[HISTORY: Adopted by the North Hempstead Town Board 4-11-1972. Amendments noted where applicable.]
For the purpose of this ordinance, the terms used herein are defined as follows:
- The Board of Commissioners of said district.
- BOD (denoting biochemical oxygen demand)
- The quantity of oxygen utilized in the biochemical oxidation of organic matter under standard laboratory procedure in five (5) days at twenty degrees centigrade (20º C.) expressed in milligrams per liter.
- BUILDING DRAIN
- That part of the lowest horizontal 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 (5) feet outside the inner face of the building wall.
- BUILDING SEWER
- The extension from the building drain to the public sewer or other place of disposal.
- COMBINED SEWER
- A sewer receiving both surface runoff and sewage.
- Port Washington Sewer District in the Town of North Hempstead, Nassau County, New York.
- FACILITIES OF THE DISTRICT
- All works constructed and/or installed by or for the district for the collection, treatment and disposal of sanitary sewage.
- Solid wastes from domestic and commercial preparation, cooking and dispensing of food, and from the handling, storage and sale of produce.
- INDUSTRIAL WASTES
- The liquid wastes from industrial manufacturing processes, trade or business as distinct from sanitary sewage.
- NATURAL OUTLET
- Any outlet into a watercourse, pond, ditch, lake or other body of surface or groundwater.
- Any individual, firm, company, association, society, corporation or group.
- The logarithm of the reciprocal of the weight of hydrogen ions in grams per liter of solution.
- PROPERLY SHREDDED GARBAGE
- The wastes from the preparation, cooking and dispensing of food that have been shredded to such a degree that all particles will be carried freely under the flow conditions normally prevailing in public sewers, with no particle greater than one-half (1/2) inch in any dimension.
- PUBLIC SEWER
- A sewer in which all owners of abutting properties have equal rights and is controlled by public authority.
- SANITARY SEWER
- A sewer which carries sewage and to which storm, surface and groundwaters are not intentionally admitted.
- SERVICES OF THE DISTRICT
- The organization of personnel established by the district for the operation, maintenance and administration of the facilities of the district.
- A combination of the water-carried wastes from residences, business buildings, institutions and industrial establishment, together with such ground, surface, and stormwaters as may be present.
- 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.
- A pipe or conduit for carrying sewage.
- Any discharge of water, sewage or industrial waste which in concentration of any given constituent or in quantity of flow exceeds for any period of duration longer than fifteen (15) minutes, more than five (5) times the average twenty-four-hour concentration of flow during normal operation.
- STORM DRAIN (sometimes termed "storm sewer")
- A sewer which carries storm and surface waters and drainage, but excludes sewage and industrial wastes, other than unpolluted cooling water.
- The Superintendent of the Port Washington Sewer District or his authorized deputy, agent or representative.
- SUSPENDED SOLIDS
- Solids that either float on the surface of or are in suspension in water, sewage or other liquids, and which are removable by laboratory filtering.
- A channel in which a flow of water occurs, either continuously or intermittently.
There being a public sewer physically available to all properties within the boundaries of the Port Washington Sewer District, it is mandatory that all said properties be connected to said public sewer. No private sewage disposal systems are now allowed nor shall be allowed within the sewer district.
All applications to construct, install, alter, replace, modify or change a building sewer shall be made and submitted to the District in writing, upon the form provided for such purpose by the District.
The permit fee, in the amount stated on the application form, shall accompany such application.
No work shall be commenced on the building sewer until the permit applied for has been issued by the District and in any event such commencement shall be preceded by three (3) days' notice to the District of intent to commence.
The owner shall obtain all necessary permits to open any highway for the connection to the sewer main and shall be responsible for all damage to persons or property occasioned by such opening. Pavement replacement shall conform to the requirements of the authority having jurisdiction over said pavement.
Only those persons licensed to perform plumbing in the municipal subdivisions above-listed shall be authorized to perform such plumbing and/or make connections to the public sewer.
The point of connection to the sewer main shall be as designated by a representative of the District. The building sewer shall be run directly from said point to the sanitary sewage outlet of the connected building.
