§ 153.396  WATER AND SEWER SYSTEMS.
   (A)   Water and sewer systems.
      (1)   All lots in subdivisions shall have a suitable source of water supply and sanitary sewage disposal that complies with the regulations of all appropriate agencies.
      (2)   All lots within the city limits shall be served by city water and sewer at the subdivider’s expense. Outside the city limits, the following criteria shall be used to determine whether or not a subdivision shall be connected with public water and sewer.
      (3)   If the tract in question is proposed to be subdivided with the number of dwelling units indicated in the left hand column of the following table or with a nonresidential use that places a comparable demand on the water or sewer system, then the distance (as measured using the straight line distance between the closest portion of the subdivision to the existing water or sewer line) within which the tract must be connected is indicated in the right-hand column of that table.
 
Dwelling Units
Distance
0 - 10
200 feet
11 - 20
300 feet
21 - 50
600 feet
51 - 100
1,000 feet
101+
1,500 feet
 
      (4)   In determining the number of dwelling units proposed for a tract, this relates to the number proposed for all phases of the subdivision.
      (5)   Connection to a water or sewer line shall not be deemed legally impossible if, after diligent effort by the subdivider, the easement necessary to run the connection line across property(ies) not owned by the subdivider, cannot be obtained. The subdivider shall document to the City Council the efforts that have been to secure the easement. The City Council shall make its decision as whether to relieve the subdivider of making the connection upon the documentation. Procedures called for in § 153.378 shall not be required to issue relief.
      (6)   In addition to the regulations contained in these regulations, all applicable city water and sewer extension policies shall be followed.
   (B)   Sewer system alternatives.
      (1)   In cases where connections to a public sewer system is not deemed necessary by the City Council, alternative sewer disposal systems may be considered.
      (2)   Sewer disposal systems using package treatment plants as the main treatment facility shall be designed to accommodate the eventual connection to a municipal or county owned public sewer system at the time the connection becomes feasible.
      (3)   The subdivider of a subdivision containing a package sewage treatment plant shall adequately demonstrate to the city that the plant, where located, shall satisfactorily serve as a means of waste treatment in a manner which is compatible with the environment and which will not adversely impact upon any public water supply system.
      (4)   Septic tanks (i.e., private sewage disposal systems) may also be allowed as a means of sewage disposal in cases where connection to a public sewer system is not feasible. However, the following statement shall appear on all final plats containing lots that are proposed to be served by septic tanks.
   In approving this plat, the City of Lincolnton or Lincoln County does not guarantee the suitability of any lot for the placement of a septic tank system.
   (C)   Water.
      (1)   In cases where connections to a public water system are approved by the City Council, alternative water supply systems may be considered. In no instance shall any intermediate water system having two to 14 service connections be allowed. Potable water shall be provided by either an intermediate water system having 15 or more service connections, a private water supply system or a public water system.
      (2)   The following table indicates the types of water systems allowed under these regulations.
 
Water System Ownership
Service Connections
Public Entity
Private Entity
2 to 14
Yes
No
15+
Yes
Yes
 
(Prior UDO, § 17.26)  Penalty, see § 153.999