[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Glenville as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 4-6-1982 by L.L. No. 1-1982 (Ch. 35, Art. I, of the 1966 Code)]
For the proper use and service for all sewer districts owned, operated and maintained by the Town of Glenville, the following general rules and specifications are hereby adopted, subject to agreements to conform to the Village of Scotia's sewer regulations in those sewer districts tributary to the Village of Scotia's sewerage system.
Definitions. Unless the context specifically indicates otherwise, the meaning of terms used in this article shall be as follows:
- ACT or THE ACT
- The Federal Water Pollution Control Act, also known as the "Clean Water Act," as amended, 33 U.S.C. § 1251 et seq., as may be amended. 
- BIOCHEMICAL OXYGEN DEMAND (BOD)
- The quantity of oxygen utilized in the biochemical oxidation of organic matter under standard laboratory procedure in five days at 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 waste and other drainage pipes inside the walls of the building and conveys it to the building sewer, beginning five feet (1.5 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, also called the “house lateral” or “service lateral,” and the portion in the public highway or easement also called the Town service lateral.
- COMBINED SEWER
- A sewer designed to receive and transport both surface runoff and sewage.
- COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC WORKS OR DESIGNEE
- The person or persons, whether an individual or individuals, partnership, corporations or other entities designated by resolution of the Glenville Town Board to act as or in the capacity of Commissioner of Public Works for the Town of Glenville or the authorized designee thereof.
- An impairment of the quality of the waters of the state by waste to a degree which creates a hazard to the public health through poisoning or through the spread of disease.
- The County of Schenectady or its designated representatives.
- DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
- The Department of Public Works of the Town of Glenville or its designated representatives.
- An acquired legal right for the specific use of land owned by others.
- FLOATABLE OIL
- Oil, fat or grease in a physical state such that it will separate by gravity from wastewater by treatment in an approved pretreatment facility. Wastewater shall be considered free of floatable fat if it is properly pretreated and the wastewater does not interfere with the collection system.
- The animal and vegetable wastes resulting from the handling, preparation, cooking and serving of foods.
- INDUSTRIAL WASTES
- The wastewater from industrial processes, trade or business as distinct from domestic or sanitary wastes.
- NATURAL OUTLET
- Any outlet, including storm sewers and combined sewer overflows, into a watercourse, pond, ditch, lake or other body of surface or ground water.
- NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION or NYSDEC
- The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation or a duly authorized official of said Department.
- Any individual, firm, company, association, society, corporation or group.
- The logarithm of the reciprocal of the hydrogen ion concentration. The concentration is the weight of hydrogen ions, in grams per liter of solution. Neutral water, for example, has a pH value of seven and a hydrogen ion concentration of 10-7.
- The man-made or man-induced alteration of the chemical, physical, biological and radiological integrity of water.
- The reduction in the amount of pollution in wastewater to a less harmful state prior to or in lieu of discharging or otherwise introducing such pollution into a publicly owned treatment works (POTW). The reduction or alteration can be obtained by physical, chemical or biological processes, process changes or by other means, except as prohibited by 40 CFR 403.6, General Pretreatment Regulations for Existing and New Sources of Pollution.
- 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 1/2 inch (1.27 centimeters) in any dimension.
- PUBLICLY OWNED TREATMENT WORKS (POTW)
- A treatment works as defined by federal Section 212 of the Act (33 U.S.C. 1292). Includes any sewers that convey wastewater to the POTW but does not include pipes, sewers or other conveyances not connected to a facility providing treatment.
- PUBLIC SEWER
- A common sewer controlled by a governmental agency or public utility.
- SANITARY SEWER
- A sewer that carries liquid and water-carried wastes from residences, commercial buildings, industrial plants and institutions, together with minor quantities of ground-, storm- and surface waters that are not admitted intentionally.
- The spent water of a community. The preferred term is "wastewater."
- A pipe or conduit that carries wastewater or drainage water.
- SEWER DISTRICT
- Any sewer district owned, maintained and operated by the Town of Glenville.
- SIGNIFICANT INDUSTRIAL USER
- Any user who has a discharge flow of 25,000 gallons or more per average work day, or has a flow greater than 5% of the flow in the municipality's wastewater system, or has in the wastes, toxic pollutants as defined pursuant to federal Section 307 of the Act, or has been identified as one of the 21 industrial categories pursuant to Section 307 of the Act or is found by the municipality to have significant impact, either singly or in combination with other contributing industries, on the treatment or collection system.
