[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Farmingdale as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Connections to County Sewer Facilities
[Adopted 12-17-1979 by L.L. No. 14-1979 (Ch. 80 of the 1975 Code)]
This article shall be known and may be cited as the "Village of Farmingdale Sewer Code."
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated unless a different meaning clearly appears in the context:
- CERTIFICATE OF APPROVAL
- A certification of acceptance by the Plumbing Inspector as conforming to the provisions of this article or of the regulations heretofore adopted by the County of Nassau governing discharge into and connections with the sewer facilities of the County of Nassau.
- DEAD END
- A branch leading from a soil, waste, vent or house drain or house sewer which is terminated at a developed distance of two feet or more by means of a cap, plug or other fitting not used for admitting water to the pipe.
- HOUSE DRAIN
- That part of the lowest horizontal piping of a house drainage system which receives the discharge from soil, waste or other drainage pipes inside the walls of any building and conveys the same to the house sewer, beginning at the end of the existing CI pipe or two feet outside the outer face of the building wall. Where the house trap is located outside the building wall, it shall be considered as part of the house drain.
- HOUSE SEWER
- That part of the horizontal piping of a house drainage system extending from the house drain at the end of the existing CI pipe or two feet outside the outer face of the building wall to its connection with the public sewer or private disposal plant and conveying the drainage of but one building site.
- PERMITTED PLUMBER
- A person established in the plumbing business as an individual, member of a partnership or officer of a corporation duly permitted to conduct the business of a plumber under applicable ordinances of the Town of Oyster Bay and/or the Town of Babylon, State of New York.
- That part of any system of horizontal, vertical or continuous piping which receives the waste, vent from fixture outlets or traps, directly or through branch pipes.
- PLUMBING INSPECTOR
- The Plumbing Inspector designated by the Board of Trustees and such duly authorized employees of the County of Nassau and United States Environmental Protection Agency and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation personnel authorized to conduct such inspections.
- SOIL PIPE
- Any pipe which conveys the discharge of water closets, with or without the discharges from other fixtures, to the house drain.
- A general term for any vertical line of soil, waste or vent piping.
- A fitting or device so constructed as to prevent the passage of air or gas through a pipe without materially affecting the flow of sewage or wastewater through it.
- TRAP SEAL
- The vertical distance between the crown weir and the dip of the trap.
- VENT PIPE
- Any pipe provided to ventilate the plumbing system and to prevent trap siphonage and back pressure.
- The Incorporated Village of Farmingdale.
- WASTE PIPE
- Any pipe which receives the discharge of any fixtures, except water closets and urinals, and conveys the same to the house drain, soil or waste stacks.
- WATER DISTRIBUTION PIPES
- Those pipes which convey water from the service pipe to the plumbing fixtures.
- WATER SERVICE PIPE
- That pipe from the water main to the building served.
It shall be unlawful for any person to perform any work associated with connecting new and/or existing sanitary disposal systems to Nassau County Sewer Facilities otherwise than in compliance with the terms and conditions of this article.
No person shall install, alter or repair or cause to be installed, altered or repaired any plumbing installations within the scope of this article except such persons as are duly permitted as hereinabove defined, except that this provision shall not apply to any employee of the State of New York or any political subdivision thereof when employed on the business of the State of New York or any political subdivision thereof.
A domestic corporation desiring or intending to conduct the business or trade of plumbing within the Village of Farmingdale may do so, provided that one or more officers of such corporation, separately or aggregately, hold and own at least 51% of the issued and outstanding stock of such corporation and provided that each of said officers holding such percentage is a duly permitted plumber, as said term is defined herein.
No person, corporation or partnership permitted as a plumber pursuant to this article shall apply for, receive or make use of any permit granted by reason of such permit so as to permit the performance of any plumbing work by others not under his immediate supervision.
Any permitted plumber shall submit, on request of the Plumbing Inspector, evidence reasonably satisfactory to such Plumbing Inspector that he has not permitted any such work to be done in his name by other than a permitted plumber and that, in general, he has fully complied with the requirement of this section.
