TITLE 13. PUBLIC SERVICESTITLE 13. PUBLIC SERVICES\Chapter 13.24 MUNICIPAL SEWER

The rates, rules and regulations hereinafter set forth shall constitute and be considered a part of the contract with every person, company, firm or corporation supplied with municipal sewage disposal from the municipal sewage system of the city, and every person, company, firm or corporation, hereinafter called the consumer, who accepts and uses the sewage system shall be held to have consented to be bound thereby.

(Code 2016)

The owner(s) of all houses, buildings or properties used for human occupancy, employment, recreation or other purposes, situated with the city and abutting any street, alley or right-of-way in which there is now located or may be located in the future a sanitary sewer of the city, is hereby required to install, at their expense, disposal facilities therein, and to connect such facilities directly with the proper public wastewater collection system in accordance with the provisions of this chapter within ninety days after the official notice to do so.

(Ord. 672 Art. 2 § 4, 1982)

Except as hereinafter provided, it is unlawful to construct or maintain any privy, privy vault, septic tank, cesspool or other facility intended or used for the disposal of wastewater.

(Code 2016)

Where a public sanitary sewer is not available under the provisions of Section 13.24.020 of this chapter, the building sewer shall be connected to a private wastewater disposal system complying with the provisions of Sections 13.24.050 through 13.24.110.

(Ord. 672 Art. 3 § 1, 1982)

A.    The type, capacities, location and layout of a private wastewater disposal system shall comply with all recommendations of the State Department of Health and Environment.

B.    When a public water supply is used, no permit shall be issued for any private wastewater disposal system employing subsurface soil absorption facilities where the area of the lot is less than twenty thousand square feet. In the case of a private water supply, the minimum lot size will be forty thousand square feet. No septic tank or cesspool system shall be permitted to discharge to any natural outlet.

(Ord. 672 Art. 3 § 4, 1982)

Before commencement of construction of a private wastewater disposal system, the owner shall first obtain a written permit signed by the superintendent. The application for such permit shall be made on a form furnished by the city, which the applicant shall supplement by any plans, specifications and other information as are deemed necessary by the superintendent. A permit and inspection fee of twenty-five dollars shall be paid to the city at the time the application is filed.

(Ord. 672 Art. 3 § 2, 1982)

A permit for a private wastewater disposal system shall not become effective until the installation is completed to the satisfaction of the superintendent. He shall be allowed to inspect the work at any stage of construction and, in any event, the applicant for the permit shall notify the superintendent when the work is ready for final inspection, and before any underground portions are covered. The inspection shall be made within ninety-six hours of the receipt of the notice by the superintendent or his representative.

(Ord. 672 Art. 3 § 3, 1982)

The owner shall operate and maintain the private wastewater disposal facilities in a sanitary manner at all times, at no expense to the city.

(Ord. 672 Art. 3 § 6, 1982)

At such time as a public sewer becomes available to a property served by a private wastewater disposal system, a direct connection shall be made to the public wastewater collection system in compliance with this chapter. Any septic tanks, cesspools and similar private wastewater disposal facilities shall be cleaned and filled.

(Ord. 672 Art. 3 § 5, 1982)

When a public sewer becomes available, the building sewer shall be connected to such sewer either when the current private system fails or the property is sold to a different party, whichever occurs first. The private wastewater disposal system shall be cleaned of sludge and filled with clean, bank-run gravel, locally available chat, or soil.

(Code 2016)

All applications for sewer service shall be made in writing on a contract furnished by the city, stating the purpose for which the services are required.

(Code 2016)

The application shall be granted only if there is either (a) a sanitary sewer main, feeder line or lateral adjacent to the premises therein described, or (b) regularly platted and dedicated streets or streets and alleys affording a feasible route from an existing sewer line of the city by means of which such service may be made available to the premises.

(Code 2016)

All costs and expenses incident to the installation and connection of the building sewer shall be borne by the owner.  The owner shall indemnify the city from any loss or damage that may directly or indirectly be occasioned by the installation of the building sewer. All taps shall be made, street excavations made, pipes installed and meter installed by a licensed city plumber.

