Town of Fishkill, NY
Dutchess County
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So far as is practicable, industrial waste may be discharged into the Towns sewer system with complete pretreatment, provided that the consent of the Town is first obtained and the rules, regulations and standards hereinafter prescribed are complied with, in the judgment of the Town.
Written approval by the Town is required for all new discharges of industrial wastes after the effective date of this chapter. These shall include all wastes in which the quantity, temperature or chemical characteristics are altered in operation procedures and equipment changes.
The owner of all houses, buildings or property used for human occupancy, employment, recreation or other similar purposes, situated within the Town 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 sewer of the Town, is hereby required, at his expense, to install suitable toilets and facilities therein and to connect such facilities directly with the proper public sewer in accordance with the provisions of this chapter within 90 days after the date of official notice to do so, provided that said public sewer is within 1,000 feet of the property line.
The owners of property being developed as a subdivision having plot sizes of less than one acre per dwelling unit shall construct such sewers and appurtenances thereto as are shown on the map or plot and the plans, profiles and drawings accompanying said plot, approved by the Dutchess County Health Department and the Superintendent and filed in the office of the Planning Board of the Town of Fishkill. Such sewers shall be constructed in accordance with the specifications contained in or referred to in the rules and regulations of said Planning Board, the Dutchess County Health Department and the Town. The plans, drawings and design shall be approved by the Superintendent.
The owners of property being developed into multiple dwellings, commercial installations, industrial sites, public gathering places, schools and offices shall construct such building drains and building sewers as shown on the map or plat, approved by the Dutchess County Health Department and the Superintendent and conforming to the requirements and specifications of the Town.
Stormwater and all other unpolluted drainage shall be safely discharged to such storm sewers specifically designated or to a natural outlet approved by the Town and in a manner prescribed by the Town.
Industrial cooling water or unpolluted process water may be discharged, upon approval from the Town, to a storm sewer or a natural outlet.
The Town Board may, at any time in its discretion, stop and prevent the discharge into the sewers of any substance deemed by it liable to injure the sewers or to interfere with their normal operation or to obstruct the flow or to hinder any process of sewage purification and it may, at any time in its discretion, sever the connection and cause the removal of any tributary sewer or drain through which such detrimental substances are discharged. All costs involved will be charged to the person, corporation or individual listed as the record owner of the real property from which the substance originates.
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to:
A. 
Place, deposit or permit to be placed or deposited in an unsanitary manner upon public or private property within the Town of Fishkill or in any area under the jurisdiction of said Town any human or animal excrement, garbage or other objectionable waste, except as hereinafter provided, except where special permission of the Town Board is given.
B. 
Discharge to any natural outlet or storm sewer within the Town of Fishkill or in any area under the jurisdiction of said Town any sanitary sewage, industrial wastes or other polluted waters, except where suitable treatment has been provided in accordance with the subsequent provisions of this chapter, the public health law and regulations of the New York State Department of Health, the Dutchess County Health Department and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
C. 
Discharge industrial cooling water to the Town's sewer system except by specific written approval from the Town.
D. 
Uncover any portion of the municipal sewers or connections thereto or to open any manhole or appurtenance of the sewerage system, except under permit signed by the Superintendent, in accordance with the regulations as established by the Town.
E. 
Open any highway or public ground for the purpose of making any connection or to make or cause to be made any connection with the municipal sewer, except under a permit signed by the Superintendent and under the supervision of the Sewer Inspector. Refer to Article VI.
F. 
Break or to cut or to remove any pipe of the municipal sewer system or to make or cause to be made any connection to said sewers, except through the connection branches provided for that purpose. The location of said connection branches will be designated by the Sewer Inspector.
G. 
Discharge or cause to be discharged into any municipal sewer, either directly or indirectly, any overflow or drainage from manure pits, cesspools or other receptacles storing or constructed to store organic waste.
H. 
Connect or cause to be connected with any municipal sewer, either directly or indirectly, any sediment traps or any pipes carrying or constructed to carry hot circulating water, acid, germicide, grease, brewery or distilled washwater, gasoline, naphtha, benzene or similar liquid, oil or other industrial or trade waste or any other substance detrimental to or deemed by the Superintendent detrimental to the municipal sewers or to the operation of the sewerage system or the sewage treatment works, unless adequate and proper preliminary treatment appurtenances and apparatus are installed and maintained at the owner's expense so that the spent water delivered to the municipal sewers will be neutral in character, as determined by the standard acid-alkalinity tests, and will be free from excess suspended matter or excess bactericidal agents, as may be approved by the Town Board. Steam engine exhaust or blowoff from boilers shall not be connected to the municipal sewers.
I. 
Drain from washstands of public or private garages, automobile washing stations, cleaning or dyeing works, laundries or similar establishments where gasoline, oils or any flammable materials are used or stored, unless equipped with an oil separator of size and design approval by the Town.
J. 
