Town of Monroe, NY
Orange County
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A. 
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 the town sewer system.
B. 
Stormwater and all other unpolluted drainage shall be discharged to such sewers as are specifically designated as storm sewers or to a natural outlet. Industrial cooling water or unpolluted process waters may be discharged, upon approval of the Town Engineer, 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 the town sewer system:
A. 
Gasoline, benzene, naphtha, fuel oil or other flammable or explosive liquid, solid or gas.
B. 
Waters or wastes, containing toxic or poisonous solids, liquids or gases in sufficient quantity, either singly or by interaction with other wastes, which injures or interferes with any sewage process, constitutes a hazard to humans or animals, creates a public nuisance or creates any hazard in the receiving waters of the sewage treatment plant, including, but not limited to, cyanides. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, no person shall discharge or cause to be discharged waters or wastes, to any public sewer which contain substances having concentration limits in excess of those set forth below:
Effluent Concentration Limits for Toxic Substances
Parameters
Discharge Concentration Limits
(milligrams per liter)
Cadmium
0.2
Hexavalent chromium
0.1
Total chromium
2.0
Copper
0.4
Lead
0.1
Mercury
0.1
Nickel
2.0
Zinc
0.6
Arsenic
0.1
Available chlorine
50.0
Cyanide-free
0.2
Cyanide-complex
0.8
Selenium
0.1
Sulphide
3.0
Barium
2.0
Manganese
2.0
Gold
0.1
Silver
0.1
Fluorides
   To fresh water*
2.0
   To saline water*
18.0
Phenol
2.0
*If water is fluoridated, multiply by 1.5.
Note: Effluent limitations promulgated by the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (the Act) shall apply in any instance where they are more stringent than those in this chapter. Under Section 307(b) of the Act, federal pretreatment standards are designed to achieve two purposes:
(1) 
To protect the operation of publicly owned treatment works.
(2) 
To prevent the discharge of pollutants which pass through such works inadequately treated.
Users in industrial categories subject to effluent guidelines issued under Section 307(b) of the Act, which are discharging incompatible pollutants to publicly owned treatment works, are required to adopt best practicable control technology currently available, as defined by the administrative head pursuant to Section 304(b) of the Act.
C. 
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 sewage works.
D. 
Solid or viscous substances in quantity 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, whole blood, paunch manure, hair, fleshings, entrails, paper dishes, cups and milk containers, either whole or ground by garbage grinders.
No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged the following described substances, material, waters or wastes to the town's sewer system without the prior approval of the Town Board:
A. 
Liquid or vapor having a temperature higher than 150° F. (65° C.); or in such quantities that the temperature at influent to the treatment works exceeds 40° C. or 104° F.
B. 
Water or wastes 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° and 150° F. (0° and 65° C.).
C. 
Garbage that has not been properly shredded.
D. 
Waters or wastes containing strong acids, iron pickling wastes or concentrated plating solutions, whether neutralized or not.
E. 
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 Town Board for such materials.
F. 
Waters or wastes containing phenols or other waste- or odor-producing substances in such concentration exceeding limits which may be established by the Town Board after treatment of the composite sewage to meet the requirements of the state, federal or public agencies having jurisdiction for the discharge to the receiving waters.
G. 
Any radioactive wastes or isotopes.
H. 
Any waters or wastes having a pH in excess of 9.5.
I. 
Materials which exert or cause:
(1) 
Unusual concentration of inert suspended solids (such as, but not limited to, fuller's earth and lime residues) or dissolved solids (such as, but not limited to, sodium chloride and sodium sulfate).
(2) 
Excessive coloration (such as, but not limited to, dye wastes and vegetable tanning solutions).
(3) 
Substances.
(a) 
A BOD in excess of 240 milligrams per liter.
(b) 
A chlorine demand in excess of 25 milligrams per liter.
(c) 
A chemical oxygen demand in excess of 600 milligrams per liter.
(d) 
Suspended solids in excess of 300 milligrams per liter.
(e) 
Having an average daily flow greater than 2% of the average daily sewage flow of any sewer district.
(4) 
Unusual volume of flow or concentration of wastes constituting slugs, as defined herein.
J. 
Waters or wastes containing substances which are not amenable to treatment or reduction by the sewage treatment process employed by the Orange County Sewer District No. 1 or any town water pollution control facilities or are amenable to treatment only to such degree that the sewage treatment plant's effluent cannot meet the requirements of agencies having jurisdiction over discharge to the receiving waters.
K. 
Waters or wastes generated by a significant industrial user, as defined in this chapter.
A. 
