[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Washington 6-6-1967. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Sewers — See Ch. 70.
An agreement between the Borough of Washington and the Township of Washington, dated May 2, 1967, be adopted as herein set forth as follows.
The Borough covenants, promises and agrees to and with the Township that it, the Borough, will for a period of 15 years, commencing January 1, 1967, permit the Township to utilize the Borough municipal sewage treatment plant and sewer system for the treatment of domestic sewage in accordance with the terms as hereinafter set forth.
The Borough shall have the right, subject to state and federal rules and regulations, to determine the extent and degree of treatment to be provided and will have sole rights to the maintenance and operation of the sewage treatment plant.
The Borough shall not be responsible for any breakdowns or plant failures other than active or intentional wrongdoing by its agents or employees.
The Township shall be required to construct, maintain and operate all interceptor sewers, lateral sewers, pumping stations and force mains, where necessary, as well as other appurtenances required to collect and convey the sewage from within the Township to the Borough system, except where Borough sewers may be used for collection and where Borough approval is granted for such connection. The Borough shall have the right to connect to and utilize portions of the Township collection sewer, provided that the plans are submitted to the Township and the facilities of the Township are adequate to handle the proposed connection and flow. Likewise, the Township shall have the right to connect and utilize lateral sewers to the Borough sewerage facilities, provided that plans are submitted to the Borough and the facilities are adequate to handle the proposed connection and flow.
The Township shall pay to the Borough an annual rental charge, to be paid quarterly on the calendar-year basis for use of the Borough Sewage Treatment Plant, for each single-family house or equivalent unit connection connected to the Township system and served by the Borough treatment plant; said annual rental charge shall be $25 per single-family house or equivalent unit connection.
For the purpose of this chapter, "equivalent unit connection" shall be defined as equal to a single-family residential connection.
In the event that further additions or improvements to the sewage treatment plant are required by the Borough or by the State Department of Health or by any other governmental agency, other than to increase the rated plant capacity, the Township shall agree to a revised annual rental charge, based upon the cost of the existing and additional facilities, interest charges and all other factors.
It is also understood and agreed that at such time as the total average daily flow reaches or exceeds the rated plant capacity, the Township shall make other arrangements for the treatment of its waste, and the agreement shall become null and void.
In addition to the annual rental charge, there shall be an annual treatment charge for each single-family residential house or equivalent unit connection to the Township system and served by the Borough Sewage Treatment Plant. The annual treatment charge shall be computed each year and shall be determined by dividing the total number of single-family houses or equivalent unit connections (both Borough and Township) connected to and served by the Borough Sewage Treatment Plant into the total annual cost of operation of the Borough Sewage Treatment Plant.
For the purpose of determining equivalent unit connections, namely, for waste flows other than single-family houses, such as industries, commercial establishments, schools or other sources of wastes which are discharged into the sewerage system, the average daily flow in gallons from such establishment shall be divided by 150 gallons to determine the equivalent unit connection. In case of garden apartments, each apartment unit shall be considered an equivalent unit connection.
An example of the annual treatment charge computation for equivalent unit connection to the system is set forth as follows: Assume annual operating budget is $50,000 and equivalent unit connection equals 2,000; therefore, actual cost per house equals $50,000 divided by 2,000, or $25, plus a service charge of 15%, to be paid to the Borough of Washington by the Township of Washington.
The Township shall provide facilities for metering the flow at its pumping station, and the metered flow, together with house connection, shall comprise the basis for determining the total Township flow.
When the flow from the Township can be accurately determined by metering and the house connections formula, the annual cost of treatment to the Township will be determined by dividing the total Township flow by the total plant flow (Borough and Township), multiplied by the annual treatment plant cost, plus a service charge of 15%.
The contract shall be renegotiable at any time at the mutual consent of the parties.
In the event that the Borough elects to participate in a regional system, the contract shall be terminated upon the establishment of a regional facility and shall be superseded by a new agreement among the participants in the new facility.
No industrial waste shall be allowed by the Borough from the Township unless agreed and consented to by the Borough.
The Township will properly prepare, adopt and pass an ordinance which shall prohibit the Township residents or those connecting to said Township sewer from connecting any roof drains, cellar drains or any stormwater into the Township sewer system, and shall further provide that all connections to the Township sewer system shall leave the basement or foundation of the dwelling or building thereby connected six inches above the cellar floor, and further provide that all connections to the Township sewer shall be by four-inch-diameter cast-iron pipe with lead-caulked joints and shall be connected under the supervision of a qualified plumbing inspector to be appointed by the Township as set forth in said ordinance, and provide for penalties therefor and injunctive relief against the persons so violating the terms of said ordinance.