Throw or deposit or cause or allow to be thrown or deposited in any fixture, vessel, receptacle, inlet or opening connected directly with any public sewer any ground or shredded table garbage having any dimension larger than 1/2 inch. The use of mechanical garbage grinders producing a finely divided mass, properly flushed with an ample amount of water, is permitted under this article and any rules and regulations issued pursuant hereto. Additionally, the installation of any garbage grinder of larger than three-fourths-horsepower capacity shall require prior approval of the Superintendent.
K. 
Allow any building sewer connected with the public sewer to be also connected with any privy vault, septic tank, cesspool or underground drain and with any channel conveying water or filth, except such soil pipes and other plumbing works as shall have been duly inspected and approved by the Sewer Inspector.
L. 
Throw or deposit or cause or allow to be thrown or deposited in any fixture, vessel, receptacle, inlet or opening connected directly with any public sewer any ashes, cinders, rags or similar waste materials or dead animals or waste materials of any kind or character other than feces, urine, necessary toilet paper, liquid house slops or properly ground table garbage as defined in Article I.
Except as hereinafter provided, no person, firm, corporation or industry shall discharge or cause to be discharged any of the following waters or wastes to any public sewer:
A. 
Any gasoline, benzene, naphtha, fuel oil or other flammable or explosive liquid, solid or gas in concentrations which may produce flammable or explosive gases in the sewer.
B. 
Any stormwater, surface water, groundwater, roof runoff, subsurface drainage, uncontaminated cooling water, pressure sand-filter-backwash water, water-softener-backwash water, swimming pool discharges, boiler-blowdown water or other unpolluted waters, as defined herein.
C. 
Solid or viscous substances in quantities or of a size capable of causing obstruction to the flow in sewers or other interference with the proper operation of the sewage treatment works, such as but not limited to ashes, cinders, sand, mud, straw, shavings, metal, glass, rubber, rags, feathers, tar, plastics, wood, flushings, entrails, lime slurry, lime residues, beer or distillery slops, chemicals or residues, paint residues, cannery waste bulk solids, unground garbage or paper dishes, cups, milk containers, etc., either whole or ground by garbage grinders.
D. 
Any residues or sludges resulting from purification of wastes.
E. 
Any mineral or other oil emulsions thereof measured such that a settled sample after acidification to pH two and standing for one hour must not develop a separate layer of mineral or other oil of measurable depth.
F. 
Any water or wastes which contain more than two parts per million of the following; hydrogen sulfide, sulfur dioxide or oxides of nitrogen.
G. 
Any waters or wastes, acid or alkaline in reaction, and having corrosive properties capable of causing damage or hazards to structures, equipment or personnel of the sewage works. Free acids and alkali of such wastes must be neutralized at all times within a permissible range of pH between 6.5 and 9.0.
H. 
Any cyanides in excess of two parts per million by weight as CN in the wastes from any outlet into the public sewers.
I. 
Any water or wastes containing the discharge of strong acid, iron pickling wastes or concentrated plating solutions, whether neutralized or not.
J. 
Any waters containing suspended solids of such character and quantity that unusual provision, attention or expense is required to handle such materials at the sewage treatment plant.
K. 
Any noxious or malodorous gas or substance which, either singly or by interaction with any waste, is capable of creating a hazard or menace to life or property or of preventing entry into sewers for their maintenance and repair.
L. 
Any waters or wastes that, for a duration of 15 minutes, have a concentration greater than five times that of normal sewage as measured by suspended solids and BOD.
M. 
Any waters or wastes which, by interaction with other water or wastes in the public sewer system, release obnoxious gases or develop color of undesirable intensity or form suspended solids in objectionable concentration or create any other condition deleterious to structures and treatment processes.
A. 
Specific restrictions. Users shall not discharge to the municipal sewer an effluent containing greater than the following concentrations of the stated substances:
Concentration
Constituent
Maximum
(mg/l)
Average
(mg/l)
BOD
300
200
COD
900
750
Total suspended matter (suspended solids)
300
200
Boron (as B)
3.00
2.00
Cadmium (as Cd)
0.10
0.08
Chromium (hexavalent, as Cr)
3.00
2.00
Copper (as Cu)
2.00
1.00
Cresols (C6H5CH3OH)
25.00
10.00
Cyanide (as CN, free titratable)
0.50
0.20
Iron (as Fe)
5.0
5.0
Lead (as Pb)
0.50
0.20
Mercuric chloride (as Hg)
0.10
0.04
Nickel (as Ni)
2.00
1.00
Phenols (as C6H5OH)
25.00
10.00
Toluene
107.00
85.00
Zinc (as Zn)
3.00
2.00
B. 
Restrictions. Users shall not discharge to the sewer 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 or the sewage treatment process or equipment or can have an adverse effect on the receiving stream or can otherwise endanger life, limb or public property or constitute a nuisance. In forming his 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 sewage treatment plant and other pertinent factors. In no case will approval be granted to discharge wastewater containing pollutants that exceed the limitations set forth in any categorical pretreatment standard. Any pretreatment facility installed must conform to all state and federal regulations, and installation of such facilities will be subject to review and approval by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the United States Environmental Protection Agency and inspection by the same personnel.
