City of Owensville, MO
Gasconade County
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Section 710.010 Rights Reserved.

[R.O. 2010 §710.010; Ord. No. 674 §§1 — 2, 7-17-2000]
The City of Owensville being the owner of the sewer system reserves the right to and does hereby prescribe the conditions upon which it will permit or grant to any person, firm or corporation the privilege of connecting to any of said sewers within the City and/or the use thereof.

Section 710.020 Definitions.

[R.O. 2010 §710.020; Ord. No. 674 §§1 — 2, 7-17-2000]
The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this Article, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this Section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
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 (20°C), expressed in milligrams per liter (mg/l).
BUILDING DRAIN
That part of the lowest horizontal piping of the 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 five (5) feet (1.5 meters) outside the inner face of the building wall.
BUILDING SEWER LATERAL
Any sewer line which connects any building which has sanitary sewage disposal facilities therein to the City sewer main. For the purposes of this Chapter, any line in existence as of the effective date hereof which is more than sixty (60) feet in length shall be divided into two (2) sections as follows:
1. 
Any and all portions of a sewer line which are located on private property plus the first (1st) sixty (60) feet from the property line of the property upon which the subject building is located shall be deemed to be the building sewer lateral.
2. 
All portions of the existing line between the end point of the first (1st) sixty (60) feet and where such line connects to another City sewer main shall be considered as a City sewer main.
CITY
The City of Owensville, Missouri.
COMBINED SEWER
A sewer receiving both surface runoff and sewage.
GARBAGE
Solid wastes from the 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 and business as distinct from sanitary sewage.
NATURAL OUTLET
Any outlet into a watercourse, pond, ditch, lake or other body of surface water or ground water.
PERSON
Any individual, firm, company, association, society, corporation or group.
pH
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 (½) inch (1.27 centimeters) in any dimension.
PUBLIC SEWER
A sewer in which all owners of abutting properties have equal rights, and which is controlled by public authority.
SANITARY SEWER
A sewer which carries sewage and to which storm water, surface water and ground water are not intentionally admitted.
SEWAGE
A combination of the water-carried wastes from residence, business buildings, institutions and industrial establishments, together with such ground water, surface water and storm water 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.
SEWER MAIN
A pipe or conduit owned by the City designed and constructed for carrying sewage.
SHALL
Is mandatory; MAY: Is permissive.
SLUG
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 (24) hour concentration or flows during normal operation.
STORM DRAIN (SOMETIMES TERMED "STORM SEWER")
A sewer which carries storm water and surface water and drainage, but excludes sewage and industrial wastes, other than unpolluted cooling waters.
SUPERINTENDENT
The Water and Sewer Superintendent of the City or his/her 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.
WATERCOURSE
A channel in which a flow of water occurs, either continuously or intermittently.

Section 710.030 Use of Privies, Septic Tanks, Etc. — Connection To Public Sewer.

[R.O. 2010 §710.030; Ord. No. 674 §§1 — 2, 7-17-2000]
A. 
Except as provided in this Chapter, it shall be unlawful to construct or maintain any privy, privy vault, septic tank, cesspool or other facility intended or used for the disposal of sewage.
B. 
The owner of any house, building or property used for human employment, recreation or habitation, or other purposes situated within the City in which there is now located or may in the future be located a public sanitary or combined sewer of the City is hereby required, at his/her expense, to install suitable toilet facilities therein and to connect such facilities directly with the proper public sewer, in accordance with the provisions of this Article, within ninety (90) days after the date of official notice to do so long as public sewer service is reasonably available.

Section 710.040 Private Sewage Disposal System.

