City of El Paso, IL
Woodford County
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No person shall place, deposit, or permit to be deposited in an unsanitary manner upon public or private property within the City, or in any area under the jurisdiction of the City, any human or animal excrement, garbage, or other objectionable waste.
No person shall discharge to any natural outlet within the City or in any area under the jurisdiction of the City, or into any storm sewer, any sanitary sewage, industrial wastes, or other polluted waters except where suitable treatment has been provided in accordance with subsequent provisions of this chapter.
No person having his or her place of business or residence within the territorial limits of the City waterworks and sewerage system shall be permitted to dispose of the sewage of such residence or place of business located in the City otherwise than through the sanitary sewer mains of the City.
[Added 1989 by Ord. No. 626; amended 1999 by Ord. No. 737]
A. 
Any person, firm, entity, municipality or corporation is prohibited from drilling, operating or causing to be operated any gas or oil, or any water well other than for owner-occupied residential or agricultural purposes, within the immediate watershed or those areas providing the public water supply for the City, on lands within the limits of said water source area not owned by the City except by the express written approval of the City Council.
[Amended 2-6-2017 by Ord. No. 994]
B. 
The City Council may at any time require any person drilling a well with its permission to cease drilling, or, if the well is drilled and is in production, to cease the use of said well, if, in the opinion of the City Council, the well may diminish or pollute the City water supply. Any drilling of any well, cavity or hole of any type or nature deeper than 75 feet shall be deemed to be unsafe and a danger to pollute the City water supply and no person, firm, corporation or other entity shall drill such a well, cavity or hole deeper than 75 feet without obtaining prior consent from the City Council of the City of El Paso.
C. 
Any person, firm, entity, municipality or corporation violating the provisions of this section by drilling, operating or causing to be operated gas or oil wells or water wells for other than owner-occupied residential and agricultural purposes or to do any other operation in an effort to produce or save water, gas or oil within the area shown to be the immediate watershed and lands providing the public water supply for the City, as described above, which area is declared to be the range in which any of the aforesaid operations shall be a source of injury and pollution to said water source, without the express written approval of the City Council shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor. Each and every day that the condition or act in violation of this section shall remain or continue shall be deemed a separate and a distinct offense.
[Amended 2-6-2017 by Ord. No. 994]
D. 
Agricultural purposes defined; when drilling and/or operation of water well for commercial purposes prohibited. "Agricultural purposes" are defined to mean the furnishing of water to livestock and for crop production, but specifically excluding the irrigation of crops grown for commercial purposes. No water well intended to be used for irrigation of commercial crop land shall be drilled or operated without obtaining the prior express written consent of the City Council as set forth in this section.
All inhabitants of the City will, at their own expense, make or cause to be made connections to the public sanitary sewer system within one year after the same is completed and is made available for use to the particular property concerned, or within such additional period as the City Council determines. All users shall discontinue within the same period of time any connection which they heretofore may have had with any other private line, privy, privy vault, septic tank, cesspool, or other facility intended or used for the disposal of sewage.
[Amended 2-6-2017 by Ord. No. 994]
No unauthorized person shall uncover, make any connections with or opening into, use, alter or disturb any public sewer, or appurtenance thereof, without having first obtained a written permit from the Director of Public Service.
[Amended 2-6-2017 by Ord. No. 994]
Whenever any permit for a connection with sewers of the City is used under this chapter, only a person authorized by the Director of Public Service shall tap the sewer main of the system where such connection is to be made, and the connection shall be approved by the Director of Public Service before it is covered.
All openings made in streets and sidewalks shall be protected at all times by sufficient barriers, on which signal lights or flares shall be placed and maintained after dark, together with such other provisions pertaining to street openings.
No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged any stormwater, surface water, groundwater, roof runoff, subsurface drainage, uncontaminated cooling water or unpolluted industrial process waters to any sanitary sewer.
[Amended 2-6-2017 by Ord. No. 994]
Stormwater and all other unpolluted drainage shall be discharged to such sewers as are specifically designated as storm sewers, or to a natural outlet approved by the Director of Public Service. Industrial cooling water or unpolluted process waters may be discharged, on approval of the Director of Public Service, to a storm sewer or natural outlet.
