Borough of Doylestown, PA
Bucks County
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Table of Contents
[Ord. 1977-12, 10/17/1977, § 101]
This Chapter shall be known as the Sewer Code of Doylestown Borough.
[Ord. 1977-12, 10/17/1977, § 102]
Unless the context specifically and clearly indicates otherwise, the meaning of terms used in this code shall be as follows:
BOROUGH
Doylestown Borough.
BOD (BIOCHEMICAL OXYGEN DEMAND)
The quantity of oxygen, expressed in parts per million (ppm) by weight, utilized in the biochemical oxidations of organic matter under standard laboratory procedure for five days at 20° C. The standard laboratory procedure shall be that found in the latest edition of "Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Sewage" published by the American Public Health Association.
BUILDING SEWER
The extension from the sewage drainage system of any structure to the service lateral of a collection sewer.
CAPPED SEWER
A complete sanitary sewage system installed on any improved property for future connection to the collection sewer system.
COLLECTION SEWER
The Borough's sanitary sewers located under highways, roads, streets and rights-of-way which branch service laterals that collect and convey sanitary sewage or industrial wastes or a combination of both and into which storm, surface and ground waters or unpolluted industrial wastes are not intentionally admitted.
CHLORINE REQUIREMENT
The amount of chlorine, in parts per million by weight, which must be added to sewage to produce a specific residual chlorine content, or to meet the requirements of some other objective, in accordance with procedures set forth in "Standard Methods".
CONNECTION UNIT
Each individual building or house whether constructed as a detached unit or as one of a pair or row which is designed or adaptable to separate ownership for use as a family dwelling unit or for commercial or industrial purposes. A school, factory, apartment house, cooperative or condominium apartment house, office building or other multiple unit structure whose individual apartments or units are connected to a common internal sewage system and which are not commonly subject to separate ownership shall be considered as one connection unit.
CONSULTING ENGINEER
A duly qualified engineer designated by the Borough as its consulting engineer.
GARBAGE
Solid wastes resulting from preparation, cooking and dispensing of food and from handling, storage and sale of food products and produce.
GROUND GARBAGE
The residue from the preparation, cooking and dispensing of food that has been shredded to such degree that all particles will be carried freely in suspension under the flow conditions normally prevailing in public sewers with no particle greater than 1/2 inch in any dimension.
IMPROVED PROPERTY
Any property within the sewered area upon which there is erected a structure intended for continuous or periodic habitation, occupancy or use by human beings and from which structure sanitary sewage and/or industrial wastes shall be or may be discharged.
INDUSTRIAL WASTES
Any solid, liquid or gaseous substance discharged, permitted to flow or escaping in the course of any industrial, manufacturing, trade, or business process or in the course of the development, recovery or processing of natural resources, as distinct from sanitary sewage.
MAY
permissible.
OWNER
Any person vested with ownership, legal or equitable, sole or partial, or any property located in the sewered area.
PARTS PER MILLION (PPM)
A weight-to-weight ratio; the parts per million value multiplied by the factor 8.345 shall be equivalent to pounds per million gallons of water.
PERSON
Any individual, partnership, company, association, society, corporation or other group or entity.
PH
The logarithm (base 10) of the reciprocal of the weight of hydrogen ions, expressed in grams per liter of solution, and indicates the degree of acidity or alkalinity of a substance.
SANITARY SEWAGE
Normal water-carried household and toilet wastes from any improved property.
SANITARY SEWER
A sewer that conveys sewage or industrial wastes or a combination of both, and into which storm, surface, and ground waters or unpolluted industrial wastes are not intentionally admitted.
SERVICE LATERAL
That part of the sewer system from the collection sewer to the curb line or right-of-way line.
SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT
The Doylestown Borough facilities operated for such purpose by the Borough to which the sewer system is to be connected.
SEWER
Any pipe or conduit constituting a part of the sanitary sewer system used or usable for sewage collection purposes and to which ground, surface and storm water is not intentionally admitted.
