Town of Pawling, NY
Dutchess County
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This chapter's purpose is described as follows:
A. 
This chapter is intended to implement the provisions of Part IX.A.3.b of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) General Permit GP-0-08-002 for Stormwater Discharges from Municipal Separate Storm Sewage Systems (MS4), effective May 1, 2008, which require that the Town implement, through the enactment of the necessary legal authority, and enforce a program to ensure that separate sewage disposals systems/on-site wastewater treatment systems are inspected and, where necessary, maintained or rehabilitated as required by Part IX.A.3.b of the permit and/or similar provisions in successor permits.
B. 
To protect from further degradation those waterbodies located in the New York City East of Hudson Watershed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), by reducing phosphorus loading in the East of Hudson Watershed through the required periodic pumpout and visual inspection of all individual subsurface sewage disposal systems (SSDS) located on properties which are located within the New York City East of Hudson Watershed.
C. 
The maintenance of septic systems on a regular basis will benefit residents by establishing a record of maintenance performed on each septic system. The maintenance will tend to provide a septic system that remains adequately functional for a longer period of time as opposed to a septic system with no maintenance.
D. 
To identify failing septic systems, or the prevention thereof before they become a significant threat to the public health and/or the environment.
E. 
This chapter in no means is to replace the regulatory requirements of the Dutchess County Department of Health and/or the Dutchess County Sanitary Code.
A. 
As used herein, the following terms shall have the following meanings:
FACILITY
All buildings, other structures, grounds and contiguous property at any locations related to or connected with a user at the user's location.
INDIVIDUAL SUBSURFACE SEWAGE DISPOSAL SYSTEM
A system of piping, tanks or other subsurface facilities serving any premises or having a flow rate of less than 1,000 gallons per day. The system generally includes a septic tank and absorption fields but may also include any system permitted under the Dutchess County Sanitary Code and Part 75A of the New York State Sanitary Code.
INDUSTRIAL
Meaning or pertaining to industry, manufacturing, commerce, trade, business or institution, and is distinguished from domestic or residential.
LOT
A parcel of land bearing a tax grid designation on the Town of Pawling Tax Map. Said tax maps are prepared and maintained by the Dutchess County Real Property Tax Service Agency. Said tax maps include all residential, commercial and industrial parcels.
NEW YORK CITY EAST OF HUDSON WATERSHED
A watershed serving as a public water supply for New York City. Its limits are generally shown on the map provided within Municipal Separate Storm Sewage System (MS4) NYSDEC State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) General Permit No. GP-0-10-002. The limits are more specifically provided on maps located in the Town of Pawling Planning and Building Departments.
OWNER
Any person who has legal or equitable title to a property or facility.
PERSON
Any individual, public or private corporation, political entity, agency, municipality, industry, copartnership, association, firm, trust, estate or other legal entity whatsoever.
RECORDS
Shall include but not be limited to any printed, typewritten, handwritten or otherwise recorded matter of whatever character (including paper or electronic media), including but not limited to letters, files, memoranda, directives, notes and notebooks, correspondence, descriptions, telephone call slips, photographs, permits, applications, reports, compilations, films, photographs and inspection reports. For the purposes of this chapter, "records" shall mean records of and relating to waste generation, reuse and disposal, and shall include records of usage of raw materials.
SEPTAGE
The contents of a septic tank or other separate sewage disposal system/on-site wastewater treatment system which receives sanitary sewage waste.
SEPTIC CONTRACTOR
A contractor registered with the NYSDEC to haul residential septage, a.k.a "registered waste transporter."
SEPTIC SYSTEM
The common name for an individual subsurface sewage disposal system (SSDS), a.k.a. "individual subsurface treatment system (SSTS)."
SEPTIC TANK
An underground receptacle (typically concrete) for wastewater from residential or commercial properties. The bacteria in the sewage decomposes the organic wastes, and the sludge settles to the bottom of the tank. The effluent flows out of the tank into the ground through drains.
STATE
State of New York.
TOWN
The Town of Pawling as incorporated in 1788.
B. 
As used herein, the following acronyms shall have the following meanings:
CEO
Code Enforcement Officer.
CO
Certificate of occupancy.
EOH
New York City East of Hudson Watershed.
DCDH
Dutchess County Department of Health.
MS4
Municipal separate storm sewage system.
NYSDEC
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
NYCDEP
New York City Department of Environmental Protection.
SMO
Stormwater Management Officer.
SPDES
State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System.
SSDS
Subsurface sewage disposal system.