City of Melrose, MA
Middlesex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Aldermen of the City of Melrose as Rev. Ords. 1976, §§ 9-10 to 9-12 (Rev. Ords. 1989, §§ 8-36 to 8-38). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Water and sewers — See Ch. 228.
No cesspool or septic tank with tile field shall hereafter be constructed or maintained in the City unless it shall conform to the following requirements:
Where the ground is suitable, leaching cesspools shall be built and maintained. Such cesspools shall be built of concrete within three feet from the top, tightly covered and made flyproof. In certain instances septic tanks with tile fields may be used.
Where the ground is not suitable for a leaching cesspool or septic tank, a watertight cesspool may be constructed and maintained if tightly covered and made flyproof.
The kind and size of cesspool or septic tank with tile field shall be determined by the Board of Health and shall depend upon the soil foundation, land area and amount of sewage or drainage to be emptied into such cesspool or septic tank. No cesspool or septic tank shall be covered or used until inspected and approved by an agent or inspector of the Board of Health.
Vaults, privies or cesspools hereafter discontinued shall, within 10 days of such discontinuance, be thoroughly cleaned and filled with earth or other suitable material.
Every building used as a dwelling or in which persons are employed shall be separately and independently connected with the public sewer by a sufficient drain or, if no public sewer is provided, with a proper and sufficient cesspool, and the cesspool and drainpipe shall be acceptable in construction and location to the Board of Health. Several buildings may have a common sewer connection if such connection is approved by the Board of Health and the City Engineer.
[Amended 5-21-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-158]
No substance which will tend to clog the pipes, produce an explosive mixture or destroy the pipes or their joints shall be allowed to enter any house drainage system.
State law reference — Board of health authorized to require connection with common sewer, MGL c. 83, § 11.