- Any discharge of water or wastewater which in concentration of any given constituent or in quantity of flow exceeds for any period of duration longer than 15 minutes more than five times the average twenty-four-hour concentration or flows during normal operation and shall adversely affect the collection system and/or performance of the wastewater treatment works.
- The State Pollution Discharge Elimination System established by Article 17 of the Environmental Conservation Law of the State of New York for issuance of permits authorizing discharge to the waters of the state.
- STORM DRAIN (sometimes termed storm sewer)
- A drain or sewer for conveying water, groundwater, subsurface water or unpolluted water from any source.
- SUSPENDED SOLIDS
- Total suspended matter that either floats on the surface of or is in suspension in water, wastewater or other liquids and that is removable by laboratory filtering as prescribed in Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater and referred to as “nonfilterable residue.”
- TOWN INSPECTOR
- The Town-designated engineer, senior engineering technician, Commissioner of Public Works or designee, Building Inspector, environmental health technician or person or persons designated by resolution of the Town Board to act as or in the capacity of Town Inspector for the Town of Glenville or the authorized deputy or representative thereof.
- UNPOLLUTED WATER
- Water of quality equal to or better than the effluent criteria in effect or water that would not cause violation of receiving water quality standards and would not be benefited by discharge to the sanitary sewers and wastewater treatment facilities provided.
- The spent water of a community. From the standpoint of source, it may be a combination of the liquid and water-carried wastes from residences, commercial buildings, industrial plants and institutions, together with any groundwater, surface water and stormwater that may be present.
- WASTEWATER FACILITIES
- The structures, equipment and processes required to collect, carry away and treat domestic and industrial wastes and dispose of the effluent.
- WASTEWATER TREATMENT WORKS
- An arrangement of devices and structures for treating wastewater, industrial wastes and sludge; sometimes used as a synonym with waste treatment plant or wastewater treatment plant or water pollution control plant.
- A natural or artificial channel for the passage of water either continuously or intermittently.
Word usage. "May" is permissive; "shall" is mandatory.
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 boundaries of any sewer district or in any area under the jurisdiction of any sewer district, any human or animal excrement, garbage or objectionable waste.
It shall be unlawful to discharge to any natural outlet within the boundaries of any sewer district, any wastewater or other polluted waters, except where suitable treatment has been provided in accordance with subsequent provisions of this article or state law.
Except as hereinafter provided, it shall be unlawful to construct or maintain any privy, privy vault, septic tank, cesspool, leach field or other facility intended or used for the disposal of wastewater.
The owner(s) of all houses, buildings, other structures and any properties used for human occupancy, employment, recreation or other purpose, situated within the sewer district and located within 225 feet of a public sanitary sewer in any sewer district, is hereby required at the expense of the owner(s) to install suitable sanitary facilities therein and to connect such facilities directly with the public sewer in accordance with the provisions of this article and according to the following schedule, unless a greater distance or an earlier date is mandated by the Town Department of Public Works or State Health Department or unless there are substantial physical obstructions, in which case the owner(s) may appeal to the Glenville Town Board or State Health Department, whose decision shall be final and binding:
Where a public sanitary sewer is not available under the provisions of § 217-3D, the building sewer shall be connected to a private wastewater disposal system complying with the provisions of this section and meeting the requirements of the State Health Department.
Before beginning the construction of a private wastewater disposal system, the owner shall first obtain a written permit from the Town of Glenville Department of Public Works. The applicant shall conform to the regulations of the Town Department of Public Works and shall fill out the necessary forms therefor. He shall supplement the application by any plans, specifications and other information deemed necessary by the Department of Public Works, as well as arrange to make percolation tests of the soil. These tests shall meet the approval of the Town of Glenville Department of Public Works before the plans are completed. Construction of such a private system shall not be started until plans are approved and the installation witnessed by a representative of the Town of Glenville Department of Public Works.
Work on the private wastewater system shall not begin until the Town permit is issued. The Town Inspector shall be allowed to inspect the work at any stage of construction, and, in any event, the applicant for the permit shall notify the Town Inspector when the work is ready for final inspection and before any underground portions are covered. The inspection shall be made within 48 hours of the receipt of notice by the Town Building Inspector/Engineering Technician II.
The type, capacities, location and layout of a private wastewater disposal system shall comply with all requirements of the State Health Department. No septic tank or cesspool or leach field shall be permitted to discharge to any natural outlet or adjoining property.
