[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Charleroi as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Tapping Fees
Article II Sewer Use
[Adopted 1-11-1996 by Ord. No. 901]
There will be a charge of $500 for a tapping fee whenever the owner of any property connects such property with a sanitary sewer system constructed or acquired by the Borough of Charleroi.
Said tapping fee shall be in addition to any charges assessed and collected against such property in the construction or acquisition of such sanitary sewer by the Borough of Charleroi.
Whenever a sanitary sewer system or any part or extension thereof, owned by the Borough of Charleroi, has been constructed by the Borough of Charleroi at the expense of a private person or corporation or has been constructed by a private person or corporation under the supervision of the Borough of Charleroi at the expense of the private person or corporation, the Borough of Charleroi shall charge a tapping fee as set forth in § 268-1 and refund said tapping fee or any part thereof to the person or corporation who has paid for the construction of said sanitary sewer system or any part or extension thereof. The total of said refunds shall never exceed the cost of said system or any part or extension thereof to the person or corporation paying for the construction thereof.
In any case where the property connected or to be connected with the sanitary sewer system of Charleroi Borough is not equipped with a water meter, the Borough of Charleroi may install such a meter at its own cost and expense. If the property is supplied with water from the facilities of a public water supply agency, the Borough of Charleroi shall not install such meter without the consent and approval of the public water supply agency.
The tapping fee referenced in § 268-1 of this article shall only apply to newly constructed property.
[Adopted 10-10-2002 by Ord. No. 944]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- BOROUGH and/or AUTHORITY
- The Borough of Charleroi and/or the Authority of the Borough of Charleroi.
- CAPACITY-RELATED FACILITIES
- As used in the article, shall mean components of the sanitary sewer system relating to treatment, transmission, trunk, interceptors and mains, sludge treatment or disposal, interconnection or other general system facilities. As used herein, "capacity-related facilities" may include those such facilities that provide existing service and/or those that will provide future service.
- COLLECTION FACILITIES
- As used in this article, shall mean components of the sanitary sewer system related to the provision of collection services, including but not limited to, mains and pumping stations. As used herein, "collection facilities" may include those such facilities that provide existing service and/or those that will provide future service.
- COMMERCIAL USER
- Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, all retail stores, restaurants, office buildings, laundries, and other private business and service establishments of any kind or nature, except those which are industrial users, single family residential users, institutional users or government, public schools and university users, as those terms are defined herein.
- The United States Environmental Protection Agency.
- EXISTING FACILITIES
- Those facilities which comprise part of the sanitary sewer system as of the effective date of this article.
- The solid animal and vegetable wastes resulting from the domestic or commercial handling, storage, dispensing, preparation, cooking, and serving of food.
- GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC SCHOOLS
- Includes legislative, judicial, administrative and regulatory activities of the Federal, State and local governments, agencies and authorities and similar users, and public schools and universities, which are users of the Borough of Charleroi's public wastewater system.
- INDUSTRIAL USER
- Includes any user of the publicly owned treatment works and/or sewerage system which is identified in the Standard Industrial Classification Manual, 1972, Office of Management and Budget, as amended and supplemented, under the following divisions: Division A - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; Division B - Mining; Division D - Manufacturing; Division E - Transportation, Communications, Electric, Gas and Sanitary; and Division I - Services. As used herein, "industrial user" shall also include any user who/which discharges wastewater containing toxic or poisonous substances or any substance(s) which cause(s) interference in wastewater facilities.
- INSTITUTIONAL USER
- Includes social, charitable and religious activities and organizations such as churches, hospitals, nursing homes, penal institutions and similar users.
- Inhibition or disruption of any sewer system, wastewater treatment process, sludge disposal system, or their operation, which substantially contributes to a violation of applicable discharge permits.
- MULTIFAMILY DWELLING/MULTIUNIT DWELLING
- Includes any apartment, apartment houses, doublehouses, townhouses, garden apartments, condominiums, hotels, motels, rooming houses, boarding houses, high rise dwellings, and similar buildings that are rented out to the public and/or provides lodging for the public.
- NATURAL OUTLET
- Any outlet into a watercourse, pond, ditch, lake, or any other body of surface or groundwater.
- NONRESIDENTIAL USE
- Any use other than a single family residential use or government and public schools.
- National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit program, whether administered by the EPA or by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
- The person or persons who legally own, lease, or occupy property with building sewers which discharge, or will discharge into the Borough and/or Authority's wastewater system.
- Any individual, firm, company, association, society, partnership, corporation, municipality, or other similar organization, agency, or group.
- The logarithm of the reciprocal of the hydrogen ion concentration expressed in grams per liter of solution as determined by Standard Methods.
- The reduction of the amount of pollutants, the elimination of pollutants, or the alteration of the nature of pollutant properties in the wastewater prior to discharge to the wastewater system.
- SANITARY WASTEWATER
- Includes wastewater discharged from the sanitary conveniences of dwellings, office buildings, industrial plants, or institutions.
- The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
- STORM SEWER
- A sewer for conveying storm and surface waters, which are not intended to be transported to a treatment facility.
- A combination of liquid and water-carried wastes from residences, commercial buildings, industries, and institutions, together with any groundwater, surface water, or stormwater infiltration that may be present.
