[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Ossining: Art. I, 12-18-1962 as Ord. No. 40; Art. II, 11-12-1980 as Ord. No. 103. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Sewer Connections
Article II Wastewater Discharge Service Charges
[Adopted 12-18-1962 as Ord. No. 40]
As used in this Article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- BUILDING CONNECTION
- That part of the sewerage system which lies immediately beyond and outside of the exterior line of the foundation of any building.
- Any individual, firm, copartnership or corporation.
- SEWERAGE SYSTEM
- All the sewers and building connections provided for the collection
of sewage outside of the exterior line of the foundations of all buildings
in the unincorporated area of the Town of Ossining, but shall include the
sewer and building connections for buildings located in the Villages of Ossining
and Briarcliff Manor if such sewer and building connections are for buildings
which lie within a sewer district established by the Town Board.[Amended 11-9-1982 by Ord. No. 110]
No stormwater or surface or underground water from any roof, unpaved or paved area, yard, court or courtyard shall be discharged through any building connection to the sanitary sewerage system in the Town of Ossining, New York; nor shall any clear water from any cooling or air-conditioning system be discharged through or to any building connection; nor shall any groundwater or stormwater be conducted to any cellar drain connected to the sanitary sewerage system in the Town of Ossining, New York.
No garbage or refuse, decayed wood, sawdust, shavings, bark, sand, lime, cinders, ashes, offal, gasoline, oil, tar, dye stuffs, grit, metal filings, inorganic abrasives or industrial waste in excessive quantity or without adequate pretreatment, nor toxic, corrosive, flammable or explosive liquid, vapor or gas, shall be discharged through any building connection or building connections into the sewerage system in the Town of Ossining, New York. No industrial or commercial waste shall be discharged through any building connection without written approval of the Town Engineer of the Town of Ossining and the Westchester County Department of Health and the Town of Ossining. However, shredded garbage or refuse resulting from the normal occupancy of any building and only that of the actual occupants of the building, consisting of food wastes only, shredded to particles having no dimension greater than 1/2 inch, may be discharged through any building connection with that amount of water necessary to carry the material freely into the sewerage system.
No extension of a sanitary sewer or water system shall be made in the Town of Ossining unless same is approved by the Town Board.
No drain from an automobile washstand or garage floor shall connect with any house drain, house connection or waste, soil or vent pipe, except through an approved gasoline and oil separator of ample capacity, which shall be maintained in proper working order by the owner. All such separators and their connecting waste pipes shall be vented in an approved manner so as to prevent the passage into the sewerage system of gasoline, gasoline vapor, oil and any other volatile fluids.
Any building connection existing at the time of the enactment of this Article discharging wastes otherwise than in accordance with the regulations of this Article shall be altered, removed or otherwise modified so as to comply with these regulations within 90 days following the effective date of this Article.
On and after the effective date hereof, all water-carried wastes originating in, or in connection with, any building which, at the time of the adoption of this Article, has been provided with a building connection into the sewerage system of the Town of Ossining, New York, or which may hereafter be provided with such building connection shall be discharged into such building connection and into the sewerage system under and pursuant to the regulations contained in this Article.
[Added 9-16-1969 by Ord. No. 72]
Each building connected separately with a public sewer shall have a house drainpipe no smaller than four inches in diameter. Every house sewer connected with the public sewer shall be of extra-heavy cast-iron pipe with deep and wide bell and spigot joints, or Class 2400 asbestos-cement pipe in lengths not exceeding five feet. It must be solidly laid on a true grade, of not less than 1% on well-tamped earth to prevent settling when backfilled, and in a straight line. Any changes in direction must be made with forty-five-degree fittings. Cast-iron pipes shall be joined with first quality lead, the entire joint being filled in one pouring and thoroughly caulked. The ditch must be, in all cases, kept dry during the laying of pipe. All house drains laid beneath the ground inside of buildings or beneath the cellar floor shall be of extra-heavy cast-iron joined with well-leaded and caulked joints. No trench shall be backfilled until an inspection has been completed by the Building Inspector.
Prior to the issuance of any building permit, two copies of plans for sewer connections, sewage disposal systems and sewage pumping stations shall be furnished to the Building Inspector. One copy of said plans shall be filed with the Town Engineer.
Prior to the issuance of any certificate of occupancy, a certified plan of the sewer connection, sewage disposal system and sewage pumping station shall be furnished to the Building Inspector. Said as-built plan shall show vertical and horizontal control, as well as material and type of connection used, and shall be filed with the Town Clerk.
No person shall discharge or cause the discharge or allow the discharge of any harmful or deleterious substance into any part of the sanitary sewerage system of the Town of Ossining, New York, either directly or through any building connection thereto, nor so as to endanger the use of or the materials or construction of any part of the sewerage system in the Town of Ossining, New York. No unauthorized person shall break, damage, destroy, uncover or otherwise interfere with any structure, device, equipment or treatment process which is part of such sewerage system or any approved connection thereto. Connections to the sewerage system in the Town of Ossining, New York, shall be made only to existing Y-branches provided for this purpose. Such connections shall be made only under written permit from the Town Engineer or the Building Inspector and by a plumber duly licensed by the Town of Ossining, New York.