At such time as a public sewer becomes available to a property served by a private wastewater disposal system, as provided in § 217-4D, a direct connection shall be made to the public sewer as outlined in the schedule in § 217-3D, in compliance with this article, and any septic tanks, cesspools and similar private wastewater disposal facilities shall be cleaned of sludge and filled with suitable compacted material.
The owner(s) shall operate and maintain the private wastewater disposal facilities in a sanitary manner at all times, at no expense to the Town.
No statement contained in this section shall be construed to interfere with any additional requirements that may be imposed by the Town Health Officer.
No unauthorized person(s) 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 Town.
Two classes of building sewer permits will be issued. These will be for residential-commercial and industrial use. (See § 217-6 for additional industrial requirements.) The owner or his agent shall make application on a special form furnished by the sewer district. The permit shall be supplemented by any plans, specifications and other information considered pertinent in the judgment of the Superintendent. A permit and inspection fee as set from time to time by resolution of the Town Board for a residential-commercial use will be required except for initial hookups of existing structures within the time schedule allowed in § 217-3D measured from completion date of the construction contract of the public sewer servicing the structure. The cost of an industrial permit shall be negotiated with the Town of Glenville at the time of application. This will depend on the volume of sewage, number and size of connections and quality of discharge.
All costs and expenses incidental to the installation and connection of the building sewer shall be borne by the owner(s). The owner(s) shall indemnify the sewer district and the Town from any loss of damage that may directly or indirectly be occasioned by the installation of the building sewer.
Where a new building is constructed and there is no Town service lateral from the main to the property line, the installation of this lateral and the tapping of the main will be done by the sewer district. The cost of this work, including excavation, pipe work, backfill, replacement of pavement, etc., will be billed to the property owner. This billed amount will be determined by the sewer district and based on the cost of the work.
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 private sewer is available or can be constructed to the rear building through an adjoining alley, easement, courtyard or driveway, the front building sewer may be extended to the rear building and the whole considered as one building sewer. The Town does not and will not assume any obligation or responsibility for damage caused by or resulting from the use of any such single connection aforementioned.
The size, slope, alignment, materials and 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 this article, plus the latest revisions of the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code or other applicable rules and regulations, if any, of the Town of Glenville.
Whenever possible, the building sewer shall be brought to the building at an elevation below the basement floor. In all buildings 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.
No person(s) shall make connection of roof downspouts, foundation drains, sump pumps for foundation or subsurface water drainage, areaway drains or other sources of surface runoff or groundwater to a building sewer or building drain which in turn is connected directly or indirectly to a public sanitary sewer unless such connection is approved by the Town Commissioner of Public Works or designee for purposes of disposal of polluted surface drainage.
The connection of the building sewer into the public sewer shall conform to the requirements of this article and the latest revisions of the Building and Plumbing Code or other applicable rules and regulations of the Town of Glenville, if any, and the applicable requirements of the tributary Wastewater Treatment Works Authority. Connections shall be made gastight and watertight and verified by proper testing at the expense of the owner(s).
The applicant for the building sewer permit shall notify the Town Commissioner of Public Works or designee when the building sewer is ready for inspection and connection to the public sewer. The connection and testing shall be made under the supervision of the Town Commissioner of Public Works or designee.
All excavations for building sewer installations shall be adequate 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 Town of Glenville.
The property owner's sewer connection between the Town service lateral at the property line and the building shall be a direct connection. The building sewer may pass through an existing septic tank. Sides of concrete tanks shall be cut out at least twice the diameter of pipe to be installed through the tank. The tank shall be filled with gravel or pea stone and compacted. Metal tanks shall be collapsed and backfilled with compacted gravel or pea stone. The building sewer shall bypass all leach pits, tile fields and other private disposal facilities.
In sewer district areas where sanitary sewers drain to a wastewater pumping station, an approved backwater valve shall be installed in all buildings subject to flooding during a failure of the pumping facilities. The location of said backwater valve shall be as indicated on the drawing for a typical house connection or as directed by the Commissioner of Public Works or designee.
No person(s) shall discharge or cause to be discharged any unpolluted waters such as stormwater, groundwater, roof runoff, foundation drainage, subsurface drainage or cooling water to any sewer, except stormwater runoff from limited areas, which stormwater may be polluted at times. This discharge shall only be allowed if approved in writing by the Town Commissioner of Public Works or designee and State Health Department.