- WASTEWATER (SANITARY SEWERAGE) SYSTEM
- Any devices and systems for the collection, transmission, storage, treatment, recycling and reclamation of municipal sewage, domestic sewage or liquid industrial wastes. These include intercepting sewers, outfall sewers, sewage collection systems, pumping, power and other equipment, treatment works and their appurtenances, extensions, improvements, remodeling, additions and alterations thereof, elements essential to provide a reliable recycled supply such as standby treatment units and clear well facilities; and any works including site acquisition of the land that will be an integral part of any treatment process or is used for ultimate disposal of residues resulting from such treatment (including land for composting sludge, temporary storage of such compost and land used for the storage of treated wastewater in land treatment systems before land application), or any other method or system for preventing, abating, reducing, storing, treating, separating or disposing of, municipal waste or industrial waste, including waste in combined stormwater and sanitary sewer systems.
- WASTEWATER FACILITY
- The combination of the wastewater sewers and treatment facilities.
- WASTEWATER TREATMENT SYSTEM
- The structures, processes, equipment and arrangements necessary to treat and discharge wastewater.
All discharge of stormwater, surface water, groundwater, roof runoff, subsurface drainage, or other waters not intended to be treated in the treatment facility shall be made to storm sewers or natural outlets designed for such discharge. Any connections, drain or arrangements which would permit any such waters to enter the Borough's public wastewater system shall be deemed to be in violation of this article.
No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged to any part of the Borough and/or Authority's wastewater system any substances, materials, waters, or wastes in such quantities or concentrations which will:
Create a fire or explosion hazard including, but not limited to, gasoline, benzene, naphtha, fuel oil, or other flammable or explosive liquid, solid, or gas;
Cause corrosive damage or hazard to structures, equipment, or personnel of the wastewater system, but in no case discharges with the following properties.
Cause obstruction to the flow in sewers, or other interference with the operation of the Sanitary sewer system due to accumulation of solid or viscous materials;
Constitute a rate of discharge or substantial deviation from normal rates of discharges ("slug discharge"), sufficient to cause interference in the operation and performance of the Sanitary sewer system.
Contain heat in amounts which will accelerate the biodegradation of wastes, causing the formation of excessive amounts of hydrogen sulfide in the wastewater sewer or inhibit biological activity in the wastewater treatment facilities, but in no case shall the discharge of heat cause the temperature of the wastewater sewer to exceed 65° C. (150° F.) or the temperature of the influent to the treatment facilities to exceed 40° C. (104° F.) unless the facilities can accommodate such heat;
Contain more than 100 milligrams per liter of nonbiodegradable oils of mineral or petroleum original;
Contain floatable oils, fat, or grease, except for domestic kitchen use;
Contain noxious, malodorous gas or substance which is present in quantities that create a public nuisance or a hazard to life;
Contain radioactive or other toxic wastes in harmful quantities as defined by applicable state and federal regulations;
Contain any garbage that has not been properly shredded;
Contain any odor- or color-producing substances exceeding concentration limits which may be established by the Borough and/or Authority for purposes of meeting the applicable NPDES.
If, in establishing discharge restrictions, discharge limits, or pretreatment standards pursuant to this article, the Borough and/or Authority establish concentration limits to be met by an industrial user, the Borough and/or Authority in lieu of concentration limits, shall establish mass limits of comparable stringency for an individual industrial user at the request of such user.
No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged to the sanitary sewer system wastewaters containing substances subject to an applicable Federal Categorical Pretreatment Standard promulgated by EPA in excess of the quantity prescribed in such applicable pretreatment standards except as otherwise provided in this section. Compliance with such applicable pretreatment standards shall be within three years of the date the standard is promulgated; provided, however, compliance with a categorical pretreatment standard for new sources shall be required upon promulgation.
Upon application by a multifamily dwelling/multiuser dwelling/nonresidential, industrial user (as that term is defined herein), the Borough and/or Authority shall revise any limitations on substances specified in the applicable pretreatment standards to reflect removal of the substances by the wastewater treatment facility. The revised discharge limit for specified substances shall be derived in accordance with federal law.
Upon application by a multifamily dwelling/multiunit dwelling/nonresidential, industrial user (as that term is defined herein), the Borough and/or Authority shall adjust any limitation on substances specified in the applicable pretreatment standards to consider factors relating to such user which are fundamentally different from the factors considered by the Borough in the development of the pretreatment standard. Requests for and determinations of a fundamentally different adjustment shall be in accordance with federal law.
The Borough and/or Authority shall notify any multifamily dwelling/multiunit dwelling/nonresidential, industrial user (as that term is defined herein) affected by the provisions of this article and establish an enforceable compliance schedule for each.
If the drainage from any establishment causes a deposit, obstruction, or damage to any part of the sanitary sewer system, the Borough and/or Authority shall cause the deposit or obstruction to be promptly removed or cause the damage to be promptly repaired. The cost for such work, including materials, labor, and supervision, shall be borne by the person causing such deposit, obstruction, or damage.
No person shall maliciously, willfully, or negligently break, damage, destroy, uncover, deface, or tamper with any structure, appurtenance or equipment which is a part of the Borough and/or Authority's wastewater facilities. Any person who violates this section shall be prosecuted to the full extent of the law under the Crimes Code, 18 Pa.C.S.A § 3304.
Public notice shall be given in accordance with applicable provisions of the Borough Code, 8 Pa.C.S.A. § 3301.1 et seq., other Borough ordinances, and state and federal law, prior to adoption of any amendments of this article.
Penalties shall be as set forth in Chapter 1, Article II, Enforcement; General Penalty, of this Code.
This article shall become effective on October 10, 2002.