoloration, such as but not limited to dye wastes and vegetable tanning solutions.
(3) 
Unusual biochemical oxygen demand, suspended solids, chemical oxygen demand or chlorine requirements in such quantities as to constitute a significant load on the sewage treatment works.
(4) 
Unusual volume of flow or concentration of wastes constituting slugs as defined herein.
J. 
Waters or wastes containing substances which are not amenable to treatment or reduction by the sewage treatment processes employed or are amenable to treatment only to such a degree that the sewage treatment plant effluent cannot meet the requirements of other agencies having jurisdiction over discharge to the receiving waters.
K. 
Any substance prohibited by any federal, state, county or municipal regulatory agency or government body, including but not limited to the Federal Environmental Protection Agency, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the Middlesex County Sewage Authority or the Utility Department of the Borough of South River, as set forth or determined by the rules, regulations or requirements of such regulatory agencies or bodies.
A. 
If any waters or wastes are discharged or are proposed to be discharged to the public sewers, which waters contain the substances or possess the characteristics enumerated in § 275-9 and which may have a deleterious effect upon the sewage works, processes, equipment or receiving waters or which otherwise create a hazard to life or constitute a public nuisance, the Borough may:
(1) 
Reject the wastes;
(2) 
Require pretreatment to an acceptable condition for discharge to the public sewers;
(3) 
Require control over the quantities and rates of discharge; and/or
(4) 
Require payment to cover the added cost of handling and treating the wastes not covered by existing taxes or sewer charges.
B. 
If the Borough permits the pretreatment or equalization of waste flows, the design and installation of the plants and equipment shall be subject to the review and approval of the Borough and of any or all state regulatory agencies having jurisdiction, and no construction of such facilities shall be commenced until said approvals are obtained in writing.
In determining whether any waste discharged or proposed to be discharged into any public sewer is to be excluded, consideration will be given to the quantity, time or times, rate and manner of discharge, dilution and character of the waste in question, the size of the sewer into which the waste is to be discharged, the probable quantity of sewage or other wastes likely in said sewer and other pertinent facts. Minute quantities of a waste which would be objectionable in larger quantity may be accepted if sufficiently diluted when and as discharged or if the quantity discharged is small as compared to the flow in the receiving sewer, but any permission to discharge minute quantities of an otherwise excluded waste shall be revocable at any time by the Borough.
A. 
At all premises where wastes or substances specified to be excluded from public sewers by these regulations are present and liable to be discharged, directly or indirectly, into said sewers, suitable and sufficient piping layouts, oil, grease, sand and flammable waste traps or separators, screens, settling tanks, diluting devices, storage or regulating chambers, treatment, cooling or other equipment and devices shall be provided. These shall be maintained and properly operated by the owner of the premises or his agent, at his expense, to ensure that no waste or substance is discharged in violation of the requirements of these regulations.
B. 
On premises where wastes or substances specified to be excluded from public sewers are present, the Borough may require the owner to provide, operate and maintain, at his expense, a sampling well or wells, flow-measuring devices, manholes or other appurtenances, all readily accessible on the building sewer or drain from said premises near the point where said sewer or drain connects to the public sewer. By means of said sampling well or wells, flow-measuring devices or other appurtenances, the Borough or any public officer having legal jurisdiction may secure samples of or examine the wastes being discharged into the public sewer for the purpose of determining compliance or noncompliance with the requirements of these regulations.
C. 
The Borough shall have the right to enter and inspect any part of the premises served by public sewers upon which there may be reason to believe that violations of the requirements of these regulations have occurred or are likely to occur, for the purpose of ascertaining the facts to such violations or suspended violation or of obtaining samples of wastes or of inspecting flow-measuring devices or treatment facilities provided to prevent prohibited discharges.
No wastewaters or substances which are excluded from sanitary sewers shall be discharged into any storm sewer.
All measurements, tests and analyses of the characteristics of waters and wastes to which reference is made in this section shall be determined in accordance with Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Sewage. In the event that no special manhole has been required, the control manhole shall be considered to be the nearest downstream manhole in the public sewer to the point at which the building sewer is connected.
[Amended 12-10-1981 by Ord. No. 1981-55]
Commencing April 1, 1982, and thereafter, an annual sewer user charge will be paid by all users of the facilities provided by the Borough of South River and the Middlesex County Utilities Authority (hereinafter referred to as "MCUA") in accordance with the terms and provisions of this article.
[Amended 12-10-1981 by Ord. No. 1981-55]
A. 
