City of Eldon, MO
Miller County
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Table of Contents
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Section 710.010 Definitions.

Section 710.020 Human and Animal Waste.

Section 710.030 Discharging Sewage or Polluted Waters.

Section 710.040 Unlawful To Construct Septic Tank or Cesspool.

Section 710.050 Owners Shall Connect To Public Sewer.

Section 710.060 Connection To Private Sewage Disposal System.

Section 710.070 Permit Fee Required.

Section 710.080 Installation Inspection.

Section 710.090 Private Sewage Disposal System Shall Meet Recommendations.

Section 710.100 Private Sewer Must Connect To Available Public Sewer.

Section 710.110 Owner To Maintain Private Sewer.

Section 710.120 Additional Requirements.

Section 710.130 Public Sewer Available.

Section 710.140 Permit To Disturb Public Sewer.

Section 710.150 Classes of Building Sewer Permits.

Section 710.160 Costs of Installation.

Section 710.170 Separate Sewer For Each Building.

Section 710.180 Old Sewers.

Section 710.190 Construction Materials To Conform To Requirements.

Section 710.200 Elevation of Sewer.

Section 710.210 Connection of Drains To Public Sewer Prohibited.

Section 710.220 Connection of Building Sewer To Public Sewer.

Section 710.230 Applicant For Permit To Notify When Ready For Inspection.

Section 710.240 Excavations To Be Guarded.

Section 710.250 Discharge of Certain Types of Wastewater Prohibited.

Section 710.260 Stormwater Discharged To Certain Sewers.

Section 710.270 Discharge of Certain Waters Prohibited.

Section 710.280 Discharge of Certain Substances Prohibited.

Section 710.290 Action Upon Discharge of Prohibited Wastes.

Section 710.300 Interceptors Provided.

Section 710.310 Maintenance of Preliminary Treatment Facilities.

Section 710.320 Control Manhole.

Section 710.330 Tests of Waters and Wastes Shall Meet Requirements.

Section 710.340 Special Arrangement For Discharging Wastes.

Section 710.350 Vandalism.

Section 710.360 Inspector and Employees Permitted To Enter All Properties.

Section 710.370 Inspector and Employees To Observe Safety Rules.

Section 710.380 Inspector and Employees Permitted To Enter.

Section 710.390 Notice of Violation.

Section 710.400 Violators Liable To City.

Section 710.010 Definitions.

[CC 1988 §20.010]
Unless the context specifically indicates otherwise, the meaning of terms used in this Chapter shall be as follows:
BOD (DENOTING BIOCHEMICAL OXYGEN DEMAND)
The quantity of oxygen utilized in the biochemical oxidation of organic matter under standard laboratory procedure in five (5) days at 20 degrees Celsius (20°C), expressed in milligrams per liter.
BUILDING DRAIN
That part of the lowest horizontal piping of a drainage system which receives the discharge from soil, waste and other drainage pipes inside the walls of the building and conveys it to the building sewer, beginning two (2) feet (.6 meters) outside the inner face of the building wall.
BUILDING SEWER
The extension from the building drain to the public sewer or other place of disposal.
COMBINED SEWER
A sewer receiving both surface runoff and sewage.
GARBAGE
Solid wastes from the domestic and commercial preparation, cooking and dispensing of food and from the handling, storage and sale of produce.
INDUSTRIAL WASTES
The liquid wastes from industrial manufacturing processes, trade or business as distinct from sanitary sewage.
INSPECTOR
The Code Enforcement Officer of the City of Eldon or his/her authorized deputy, agent or representative.
NATURAL OUTLET
Any outlet into a watercourse, pond, ditch, lake, or other body of surface or ground water.
PERSON
Any individual, firm, company, association, society, corporation or group.
pH
The logarithm of the reciprocal of the weight of hydrogen ions in grams per liter of solution.
PROPERLY SHREDDED GARBAGE
The wastes from the preparation, cooking and dispensing of food that have been shredded to such a degree that all particles will be carried freely under the flow conditions normally prevailing in public sewers, with no particle greater than one-half (½) inch (1.27 centimeters) in any dimension.
PUBLIC SEWER
A sewer in which all owners of abutting properties have equal rights and is controlled by public authority.
SANITARY SEWER
A sewer which carries sewage and to which storm, surface and ground waters are not intentionally admitted.
SEWAGE
A combination of the water-carried wastes from residences, business buildings, institutions and industrial establishments, together with such ground, surface and stormwaters as may be present.
SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT
Any arrangement of devices and structures used for treating sewage.
SEWAGE WORKS
All facilities for collecting, pumping, treating and disposing of sewage.
SEWER
A pipe or conduit for carrying sewage.
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 duration longer than fifteen (15) minutes more than five (5) times the average twenty-four (24) hour concentration or flows during normal operation.
STORM DRAIN (SOMETIMES TERMED "STORM SEWER")
A sewer which carries storm and surface waters and drainage, but excludes sewage and industrial wastes, other than unpolluted cooling water.
SUPERINTENDENT
The Superintendent of Water and Wastewater of the City of Eldon or his/her authorized deputy, agent or representative.
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 filtering.
WATERCOURSE
A channel in which a flow of water occurs, either continuously or intermittently.

