[Adopted 6-9-1992 by Ord. No. 92-4]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated, unless a different meaning clearly appears from the context:
- The Upper Hanover Authority.[Added 1-12-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-01]
- BUILDING DRAIN
- Part of the lowest horizontal piping of a drain 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 five feet outside the inner face of the building wall.
- BUILDING SEWER
- Piping carrying wastes from a building to the treatment or holding tank or to the public sewer main.
- Department of Environmental Protection of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
- A part of a subdivision or a parcel of land used as a building site or intended to be used for building purposes, whether immediate or future.
- OCCUPIED UNIT
- Each single dwelling unit, household unit, flat or apartment unit, store, shop, office, business or industrial unit or family unit contained within any structure erected within 150 feet from the public sewage system and intended for continuous periodic habitation, occupancy or use by human beings or animals, and from which structure sanitary sewage is or may be discharged.
- Any natural person, partnership, association or corporation. Whenever used in any clause prescribing and imposing a penalty or imposing a fine or imprisonment, or both, the term "person" shall include the members of an association and the officers of a corporation.
- PUBLIC SEWAGE SYSTEM
- Sewer system and any treatment facility or other appurtenant facilities owned, operated or maintained by the Upper Hanover Township or its duly authorized agent, and approved by the Department under a permit issued pursuant to the Clean Streams Law, Act of June 22, 1937, P.L. 1987, No. 394, 35 P.S. § 691.1 et seq., as amended, supplemented, modified or reenacted by the General Assembly of Pennsylvania.
- Any substance that contains any of the waste products or excrementitious or other discharge from the bodies of human beings or animals, and any noxious or deleterious substances being harmful or inimical to the public health or to animal or aquatic life or to the use of water for domestic water supply or for recreation.
- SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT
- Any arrangement of devices and structures used for treating sewage.
- STORM SEWER
- Sewer which carries stormwaters and surface waters and drainage but excludes sewage and industrial wastes.
- Upper Hanover Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.
In this article, the singular shall include the plural; the plural shall include the singular; and the masculine shall include the feminine and neuter.
[Amended 2-14-1995 by Ord. No. 95-1; 9-14-1999 by Ord. No. 99-3; 1-12-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-01]
All property owners whose principal building is within 150 feet of any public sewer line shall be required to connect such building thereto within five years of the construction of said line or the effective date of this section, whichever occurs later (hereinafter referred to as the "required connection date"), unless such property owner has received a hardship exemption pursuant to Subsection B below.
A property owner may request an exemption from the mandatory connection provisions hereof, provided that the property owner can demonstrate a hardship. A "hardship," as that term is used in this section, shall mean that the property owners have installed a new, on-lot sewer system within five years of the completion of a new sewer line, which is located within 150 feet of the property's principal building.
In the event a hardship exemption is granted pursuant to this section, the property owner shall connect to the public sewer system no later than five years after the required connection date.
Each property for which a hardship exemption is sought shall be serviced by a sewage disposal system which the Montgomery County Board of Health determines to be functioning properly.
In the event that the Montgomery County Board of Health, or any agency with jurisdiction over such matters, at any time determines that the on-lot sewage disposal system is not functioning properly, the Township may revoke any grant of any hardship exemption and may require that the property owner immediately connect to the public sewer system.
Any conveyance of the property shall automatically revoke the grant of any hardship exemption.
Absent an effective hardship exemption, if the owner of any property, after 90 days' notice from the Township or the Authority to make connection of such property to the public sewage system, shall fail to make such connection, the Township or Authority or their authorized agents may make the connection and collect the costs thereof in the manner provided by law. The Authority may enforce any of the provisions of this section in accordance with the law.
The Township and Authority and their authorized agents shall have access at all hours of the day to all parts of the property to which sewage service is supplied to make necessary inspections.
Upon connection to the public sewer system, any septic tanks, cesspools, holding tanks and similar devices shall be abandoned and filled with clean material.
Subject to the provisions of Subsection A above, all property owners whose principal building is within 150 feet of any public sewer line shall be required to pay the Authority's regular quarterly fees for the provision of sanitary sewer service upon the completion date of any sewer line that is within 150 feet of such property's principal building.
No unauthorized person shall uncover, make any connection with or open into, use, alter or disturb any part of the public sewage system or appurtenances thereto without first obtaining the appropriate permit from the Township or Authority.
No connection shall be made with the sewer system except in compliance with this article, as amended, and the rules and regulations of the Authority.
All costs and expenses incident to the installation and connection of the building sewer shall be borne by the owner.
A separate and independent building sewer shall be provided for every building. When more than one occupied unit, as defined above, is contained in a separate structure, a single common connection to the lateral of the sewer system may be permitted for accommodating all units contained in such structure, provided that separate connections shall be required for each semidetached or row-type house or structure.
All permit holders shall notify the Authority with jurisdiction when the building sewer is ready for inspection and connection with the public sewer, and the connection shall be made under the supervision of the appropriate Authority.
All excavations for building sewer installation and connections shall be adequately guarded with barricades and lights so as to protect the public from hazards. Streets, sidewalks, parkways and other public property disturbed in the course of the work shall be restored in the manner satisfactory to the Township and/or Authority.
The Board of Supervisors of Upper Hanover Township is hereby authorized to delineate any portion of the Township to be serviced by public sewers, wherein any and all properties required to hook up to public sewers in accordance with this article, by means of adopting a sewer map. The adoption of the sewer map will be by resolution of the Board of Supervisors and amended by resolution of the Board of Supervisors from time to time as public sewers become available.
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 and, in default of payment, to imprisonment for a term not to exceed 30 days. Every day that a violation of this article continues shall constitute a separate offense.