For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
   BIOCHEMICAL OXYGEN DEMAND (BOD). The quantity of oxygen utilized in the biochemical oxidation of organic matter under standard laboratory procedure in five days at 20°C, expressed in milligrams per liter.
   BUILDING DRAIN. The part of the lowest horizontal piping of a building drainage system which receives the discharge from soil, waste, or other drainage pipes inside the walls of any building.
   BUILDING SEWER. The extension from the building drain to the public sewer or other place of disposal.
   CITY. The City of Schuyler, Nebraska.
   CITY ENGINEER. The City Engineer of the City of Schuyler, Nebraska, or his or her authorized deputy, agent, or representative.
   COMBINED SEWER. A sewer receiving both surface runoff and sewage.
   GARBAGE. Solid wastes from the domestic and commercial preparation, cooking and dispensing of food, and from the handling, storage, and sale of produce.
   HEARING BOARD. The Board appointed according to provisions of § 50.43.
   INDUSTRIAL WASTES. The liquid wastes from industrial manufacturing processes, trade, or business as distinct from normal domestic wastewater.
   MAY. Is permissive.
   NATURAL OUTLET. Any outlet into a watercourse, pond, ditch, lake, or other body of surface or groundwater.
   NORMAL DOMESTIC WASTEWATER. Wastewater that has a BOD concentration of not more than 200 milligrams/liter and a suspended solids concentration of not more than 200 milligrams/liter.
   OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE. All expenditures during the useful life of the treatment works for materials, labor, utilities, and other items which are necessary for managing and maintaining the sewage works to achieve the capacity and performance for which the works were designed and constructed.
   OWNER. Any person who, alone or jointly, or severally with others, has legal title to or charge, care, or control of in any capacity, of property.
   PERSON. Any individual, firm, company, association, society, corporation, or group.
   pH. The logarithm of the reciprocal of the weight of hydrogen ions in grams per liter of solution.
   PROPERLY SHREDDED GARBAGE. The wastes from the preparation, cooking, and dispensing of food that have been shredded to such a degree that all particles will be carried freely under the flow conditions normally prevailing in public sewers, with no particle greater than one-half inch (1.27 centimeters) in any dimension.
   PROPERTY. Any piece or portion of real estate, including all buildings and structures located thereon, having a sewer or drainage system which immediately or remotely discharges into a public sewer, natural outlet, or both.
   PUBLIC SEWER. A sewer which is controlled by the Public Authority.
   REPLACEMENT. Expenditures for obtaining and installing equipment, accessories, or appurtenances which are necessary during the useful life of the treatment facility.
   RESIDENCE. Property or that portion of property used exclusively as a dwelling or living quarters by one or more natural persons.
   RESIDENTIAL CONTRIBUTOR. Any contributor to the city’s treatment works whose lot, parcel of real estate, or building is used for domestic dwelling purposes only.
   SANITARY SEWER. A sewer which carries sewage and to which storm, surface, and ground waters are not intentionally admitted.
   SEWAGE. A combination of the water-carried wastes from property, together with the ground, surface, and storm waters as may be present.
   SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT. Any arrangement of devices and structures used for treating sewage.
   SEWAGE WORKS. All facilities for collecting, pumping, treating and disposing of sewage.
   SEWER. A pipe or conduit for carrying sewage.
   SHALL. Is mandatory.
   SLUG. Any discharge of water, sewage, or industrial waste which in concentration of any given constituent or in quantity of flow exceeds for any period of duration longer than 15 minutes more than five times the average 24-hour concentration or flows during normal operation.
   STORM SEWER. A sewer which carries storm and surface waters and drainage, but excludes sewage and industrial wastes, other than unpolluted cooling water.
   SUSPENDED SOLIDS (SS). Solids that either float on the surface of, or are in suspension in water, sewage, or other liquids, and which are removable by laboratory filtering.
   TREATMENT WORKS. Any devices and systems for the storage, treatment, recycling, and reclamation of municipal sewage, domestic sewage, or liquid industrial wastes. These include intercepting sewers, outfall sewers, sewage collection systems, individual systems, pumping, power, and other equipment and their appurtenances; extensions, improvement, remodeling, additions and alterations thereof; elements essential to provide a reliable recycled supply such as standby treatment units and clear well facilities; and any works, including site acquisition of the land that will be an integral part of the treatment process or is used for ultimate disposal of residues resulting from the treatment (including land for composting sludge, temporary storage of the compost, and land used for the storage of treated wastewater in land treatment systems before land application); or any other method or system for preventing, abating, reducing, storing, treating, separating, or disposing of municipal waste or industrial waste, including waste in combined storm water and sanitary sewer systems.
   USEFUL LIFE. The estimated period during which a treatment works will be operated.
   USER CHARGE. The portion of the total wastewater service charge which is levied in a proportional and adequate manner for the cost of operation, maintenance, and replacement of the wastewater treatment works.
   UTILITIES SUPERINTENDENT. The Utilities Superintendent of the City of Schuyler, Nebraska, or his or her authorized representative, deputy, or agent.
   WATER METER. A water volume measuring and recording device, furnished and/or installed by a user and approved by the city.
   WATERCOURSE. A channel for the passage of water either continuously or intermittently.
(1972 Code, § 3-528) (Ord. 640, passed 5-20-1980)