Borough of Lehighton, PA
Carbon County
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A. 
Unless the context specifically indicates otherwise, the following terms and phrases shall have the meanings hereinafter designated:
ACT or THE ACT
The Federal Water Pollution Control Act, also known as the "Clean Water Act," as amended, 33 U.S.C. § 1251 et seq.
APPROVED AUTHORITY
The Director in an National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) state with an approved state pretreatment program and the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in a non-NPDES state or NPDES state without an approved state pretreatment program.
AUTHORITY
The Lehighton Sewerage Authority.
(1) 
A principal executive officer of at least the level of vice president if the industrial user is a corporation;
(2) 
A general partner or proprietor if the industrial user is a partnership or proprietorship, respectively; or
(3) 
A duly authorized representative of the individual designated above if such representative is responsible for the overall operation of the facilities from which the indirect discharge originates.
BIOCHEMICAL OXYGEN DEMAND (BOD)
The quantity of oxygen utilized in the biochemical oxidation of organic matter under standard laboratory procedure in five days at 20° C. expressed in terms of weight and concentration [milligrams per liter (mg/l)].
BOROUGH
The Borough of Lehighton.
BOROUGH MANAGER
The person designated by the Borough who is charged with certain duties and responsibilities by this Part 1 or his duly authorized representative.
BUILDING SEWER
The extension from the sanitary sewage drainage system of any structure to the lateral of a sewer.
CATEGORICAL STANDARDS
National Categorical Pretreatment Standards or pretreatment standard.
CHEMICAL OXYGEN DEMAND (COD)
The quantity of oxygen required to oxidize the organic matter present in water or wastewater under specific conditions of oxidizing agent, temperature and time.
COOLING WATER
The water discharged from any use, such as air conditioning, cooling or refrigeration, or to which the only pollutant added is heat.
CUSTOMER
Any person, partnership, company, association, corporation, township, municipality, Borough or other group or entity.
DEPARTMENT
The Department of Environmental Resources of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
DIRECT DISCHARGE
The discharge of treated or untreated wastewater directly to the waters of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY or EPA
The United States Environmental Protection Agency, or where appropriate, the term may also be used as a designation for the Administrator or other duly authorized official of said Agency.
EQUIVALENT DWELLING UNIT (EDU)
A source of wastewater equivalent to that generated by a single-family dwelling unit. Every building or use connected to the sewer shall constitute at least one "EDU." For the purposes of residential uses, the number of "EDU's" applicable shall consist of the total number of single-family dwelling units, together with the "EDU's" applicable to any common-use areas calculated as set forth herein for nonresidential use. For the purposes of a nonresidential use, the number of "EDU's" applicable to that use shall consist of the actual or estimated total gallons of wastewater discharged per day divided by 262.5 gallons and rounded upward to the nearest whole number.
GRAB SAMPLE
The sample which is taken from a waste stream on a one-time basis with no regard to the flow in the waste stream and without consideration of time.
HOLDING TANK
A watertight receptacle which receives and retains sewage and is designed and constructed to facilitate ultimate disposal of the sewage at another site. As used herein, "holding tank" shall be restricted to that type in which sewage is conveyed to it by a water-carrying system.
HOLDING TANK WASTE
Any waste from holding tanks, such as vessels, chemical toilets, campers, trailers, septic tanks and vacuum-pump tank trucks.
IMPROVED PROPERTY
Any property within the sewered area upon which there is erected a structure intended for continuous or periodic habitation, occupancy or use by human beings or animals and from which structure sanitary sewage and/or industrial waste shall be or may be discharged.
INDUSTRIAL DISCHARGE
The discharge or the introduction of nondomestic pollutants from any source regulated under Section 307(b) or (c) of the Act (33 U.S.C. § 1317) into the wastewater treatment plant, including holding tank waste discharged into the system.
INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENT
Any premises used in whole or in part for the manufacture, processing, cleaning or assembly of any product, commodity or article or any other premises from which wastewater other than sanitary sewage is discharged.
INDUSTRIAL USER
A source of indirect discharge which does not constitute a discharge of pollutants under regulations issued pursuant to Section 402 of the Act (33 U.S.C. § 1342).
INDUSTRIAL WASTE
Any solid, liquid or gaseous substance, rejected or escaping in the course of any industrial, manufacturing, trade or business process or in the course of the development, recovery or processing of natural resources, which is discharged into the sewer system, as distinct from sanitary sewage.
INTERFERENCE
The inhibition or disruption of the wastewater treatment plant processes or operations which contributes to a violation of any requirement of the Authority's NPDES permit. The term includes prevention of sewage sludge use or disposal by the wastewater treatment plant in accordance with Section 405 of the Act (33 U.S.C. § 1345) or any criteria, guidelines or regulations developed pursuant to the Solid Waste Disposal Act (SWDA), the Clean Air Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act or more stringent state criteria (including those contained in any state sludge management plan prepared pursuant to Title IV of SWDA) applicable to the method of disposal or use employed by the wastewater treatment plant.
LATERAL
That part of the sewer system extending from a sewer to the curbline or, if there shall be no curbline, extending to the edge of the right-of-way, sewer easement or property line.
METERING FACILITIES
A flow-measuring system, designed and installed in accordance with accepted engineering practices and approved by the Borough, for the measurement of sewage flows. For industrial establishments and nonresidential users, publicly metered water use records may be considered "metering facilities" if approved by the Borough.
NATIONAL CATEGORICAL PRETREATMENT STANDARD OR PRETREATMENT STANDARD
Any regulation containing pollutant discharge limits promulgated by the EPA in accordance with Section 307(b) and (c) of the Act (33 U.S.C. § 1347) which applies to a specific category of industrial users.