Stormwater other than that exempted under § 217-6A and all other unpolluted drainage shall be discharged to such sewers as are specifically designated for stormwater or to a natural outlet approved by the Town Commissioner of Public Works or designee and/or other regulatory agencies.
No person(s) shall discharge or cause to be discharged any of the following described waters or wastewaters to any public sewers:
Any liquids, solids or gases which by reason of their nature or quantity are or may be sufficient, either alone or by interaction with other substances, to cause fire or explosion or be injurious in any other way to the POTW or to the operation of the POTW. At no time shall two successive readings on an explosion hazard meter, at the point of discharge into the system (or at any point in the system) be more than 5% nor any single reading over 10% of the lower explosive limit (LEL) of the meter. Prohibited materials include, but are not limited to, gasoline, kerosene, naphtha, benzene, toluene, xylene, ethers, ketones, aldehydes, peroxides, chlorates, perchlorates, bromates, carbides, hydrides and sulfides and any other substances which the Town, the county, the state or the Environmental Protection Agency has notified the user is a fire hazard or a hazard to the system.
Any waters 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 waste treatment process, constitute a hazard to humans or animals or create a public nuisance or create any hazard in the receiving waters of the wastewater treatment plant.
Any waters or wastewater having a pH lower than 5.5 or having any other corrosive property capable of causing damage or hazard to sewers, structures, equipment and personnel of the wastewater works.
Solid or viscous substances in quantities or of such size capable of causing obstruction in the flow of sewers or other interference with the proper operation of the wastewater facilities, such as, but not limited to, ashes, bones, cinders, sand, mud, straw, shavings, metal, glass, rags, feathers, tar, plastics, wood, unground garbage, whole blood, paunch manure, hair and fleshings, entrails, paper dishes, cups, milk containers, etc., either whole or ground by garbage grinders.
The following described substances, materials, waters or wastewater shall be limited in discharges to municipal systems to concentrations or quantities which will not harm either the sewers, wastewater treatment process or equipment, will not have an adverse effect on the receiving stream or will not otherwise endanger lives, limb or public property or constitute a nuisance. The Town Commissioner of Public Works or designee may set more stringent limitations than the limitations established in the regulations below if in his opinion such more severe limitations are necessary to meet the above objectives. In forming his opinion as to the acceptability, the Commissioner of Public Works or designee will give consideration to such factors as the quantity of subject waste in relation to flows and velocities in the sewers, materials of construction of the sewers, the wastewater treatment process employed, capacity of the wastewater treatment plant and other pertinent factors. The limitations or restrictions on materials or characteristics of waste or wastewaters discharged to the sanitary sewer which shall not be violated without approval of the Commissioner of Public Works or designee are as follows:
Wastewater having a temperature higher than 150° F. (65° C.) or in such quantities that the temperature at the treatment works influent exceeds 104° F. (40° C.).
Wastewater containing more than 25 milligrams per liter of petroleum oil or product of mineral oil origin.
Wastewater from industrial plants containing floatable oils, fat or grease.
Any garbage that has not been properly shredded. (See § 217-2.) Garbage grinders may be connected to sanitary sewers from homes, hotels, institutions, restaurants, hospitals, catering establishments or similar places where garbage originates from the preparation of food in kitchens for the purpose of consumption on the premises or when served by caterers. Garbage grinders shall not be used for disposal of plastics, paper products, inert materials or garden refuse.
Any waters or wastewater containing chromium, copper, zinc and similar objectionable or toxic substances [See Table of Limits of Toxic Substances in Sewage following Subsection D(12).] to such degree that any such material received in the composite wastewater at the wastewater treatment works exceeds the limits established by the tributary Wastewater Treatment Works Authority for such materials.
Any waters or wastes containing odor-producing substances exceeding limits which may be established by the Town Commissioner of Public Works or designee.
Any radioactive wastes or isotopes of such half-life of concentration as may exceed limits established by applicable local, state or federal regulations.
Quantities of flow, concentrations or both which constitute a slug as defined herein.
Waters or wastewater containing substances which are not amenable to treatment or reduction by the wastewater treatment processes employed or are amenable to treatment only to such degree that the wastewater treatment plant effluent cannot meet the requirements of other agencies having jurisdiction over the discharge to the receiving waters.
Any water or wastes which, by interaction with other water or wastes in the public sewer system, release obnoxious gases, form suspended solids which interfere with the collection system or create a condition deleterious to structures and treatment processes.