No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged any of the following described waters or wastes to any public sewers:
A. 
Any gasoline, benzene, naphtha, fuel oil or other flammable or other explosive liquid, solid or gas.
B. 
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 milligrams per liter as CN in the wastes as discharged to the public sewer.
C. 
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.
D. 
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, ashes, 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.
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 Director of Public Service, that such wastes can harm either the sewers, sewage treatment process or equipment, have an adverse effect on the receiving stream, or otherwise endanger life, limb or public property, or constitute a nuisance. In forming his opinion as to the acceptability of these wastes, the Director of Public Service 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.
[Amended 2-6-2017 by Ord. No. 994]
B. 
The substances prohibited are:
(1) 
Any liquid or vapor having a temperature higher than 150° F. (65° C.).
(2) 
Any water or waste containing fats, wax, grease or oils, whether emulsified or not, in excess of 100 milligrams per liter or containing substances which may solidify or become viscous at temperatures between 32° F. and 150° F. (0° C. and 65° C.).
(3) 
Any garbage that has not been properly shredded. The installation and operation of any garbage grinder equipped with a motor of 3/4 horsepower (0.76 horsepower metric) or greater shall be subject to the review and approval of the Director of Public Service.
[Amended 2-6-2017 by Ord. No. 994]
(4) 
Any waters or wastes containing strong acid iron pickling 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 Director of Public Service for such materials.
[Amended 2-6-2017 by Ord. No. 994]
(6) 
Any waters or wastes containing phenols or other taste-producing or odor-producing substances, in concentrations exceeding limits which may be established by the Director of Public Service as necessary, after treatment of the composite sewage, to meet the requirements of the state, federal or other public agencies of jurisdiction for such discharge to the receiving waters.
[Amended 2-6-2017 by Ord. No. 994]
(7) 
Any radioactive wastes or isotopes of such half-life or concentration as may exceed limits established by the Director of Public Service in compliance with applicable state or federal regulations.
[Amended 2-6-2017 by Ord. No. 994]
(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 and 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.
(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 mercury or any of its compounds in excess of 0.0005 mg/l as Hg at any time except as permitted by the City Council in compliance with applicable state and federal regulations.
(12) 
Any cyanide in excess of 0.025 mg/l at any time except as permitted by the City Council in compliance with applicable state and federal regulations.
[Amended 2-6-2017 by Ord. No. 994]
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 § 302-25, and which, in the judgment of the Director of Public Service, may have a deleterious effect upon the sewage works, processes, equipment or receiving waters, or which otherwise create a hazard to life or constitute a public nuisance, the Director of Public Service may:
(1) 
Reject such 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 § 302-31.
B. 
If the Director of Public Service 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 Director of Public Service, and subject to the requirements of all applicable ordinances, codes and laws.
[Amended 2-6-2017 by Ord. No. 994]
Grease, oil and sand interceptors shall be provided when, in the opinion of the Director of Public Service, 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 Director of Public Service and shall be located so as to be readily and easily accessible for cleaning and inspection.
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 expense.
[Amended 2-6-2017 by Ord. No. 994]
Each industry shall be required to install a control manhole and, when required by the Director of Public Service, 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 accessible and safety located, and shall be constructed in accordance with plans approved by the Director of Public Service. The manhole shall be installed by the owner at his expense, and shall be maintained by him so as to be safe and accessible at all times.
A. 
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.
B. 
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.
C. 
The particular analyses involved will determine whether a twenty-four-hour composite of all outfalls of a premises 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-hour composites of all outfalls, whereas pHs are determined from periodic grab samples.
D. 
The owner of any property serviced by a building sewer carrying industrial wastes shall provide laboratory measurements, tests, and analyses of waters and wastes to illustrate compliance with this chapter and any special conditions for discharge established by the City Council or regulatory agencies having jurisdiction over the discharge. The number, type, and frequency of laboratory analyses to be performed by the owner shall be as stipulated by the City Council, but no less than once per year the industry must supply a complete analysis of the constituents of the wastewater discharge to assure that compliance with the federal, state and local standards is being met. The owner shall report the results of measurements and laboratory analyses to the City Council at such times and in such manner as prescribed by the City Council. The owner shall bear the expense of all measurements, analyses, and reporting required by the City Council. At such times as deemed necessary, the City Council reserves the right to take measurement and samples for analysis by an outside laboratory service.
