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(A) It shall be unlawful to discharge untreated sewage or the effluent from any septic tank directly or indirectly to any stream, ditch, ground surface, or abandoned well, or to allow the contents of any privy vault, septic tank or seepage pit to emit offensive odors, to become objectionable, dangerous or prejudicial to the public health.
(B) Private sewage disposal systems contracted prior to the effective date of this chapter shall comply with any provision of this chapter deemed necessary by the Health Authority.
(C) The Board of Health or its authorized representative is, hereby, authorized and directed to make such inspections as are necessary to determine satisfactory compliance with this chapter.
(D) It shall be the duty of the owner or occupant of a property to give the Board of Health or its authorized representative free access to the property at reasonable times for the purpose of making such inspections as are necessary to determine compliance with the requirements of this chapter.
(E) An individual sewage disposal system which has been installed by a home owner for his or her personal residence shall not be covered or placed in operation until the said installation shall have been inspected and written approval of the system shall have been issued by the Health Department.
(F) If any home owner who installs his or her own private sewage disposal system shall backfill any portion of the said system and/or cover the same with earth, cinders, gravel, shale, or any other material which will prevent the same from being readily viewed to determine if the said system meets all requirements of the ordinance before receipt of written approval by the Health Department, the Health Department may give 15-day’s notice in writing to such home owner so violating the provision of the ordinance, to uncover such backfilled or covered portions of the system.
(G) If, at the end of such 15 days, the home owner shall not have uncovered the individual sewage disposal system, the permit is automatically invalidated and penalty action may be taken. The Health Authority may elect to have the system uncovered at the expense of the home owner. Failure of the home owner to pay such costs within 30 days shall result in execution of a lien against the property.
(Ord. passed 2-14-1984; Ord. 2004.2, passed 5-11-2004; Ord. 0-2005.3, passed 11-8-2005)