Any discoloration such as, but not limited to dyes, inks and vegetable tanning solution or any other condition in the quality of treatment works effluent in such a manner that receiving quality requirements established by law cannot be met.
No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged any waters or wastewater containing a toxic or poisonous substance, a high chlorine demand or suspended solids in sufficient quantity to injure or interfere with any sewage treatment process, to constitute a hazard to humans or animals or create any hazard in the receiving waters or the effluent of the Wastewater Treatment Works Authority or to exceed the limitation set forth in the categorical pretreatment standard. Such toxic substances shall be limited to the average concentrations listed hereinafter in the wastewater and include but are not limited to any pollutant identified pursuant to Section 307(a) of the Federal Clean Water Act, as revised up to 1977. If concentrations listed are exceeded, individual establishments will be subject to control in volume and concentration by the Wastewater Treatment Works Authority.
If any waters or wastewaters are discharged or are proposed to be discharged to the public sewers, which waters contain the substance or possess the characteristics enumerated in Subsection D of this section or which in the judgment of the Town Commissioner of Public Works or designee may have a deleterious effect upon the wastewater facilities, processes, equipment or receiving waters or which otherwise create a hazard to life or constitute a public nuisance, the Town Commissioner of Public Works or designee shall contact the tributary Wastewater Treatment Works Authority which has promulgated rules and regulations governing the discharge of wastewaters into its sewerage systems and all sewer tributaries thereto. Alternative solutions may include:
Rejecting the wastes.
Requiring pretreatment to an acceptable condition for discharge to the public sewers.
Requiring control over the quantities and rates of discharge.
Requiring payment to cover added costs of handling and treating the wastes not covered by existing taxes or sewer charges.
Grease, oil and sand interceptors shall be provided when, in the opinion of the Town Commissioner of Public Works or designee, they are necessary for the proper handling of liquid wastes containing floatable 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 Town Commissioner of Public Works or designee and shall be located as to be readily and easily accessible for cleaning and inspection. In the maintaining of these interceptors, the owner(s) shall be responsible for the proper removal and disposal by appropriate means of the captured material and shall maintain records of the dates and means of disposal, which are subject to review by the Town Commissioner of Public Works or designee. Any removal and hauling of the collected materials not performed by the personnel of the owner(s) must be performed by currently licensed waste disposal firms.
Where pretreatment or flow-equalizing facilities are provided or required for any waters or wastes, they shall be maintained continuously in satisfactory and effective operation by the owner(s) at his expense.
The Town Commissioner of Public Works or designee may require a user of sewer service to provide information needed to determine compliance with this article.
Detailed plans showing facilities and operating procedures to provide protection from accidental discharge of prohibited materials or other wastes from significant contributing industries shall be submitted to the Town Commissioner of Public Works or designee for review and shall be acceptable to the Town before construction of the facilities.
An industrial user shall notify the Town Commissioner of Public Works or designee immediately upon accidentally discharging wastes in violation of this article. This notification shall be followed, within 15 days of the date of occurrence, by a detailed written statement describing the causes of the accidental discharge and the measures being taken to prevent future occurrence. Such notification will not relieve users of liability for any expense, loss or damage to the sewer system, treatment plant or treatment process or for any fines imposed on the Town and Wastewater Treatment Works Authority under applicable state and federal regulations.
A notice shall be furnished and permanently posted on the industrial user's bulletin board advising employees whom to call in case of an accidental discharge in violation of this article. Also, copies of the article are to be made available to users' employees.
Any direct or indirect connection or entry point for persistent or deleterious wastes to the user's plumbing or drainage system should be eliminated. Where such action is impractical or unreasonable, the user shall approximately label such entry points to warn against discharge of such wastes in violation of this article.
When pretreatment regulations are adopted by the United States Environmental Protection Agency or the NYSDEC for any industry, then that industry must immediately conform to the United States Environmental Protection Agency or NYSDEC timetable for adherence to federal or state pretreatment requirements and any other applicable requirements promulgated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency or NYSDEC in accordance with Section 307 of PL 95-217. Additionally, such industries shall comply with any more stringent standards necessitated by local conditions as determined by the Town.
The Town reserves the right to establish by ordinance more stringent limitations or requirements on discharges to the wastewater disposal system if deemed necessary to comply with the objective presented in § 217-14 of this article.