(Code 2016)

At the time of making application for a new sewer service connection, the owner shall pay to the City a connection fee of $100.00, and provided further that a permit must be obtained from the City before an excavation, installation or opening is made in any street, alley, easement or public ground within the City.  The sewer connection and sand packed ditch must be inspected by the City before the reinforced concrete is poured.

(Code 2016)

A separate and independent building sewer shall be provided for every building except, where one building stands at the rear of another on an interior lot, the building sewer from the front building may be extended to the rear building and the whole considered as one building sewer.  This section shall not apply to existing connections, however, upon replacement of a connection, separate connections shall be required.

(Code 2016)

A.    City sewer services shall not be extended beyond the city limits of the city, unless required by law or at the discretion and authorized by the governing body upon a finding that: (1) such service extension is not contrary to or is permitted by the laws of the State of Kansas and the ordinances of the city; or (2) that such service extension meets sound financial and economic standards; or (3) that such service extension is compatible with the mission and planning goals of the city.

B.    For property outside the corporate City Limits, but abutting up to the City limits, sewer service may be extended to the property, contingent on the property being annexed into the City limits.  Once annexed into the corporate city limits, the owner shall comply with all ordinances of the city pertaining to sewer services.

C.    For property outside the corporate City limits, but not abutting up to the Belleville City limits, at the property owner’s request, sewer service may be connected if the sewer discharge system is readily available at the affected property.  Once connected the owner shall comply with all ordinances of the City pertaining to municipal services.

D.    When necessary for establishment of service, the property owner shall extend the city sewer main across the entire with of the property at their own expenses, in accordance to City standards and specifications.

(Code 2016)

The City of Belleville owns and maintains only the sewage main lines.  The property owner is responsible for the sewer tap and the service line to the building.  The property owner shall pay the costs of the installation of the sewer tap and sewer service pipe and will maintain the sewer tap and service line at their own expense. Any repairs, cleaning or removal of items that cause a backup in the service tap or the service line will fully be the responsibility of the customer.

(Code 2016)

A.    Billings for wastewater service shall be rendered at the same time and on the same bills issued for water service, but shall be shown as a separate item from the charge for water.  Water services designated as a garden spot or for lawn irrigation which are not connected to a structure or a dwelling shall not be billed for sewer.

B.    For residential contributors, monthly use charges will be based on the average monthly water usage during the months of January, February and March of each year, effective on the May billing of that year.  If a residential contributor has not established a January, February and March average, their monthly user charge shall be based on seventy-five percent of the most current full month of metered usage.

C.    For commercial and industrial contributors, user charges shall be based on water metered during the current month.

(Code 2016)

Effective on bills payable as noted below, and thereafter, the following rates shall be charged for sewer discharge furnished by the Belleville Municipal Sewer Utility, and are hereby established to be charged against consumers:

Minimum monthly charges for wastewater collection and treatment is hereby established and fixed and shall apply to and govern the wastewater collection and treatment bill payable May 1, 2016:

Residential Service, for buildings where at least 50% of the HVAC conditioned square footage space is used for domestic proposes and each dwelling is metered individually for municipal water.  Apartment and other multiple domestic used buildings with a single water meter will be billed under the General Service Rate.

The minimum charge per month shall be:

Effective

Effective

5/1/2016

5/1/2017

$10.60 per month

$10.60 per month

The sewer treatment Charge per one thousand gallons of water used, as determined in Section 15-433 of Belleville Municipal Code is                   

Effective

Effective

5/1/2016

5/1/2017

$3.375 per month

$3.375 per month

General Service, for buildings where less than 50% of the HVAC conditioned square footage space is used for other than domestic proposes and each business or other building use is metered individually for municipal water.

