Township of Girard, PA
Erie County
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[Adopted 4-4-1980 by Ord. No. 45 (Ch. 91 of the 1987 Code)]
This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "1980 Sewer Rate and Regulation Ordinance of the Township of Girard."
A. 
When not inconsistent with the context, words used in the present tense include the future, words in the plural number include the singular number and words in the singular number include the plural number. The word "shall" is always mandatory and not merely directory.
B. 
For the purpose of this chapter the following terms, phrases, words and their derivations shall have the meaning given herein:
ABNORMAL WASTES
Any industrial or commercial waste having a suspended solid content or BOD appreciably in excess of that normally found in municipal sewage. For the purposes of these regulations, any industrial or commercial waste containing more than 350 milligrams per liter of suspended solids or having a BOD in excess of 300 milligrams per liter shall be considered an "abnormal waste" regardless of whether or not it contains other substances in concentrations differing appreciably from those found in municipal sewage. The Township reserves the right to add to the stated pollutants and modify the pollutant concentration as necessary to maintain the operating efficiency of the sewerage systems to which the abnormal wastes are being discharged. The Township shall implement a surcharge for all abnormal wastes based on the annual cost to collect, transport and treat abnormal wastes.
[Amended 2-12-2013]
ACCESSIBLE PREMISES
Any real estate abutting on or adjoining or having access to any street, alley or right-of-way in which a sewer is located which ultimately connects to the public sanitary sewage system.
BOD (DESIGNATES "BIOCHEMICAL OXYGEN DEMAND")
The quantity of oxygen utilized in the biochemical oxidation of organic matter in sewage or industrial waste under standard laboratory procedure in five days at 20° C. (under aerobic conditions), expressed in milligrams per liter by weight. It shall be determined by one of the acceptable methods described in the latest edition of Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater.
BOROUGH
The Borough of Girard, specifically relating to its Sewer Ordinance No. 517 and/or the Borough of Lake City.
[Added 2-12-2013[1]]
COMBINED SEWER
A sewer that was designed and approved by the Township and commonwealth to carry stormwater, groundwater, sanitary sewage and industrial wastes. The Township does not allow the use of combined sewers in the Township.
[Added 2-12-2013]
COMMONWEALTH
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, its governmental agencies, otherwise known as "the state."
[Added 2-12-2013]
CONNECTION
The physical connection between the lines of an owner of property and the lateral or sewer at the public easement or right-of-way line.
[Added 2-12-2013]
GARBAGE
Solid wastes from the preparation, cooking and dispensing of food and from the handling, storage and sale of produce.
INDUSTRIAL WASTES
Any liquid, gaseous or water-borne wastes from industrial processes or commercial establishments, as distinct from sanitary sewage.
INSPECTOR
The Township authorized representative responsible for the review of all construction related to connections made to the public sewer.
[2]
LATERAL
The pipe-conduit between the public sewer and the right-of-way or easement line. This section of the lateral shall be part of the public sewer.
[3]
OCCUPIED BUILDING
Any structure erected and intended for continuous or periodic habitation, occupancy or use by human beings or animals and from which structure sanitary sewage and industrial wastes, or either thereof, are or may be discharged.
OWNER
The owner of the real estate to which a public sewer connection is made or for which a permit is applied for.
PERSON
Includes natural persons, partnerships, associations and corporations, public or private.
pH
The logarithm to the base 10 of the reciprocal of the hydrogen ion concentration, expressed in moles per liter. It shall be determined by one of the acceptable methods described in the latest edition of Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater, published jointly by the American Public Health Association, the American Water Works Association and the Water Environment Federation.
[4]
PROHIBITED WASTES
As defined in § 157-8 and shall not be discharged to the Township's sewerage system unless otherwise approved by the Township and Borough.
[5]
PRIVATE LATERAL
The pipe-conduit that transports sewage, industrial wastes, stormwater or groundwater from a building connecting to the appropriate lateral line of the public sewer at the right-of-way or easement line, otherwise known as the "building sewer." This private lateral shall be owned, operated and maintained by the property owner and not the Township.
[6]
PRIVATE SEWER
A sewer not owned, operated or maintained by the Township.
[7]
PROPERLY SHREDDED GARBAGE
The wastes from the preparation, cooking and dispensing of food and from the handling, storage and sale of produce that have been shredded to such 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 in any dimension.