No statement contained in §§ 302-22 through 302-30 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 therefor, by the industrial concern; provided such payments are in accordance with state and federal guidelines for user charge systems.
[Amended 2-6-2017 by Ord. No. 994]
The building sewer shall be of cast-iron soil pipe, ASTM specification A-74, or vitrified clay sewer pipe, ASTM specification C-13. Joints shall be tight and waterproof. Cast-iron pipe shall be required by the Director of Public Service where the building sewer is exposed to damage by tree roots. If installed in filled or unstable ground, the building sewer shall be of cast-iron soil pipe or vitrified clay pipe laid on a suitable concrete cradle, as approved by the Director of Public Service.
All joints and connections shall be gas-tight and water-tight. Cast-iron pipe joints shall be firmly packed with oakum or hemp and filled with molten lead not less than one inch deep. Lead shall be run in one pour and caulked tight. All joints in vitrified clay pipe shall have a precast joint as hereinafter specified. Precast joints on vitrified clay pipe shall be approved factory-made precast joint of flexible vinyl or polyester resin conforming to ASTM specification C425. Joints shall be fitted at the factory with a ring die cast into the socket of the pipe and the spigot of the pipe shall be fitted with a collar of the same material.
[Amended 2-6-2017 by Ord. No. 994]
All connections to the public sewer shall be made in accordance with the directions and under the supervision of the Director of Public Service. All taps to an existing main, if necessary to be made, shall require the use of a saddle and such other special fittings as may be required by the Director of Public Service.
[Amended 2-6-2017 by Ord. No. 994]
The size and slope of the building sewer shall be subject to the approval of the Director of Public Service, but in no event shall the diameter be less than six inches, except four inches cast iron shall be permitted, provided it is constructed for the full length of the building sewer. The slope of the pipe shall not be less than 1/8 inch per foot. Whenever possible, the building sewer shall be brought to the building at an elevation below the basement floor. No building sewer shall be laid parallel to or within three feet of any bearing wall which might thereby be weakened. The depth shall be sufficient to afford protection from frost. The building sewer shall be laid at a uniform grade and in straight alignment insofar as possible. Changes in direction shall be made only with properly curved pipe and fittings. In all buildings in which any building drain is too low to permit gravity flow to the public sewer, sanitary sewage carried by such drain shall be lifted by approved artificial means and discharged to the building sewer.
A. 
No person shall install or repair any building sewer without first obtaining a written permit for such work from the office of the Director of Public Service. Any such person or his agent shall make application therefor on a form furnished by the City, prior to the commencement of any sewer work.
[Amended 2-6-2017 by Ord. No. 994]
B. 
Said application shall be accompanied by a plot plan, diagram or sketch adequately disclosing thereon:
(1) 
The size of the lot and the location of the buildings and structures thereon to be served by said building sewer.
(2) 
The location, direction, size and kind of sewer pipe to be used.
(3) 
The place and location on public property where said building sewer is to be connected with or tapped into the public sewer system.
(4) 
Such other pertinent information as may be requested, together with such fees as may be established from time to time by ordinance.
A separate and independent building sewer shall be provided for every building; except where one building stands at the rear of another on an interior lot and no building sewer is available or can be constructed to the rear building through an adjoining alley, court, yard or driveway, the building sewer from the front building may be extended to the rear building and the whole considered as one building sewer.
[Amended 2-6-2017 by Ord. No. 994]
All excavations required for the installation of a building sewer shall be open trench work, unless otherwise approved by the Director of Public Service, and no backfill shall be replaced until the sewer pipes laid therein have been inspected.
A. 
All excavations for building sewer installation shall be adequately guarded with barricades and lights so as to protect the public from hazard.
B. 
Streets, sidewalks, parkways and other public property disturbed in the course of the work shall be restored in a satisfactory manner in accordance with the provisions pertaining to street openings.
Whenever a sanitary building sewer or drain thereto is obstructed, or is found to be broken or defective so that sewage or drainage escapes into the surrounding soil or into adjacent premises, repair or replacement may be ordered by the Department. Such repairs shall be at the expense of the owner or person in control of such property.
