[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Edgeworth 10-12-1959 by Ord. No. 314. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- The Municipal Authority of the Borough of Leetsdale, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, heretofore created by the Council of the Borough of Leetsdale by Leetsdale Ordinance No. 276, ordained and enacted the 19th day of December 1956.
- BUILDING DRAIN
- That part of the lowest horizontal piping of a drainage system which receives the sewage or discharge from soil, waste and other drainage pipes inside the walls of the building and conveys it to the building sewer, beginning five feet 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 which carries a combination of sewage and intentionally admitted storm, surface, ground waters and drainage.
- Solid wastes from the preparation, cooking and dispensing of food and from the handling, storage and sale of produce.
- INDUSTRIAL WASTES
- The liquid wastes from industrial processes, as distinct from sanitary sewage.
- The person appointed by the Borough of Edgeworth and the Authority, and mutually acceptable to both, to inspect sewage works, including both public and semipublic sewers, and including also inspection of building sewers and other connections between occupied homes and other buildings and the public sewers and semipublic sewers.
- NATURAL OUTLET
- Any outlet directly or indirectly into a watercourse, pond, gutter, ditch, lake or other body of surface or groundwater.
- Any individual, firm, company, association, society, corporation or group.
- PROPERLY SHREDDED GARBAGE
- The wastes from the preparation, cooking and dispensing of food that has been shredded to such degree that all particles will be carried freely under the flow conditions normally prevailing in public sewers, with no particle greater than 1/2 inch in any dimension.
- PUBLIC COMBINED SEWER
- A combined sewer which has been constructed and is owned by the Borough of Edgeworth or which has been constructed and is owned by the Authority or which has been constructed by private parties and has been accepted by the Borough of Edgeworth or the Authority as a combined sewer.
- PUBLIC SANITARY SEWER
- A sanitary sewer which has been constructed and is owned by the Borough of Edgeworth or which has been constructed and is owned by the Authority or which has been constructed by private parties and has been accepted by the Borough of Edgeworth or the Authority as a sanitary sewer.
- 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, surface and ground waters are not intentionally admitted.
- SEMIPUBLIC SANITARY SEWER or SEMIPUBLIC COMBINED SEWER
- Either a sanitary sewer or a combined sewer constructed and laid by a developer pursuant to the rules and regulations of the Borough of Edgeworth relating to sewers and with the intent that said sanitary sewer or combined sewer shall eventually become a part of the public sewer system, but the responsibility for laying, construction and maintenance of said sanitary sewer or combined sewer and the disposal of sewage therefrom still remains with the developer or other private persons.
- A combination of the water-carried wastes from the residences, business and commercial buildings, apartments, institutions and industrial establishments, together with such ground-, surface and stormwaters and drainage as may be present.
- SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT
- Any arrangement of devices and structures used for treating sewage.
- SEWAGE WORKS
- All facilities for collecting, transporting, pumping, treating and disposing of sewage.
- A pipe or conduit for carrying sewage.
- STORM SEWER or STORM DRAIN
- A sewer which carries storm- and surface waters and drainage but excludes sewage and polluted industrial wastes.
From and after the date of the passage of this chapter, the owners of all improved properties within the Borough of Edgeworth abutting a public or semipublic sanitary sewer or a public or semipublic combined sewer must connect the sewage facilities of each such property to said public or semipublic sewers, and any other method or manner of disposing of acceptable sewage wastes from such properties will not hereafter be permitted.
From and after the effective date of this chapter, the owners of all new premises, at their own expense, shall provide said premises with separate sanitary sewers and storm sewers. Said sanitary sewers shall extend to a point or points of connection to the public sanitary sewers. Said storm sewers shall be extended to a point or points of connection to the public storm sewers, if available, or to a natural outlet approved by the Borough or, in the absence of either of these means, then through a separate connection or connections to the public combined sewers.
From and after the effective date of this chapter, the developer or developers of all new plans of lots, at the expense of others than the Borough of Edgeworth or the Authority, shall provide said plans with separate sanitary sewerage and storm sewerage systems. Said sanitary sewerage systems shall be connected to the public sanitary sewers or combined sewers, and said storm sewerage systems shall be connected to the public storm sewers, if available, or to a natural outlet approved by the Borough or, in the absence of either of these means, then through separate connection or connections to the public combined sewers. All right, title and interest to such sewerage systems shall be conveyed by the developer or developers to the Borough of Edgeworth and, upon acceptance by the Borough of Edgeworth, the Borough shall have the right to make further extensions beyond or laterally from said systems.
The construction of all sewers and sewerage systems shall be in accordance with the Standards for Design and Construction of Sanitary Sewers, as adopted by the Borough of Edgeworth.
Editor's Note: A copy of the Standards for Design and Construction of Sanitary Sewers is on file and available for inspection in the Borough offices.
[Added 5-19-2015 by Ord. No. 540]
No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged any stormwater, surface water, groundwater, roof runoff, subsurface drainage, cooling water or unpolluted industrial process waters to any sanitary sewer.
