Wright City, MO
Warren County
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Section 705.010 Sewer Systems, Generally. [1]

[CC §510.010]
The Board of Aldermen is charged with the responsibility of directing the operation of the City's sewer system. When new sewers are laid in the City's streets and alleys, the abutting property owners will be charged for such construction costs in accordance with State Statutes. Chapter 245 of this Code regulates the health aspect of sewage, prohibiting improper sewage disposal as well as improper drainage into public sewers.
[1]
Cross Reference — See §700.180 regarding connecting to sewer mains. See §700.160 as to financial responsibility.

Section 705.020 Sanitary Sewer Superintendent.

[CC §510.020]
The Mayor, with the approval of the Board of Aldermen, shall designate a qualified person to supervise the maintenance of the City's sanitary sewer system. The Superintendent of the City's Waterworks may be selected to serve as the Superintendent of the Sanitary Sewer System.

Section 705.030 Sanitary Sewer System's Accounting.

[CC §510.030]
The Board of Aldermen may consolidate the bookkeeping and accounting of the sanitary sewer system with the maintenance of the Waterworks.

Section 705.040 Sanitary Sewer System User's Charges.

[CC §510.040]
The Board of Aldermen may consolidate the maintenance charges of the City's waterworks with the sanitary sewer system's maintenance charges so that one (1) fee for the combined charges of maintenance is used.

Section 705.050 Purpose.

[Ord. No. 200 Art. I §1, 7-29-1986]
The following Rules and Regulations are hereby adopted to govern the manner in which sewers are used for the benefit of the municipality and its sewer users. They are subject to change from time to time. If any portion of these Rules shall be declared invalid by competent authority, such voidance shall not effect the validity of the remaining portions.

Section 705.060 Definitions.

[Ord. No. 200 Art. II §§1 — 26, 7-29-1986]
Unless the context specifically indicates otherwise, the meaning of terms used in this Chapter shall be as follows:
APPLICANT
Any individual, firm, partnership, corporation or other agency owning land within the municipality applying for a sewer service.
BOARD
The Board of Aldermen of the City of Wright City, Missouri.
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 20° C, expressed in milligrams per liter.
BUILDING DRAIN
That part of the lowest horizontal piping of a 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
The extension from the building drain to the public sewer or other place of disposal.
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, or business as distinct from sanitary sewage.
INSPECTOR
The person or persons duly authorized by the City of Wright City, Missouri, to inspect and approve the installation of building sewers and their connection to the public sewer system.
MUNICIPALITY
The City of Wright City, Missouri.
NATURAL OUTLET
Any outlet into a watercourse, pond, ditch, lake, or other body of surface or groundwater.
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 foods 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 is controlled by public authority.
SANITARY SEWER
A sewer which carries sewage and to which storm, surface, and groundwaters are not intentionally admitted.
SEWAGE
A combination of the water-carried wastes from residences, business buildings, institutions, and industrial establishments, together with such ground, surface, and storm waters 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
A pipe or conduit 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 and surface waters and drainage; but excluded sewage and industrial wastes, other than unpolluted cooling water.
SUPERINTENDENT
The Superintendent of the Municipal Sewer Works of the City of Wright City, Missouri, or his authorized 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 705.070 Discharges.

[Ord. No. 200 Art. III §§1 — 4, 7-29-1986]
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to place, deposit, or permit to be deposited in any unsanitary manner on public or private property within the City of Wright City, Missouri, or in any area under the jurisdiction of said City, any human or animal excrement, garbage, or other objectional waste.
B. 
It shall be unlawful to discharge to any natural outlet within the City of Wright City, Missouri, or in any area under the jurisdiction of said City, any sewage or other polluted waters, except where suitable treatment has been provided in accordance with subsequent provisions of this Chapter.
C. 
Except as hereinafter provided, 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.
D. 
The owner of all houses, buildings, or properties used for human occupancy, employment, recreation or other purposes, situated within the City of Wright City and abutting on any street, alley or right of way 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 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 Chapter, within ninety (90) days after date of official notice to do so, provided that said public sewer is to the property line and within three hundred (300) feet of the dwelling.

Section 705.080 Private Sewage Disposal Systems.