[R.O. 2010 §710.040; Ord. No. 674 §§1 — 2, 7-17-2000]
A. 
Connection To Private System If Public Sewer Unavailable. Where a public sanitary or combined sewer is not available under the provisions of Section 710.030, the building sewer shall be connected to a private sewage disposal system complying with the provisions of this Section.
B. 
Permit Required — Fee. Before commencement of construction of a private sewage disposal system, the owner shall first obtain a written permit signed by the Superintendent. The application for such permit shall be made on a form furnished by the City, which the applicant shall supplement by any plans, specifications and other information as are deemed necessary by the Superintendent. A permit and inspection fee of two hundred dollars ($200.00) shall be paid to the City at the time the application is filed.
C. 
Inspection. A permit for a private sewage disposal system shall not become effective until the installation is completed to the satisfaction of the Superintendent. He/she shall be allowed to inspect the work at any stage of construction and, in the event, the applicant for the permit shall notify the Superintendent when the work is ready for final inspection and before any underground portions are covered.
D. 
Specifications — Minimum Lot Size. The type, capacities, location and layout of a private sewage disposal system shall comply with all regulations and recommendations of the Department of Public Health and Department of Natural Resources of the State. No septic tank or cesspool shall be permitted to discharge to any natural outlet.
E. 
Abandonment And Filling On Connection To Public Sewer.
1. 
At such time as a public sewer becomes available to a property served by a private sewage disposal system, a direct connection shall be made to the public sewer in compliance with this Article, and any septic tanks, cesspools and similar private sewage disposal facilities shall be abandoned and filled with suitable material in accordance with applicable regulations then in effect.
2. 
When a public sewer becomes available, the building shall be connected to the sewer within ninety (90) days.
F. 
Operation And Maintenance. The owner shall operate and maintain the private sewage disposal facilities in a sanitary manner at all times, at no expense to the City.
G. 
Additional Requirements. No statement contained in this Section shall be construed to interfere with any additional requirements that may be imposed by the Superintendent.

Section 710.050 Permit Required For Connection or Other Work.

[R.O. 2010 §710.050; Ord. No. 674 §§1 — 2, 7-17-2000]
No unauthorized person shall uncover, make any connection with or opening into, use, alter or disturb any public sewer, sewer main or appurtenance thereof without first obtaining a written permit from the Superintendent. In the event it becomes necessary to disconnect a building sewer lateral from the public sewer system, such disconnected lateral must be capped so as to prevent any discharge therefrom. Such disconnected sewer lateral shall be disconnected and capped under the supervision of the Superintendent and shall be capped at such location as directed by the Superintendent. The cost of disconnecting and capping any such sewer lateral shall be the responsibility of the property owner.

Section 710.060 Sewer Permits.

[R.O. 2010 §710.060; Ord. No. 674 §§1 — 2, 7-17-2000]
A. 
There shall be four (4) classes of building sewer permits:
1. 
Residential (single-family) premises;
2. 
Mobile homes, duplexes and apartments;
3. 
Commercial service; and
4. 
Service to establishments producing industrial wastes.

Section 710.070 Installation of Building Sewer.

[R.O. 2010 §710.070; Ord. No. 674 §§1 — 2, 7-17-2000]
A. 
Payment Of Costs. All costs and expenses incident to the installation and connection of the building sewer and the building sewer lateral to a City service main shall be borne by the owner. The owner shall indemnify the City for any loss or damage that may directly or indirectly be occasioned by the installation of the building sewer. The costs of construction shall include any connection fees or inspection fees charged by City as well as the cost to repair any City street.
B. 
Separate Building Sewer Required For Every Building. A separate and independent building sewer and building sewer lateral shall be provided for every building. This requirement shall be prospective only and shall pertain to any new construction after the effective date hereof.
C. 
Use Of Old Building Sewers. Old building sewers may be used in connection with new buildings only after being tested and approved by the Superintendent to meet all requirements of this Article.
D. 
Specifications For Building Sewer. The size, slope, alignment, materials of construction of a building sewer and the methods to be used in excavating, placing of the pipe, jointing, testing and backfilling the trench shall all conform to the requirements of the Building and Plumbing Code or other applicable rules and regulations of the City. In the absence of Code provisions or in amplification thereof, the materials and procedures set forth in appropriate specifications of the ASTM and WPCF Manual of Practice No. 9 shall apply.
E. 
Elevation. Whenever possible, the building sewer lateral shall be brought to the building at an elevation below the basement floor. In all buildings in which any building drain is too low to permit gravity flow to the public sewer, sanitary sewage carried by such building drain shall be lifted by an approved means and discharged to the building sewer.
F. 
Drainage Of Surface Runoff Or Ground Water To Sanitary Sewer Is Prohibited. No person shall connect roof down spouts, interior and exterior foundation drains, areaway drains or other sources of surface runoff or ground water to a building sewer or building drain which in turn is connected directly or indirectly to a public sanitary sewer.
G. 
Specifications For Connection. The connection of the building sewer into the public sewer shall conform to the requirements of the Building and Plumbing Code or other applicable rules and regulations of the City or the procedures set forth in appropriate specifications of the ASTM and WPCF Manual of Practice No. 9. All such connections shall be made gas-tight and water-tight. Any deviation from the prescribed procedures and materials must be approved by the Superintendent before installation. In addition to the general requirements recorded in such Codes, all new lines shall provide a clean out located as close to the property line or curb line as possible.
H. 
Inspection — Supervision Of Connection. The applicant for the building sewer permit shall notify the Superintendent when the building sewer is ready for inspection and connection to the public sewer. The connection shall be made under the supervision of the Superintendent or his/her representative.