Section 710.020 Human and Animal Waste.

[CC 1988 §20.020]
It shall be unlawful for any person to place, deposit or permit to be deposited in any unsanitary manner on public or private property within the City of Eldon or in any area under the jurisdiction of said City any human or animal excrement, garbage or other objectionable waste.

Section 710.030 Discharging Sewage or Polluted Waters.

[CC 1988 §20.030]
It shall be unlawful to discharge to any natural outlet within the City of Eldon, or in any area under the jurisdiction of said City, any sewage or other polluted waters, except where suitable treatment has been provided in accordance with subsequent provisions of this Chapter.

Section 710.040 Unlawful To Construct Septic Tank or Cesspool.

[CC 1988 §20.040]
Except as hereinafter provided, it shall be unlawful to construct or maintain any privy, privy vault or septic tank, cesspool or other facility intended or used for the disposal of sewage.

Section 710.050 Owners Shall Connect To Public Sewer.

[CC 1988 §20.050]
The owner of all houses, buildings or properties used for human employment, recreation or other purposes situated within said City and abutting on any street, alley or right-of-way in which there is now located or may in the future be located a public sanitary or combined sewer of the City of Eldon is hereby required at his/her expense to install suitable toilet facilities therein and to connect such facilities of this Chapter within thirty (30) days after date of official notice to do so, provided that an accessible public sewer is within two hundred (200) feet of the property line.

Section 710.060 Connection To Private Sewage Disposal System.

[CC 1988 §20.060]
Where a public sanitary or combined sewer is not available under the provisions of Section 710.050, the building sewer shall be connected to a private sewage disposal system complying with the provisions of this Chapter.

Section 710.070 Permit Fee Required.

[CC 1988 §20.070]
Before commencement of construction of a private sewage disposal system, the owner shall first obtain a written permit signed by the inspector. The application for such permit shall be made on a form furnished by the City, which the applicant shall supplement by any plans, specifications and other information as are deemed necessary by the inspector. A permit and inspection fee of twenty dollars ($20.00) shall be paid to the City at the time the application is filed.

Section 710.080 Installation Inspection.

[CC 1988 §20.080]
A permit for a private sewage disposal system shall not become effective until the installation is completed to the satisfaction of the inspector. He/she shall be allowed to inspect the work at any stage of construction and, in any event, the applicant for the permit shall notify the inspector when the work is ready for final inspection and before any underground portions are covered. The inspection shall be made within twenty-four (24) hours of the receipt of notice by the inspector.

Section 710.090 Private Sewage Disposal System Shall Meet Recommendations.

[CC 1988 §20.090]
The type, capacities, location and layout of a private sewage disposal system shall comply with all recommendations of the Department of Public Health of the State of Missouri. No permit shall be issued for any private sewage disposal system employing subsurface soil absorption facilities where the area of the lot is less than the are required after percolation tests are made. No septic tank or cesspool shall be permitted to discharge to any natural outlet.

Section 710.100 Private Sewer Must Connect To Available Public Sewer.

[CC 1988 §20.100]
At such time as a public sewer becomes available to a property served by a private sewage disposal system as provided in Section 710.090, a direct connection shall be made to the public sewer in compliance with this Chapter and any septic tanks, cesspools and similar private sewage disposal facilities shall be abandoned and filled with suitable materials.

Section 710.110 Owner To Maintain Private Sewer.

[CC 1988 §20.110]
The owner of a private sewage disposal facility shall operate and maintain said facility in a sanitary manner at all times at no expense to the City of Eldon.

Section 710.120 Additional Requirements.

[CC 1988 §20.120]
No statement contained in this Chapter shall be construed to interfere with any additional requirements that may be imposed by any Public Health Officer.

Section 710.130 Public Sewer Available.

[CC 1988 §20.130]
When a public sewer becomes available, the building sewer shall be connected to said sewer within sixty (60) days and the private sewage disposal system shall be cleaned of sludge and filled with clean bank-run, gravel or dirt.