The building sewer shall be constructed of five-inch extra-heavy cast-iron pipe with lead-caulked joints throughout, or five-inch asbestos-cement pipe with approved joints. All joints shall be watertight.
No part of the building sewer shall be covered with backfill until it has been inspected by a representative of the District. The actual connection to the sewer main or manhole of the District shall be made only in the presence of and in the manner directed by said representative.
All excavation and backfilling adjacent to any part of the street sewer system shall be done by hand labor only, and the trench backfill shall be hand-tamped to a depth of two (2) feet over the top of the pipe.
When determined by a representative of the District, shoring or sheeting shall be installed in the building sewer excavation, as approved by such representative and if he shall also determine, such shoring or sheeting shall be left in place and cut off two (2) feet below the surface of the ground.
When, in the opinion of the Board of Commissioners, any extraordinary conditions exist, the Board shall determine the specifications and methods under which sewer connections shall be made or building sewers installed.
The following detrimental wastes and substances shall not be discharged into any building sewer or any portion of the sewerage system of the District:
Stormwater, surface water, groundwater, roof runoff, subsurface drainage, uncontaminated cooling water or unpolluted industrial process water.
Unusual volume of flow or concentration of wastes constituting slugs as heretofore defined in § 47-1.
Any radioactive wastes or isotopes of such half-life or concentration as may exceed limits established by the Superintendent in compliance with applicable state or federal regulations.
Any garbage that is not properly shredded.
Any solids, liquids or gases which alone or by reaction with other substances shall cause a fire and/or an explosion, or in any way be injurious to persons, property or the facilities of the District, or to the operation and/or processes of the District treatment plant.
Any noxious and/or malodorous solids, liquids or gases which alone or by reaction with other substances will create a public nuisance or hazard to persons or prevent entry to either the sewerage system and/or treatment facilities of the District by District personnel or personnel of public emergency forces.
Any solids, greases, slurries or viscous material that is capable of obstructing flow in either the sewerage system or treatment facilities of the District, or interfere with the operation and/or processes at the District treatment plant. This includes but is not limited to ashes, cinders, sand, mud, straw, shavings, wood, sawdust, decayed wood, metal, glass, bones, feathers, rubber, plastics, paunch manure and butcher's offal.
Any toxic materials or chemicals having a capability of impairment of the operational efficiency of the District treatment plant or cause the effluent from such plant not to meet state, interstate or federal requirements for the receiving waters.
Any liquids having a pH lower than five point five (5.5) or higher than eight point five (8.5), or having a corrosive ability of causing damage to any District sewerage or treatment facility.
Any liquid or vapor having a temperature greater than one hundred fifty degrees Fahrenheit (150º F.).
Any wastes containing more than one hundred (100) parts per million by weight of fats, oils or greases.
Any wastes from gasoline or diesel engine cleaning operations.
Paints, paint solvents or paint wastes.
Any plating bath wastes, sulfides, formaldehyde and carbide wastes.
Wastes containing over ten (10) parts per million hydrogen sulfide, sulfur dioxide, nitrous oxide or any halogen.
Substances having a flash point lower than one hundred eighty-seven degrees Fahrenheit (187º F.).
Materials having characteristics in excess of the following limits:
If any waters or wastes are discharged or are proposed to be discharged to the public sewers which, in the judgment of the Superintendent, may have a deleterious effect on the sewage works, processes, equipment or receiving waters, or which otherwise create a hazard to life or constitute a public nuisance, the Superintendent may reject the wastes, require pretreatment to an acceptable condition for discharge to the public sewers, and/or require control over the quantities and rates of discharge. If the Superintendent 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 Superintendent, and subject to the requirements of all applicable codes, ordinances and laws.
Grease, oil and sand interceptors shall be provided when in the opinion of the Superintendent they are necessary for the proper handling of liquid wastes containing grease in excessive amounts, or any flammable wastes, sand or other harmful ingredients, except that interceptors shall not be required for private living quarters or dwelling units. All interceptors shall be of a type and capacity approved by the Superintendent and shall be located as to be readily and easily accessible for cleaning and inspection.