PUBLIC SEWER
A gravity flow or pressure flow pipe or conduit used for collecting and transporting sewage or industrial wastes (hereinafter also referred to as a "public sanitary sewer"), stormwater, groundwater that is owned, operated and maintained by the Township.
[8]
SANITARY SEWAGE
The normal water-carried household and toilet wastes from residences, business buildings, institutions, industrial and commercial establishments, exclusive of stormwater runoff, surface water or groundwater.
SANITARY SEWER
A sewer which carries sewage and to which stormwater, surface water and groundwaters are not admitted.
[9]
SEWAGE
A combination of water-carried wastes from residences, business buildings, institutions, industrial and commercial establishments, excluding groundwater, surface water or stormwater.
[10]
SEWER
A pipe or conduit designed for carrying liquid flows, such as sanitary sewers, storm sewers or combined sewers.
[11]
SEWER ADMINISTRATOR
The person designated by the Township to issue sewer permits and enforce sewer regulations.
SEWERAGE
Referring to the actual collection, transport and pumping systems and treatment plant of the Township and Boroughs.
[12]
SEWER PERMIT
A permit issued by the Township allowing the connection and/or discharge of sewage, stormwater, groundwater or industrial wastes to a permitted public sewer system.
[13]
SEWER SYSTEM
All sanitary sewers, all pumping stations, all force mains, all sewage treatment works and all other sewerage facilities owned or leased and operated by the Township for the collection, transportation and treatment of sanitary sewage and industrial wastes, together with their appurtenances and any additions or improvements thereto. It shall also include sewers within the Township's service area which serve one or more persons and discharge into the public sanitary sewerage system even though those sewers may not have been constructed by the Township and are not owned or maintained by the Township. It does not include separate storm sewers or culverts which may have been constructed for the sole purpose of carrying storm and surface runoff, the discharge from which is not and does not become tributary to the sewage treatment facilities.
[14]
STORM SEWER
A sewer which is intended to carry stormwater runoff, surface waters, groundwater, drainage, etc., but which is not intended to carry any sanitary sewage or polluted industrial waste. No sanitary sewage or industrial waste is to be discharged to a storm sewer without direct approval of the Township and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
[15]
STORMWATER RUNOFF
That portion of the rainfall which reaches a channel, trench, storm sewer or sink.
[16]
SUPERVISORS
The elected officials of the Girard Township Board of Supervisors.
SUSPENDED SOLIDS
Solids that either float on the surface of or are in suspension in water, sewage, industrial waste or other liquids and which are removable by laboratory filtration. The quantity of suspended solids shall be determined by one of the acceptable methods described in the latest edition of Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater, cited above.
TOWNSHIP
The Township of Girard and its ordinances.
[17]
UNPOLLUTED WATER OR WASTE
Any water or waste containing none of the following: free or emulsified grease or oil; pH less than 6.0 or greater than 9.0; phenols or other substances imparting taste and odor to receiving waters; toxic or poisonous substances in suspension, colloidal state or solution; obnoxious gases. It shall contain not more than 750 milligrams per liter by weight of dissolved solids, of which not more than 250 milligrams per liter shall be as chloride and not more than 10 milligrams per liter each of suspended solids and BOD. The color shall not exceed five color units. Analyses for any of the above-mentioned substances shall be made in accordance with the latest edition of Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater, cited above.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed the former definition of "branch sewer," which immediately followed this definition.
[2]
Editor's Note: Added at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
[3]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
[4]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
[5]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
[6]
Editor's Note: Added at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
[7]
Editor's Note: Added at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
[8]
Editor's Note: Added at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
[9]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
[10]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
[11]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
[12]
Editor's Note: Added at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
[13]
Editor's Note: Added at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
[14]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
[15]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
[16]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
[17]
Editor's Note: Added at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
All owners of any property on which a building now or hereafter is erected, having potable water service, whether private or public or one which produces sewage or industrial wastes, as defined herein, which abuts or adjoins any highway, street, right-of-way or easement in the Township on which a public sewer is located, shall connect, at their own expense, the property with such sewer in such manner and within such time as the Township may require and as prescribed in Chapter 174, Subdivision and Land Development, of the Code of the Township of Girard.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
A. 
Application for permits to connect to the public sanitary sewer system shall be made by the owner of the property to be served or his property authorized agent to the Sewer Administrator. Application shall be upon such form as is designated by the Township.
B. 
