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Township of Allegheny, PA
Westmoreland County
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[Adopted 2-13-1978 by Ord. No. 14-1978 (§§ 9.31 to 9.48 of the 1986 Code)]
All sewers and branches thereof for the disposal of sanitary sewage and/or industrial wastes within the Township at any time heretofore and hereafter constructed or otherwise acquired by the Township and/or its Municipal Authority are hereby adopted and declared to be, for the purposes of this article, a common system of sanitary sewers for the Township and are hereinafter called the "sewer system."
The owner or owners of each property accessible to and whose principal building heretofore and/or hereafter constructed, if within 150 feet of the sewer line of the sewer system, shall connect therewith at any time within 60 days after notice to make such connection is served on such owner or owners by or on behalf of the Township Supervisors, either by personal service or by registered mail. The terms "to connect," the "connection" and the sanitary sewage and/or industrial wastes drainage system of the building or premises to the "Y's" or "T's" or extensions thereof forming a part of the sewer system.
In case any property owner or owners of such building or premises shall neglect or refuse to connect with the sewer system within the sixty-day period immediately following service of the notice to connect with the sewer system, the Township Supervisors or their agent may enter upon such property and construct such sewer connection. Upon construction of such sewer connection by the Township Supervisors or their agent, the Township Supervisors shall send or cause to be sent an itemized bill of costs of the construction of such sewer connection to the owner or owners of such property, which bill shall be payable forthwith. In case such owner or owners neglect or refuse to pay such bill of costs, the Township Supervisors may file or cause to be filed a municipal lien for the costs of said construction within six months after the completion of the construction of such sewer connection, as provided by law, or the Township Supervisors may pursue or cause to be pursued any other legal or equitable remedy available to collect such bill of costs. This section is not intended to restrict or limit any legal or equitable remedy that the Township or their agent may have with respect to the failure of a property owner to connect to the sewer system.
No person shall be authorized to uncover, make any connections with or opening into, alter or disturb the sewer system without having received an annual permit from the Township to do so, having registered with the Township Manager and posted with the Township Manager a bond payable to the Township and its Municipal Sewer Authority as the Township's and such Municipal Authority's interests may appear, complying with the requirements set forth herein as applicable to such person.
[Amended 2-9-1998 by Ord. No. 8-1998]
A. 
Procedure for obtaining permit and/or tap into sanitary sewer system and inspections required during construction.
(1) 
Any person, corporation or other entity applying for connection to the sanitary sewer facilities of Allegheny Township (hereinafter "applicant") shall file an application for issuance of a tap to connect to said facilities in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Municipal Authority of Allegheny Township (hereinafter "Authority").
(2) 
Upon receipt of the application, the Authority shall issue a "notice of intent to issue sewer tap" on a form prescribed by the Authority which shall reserve a sewer tap for the applicant for a period of 30 days, provided that the applicant obtains a building permit from the Township during said thirty-day period.
(3) 
The notice of intent to issue a tap shall expire 30 days after it is issued unless the applicant has secured a building permit from the Township of Allegheny during said thirty-day period.
(4) 
If the applicant secures a building permit from the Township of Allegheny within the thirty-day life of the notice of intent to issue a tap, the Authority shall thereafter issue a sewer tap authorizing connection to the sanitary sewer facilities of the Authority, provided that the applicant pays the applicable connection charge or tap-in charge to the Authority; however, the tap shall expire upon expiration of the building permit.
(5) 
If the applicant fails to secure a building permit from Allegheny Township within the thirty-day period immediately following the issuance of a notice of intent to issue tap from the Authority, or if the tap expires because the building permit has expired, then the Authority may issue said sewer tap to another applicant in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Authority and this resolution.
(6) 
In the event that the applicant is not required to obtain a building permit in accordance with the applicable ordinances of Allegheny Township and/or proposes a sanitary sewer connection to an existing building or structure, the Authority shall issue a sewer tap authorizing connection to the sanitary sewer facilities upon the applicant's submission of a completed application, payment of the applicable fee and compliance with the rules and regulations of the Authority.
(7) 
An applicant who proposes to tap into or connect an existing building or structure to the sanitary sewer system shall contact the Township Manager or Clerk before making said connection so that a Township representative may be present at the time of said connection to inspect and ensure full compliance with all applicable ordinances, rules and regulations. No connection between an existing building or structure and the sanitary sewer system shall be made unless an authorized Township representative or agent is present to witness and inspect said connection.
(8) 
In no event shall the Authority issue a sewer tap unless a building permit has been issued within 30 days after the Authority's issuance of a "notice of intent to tap" or the applicant proposes to tap into or connect with an existing building or structure.
B. 
