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(a) No unauthorized person shall uncover, make any connection with or opening into, use, alter or disturb any public sewer or appurtenance thereof without first obtaining a written permit from the Supervisor of City Maintenance.
(b) All disposal by any person into the sewerage system is unlawful, except those discharges in compliance with Federal standards promulgated pursuant to the Federal Act and more stringent State and local standards.
(Ord. 569. Passed 9-21-88.)
(c) There shall be two classes of building sewer permits: one for residential and commercial wastewater service, and one for institutional/governmental or industrial wastewater service. In either case, the owner or his or her agent shall make application on a special form furnished by the Supervisor.
In addition, each applicant for water or sewer service shall pay a deposit of seventy dollars ($70.00) for property owners, or a deposit of one hundred twenty dollars ($120.00) for renters, lessees or contract purchasers. A property owner's deposit shall be returned at the end of one year if there is no delinquency in the customer's account. Water or sewer deposits for a renter, lessee or contract purchaser shall be retained until a customer vacates the premises, at which time the deposit shall be returned if there is no delinquency in such customer's account. If the customer's account becomes delinquent, the City may apply all or as much of such deposit as is necessary to pay the delinquency. If a customer moves in less than one year, and there is no delinquency, the full amount of the deposit shall be returned to him or her.
The permit application shall be supplemented by any plans, specifications or other information considered pertinent in the judgment of the Supervisor. A permit and inspection fee of one hundred dollars ($100.00) for a residential or commercial building sewer permit inside the City shall be paid to the City at the time the application is filed. Applicants for service outside the City shall pay a fee of eight hundred dollars ($800.00) 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.
(Ord. 676. Passed 8-12-96; Ord. 795. Passed 5-12-03.)
(d) A building sewer permit will be issued and a sewer connection shall be allowed only 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 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.
(f) A separate and independent building sewer shall be provided for every building. However, 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 and 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 conform to the requirements of the Building Code and the 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 American Society of Testing Materials, Water Pollution Control Federation Manual of Practice No. 9, and 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 subsection (b) hereof and discharged to the building sewer.
(j) No person shall make connection of roof downspouts, exterior foundation drains, areaway drains or other sources of surface runoff or ground water 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 Code and the Plumbing Code or other applicable rules and regulations of the City, or the procedures set forth in appropriate specifications of the American Society of Testing Materials, Water Pollution Control Federation Manual of Practice No. 9, and Standard Specifications for Water and Sewer Main Construction in Illinois. All such connections shall be made gastight and watertight. Any deviation from the prescribed procedures and materials must be approved by the Supervisor before installation.
(l) The applicant for the building sewer permit shall notify the Supervisor when the building sewer is ready for inspection and connection to the public sewer. The connection shall be made under the supervision of the Supervisor or his or her representative.
(m) All excavations for building sewer installation shall be adequately guarded with barricades and lights so as to protect the public from hazard. Streets, sidewalks, parkways and other public property disturbed in the course of the work shall be restored in a manner satisfactory to the City. All excavation upon City property shall be backfilled using CAG stone and shall be approved by the Supervisor.
(Ord. 569. Passed 9-21-88.)