Township of Clark, NJ
Union County
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[Amended 8-17-2015 by Ord. No. 15-15]
No person shall directly or indirectly discharge, or permit to be discharged, clearwater into the sanitary sewer system.
A. 
No person shall tie into a connection between any conductor used to carry clearwater, such as, without limitation, a sump pump, roof drain, foundation drain, or other surface drain (collectively "device"), and the sanitary sewer system.
B. 
No owner shall sell or lease real property, which is improved with a building, without first obtaining from the Township a certificate of continued occupancy, which shall include that the owner certifies that no device is connected to the sanitary sewer system. No purchaser or tenant shall purchase or rent such real property unless the seller has provided the purchaser or tenant with the required certificate of continued occupancy prior to closing of the sale or finalization of the rental.
C. 
Whenever a property owner with the Township of Clark constructs a new dwelling or structure that requires sanitary sewer discharges, or demolishes an existing dwelling for the purposes of erecting upon the foundation of said dwelling a new structure, and irrespective of the type and use of said structure, the property owner shall be required, when undertaking such a new construction, to construct a new sanitary sewer lateral in a manner acceptable to the Department of Engineering of the Township of Clark and in a good workmanlike manner, in accordance with standard engineering practices and such construction standards as may be approved by the Township of Clark.
[Added 11-6-2017 by Ord. No. 17-18]
D. 
No person shall make any connection with the sanitary sewerage system unless and until a permit for that purpose has been obtained from the Construction Official.
[Added 11-6-2017 by Ord. No. 17-19]
E. 
Any changes in use of any existing property or facility or any physical additions to or expansions of existing property or facility shall be subject to review and reevaluation of the sewer service and the amount of flow rights assigned by the Township. Any increase shall subject the applicant to additional fees. Flow rights are granted to the Township of Clark and other member communities by the Rahway Valley Sewerage Authority (RVSA). By agreement, the Township has been granted sewer flow rights for the municipality. Flow rights available for purchase are finite and limited and assigned upon purchase at time of sanitary sewer application. Flow rights are not guaranteed. Therefore, all completed applications for sewer permits shall be approved on a first-come-first-served basis. The obligation of the Authority and/or the Township to approve applications for sewer permits is contingent upon the availability of capacity both at the Rahway Valley Sewerage Authority Treatment Plant and in the mains that are owned and maintained by the RVSA and the Township of Clark. If sufficient flow rights are not available from the Township, it shall be the sole responsibility of the developer to acquire sufficient flow rights from another source to accommodate its development as follows: "If Clark does not already possess adequate flow rights in order for the developer to proceed with the development, Clark may, in its sole discretion, choose to negotiate with another member for the purchase of additional flow rights. All negotiations must be between members only. The developer must reimburse the Township of Clark for the cost of such rights in accordance § 57-6 of the Township Code." Construction permits shall not be issued unless and until the developer provides adequate evidence of its acquisition of flow rights sufficient to serve the proposed development.
[Added 8-20-2018 by Ord. No. 18-19]
Stormwater and all other unpolluted drainage shall be discharged to such sewers as are specifically designated as storm sewers or to a natural outlet approved by the Township Engineer. Industrial cooling water or unpolluted process waters may be discharged on approval of the Township Engineer to a storm sewer or natural outlet.
No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged any of the following described waters or wastes to any public sewers:
A. 
Any gasoline, benzene, naphtha, fuel oil or other flammable or explosive liquid, solid or gas.
B. 
Any waters or wastes containing toxic or poisonous solids, liquids or gases in sufficient quantity, either singly or by interaction with other wastes, so as:
(1) 
To injure or interfere with any sewage treatment process;
(2) 
To constitute a hazard to humans or animals; or
(3) 
To create a public nuisance.
C. 
Any waters or wastes having a corrosive property capable of causing damage or hazard to structures, equipment and personnel of the sewage works.
D. 
Solid or viscous substances in quantities or of such size capable of causing obstruction to the flow in sewers, or other interference with the proper operation of the sewage works, such as, but not limited to, ashes, cinders, sand, mud, straw, shavings, metal, glass, rags, feathers, tar, plastics, wood, unground garbage, whole blood, paunch manure, hair and fleshings, entrails and paper dishes, cups, milk containers, etc., either whole or ground by garbage grinders.
[Amended 1-17-2012 by Ord. No. 12-01]
No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged the following described substances, materials, waters or wastes if it appears likely, in the opinion of the Authority and/or the Township Engineer, that such wastes can harm either the sewers, sewage treatment process or equipment, have an adverse effect on the receiving stream or can otherwise endanger life, limb, public property or constitute a nuisance. In forming its opinion as to the acceptability of these wastes, the Authority will give consideration to such factors as the quantities of subject wastes in relation to flows and velocities in the sewers, materials of construction of the sewers, nature of the sewage treatment process, capacity of the sewage treatment plant, degree of treatability of wastes in the sewage treatment plant and other pertinent factors. The substances prohibited are:
A. 
Any liquid or vapor having a temperature higher than 150° F. (65° C.).
B. 
Any water or waste containing fats, wax, grease or oils, whether emulsified or not, in excess of 100 mg/l or containing substances which may solidify or become viscous at temperatures between 32° and 150° F. (0° and 65° C.).
C. 
Any waters or wastes containing strong acid iron pickling wastes or concentrated plating solutions, whether neutralized or not.
D. 
Any waters or wastes containing iron, chromium, copper, zinc and similar objectionable or toxic substances in excess of limits established by the Authority or having a pH outside of maximum and minimum limits established by the Authority or wastes exerting an excessive chlorine requirement.
E. 