Inspections by Township during construction.
(1) 
During the construction of any structure or building which requires the issuance of a building permit by Allegheny Township, the owner of the property for which the building permit was issued, the permittee, the contractor acting under the authority of said permit and/or any other person acting under the authority of said permit shall contact Allegheny Township and/or an authorized agent or representative delegated by Allegheny Township during each of the following phases of construction of any structure or building for which a notice of intent to issue a tap-in permit or a tap-in permit has been issued by the Authority, so that the Township and/or its delegated agent or representative may perform an inspection to ensure compliance with all ordinances of Allegheny Township including, but not limited to, those provisions of any Township ordinance, or the rules and regulations of the Authority, which make it illegal, unlawful or improper to cause any stormwater, surface water, or other unlawful or illegal substances or liquids to be diverted into the sanitary sewer system of Allegheny Township:
(a) 
Upon completion of any excavation or digging for the installation of a foundation or footer system for the structure and prior to installing said footer or foundation by means of pouring concrete or otherwise;
(b) 
Immediately prior to pouring any concrete basement for said structure, including prior to pouring concrete over and/or covering any french drains, drainage pumps or other stormwater drainage systems;
(c) 
Immediately prior to backfilling any excavated areas to grade;
(d) 
At the time of connection to the sanitary sewer system.
(2) 
The following regulations and specifications shall apply to any gutters, downspouts, drainage systems and french drains installed and constructed as part of or accessory to any building or structure:
(a) 
All gutters, downspouts, french drains or other drainage systems attached to or installed upon any building or structure shall have drainage exits or openings that are visible or observable by the naked eye, so that drainage of stormwater, surface water or other liquids or substances is visible through said openings or exits by the naked eye;
(b) 
It shall be the responsibility and burden of the property owner for whom the building permit was issued, the permittee, the assignee, or the contractor acting as an authorized agent of the owner, to demonstrate to the Township, or its delegated representative, that discharge from said gutters and downspouts flows through their drainage exits or openings, for example, by placing a garden hose into said gutters and/or downspouts to display appropriate flow through drainage exits or openings. The provisions and requirements of this subsection shall also apply to the connection of existing buildings or structures to the sanitary sewer system.
(3) 
The authorized agent or representative performing the inspections required by this article shall be paid by the applicant the total sum of $15 per inspection as an inspection fee. This fee may be changed from time to time by resolution.
[Amended 1-10-2005 by Ord. No. 2-2005]
If the owner or owners of such building or premises will have to connect with the sewer system by means other than through an existing "Y" or "T" on any sewer system and extension thereof to the curbline or cartway line of the road or street or public right-of-way line, as the case may be, the Township Manager upon receipt of the approved application shall prepare and deliver to the applicant a form of bond payable to the Township and its Municipal Authority in the sum of $3,000, with sufficient corporate sureties to indemnify the Township and its Municipal Authority: (i) against all damages for injury to the sewer system; (ii) to replace in good condition any curbing, pavement or earth disturbed; (iii) to indemnify and save harmless the Township and its Municipal Authority for three years from the completion of the work, from all damages, repairs, costs and expenses, injuries and such actions and suits as are caused or occasioned by defective materials and workmanship, and from all damages from any accident and from all costs and attorney's fees incurred by reasons of any matter or thing done, committed or omitted by such owner, his agents or employees under such permit; and (iv) to comply in all respects with the ordinances, resolutions, rules and regulations of the Township or any other governmental agency having jurisdiction with the respect to the same now in force or hereafter to be passed. Upon receipt by the Township Manager of the bond duly executed, he shall submit the bond to the Township Supervisors or their agent for approval.
Upon the return to the Township Manager of the bond approved by the Township Supervisors or their agent in all cases where a bond is required as above provided, and in all cases upon payment of the sewer connection charge hereinafter provided, the Township Manager or his agent shall issue a sewer connection permit authorizing the approved applicant to connect such building or premises with the sewer system.
[Amended 9-11-1995 by Ord. No. 9.38-1995; 5-12-1997 by Ord. No. 12-1997]
A. 
Definitions. As used in this section, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
DWELLING UNIT
Any building or structure such as an apartment, home, single-family residence or similar structure connected, directly or indirectly, to the sewer system and occupied or intended for occupancy as living quarters by an individual, a family or other discrete group of persons.
EQUIVALENT DWELLING UNIT
The estimated equivalent amount of domestic sanitary sewage discharge by a single dwelling unit or a quarterly average of 180 gallons per day.
B. 