Stormwater and all other unpolluted drainage shall be discharged to such sewers as are specifically designated as storm sewers or combined sewers or to a natural outlet approved by the Borough, subject, however to the provisions of § 103-2B of this chapter. Industrial cooling water or unpolluted process water may be discharged, upon approval of the Borough, to a storm sewer, combined sewer or natural outlet.
Except as hereinafter provided, no person shall discharge or cause to be discharged any of the following described waters or wastes to any public or semipublic sewer:
Any liquid or vapor having a temperature higher than 150° F.
Any water or waste which may contain more than 100 parts per million by weight of fat, oil or grease.
Any gasoline, benzene, naphtha, fuel oil or other flammable or explosive liquid, solid or gas.
Any garbage that has not been properly shredded.
Any ashes, cinders, sand, mud, straw, shavings, metal, glass, rags, feathers, tar, plastics, wood, paunch manure or any other solid or viscous substance capable of causing obstruction to the flow in sewers or other interference with the proper operation of the sewage treatment plant where the sanitary effluent of the Borough is treated.
Any water or wastes having a pH lower than 5.5 or higher than 9.0 or having any other corrosive property capable of causing damage or hazard to structures, equipment and personnel of said sewage treatment plant.
Any waters or wastes containing a toxic or poisonous substance in sufficient quantity to injure or interfere with any sewage treatment process, constitute a hazard to humans or animals or create any hazard in the receiving waters of said sewage treatment plant.
Any waters or wastes containing suspended solids of such character and quantity that unusual attention or expense is required to handle such materials at said sewage treatment plant.
Any noxious or malodorous gas or substance capable of creating a public nuisance.
Grease, oil and sand interceptors shall be provided by the owner at the owner's expense when, in the opinion of the inspector, 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. All interceptors shall be of a type and capacity approved by said inspector 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 easily removable covers which, when bolted in place, shall be gastight and watertight.
Where installed, all grease, oil and sand interceptors shall be maintained by the owner at the owner's expense in continuously efficient operation at all times.
The admission into the public sewers of any waters or waste having a five-day biochemical oxygen demand greater than 300 parts per million by weight or containing more than 350 parts per million by weight of suspended solids or containing any quantity of substances having the characteristics described in § 103-4 or having an average daily flow greater than 2% of the average daily sanitary sewage flow of the Borough shall be subject to the review and approval of said inspector.
Where necessary, in the opinion of the inspector, the owner shall provide, at his expense, such preliminary treatment as may be necessary to:
Reduce the biochemical oxygen demand to 300 parts per million and the suspended solids to 350 parts per million by weight;
Reduce objectionable characteristics or constituents to be within the maximum limits provided for in § 103-4; or
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 Borough of Edgeworth or its designated authority and of the Sanitary Water Board of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and no construction of such facilities shall be commenced until said approvals are obtained in writing.
When required by said inspector, 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 observation, sampling and measurement of the wastes. Such manhole, when required, shall be accessible and safely located and shall be constructed in accordance with plans approved by the Borough of Edgeworth or its designated agent. The manhole shall be installed by the owner at his expense and shall be maintained by him/her so as to be safe and accessible at all times.
All measurements, tests and analyses of the characteristics of waters and wastes to which reference is made in §§ 103-4 and 103-6 shall be determined in accordance with Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Sewage and shall be determined at the control manhole provided for in Subsection A 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 building sewer is connected.
No person shall maliciously, willfully or negligently break, damage, destroy, deface or tamper with any structure, appurtenance or equipment which is a part of the municipal sewage works. Any person violating this provision shall be subject to immediate arrest under charge of disorderly conduct.
The inspector and duly authorized employees of the Borough of Edgeworth and the Authority, bearing proper credentials and identification, shall be permitted to enter upon all properties at reasonable times during the day for the purposes of inspection, observation, measurement, sampling and testing in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
From and after the date of the passage of this chapter, any sewer to be constructed by any person within the Borough of Edgeworth to serve either presently improved properties or properties which are to be developed must be constructed, installed, laid or used in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Borough of Edgeworth which the Council of the Borough of Edgeworth shall from time to time, by resolution, promulgate and put into force.
The Council of the Borough of Edgeworth be and the same is hereby authorized and empowered from time to time by resolution to promulgate, establish and set forth in full the rules and regulations relating to the construction and laying of sanitary sewers and setting forth the general specifications for the construction of the same.
Any person found to be violating any provision of this chapter shall be served by the Borough of Edgeworth 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.
Any person who shall continue any violation beyond the time limit provided in Subsection A shall be guilty of a summary offense and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined in an amount not exceeding $100 for each violation. Each day in which any such violation shall continue shall be deemed a separate offense.
[Amended 2-20-1996 by Ord. No. 454; 3-12-1996 by Ord. No. 455]
Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall become liable to the Borough of Edgeworth for any expense, loss or damage occasioned by the Borough of Edgeworth by reason of such violation.