No user shall ever increase the use of process water or in any way attempt to dilute a discharge as a partial or complete substitute for adequate treatment to achieve compliance with the limitations contained in the federal categorical pretreatment standards or in any other pollutant specific limitation developed by the Town or state unless authorized by state or federal regulations.
Any substance which may cause the POTW's effluent or any other product of the POTW, such as residues, sludges or scums, to be unsuitable for reclamation and reuse or to interfere with the reclamation process where the POTW is pursuing a reuse and reclamation program. In no case shall a substance discharged to the POTW cause the POTW to be in noncompliance with sludge use of disposal criteria, guidelines or regulations developed under Section 405 of the Act or any criteria, guidelines or regulations affecting sludge use or disposal development pursuant to the Solid Waste Disposal Act, the Clean Air Act, the Toxic Substance Control Act or state criteria applicable to the sludge management method being used.
Each significant industrial user shall construct or otherwise have available a sampling point for sampling wastewater before it enters the Town sewer system. This sampling point shall be a suitable structure together with such necessary meters and other appurtenances to the building sewer to facilitate observation, sampling and measurement of the wastes. Such structure shall be accessibly and safely located and shall be constructed in accordance with plans and approved by the Town. The structure shall be installed by the applicant at his expense and shall be maintained by him so as to be safe and accessible at all times.
The permit for industrial discharge upon approval by the Town of Glenville shall be valid for a period of three years. This permit may be extended every three years by the Town of Glenville upon receiving application for continued discharge within 90 days of permit expiration.
The permit's terms and conditions may be subject to modification and change by the sewer district. The sewer district shall notify any owner(s) of such modification or change in permit requirements by certified letter which shall also state the time limit for compliance. The compliance time shall be a reasonable time period set by the sewer district to comply with the change or modifications.
A permit shall not be reassigned or transferred or sold to a new owner(s), new user, different premises or a new or changed operation, except in the case where a residential or commercial establishment changes owner(s) and no change in discharge will occur.
An industrial discharger shall apply for a permit modification if production or process is changed so that the wastewater characteristics or flow is altered.
When requested by the person furnishing a report, the portions of a report which might disclose trade secrets or secret processes shall not be made available for inspection by the public but shall be made available to governmental agencies for use in making studies; provided, however, that such portions of a report shall be available for use by the state or any state agency in judicial review or enforcement proceedings involving the person furnishing the report. Wastewater constituents and characteristics will not be recognized as confidential information. Information accepted by any Town sewer district as confidential shall not be transmitted to any governmental agency or to the general public by such Town sewer district until and unless prior and adequate notification is given to the user.
Information, in addition to the actual permit, shall include volume, constituents and characteristics of wastewater, flow rates, each product produced by type, amount and rate of production and description of activities, facilities and plant processes on the premises including all materials processed and types of materials which are or could be discharged. All information and data on a user obtained from reports, questionnaires and monitoring programs and from inspection shall be available to the public or other governmental agency without restriction, unless the user specifically requests and is able to demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Commissioner of Public Works or designee that the release of such information would divulge information processes or methods which would be detrimental to the user's competitive position.
The conditions of wastewater discharge permits shall be uniformly enforced by the Town in accordance with this article and applicable county, state and federal regulations. The permits shall be expressly subject to all provisions of this article and all other regulations, user charges and fees established by the Town and county and applicable state and federal regulations.
Permits shall contain specifications for monitoring programs which may include sampling locations, frequency of sampling, number, types and standards for tests and reporting schedule.
Any violation of this article shall be deemed an offense against this article. Each and every day such offense occurs shall be deemed a separate and distinct violation of this article. Every conviction of a violation of any provision of this article shall be punished by a fine of not more than $250 or by imprisonment for not more than 15 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. For the purpose of conferring jurisdiction upon courts and be deemed misdemeanors and for such purpose only, all provisions of law relating to misdemeanors shall apply to such violation.
In addition, a penalty may be assessed not exceeding $500 for each violation to be sued for and recovered in a civil action brought in the name and for the benefit of the Town of Glenville, New York. This penalty is in addition to the liability of a violator for damage to equipment of the sewer district from the improper discharge under this article.
The Town Inspector and such other Town officers as the Town Board shall direct are authorized to initiate whatever appropriate judicial proceedings are deemed necessary to prohibit violations of this article.
Any person who knowingly makes any false statements, representation, record, report, plan or other documentation filed with the municipality or who falsifies; tampers with or knowingly renders inaccurate any monitoring device or method required under this article shall be punishable in accordance with § 175.30 of the Penal Law.