(1) 
Any liquid or vapor having a temperature higher than 150° F. (65° C.) or any discharge causing the influent at the treatment plant to be higher than 104° F. (40° C.).
(2) 
Any water or waste containing fats, wax, grease or oils, whether emulsified or not, in excess of 50 milligrams per liter of soluble materials or containing substances which may solidify or become viscous at temperatures between 32° F. and 150° F. (0° C. and 65° C.).
(3) 
Any water or wastes containing iron, trivalent chromium, aluminum, sulfates, silicates, formaldehyde and similar objectionable or toxic substances to such degree that any such materials received in the composite sewage at the sewage treatment works exceed the limits established by the Superintendent for such materials.
(4) 
Any waters or wastes containing phenols or other taste- or odor-producing substances in such concentrations as may exceed limits established by the Superintendent as necessary, after treatment of the composite sewage, to meet the requirements of the state, federal or other public agencies for such discharge to the receiving waters.
(5) 
Any radioactive wastes or isotopes of such half-life or concentration as may exceed limits established by the Superintendent in compliance with applicable state or federal regulations.
(6) 
Materials which exert or cause:
(a) 
Unusual concentrations of inert suspended solids, such as but not limited to fuller's earth, lime slurries and lime residues, or of dissolved solids, such as but not limited to sodium chloride, calcium chloride and sodium sulfate.
(b) 
Excessive discoloration, such as dye wastes or spent tanning solutions, such that the effluent after treatment may exceed limits established by the Superintendent in compliance with applicable state or federal regulations.
(c) 
Unusual volume of flow or concentration of wastes constituting slugs as defined herein.
(d) 
Unusual chlorine requirements in such quantities as to constitute a significant load on the sewage treatment works.
(7) 
Water or wastes containing substances which are not amenable to treatment or reduction by the sewage treatment process employed or are amenable to treatment only to such a degree that the sewage treatment plant effluent cannot meet the requirements of other agencies having jurisdiction over discharge to the receiving waters.
C. 
All industries that are subject to categorical pretreatment standards must comply with any limitations imposed by this standard. Any state or local standards which are more stringent will supersede the federal pretreatment standards. The Superintendent will update affected industries on any relevant changes in the categorical standards.
Notwithstanding the provisions herein, any discharge into the public sewer of wastes whose concentration of suspended solids, BOD or grease causes at the sewage works a monthly increase in the average daily analysis of any of these constituents in excess of 2% of the annual daily average for the previous year is prohibited.
A. 
Grease, oil and sand interceptors (traps) 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 and other harmful ingredients; except that such interceptors shall not be required for private living quarters or dwelling units. Such interceptors should not be preceded by garbage grinder or disposal units. All interceptors shall be of the type and capacity and approved by the Superintendent and shall be located as to be readily and easily accessible for cleaning and inspection. Grease and oil interceptors shall be constructed of impervious materials capable of withstanding abrupt and extreme changes in temperature. They shall be of substantial construction, watertight and equipped with removable covers which, when mounted in place, shall be gastight and watertight.
B. 
All grease, oil and sand interceptors shall be maintained by the owner at his expense in continuous, efficient operation at all times.
A. 
Where necessary, in the opinion of the Superintendent, the owner shall provide, at his expense, such pretreatment as may be necessary to reduce objectionable characteristics or constituents to within the maximum limits which are provided for herein.
B. 
Plans, specifications and any other pertinent information related to the proposed pretreatment facilities shall be submitted for approval by the Superintendent and the City of Beacon for flows being conveyed to the city's treatment facilities. No construction of such facilities shall be commenced until said approvals are obtained in writing.
Where pretreatment facilities are provided for any waters or wastes, they shall be maintained continuously in satisfactory and effective operation by the owner, at his expense, and shall be subject to the periodic inspection by the Superintendent. They shall be the type and capacity approved by the Superintendent and must produce an effluent conforming to the provisions of this chapter. The owner shall maintain operating records and shall submit to the Superintendent a report of the character of the influent and effluent as may be prescribed by the Superintendent to show satisfactory performance of the treatment facilities.
Any approval of the Superintendent of a type, kind or capacity of an installation shall not relieve the owner of the responsibility of revamping, enlarging or otherwise modifying an installation if it is found inadequate to accomplish the intended purpose.
All measures, tests and analyses of the characteristics of waters and wastes to which reference is made herein shall be determined in accordance with the Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Sewage and shall be determined at a control manhole provided for herein upon suitable samples taken at said control manhole. In the event that no 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.
When required by the Superintendent, the owner of any property served by a building sewer carrying industrial wastes shall install a suitable control manhole in the building sewer to facilitate observations, sampling and measurement of the wastes. Such manhole, when constructed, shall be accessibly located and shall be constructed in accordance with plans approved by the Superintendent. 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.
No statement contained in this article shall be construed as preventing any special agreement or arrangement between the Town and any industrial concern whereby an industrial waste of unusual strength or character may be accepted by the Town for treatment subject to payment therefor by the industrial concern.
No portion of this article shall be construed to interfere with or modify the requirements of design, inspection and approval which are imposed by the appropriate health officials and the State and County Health Departments and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.