All information required on said form shall be furnished by the applicant, including the character and use of each structure located upon the property to be sewered.
C. 
Any tap connection and/or inspection fees required by the sewer rate resolution shall be paid at the time of making application for the sewer connection permit.
D. 
No work shall commence prior to the payment of the tap connection and inspection fee and issuance of the connection permit.
E. 
Unless written permission is obtained from the Board of Supervisors, separate connections and separate tap connection and inspection fees will be required for each individual occupied building, whether constructed as a detached unit or as one of a pair or row, but a single connection with payment of the tapping fees for the appropriate number of actual units served will be permitted to serve a school, factory, commercial building, apartment house or other permanent multiple-unit structure whose individual apartments or units may not normally be subject to separate ownership.
F. 
Connections to sanitary sewers shall be completed within 90 calendar days after issuance of the approved permit. In the event that the connection is not completed within the required time, the applicant must file an application for a new permit and pay all costs associated therewith, including a second connection fee as defined in the current sewer rate resolution. Previously paid fees will be forfeited unless waived by the Board of Supervisors.
G. 
All connections to the sanitary sewers shall be subject to certain restrictions as stated in § 157-8 which are set forth herein.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
H. 
The designated Sewer Administrator shall be given at least 72 hours' notice of the time when such connection shall be made in order that an inspection can be made to approve the work of connection. The inspector shall signify his approval of the connection by endorsing his name and the date of approval on the aforementioned connection permit in the possession of the permittee.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
I. 
At the time of inspection of the connection, the owner or owners of properties shall permit the inspector full and complete access to all sanitary and drainage arrangements and facilities in each building and in and about all parts of the property. No building sewer line shall be covered over or in any manner concealed until after it is inspected and approved by the inspector. It is the intention of these rules and regulations that the entire connection be inspected at one time; however, if the property owner feels that special conditions warrant more than one inspection, he may request the same, subject to such additional inspection fees as the Township shall determine.
J. 
All construction materials and methods must comply with the requirements of this chapter.
K. 
Installation, maintenance and repair of all building sewers shall be the responsibility of the property owner.
L. 
Whenever any excavating is to be performed within the limits of any state highway right-of-way, the permittee shall also obtain a highway occupancy permit from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
M. 
All permits must be returned to the Township's Sewer Administration office signed by the contractor installing the sewer.[3]
[3]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I). Original § 91-5 of the 1987 Code, Connection materials, and § 91-6, Installation, which immediately followed this subsection, were repealed at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
A. 
All work must be done by a competent plumber or technician hired by the owner, whose qualifications have been approved by the Township.
B. 
Notice of completion of construction of any branch sewer shall be given to the Sewer Administrator immediately upon completion of said construction.
C. 
All work is subject to inspection and approval by the Township or its authorized representative, and no private lateral connection shall be covered after construction unless and until it has been inspected and approved by the Township.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
A. 
Prior to submittal of any proposed development, the developer shall arrange for a preliminary meeting with the Township. It is the intention of this meeting for the developer to become aware of the procedure for processing and the requirements of the Township for a development.
B. 
Four copies of plans and profiles for proposed extensions shall be submitted to the Township on sheets 24 inches by 36 inches showing plan views to a scale of one inch equals 50 feet and profiles to a scale of one inch equals 10 feet vertically and one inch equals 50 feet horizontally, a North arrow, a suitable title block, date and the name of the professional engineer responsible for the design and the imprint of his registration seal.
C. 
All sewers shall be designed in accordance with the Sewerage Manual of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, such other agencies as may have jurisdiction and this chapter.
D. 
Construction of sewers will not be permitted until the proper state permits have been obtained.
E. 
Prior to final acceptance of any sewer extensions by the Township, it will be necessary for the developer to furnish to the Township as-built plans showing the bearing and distance between manholes, the top and invert elevation of each manhole and the exact location of all house sewer connections relative to the nearest manhole both downstream and upstream.
F. 
Easements shall be recorded in the name of the Township for all sewers to be constructed outside of dedicated street rights-of-way. Minimum easement width shall be 20 feet unless otherwise approved by the Township.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
G. 
All construction materials and methods must comply with these regulations.
H. 
The developer shall also pay in advance to the Township in full for all estimated costs of inspection of construction of all sanitary sewers. Such payment shall include all fees and charges required by the Borough of Girard for those sewers in the Township which discharge ultimately into the sewerage system of the Borough of Girard.
I. 