When a part of the building sewer system is broken into, such break shall be properly repaired by replacing the broken part with a corresponding new part. No patching of such break will be accepted.
[Amended 2-6-2017 by Ord. No. 994]
Basement floor drains are required to be connected to the sanitary sewer unless the same are removed or permanently plugged in accordance with the directions of the Director of Public Service. Footing tile or other drain tile under the floor or outside the perimeter of the foundation and footings of the building cannot be connected to the sanitary sewer and any cross drain or connection to the floor drains must be permanently severed and disconnected, also in accordance with the directions of the Director of Public Service.
Water pressure ejectors or siphons shall not be installed for the discharging of any sewerage or waste unless adequately protected against backsiphonage.
[Amended 2-6-2017 by Ord. No. 994]
All building sewer pipes and connections shall be inspected and approved by the Director of Public Service or other persons under his direction, and no such sewer pipes shall be covered until they have been so inspected.
[Amended 2-6-2017 by Ord. No. 994]
The applicant for the building sewer permit shall notify the Director of Public Service at least 24 hours before the building sewer is ready for inspection and connection to the public sewer.
[Amended 2-6-2017 by Ord. No. 994]
A. 
All cost and expense incident to the installation of the building sewer and connection therewith to the municipal sewer system shall be paid for by the applicant.
B. 
Any contractor engaged in the business of making connections to the sewerage system shall provide the City with liability insurance to indemnify and save harmless the City from any or all claims for loss or damage sustained that may directly or indirectly be occasioned by the street openings and work performed on public property. The amount of such insurance shall be not less than $500,000 personal injury to one person, $10,000 for each accident and $250,000 for property damage.
C. 
As a further prerequisite to the issuing of a permit, the contractor shall file a bond satisfactory to and payable to the City in an amount set by the City Council conditioned upon the faithful performance of work in full compliance with this chapter, and as security for the payment of any penalties for the violations of any provisions of this chapter.
No septic tanks or other similar private sewage disposal system shall be used from and after the period set forth in § 302-18 except in cases where connections to the same are not possible or feasible, as determined by the City Council.
When a public sewer main becomes available, as provided in this chapter, any septic tank, outhouse, privy, privy vault, cesspool or other private sewage disposal system theretofore used shall be discontinued, and a direct connection shall be made to the municipal sewerage system in compliance with this chapter; and no septic tanks or similar private sewage disposal facilities shall be permitted to discharge into any public sewer main, storm sewer or natural outlet.
Where it is desired to connect a property to a public sewer, an extension of the public sewer shall be made by the property owner, at his expense.
[Amended 2-6-2017 by Ord. No. 994]
The size of the sewer to be built shall be determined by the City Council but in no case shall be less than eight inches in diameter. All extensions to public sewers shall be made with vitrified clay pipe conforming to ASTM specifications C-700. All joints shall be hot-poured or die-cast joints as set out under § 302-33. Manholes shall be constructed at each change in direction and not more than 300 feet apart on straight sewers. Construction methods shall be in accordance with the Standard Specifications for Sewer Construction. All joints shall be hot-poured or die-cast joints as set out under § 302-33. Manholes shall be constructed at each change in direction and not more than 300 feet apart on straight sewers. Construction methods shall be in accordance with the latest edition of Standard Specifications for Water and Sewer Main Construction in Illinois, adopted by the City Council and on file at the office of the City Clerk. All construction shall be subject to the inspection of the Director of Public Service or other designated representatives.
[Amended 2-6-2017 by Ord. No. 994]
A. 