[Amended 11-9-1982 by Ord. No. 110]
In addition to the requirements set forth in this Article, the town and all users of the town sewerage system shall also be subject to the Westchester County Environmental Facilities Ordinance No. 1, as amended, as the same presently exists and as the same may be amended from time to time. In the event that any provision of this Article conflicts with said Westchester County ordinance, the Westchester County ordinance shall apply.
[Amended 11-9-1982 by Ord. No. 110]
Any person, owner, lessee or occupant of any building, structure or premises or any user of the town sewerage system, who shall violate this Article, shall be guilty of a violation, upon conviction, be punished by a fine not exceeding $250 or imprisonment for not more than 15 days, or both. Each day such violation continues to exist shall be considered a separate offense.
In addition to the provisions of Subsection A hereof, the Town Board may, at its discretion, maintain an action or proceeding in the name of the town in a court of competent jurisdiction to compel compliance with or to restrain by injunction any violation of this Article and to recover any costs and expenses incurred as a result of such violation.
[Adopted 11-12-1980 as Ord. No. 103]
The purpose of this Article shall be to generate sufficient revenue to pay all costs for operations and maintenance for the Town of Ossining to complete wastewater systems and all costs attributable to capital construction of wastewater systems. The costs shall be distributed to all users of the wastewater system in proportion to the contribution of each user class to the total loading of the treatment works. Factors such as strength (BOD and suspended solids), volume and delivery flow rate characteristics shall be considered and included as the basis for each user class contribution to ensure a proportional distribution of operation and maintenance (including replacement) costs to each user class.
The Town Board or its Town Engineer shall determine the total annual costs of operation and maintenance of the wastewater system which are necessary to maintain the capacity and performance, during the service life of the treatment works, for which such works were designed and constructed. The total annual cost of operation and maintenance shall include, but need not be limited to, labor, repairs, equipment replacement, maintenance, necessary modifications, power, sampling, laboratory tests and a reasonable contingency fund.
The Town Board or its Town Engineer shall determine each user class average daily volume of wastewater which has been discharged to the wastewater system, which shall then be divided by the average daily volume of all wastewater discharged to the wastewater system to determine each user class volume contribution percentage. The amount used as the total average daily volume of wastewater shall exclude infiltration and inflow. The cost of operation and maintenance for all flow not directly attributable to users, i.e., infiltration/inflow, shall be distributed among all user classes based upon the flow volume of each user class.
The Town Board or its Town Engineer shall determine each user class average daily poundage of five-day twenty-degree-centigrade biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) which has been discharged to the wastewater system, which shall then be divided by the average daily poundage of all five-day BOD discharged to the wastewater system to determine each user class BOD contribution percentage.
The Town Board or its Town Engineer shall determine each user class average suspended solids (SS) poundage which has been discharged to the wastewater system, which shall then be divided by the average daily poundage of all suspended solids discharged to the wastewater system to determine the user class suspended solids contribution percentage.
Operation and maintenance charges; contract services.
Each dwelling unit which is connected to the sewer lines shall be charged an annual flat sum. This sum is to be determined by the Town Board after evaluation of the amount needed for operation and maintenance contract services for any particular sewer district in the current budget year. A "dwelling unit" is defined as a self-contained area having eating, living and sleeping facilities for one or more persons.
Each nonresidential and commercial user shall be charged an annual flat sum equal to the dwelling unit charge multiplied by an appropriate number as established by the Town Board or its Town Engineer based upon its discharge to the treatment system.
Each nonresidential and commercial user which discharges more than 25,000 gallons per day to the system shall be charged an additional surcharge. The amount of this surcharge is determined each year by the Town Engineer based upon actual use.
Operation and maintenance charges; local services. All expenses for operation and maintenance in each sewer district over and above the charges for contract services shall be allocated to each property based upon the ad valorem assessment for the property as indicated on the current assessment roll for the Town of Ossining.
The Town Board shall review the total annual cost of operation and maintenance, as well as each user class wastewater contribution percentage, not less often than every two years and will revise the system as necessary to assure equity of the service charge system established herein and to assure that sufficient funds are obtained to adequately operate and maintain the wastewater treatment works. If it is determined that excess revenues have been collected from a class of users, the excess revenues from that class of users shall be applied to the costs of operation and maintenance attributable to that class for the next year, and the number of units of use assigned to that class of users shall be adjusted accordingly.
Each user will be notified at least annually, in conjunction with a regular bill, of the rate and that portion of the user charges which is attributable to wastewater treatment services.
The discharge of any waters containing toxic or poisonous solids, liquids or gases in sufficient quantity, either singly or by interaction with other wastes, to contaminate the sludge of any municipal systems or to injure or interfere with any sewage treatment process, constituting a hazard in or having an adverse effect on the waters receiving any discharge from the treatment works, is hereby prohibited. (Article I of this chapter contains additional requirements covering the use of the Town of Ossining public sewers.)
Each user which discharges any toxic pollutant which causes an increase in the cost of managing the effluent or the sludge of the wastewater treatment works shall pay for such increased costs.
This system of service charges shall take precedence over any terms or conditions of agreements or contracts between the grantee and users (including industrial users, special districts, other municipalities or state and federal agencies or installations) which are inconsistent with 204(b)(1)(A) of the Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. § 1251 et seq., as amended) or the 40 CFR Part 35 Rules and Regulations.