The Township may, at its option, designate certain charges to be paid by the developer for engineering and/or legal services required of the Township for the proper completion of any proposed development which includes sewer extensions. Such fees, if charged, shall be designated in writing or established by proper resolution prior to the approval of a plan of development.
J. 
No sewer extensions constructed by a developer will be approved for use and acceptance by the Township until said sewers are formally approved by the Township and all inspection and other fees have been paid and the Township has been reimbursed in full for all costs incurred during construction for inspection, testing and approval.
A. 
All persons connecting to the public sanitary sewer system shall provide adequate means for excluding stormwater runoff at their own expense, and the discharge of stormwater runoff to public sanitary sewers is prohibited.
B. 
No person connecting to a public sanitary sewer shall connect any roof drain or foundation drain thereto or permit any such drains to remain connected thereto, nor shall be permit, allow or cause to enter into any public sanitary sewer any springwater or surface water from any other source.
C. 
No person shall connect a cellar floor drain into the public sanitary sewer unless and until he proves to the satisfaction of the authority that such drain receives nothing more than laundry water, other approved sanitary sewage or such water as is necessarily used to keep his cellar clean.
D. 
No groundwater seepage, French drains, downspouts, surface drains, foundation drains or other drainage of stormwater or groundwater shall be permitted to enter the sewer system.
E. 
No privy vault, cesspool, septic tank or other similar receptacle shall at any time now or hereafter be connected with the sewer system, nor shall any privy vault, cesspool, septic tank or other similar receptacle hereafter be maintained upon any premises from which connection with the sewer system shall have been made. Every such privy vault, cesspool, septic tank or other similar receptacle shall, within 30 days after connection with a public sanitary sewer, be abandoned, cleansed and filled under the direction and supervision of the Township. Any such privy vault, cesspool, septic tank or other similar receptacle not abandoned, cleansed and filled as required by this section shall constitute a nuisance and such nuisance may be abated by order of the Supervisors as provided by law, at the expense of the owner of such property.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
A. 
The discharge of excessive amounts of unpolluted water or waste to a sanitary sewer is expressly prohibited. However, such discharges to storm sewers will be permitted wherever such sewers are of adequate capacity. The Township reserves the right to define the amount it deems excessive for any particular sewer.
B. 
The discharge of garbage to the public sanitary sewer system is expressly prohibited unless the garbage is first properly shredded, and the use of garbage grinders is restricted to single-family residences or their equivalent in number of persons housed. Grinders are specifically prohibited in hotels, restaurants, clubs, dormitories, boardinghouses of more than seven rooms, apartment houses except where installed in individual apartments and in retail or wholesale food stores or any similar establishments where food is processed or prepared for group feedings larger than single-family units.
C. 
No sanitary sewage or industrial waste from any property other than that for which a permit has been issued as provided in this chapter shall be discharged to the public sanitary sewer system.
D. 
No person shall discharge to the public sanitary sewer system any sanitary sewage or industrial wastes having any of the following characteristics:
(1) 
Wastes containing liquids, solids or gases which by reason of their nature or quality may cause fire, explosions or be in any other way injurious to persons, the structures of the public sanitary sewer system or its operation.
(2) 
Wastes having temperatures in excess of 150° F. or less than 32° F.
(3) 
Wastes having a pH lower than 6.0 or higher than 9.0 or having any corrosive properties capable of causing damage or hazards to structures, equipment or personnel of the public sanitary sewer system. Where the Township deems it advisable, it may require any person discharging industrial wastes to install and maintain, at his own expense, in a manner approved by the Township or its designated representative, a suitable device to continuously measure and record the pH of the wastes so discharged.
(4) 
Wastes containing insoluble, nonflocculent substances having a specific gravity in excess of 2.65.
(5) 
Wastes containing soluble substances in such concentration as to cause the specific gravity of the waste to be greater than 1.1.
(6) 
Wastes containing any of the following substances in solution or in suspension in concentrations exceeding those shown in the following table:
Substance
Maximum Permissible Concentration
(milligrams per liter)
Phenolic compounds as C5H6OH
1.0
Cyanides as CN
0.00
Cyanates as CNO
0.00
Iron as Fe
0.3
Trivalent chromium as Cr plus hexavalent chromium as Cr
0.5
Nickel as Ni
1.00
Copper as Cu
0.03
Lead as Pb
0.5
Zinc as Zn
0.15
Manganese as Mn
0.05
(7) 
Wastes containing more than 90 milligrams per liter by weight of fat, oil or grease.