The sewer connection or tapping charge shall be imposed and collected for each approved property from the owner or owners of such building or premises being connected to the sewer system in the amount as set by the Municipal Authority. The Municipal Authority of Allegheny Township shall, hereinafter, have the right to establish, by resolution, certain enumerated fees in accordance with 53 Pa.C.S.A. § 5607, to be charged to property owners who desire to or are required to connect to the Authority's sewer system.
[Amended 1-10-2005 by Ord. No. 2-2005]
C. 
The sewer connection or tapping charge established herein or subsequently established by the Allegheny Township Municipal Authority, by resolution, shall not apply to property owners who desire to or are required to connect to the Authority's sewer system in the project known as the Gosser Hill Sewer Project. Those property owners who desire to or are required to connect to the Authority's sewer system in the project known as the Gosser Hill Sewer Project shall pay a sewer connection or tapping charge in the amount of $1,250 for each equivalent dwelling unit, the number of equivalent dwelling units for each improved property to be determined by the Municipal Authority. All other property owners within the Township of Allegheny who desire to or are required to connect to the Authority's sewer system shall be required to pay the sewer connection or tapping charge imposed by Section II of this article or by any subsequent resolution of the Allegheny Township Municipal Authority.
D. 
The sewer connection or tapping charge imposed in Subsection B of this article shall be replaced upon passage by the Allegheny Township Municipal Authority of a resolution establishing enumerated fees to property owners in accordance with 53 Pa.C.S.A. § 5607. All other provisions of this article shall remain in effect until specifically repealed, replaced, and/or amended by the Board of Supervisors of Allegheny Township.
All costs and expenses incident to the installation of the sewer connection and the connection of such building or premises with the sewer system shall be borne by the owner or owners of such building or premises. Such owner or owners shall indemnify and save harmless the Township and its Municipal Authority from any loss or damage directly or indirectly caused by or arising out of such installation and connection.
[Amended 1-10-2005 by Ord. No. 2-2005]
A separate sewer connection shall be provided for every principal building on a single property, except that where a building stands at the rear of another and no separate connection to the sewer system can be made through an adjoining alley, court, yard or driveway, the sewer connection from the front building may be extended to the rear building upon written approval of the Township Supervisors or their agent.
All sewer connections, materials therefor, jointing materials and methods used shall at all times be subject to the direction, supervision and approval of the Township Supervisors or their agent according to uniform rules and standards as adopted from time to time by the Township Supervisors.
The size and slope of the sewer connection shall be subject to the approval of the Township Supervisors or their agent, but in no event shall the diameter be less than four inches nor shall the slope of such four-inch pipe be less than 1/8 of an inch per foot. The invert of the sewer connection at the point of connection with such building or premises shall be at the same or at a higher elevation than the invert at the point of connection with the sewer system.
No person or persons shall connect with the sewer system other than through, by or into "Y's" and "T's" in the sewer system without a special sewer connection permit and the designation of the location of the "Y's" and "T's" by the Township Supervisors or their agent. No person shall drill into or tap any of the sewer system without written permission from the Township Supervisors or their agent.
[Amended 12-8-1986]
The owner or owners holding sewer connection permits shall notify the Township Supervisors or their agent when the sewer connection is ready for inspection and connection with the sewer system. In no case shall backfill be placed until such inspection is made.
All excavations for sewer connections shall be adequately guarded with barricades and lights to protect the public from hazards. All streets, sidewalks and public property disturbed in the course of making a sewer connection shall be restored to the same condition they were in prior to such disturbance, to the extent practicable, in a manner satisfactory to the Township Supervisors or their agent.
After 60 days have lapsed since such owner or owners received notice to connect with the sewer system as above provided, such owner or owners shall forthwith abandon all privies, cesspools, sinkholes, septic tanks and other receptacles on the premises for receiving sewage and/or industrial wastes (unless specific written permission to the contrary has been given by the Township Supervisors), and shall not at any time thereafter erect, construct, use or maintain any pipe, conduit, drain or other facility for the discharge of sewage and/or industrial wastes except into the sewer system; and all privy vaults or cesspools or similar receptacles for human excrement shall be cleansed and filled under the direction of the Township Supervisors or their agent; and no connection shall be permitted from any privy vault or cesspool to the sewer system.
No such owner or owners shall discharge or permit the discharge of any stormwater, surface water, roof runoff, swimming pool waters, subsurface drainage, cooling water or unpolluted industrial process waters into the sewer system.
Any person who violates or permits a violation of this article shall, upon conviction in a summary proceeding brought before a District Justice 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. Whenever such person shall have been notified in writing by the Township Supervisors or its agent that such person is violating this article, each full week that he shall continue such violation after receipt of such notification shall constitute a separate offense punishable by a like fine hereunder upon conviction thereof. Each section of this article that is violated shall also constitute a separate offense.