Every permitted plumber shall file with the Board of Trustees of the Village of Farmingdale, at the time of the filing of the application for a permit, a bond approved by said Board, the amount of which shall be set from time to time by resolution of the Board of Trustees, indemnifying and saving harmless the Village of Farmingdale from all damages or claims for damage to public sewer, water, water service main or pipes, to highways or the surface thereof, to public or private property or to any person arising from unlawful or negligent acts or omissions of said permitted plumber, his agent, servants, employees or anyone operating under the authority of his permit in making connections with a public sewer or in making an opening or excavation in a public highway, public square or public parking area or in maintaining, guarding, refilling or working in or about such opening or excavation or in maintaining or guarding objects or materials taken from such opening or excavation or used in connection therewith. Said bond shall remain in full force and effect for a period of not less than six months subsequent to the completion of all work encompassed by the permit.
The filing of said bond shall qualify the applicant for a maximum of 10 permits, and, in the event that said applicant shall apply for permits in excess of 10, additional surety bonds shall be required as follows:
For permits in excess of 10 but not more than 20, an additional surety bond in an amount of which shall be set from time to time by resolution of the Board of Trustees.
For permits in excess of 20, such additional surety bonds as in the judgment of the Board of Trustees shall be deemed necessary.
Every permitted plumber shall, prior to the commencement of any work, file with the Board of Trustees at the time of the filing of the application for a permit a public liability insurance policy covering liability arising from the issuance of the permits provided for herein, for all damages arising out of bodily injury to any one person and for all damages arising out of bodily injury in any one accident and for property damage with coverage limits in amounts as set from time to time by resolution of the Board of Trustees. Said liability policy shall remain in full force and effect throughout the term of the operation of the work and shall contain a provision wherein the cancellation or material modifications there shall not be made unless at least 15 days' prior written notice thereof is given by registered or certified mail to the Plumbing Inspector of the Village of Farmingdale. Said policy of insurance shall specifically name the Incorporated Village of Farmingdale as an insured, and proof of payment of the premium therefor shall be simultaneously furnished at the time of the filing thereof.
Workmen's compensation. All permitted plumbers, prior to the commencement of any work and simultaneously with the application for a permit, shall file evidence of workmen's compensation coverage in the form of a certificate of workmen's compensation insurance as required by the New York State workmen's compensation laws, said policy to be kept in full force and effect until the completion of all work under the above-mentioned permit and the issuance of the certificate of approval.
Every new installation of a plumbing system in a building or structure shall, when there is an accessible public sewer in a street abutting the lot on which such building is located, be connected with such sewer as provided in this section.
The plumbing system of an existing building or structure located on a lot abutting a street in which a public sewer has been installed after such plumbing or drainage was installed shall, whenever directed by the Building Department of the Village of Farmingdale or the Department of Public Works of the County of Nassau, be connected to such public sewer. Under no circumstances shall it be permissible to construct a new cesspool or septic tank for an existing building or structure where public sewer facilities are available.
A separate application must be filed for each sewer connection to a building. Said application shall be obtained at the office of the Village Clerk-Treasurer of the Village of Farmingdale, shall be signed by the fee owner of the premises and his permitted plumber and, if made by such permitted plumber, must contain an authorization by such fee owner permitting same. Upon the request of the Village Clerk-Treasurer and/or the Plumbing Inspector, the applicant plumber shall submit proof of his being a duly permitted plumber under appropriate provisions of the Town of Oyster Bay and/or Town of Babylon, New York.
The fee for each sewer connection permit shall be in an amount as shall be set from time to time by resolution of the Board of Trustees, which schedule of fees shall be maintained by the Village Clerk-Treasurer, and shall accompany the application.
No fee shall be returned after a permit has been issued.
The applicant shall submit with said application a copy of the contract entered into with the homeowner for the performance of such work, which shall have expressly set forth therein the number of cesspools to be disconnected and the nature of any plumbing work to be performed within the interior of the premises.
