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(A) No unauthorized person shall uncover, make any connections with, or opening into, use, alter or disturb any public sewer or appurtenance thereof without first obtaining a written permit from the city.
(B) All disposal by any person into the sewer system is unlawful, except those discharges in compliance with federal standards promulgated pursuant to the federal act and more stringent state and local standards.
(C) (1) There shall be two classes of building sewer permits:
(a) For residential and commercial service; and
(b) For service to establishments producing industrial wastes.
(2) In either case, the owner or his or her agent shall make application on a special form furnished by the city (reference § 54.08 of this chapter). The permit application shall be supplemented by any plans, specifications or other information considered pertinent in the judgement of the city. A permit and inspection fee of $500 for each tap for a residential or commercial building sewer permit shall be paid to the city at the time the application is filed. The industry, as a condition of permit authorization, must provide information describing its wastewater constituents, characteristics and type of activity.
(D) A building sewer permit will only be issued and a sewer connection shall only be allowed if it can be demonstrated that the downstream sewerage facilities, including sewers, pump stations and wastewater treatment facilities, have sufficient reserve capacity to adequately and efficiently handle the additional anticipated waste load.
(E) All costs and expense 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 of damage that may directly or indirectly be occasioned by the installation of the building sewer.
(F) A separate and independent building sewer shall be provided for every building; except that, where one building stands at the rear of another on an interior lot and no private sewer is available or can be constructed to the rear building through an adjoining alley, court, yard or driveway, the building sewer from the front building may be extended to the rear building and the whole considered as one building sewer.
(G) Old building sewers may be used in connection with new buildings only when they are found, on examination and test by the city, to meet all requirements of this chapter.
(H) The size, slope, alignment, materials of construction of a building sewer, and the methods to be used in excavating, placing of the pipe, jointing, testing and backfilling the trench, shall all conform to the requirements of the Building and Plumbing Code or other applicable rules and regulations of the city. In the absence of Code provisions or in amplification thereof, the materials and procedures set forth in appropriate specifications of the Standard Specifications for Water and Sewer Main Construction in Illinois shall apply.
(I) Whenever possible, the building sewer shall be brought to the building at an elevation below the basement floor. In all buildings in which any building drain is too low to permit gravity flow to the public sewer, sanitary sewage carried by such building drain shall be lifted by a means which is approved in accordance with division (B) above and discharged to the building sewer.
(J) No person(s) shall make connection of roof downspouts, exterior 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 a public sanitary sewer.
(K) The connection of the building sewer into the public sewer shall conform to the requirements of the Building and Plumbing Code, or other applicable rules and regulations of the city, or the procedures set forth in the Standard Specifications for Water and Sewer Main Construction in Illinois. All such connections shall be made gas-tight and water-tight. Any deviation from the prescribed procedures and materials must be approved by the city before installation.
(L) The applicant for the building sewer permit shall notify the city when the building sewer is ready for inspection and connection to the public sewer. The connection shall be made under the supervision of the city or its representative.
(M) All excavations for building sewer installation shall be adequately guarded with barricades and lights so as to protect the public from hazard. Street, sidewalks, parkways and other public property disturbed in the course of the work shall be restored in a manner satisfactory to the city.
(Ord. 5, Series 198-1982, passed 8-24-1981) Penalty, see § 54.99