SEWER SYSTEM
All facilities, as of any particular time for collecting, pumping, treating and disposing of sanitary sewage and industrial wastes, situated in the sewered area and owned and/or operated by the Borough.
SEWERED AREA
The Borough.
SHALL
Mandatory.
SLUG
Any discharge of water, sewage or industrial waste which, in concentration of any given constituent or in quantity of flow, exceeds for any period of longer duration than 15 minutes, more than five times its average hourly concentration or flow.
STANDARD METHODS
The examination and analytical procedures set forth in the most recent edition of "Standard Methods for the Examination of Water, Sewage, and Industrial Wastes," published jointly by the American Public Health Association, the American Water Works Association and the Water Pollution Control Federation.
STORM SEWER
A sewer that carries storm, surface and ground water drainage but excludes sewage and industrial wastes.
STREET
Any street, highway, road, lane, court, alley and public square.
SUSPENDED SOLIDS
Solids that either float on the surface of or are in suspension in water, sewage or other liquids and which are removable by laboratory filtration. The standard laboratory procedure shall be that found in the latest edition of "Standard Methods".
TOXIC SUBSTANCE
Any poisonous substance, including copper, cyanide and chromium ions.
UNPOLLUTED WATER OR LIQUIDS
Any water or liquid containing none of the following: free of emulsified grease or oil; acids or alkalis, substances that may impart taste-and-odor or color characteristics; toxic or poisonous substances in suspension, colloidal state or solution, odorous or otherwise obnoxious gases. It shall contain not more than 1,000 parts per million by weight of dissolved solids, and not more than five parts per million each of suspended solids or biochemical oxygen demand. Analytical determinations shall be made in accordance with procedures set forth in "Standard Methods".
[Ord. 1977-12, 10/17/1977, § 103]
It shall be unlawful for any person to place, deposit, or permit to be deposited in an unsanitary manner upon public or private property within the Borough, or in any area under the jurisdiction of said Borough any human excrement, garbage, or other objectionable waste.
[Ord. 1977-12, 10/17/1977, § 104]
It shall be unlawful to discharge to any creek, stream or other area which may be continuously or from time to time carry a natural flow of surface or sub-surface water within the Borough or in any area under the jurisdiction of said Borough, any sanitary sewage, industrial wastes, or other polluted waters, except where suitable treatment has been provided in accordance with subsequent provisions of this code and any applicable laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania relating to sewage and industrial waste.
[Ord. 1977-12, 10/17/1977, § 105]
1. 
Notice.
A. 
Whenever any sewer constituting a branch or extension of the Borough sanitary sewer system has been completed and is ready for public use, it shall be the duty of the Borough to cause a printed or written notice of the completion of such sewer to be served in the manner hereinafter provided on the owner as defined in § 105.2.C.
B. 
Such notice in each instance to state that it is the duty of such owners to cause buildings erected on their premises requiring sewage drainage to be connected therewith at their own expense and subject to the payment of the annual sewer rental for the use of the same, and subject to the payment of the tapping fee required by § 308.
2. 
Duty to Connect.
A. 
It shall be the duty of every owner, as defined in subparagraph C, hereof of existing premises to cause each old or new building erected thereon requiring sewage drainage to be separately connected to the Borough sewer within 60 days from the time of the receipt of the aforesaid notice.
B. 
If a new building is erected on any premises the duty to connect shall arise upon completion of said building and must be completed within 60 days of said completion.
C. 
Owner, for the purpose of § 105 shall mean the owner or owners of any type of building or structure which contains sewage facilities.
D. 
If at any time the Borough shall deem it necessary for the public health to require that any building erected on premises abutting on, adjoining, or adjacent to any Borough sewer, wheresoever any such building may be located on such premises, shall be connected with such sewer, it shall cause to be served upon the owner or owners of any such building, in the manner hereinafter provided, a copy of this code and a printed or written notice directing that the necessary connections be made within 60 days from the date of its service.
3. 
