[Adopted 5-21-2001 by Ord. No. 2001-01 as Title 9, Ch. 2 of the 2001 Code]
Definitions. The following definitions shall be applicable in this article:
- APPROVING AUTHORITY
- The City Council of the City of Weyauwega or its duly authorized deputy, agent or representative.
- BIOCHEMICAL OXYGEN DEMAND (BOD)
- The quantity of oxygen utilized in the biochemical oxidation of organic matter in five days at 20° C., expressed as milligrams per liter. Quantitative determination of BOD shall be made in accordance with procedures set forth in Standard Methods.
- The City of Weyauwega, Waupaca County, Wisconsin.
- COMMERCIAL USER
- Any user whose premises is used primarily for the conduct of a profit-oriented enterprise in the fields of construction, wholesale or retail trade, finance, insurance, real estate, or services and who discharges primarily normal domestic wastewater. This definition shall also include multifamily residences having three or more units served by a single meter and users not classified elsewhere.
- COMPOSITE SAMPLE
- The combination of individual samples taken at intervals of not more than one hour in a twenty-four-hour period.
- FIXED CHARGE
- The charges for the cost of debt retirement associated with the construction, erection, modification, or rehabilitation of the wastewater treatment works and for depreciation of the wastewater treatment works. The charge shall be above the treatment and operation and maintenance charge.
- FLOW PROPORTIONAL SAMPLE
- A sample taken that is proportional to the volume of flow during the sampling period.
- INDUSTRIAL USER
- Any user whose premises is used primarily for the conduct of a profit-oriented enterprise in the fields of manufacturing, transportation, communications, utilities, mining, agriculture, forestry or fishing.
- INDUSTRIAL WASTE
- Any trade or process waste as distinct from segregated domestic wastes or wastes from sanitary conveniences.
- NORMAL DOMESTIC WASTEWATER
- Sanitary wastewater resulting from the range of normal domestic activities, in which BOD5, SS, or P concentrations do not exceed normal concentrations of:
- OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE (O&M) COSTS
- All costs associated with the operation and maintenance of the wastewater treatment facilities, as well as the costs associated with periodic equipment replacement necessary for maintaining the capacity and performance of the wastewater treatment facilities.
- Any and all persons, including any individual, firm, company, municipal or private corporation, association, society, institution, enterprise, governmental agency or other entity.
- PHOSPHORUS (P)
- Total phosphorus in wastewater, which may be present in any of three principal forms: orthophosphates, polyphosphates and organic phosphates. Quantitative determination of total phosphorus should be made in accordance with procedures set forth in Standard Methods.
- PUBLIC AUTHORITY
- Any user whose premises is used for the conduct of the legislative, judicial, administrative, or regulatory activities of federal, state, local or international units of government; government-owned educational facilities; government-owned health facilities; or government-owned recreational facilities. This does not include government-owned or -operated business establishments.
- REPLACEMENT COSTS
- Expenditures for obtaining and installing equipment, accessories, and appurtenances which are necessary during the service life of the wastewater treatment facility to maintain its design capacity and performance for which the facility was designed and constructed. Operation and maintenance costs include replacement costs.
- RESIDENTIAL USER
- Any user whose premises is used primarily as a domicile for one or more persons and discharges only domestic wastes, but not including dwellings classified as commercial users above.
- SANITARY SEWER
- A sewer that carries sanitary and industrial water-carried wastes from residences, commercial buildings, industrial plants, and institutions, together with minor quantities of groundwater, stormwater and surface water that are not admitted intentionally.
- SEGREGATED DOMESTIC WASTES
- Wastes from nonresidential sources resulting from normal domestic activities. These activities are distinguished from industrial, trade and/or process discharge wastes.
- The spent water of a community. The preferred term is "wastewater." (See definition of "wastewater" in this section.)
- SEWER SERVICE CHARGE
- A charge levied on users of the wastewater collection and treatment facilities for capital-related expenses as well as operation and maintenance costs of said facilities.
- SEWER USE CHARGE
- A charge levied on users of a treatment works for the user's proportional share of the cost of operation and maintenance (including replacement) of such works.
- STANDARD METHODS
- The examination and analytical procedures set forth in the most recent edition of Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater published jointly by the American Public Health Association, the American Water Works Association and the Water Environment Federation.
- SUSPENDED SOLIDS (SS)
- Solids that either float on the surface of or are in suspension in water, wastewater, or other liquids and that are removable by laboratory filtering as prescribed in Standard Methods and are referred to as "nonfilterable residue."
- UNMETERED USER
- A user who is not connected to the municipal water supply and who thereby does not have his private water supply metered.
- USER CHARGE SYSTEM
- That system which generates operation and maintenance (O&M) and replacement revenues equitably for providing such user class with services.
- USER CLASSES
- Categories of users having similar flows and water characteristics, levels of biochemical oxygen demand, suspended solids, phosphorus, ammonia nitrogen, etc. For the purpose of this article, there shall be four user classes: residential, commercial, industrial, and public authority.
- VOLUME CHARGE
- A sewer use charge based upon the volume of normal strength wastewater to be transported.
- The spent water of a community. From the standpoint of source, it may be a combination of the liquid and water-carried wastes from residences, commercial buildings, industrial plants, and institutions, together with any groundwater, surface water, and stormwater that may be present.
- WASTEWATER FACILITIES
- The treatment works defined below, exclusive of interceptor sewers and wastewater collection systems.