[Ord. No. 200 Art. IV §§1 — 8, 7-29-1986; Ord. No. 438 §I, 9-11-2003; Ord. No. 507 §I, 1-13-2005; Ord. No. 577 §I, 4-13-2006; Ord. No. 629 §I, 10-11-2007; Ord. No. 726 §I, 10-28-2010]
A. 
Where a public sanitary or combined sewer is not available under the provisions of Subsection (D) of Section 705.080, the building sewer shall be connected to a private sewage disposal system complying with the provisions of this Section.
B. 
Before commencement of construction of a private sewage disposal system, the owner shall first obtain a written permit signed by the City Superintendent. The application for such a permit shall be made on a form furnished by the City of Wright City, which the applicant shall supplement by any plans, specifications, and other information as are deemed necessary by the Inspector. A permit and inspection fee of one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) shall be paid to the City at the time the application is filed.
C. 
A permit for a private sewage disposal system shall not become effective until the installation is completed to the satisfaction of the Inspector. He shall be allowed to inspect the work at any stage of construction and, in any event, the applicant for the permit shall notify the Inspector when the work is ready for final inspection, and before any underground portions are covered. The inspection shall be made within twenty-four (24) hours of the receipt of notice by the Inspector.
D. 
The type, capacities, location and layout of a private sewage disposal system shall comply with all recommendations of the Department of Public Health of the State of Missouri. No permit shall be issued for any private sewage disposal system employing subsurface soil absorption facilities where the area of the lot is less than fifty thousand (50,000) square feet. No septic tank or cesspool shall be permitted to discharge to any natural outlet.
E. 
At such time as a public sewer becomes available to a property served by a private sewage disposal system, as provided in Section 705.080(D), a direct connection shall be made to the public sewer in compliance with this Section and any septic tanks, cesspools, and similar private sewage disposal facilities shall be abandoned and filled with suitable material.
F. 
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. 
No statement contained in this Section shall be construed to interfere with any additional requirements that may be imposed by the Health Officer of the State or County.
H. 
When a public sewer becomes available, the lateral shall be connected to said sewer within ninety (90) days and the private sewage disposal system shall be cleaned of sludge and filled with clean bank-run gravel or dirt.

Section 705.090 Laterals.

[Ord. No. 200 Art. V §§1 — 12, 7-29-1986; Ord. No. 250 §I, 11-14-1991; Ord. No. 337 §I, 8-14-1997; Ord. No. 465 §I, 5-13-2004; Ord. No. 727 §I, 10-28-2010]
A. 
No unauthorized person shall uncover, make any connections with or opening into, use, alter, or disturb any public sewer or appurtenance thereof without first obtaining a written permit from the Inspector.
B. 
An applicant needing a permit to connect a premises to the City sewer system shall make application on a special form furnished by the City. The permit application shall be supplemented by any plans, specifications or other information considered pertinent in the judgment of the Public Works Director.
1. 
Inside City limits.
4 inch and under connection
$2,900.00 after 12-31-10, until 12-31-11
$3,100.00 after 12-31-11, until 12-31-12
$3,300.00 after 12-31-12, until 12-31-13
$3,500.00 after 12-31-13
6 inch connection
$10,500.00
8 inch connection
$15,750.00
10 inch connection
$21,000.00
12 inch connection
$25,125.00
13 inch and above connection
$30,000.00
2. 
Outside City limits.
4 inch and under connection
$28,000.00
6 inch connection
$29,000.00
8 inch connection
$32,000.00
10 inch connection
$42,000.00
12 inch connection
$51,000.00
13 inch and above connection
$60,000.00
which sum shall be used to defray the costs to the City of such connection and which sum shall not be returnable to the applicant.
C. 
All costs and expense incident to the installation and connection of the lateral shall be borne by the owner. The owner shall indemnify the City of Wright City, Missouri, from any loss or damage that may directly or indirectly be occasioned by the installation of the lateral.
D. 
A separate and independent lateral shall be provided for every building; except where one (1) building stands at the rear of another on an interior lot and no private sewer is available or can be constructed to the rear building through an adjoining alley, court, yard, or driveway, the lateral from the front building may be extended to the rear building and the whole considered as one (1) lateral.
E. 
Old laterals may be used in connection with new buildings only when they are found, on examination and test by the Inspector, to meet all requirements of this Chapter.
F. 
The size, slope, alignment, materials of construction of a lateral, and the methods to be used in excavating, placing 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 of Wright City. In the absence of Code provisions or in amplifications thereof, the materials and procedures set forth in appropriate specifications of the American Society of Testing Materials (A.S.T.M.) and Water Pollution Control Federation (W.P.C.F.) Manual of Practice No. 9 shall apply.
G. 
Whenever possible, the 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 lateral.
H. 
No person shall make connection of roof down spouts, exterior foundation drains, areaway drains, or other sources of surface runoff or groundwater to a lateral or building drain which in turn is connected directly or indirectly to a public sanitary sewer.
I. 
The connection of the lateral into the public sewer shall conform to the requirements of the Building and Plumbing Code or other applicable rules and regulations of the City of Wright City or the procedures set forth in appropriate specifications of the A.S.T.M. and the W.P.C.F. Manual of Practice No. 9. All such connections shall be made gas-tight and watertight. Any deviation from the prescribed procedures and material must be approved by the Inspector before installation.
J. 
Applicant for the lateral permit shall notify the Inspector when the lateral is ready for inspection and connection to the public sewer. The connection shall be made under the supervision of the Inspector or his representative.
K. 
All excavations for lateral installations 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 a manner satisfactory to the City of Wright City.
L. 
Owner shall be responsible for maintenance of the lateral between the dwelling/building and the main.

