11-1-29: SEWER:
   A.   Generally.  All habitable buildings and buildable lots shall be served by an approved means of wastewater collection and treatment.  Each subdivision and land development shall be served by adequate sewage disposal facilities. No permit shall be issued for any building within a subdivision or for the development of land, if there is not present throughout the subdivision or to the land development an adequate system of wastewater collection and treatment.
   B.   Connection to Public Sewerage System.  When a public sanitary sewerage system is reasonably accessible, as determined by the City, the subdivider or land developer shall connect with it and provide sewers accessible to each lot in the subdivision or to each land development. If a public sanitary sewer is reasonably accessible, it shall be unlawful for any person to maintain upon any such property an individual sewage disposal system.  When a public sanitary sewerage system is not immediately accessible but is anticipated by the City to be available within a period of three years, the applicant shall install sanitary sewer lines, laterals, and mains from the street curb to a point in the subdivision or land development boundary so that a future connection with the public sewer main can be made.  The City Administrator may condition the approval of a subdivision or land development on the agreement to connect to the public sewerage system upon its availability.  Sanitary sewers shall be located within street or alley rights-of-way unless topography dictates otherwise.  No public sewer shall be less than eight inches in diameter.  Manholes shall be installed in sanitary sewers with a maximum distance between two manholes of 400 feet, unless otherwise specified by standards of the City.  Sanitary sewer slopes shall be equal to or greater than 0.7 percent for eight inch lines.  All sewer lines shall be designed with slopes to obtain a minimum velocity of two feet per second.  Minimum 20-foot wide easements shall be provided for all sanitary sewer lines.
   C.   Alternative Provision.  If sanitary sewer is not available at the time of the development of the subdivision or land development, and if sanitary sewer is not anticipated to be available within a period of three years to serve the subdivision or land development in question, then on-site septic tanks, an oxidation pond, or another approved method of treatment of sanitary sewerage shall be installed by and at the expense of the subdivider or land developer in conformity with the requirements of the County Health Department and according to specifications adopted by the City.
   D.   Septic Tanks.  Where individual onsite wastewater disposal systems are allowed and proposed, individual lot sizes and shapes must exhibit appropriate regard for the peculiar health, drainage, and maintenance characteristics on the site.  A minimum setback of 100 feet shall be observed between any well and any septic tank on the same lot.  Additionally, detailed soil tests may be required in order to verify the ability of the lots to safely contain and dispose of septic system effluent.  All septic tanks and onsite wastewater disposal systems are subject to the approval of the Stephens County Health Department. (Ord. 437,  - -2020)