It is unlawful for any person owning property located within the City to permit any of the following conditions to be or remain on such property 90 days after notification by the Director of Public Service or actual knowledge of the existence of such a condition:
(1) 
A storm sewer or storm drain which is so constructed or is in such a condition as to allow or permit the discharge of stormwater, surface water or groundwater into a building drain, building sewer or public sanitary sewer, either directly through a direct connection or indirectly by discharging or permitting the discharge of such water in or near areas of gravel, crushed rock or other porous soil or material located near or around openings, holes, cracks, loose joints or other gaps in a building drain, building sewer or public sanitary sewer;
(2) 
A private combined sewer;
(3) 
A stormwater, surface water or groundwater collection or diversion device, including without limitation the following: area drains, yard drains, footing tiles, downspout, leaders, stormwater, surface water or groundwater sump pumps or other pumping device, which is constructed or in such a condition as to discharge or permit or allow the discharge of stormwater, surface water or groundwater into a building drain, building sewer or public sanitary sewer either directly through a direct connection or indirectly by discharging or permitting the discharge of such water in or near areas of gravel, crushed rock or other porous soil or material located near or around openings, holes, cracks, loose joints or other gaps in a building drain, building sewer or public sanitary sewer;
(4) 
A building drain or building sewer with broken, missing or cracked tiles, loose or separated joints or other holes, cracks, gaps or spaces;
(5) 
Any other fixture, structure or condition which permits or allows or is in such a condition as to permit or allow stormwater, surface water or groundwater to enter directly or indirectly a building drain, building sewer or public sanitary sewer.
B. 
The Director of Public Service may give notification of the existence of such a condition described in Subsection A of this section either personally or by ordinary mail with postage fully prepaid to the owner of record of the property on which such a condition is located or to the person who last paid local real estate taxes on such property and upon the giving or mailing of such notification, the property owner shall be deemed to have notice of the existence of such a condition.
C. 
The notification provided in Subsection B of this section shall be given if one or more of the following occurs:
(1) 
An on-site visual or physical inspection of the property indicates the existence of a condition described in Subsection A of this section.
(2) 
A dye test indicates that water or dye placed in stormwater, surface water or groundwater collection or diversion devices or in the ground near the foundation of a building or structure located on such property enters the public sanitary sewer.
(3) 
A smoke test indicates that smoke placed into the public sanitary sewer under pressure is escaping through the ground or through downspouts, leaders, gutters, yard drains, area drains or other stormwater collection or diversion devices located on the owner's property.
D. 
The Director of Public Service is authorized and directed to develop material describing the testing procedures hereinabove referred to and indicating the manner in which such tests shall be conducted.
E. 
Any person to whom such notification is given may appeal the determination of the Director of Public Service to the Water and Sewer Committee of the City by delivering to the City Administrator within 10 days from the date such notification is given a notice of appeal detailing the circumstances, grounds or reasons the property owner believes the Director's determination is incorrect or inaccurate, which notification shall be substantially in the following form:
NOTICE OF APPEAL
To: The Water and Sewer Committee of the City of El Paso
I, _________________________ am the owner of certain property located within the City of El Paso, commonly known as _________________________.
On _______________, I was notified that a condition described in § 302-51 of the Municipal Code of the City of El Paso, Illinois, 2016, as amended, exists on my property and, therefore, appeal the Director of Public Service's determination for the following reasons:
(Enumerate in detail the reasons the property owner does not believe the condition exists and/or the determination of the Director of Public Service is inaccurate or incorrect.)
  Signature of Property Owner
(1) 
Upon the timely filing of such an appeal, the Water and Sewer Committee shall conduct an administrative hearing thereon, affording the property owner an opportunity to appear and present evidence in support of his or her appeal and to respond to affirmative defenses offered by the Director of Public Service and providing the Director of Public Service an opportunity to respond to the allegations or representations of the property owner, and to present affirmative material in support of the original determination. At the conclusion of the hearing, the Committee shall sustain or reverse the determination of the Director of Public Service and shall notify the property owner and Director of Public Service of its decision by verbally announcing it at the hearing or, in the absence of the property owner, by mailing a copy thereof to the owner at the address indicated in the notice of appeal.
(2) 
A timely appeal shall stay the ninety-day period provided in the Director of Public Service's notification from the date of filing of the appeal to the date of decision by the Committee.
[Amended 2-6-2017 by Ord. No. 994]
A. 
The Director of Public Service and other duly authorized employees of the City, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 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 Director of Public Service or his representative 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 waterway or facilities for waste treatment.
B. 
While performing the necessary work on private properties referred to in Subsection A of this section, the Director of Public Service or duly authorized employees of the City, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 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 indemnity 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 § 302-29.
C. 
The Director of Public Service 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.