Section 710.140 Permit To Disturb Public Sewer.

[CC 1988 §20.140]
No unauthorized person shall uncover, make any connections with or opening into, use, alter or disturb any public sewer or appurtenance thereof without first obtaining a written permit from the inspector.

Section 710.150 Classes of Building Sewer Permits.

[CC 1988 §20.150]
A. 
There shall be two (2) classes of building sewer permits:
1. 
For residential and commercial service; and
2. 
For service to establishments producing industrial wastes.
B. 
In either case, the owner or his/her agent shall make application on a special form furnished by the City. The permit application shall be supplemented by any plans, specifications or other information considered pertinent in the judgment of the inspector. A permit and inspection fee of twenty dollars ($20.00) for a residential or commercial building sewer permit and fifty dollars ($50.00) for an industrial building sewer permit shall be paid to the City at the time the application is filed.

Section 710.160 Costs of Installation.

[CC 1988 §20.160]
All costs and expenses incident to the installation and connection of the building sewer shall be borne by the owner. The owner shall indemnify the City from any loss or damage that may directly or indirectly be occasioned by the installation of the building sewer.

Section 710.170 Separate Sewer For Each Building.

[CC 1988 §20.170]
A separate and independent building sewer shall be provided for every building, except where one (1) building stands at the rear of another on an interior lot and no private sewer is available or can be constricted to the rear building through an adjoining alley, courtyard or driveway, the building sewer from the front building may be extended to the rear building and the whole considered as one (1) building sewer.

Section 710.180 Old Sewers.

[CC 1988 §20.180]
Old building sewers may be used in connection with new buildings only when they are found, on examination and test by the inspector, to meet all requirements of this Chapter.

Section 710.190 Construction Materials To Conform To Requirements.

[CC 1988 §20.190]
The size, slope, alignment, materials of construction of a building sewer, and the methods to be used in excavating, placing of the pipe, jointing, testing and backfilling the trench shall all conform to the requirements of the Building and Plumbing Code or other applicable rules and regulations of the City. In the absence of code provisions or in amplification thereof, the materials and procedures set forth in appropriate specifications of the A.S.T.M. and W.P.C.F. Manual of Practice No. 9 shall apply.

Section 710.200 Elevation of Sewer.

[CC 1988 §20.200]
Whenever possible, the building sewer shall be brought to the building at an elevation below the basement floor. In all building in which any building drain is too low to permit gravity flow to the public sewer, sanitary sewage carried by such building drain shall be lifted by an approved means and discharged to the building sewer.

Section 710.210 Connection of Drains To Public Sewer Prohibited.

[CC 1988 §20.210]
No person shall make connection of roof downspouts, interior and exterior foundation drains, areaway drains, or other sources of surface runoff or ground water to a building sewer or building drain which in turn is connected directly or indirectly to a public sanitary sewer.

Section 710.220 Connection of Building Sewer To Public Sewer.

[CC 1988 §20.220]
The connection of the building sewer into the public sewer shall conform to the requirements of the Building and Plumbing Code or other applicable rules and regulations of the City or the procedures set forth in appropriate specifications of the A.S.T.M. and the W.P.C.F. Manual of Practice No. 9. All such connections shall be made gastight and watertight. Any deviation from the prescribed procedures and materials must be approved by the inspector before installation.

Section 710.230 Applicant For Permit To Notify When Ready For Inspection.

[CC 1988 §20.230]
The applicant for the building sewer permit shall notify the inspector when the building sewer is ready for inspection and connection to the public sewer. The connection shall be made under the supervision of the inspector or his/her representatives.

Section 710.240 Excavations To Be Guarded.

[CC 1988 §20.240]
All excavations for building sewer installation shall be adequately guarded with barricades and lights so as to protect the public from hazard. Streets, sidewalks, parkways and other public property disturbed in the course of the work shall be restored in a manner satisfactory to the City.

Section 710.250 Discharge of Certain Types of Wastewater Prohibited.

[CC 1988 §20.250]
No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged any stormwater, surface water, ground water, roof runoff subsurface drainage, including interior and exterior foundation drains, uncontaminated cooling water, or unpolluted industrial process waters to any sanitary sewer.

Section 710.260 Stormwater Discharged To Certain Sewers.

[CC 1988 §20.260]
Stormwater and all other unpolluted drainage shall be discharged to such sewers as are specifically designated as combined sewers or storm sewers or to a natural outlet approved by the Superintendent. Industrial cooling water or unpolluted process waters may be discharged on approval of the Superintendent to a storm sewer, combined sewer or natural outlet.

