Sewer Use Rules and Regulations
- September 2003
Article III -
Unless the context
specifically and clearly indicates otherwise, the meaning of terms used in these
Sewer Use Rules and Regulations shall be as follows:
means the Municipal authorities Act, 53 Pa. C.S. Ch 56 (formerly the
Municipality Authorities Act of 1945), of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,
and the acts amendatory thereof and supplemental thereto.
Authority" means the Director of the DEP's Division of Water
Resources or his/her authorized representatives.
means the Western Westmoreland Municipal Authority, a public body, politic
and corporate, of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (also referred to as WWMA).
Representative of the User" - An authorized representative of the
user may be: (1) A principal executive officer of at least the level of vice
president, if the user is a corporation; (2) A general partner or proprietor
if the user is a partnership or proprietorship, respectively; (3) A duly
authorized representative of the individual designated above if such
representative is responsible for the overall operation of the facilities
from which the indirect discharge originates; (4) A Board member or other
designated person from a municipality or municipal authority.
Oxygen Demand (BOD)" means the quantity of oxygen, expressed in
milligrams per liter, utilized in the biochemical oxidation of organic
matter under standard laboratory procedure for five (5) days at twenty (20)
degrees Centigrade. The standard laboratory procedure shall be as
defined in the latest publication of 40 CFR Part 136 "Guidelines
Establishing Test Procedures for the Analysis of Pollutants".
Sewer" means the extension from the building sewer system to the
local sewerage system.
Pretreatment Standards" - A pretreatment standard promulgated by
the EPA or DEP specifying quantities or concentrations of pollutants or
pollutant properties which may be discharged or introduced into a POTW by
existing or new industrial users in specific industrial subcategories.
Demand" means the quantity of chlorine absorbed in water,
wastewater or other liquids, allowing a residual of 0.1 parts per million (ppm)
by weight after fifteen (15) minutes of contact. The standard
laboratory procedure shall be as defined in the latest publication of 40 CFR
Part 136 "Guidelines Establishing Test Procedures for the Analysis of
means the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
means any corporation, limited liability company and partnerships formed
under the laws of the Commonwealth or any other state.
Pollutant" -Biochemical oxygen demand, suspended solids, pH,
fecal coliform bacteria, oil and grease, and such additional pollutants as
are now or may be in the future specified and controlled in the Authority's
NPDES permit, where the POTW is designed to treat such pollutants and, in
fact, does treat such pollutants to the degree required by the permit.
Sample" means a sample which is taken and consists of several
portions of specific volumes collected during a specific time period and
combined to make a representative sample.
Water" means any water used for the purpose of carrying away
excess heat, and which may contain biocides or similar substances that are
used to control biological growth.
means the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Environmental
Protection, or any successor agency have the same or similar functions as
the current Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
means the Chairman of the WWMA or his/her authorized representatives.
Permit" means the permit issued by the Authority to certain users
which allows for the discharge of industrial wastewater with certain
characteristics into the treatment works.
Wastewater" means the liquid waste or liquid borne waste (1)
resulting from the non-commercial preparation, cooking and handling of food
and/or (2) consisting of human excrement and similar wastes from sanitary
means the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
Dwelling Unit (EDU)" is a unit of measure equal to 50,000 gal of
wastewater flow per year, or as otherwise defined in these regulations.
Act" means the Federal Water Pollution Control Act of 1972 and
subsequent amendments and the Clean Water Act of 1977 and subsequent
means domestic or commercial solid wastes, excluding hazardous wastes or
incompatible pollutants, resulting from the preparation, cooking, and
dispensing of food and from handling, storage and sale of produce.
means the United States of America or any department or agency thereof.
Sample" means a sample which is taken on a one-time basis with no
regard to the flow and without consideration of time.
Tank Waste" means any waste from holding tanks such as vessels,
chemical toilets, campers, trailers, septic tanks, marina holding tanks and
vacuum pump tank trucks.