At least once each year, the Borough of South River shall review and revise, as necessary, sewer use and sewer user charges and shall establish a schedule of charges by flow, biochemical oxygen demand, suspended solids, chlorine demand and such other criteria as the Borough of South River shall deem appropriate. Any charges so established may provide for the equitable distribution of:
(1) 
MCUA operations and maintenance charges.
(2) 
MCUA debt service charges.
(3) 
Sewer system maintenance and operations charges incurred by the Borough of South River.
(4) 
Borough of South River debt service related to the sewer system.
B. 
The schedule of user charges shall provide for revenue in an amount equal to the total of the above costs. The schedule of charges, amended yearly at the time of adoption of the Borough's annual budget or at such other times as the Borough determines, may reflect changes and/or adjustments in the charges.
[Amended 12-10-1981 by Ord. No. 1981-55]
Wherever actual readings of sewage flow are available, those readings shall be used in determining flow charges. All industrial users shall be monitored for actual flow. Where actual readings of sewage flow are unavailable, flow will be estimated by any of the following ways:
A. 
For commercial and industrial and tax exempt users, by taking 100% of the average water flow and/or other meter reading for the year. Credit for water not discharged into the sanitary sewer may be given to the user by the Borough, if the user presents proof satisfactory to the Borough which establishes the amount of water not discharged.
B. 
The volume of sewage and/or industrial waste from each industrial establishment may be determined by meters paid for and installed by users and records combined with municipal and/or private company water records or from estimates or measurements made by representatives of the municipality.
[Amended 12-10-1981 by Ord. No. 1981-55]
Wherever actual readings of biochemical oxygen demand or suspended solids or chlorine demand of a user are available, those readings shall be used in determining charges for the strength of sewage. All industrial and commercial users shall be monitored or their sewage sampled periodically to determine the biochemical oxygen demand and suspended solids and chlorine demand characteristics of the sewage. The industrial or commercial user shall, at its own expense, sample the biochemical oxygen demand, suspended solids and chlorine demand characteristics of its sewage at the frequency and according to the method assigned by the Borough and shall report the results of such sampling to the Borough timely.
A. 
Any flows or strengths which are not chargeable to a particular user, whether by reason of the user's being exempted from charges or by reason of the flow entering the system by infiltration or inflow, shall be charged to all users proportionately on the basis of flow.
B. 
No roof drainage, cellar drainage, unpolluted industrial process water, surface water, waste from hydrants or groundwater from underground drainage fields shall be admitted or be permitted to drain into the sewage system. The sewer system is intended to convey sanitary sewage and industrial wastes only.
[Amended 12-10-1981 by Ord. No. 1981-55]
Any user objecting to any estimate of flow or strength hereunder shall have the option, at its own expense and cost, of installing metering equipment on its discharge lines to record actual flow and strength readings. The metering equipment used, its installation, the location of installation and the method of sampling shall be subject to review and approval by the Borough of South River or its designated representative. The Borough may order the installation of meters or sampling pits.
Any user who discharges into the system toxic pollutants which cause an increase in the cost of managing the effluent or the sludge of the treatment works shall pay for the increased costs.
Any user who connects to the system during any calendar month shall pay a pro rata user charge based upon the user charge assessed for the current quarter.
[Amended 12-10-1981 by Ord. No. 1981-55]
A. 
Tax exempt and industrial and commercial users shall be invoiced directly for their use of the sewage treatment system. Industrial and commercial users shall receive credit for the amount of such charges which are included in their ad valorem taxes.
B. 
Sewer user charges shall continue to be charged to residential users through ad valorem taxes rather than through direct sewer use charges.
[Amended 12-10-1981 by Ord. No. 1981-55]
"Public buildings" are defined as those used solely for local municipal purposes and are excluded from the user charge called for in this article. The usage of said public buildings shall be treated as extraneous flow, as defined in § 275-23 above.
A. 
Any person found to be violating any provision of these regulations shall be served by the Borough of South River with a written notice, stating the nature of the violation and providing a reasonable time limit for the satisfactory correction thereof. The offender shall, within the period of time stated in such notice, permanently cease all violations.
B. 
Any person who shall violate any provision of this article shall be punished as provided in Chapter 1, Article I, General Penalty. Each day that any violation of these regulations continues and each day that any person continues to discharge prohibited wastes or substances into any public sewer shall be deemed to be a separate offense for the purpose of applying the penalty provided in this section.
C. 
Any person violating any of the provisions of this article shall be liable to the Borough of South River for any expense, loss or damage occasioned the municipality by reason of such violation.