Where preliminary treatment or flow-equalizing facilities are provided for any waters or wastes, they shall be maintained continually in satisfactory and effective operation by the owner at his expense.
When required by the Superintendent, the owner of any property serviced by a building sewer carrying industrial wastes shall install a suitable control manhole, together with such necessary meters and other appurtenances in the building sewer to facilitate observation, sampling and measurement of the wastes. Such manhole, when required, shall be accessibly and safely located and shall be constructed in accordance with plans approved by the Superintendent. The manhole shall be installed by the owner at his expense and shall be maintained by him so as to be safe and accessible at all times.
All measurements, tests and analyses of the characteristics of waters and wastes to which reference is made in this ordinance shall be determined in accordance with the latest edition of "Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater," published by the American Public Health Association, and shall be determined at the control manhole provided, or upon suitable samples taken at said control manhole. In the event that no special manhole has been provided, the control manhole shall be considered to be the nearest downstream manhole in the public sewer to the point which the building sewer is connected. Sampling shall be carried out by customarily accepted methods to reflect the effect of constituents upon the sewage works and to determine the existence of hazards to life, limb and property.
No unauthorized person shall maliciously, willfully or negligently break, damage, destroy, uncover, deface or tamper with any structure, appurtenance or equipment which is part of the sewage works or District property.
No unauthorized person shall loiter in or about any District property at any time, nor shall any unauthorized person trespass upon same and cause damage or harm or attempt to cause damage or harm to any District equipment, facility, structure or property in general including property belonging to another that is lawfully on District property.
No person shall at any time deliberately or otherwise prohibit, interfere with or prevent any District employee or vehicle from carrying on the duties and function of the District.
Except for invitees, licensees, District personnel and general contractors performing services for the District, all individuals found to be on District property referred to as Lions Field and Sunset Park after 12:00 midnight shall be considered trespassers and shall be subject to prosecution. All other individuals, except for District personnel and general contractors, found to be on any other District property at any time without authorization, shall be considered trespassers and shall be subject to prosecution.
Any person found violating the foregoing provisions of this section shall be subject to arrest and prosecution under the charge of disorderly conduct.
The Superintendent and other duly authorized employees, representatives or agents of the District, bearing proper credentials and identification, shall be permitted to enter all properties for the purposes of inspection, observation, measurement, sampling and testing in accordance with the provisions of this ordinance.
The Superintendent or his representatives shall have no authority to inquire into any processes including metallurgical, chemical, oil, refining, ceramic, paper or other industries beyond that point having a direct bearing on the kind and course of discharge to the sewers or waterways or facilities for waste treatment.
The Superintendent and other duly authorized employees, representatives or agents of the district, bearing proper credentials and identification shall be permitted to enter all private properties over which the District holds an easement agreement for the purposes of such inspection, observation, measurement, sampling, repair and maintenance of the sewage works lying within the said easement, as are included in the terms of said easement agreement.
In the event that a building that is connected to the Port Washington Sewer District sanitary sewers is to be abandoned or demolished, or the certificate of occupancy is withdrawn, the connection to the sewer is to be disconnected at the original point of connection to the district sewer and the district sewer is to be plugged in a manner and with a plug that is satisfactory to the District. The sewer is to be disconnected, plugged and inspected prior to the start of any other work on the site.
Any person found to be violating any provision of this ordinance, except § 47-6, shall be served by the District with 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.
Any person who shall continue any violation beyond the time limit above-denoted shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined in an amount not exceeding fifty dollars ($50.) for each violation. Each day in which any such violation shall continue shall be deemed a separate offense.
Any person violating any of the provisions of this ordinance shall become liable to the District for any expense, loss or damage occasioned the District by reason of such violation.
All ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict herewith are hereby repealed.
The invalidity of any section, clause, sentence or provision of this ordinance shall not affect the validity of any other part of this ordinance, which can be given effect without such invalid part or parts.
The District reserves the right to change or amend this ordinance in accordance with the provisions provided therefor in the Town Law of the State of New York.
This ordinance shall be in full force and effect after its passage, approval, recording and publication as provided by the Town Law of the State of New York.