The Town is also authorized to issue an order to cease and desist and direct those persons not complying with such prohibitions, limits, requirements or provisions of this article or the wastewater discharge permit to:
If the conditions of the permit or this article are not strictly adhered to, the permit shall be revoked.
The Town Commissioner of Public Works or designee and other duly authorized employees of the Town bearing proper credentials and identification shall be permitted to enter all properties for the purposes of inspection, observation, measurement, sampling and testing pertinent to discharge to the community system in accordance with the provisions of this article. The Town shall have the right to set up on the user's property such devices as are necessary to conduct sampling or metering operations. The Town may at reasonable times have access to and copy any records, inspect any monitoring equipment or method required by the Town's wastewater discharge ordinances and sample any effluent which the owner or operator of such source is required to sample. Where a user has security measures in force, the user shall make necessary arrangements with his security guards so that upon presentation of suitable identification, personnel from the Town will be permitted to enter without delay.
While performing the necessary work on private properties referred to in Subsection A above, the Town Commissioner of Public Works or designee or duly authorized employees of the Town shall observe all safety rules and care applicable to the premises.
The Town Commissioner of Public Works or designee and other duly authorized employees of the Town of Glenville bearing proper credentials and identification shall be permitted to enter all private properties through which the Town holds a duly negotiated easement for the purpose of, but not limited to, inspection, observation, measurement, sampling, repair and maintenance of any portion of the wastewater facilities 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.
This article shall be enforced by the Town Inspector and such other Town officers as the Town Board shall direct and the State Department of Health.
The Town may terminate or cause to be terminated wastewater service to any premises if a violation of any provision of this article is found to exist or if a discharge of wastewater causes or threatens to cause a condition of contamination or pollution as defined in this article.
Before connecting to an existing main or Town service lateral, the resident or owner shall contact the Town Commissioner of Public Works or designee and notify him of the work to be done. He shall obtain a written permit as required. All building sewers shall be six inches in diameter, and no connection shall be made to the public sewer system except in the presence of the Town Commissioner of Public Works or designee.
A house trap is required and shall be provided inside structures at the point where the sewer leaves the building. This shall be a four-inch minimum house trap, with two hand-hold cleanouts inside the house wall. These cleanouts shall be easily accessible. Provide a three- or four-inch fresh air vent to the outside building wall. A cleanout pipe is recommended outside the building on the building drain with a connection of 45° and brought up to a point about three inches above grade. This cleanout shall be about two feet from the outside face of the foundation wall. If an outside cleanout is not provided, an inside cleanout shall be provided. The cleanout or backwater valve, if required, and the sewer line to a point four feet outside the building wall shall be approved material at least four inches in diameter.
Sewer pipe to be connected between the building drain and the Town service lateral at the property or easement line shall be as specified in the Town Technical Specifications List, on file in the Town offices.
The sewer pipe trench shall be excavated approximately one inch deeper than the inside bottom of the pipe, and the pipe shall be laid in a straight line on undisturbed soil. Where the trench is in rock, excavate six inches beneath the invert and in this space lay a cushion of sand or pea stone to give full support to the pipe for its full length. Where there is an existing ABS six-inch capped Town service lateral, this cap shall be sawed off very carefully at right angles to the pipe and a water- and airtight connection shall be made with the necessary adapter or fitting. The building sewer pipe backfill material shall be tamped underneath and along both sides of the pipe to give it solid support for its full length. All pipe used shall be sound, free from cracks and defects. All joints shall be made air- and watertight. The pipe shall be laid at a uniform pitch (at least 1/4 inch per foot or two-percent slope) to the building drain near the foundation, where an increaser or other necessary fitting work shall be installed to provide a leakproof connection. Special permission may be obtained from the sewer district to use a lesser grade, which in no case shall be less than 1/8 inch per foot (or about one-percent grade). Backfilling shall be done with fine selected material and thoroughly tamped so that there will be no future settlement. There shall be at least two feet of backfill cover over the top of the pipe adjacent to the house and in excess of this amount where the pipe runs under driveways, sidewalks, etc. Where any discontinued sewer lateral is discovered, this line shall be properly capped.
Where it is necessary to tap the existing sanitary sewer in the street because no Town service lateral has been previously installed, it will be necessary to make these connections, excavations, backfillings, etc., in accordance with the Town Law or State or County Highway Department regulations as jurisdiction may apply. Work done in streets and other public rights-of-way shall be done by the Town sewer district or its official designee, including the installation of the service lateral to the property line. All of this work, including any permit fees or expenses, shall be paid for by the owner.