Section 710.080 Repairs To Building Sewer Laterals.

[R.O. 2010 §710.080; Ord. No. 674 §§1 — 2, 7-17-2000]
A. 
Payment Of Costs. All costs and expenses incident to the repair of any building sewer lateral as defined in this Chapter shall be the responsibility of the property owner or owners of the property serviced by such lateral. In the event a building sewer lateral services more than one (1) property and the owners of such properties cannot agree on the allocation of costs to repair same, the City shall have the right to make whatever repairs necessary and to assess the cost thereof against such properties with such assessment to be in the form of a special tax bill against the subject properties.
B. 
Specifications. All repairs shall be made under the supervision of the Superintendent or his/her designated representative and shall be made in accordance with the provisions of the Building and Plumbing Code or other applicable rules and regulations then in effect.
C. 
Right To Re-Route. The City has the obligation to provide the best sanitary disposal system as it possibly can for the citizens of Owensville. At the time this Section is adopted, the Board of Aldermen recognize and understand that there are many old sewer lines in use within the City, and that in addition to older types of materials being used, that in many instances the design and location of such old lines are inadequate. Although the City has no intention of requiring that all old lines be replaced, the City does, however, reserve the right to relocate and redesign and reconstruct any building sewer lateral which because of its design is having an adverse impact on the City's sanitary disposal system. In addition, any building sewer lateral which is in need of major repairs shall be relocated and redesigned if the City determines that such repairs would better serve the subject property and/or the City.
D. 
Additional Requirements. Drainage of surface runoff, specifications for connection, inspection of construction and connection and excavations shall be controlled in the same manner as described in Section 710.070 pertaining to the installation of new sewer lines.

Section 710.090 Right of Entry.

[R.O. 2010 §710.100; Ord. No. 674 §§1 — 2, 7-17-2000]
A. 
The Superintendent and other duly authorized employees of the City bearing the 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 Article. The Superintendent or his/her 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 source of discharge to the sewers or waterways or facilities for waste treatment.
B. 
While performing the necessary work on private properties referred to in Subsection (A) of this Section, the Superintendent or duly authorized employees of the City shall observe all safety rules applicable to the premises established by the company, and the company shall be held harmless for injury or death to City employees, and the City shall indemnify the company against loss or damage to its property by City employees and against liability claims and demands for personal injury or property damage asserted against the company and growing out of the gauging and sampling operation, except as such may be caused by negligence or failure of the company to maintain safe conditions as required in Section 710.110.
C. 
The Superintendent and other duly authorized employees of the City bearing proper credentials and identification shall be permitted to enter all private properties through which the City holds a duly negotiated easement for the purpose of, but not limited to, inspection, observation, measurement, sampling, repair and maintenance of any portion of the sewage works lying within the easement. All entry and subsequent work, if any, on the easement shall be done in full accordance with the terms of the duly negotiated easement pertaining to the private property involved.

Section 710.100 Discharges To Sewers and Natural Outlets.