(8) 
Wastes containing more than 10 milligrams per liter of any of the following gases: hydrogen sulfide, sulfurdioxide, nitrous oxide or any of the halogens.
(9) 
Wastes containing gases or vapors, either free or occluded, in concentrations toxic or dangerous to humans or animals.
(10) 
Wastes containing toxic substances in quantities sufficient to interfere or that will pass through the treatment process and still exceed the state and federal requirements for the receiving stream.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
(11) 
Wastes containing radioactive materials without a special permit.
(12) 
Wastes containing any noxious or malodorous gas or substance which, either singly or by interaction with sewage or other wastes, is, in the opinion of the Township, likely to create a public nuisance or hazard to life or prevent entry to sewerage structures for their maintenance and repair.
(13) 
Wastes containing ashes, cinders, sand, mud, straw, shavings, metal, glass, rags, feathers, tar, plastics, wood, hair, chemical or paint residues, greases, lime slurry or viscose materials of such character or in such quantity that, in the opinion of the Township, they may cause an obstruction to the flow in the sewers or otherwise interfere with the proper operations of the public sanitary sewer system. Attention is called to the fact that the maximum permissible concentration will vary throughout the public sanitary sewer system, depending upon the size of the particular sewer receiving the same and the flows therein.
E. 
The Township or its agent or employees shall have the right at any time to make an inspection to satisfy itself that any branch sewer system receives sewage or industrial wastes which are proper, under Township resolutions, rules and regulations, to be disposed of through the Township sewer system.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
A. 
The economy and desirability of the combined treatment of industrial wastes and sanitary sewage is recognized. In general, any and all industrial wastes may be discharged to the public sanitary sewer system except those which are deemed harmful to the system or are specifically prohibited by this chapter. It is also recognized, however, that the treatment of abnormal wastes may add to operating costs and maintenance expense of the public sanitary sewer system. Such added cost must be borne by the person or persons receiving the benefit of such treatment.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
B. 
The Township reserves the right to refuse connection to the public sanitary sewer system for objectionable industrial wastes or to require pretreatment and/or equalization of flow thereof in order to prevent harmful or adverse effects upon the system. The design, construction and operation of such pretreatment and/or flow equalization facilities shall be made at the sole expense of the person discharging said wastes and shall be subject to the approval of the Township or its designated representative.
C. 
Generally, industrial waste shall be considered harmful to the public sanitary sewer system if it may cause any of the following damaging effects:
(1) 
Chemical reaction, either directly or indirectly, with the materials of construction of the public sanitary sewer system in such a manner as to impair the strength or durability of any sewerage structures.
(2) 
Mechanical action that will damage any sewerage structures.
(3) 
Restriction of the hydraulic capacity of any sewerage structure.
(4) 
Restriction of the normal ability to inspect or maintain any sewerage structures.
(5) 
Danger to public health and safety.
(6) 
Obnoxious conditions inimical to the public interest.
D. 
When required by the Township, any person discharging to the public sanitary sewer system any industrial wastes or industrial wastes and sanitary sewage together shall install a suitable manhole or manholes or metering chamber on his connecting sewer or sewers to facilitate observation, sampling and measurement of the flow of wastes from his premises. Such manhole or manholes or metering chamber shall be accessible and safely located and shall be constructed in accordance with plans approved by the Township or its designated representative. The manhole, manholes or metering chamber shall be installed by such person at his own expense and shall be maintained by him so as to be safe and accessible to the Township or its designated representative at all times. The construction and maintenance of such manhole or metering chamber shall be mandatory for the producers of abnormal industrial wastes, and, if deemed necessary by the Township, flows from such manhole or metering chamber shall be continuously monitored, transmitted and recorded by means of an approved receiving device to be located at the treatment plant or such other location as shall be designated.
E. 
Any industry defined by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) as a categorical industrial, under 40 CFR 403, shall comply with the discharge standards specified by the USEPA.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Added at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
A. 
There is imposed upon the owners of, or the users of water in or on, all properties served by the public sanitary sewer system, sewage collection, transportation and treatment charges for the use of said system, payable in the amounts and as provided in the sewer rate resolution and as it is hereinafter from time to time adopted, amended and modified by the Board of Supervisors. Said owners and users will be jointly and severally liable for the payment of said sewage collection, transportation and treatment charges and the penalties therein prescribed for delinquent payments thereof.