All work shall be done in accordance with these regulations. Notice must be given to the Town Commissioner of Public Works or designee by the owner or his agent prior to the time the work is ready for inspection, and no part of the work shall be covered until it has been examined, tested and approved by the Town Commissioner of Public Works or designee.
Sewer rents shall be liens against real property within all Glenville sewer districts to the extent as set forth in § 452 of the General Municipal Law. Sewer rents provided pursuant hereto are charges in addition to any sewer assessments that may be levied from time to time against real property in said sewer districts. Sewer rents shall be charged against properties connected to the sewer system in such amounts as are established by the Town Board pursuant to § 452 of the General Municipal Law.
Sewer rents shall be due and payable at the times specified for payment by the appropriate legislative bodies. Delinquent sewer rents may be collected pursuant to § 452 of the General Municipal Law.
All revenue derived from Town sewer maintenance levies, including penalties and interest, shall be credited to a special fund to be known as the "Sewer District Maintenance Fund." Moneys in such fund shall be used to pay salaries, maintenance, improvements, alterations, department service, payment of indebtedness occurred from construction of sewer system and expansion of the facilities of said sewer district, in accordance with § 453 of the General Municipal Law.
Operation and maintenance charges for the district shall be reviewed annually by the Town Board so that this fee can be changed, adjusted or modified as required. Any cost originating from extraneous flows and infiltration shall be paid for by the users.
The purpose of these rules and regulations is specifically stated as follows:
To prohibit excessive volume and/or inordinate rates of flow of wastewater into the Town sewers and wastewater treatment works and all sewers tributary thereto.
To prohibit the contribution of wastewater, industrial wastes or other wastes of a flammable nature or which create in any way a poisonous or hazardous environment for sewerage maintenance and operation personnel.
To prohibit the contribution of wastewater, industrial wastes or other wastes which may impair the hydraulic capacity, operation of the intercepting sewers, force mains, pumping stations, sewage regulators and other structures and appurtenances of the Town sewerage system and sewers tributary thereto.
To prohibit the contribution of wastewater, industrial wastes or other wastes which may create operating difficulties at any tributary water pollution control plant as it now exists or may be constructed, modified or improved in the future.
To prohibit and/or regulate the contribution of wastewater, industrial wastes or other wastes which require for treatment at the plant greater expenditures than are required for an equal volume of normal sewage.
To require the pretreatment or flow control, before introduction into the Town sewerage system or sewers tributary thereto, of such wastes as may impair the strength and/or durability of the structures appurtenant to the system or may interfere with the normal treatment processes or may impair the designated uses of the classified receiving waters.
To provide cooperation with the State Department of Health and the State Department of Environmental Conservation and any other agencies which have requirements or jurisdiction for the protection of the physical, chemical or bacteriological quality of watercourses within or bounding the county.
To protect the public health and to prevent nuisances.
[Adopted 2-4-1958 (Ch. 35, Art. II, of the 1966 Code)]
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to dump or otherwise dispose of untreated wastes from septic tanks or sewage disposal systems in the Town of Glenville unless such wastes shall have been removed from septic tanks or disposal systems located within the limits of the Town of Glenville.
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to dump or otherwise dispose of untreated wastes from septic tanks or other sewage disposal systems within the Town of Glenville in any place or area other than that designated by the Town Board of the Town of Glenville. All such persons, firms or corporations prior to such dumping shall obtain a permit therefor from the office of the Town Clerk of the Town of Glenville.
The Town Board of the Town of Glenville shall, by resolution, from time to time designate such place or places, area or areas within the Town in which or at which the dumping or disposal of untreated wastes from septic tanks or other sewage disposal systems may be dumped and shall regulate the hours during which said dumping shall take place.
"Untreated wastes" shall be defined as all wastes so designated by the Town Health Officer.
Any person, firm or corporation violating this article shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
Editor's Note: Original Art. III, Indirect Contributors, of Ch. 35 of the 1966 Code, which immediately followed this section, has been omitted from the 2005 Code at the request of the Town. Said Art. III consisted of a reference statement indicating that L.L. No. 3-1985, adopted 5-15-1985 and providing for the regulation of indirect contributors to the municipal wastewater system, was on file in the office of the Town Clerk.