[R.O. 2010 §710.110; Ord. No. 674 §§1 — 2, 7-17-2000]
A. 
Prohibited Discharges To Sanitary Sewers. No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged any storm water, surface water, ground water, roof runoff, subsurface drainage, including drainage from interior or exterior foundation drains, uncontaminated cooling water or unpolluted industrial process waters into the sanitary sewer system.
B. 
Discharge Of Storm Water And Other Unpolluted Drainage. Storm water and all other unpolluted drainage shall be discharged to such sewers as are specifically designed as combined sewers or storm sewers or to a natural outlet approved by the Superintendent. Industrial cooling water or unpolluted process waters may be discharged, on approval of the Superintendent, to a storm sewer, combined sewer or natural outlet.
C. 
Prohibited Discharges. No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged any of the following described waters or wastes to any public sewers:
1. 
Any gasoline, benzene, naphtha, fuel oil or other flammable or explosive liquid, solid or gas.
2. 
Any waters or wastes containing toxic or poisonous solids, liquids or gases in sufficient quantity, either singly or by interaction with other wastes, to injure or interfere with any sewage treatment process, constitute a hazard to humans or animals, create a public nuisance, or create any hazard in the receiving waters of the sewage treatment plant including, but not limited to, cyanides in excess of two (2) milligrams per liter as CN in the wastes as discharged to the public sewer.
3. 
Any waters or wastes having a pH lower than 5.5 or having any other corrosive property capable of causing damage or hazard to structures, equipment and personnel of the sewage works.
4. 
Solid or viscous substances in quantities or of such size capable of causing obstruction to the flow in sewers or other interference with the proper operation of the sewage works, such as but not limited to ashes, cinders, sand, mud, straw, shavings, metal, glass, rags, feathers, tar, plastics, wood, unground garbage, whole blood, pauch manure, hair and fleshings, entrails and paper dishes, cups, milk containers, etc., either whole or ground by garbage grinders.
5. 
Any waters or wastes having:
a. 
A five (5) day BOD greater than three hundred (300) parts per million by weight;
b. 
Containing more than three hundred fifty (350) parts per million by weight of suspended solids; or
c. 
Having an average daily flow greater than two percent (2%) of the average sewage flow of the City
shall be subject to the review of the Superintendent. Where necessary in the opinion of the Superintendent, the owner shall provide, at his/her expense, such preliminary treatment as may be necessary to:
(1) 
Reduce the biochemical oxygen demand to three hundred (300) parts per million by weight,
(2) 
Reduce the suspended solids to three hundred fifty (350) parts per million by weight, or
(3) 
Control the quantities and rates of discharge of such waters or wastes. Plans, specifications and any other pertinent information relating to proposed preliminary treatment facilities shall be submitted for the approval of the Superintendent, and no construction of such facilities shall be commenced until such approvals are obtained in writing.
D. 
Restricted Discharges. No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged the following described substances, materials, waters or wastes if it appears likely in the opinion of the Superintendent that such wastes can harm either the sewers, sewage treatment process or equipment, can have an adverse effect on the receiving stream or can otherwise endanger life, limb, public property or constitute a nuisance. In forming his/her opinion as to the acceptability of these wastes, the Superintendent will give consideration to such factors as the quantities of subject wastes in relation to flows and velocities in the sewers, materials of construction of the sewers, nature of the sewage treatment process, capacity of the sewage treatment plant, degree of treatability of wastes in the sewage treatment plan and other pertinent factors. The substances prohibited are:
1. 
Any liquid or vapor having a temperature higher than one hundred fifty degrees Fahrenheit (150°F) (sixty-five degrees centigrade (65°C)).
2. 
Any water or waste containing fats, wax, grease or oils, whether emulsified or not, in excess of one hundred (100) milligrams per liter or containing substances which may solidify or become viscous at temperatures between thirty-two and one hundred fifty degrees Fahrenheit (32°F and 150°F) (zero and sixty-five degrees Centigrade (0°C and 65°C)).
3. 
Any garbage that has not been properly shredded. The installation and operation of any garbage grinder equipped with a motor of three-fourth (¾) horsepower (0.76 hp metric) or greater shall be subject to the review and approval of the Superintendent.
4. 
Any waters or wastes containing strong acid iron pickling wastes or concentrated plating solutions, whether neutralized or not.
5. 
Any water or wastes containing iron, chromium, copper, zinc and similar objectionable or toxic substances; or wastes exerting an excessive chlorine requirement to such degree that any such material received in the composite sewage at the sewage treatment works exceeds the limits established by the Superintendent for such materials.
6. 
Any waters or wastes containing phenols or other taste- or odor-producing substances in such concentrations exceeding limits which may be established by the Superintendent as necessary, after treatment of the composite sewage, to meet the requirements of State, Federal or other public agencies of jurisdiction of such discharge to the receiving waters.
7. 
Any radioactive wastes isotopes of such half-life or concentration as may exceed limits established by the Superintendent in compliance with applicable State or Federal regulations.
8. 
Any waters or wastes having a pH in excess of 9.5.
9. 
Materials which exert or cause:
a. 
Unusual concentrations of inert suspended solids(such as but not limited to Fuller's earth, lime slurried and lime residues) or of dissolves solids (such as but not limited to sodium chloride or sodium sulfate).
b. 
Excessive discoloration (such as but not limited to dye wastes and vegetable tanning solutions).
c. 
Unusual BOD, chemical oxygen demand or chlorine requirements in such quantities as to constitute a significant load on the sewage treatment works.
d. 
Unusual volume of flow or concentration of wastes constituting slugs.
10. 
Waters or wastes containing substances which are not amendable to treatment or reduction by the sewage treatment processes employed or are amenable to treatment only to such degree that the sewage treatment plant effluent cannot meet the requirements of other agencies having jurisdiction over discharge to the receiving waters.
E. 
Acceptance Of Restricted Discharges. If any waters or wastes are discharged or are proposed to be discharged to the public sewers, which waters contain the substances or possess the characteristics enumerated in Subsection (D) of this Section, and which is the judgment of the Superintendent may have a deleterious effect upon the sewage works, processes, equipment or receiving waters, or may otherwise create a hazard to life or constitute a public nuisance, the Superintendent may:
1. 
Reject the wastes;
2. 
Require pretreatment to an acceptable condition for discharge to the public sewers;
3. 
Require control over the qualifies and rates of discharge; and
4. 
Require payment to cover the added cost of handling and treating the wastes not covered by existing taxes or sewer charges under the provisions of Subsection (J) of this Section.
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.
F. 
Grease, Oil And Sand Interceptors. 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 such 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 so as to be readily and easily accessible for cleaning and inspection.
G. 
Maintenance Of Pretreatment Or Flow-Equalizing Facilities. Where preliminary treatment or flow-equalizing facilities are provided for any waters or wastes, they shall be maintained continuously in satisfactory and effective operation by the owner at his/her expense.
H. 
Control Manhole. 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/her expense, and shall be maintained by him/her so as to be safe and accessible at all times.
I. 
Measurements, Tests And Analyses Of Discharges. All measurements, tests and analyses of the characteristics of waters and wastes to which reference is made in this Article 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 the control manhole. If no special manhole has been required, the control manhole shall be considered to be the nearest downstream manhole in the public sewer to the point at 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. The particular analyses involved will determine whether a twenty-four (24) hour composite of all outfalls of a premises is appropriate or whether a grab sample should be taken. Normally, but not always, BOD and suspended solids analyses are obtained from twenty-four (24) hour composites of all outfalls, whereas pHs are determined from periodic grab samples.
J. 
Special Agreements With Industrial Users. No statement contained in this Section shall be construed as preventing any special agreement or arraignment between the City and any industrial concern whereby an industrial waste of unusual strength or character may be accepted by the City for treatment, subject to payment therefor by the industrial concern and subject to disposal in accordance with any State or Federal regulation.

