Borough of Brooklawn, NJ
Camden County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Brooklawn 7-1-1924 by Ord. No. 5. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 72.
Individual sewage disposal systems — See Ch. 171.
The Water and Sewer Committee of the Mayor and Borough Council shall have charge of all sewers and drains or conduits within the Borough of Brooklawn, and all connections therewith shall be constructed, made and kept in repair under the supervision of said Committee, subject only to the revision by the Mayor and Borough Council.
[Amended 12-19-2016 by Ord. No. 20-16]
A. 
The owner of every house, building and structure now erected and the owner of every house, building and structure hereafter erected or acquired, which may be occupied or used by human beings and is located on a street, road, avenue or other public thoroughfare along the line of any sanitary sewer, now constructed or hereafter constructed in the Borough of Brooklawn shall, within six months of the adoption of this ordinance,[1] connect and hook up said sewerage facilities emanating from such house, building or structure to the sanitary sewerage system of the Borough of Brooklawn.
[1]
Editor's Note: "This ordinance" refers to Ord. No. 20-16, adopted 12-19-2016.
B. 
The Water and Sewer Committee shall have power to stop and prevent the discharge of sewage from any premises within the Borough into any street, watercourse or other public place or into any cesspool, drain or private sewer and may direct that the proper connection be made with the public sewer for the removal of sewage from any premises whenever it may seem to the Water and Sewer Committee that the public interests will be served thereby.
No connection except for sewage shall be made with either the lateral or main sewer.
All cesspools upon properties connected with sewers shall immediately after such connection is made be abolished and the vaults cleaned and filled up in the manner required by the Board of Health.
All connections of private sewers and house drains with the public sewers shall be made only by persons approved by the borough, in writing, to make such connections, and persons applying for such approval to tap the public sewer and make such connections shall do so at such time and under such conditions as the said Committee may direct.
[Added 4-18-2016 by Ord. No. 6-16]
The property owner shall be responsible for the maintenance of the sewer connection and the service lateral. The owner shall be responsible for repair or maintenance of the service lateral, and shall be held liable for any damage or extra costs to the sewer system and/or Sewer Department, as a result of damage to or obstruction of the service lateral or for failure to maintain the service lateral and/or the sewer system caused by tampering or other act or neglect of the property owner or other user of the property, including, without limitation, tampering or other act or neglect in the maintenance or use of the owner's service lateral. The owner shall keep the service lateral in good repair and protect it from damage which might permit the entrance into it/entry of any liquids or solids not originating in the building which it serves. All leaks or breaks in the service lateral shall be reported promptly to the Sewer Department. Repairs to the service lateral shall be subject to the same requirements and same inspection as provided for new service lateral connections.
Every person so approved as provided in § 118-5 shall execute a bond with the Borough of Brooklawn in the sum of $250, with two sufficient sureties, approved by the Mayor and Borough Council, conditioned that said person shall indemnify and save harmless the said borough against all damage and costs from any injury which may occur to persons, animals or property by reason of any neglect or carelessness on his part during the progress of said work or by reason of any injury or obstruction which he may do or cause to be done to any of the sewers or drains of said borough in any manner whatsoever, and that, before he shall proceed to open any of the streets, roads or avenues or other public places, he shall obtain a permit from the Borough Clerk, approved by a member of the Water and Sewer Committee, and he shall replace all streets, roads or avenues or any other public properties or places or any pavements over said openings immediately upon completion of the connections to as good condition and with the same material as he found it and shall maintain same in good condition for a space of six months to the satisfaction of said Water and Sewer Committee, and all openings made as herein before provided shall be closed in the same manner as herein contemplated within 48 hours after commencement of work.
All connections shall be carefully made and in a workmanlike manner, and all pipe must be or iron or salt-glazed vitrified earthenware and must be of good quality and impervious and laid properly to grade and as nearly as possible in a straight line, except at the connection with the sewer pipe, where the proper curved pipe will be used to ease and change to the proper direction.
The streets, roads and avenues shall be opened in such manner, and material excavated shall be so deposited, that the public will be subjected to as little inconvenience as possible and so as to provide for the free flow of water along the gutters.