Section 710.270 Discharge of Certain Waters Prohibited.

[CC 1988 §20.270]
A. 
No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged any of the following described waters or wastes to any public sewers:
1. 
Any gasoline, benzene, naphtha, fuel oil, or other flammable or explosive liquid, solid or gas.
2. 
Any waters or wastes containing toxic or poisonous solids liquids, or gases in sufficient quantity, either singly or by interaction with other wastes, to injure or interfere with any sewage treatment process, constitute a hazard to humans or animals, create a public nuisance, or create any hazard in the receiving waters of the sewage treatment plant including, but not limited to, cyanides in excess of two (2) mg/l as CN in the wastes as discharged to the public sewer.
3. 
Any waters or wastes having a pH lower than 5.5 or having any other corrosive property capable of causing damage or hazard to structures, equipment and personnel of the sewage works.
4. 
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, ash, 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.

Section 710.280 Discharge of Certain Substances Prohibited.

[CC 1988 §20.280]
A. 
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 Superintendent 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 his/her opinion as to the acceptability of these waters, the Superintendent 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:
1. 
Any liquid or vapor having a temperature higher than one hundred fifty degrees Fahrenheit (150°F) (sixty-five degrees Centigrade (65°C)).
2. 
Any water or wastes containing fats, gas, grease or oils, whether emulsified or not, in excess of one hundred (100) mg/l or containing substances which may solidify or become viscous at temperatures between thirty-two degrees Fahrenheit (32°F) and one hundred fifty degrees Fahrenheit (150°F) (zero to sixty-five degrees Centigrade (0°C to 65°C)).
3. 
Any garbage that has not been properly shredded. The installation and operation of any garbage grinder equipped with a motor of three-fourths (¾) horsepower (0.76 hp metric) or greater shall be subject to the review and approval of the Superintendent.
4. 
Any waters or wastes containing strong acid iron picking wastes or concentrated plating solutions whether neutralized or not.
5. 
Any waters or wastes containing iron, chromium, copper, zinc, and similar objectionable or toxic substances; or wastes exerting an excessive chlorine requirement to such degree that any such material received in the composite sewage at the sewage treatment works exceeds the limits established by the Superintendent for such materials.
6. 
Any waters or wastes containing phenols or other taste- or odor-producing substances in such concentrations exceeding limits which may be established by the Superintendent as necessary, after treatment of the composite sewage, to meet the requirements of State, Federal or other public agencies of jurisdiction for such discharge to the receiving waters.
7. 
Any radioactive wastes or isotopes of such half-life or concentration as may exceed limits established by the Superintendent in compliance with applicable State or Federal regulations.
8. 
Any waters or wastes having a pH in excess of 9.5.
9. 
Materials which exert or cause:
a. 
Unusual concentrations of inert suspended solids (such as, but not limited to, Fuller's earth, lime slurries and lime residues) or of dissolved solids (such as, but not limited to, sodium chloride or sodium sulfate).
b. 
Excessive discoloration (such as, but not limited to, dye wastes and vegetable tanning solutions).
c. 
Unusual BOD, chemical oxygen demand, or chlorine requirements in such quantities as to constitute a significant load on the sewage treatment works.
d. 
Unusual volume of flow or concentration of wastes constituting "slugs" as defined herein.
10. 
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.
11. 
Any waters or wastes having:
a. 
A five (5) day BOD greater than three hundred (300) parts per million by weight, or
b. 
Containing more than three hundred fifty (350) parts per million by weight of suspended solids, or
c. 
Having an average daily flow greater than two percent (2%) of the average sewage flow of the City shall be subject to the review of the Superintendent.
12. 
Where necessary in the opinion of the Superintendent, the owner shall provide, at his/her expense, such preliminary treatment as may be necessary to:
a. 
Reduce the biochemical oxygen demand to three hundred (300) parts per million by weight, or
b. 
Reduce the suspended solids to three hundred fifty (350) parts per million by weight, or
c. 
Control the quantities and rates of discharge of such waters or wastes.
13. 
Plans, specifications and any other pertinent information relating to proposed preliminary treatment facilities shall be submitted for the approval of the Superintendent and no construction of such facilities shall be commenced until said approvals are obtained in writing.

Section 710.290 Action Upon Discharge of Prohibited Wastes.