Immediately upon approval by the Plumbing Inspector of the installation of a sewer connection to a building, a certificate of approval shall be issued by the Plumbing Inspector to the plumber and a copy forwarded by mail to the homeowner. The Plumbing Inspector shall endorse upon such certificate the date that said installation was inspected. In the event that the installation of a sewer to a building has not been completed and approved within four months following the date of issuance of a permit, the same shall be deemed to be of no further force and effect, and the fee theretofore paid shall be deemed forfeited.
Each building in the area served by a public sewer must be connected separately and independently with the sewer through the house connection branch directly opposite the building or nearest in the downstream direction. Groupings of buildings by one house sewer will not be permitted, save by special permission of the Building Department of the Village of Farmingdale and the Department of Public Works of the County of Nassau.
When a building is connected to the county sewer system, all cesspools or overflow pools located upon the premises shall be discontinued, or where such cesspools or overflow pools are disconnected for any reason, the owner must have these pools promptly emptied, cleaned, disinfected and properly and completely backfilled with earth, sand or other clean material and water-jetted so as to ensure minimum settlement. Adequate safeguards will be maintained at all times during installations, and protective coverings over cesspool openings shall be utilized so that said cesspool areas shall not become public hazards. All work associated with discontinued cesspools herein provided for shall be completed not later than 24 hours subsequent to the commencement of such work.
Cesspools must be breached with 10 feet of extra-heavy cast-iron pipe. When transit pipe is used to bypass a cesspool, it must be a minimum of five feet from the center line of the cesspool or two feet from the side of same.
All joints shall be made watertight, and precautions shall be taken to prevent caulking material from percolating into pipes.
The sewer connection to a building shall be of cast-iron sewer pipe or asbestos-cement sewer pipe. All of the aforesaid pipe shall be not less than five inches in diameter.
For cast-iron pipe, all joints shall be firmly packed with oakum or hemp and shall be secured only with pure molten lead; neoprene gaskets will be permitted for extra-heavy cast-iron pipe and fittings.
For asbestos-cement pipe, all joints shall be made with the standard couplings and rubber sealing rings under compression and shall be made in strict accordance with the manufacturer's standards and recommendations. Forty-five-degree asbestos-cement fittings are prohibited on any part of a house sewer line. Exceptions are permitted on cleanouts from horizontal to vertical only.
Cleanouts shall be installed at every change of direction over 30° and at intervals of every 50 feet of lineal run. A five-inch Y cleanout shall be installed at the termination point of the house drain and extended to within six inches of grade. No cleanout shall be required at the termination point of the house drain where a five-inch cleanout exists in front of the house trap.
House sewers shall be covered to a depth of at least two feet with well-rammed fine earth, free from stones or rubbish.
When a house sewer is installed and the house trap will be below grade, a slate, steel or concrete cover two feet by two feet must be installed over the concrete pit.
When a house sewer is being installed and no house trap, fresh-air inlet or continuous vent through the roof exists, the same must be installed, and the minimum two-inch vent pipe increased to three inches through the roof.
All plumbing fixtures must be connected to the sanitary system when a house sewer is being installed. An additional plumbing permit will be required and inspections of said fixtures shall be made by the Building Department of the Village of Farmingdale.
No person shall discharge, directly or indirectly, any stormwater, surface water, groundwater, roof runoff or subsurface drainage into any county sewer facility, nor such other substances as shall be prohibited from being discharged therein by virtue of the applicable rules and regulations adopted by the County of Nassau governing discharges into connections made with such county sewer facility.
An iron running trap shall be placed in the house drain near the front wall of the house and on the sewer side of all connections. If placed outside the house or below the cellar floor, it must be made accessible by a masonry manhole at least 24 inches square inside or 30 inches inside diameter, the wall of which shall be at least eight inches thick, and provided with an iron manhole cover. When outside the house, it shall in no case be less than three feet six inches below the surface of the ground. Where fixtures are less than three feet above the main sewer in the street, an approved backwater valve shall be installed.