- WASTEWATER TREATMENT WORKS
- An arrangement of devices and structures for the storage, treatment, recycling, and reclamation of wastewater, liquid industrial wastes and sludge. These systems include interceptor sewers, outfall sewers, wastewater collection systems, individual systems, pumping, power and other equipment and their appurtenances; any works that are an integral part of the treatment process or are used for ultimate disposal of residues from such treatment; or any other method or system for preventing, abating, reducing, storing, treating, separating, or disposing of municipal or industrial wastes.
- WPDES PERMIT
- Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit. General provisions are stated in Ch. NR 205, Wis. Adm. Code.
"Shall" is mandatory; "may" is permissible.
Sewer users served by City water meters. There is hereby levied and assessed upon each lot, parcel of land, building or premises having a connection with the wastewater system and being served with water metered by the City of Weyauwega a user charge based, in part, on the quantity of water used as measured by the City water meter on the premises.
Sewer users served by unmetered sources. Except as provided below, no sewer user shall be served by unmetered sources (private or public). All persons discharging wastewater into the public sanitary sewer system shall be required to have water meters installed for the purpose of determining the volume of water consumed. Where wastewater meters are already installed, the water meters will not be required. Water meters shall be furnished by the City and installed under its supervision.
Measurement of flow from high strength or toxic waste dischargers.
The volume of flow used for computing the user charge shall be the metered water consumption of the user as shown in the records of meter readings maintained by the City, except as noted in Subsection D below.
Provisions for deductions: In the event that a sewer user discharging industrial waste into the public sewers produces evidence satisfactory to the approving authority that more than 20% of the total annual volume of water used for all purposes does not reach the public sewer, then the determination of the water consumption to be used in computing the waste volume discharged into the public sewer may be made a matter of agreement between the approving authority and the user. Satisfactory evidence shall be evidence obtained by approved metering.
Metering of industrial waste. Devices for measuring the volume of waste discharged may be required by the approving authority if this volume cannot otherwise be determined from the metered water consumption records. Metering devices for determining the volume of waste shall be installed, owned, and maintained by the discharger. A maintenance schedule must be accepted by the approving authority. Following approval and installation, such meters may not be removed without the consent of the approving authority.
Industrial wastes discharged into the public sewers shall be subject to periodic inspection and a determination of character and concentration of said wastes. The sampling may be accomplished either manually or by the use of mechanical equipment acceptable to the approving authority. The use of flow proportional composite sampling is preferred.
Installation, operation and maintenance of the sampling facilities shall be the responsibility of the user discharging the waste and shall be subject to the approval of the approving authority. Access to sampling locations shall be granted to the approving authority or its duly authorized representatives at all times. Every care shall be exercised in the collection of samples to ensure their preservation in a state comparable to that at the time the sample was taken.
Free service. No user shall receive free service or pay a sewer use charge less than the user's proportional share of operation, maintenance and replacement costs.
Outside service. All users within the sewer service area of the City of Weyauwega shall be treated equally as to a sewer use charges regardless of their location with respect to the City boundaries.
Billing period. Sewer service charge for all customers shall be billed on a monthly basis.
Payment. Sewer service charges shall be payable 20 days after the billing date to the City of Weyauwega.
Penalties. Charges levied in accordance with this article shall be a debt due to the City of Weyauwega. If the debt is not paid within 20 days after it is due and payable, it shall be deemed delinquent. There shall be an added penalty of 1 1/2% of the amount of the monthly bill. Charges and penalties shall constitute a lien upon the property serviced and be recorded on the tax roll of the City of Weyauwega. Change of ownership or occupancy of premises found delinquent shall not be cause for reducing or eliminating these penalties.
Notification. Each user shall be notified annually, in conjunction with a regular bill, of the rate schedule attributable to wastewater treatment services, including an explanation of the charges.
[Amended 4-19-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-5]
Fixed charge. The purpose of the fixed charge is to recover the debt service charges incurred by the City in the construction of the wastewater treatment plant modifications:
[Amended 10-15-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-2]
Nonallocated fixed charges. The base fixed charge for all nonallocated users shall be based on the size of their water meter(s) in accordance with the schedule below. Unmetered residential users shall be considered to be equivalent to a five-eighths-inch meter. Other unmetered users will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the approving authority:
Variable charge (volume charge).
Holding and septic tank discharges.
Recreation vehicles. Discharges of recreational vehicle wastes shall be charges a minimum of $5 per load. A load shall be defined as any discharge less then 500 gallons.
Tax incremental district charge.
[Added 1-23-2017 by Ord. No. 2017-2]
A tax incremental district (TID) charge is hereby imposed upon the City for costs of the wastewater treatment facility expansion (the project) which are allocable to improvements undertaken which benefit the City Tax Incremental District No. 6. The charge imposed upon the City and allocable to Tax Incremental District No. 6 for the project is up to 70% of the total principal and interest payments, plus the debt coverage requirements of the loan to construct the project. The estimated maximum annual charge for said project is expected to be $299,600. This utility charge may be modified by Subsection D(2) of this section.
Additional TID charge. An additional TID charge is hereby imposed under the following conditions: If the life of the loan for a project exceeds the legal life of the City TID No. 6, the City reserves the right to charge said TID, during the life of the TID, for payments which will become due and payable after the TID has expired, for principal and interest payments allocable to the project.
Billing TID. The TID charge shall be billed to the City semiannually, approximately six weeks prior to the debt service date(s). The payment shall be made from the TID within 20 days of billing to the City of Weyauwega Sewer Utility. This obligation shall only apply to the debt costs incurred and due for the project. Upon final debt service payment by the sewer utility for the project, this § 460-43D shall be repealed.
The City of Weyauwega shall conduct an annual audit, the purpose of which shall be to reestablish the equity and adequacy of the user charges relative to changes in system operation and maintenance costs.