[Amended 5-1-2000 by Ord. No. 9-00]
The sum of $500 shall be paid to the borough at the time of the granting of said permit to connect each dwelling house, and the sum of $1,000 shall be paid to the Borough at the time of the granting of said permit to connect each store or building covering not more than 25 feet of frontage, and each dwelling house, store or building covering more than 25 feet of frontage shall pay proportionally for the additional space or ground covered by each respectively, and the fee for factories and the like applying for permission to connect with any sewer or drain for water or any fluid that will not deposit a sediment shall be fixed and determined by the Mayor and Borough Council by special application therefor. The fee aforesaid shall be paid to the Borough Clerk at the time of obtaining the permit aforesaid and shall be paid over by him to the Borough Collector, and a report thereof shall be made to the Mayor and Borough Council at the next meeting thereof.
All contemplated new plumbing plans and specifications shall, before the work of construction is commenced, be submitted to the Borough Board of Health for its approval in such manner as it may direct, and a fee of $3 shall be charged for such examination and approval and collected before approval, and it shall be accounted for and paid to the Collector of Taxes of the borough.
The said Water and Sewer Committee shall cooperate with the Board of Health whenever the public good or necessity may require.
A. 
Discharge prohibited. Nonbiodegradable oil and grease of a mineral or hydrocarbon origin shall not be discharged to the sewer system.
B. 
Interceptors required, generally. Oil and grease interceptors shall be installed when, in the opinion of the Plumbing Subcode Official, in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-3.3, they are necessary for the proper handling of liquid waste containing floatable biodegradable oil and/or grease in excessive amounts, except that such interceptors shall not be required for private dwelling units, in accordance with the provisions of the plumbing subcode.
C. 
Interceptors required, mandatory. Effective immediately, oil and grease interceptors (grease traps) shall be installed in wastewater lines leading from sinks, drains or other oil and grease waste-handling facilities in new and existing eating, drinking and food preparation establishments, including but not limited to those listed below, to intercept, separate and accumulate excessive amounts of oil and grease for proper removal, unless the Plumbing Subcode Official shall make a specific determination, in writing, and after examination that an interceptor is not required:
(1) 
Restaurants and cafeterias.
(2) 
Hotel/motel kitchens and full-service bars.
(3) 
Factory cafeterias or restaurants.
(4) 
Tavern kitchens.
(5) 
Office and commercial building cafeterias.
(6) 
Fast-food restaurants.
(7) 
School cafeterias.
(8) 
Church and Fire Department kitchens used more frequently than two meals per week.
(9) 
Bakery kitchens.
(10) 
Meat and seafood preparation stores.
D. 
Type and capacity. All interceptors shall be of a type and capacity approved by the Plumbing Subcode Official and shall be located as to be readily and easily accessible for cleaning and inspection. Oil and grease interceptors shall be the two-chamber type with inlet and outlet baffles, constructed of precast concrete or cast iron or other approved material and shall be located as close as possible to the wastewater source. The interceptor shall be of adequate capacity to trap the quantity of oil and grease contained in the wastewater. The required flow capacity shall be calculated from the number and kind of sinks or fixtures discharging to the interceptor. In addition, the interceptor should be rated on its accumulated grease capacity, which is the amount of grease (in pounds) that the trap can hold before its avenge efficiency drops below 90%. The grease retaining capacity in pounds shall equal at least twice the flow rating in gallons per minute. Recommend minimum flow rate capacities of interceptors (traps) connected to different types of fixtures is given in the following table.
Recommended Ratings for Commercial Grease Traps
Type of Fixture
Rate of Flow
(gallons per minute)
Grease Retention Capacity
(pounds)
Maximum Capacity of Fixture Connected to Trap
(gallons)
Restaurant kitchen sink
15
30
50
Single compartment scullery sink
20
40
50
Double compartment scullery sink
25
50
62.5
2 single compartment sinks
25
50
62.5
2 double compartment sinks
35
50
87.5
Dishwashers for restaurants:
Up to 30 gallons water capacity
15
80
50
30 to 50 gallons water capacity
25
50
62.5
50 to 100 gallons water capacity
40
80
100
E. 
Maintenance of interceptors. All installed interceptors shall be properly maintained by the owner of the property where the interceptor is installed. The owner shall maintain records of the dates and manner of disposal, and said records shall be available for review by the Plumbing Subcode Official upon request. In addition, the interceptor itself shall be subject to inspection by the Plumbing Subcode Official at any time. The interceptor shall be cleaned as and when necessary for its proper operation and, at a minimum, shall be cleaned when 75% of the grease retention capacity has been reached. The owner of the property where the interceptor is installed is responsible for the proper removal and disposal by appropriate means of the collected material. Any removal and hauling of the collected materials shall be performed by currently licensed waste disposal firms.