Pollutant" means any pollutant which is not a "compatible
pollutant" as defined in this section.
Discharge" means the discharge or the introduction of nondomestic
pollutants from any source regulated under Section 307(b) or (c) of the Act,
(33 U.S.C 1317), into the POTW (including holding tank waste discharged into
User" means any nonresidential user or users identified in the
Standard Industrial Classification Manual, 1987, Office of Management and
Budget, as amended and supplemented under one of the following divisions:
Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing
Transportation, Communications, Electric, Gas, and Sanitary Services
Wastewater" means the wastewater resulting from the processes
employed by an industrial or commercial user with any groundwater, surface
water, and storm water that may be present, whether treated or untreated,
that is discharged into a treatment works.
Sewer" means a sewer of the Authority which carries wastewater
and, where permitted, a combined flow of wastewater and stormwater.
means (1) inhibiting or disrupting a treatment works system or its treatment
processes or operations, or its sludge processes, use or disposal
which is a cause of or significantly contributes to either a violation of
any requirement of a State or Federal permit and/or the Authority's Sewer
Use Rules and Regulations under which the treatment works operates; or (2)
discharging industrial wastewater which, in combination with existing
domestic flows are of such volume and/ or strength as to exceed the
treatment process capacity of the treatment works; or (3) preventing the use
or disposal of sludge produced by the treatment works in accordance with
Section 405 of the Federal Act and the State Guidelines for the Utilization
and Disposal of Municipal and Industrial Sludges and Septage: or any
regulations or criteria or guidelines developed pursuant to the Federal
Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 (42 U.S.C. 7401 et. seq.),
and the Federal Toxic Substances Control Act (15 U.S.C. 2601 et. seq.).
Authority" means any public body, corporate and politic, of the
Collection Sewerage System"
means all sewerage systems of Participants or customers that are or may be
connected to the regional sewerage system, including any extensions or
enlargements of such systems.
means any city of any class, any borough, village, town, township, or any
other municipality other than a county or a school district, located within
or without the Service Area.
Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)"
means the national program for issuing, modifying, revoking and reissuing,
terminating, monitoring and enforcing discharge permits and imposing and
enforcing pretreatment requirements under Sections 307, 402, 318 & 405 of
the Clean Water Act of 1977 (33 U.S.C. 1251 et. seq.).
means any of the following that have executed a service agreement or
contract with the Authority: Government, State, municipality, local
authority or private sewer or utility company.
means any Participant, customer, individual, firm, company, partnership,
corporation, association, group or society, including the Commonwealth, and
agencies, districts, commissions, and political subdivisions created by or
pursuant to State law, and Federal agencies, departments or
means the logarithm (base 10) of the reciprocal of the concentration of
hydrogen ions in grams per liter of solution. Solutions with a pH greater
than 7 are said to be basic; solutions with a pH less than 7 are said to be
acidic; pH equal to 7 is considered neutral.
means any dredged spoil, solid waste, incinerator residue, sewage, garbage,
refuse, oil, grease, sewage sludge, munitions, chemical wastes, biological
materials, radioactive substance, thermal waste, wrecked or discarded
equipment, rock, sand, cellar dirt, and industrial, municipal or
agricultural waste or other residue discharged into the waters of the State.
means the application of physical, chemical and biological processes to
reduce the amount of pollutants in, or alter the nature of the polluting
properties of, an industrial wastewater prior to discharging such wastewater
into the treatment works.
means any standard developed and adopted by the Authority specifying the
quantities or concentration of pollutants or pollutant properties which may
be discharged or introduced into a POTW by existing or new industrial users.
means any pollutant in amount exceeding standards promulgated by the EPA or
any subsequent Federal legislation of the EPA pursuant to Section 307(a) of
the Clean Water Act of 1977, including, but not limited to, those listed in
these regulations and those chemical elements or compounds, phenols or other
tastes or odor-producing substances, or any other substances normally not
found in unpolluted waters which are not susceptible to treatment or which
may interfere with the biological processes or efficiency or which will pass
through the treatment works plant.
