Sewer Ordinance Amendment
Purpose. In adopting this ordinance, the City Council finds that the
discharging of water from any roof, surface ground, sump pump, footing tile, or
swimming pool or other natural precipitation into the City sewerage system will
and has on numerous occasions in the past, flooded and overloaded the sewerage
system to such an extent as to cause significant and grave damage to the
property of large numbers of city residents.
2) Definitions and Method. No water from any roof, surface, ground,
sump pump, footing tile, swimming pool or other natural precipitation shall be
discharged into the sanitary sewerage system. Dwellings and other buildings and
structures which require, because of the infiltration of water into basements,
crawl spaces and the like, a sump pump system to discharge excess water, shall
have a permanently installed discharge line which shall not at any time
discharge water into the sanitary sewerage system, except as provided herein. A
permanent installation shall be one which provides for year-around discharge
capability to either the outside of the dwelling, building or structure, or is
connected to the City storm sewer or discharges through the curb and gutter to
the street. It shall consist of a rigid discharge line, without valving or quick
connections for altering the path of discharge, and if connected to the City
storm sewer line include a check valve.
Disconnection. Before April
1, _______, any person, firm or corporation having a roof, surface, ground, sump
pump, footing tile or swimming pool now connected and/or discharging into the
sanitary sewer system shall disconnect and/or remove same. Any disconnects or
openings in the sanitary sewer shall be closed or repaired in an effective,
workable manner, as approved by the Public Works Supervisor.
Inspection. Every person
owning improved real estate that discharges into the Cityís sanitary sewer
system shall allow an employee of the City of _______ or their designated
representative to inspect the buildings to confirm that there is no sump pump or
other prohibited discharging into the sanitary sewer system. In lieu of having
the City inspect their property, any person may furnish a certificate from a
licensed plumber certifying that their property is in compliance with this
person refusing to allow their property to be inspected or refusing to furnish a
plumberís certificate within (14) days of the date City employee(s) or their
designated representatives are denied admittance to the property, shall
immediately become subject to the surcharge hereinafter provided for. Any
property found to violate the Ordinance shall make the necessary changes to
comply with the Ordinance and furnish proof of the changes to the City by April
Future Inspections. At any
future time, if the City has reason to suspect that an illegal connection may
exist in a premises, the owner, by written notice shall comply with the
provisions of Article 4 above.
Waivers. The City Public Works Supervisor shall have the power and duty of
hearing and deciding requests for waivers from the applicability of the
provisions of this ordinance where strict enforcement would cause undue hardship
because of circumstances unique to the individual property under consideration
or cause a safety problem.
for waivers pursuant to this Subdivision shall be addressed in writing to the
City of ___________ Public Works Supervisor. The application shall at a minimum
identify the property for which the waiver is being applied for, the name of the
property owner/applicant, and describe in detail what characteristics of the
subject property create an undue hardship. Within a reasonable time the City
Public Works Supervisor shall make its order deciding on the matter and serve a
copy of such order upon the applicant by mail. Upon approval of an application
for a waiver, a property owner shall be allowed to temporarily pump directly
into the sanitary sewer system between the dates October 15 and April 1.
Penalty. A surcharge of One Hundred ($100.00) dollars per month is hereby
imposed and added to every sewer billing mailed on and after April 1, _______,
to property owners who are not in compliance with this Ordinance. The surcharge
shall be added every month through October, _________, until the property is in
compliance. The surcharge shall continue to be levied monthly for the months of
April through October (both inclusive) of every year, on properties not
complying with the Ordinance.
Effective Date. This
Ordinance shall be effective from, and after its adoption and publication.
this ________day of ________________ , _____________.