Any waters or wastes containing phenols or other taste- or odor-producing substances in such concentrations exceeding limits which may be established by the Authority as necessary, after treatment of the composite sewage, to meet the requirements of the state, federal or other public agencies of jurisdiction for such discharge to the receiving waters.
F. 
Any radioactive wastes or isotopes of such half-life or concentration as may exceed limits established by the Authority in compliance with applicable state or federal regulations.
G. 
Materials which exert or cause:
(1) 
Unusual concentrations of inert suspended solids, such as, but not limited to, fullers earth, lime slurries and lime residues, or of dissolved solids, such as, but not limited to, sodium chloride and sodium sulfate.
(2) 
Excessive discoloration, such as, but not limited to, dye wastes and vegetable tanning solutions.
(3) 
Unusual volume of flow or concentration of wastes constituting slugs, as defined herein.
H. 
Waters or wastes containing substances which are not amenable to treatment or reduction by the sewage treatment processes employed or are amenable to treatment only to such degree that the sewage treatment plant effluent cannot meet the requirements of other agencies having jurisdiction over discharge to the receiving waters.
[Amended 1-17-2012 by Ord. No. 12-01]
A. 
If any waters or wastes are discharged or are proposed to be discharged to the public sewers, which waters contain the substances or possess the characteristics enumerated in § 279-5 and which, in the judgment of the Authority and/or the Township Engineer, may have a deleterious effect upon the sewage works, processes, equipment or receiving waters or which otherwise create a hazard to life or constitute a public nuisance, the Authority and/or the Township Engineer may:
(1) 
Reject the wastes.
(2) 
Require pretreatment to an acceptable condition for discharge to the public sewers.
(3) 
Require control over the quantities and rates of discharge.
B. 
If the Authority and/or the Township Engineer permits the pretreatment or equalization of waste flows, the design and installation of the plants and equipment shall be subject to the review and approval of the Authority and/or the Township Engineer and subject to the requirements of all applicable codes, ordinances and laws.
Where preliminary treatment or flow-equalizing facilities are provided for any waters or wastes, they shall be maintained continuously in satisfactory and effective operation by the owner at his/her expense.
[Amended 1-17-2012 by Ord. No. 12-01]
When required by the Authority and/or the Township Engineer, the owner of any property serviced by a building sewer carrying industrial wastes shall install a suitable control manhole, together with such necessary meters and other appurtenances, in the building sewer to facilitate observation, sampling and measurement of the wastes. Such manhole, when required, shall be accessible and safely located and shall be constructed in accordance with plans approved by the Authority. The manhole shall be installed by the owner at his/her expense and shall be maintained by him/her so as to be safe and accessible at all times.
All measurements, tests and analyses of the characteristics of waters and wastes to which reference is made in this article shall be determined in accordance with the latest edition of "Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater," published by the American Public Health Association, and shall be determined at the control manhole provided or upon suitable samples taken at such control manhole. In the event that no special manhole has been required, the control manhole shall be considered to be the nearest downstream manhole in the public sewer to the point at which the building sewer is connected.
[Amended 1-17-2012 by Ord. No. 12-01; 8-17-2015 by Ord. No. 15-15]
The Authority, its supervising engineer and any other duly authorized employees and/or agents of the Authority and/or the Township, by and through its Building Inspector, Code Enforcement Officer, Fire Subcode Official and/or any other person or employee duly appointed and bearing proper credentials and identification (collectively, "inspector"), may, subject to law, undertake inspections or tests as the Inspector deems necessary and appropriate to determine whether the provisions of § 279-2 of Chapter 279 is being violated. In connection with such inspections, such person or persons shall be permitted to enter all properties for the purposes of such inspection, observations, measurement, sampling and testing (collectively "inspections") in accordance with the provisions of this article. Any inspections may only take place after written notice, mailed to the address of the property in question, at least five business days in advance of the inspection. Inspections shall be conducted on weekdays, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. or by appointment. The Township, Authority or their respective representatives shall have no authority to inquire into any processes, including metallurgical, chemical, oil, refining, ceramic, paper or other industries, beyond such point which has a direct bearing on the kind and source of discharge in the sewers of waterways or facilities for waste treatment.
A. 
The inspector shall be permitted immediate entry onto real property to undertake inspections or tests for violations of § 279-2 of the Clark Township Code if, in the sole opinion of the inspector, an actual emergency exists tending to create an immediate danger to the public health and safety.
B. 
The owner of the property shall make all areas of the building to be tested or inspected available to the inspector.
C. 
If, in the sole opinion of the inspector, any violations are found, the violations shall be eliminated at the owner's expense. Such corrective work shall be completed within 10 days of the date the inspector notifies the owner of the deficiency, in writing, mailed to the address of the property in question.
D. 
In the event violations are identified, the inspector shall re-inspect the property either upon notice from the owner that the violation has been corrected or within 15 days from the date of the notice of violation, whichever first occurs.
E. 
If the property owner fails to undertake such corrective work within the times specified herein, the Township shall be authorized and permitted to make such repairs or replacements and to assess the owner of the property for the cost thereof, plus 10% or $50, whichever is greater, for administrative costs. Such assessment shall constitute a lien against the property until paid in the same manner as real estate taxes constitute a lien against the property.
[Amended 1-17-2012 by Ord. No. 12-01]
While performing the necessary work on private properties referred to in § 279-10, the Township, supervising engineer of the Authority, or duly authorized employees of the Authority or Township shall observe all safety rules applicable to the premises established by the owner, and the owner shall be held harmless for injury or death to any Township or Authority employees, and the Township and Authority shall indemnify the owner against loss or damage to its property by any Township or Authority employees and against liability claims and demands for personal injury or property damage asserted against the owner and growing out of the gauging and sampling operation, except as such may be caused by negligence or failure of the owner to maintain safe conditions.