Section 705.100 Discharge Limitations.

[Ord. No. 200 Art. VI §§1-10, 7-29-1986]
A. 
No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged any storm water, surface water, groundwater, roof runoff, subsurface drainage, including interior and exterior foundation drains, uncontaminated cooling water, or unpolluted industrial process waters to any sanitary sewer.
B. 
Storm water and all other unpolluted drainage shall be discharged to such sewers as are specifically designated as combined sewers of storm sewers, or in a natural outlet approved by the Inspector. Industrial cooling water or unpolluted process waters may be discharged, on approval of the Inspector, to a storm sewer, combined sewer, or natural outlet.
C. 
No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged to any public sewer the following described substances, materials, water or wastes if it appears likely in the opinion of the Inspector that such wastes can harm either the sewers, sewage treatment process, or equipment, have an adverse effect on the receiving stream, or can otherwise endanger life, limb, public property, or constitute a nuisance. In forming his opinion as to the acceptability of these wastes, the Inspector 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 plant, and other pertinent factors. The substances prohibited are:
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, constitutes a hazard to humans or animals, creates a public nuisance, or creates any hazard in the receiving waters of the sewage treatment plant.
3. 
Any waters or wastes having a pH lower than 5.5 or higher than 9.5 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 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, paunch 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 biochemical oxygen demand greater than three hundred (300) parts per million; or
b. 
Containing more than three hundred fifty (350) parts per million of suspended solids; or
c. 
Having an average daily flow greater than two percent (2%) of the average sewage flow of the City; or
d. 
Having a concentration of waste constituting a "slug" as defined herein, shall be subject to the review of the Superintendent.
6. 
Any liquid or vapor having a temperature higher than one hundred fifty degrees Fahrenheit (150° F) (65° C).
7. 
Any water or waste containing fats, wax, grease, or oils, whether emulsified or not, in excess of one hundred (100) mg/l or containing substances which may solidify or become viscous at temperatures between thirty-two (32° F) and one hundred fifty degrees Fahrenheit (150° F) (0 and 65° C).
8. 
Any garbage that has not been properly shredded. The installation and operation of any garbage grinder equipped with a motor of three-fourths (3/4) horsepower (0.76 hp metric) or greater shall be subject to the review and approval of the Inspector.
9. 
Any waters or wastes containing strong acid iron pickling wastes, or concentrated plating solutions whether neutralized or not.
10. 
Any waters 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 material received in the composite sewage at the sewage treatment works exceeds the limits established by the Inspector for such materials.
11. 
Any waters or wastes containing phenols or other taste or odor producing substances, in such concentrations exceeding limits which may be established by the Inspector as necessary, after treatment of the composite sewage, to meet the requirements of the State, Federal, or other public agencies of jurisdiction for such discharge to the receiving waters.
12. 
Any radioactive wastes or isotopes of such half-life or concentration as may exceed limits established by the Inspector in compliance with applicable State or Federal regulations.
13. 
Materials which exert or cause:
a. 
Unusual concentrations of inert suspended solids (such as, but not limited to, Fullers earth, lime slurries, and lime residues) or of dissolved solids (such as, but not limited to, sodium chloride and sodium sulphate) containing more than three hundred fifty (350) parts per million by weight of suspended solids.
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.
14. 
Waters or wastes containing substances which are not amenable 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.
D. 
If any waters or wastes are discharged, or are proposed to be discharged into the public sewers, which water contain the substances or possess the characteristics enumerated in Subsection (C) of this Section, and which in the judgment of the Superintendent, may have a deleterious effect upon the sewage works, processes, equipment, or receiving waters, or which otherwise create a hazard to life or constitute a public nuisance, the Superintendent may:
1. 
Reject the wastes;
2. 
Require the owner, at his own expense, to provide such preliminary treatment as may be necessary to reduce the BOD, biochemical oxygen demand, to three hundred (300) parts per million and the suspended solids to three hundred fifty (350) parts per million by weight;
3. 
Require control over the quantities and rates of discharge; and/or
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.
E. 
If the Superintendent permits pretreatment or equalization facilities for waste flows, the design and installation of the plants and equipment shall be subject to the review and approval of the Inspector, and subject to the requirements of all applicable codes, ordinances and laws. Construction of such facilities shall not commence until said approvals are obtained in writing.
F. 
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 Inspector, and shall be located as to be readily and easily accessible for cleaning and inspection.
G. 
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 expense.
H. 
When required by the Superintendent, the owner of any property serviced by a lateral carrying industrial wastes shall install a suitable control manhole together with such necessary meters and other appurtenances in the lateral 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 Inspector. The manhole shall be installed by the owner at his expense, and shall be maintained by him so as to be safe and accessible at all times.
I. 
All measurements, tests, and analyses of the characteristics of waters and wastes to which reference is made in this Chapter 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 said control manhole. In the event that 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 lateral 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 premise is appropriate or whether a grab sample or samples should be taken.) Normally, but not always, BOD and suspended solids analyses are obtained from twenty-four (24) hour composites of all outfalls whereas pH's are determined from periodic grab samples.
J. 
No statement contained in this Section shall be construed as preventing any special agreement or arrangement between the City of Wright City and any industrial concern whereby any industrial waste of unusual strength or character may be accepted by the City for treatment, subject to payment by the industrial concern.

