[Adopted 2-24-1964 by Ord. No. 5-1964]
No house sewer or branch sewer shall be connected to the Borough of Waterford Sanitary sewer system without a permit issued by the Borough.
Application for permits to construct house sewers and branch sewers to connect with the sanitary sewer system of the Borough of Waterford shall be made by the owner of the property to be served, or his properly authorized agent, to the designated officer or agency of the Borough of Waterford for this purpose. Applications shall be upon forms provided by the Borough and shall contain such information as is required to show compliance with the terms of this article.
The connection fees established by Article III, Sewer Rents and Charges, of this chapter shall be paid at the time of the application. All said connection fees collected shall be deposited in the Sewer System Fund of the Borough of Waterford.
At least 24 hours' notice must be given to the Municipal Authority before any actual work of construction is done, and 24 hours' notice must be given when the work is ready for final inspection.
The application for permit shall contain a bond to be executed by the owner of the property or his properly authorized agent, in an amount set forth by the Municipal Authority, conditioned that said owner will observe all ordinances, resolutions, rules and regulations of the Borough governing the making of sewer branch connections and to indemnify the Borough on account of any damages on account of said construction.
All work shall be subject to inspection and approval by the Borough or the Municipal Authority of the Borough of Waterford and its duly authorized agents, and all branch sewer or connection newly installed must be laid so that it is readily available for inspection and repairing at all times. No part of the house sewer pipe newly installed and no part of any branch sewer shall be covered after construction unless and until it has been inspected and approved by the authorized agent of the Borough.
No old private drains or sewers constructed prior to January 1, 1964, may be connected with the Borough sewer system until the owner thereof shall prove to the satisfaction of the authorized agent of the Borough that it is clear, in good repair and operation, and that all new work in making such connection conform in all respects to all applicable ordinances, resolutions, rules and regulations.
It shall be the responsibility of every owner, agent, lessee, tenant or occupant of any premises connected with the Borough sewer system to maintain all fixtures, drains, branch sewers and appurtenances in good repair and sanitary condition, and to remove all stoppages, repair leaks, and replace broken or faulty parts thereof which shall be the cause of any unsanitary condition.
All branch sewers connecting with the Borough sewer system from a point five feet away from the building wall to the house laterals shall be constructed of either:
At no point shall any vitrified tile pipe or cement asbestos pipe be laid closer to any building wall than five feet.
Minimum diameter. All branch sewers shall be of not less than four inches' interior diameter except that the Borough or its authorized agent may require a larger diameter in any circumstances where a larger diameter is required for the proper functioning of said sewer.
Grade. All sewer pipe shall be laid on an even grade of not less than 1/4 inch per foot.
Curved pipe. Curved pipe shall be used for every deflection from a straight line of more than five inches in two feet.
Unconnected sewers. The ends of all pipes not immediately connected for use shall be securely closed with watertight, imperishable materials.
In all new work and in repairing or replacing old work, a house connection from a point five feet outside the building wall inward shall be of a minimum of four inches' inside diameter cast iron pipe of good materials with a fall of at least 1/4 inch per foot. All connections of house sewers with branch sewers shall be made with concrete grout joints, hot poured asphalt compound, die cast, slip seal, plastic or rubber precast joints, with suitable jute calking or gaskets as supplied by the manufacturer, and applied in accordance with manufacturer's specifications.
A main horizontal trap shall be provided immediately inside the building wall, and shall be provided with a hand hole for convenience in cleaning which shall be provided with a cover properly fitted and made gas- and airtight, with heavy brass screw cap ferrule caulked in.
Where, in the opinion of the authorized agent of the Borough, because of inadequate venting of the building plumbing system, a fresh air inlet should be required in the interest of health and safety, such inlet shall be installed on the inside of the horizontal trap and extended to the outer air.
Within five feet of the outside wall of the building being served, all branch sewers shall be installed with a wye and bend with a four-inch diameter vertical riser extending a minimum of 18 inches above ground and vented in the open air, for cleanout and venting purposes.
The inside of every branch sewer after it is laid shall be left smooth and clean throughout its entire length.
No person shall discharge into the Borough sewer system any groundwater, surface water, roof water, yard water, area way water, stormwater, or water of any kind except the sanitary wastewaters from bath, toilet, kitchen sinks, laundry drainage or other waters or liquids permitted by ordinances and resolutions of the Borough. No cellar drain shall be connected to the Borough sewer system unless the agent of the Borough is satisfied that such cellar drain receives nothing more than laundry water and such water as is necessary to keep the cellar clean.
The Borough or its authorized agent shall have the right at any time to make an inspection to satisfy itself that any branch sewer connected with the Borough sewer system is properly installed, and is being used and operated in conformity with the ordinances, rules, and regulations applicable to same.
All trenching shall be done with due regard to the safety of the public. Trenches and excavated materials shall be so placed as to cause the least inconvenience to the public. Proper barriers and lights shall be maintained on the banks of any trenches in the streets, sidewalks or public ways to guard the public against accidents during the progress of the work.
In backfilling, earth shall be carefully rammed or flooded and no stone shall be used in filling until there has been a depth of two feet of gravel placed over the pipe.
No branch sewer to serve more than one house or building shall be constructed to connect with the Borough sewer system.
From and after the passage of this article, any and all persons engaged in the business of constructing house sewer connections or branch sewer connections in the Borough of Waterford which are or are intended to be connected to the Borough sewer system shall first obtain a license from the Borough of Waterford. Said license shall be valid for the calendar year in which issued and shall expire at the end of said year, unless renewed.
The applicant for said license, or any renewal thereof, shall present to the Borough of Waterford a corporate surety bond with surety authorized to do business as such in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in the sum of $1,000, conditioned upon the correct construction of all branch sewer or house sewers under his charge in strict accordance with all provisions of laws, ordinances, resolutions, rules and regulations governing the same.
No fee shall be charged for said license.
Bonds of persons granted such licenses shall be kept on file with the Borough Secretary. The Borough Secretary shall keep available a record of such persons as have secured such license.
Nothing herein shall be construed as to prevent owners of property from personally building said sewers on their own property provided that they first obtain a permit as required by this article.
The failure or refusal of any licensee to carry out the provisions of the license and bond herein required shall be sufficient reason to revoke a license authorized by this article and to refuse the renewal of a license previously issued and to reject the offer of a surety for a proposed licensee where said surety is already considered in default on a previously accepted bond.
The Municipal Authority of the Borough of Waterford is hereby designated as the agent of the Borough for the performance of all administrative duties and enforcement of provisions of this article. In the event of disputes concerning interpretation of this article, appeals may be made to the Borough Council and its decision shall be final.
Any person, persons firms or corporations who shall violate or fail to comply with the provisions of this article shall be liable upon conviction to paying a fine of not more than $600, together with costs of prosecution, and on default of payment thereof to be sentenced and committed to the County Jail for a period not exceeding 30 days. All prosecutions for violation of this article shall be by summary proceeding brought in the name and for the use of the Borough of Waterford before any Magisterial District Judge within the Borough. All fines and penalties shall be paid to the Treasurer of the Borough and applied to the general fund.
This article is hereby adopted for the protection of the health and general welfare of the inhabitants of the Borough of Waterford.