F. 
Replacement of interceptors. Any replacement of an existing interceptor shall be as required by the Plumbing Subcode Official in accordance with the provisions of this chapter and the applicable provisions of the Uniform Construction Code.[1]
[1]
Editor’s Note: See Ch. 72, Construction Codes, Uniform.
G. 
Compliance. All new establishments, where required by Subsection B or C, above, and all existing establishments of the type of use set forth in Subsection C above, shall comply with the provisions of this chapter prior to any new sewer connection being made or prior to continued use of the existing connection. Existing uses required to comply with the provisions hereof shall complete all compliance within 180 days from the effective date hereof. Owners of existing establishments shall notify the Plumbing Subcode Official in writing of the intent to install an adequate oil and grease interceptor, which shall be accompanied by a drawing and specification of the proposed installation prepared by a licensed engineer or plumber and shall be inspected and approved upon completion by the Plumbing Inspector. Existing establishments presently possessing operating oil and grease interceptors shall have such installations inspected for adequacy and compliance by the Plumbing Subcode Official. In any inspection, evaluation or enforcement of any provision of this chapter, the Plumbing Subcode Official may request the assistance of the Borough Engineer. After the initial one-hundred-eighty-day period for compliance hereunder, any violations of the provisions hereof shall be subject to the provisions and penalties set forth in § 72-6. Nothing herein shall prevent the enforcement of any other provision of this chapter for any other violation of any required maintenance or provision during the one-hundred-eighty-day grace period.
[Added 6-30-2009 by Ord. No. 10-09; amended 5-21-2012 by Ord. No. 5-12; 6-15-2015 by Ord. No. 10-15; 6-20-2016 by Ord. No. 10-16]
A. 
Meter charge.
(1) 
The quarterly meter charge to be imposed on all sewer service connections for residential uses within and without the Borough of Brooklawn for meter sizes less than one inch shall be as follows:
(a) 
Effective January 1, 2015: $33.
(b) 
Effective September 1, 2015: $45.
(c) 
Effective July 1, 2016: $57.
(2) 
The quarterly meter charge to be imposed on all sewer service connections within and without the Borough of Brooklawn for meter sizes of one inch shall be as follows:
(a) 
Effective July 1, 2016: $85.
(3) 
The quarterly meter charge to be imposed on all sewer service connections within and without the Borough of Brooklawn for meter sizes of 1 1/2 inches or greater shall be as follows:
(a) 
Effective July 1, 2016: $135.
B. 
The bill for the year 2009 shall be for the period of time commencing on July 1, 2009, through December 31, 2009. The bill for both the third and fourth quarters of 2009 shall be payable on October 1, 2009. Thereafter, bills shall be payable on or before February 1, May 1, August 1 and November 1 as they are rendered on a quarterly basis, in advance.
C. 
All charges for services not specifying a due date shall be due and payable when presented.
D. 
A penalty of 1 1/2% per month or fraction thereof will be assessed to all bills for charges not paid within 30 days of the date on which said bill is due and payable. All bills shall be payable to the Brooklawn Tax Collector.
E. 
Rates for uses other than residential uses shall be set by resolution of the Mayor and Borough Council.
F. 
Notwithstanding any section or chapter of this Code to the contrary, the quarterly meter charge to be imposed on all service connections for properties subject to a reduction in property taxes of $250 pursuant to N.J.S.A. 54:4-8.40 shall be $25.
[Added 6-30-2009 by Ord. No. 10-09]
A. 
Any person, firm, association or corporation violating any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to the fines and/or penalties as set forth in § 1-15 of the Code of the Borough of Brooklawn.
B. 
In addition to or in lieu of the above fines and penalties, any person who violates the provisions contained in § 118-13 above shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to the mandatory fines established by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Energy for each instance of noncompliance, including the provision for escalation of penalties for the occurrence of repeat violations within a period of four months, all pursuant to the New Jersey Clean Water Enforcement Act. Willful gross violations, including false certification, may be prosecuted by the Borough as perjury, including the cessation of the commercial or institutional operation, with a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $5,000 and/or a term of imprisonment not exceeding 90 days.