B. 
All bills for sewage collection, transportation and treatment charges shall be due when rendered and shall be subject to the penalty provisions set forth in this chapter. Owners and, where adequate arrangements have been made with the Township, users will be billed periodically for the sewage collection, transportation and treatment charges in accordance with billing practices of the Township.
C. 
Bills notices and relating to the sewage collection, transportation and treatment charges and surcharges will be mailed or delivered to the property owner's last address or, where proper arrangements have been made with the Sewer Administrator, to the user's last address, as shown on the billing books of the Township.
D. 
The Township's sewage collection, transportation and treatment charges may be based upon water usage or on a flat rate basis or on such other basis as the Supervisors shall designate from time to time by resolution. When water usage is used as the basis for said charges or for surcharges, the volume of water to be used for billing purposes shall be based upon water meter readings or upon estimates made by the Township if no meter readings are available.
E. 
When water usage is used as the basis of charges, then if any owner or user obtains part of all of the water used in or on a property from sources other than the portion that is metered, such owner or user shall be charged on the flat rate basis in accordance with the Township's sewer rate resolution.
F. 
If it is established to the satisfaction of the Township that a portion of the water used in or on any property served by the public sanitary sewer system does not and cannot enter said system and in the event that the total water used in or on said property exceeds 50,000 gallons per quarter, the Township may determine, in such manner and by such method as it may deem practical, the percentage of the water entering the public sanitary sewer system or the Township may require or permit the installation of additional meters in such manner as to determine either the quantity of water excluded from the public sanitary sewer system or the quantity of water, sewage or industrial waste actually entering the public sanitary sewer system. In such case, the sewage collection, transportation and treatment charge shall be based upon the quantity of water estimated, measured or computed by the Township to be actually entering the public sanitary sewer system.
G. 
Any person requesting consideration for a reduction of the amount of the sewage collection, transportation and treatment charges because of water not entering the public sanitary sewer system shall make written application to the Township for such consideration, giving the name of such person, his address and setting forth supporting data fully describing other sources of water, if any, as well as the disposition of water alleged not to be entering the public sanitary sewer system. The application shall be accompanied by a sketch, to approximate scale, showing the plan of the property, the water distribution system, sewer layout, existing meters and proposed meters in the scheme to determine the quantity of flow entering or not entering the public sanitary sewer system. The cost of furnishing, installing and maintaining any meters other than those utilized to measure water purchased shall be borne by the applicant. The type, size, location, arrangement and maintenance of such meters shall be subject to the approval of the Township.
A. 
Although the sewage treatment works will be capable of treating certain abnormal wastes as heretofore defined, the actual treatment of such wastes may increase the cost of operating and maintaining the public sanitary sewer system. Therefore, there may be imposed upon each person discharging such abnormal waste into the public sanitary sewer system a surcharge or surcharges which are intended to cover such additional cost. Such surcharges shall be in addition to the regular sewage collection, transportation and the treatment charges set forth in the sewer rate resolution of the Township and shall be payable as therein provided.
B. 
The strength of any abnormal waste, the discharge of which is to be subject to surcharge, shall be determined monthly, or more frequently as the Township shall determine, from samples taken either at the manhole or metering chamber or at any other sampling point mutually agreed upon by the Township and the producer of such waste. The frequency and duration of the sampling period shall be such as, in the opinion of the Township, will permit a reasonably reliable determination of the average composition of such waste. Samples shall be collected or their collection supervised by a representative of the Township and shall be in proportion to the flow of waste, exclusive of stormwater runoff, and composited for analysis in accordance with the latest edition of Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater, as hereinbefore cited. Except as hereinafter provided, the strength of the waste so found by analysis shall be used for establishing the surcharge or surcharges. However, the Township may, if it so elects, accept the results of routine sampling and analyses by the producer of such wastes in lieu of making its own samplings and analyses.
C. 
BOD surcharge rate.
(1) 
In the event that any abnormal waste is found by the Township to have a BOD in excess of 300 milligrams per liter, the producer of said waste may be surcharged an amount equal to the product of the actual volume of wastes in thousand gallons per billing period, exclusive of stormwater runoff, discharged to the public sanitary sewer system and the BOD surcharge rate. The BOD surcharge rate shall be determined by the following formula:
BOD surcharge rate = 0.00834 x P(C-300)
Where the BOD surcharge rate is expressed in cents per 1,000 gallons of waste discharged, and
Where
P
=
The average annual fixed operating and maintenance cost of secondary treatment processess per pound of BOD received at the treatment works.
