Township of Butler, PA
Butler County
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[Adopted 8-15-1977 by Ord. No. 546]
Every owner of property in the municipality benefited, improved and accommodated by any public sanitary sewer presently in existence, or which may be hereafter constructed, shall connect directly or indirectly to the sewer system, at their own cost, the house, building or other structure located on the property with said public sanitary sewers for the purpose of disposing of all acceptable sanitary sewage emanating from said property.
It shall be unlawful for any owner, lessee or occupier of any property in the municipality benefited, improved or accommodated by a public sanitary sewer to employ any means, either by septic tank, cesspool, privy vault, mine hole or otherwise, for the disposal of acceptable sanitary sewage other than into and through said public sanitary sewers.
It is hereby declared unlawful to dispose of sewage in any privy vault, cesspool, septic tank, mine hole or similar receptacle for human excrement, and no such on-lot disposal system shall be connected with any public sanitary sewers.
Where any house, building or structure in the municipality is benefited, improved or accommodated by any public sanitary sewer, it shall be unlawful to use any method of disposal of acceptable sanitary sewage other than through said public sanitary sewers. It shall be the duty of the municipality or any operating authority within said municipality to notify the owner, lessee or occupier of the structure, in writing or by personal service, certified or registered mail, to disconnect the same and make proper connection for the discharge and disposal of all acceptable sanitary sewage into the public system as hereinafter provided within 60 days after receipt of such notice. Any owner or lessee or occupier who cannot comply with the provisions of this section as to connection within the sixty-day period due to causes beyond his control (but not monetary causes) shall apply within the sixty-day period for a time extension not to exceed six months in duration from the date of notice upon the following conditions. The application shall be on a form to be furnished which contains an agreement on the part of the applicant that he shall commence and agree to pay the regular monthly charges made to those using the public sewer in the municipality, even though actual connection to the public sanitary sewer will not be accomplished until some stated later date within the same extension period.
If the owner or occupier of any house, building or structure in the municipality shall neglect or refuse to comply with the provisions of this article after written notice as prescribed in the preceding section, the municipality or the operating authority may perform or cause to be performed such work and labor and furnish or cause to be furnished such material as may be necessary to comply with the provisions of this article at the cost and expense of such owner or occupier, together with a ten-percent addition thereto and all charges and expense incidental thereto, which sums shall be collected from said owner or occupier as debts by law are collected, or the municipality or the operating authority may file a municipal claim and lien therefor against the property as provided by law.
It shall be illegal for any person, firm or corporation to cause to be made any connection with any public sanitary sewer until he has fulfilled all the following conditions:
A. 
He shall make application to the municipality or the operating authority for a permit to connect to the sanitary sewer and provide the information required by the application furnished and, among other things, shall state the character and use of such structures located upon the property.
B. 
He shall pay to the operating authority a connection fee and tapping fee, surcharges and service charges in accordance with the rules and regulations of the operating authority in effect at the time the charge is incurred, which charges will be uniform throughout the municipality.
C. 
No work shall be commenced before the payment of the connection fee and tapping fee as provided by the rules and regulations of the operating authority.
D. 
Notice shall be given to the designated inspector of the municipality or operating authority at least 24 hours before the connection shall be made so that all work may be approved as to material and manner of connecting to the public sewer, which approval will be endorsed by the inspector on the date approved on the permit in the possession of the permittee.
E. 
At the time of inspection of the connection, the owner or contractor shall permit the inspector full and complete access to all sanitary and drainage areas and facilities in each building and in and about all parts of the property. No building sewer lines shall be covered over or in any manner concealed until after it is inspected and approved by the inspector, and, after inspection, it shall be unlawful for the owner or contractor to make any changes thereon.
The construction, number and size of all building sewer lines or house service sewers shall be done in accordance with the specifications, plans and procedures of the operating authority set forth in its rules and regulations.
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation connected to any aforementioned public sanitary sewers to connect any surface or underlying stream of water, roof drain, foundation drains, spring water or any unacceptable sewage or industrial waste or any water drainage from any property other than that for which the permit is issued.
"Unacceptable sanitary sewage" and other terms used herein for the purpose of this article shall have the same meanings as when used in the Rules and Regulations of the Butler Area Sewer Authority, and said Rules and Regulations of the Butler Area Sewer Authority are to be applicable to all users of the aforementioned sanitary sewers.
[Amended 10-5-1998 by Ord. No. 765]
In addition to any penalty herein prescribed, any person, firm or corporation failing to make a proper connection within the time specified after receipt of proper notice as provided herein shall, upon conviction thereof before a District Justice, pay a fine or penalty of $50 for each day in violation; and for violation of any other provisions of this article, shall pay a fine or penalty of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000, and in default of payment of either thereof, be sentenced to undergo an imprisonment of not more than 30 days in the county jail. Each day that a violation continues shall be considered a separate offense. Any and all fines are hereby made a charge against the property and a lien thereon which may be collected under the Municipal Claims Act of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.[1]
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Editor's Note: See 53 P.S. § 7101 et seq.
[Added 7-2-2001 by Ord. No. 783]
The Butler Area Sewer Authority (Authority), its officers, employees, successors and assigns, are hereby designated as the agent for Butler Township for the enforcement of Butler Township Ordinance No. 546, adopted on August 15, 1977, and codified at Township Code, Chapter 224, Article IV, §§ 224-18 through 224-27. The Authority is empowered and authorized to take any and all lawful, necessary actions in the name of the Township to enforce the obligations and prohibitions of said ordinance.