A five-by-four-inch extra-heavy cast-iron wye shall be placed inside the foundation wall and before the house trap. In slab floor or cellarless types of jobs, the above shall be placed outside the house in a pit as described in Subsection A.
When the plumbing system is altered by the addition of any new soil, waste or vent lines to the extent of 50% or more and no house trap and fresh air inlet is existing on the house drain, the same shall be provided for as prescribed in this section.
House traps shall have two cleanouts with brass screw-type plugs.
No pipe shall be laid in any trench unless the sewer connection to the building and the connection to the sewer at the curb are exposed. All pipe shall be laid with the uniform fall and in as direct and straight a line as possible, from two feet outside the outer face of the building wall or point where existing cast-iron pipe extends through the wall to the existing connection to the sewer at the curb. The minimum fall per foot of pipe laid shall be 1/8 inch per foot. Sewer piping shall be supported throughout its entire length.
Tunneling may be done in yards, courts or driveways of any building site, provided that cast-iron pipe is used. However, the diameter of the tunnel may not be over twice the diameter of the pipe, and it shall be of such length as will permit inspection of all joints outside the tunnel. All tunnels shall be backfilled by the use of water.
Adequate precaution shall be taken to ensure proper compaction of backfill around the pipe without damage to piping. Trenches shall be backfilled in thin layers to 12 inches above the top of the pipe with clean earth which shall not contain stones, boulders, cinder fill or other materials which will damage or break the pipe or cause corrosive action. Mechanical devices may then be used to finish backfilling to grade. All trenches shall be compacted with water, using the jetting method.
Where a water condition exists, excavation must be properly drained of excess water with the use of pumps and well points as necessary to ensure a watertight connection of the house sewer line with the county sewer facility spur and so as to permit visual inspection by the Plumbing Inspector.
All rules and regulations of the State Building Code applicable to plumbing heretofore adopted by the Incorporated Village of Farmingdale shall likewise be applicable to soil, waste air inlet and venting piping, as shall be required by the work encompassed by this article.
The plumber making the sewer connection to a building shall be responsible for any damage to Village property, including but not limited to sidewalks, aprons, trees, grass area and curbs. He shall take all precautions necessary to protect Village property. Any open trench or other obstruction in, on or abutting the sidewalk, street or other Village property shall be surrounded by suitable barriers or guards for the protection of persons using the streets or property in the daytime and, in addition thereto, by lights or flares from twilight continuously until daylight. Such barriers and lights shall conform in kind and number to the requirements of the Plumbing Inspector. Immediately upon the approval of the sewer connection to a building, the plumber shall see that all trench settlement is properly filled to the grade of the original ground.
Shoring. All excavations for a sewer connection exceeding the depth of five feet shall be properly shored with plywood or sheathing material so as not to cause a wholesale cave-in of the trench and surrounding area.
The Plumbing Inspector shall be notified 24 hours in advance of the commencement of any work under any permit issued hereunder. No work performed pursuant to a permit issued under this article shall be covered before inspection is made by the proper county or Village inspector.
Workmanship shall be of such quality to fully secure the results sought to be obtained in this article. All details of plumbing work not otherwise provided for in this article shall be of a kind and quality approved by a Plumbing Inspector.
All regulations governing discharge into and connections with county sewer facilities adopted by the County of Nassau are hereby made part of these regulations and must be complied with by the applicant or owner of the premises involved.
Any and every person who shall violate any of the provisions of this article or who shall fail to comply herewith shall be subject to a fine not to exceed $250 or 15 days' imprisonment, or both, and shall forthwith, upon oral or written notice of any employee or official of the Village, proceed to correct and remedy such violation without any delay. If such person or persons who shall violate any of the provisions of this article, after notice of such violation in the manner above set out, do not forthwith proceed to correct and remedy such violation, then and in that event, each day that a condition in violation of this article exists shall constitute a separate and distinct violation of this article.