The minimum charge per month shall be:

Effective

Effective

5/1/2016

5/1/2017

$16.00 per month

$17.00 per month

The sewer treatment Charge per one thousand gallons of water used, as determined in Section 15-433 of Belleville Municipal Code is:

Effective

Effective

5/1/2016

5/1/2017

$2.660 per month

$2.772 per month

(Code 2016)

Where it can be established that a contributor has had a water leak during the establishment of the contributor’s average winter water use, the contributor’s charge may be adjusted by the city, when the customer provides a statement stating the leak being fixed, along with receipts or invoices showing the repairs or materials for the repairs.  The City will adjust the usage, based on equivalent monthly usage. The City will honor requests to recalculate sewer charges until June 1st of the affected year.

(Code 2016)

The property owner shall keep sewer lines not maintained by the City, in good repair and free from leaks or blockage at his/her expense.  No claims for damages shall be made against the city on account of breakage or back up of any sewer line nor will any allowance be made to any consumer on account of any leaks or back up of waste if it is determined the property owners line was not properly maintained.

(Code 2016)

A.    It is unlawful for any person to place, deposit or permit to be deposited any human or animal excrement, garbage or other objectionable waste in any unsanitary manner on public or private property within the city, or in any area under the jurisdiction of the City.

B.    It is unlawful to discharge any wastewater or other polluted waters into any natural outlet when not treated.  The property owner shall be notified when it has been determined that untreated wastewater or sewage is flowing or collecting above ground due to blockage or backup, or for any other reason.  The owner will have five working days to contact a licensed plumber to schedule repairs.  If in the five days, the owner has not scheduled repair of leaking sewage, or reasonable efforts to stop the flow of sewage, the City will disconnect water service to the property until repairs have been completed.

C.    No person shall make connection of roof downspouts, exterior or interior foundation drains, areaway drains, or other sources of surface runoff or groundwater to a building sewer or building drain which in turn is connected directly or indirectly to the public wastewater system.

D.    No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged any storm water, surface water, groundwater, roof runoff, subsurface drainage, uncontaminated cooling water or unpolluted industrial process waters to any sanitary sewer.  Storm water and all other unpolluted drainage shall be discharged to sewers specifically designated as storm sewers by the superintendent, to another storm sewer, or natural outlet.  Such flows are also subject to federal and state regulations.

E.    No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged any of the following described waters or wastes to any public sewers:

1.    Any gasoline, benzene, naphtha, fuel oil, or other flammable or explosive liquid, solid or gas;

2.    Any waters or wastes containing toxic or poisonous solids, liquids or gases in sufficient quantity, either singly or by interaction with other wastes to:

i.     Injure or interfere with any wastewater treatment process, or

ii.    Constitute a hazard to humans or animals, or

iii.   Create a public nuisance, or

iv.   Create any hazard in the receiving waters of the wastewater treatment plant;

F.    Any waters or wastes having a pH lower than 6.0 or higher than 9.0, or having any other property capable of causing damage or hazard to structures, equipment and personnel of the treatment works;

G.    Solid or viscous substances in quantities or of such size capable of causing obstructions to the flow in sewers, or other interference with the proper operation of the treatment works such as, but not limited to ashes, cinders, sand, mud, straw, shavings, metal, glass, rags, diapers, baby wipes, napkins, sanitary napkins, plastic, dental floss, feathers, tar, plastics, wood, unground garbage, whole blood, fats, oils and greases, coffee grounds, scrub pads, paunch manure, hair and fleshings, entrails, and paper dishes, cups, cat litter, milk containers, etc., either whole or ground by garbage grinders.

H.    No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged the following described substances, materials, waters or wastes if it appears likely in the opinion of the superintendent that such wastes can harm either the sewers, wastewater treatment process or equipment, have an adverse effect on the receiving stream, or can otherwise endanger life, limb, public property, or constitute a nuisance. In forming his opinion as to the acceptability of these wastes, the superintendent will give consideration to such factors as the quantities of subject wastes in relation to flows and velocities in the sewers, materials of construction of the sewers, nature of the wastewater treatment process, capacity of the wastewater treatment plant, degree of treatability of wastes in the wastewater treatment plant, and other pertinent factors.