Section 710.110 Excavations Barricaded.

[R.O. 2010 §710.120; Ord. No. 674 §§1 — 2, 7-17-2000]
All excavations for building sewer and lateral installation shall be adequately guarded with barricades and lights so as to protect the public from hazard. Streets, sidewalks, parkways, and other public property disturbed in the course of the work shall be restored in the manner satisfactory to the City.

Section 710.120 Violation — Notice Required.

[R.O. 2010 §710.130; Ord. No. 674 §§1 — 2, 7-17-2000]
Written notification of any violation of this Article shall be given by the City Marshall or his/her authorized representative to the owner and occupant of the property upon which the violation occurs.

Section 710.130 Violation — Correction of.

[R.O. 2010 §710.140; Ord. No. 674 §§1 — 2, 7-17-2000]
If the provisions of this Article have not been complied with within the period of ninety (90) days following date of notice of violation, the City shall have the right to make or have made such alterations in the method of disposal of sewage within the limits of Owensville that are deemed necessary by the City Board of Health to meet the requirements of this Article and all the cost thereof shall be provided for and defrayed by a special tax bill to be assessed in favor of the City against the property on which said improvements are made and such special tax bill shall become a lien on said property.

Section 710.140 Violation — Penalty.

[R.O. 2010 §710.150; Ord. No. 674 §§1 — 2, 7-17-2000]
Violation of any provision of this Article shall be punished as provided in Section 100.050 of this Code. Each day that such violation continues shall be deemed a separate offense.