C
=
The average BOD of the industrial waste expressed in milligrams per liter as determined in accordance with this chapter.
(2) 
The figure 300 appearing in the above formula corresponds to the maximum BOD permissible without surcharge. The figure 0.00834 is the factor to convert milligrams per liter to pounds per 1,000 gallons.
D. 
Suspended solids surcharge rate.
(1) 
In the event that any abnormal waste is found by the Township to have an average suspended solids concentration in excess of 350 milligrams per liter, the producer of such waste shall be surcharged an amount equal to the product of the actual volume of wastes in thousand gallons per billing period, exclusive of stormwater runoff, discharged to the public sanitary sewer system and the suspended solids surcharge rate. The suspended solids surcharge rate shall be determined by the following formula:
Suspended solids surcharge rate = 0.00834 x B(S-350)
Where the suspended solids surcharge rate is expressed in cents per 1,000 gallons of waste discharged; and
Where
B
=
The average annual fixed operating and maintenance cost of the sludge digestion, sludge drying and sludge disposal operations per pound of suspended solids received at the treatment works.
S
=
The average suspended solids concentration of the abnormal industrial waste expressed in milligrams per liter as determined in accordance with this chapter.
(2) 
The figure 350 appearing in the above formula corresponds to the maximum suspended solids concentration permissible without surcharge. The figure 0.00834 is the factor to convert milligrams per liter to pounds per 1,000 gallons.
E. 
No discount will be permitted for sewage or abnormal wastes having a BOD less than 300 milligrams per liter or for a suspended solids concentration less than 350 milligrams per liter.
F. 
Where surcharges are imposed by the Boroughs for wastes which are transported by the Township sewer system into the Borough sewer system, the Township may impose such charges directly on users as though they were surcharges for wastes entering the Township sewage treatment facilities. In such cases, the Township may add billing, administrative and engineering costs, not to exceed 5% of the surcharge amount, if deemed necessary by the Township to pay for costs incurred.
G. 
The Township reserves the right to add additional surcharge fees based on pollutants that may cause harm or additional operational costs to the public sewer system and the Borough's sewerage system.
H. 
The surcharges provided for in this section shall be added to the sewage collection, transportation and treatment charges imposed by the Township under the sewer rate resolution.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
[Amended 5-14-1985 by Ord. No. 65]
The net amount of the quarterly sewer bill is payable by the 10th day of the month following receipt of the bill. If the net bill is not paid within five days of the due date, a surcharge of 10% will be added to the bill. If said bill is not paid within an additional five days, the Township may initiate collection procedures and may add to the bill all costs incurred by the Township in collecting the bill as set forth in § 157-13 of this chapter. Should a bill remain delinquent for a period of 20 days after the due date, the Township may discontinue service.
[Added 2-15-1984 by Ord. No. 45-A; amended 5-14-1985 by Ord. No. 65]
All sewer rental fees which are delinquent in excess of five days shall be subject to the following charges:
A. 
The cost of preparation of all notices required by statute or ordinance in an amount not to exceed $5.
B. 
The actual cost of service of all required notices.
C. 
Attorneys' fees for collection of any delinquent sewer account in an amount not to exceed $100.
D. 
All court costs incurred in the collection of any delinquent sewer rental fee.
[Added 2-15-1985 by Ord. No. 45-A; amended 5-14-1985 by Ord. No. 65]
Whenever any notice must be served personally, said notice may be served by any adult, including but not limited to a constable. The actual cost of the service shall be included as a charge on the sewer rental bill.
[Added 5-14-1985 by Ord. No. 65]
The Township may require a security deposit of $45 as a condition of continued service in the following cases:
A. 
The user has filed for bankruptcy.
B. 
The user has been delinquent in paying the sewer bill for a period of two consecutive quarters.
C. 
Service has been terminated.
Any person who violates or permits a violation of this article shall, upon conviction in a summary proceeding brought before a Magisterial District Judge under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, be guilty of a summary offense and shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000, plus costs of prosecution. In default of payment thereof, the defendant may be sentenced to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days. Each day or portion thereof that such violation continues or is permitted to continue shall constitute a separate offense, and each section of this chapter that is violated shall also constitute a separate offense.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).