All persons owning property connected to, and from which sanitary sewage or industrial wastes are discharged into, the sewer system shall pay to the City rates and rental charges, for each service period, in accordance with the schedule or rates set forth in this part.
Residences and nonresidential establishments. Billings by the City to suburban municipalities for residential properties and nonresidential establishment customers of suburban municipalities shall be based on the sewer rental rates as set forth in § 336-41 for persons whose wastewater is ultimately discharged by the respective municipality into the Harrisburg Conveyance System or the Steelton Conveyance System. Billings by the suburban municipalities to their respective customers shall be based on either the volume rate or the flat rate as specified by the respective suburban municipalities.
A significant industrial user discharging, directly or indirectly, into the sewer system wastewaters having an average five-day biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) greater than 290 mg/l, or a suspended-solids content (SS) greater than 380 mg/l, or total phosphorus (P) content greater than 10 mg/l shall pay to the Department a strength-of-waste surcharge in addition to applicable volume charges. Such surcharges shall be determined in accordance with rates set forth in § 336-41 and shall be billed by the Department to the significant industrial user. The strength of wastewaters to be used for establishing the amount of surcharges shall be determined at least once annually either:
By suitable sampling and analysis of the wastewaters for three consecutive days during a period of normal discharge; or
From estimates made by the City; or
From known relationships of products produced to strengths of wastewaters for those users for which such factors have been established.
In establishing wastewater strengths for surcharge purposes by analysis, analyses shall be made in accordance with procedures outlined in the latest edition of "Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater, published by the American Public Health Association, Inc., or any method approved by the EPA. Owners of industrial establishments discharging domestic and/or industrial wastewater to the sewer system shall furnish the Department upon request all information deemed essential for determination of applicable sewer rental surcharges for excess strength wastes. The cost of obtaining such information shall be borne by the owners of such industrial establishments.
Effective January 1, 1996, there are hereby established rates or charges for the use and service of the wastewater facilities of the City. The current schedule of rates and charges are on file in the City’s office.
For the purpose of determining the amount of sewer rental payable under the provisions set forth in §§ 336-38 through 336-41, the City and Borough shall have access at all reasonable times without delay to all industrial users using the sewer system and any meters used for establishing or determining water consumption, water excluded from the sewer system and sewage or wastewater discharged into the sewer system.
Bills for the payment of strength-of-waste surcharges for sewer service and the commercial or industrial use of the sewer system pursuant to this section shall be rendered at the same time and intervals as charges for water consumed in and furnished to the same property and shall be due and payable upon presentation. All quarterly billings shall be made and distributed and shall cover service over the following months:
If any bill for strength-of-waste surcharges, except for annual service periods, is not paid within 60 days after the same becomes due and payable, it shall be delinquent, and a penalty shall be imposed as provided in Chapter 1-301.5 of the Recodified Ordinances of the City of Harrisburg. Bills for annual service periods shall be subject to the same penalties, except that penalties shall not be added or begin to accrue until August 1 of such annual service period.
Upon the failure of any person to pay in full any bill for strength-of-waste surcharge within 60 days after the same becomes due and payable, the City shall have the right to terminate sewer service to the property of such person or to turn off the water supply to such property as provided in Article VIII of this part. Service may be restored upon payment of all delinquent bills against such property and expenses which may have been incurred in terminating such service, turning off the water supply, or restoring the same, as provided in § 336-59.
The sewer rentals imposed by this part shall be collected as provided in Article VIII of this part.
This part is hereby declared to be urgent for the preservation of the peace, health and comfort of the residents of the City and the Borough and shall take effect and be in force, as hereinafter provided, immediately after final passage and publication as required by law. The City reserves the right, subject to its obligations under its lease with The Harrisburg Authority and its obligations under the Second Supplemental Agreement dated September 15, 1976, among the City of Harrisburg and the suburban municipalities and any supplements and amendments to said Agreement, to make such changes from time to time as in its determination may be desirable or beneficial and to amend this part or to change the rates or charges in such manner and at such time as in its determination may be advisable.