[CC 1988 §20.290]
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 Section 710.280, and which in the judgment of the Superintendent may have a deleterious effect upon the sewage works, processes, equipment or receiving waters, or which otherwise create a hazard to life to constitute a public nuisance, the Superintendent 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, and/or
4. 
Require payment to cover the added cost of handling and treating the wastes not covered by existing taxes or sewer charges under the provisions of Section 710.340.
B. 
If the Superintendent 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 Superintendent and subject to the requirements of all applicable codes, ordinances and laws.

Section 710.300 Interceptors Provided.

[CC 1988 §20.300]
Grease, oil and sand interceptors shall be provided when, in the opinion of the Superintendent, they are necessary for the proper handling of liquid wastes containing grease in excessive amounts or any flammable wastes, sand or other harmful ingredients; except that such interceptors shall not be required for private living quarters or dwelling units. All interceptors shall be of a type and capacity approved by the Superintendent and shall be located as to be readily and easily accessible for cleaning and inspecting.

Section 710.310 Maintenance of Preliminary Treatment Facilities.

[CC 1988 §20.310]
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.

Section 710.320 Control Manhole.

[CC 1988 §20.320]
When required by the Superintendent, 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 accessibly and safely located and shall be constructed in accordance with plans approved by the Superintendent. 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.

Section 710.330 Tests of Waters and Wastes Shall Meet Requirements.

[CC 1988 §20.330]
All measurements, tests and analyses of the characteristics of waters and wastes to which reference is made in this Chapter 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 said 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. Sampling shall be carried out by customarily accepted methods to reflect the effect of constituents upon the sewage works and to determine the existence of hazards to life, limb and property. (The particular analyses involved will determine whether a twenty-four (24) hour composite of all outfalls of a premise is appropriate or whether a grab sample or samples should be taken. Normally, but not always, BOD and suspended solids analyses are obtained from twenty-four (24) hour composites of all outfalls whereas pHs are determined from periodic grab samples.)

Section 710.340 Special Arrangement For Discharging Wastes.

[CC 1988 §20.340]
No statement contained in this Chapter shall be construed as preventing any special agreement or arrangement between the City and any industrial concern whereby an industrial waste of unusual strength or character may be accepted by the City for treatment, subject to payment therefore by the industrial concern.

Section 710.350 Vandalism.

[CC 1988 §20.350]
No unauthorized person shall maliciously, willfully or negligently break, damage, destroy, uncover, deface or tamper with any structure, appurtenance or equipment which is part of the sewage works. Any person violating this provision shall be subject to immediate arrest under charge of disorderly conduct.

Section 710.360 Inspector and Employees Permitted To Enter All Properties.

[CC 1988 §20.360]
The inspector and other duly authorized employees of the City bearing proper credentials and identification shall be permitted to enter all properties for the purposes of inspection, observation, measurement, sampling and testing in accordance with the provisions of this Chapter. The inspector or his/her representatives shall have no authority to inquire into any processes, including metallurgical, chemical, oil, refining, ceramic, paper or other industries, beyond that point having a direct bearing on the kind and source of discharge to the sewers or waterways or facilities for waste treatment.

Section 710.370 Inspector and Employees To Observe Safety Rules.

[CC 1988 §20.370]
While performing the necessary work on private properties referred to in Section 710.360 above, the inspector or duly authorized employees of the City shall observe all safety rules applicable to the premises established by the company and the company shall be held harmless for injury or death to the City employees and the City shall indemnify the company against liability claims and demands for personal injury or property damage asserted against the company and growing out of the gauging and sampling operation, except as such may be caused by negligence or failure of the company to maintain safe conditions as required in Section 710.320.

Section 710.380 Inspector and Employees Permitted To Enter.

[CC 1988 §20.380]
The inspector and other duly authorized employees of the City bearing proper credentials and identification shall be permitted to enter all private properties through which the City holds a duly negotiated easement for the purposes of, but not limited to, inspection, observation, measurement, sampling, repair and maintenance of any portion of the sewage works lying within said easement. All entry and subsequent work, if any, on said easement shall be done in full accordance with the terms of the duly negotiated easement pertaining to the private property involved.

Section 710.390 Notice of Violation.

[CC 1988 §20.390]
Any person found to be violating any provision of this Chapter except Section 710.350 shall be served by the City with written notice stating the nature of the violation and providing a reasonable time limit for the satisfactory correction thereof. The offender shall, within the period of time stated in such notice, permanently cease all violations.

Section 710.400 Violators Liable To City.

[CC 1988 §20.410]
Any person violating any of the provisions of this Chapter shall become liable to the City for any expense, loss or damage occasioned the City by reason of such violation.