Section 705.110 Vandalism.

[Ord. No. 200 Art. VII, §1, 7-29-1986]
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.

Section 705.120 Access To Private Property.

[Ord. No. 200 Art. VIII §§1 — 3, 7-29-1986; Ord. No. 752 §I, 3-22-2012]
A. 
The Superintendent and other duly authorized employees of the City of Wright City, bearing proper credentials and identification shall be permitted to enter all properties for the purposes of inspection, observations, measurement, sampling, and testing in accordance with the provisions of this Chapter. The Superintendent or his representatives shall have no authority to inquire into any processes including metallurgical, chemical, oil, refining, ceramic, paper, or industries beyond that point having a direct bearing on the kind and source of discharge to the sewers of waterways or facilities for waste treatment.
B. 
While performing the necessary work on private properties referred to in Subsection (A) hereof, the Superintendent or duly authorized employees of the City of Wright City shall observe all safety rules applicable to the premises established by the property owner and the property owner shall be held harmless for injury or death to the City employees and the City shall indemnify the property owner 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 property owner and growing out of the gauging and sampling operation, except as such may be caused by negligence or failure of the property owner to maintain safe conditions as required in Section 705.100(H).
C. 
The Superintendent and other duly authorized employees of the City of Wright 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 purposes of, but not limited to, inspection, observation, measurement, sampling, repair, and maintenance of any portion of the sewage works lying within said easement. All entry and subsequent work, if any, on said easement, shall be done in full accordance with the terms of the duly negotiated easement pertaining to the private property involved.

Section 705.130 Penalties.

[Ord. No. 200 Art. IX §§1-3, 7-29-1986]
A. 
Any person found to be violating any provision of this Chapter, except Section 705.120, shall be served by the City of Wright City with written notice stating the nature of the violation and providing a reasonable time limit for the satisfactory correction thereof. The offender shall, within the period of time stated in such notice, permanently cease all violations.
B. 
Any person who shall continue any violation beyond the time limit provided for in Subsection (A) hereof, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction thereof shall be fined in the amount not exceeding five hundred dollars ($500.00) for each violation. Each day in which any such violation shall continue shall be deemed a separate offense.
C. 
Any person violating any of the provisions of this Chapter shall become liable to the City of Wright City for any expense, loss, or damage occasioned the City by reason of such violation.