NATIONAL POLLUTION DISCHARGE ELIMINATION SYSTEM OR NPDES PERMIT
A permit issued pursuant to Section 402 of the Act (33 U.S.C. § 1342).
NATIONAL PROHIBITIVE DISCHARGE STANDARD or PROHIBITIVE DISCHARGE STANDARD
Any regulation developed under the authority of Section 307(b) of the Act and 40 CFR 403.5.
NONRESIDENTIAL USER
Any commercial, institutional or industrial use, other than a residential unit, which is connected to the sewer system and from which sanitary sewage or industrial waste is or may be discharged into the sewer system.
OUTSIDE SEWER FACILITIES
The system of sanitary sewers and appurtenances for the collection, transportation, pumping and treatment of sewage that is located outside of the municipal boundaries of the Borough.
OWNER
Any person vested with ownership, legal or equitable, sole or partial, of any property located in the sewered area.
PERMIT
Written permission by the Borough for the discharge of nonresidential wastewater to the wastewater treatment plant.
PERSON
Any individual, partnership, copartnership, firm, company, corporation, association, joint-stock company, trust, estate, governmental entity or any other legal entity or their legal representatives, agents or assigns. The masculine gender shall include the feminine, and the singular shall include the plural where indicated by the context.
pH
The logarithm (base 10) of the reciprocal of the concentration of hydrogen ions, expressed in grams per liter of solution.
PLUMBING CODE
The Pennsylvania Construction Code, Act 45 of 1999, as amended from time to time, and the regulations promulgated thereunder.[1]
[Amended 3-23-2015 by Ord. No. 623-2015]
POLLUTANT
Any dredged spoil; solid waste; incinerator residue; sewage; garbage; sewage sludge; munitions; chemical wastes; biological materials; radioactive materials; heat; wrecked or discarded equipment; rock; sand; cellar dirt; and industrial, municipal and agricultural waste discharged into water.
POLLUTION
The man-made or man-induced alteration of the chemical, physical, biological and radiological integrity of water.
PRETREATMENT REQUIREMENTS
Any substantive or procedural requirement related to pretreatment, other than a national pretreatment standard imposed on an industrial user.
PRETREATMENT or TREATMENT
The reduction of the amount of pollutants, the elimination of pollutants or the alteration of the nature of pollutant properties in wastewater to a less harmful state prior to or in lieu of discharging or otherwise introducing such pollutants into the wastewater treatment plant. The reduction or alteration can be obtained by physical, chemical or biological processes or process changes by other means, except as prohibited by 40 CFR 403.6(d).
RESIDENTIAL UNIT
Each private dwelling; each dwelling unit in a double house or in a row of connecting houses; each apartment; and each room, group of rooms, house trailer, mobile home or any structure occupied or intended for occupancy as separate living quarters by a family or group of persons living together or by persons living alone, which accommodation is connected to the sewer system and from which sanitary sewage is or may be discharged into the sewer system.
SANITARY SEWAGE
The type of toilet and other watercarried waste normally discharged from residential properties.
SEWAGE
Any substance that contains any of the waste products or excrement or other discharge from the bodies of human beings or animals and any noxious or deleterious substance, being harmful or inimical to the public health or to animal or aquatic life or to the use of water for domestic water supply or for recreation.
SEWER
Any pipe or conduit constituting a part of the sewer system, used or usable for sewage collection purposes, other than a lateral.
SEWERED AREA
The entire area, including the Borough, served by the sewage collection system which conveys wastewater to the Lehighton Sewage Treatment Plant.
SEWER SYSTEM
All facilities, as of any particular time, for collecting, pumping, treating and disposing of sanitary sewage and industrial waste, situate in the sewered area and owned and/or operated by the Authority or the Borough.
SIGNIFICANT INDUSTRIAL USER
Any industrial user of the wastewater disposal system who has a discharge flow of 25,000 gallons or more per average workday or has a flow greater than 5% of the flow in the Authority's wastewater treatment system or has in his wastes toxic pollutants as defined pursuant to Section 307 of the Act of Pennsylvania statutes and rules, or is found by the Borough, Pennsylvania control agency or the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to have significant impact, either singly or in combination with other contributing industries, on the wastewater treatment system, the quality of sludge, the system's effluent quality or air emissions generated by the system.
STANDARD INDUSTRIAL CLASSIFICATION (SIC)
A classification pursuant to the Standard Industrial Classification Manual issued by the Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget, 1972.
STATE
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
STORMWATER
Any flow occurring during or following any form of natural precipitation and resulting therefrom.
STREET
Any street, road, lane, court, alley or public square.
SUSPENDED SOLIDS
The total suspended matter that floats on the surface of or is suspended in water, wastewater or other liquids and which is removable by laboratory filtering.
TOXIC POLLUTANT
Any pollutant or combination of pollutants listed as toxic in regulations promulgated by the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, under the provision of Section 307(a) or other Acts.
TREATMENT PLANT
Wastewater treatment plant owned by the Lehighton Sewerage Authority and operated by the Borough of Lehighton under a lease-back agreement.
USER
Any person who contributes, causes or permits the contribution of wastewater into the Authority's wastewater treatment plant.
WASTEWATER
The liquid and water-carried industrial or domestic wastes from dwellings, commercial buildings, industrial facilities and institutions, together with any other waters which may be present, whether treated or untreated, which are contributed into or permitted to enter the wastewater treatment plant.
WATERS OF THE STATE
All streams, lakes, ponds, marshes, watercourses, waterways, wells, springs, reservoirs, aquifers, irrigation systems, drainage systems and all other bodies or accumulations of water, surface or underground, natural or artificial, public or private, which are contained within, flow through or border upon the state or any portion thereof.
[1]
Editor’s Note: See 35 P.S. § 7210.101 et seq.
B. 
Word usage. "Shall" is mandatory; "may" is permissive.