§ 21-27. Connection to sewer system.


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  • (a) Availability defined. The city sewer system shall be deemed available for the connection of the plumbing of any building as follows:

    (1) Estimated sewage flows of one thousand (1,000) gallons per day or less. Service is available if a city sewer line exists in a public easement or right-of-way which abuts the property, and gravity flow can be maintained from the building's drain to the sewer line. If gravity flow can be maintained from a drain located anywhere in the building, service shall be deemed available to the entire building. Where a building exists on a septic system prior to June 1, 1996, service is deemed to be available if the connection can be made without unreasonable cost to the property owner.

    (2) Estimated sewage flows exceeding one thousand (1,000) gallons per day. Service is available if a city force main or lift station exists in a public easement or right-of-way which abuts the property or is within one hundred (100) feet of the property. Where a building exists on a septic system prior to June 1, 1996, service is deemed to be available if the connection can be made without unreasonable cost to the property owner. For repair or modification of a pre-existing septic system, service is deemed to be available if any sewer line exists within five hundred (500) feet of the subject property which is accessible via easements or rights-of-way.

    (3) Areas zoned or used for industrial or manufacturing purposes or the equivalent. Service is available if a sewer line exists within one-fourth (¼) mile (one thousand three hundred twenty (1,320) feet) of the development which is accessible via easements or rights-of-way. Where a building exists on a septic system prior to June 1, 1996, service is deemed to be available if the connection can be made without unreasonable cost to the property owner. For repair or modification of a preexisting septic system, service is deemed to be available if any sewer line exists within five hundred (500) feet of the subject property which is accessible via easements or rights-of-way.

    (b) Mandatory connection. Where service is deemed to be available, the owner of each lot or parcel of land within the city's utility service area upon which any building exists that is used for residential, institutional, commercial or industrial purposes shall cause the plumbing of such building to be connected with the sewer system and use such facilities within sixty (60) days following notification to do so by the director of utilities. All such connections shall be made at the expense of the owner and shall be made in accordance with rules and regulations adopted by the city commission, which rules and regulations shall provide for reasonable fees and charges for service. If a property owner fails to connect to the sewer system within sixty (60) days after notification to do so, such owner shall be required to pay charges for service the same as if the building were connected to the system.

    (c) Construction, repair and alteration of septic systems. It shall be unlawful for any person to construct, repair, alter, do or have work done to any septic system within the city's utility service area where connection to the city's sewer system is deemed to be available. No person shall construct, repair, alter or enlarge any septic system where sewer service is deemed to be unavailable unless such person receives approval by the director of utilities and holds a valid permit for such work issued by the department of health and rehabilitative services. The type, capacity, location, and layout of a septic system shall comply with all regulations of the department of health and rehabilitative services.

    (d) Purchase, installation and maintenance of pumping devices. Where estimated sewage flow exceeds one thousand (1,000) gallons per day, elevation differences between the building in question and the sewer system shall not be construed to mean that sewer service is unavailable. In such instances where gravity flow cannot be maintained from the building's drain to the sewer line, the owner of the building shall be required to purchase, install and maintain, at the owner's expense, a device manufactured specifically for the pumping of sewage into the sewer system. The operation and maintenance of the pumping device shall be the sole responsibility of the owner or the owner's agent with a signed waiver of the city's liability prior to connection to the system. If, as a result of geographical location, it is deemed to be in the public interest to oversize the pumping device beyond minimum requirements, the city may exercise the option to operate and maintain the pumping device.

    (e) Application for connection, inspection fee and notice for inspection. A connection with the sewer system shall be made only after an application has been filed with the building official. Such application shall state where the connection is to be made and such other information and details as shall be prescribed by the building official. Such inspection fee or other fees as may be required from time to time shall accompany the application. No work shall be done until the application shall have been approved by the building official and no connection with the sewer system shall be made without a permit having been issued by the building official, and all such connections shall first be inspected and approved before the same shall be covered by filling the excavation. Reasonable notice shall be given to the building official of the time such connection is ready to be inspected.

(Ord. No. 96-06, § 1, 5-21-96)