I.     The substances prohibited are:

1.    Any liquid or vapor having a temperature higher than one hundred twenty degrees Fahrenheit (forty-nine degrees Centigrade);

2.    Any water or waste containing excess fats, wax, grease or oils, whether emulsified or not, or containing substances which may solidify or become viscous at temperatures between thirty-two and one hundred twenty degrees Fahrenheit (nine and forty degrees Centigrade);

3.    Any garbage that has not been properly shredded. The installation and operation of any garbage grinder equipped with a motor of three-fourths horsepower (0.76 metric) or greater shall be subject to the review and approval of the superintendent;

4.    Any waters or wastes containing strong acid pickling wastes, or concentrated plating solutions, whether neutralized or not;

5.    Any waters or wastes containing iron, chromium, copper, zinc, and similar objectionable or toxic substances; or wastes exerting an excessive chlorine requirement, to such degree that any such material received in the composite wastewater at the wastewater treatment works exceeds the limits established by the superintendent for such materials, or pretreatment requirements established by state, federal or other public agencies of jurisdiction for such discharge;

6.    Any waters or wastes containing phenols or other taste- or odor-producing substances, in such concentrations exceeding limits which may be established by the superintendent as necessary, after treatment of the composite wastewater, to meet the requirements of the state, federal or other public agencies of jurisdiction for such discharge;

7.    Any radioactive wastes or isotopes of such half-life or concentration as may exceed limits established by the superintendent in compliance with applicable state or federal regulations;

8.    Materials which exert or cause:

i.     Unusual concentrations of inert suspended solids (such as, but not limited to, Fuller’s earth, lime slurries and lime residues), or of dissolved solids (such as, but not limited to sodium chloride and sodium sulfate),

ii.    Excessive discoloration (such as, but not limited to dye wastes and vegetable tanning solutions),

iii.   Unusual BOD, chemical oxygen demand, or chlorine requirements in such quantities as to constitute a significant load on the wastewater treatment works,

iv.   Unusual volume of flow or concentration of wastes constituting “slugs”.

9.    Waters or wastes containing substances which are not amenable to treatment or reduction by the wastewater treatment processes employed, or are amenable to treatment only to such degree that the wastewater treatment plant effluent cannot meet the requirements of other agencies having jurisdiction over discharge to the receiving waters;

i.     Any waters or wastes:

a.     Having a five-day BOD greater than three hundred milligrams per liter; or

b.    Containing more than three hundred fifty milligrams per liter of suspended solids; or

c.     Having an average daily flow greater than two percent of the average wastewater flow of the city, shall be subject to the review of the superintendent.

ii.    Where necessary, in the opinion of the superintendent, the owner shall provide, at his expense, such preliminary treatment as may be necessary to:

a.     Reduce the BOD to three hundred milligrams per liter; or

b.    Reduce the suspended solids to three hundred fifty milligrams per liter;

c.     Control the quantities and rates of discharge of such waters or wastes.

iii.   Plans, specifications and any other pertinent information relating to proposed preliminary treatment facilities shall be submitted for the approval of the superintendent, and no construction of such facilities shall be commenced until such approvals are obtained in writing.

(Ord. 672 Art. 5 § 4, 1982)

Grease, oil and sand interceptors shall be provided when, in the opinion of the superintendent, they are necessary for the proper handling of liquid wastes containing grease in excessive amounts, or any flammable wastes, sand or other harmful ingredients; except that such interceptors shall not be required for private living quarters or dwelling units.  All interceptors shall be of a type and capacity approved by the superintendent, and shall be located as to be readily and easily accessible for cleaning and inspection. 

(Code 2016)

No person shall remove, obstruct, alter or injure any pipe, or uncover or make any connections or tap, use, alter or disturb any public sewer, or in any way injure or damage any building, machinery, fixture, or appurtenance of the municipal sewer system of the city, or carry off or injure any pipe, tools, fixtures, supplies or apparatus, or other property appertaining to the water system of the city.

(Ord. 672 Art. 1 (part), §§ (1) - (31), 1982)