Failure to Connect. If any owner of premises situate along the line of a Borough sewer shall fail to heed the notice, the Borough shall cause the necessary connections to be made, and, upon completion of the work for the same shall render a bill covering the cost of said work to the owner of such premises. All such bills shall contain a notice that, if bills are not paid within 60 days after date thereof, the same shall be collected in the manner provided by law.
4. 
Obtaining Permit to Connect. No person shall uncover, connect with, make any opening into or use, alter or disturb, in any manner, any sewer or sewer system without first obtaining written permission from the Borough. Such permission will be issued to owners required to connect to a borough collection sewer by this code. The improved property owner shall apply to the Borough for the required permit, stating his desire and intention to connect to the sewer system and noting the type of existing facilities to be abandoned. At least 24 hours notice prior to the connection shall be given the Borough so arrangements can be made to inspect and test the connection works. (See also §§ 302, 304 and 309, 310.)
[Ord. 1977-12, 10/17/1977, § 106]
Any person violating any of the provisions of this code shall become liable to the Borough for any expense, loss or damage occasioned to the Borough by reason of such violation.
[Ord. 1977-12, 10/17/1977, § 107]
Each property owner shall give the Borough written notice of any change of ownership of any improved property.
[Ord. 1977-12, 10/17/1977, § 108]
Where pursuant to the provisions of this code, the owner of improved property is required by the Borough to install sewage facilities in quantities, sizes and/or capacities in excess of the minimum requirements as provided in this code; the owner of said improved property shall be responsible for all costs incident to the construction, installation and connection of such facilities; provided that the Borough shall be responsible for, but only for, that portion of the costs of such construction, installation and connection which would not have been incurred by the owner had the owner not been required to install sewage facilities in quantities, sizes and/or capacities in excess of the minimum requirements as provided for in this code; but provided further, that the Borough shall not be responsible for costs incident to any requirements for sewage facilities in excess of the minimum requirements, where such excess was necessary in order to accommodate the larger sewage disposal needs of a building or buildings erected on a particular property.
[Ord. 1977-12, 10/17/1977, § 109]
If any person shall fail or refuse, upon receipt of written notice of the Borough, to remedy any unsatisfactory conditions or violations of this code within 60 days of receipt of such notice, the Borough may refuse to permit such person to discharge sanitary sewage and industrial wastes into the sewer system until such unsatisfactory condition shall have been remedied to the satisfaction of the Borough or consulting engineer.
[Ord. 1977-12, 10/17/1977, § 110]
In order to prevent discharge into the sewer system of wastes, the discharge of which is in violation of the provisions of this code or which may be deemed by the Borough to be harmful to the sewer system or to have a deleterious effect on sewage treatment process, or to have a deleterious effect on the public health, welfare or safety, the Borough shall refuse to any person the privilege of connection of any improved property to a sewer, or to compel discontinuance of use of a sewer by any person, or to compel the pretreatment of industrial and harmful wastes.
[Ord. 1977-12, 10/17/1977, § 111]
1. 
The Borough shall not be liable for any damages, expenses, costs, or other injury resulting from leaks, stoppages or defective plumbing, or from any other cause occurring to any premise or within any house or building.
2. 
The Borough shall not be liable for any breaking, stoppage or any damage or expense to any service lateral or building sewer, where the cause thereof is found to be in the building sewer or service lateral.
3. 
The Borough shall not be liable for any costs, damages, expenses or other injury caused or occasioned by or in connection with a deficiency or failure of service when occasioned by an emergency, required repairs, or failure from any cause beyond control.
[Ord. 1977-12, 10/17/1977, § 112]
The Borough will furnish sewage service only in accordance with the prevailing, and as hereafter revised, Sewer Code of the Borough, which Sewer Code is made a part of every application, permit and contract entered into between the property owner or customer and the Borough.
The Borough hereby reserves the right, so often as it may deem necessary, to alter, amend and/or repeal the Sewer Codes in part or in whole, to substitute new Sewer Codes which altered and/or amended new Sewer Code shall forthwith, after due notice, become and thereafter be a part of every application, permit and contract for sewage service in effect at the time of such alteration, amendment and/or adoption.