Township of Upper Providence, PA
Montgomery County
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[Adopted 1-3-1967 by Ord. No. 107]

§ 143-1 Definitions.

As used herein, the following terms shall have the meanings stated:
Each structure for continuous or periodical human occupancy from which sanitary sewage is or may be discharged and includes, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, dwellings, flats, apartments, stores, shops, offices and business or industrial establishments.
Any individual, firm, company, association, society, partnership or corporation.
Property which adjoins, abuts on or is adjacent to a public sewer or a street or highway in which a public sewer is located, but shall not include any property on which the principal occupied building is located more than 150 feet from a public sewer.
Facilities (including any part of but not necessarily the entirety of a system of such facilities) operated by a sewer authority for the collection of sanitary sewage within this Township. Such term includes lateral lines from a main street sewer to the curb or right-of-way line where such lateral lines are constructed by a sewer authority.
The normal, water-carried household and toilet wastes resulting from human occupancy.
The Township of Upper Providence or any sewer committee or department of the Township or of the Board of Township Supervisors or any other agency operating public sewers for or at the request of the Board of Township Supervisors.[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 5, Authorities, Municipal.

§ 143-2 Notice of completion.

[Amended 9-18-2006 by Ord. No. 466; 12-11-2011 by Ord. No. 521]
Upon the completion of any public sewer, the sewer authority charged with the operation thereof shall cause notice of that fact to be published once in a newspaper of general circulation in the Township, such notice to state that the owners of property accessible to such sewer upon which there is an occupied building are permitted to make connection therewith, pursuant to this article. A copy of such notice, together with a copy of this article and any ordinance then in effect imposing sewer connection fees and sewer rents, shall be mailed to each person known to the sewer authority to own property accessible to such sewer by personal service or registered mail.

§ 143-3 Installation of sanitary facilities.

[Amended 10-3-1977 by Ord. No. 194; 9-18-2006 by Ord. No. 466; 7-6-2010 by Ord. No. 509; 12-11-2011 by Ord. No. 521]
Any person owning property accessible to a public sewer on which an occupied building is hereafter erected shall, at the time of erection and at his expense, install sanitary facilities in such building and connect the same to the public sewer.
Any person owning property accessible to a public sewer on which there is an occupied building shall be permitted to connect the same to the public sewer at his expense.
Any person owning property accessible to public sewer on which there is an occupied building shall be required to connect the same to the public sewer system, at his expense, within 60 days of that property being determined to have a documented on-site sewer system failure or within 60 days of the receipt of the notice from the Township set forth in § 143-2 above, whichever occurs later.
Any person owning property not accessible to a public sewer on which there is an occupied building, but who can arrange for connection thereto through intermediate properties, shall be permitted to connect the same thereto at his expense.
All industrial property and all commercial property connecting after the effective date of this subsection shall be required to install a meter to measure water usage and shall be subject to the rates computed on the basis of water usage as set forth in Article II hereof, as amended.

§ 143-4 Private facilities prohibited.

It shall be unlawful for any person owning or occupying a property on which there is a building required to be connected to a public sewer under the provisions of § 143-3 hereof to construct or use on such property any privy, privy vault, cesspool, septic tank or other device for the disposal of sanitary sewage, and any such prohibited devices shall be cleaned and filled in with clean bank-run gravel or dirt within 30 days following the date on which the aforesaid connection is required to be made. Any such privy, privy vault, cesspool, septic tank or other device constructed or used in violation hereof is hereby declared to be a nuisance which shall be abated as provided by law.

§ 143-5 Permit and fee.

No connection shall be made to any public sewer except upon payment of the prescribed connection fee and upon permit issued by the sewer authority pursuant to the rules and regulations regarding connections promulgated by the sewer authority and approved by the Board of Township Supervisors. No person shall make any connections with or openings into, use, alter or disturb any public sewer or appurtenance thereof without first obtaining a written permit from the sewer authority.
No such sewer connection permit shall be valid after the expiration of one year from the time of its issuance. As to permits outstanding on the effective date of this subsection, such one-year period shall commence to run upon said effective date. After the expiration of the permit by virtue of the operation of this subsection, the property with respect to which it was issued shall be in a status as if it had never been applied for, and such expired permit shall have no validity whatever.
[Added 5-2-1977 by Ord. No. 186]

§ 143-6 Failure to comply.

If any person required to make a connection to a public sewer by § 143-3 hereof fails to do so after reasonable notice and opportunity, the sewer authority shall report such failure to the Board of Township Supervisors, who may proceed as permitted by law to enter upon the property, make such connection and collect the cost thereof by municipal lien or otherwise.

§ 143-7 Damage to sewer facilities prohibited.

No unauthorized person shall maliciously, willfully or negligently break, damage, destroy, uncover, deface or tamper with any structure, appurtenance or equipment which is a part of the sewage works. Any person violating this provision shall be subject to immediate arrest under charge of disorderly conduct.

§ 143-8 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 9-17-1990 by Ord. No. 301]
Any person violating any provision of this article shall be served by the sewer authority with written notice stating the nature of the violation and prescribing a reasonable time limit for the correction thereof. Any person continuing such a violation beyond such time limit shall be subject to fine in an amount not exceeding $1,000 plus costs of prosecution for each offense. Each separate building or dwelling unit in respect of which a violation occurs and each ninety-day period during which a violation continues shall be deemed a separate offense.