If any waters or wastes are discharged or are proposed to be discharged to the town sewer system, which waters contain the substances or possess the characteristics enumerated in § 42-35 of this Article, and which, in the judgment of the Town Board, may have a deleterious effect upon the sewage works, processes, equipment or other receiving waters, or which otherwise create a hazard to life or constitute a public nuisance, the Town Board may:
(1) 
Reject the waters or waste;
(2) 
Require pretreatment to an acceptable condition for discharge to the town sewer system;
(3) 
Require control over the quantities and rates of discharge; and/or
(4) 
Require that periodic reports be filed with it at intervals not exceeding six months each, containing the following material:
(a) 
The specific action, if any taken, to achieve compliance with Section 307 of the United States Public Law No. 92-500, and any pretreatment requirements mandated by any statute, rule or regulation of New York State or any of its departments, agencies or bureaus;
(b) 
Results of a comprehensive sampling and laboratory testing program indicating the characteristics of the wastewater so discharged in terms of parameters that will adequately identify the waste. The types of testing and frequency of testing for each such person so discharging such wastewater shall be specified by the Administrator. All sampling and laboratory testing required by the Administrator shall be performed by each such person, and all costs and expenses incident to the testing, sampling, monitoring and reporting with respect to providing data to the Administrator, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, the United States Environmental Protection Agency or any other agency having jurisdiction shall be borne by such person.
(5) 
Require payment in excess of the existing taxes or sewer charges or rents to cover the added cost of handling and treating the wastes pursuant to the provisions of § 42-42 of this Article and any applicable law.
B. 
If the Town Board 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 Town Board and subject to the requirements of all applicable codes, ordinances and laws.
A. 
Grease, oil and sand interceptors shall be provided when, in the opinion of the Town Board or the Administrator, such interceptors are necessary for the proper handling of liquid wastes containing grease in excess amounts, or any flammable wastes, sand or other harmful ingredients. All interceptors shall be of a type and capacity approved by the Administrator and shall be located as to be readily and easily accessible for cleaning and inspection.
B. 
Grease and oil interceptors shall be constructed of impervious materials. They shall be of substantial construction, watertight and equipped with easily removable covers which, when bolted in place, shall be gastight and watertight.
C. 
Where installed, all grease, oil and sand interceptors shall be maintained by the owner, at his expense, in continuously efficient operation at all time.
A. 
Garages and automobile washing establishments. No person operating or owning a commercial garage or automobile wash rack shall permit any sewage or effluent therefrom to flow into any public sewer or house connection sewer unless such wash rack is roofed over and is equipped with a standard sand and grease trap approved by the Town Engineer.
B. 
Restaurant sinks and dishwashers. Every dishwashing sink, dishwashing machine or other device intended or used for washing dishes and cooking utensils in any establishment serving 100 or more meals per day shall be connected to the house connection sewer through a grease interceptor as hereinafter provided.
C. 
Industrial sand and grease interceptors required. Every fowl or animal slaughterhouse and every meat packing or meat curing establishment and all equipment in any soap factory, tallow-rendering, wool-pulling, hide-tanning or hide-curing establishment or other industry from which any considerable amounts of grease or sand are to be discharged shall be connected with the public sewer through a grease trap or sand and grease trap as hereinafter provided.
D. 
Minimum performance of traps. No grease trap shall be connected with the public sewer which has a rate of flow of less than 16 gallons per minute and a grease retention capacity of less than 18 pounds.
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.
When required by the Town Board, 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 a manhole, when required, shall be accessibly and safely located, and shall be constructed in accordance with plans approved by the Administrator. 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.
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 town sewer system 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-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 pH's are determined from periodic grab samples.
A. 
Any persons aggrieved by any decision or determination made by the Town Board or Administrator of any sewer district pursuant to § 42-36 hereof may bring a proceeding to review such determination in the manner provided by Article 78 of the Civil Practice Law and Rules.
B. 
No statement contained in this Article shall be construed as preventing any special agreement or arrangement between any sewer district and any industrial concern whereby an industrial waste of unusual strength or character may be accepted by that sewer district for treatment, subject to payment therefor, by the industrial concern, in accordance with applicable provisions of law.
The Orange County Sewer District No. 1 has reserved the right to perform such analyses of wastes as discharged from any sewer district of the town to sewers of the Orange County Sewer District No. 1, to insure compliance with the Orange County Sewer Law (Local Law No. 17 of 1974 and all amendments thereto). Where such analyses indicate violation, the Town Board will take appropriate action as required by the administrative head of Orange County Sewer District No. 1.