Owned Treatment Works (POTW)" means a treatment works as defined
by Section 212 of the Federal Act, (33 U.S.C. 1292). For the purposes of
these Sewer Use Rules and Regulations, "POTW" shall also include local
collection systems of participants or other sewers that convey wastewaters
to the POTW from persons outside the Service Area who are, by service
agreement or contract with the Authority, users of the Authority's POTW.
Administrator" means the Administrator of Region Ill of the
United States Environmental Protection Agency or his/her authorized
Sewerage System" means the facilities owned and/or constructed by
the Authority consisting of all sewer conduits, pipe lines, force
mains,interceptor sewers, pumping stations, treatment works plant, disposal
systems, connections and outfalls, and all other plants, structures,
equipment, boats: conveyances and works and other real and tangible personal
property acquired or constructed or to be acquired or constructed by the
Authority for the purposes of the Authority under the Act, but does not
include the local collection sewerage system or other treatment facility or
appurtenance owned and operated by any Participant or customer.
-The Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
or his/her authorized representatives.
Area" means the geographical area served by the Authority and all
Participants, and more specifically, the area as defined in the Service
Agreement, with amendments thereto, situated within Westmoreland County, the
Governing Bodies of which have entered into a Service Agreement with WWMA,
with certain Amendments, agreeing that the WWMA shall be the sole purveyor
of wastewater treatment and conveyance facilities to the member
municipalities, or any party, unless other provisions are made with the WWMA
through an amendment to the Service Agreement.
means the combination of liquid and solid residues resulting from the
treatment of waterborne domestic waste in individual subsurface sewage
Industrial User" means any user who discharges into the treatment
works, industrial wastewater which either (1) exceeds 25,000 gallons per
day, or (2) exceeds the mass equivalent of 25,000 gallons per day of waste
based upon a BOD of 300 mg/l, a COD of 500 mg/l or suspended solids of 300
mg/l, or (3) contributes five percent or more of the daily mass loading of
any of the pollutants listed in these regulations hereto which are entering
the treatment works plant, or (4) constitutes an industrial user subject to
Categorical Pretreatment Standards under 40 CFR 403.6 and 40 CFR Chapter I,
"Significant Noncomplier" is an IU who commits any of the following violations:
for the same hazardous pollutant or the same non-hazardous pollutant at the same
discharge point source, in any two months of any six- month period.
b. Exceed the
monthly average or, in case of a pollutant for which no monthly average has been
established, the monthly average of the daily maximums of an effluent limitation
for the same pollutant at the same discharge point source by any amount in any
four months of any six month period.
c. Technical review
criteria: thirty-three (33) percent or more of all of the measurements for each
pollutant parameter taken during a six month period exceed the product of the
daily maximum limit or the average limit multiplied by the applicable TRC (TRC=1.4
for BOD, TSS, fats, oil and grease, and 1.2 for all other pollutants except pH).
violation: sixty- six (66) percent or more of all of the measurements for each
pollutant parameter taken during a six month period exceed (by any magnitude)
the average limit or the daily maximum limit.
e. Any other
violation of a pretreatment effluent limit (daily maximum or longer-term
average) that the Authority determines has caused, alone or in combination with
discharges, interference or pass through (including endangering the health of
POTW personnel or the general public ).
f. Any discharge of
a pollutant that has caused imminent endangerment to human health, welfare or to
the environment or has resulted in the POTW's exercise of its emergency
authority under the General Pretreatment Regulations, 40 CFR 403.8 (f) (1) (vi)
(B) to halt or prevent such a discharge.
g. Failure to submit
required reports such as DMRs, 90-day compliance reports, periodic/self-
monitoring reports, and reports on compliance with compliance schedules, within
thirty (30) days after the due date.
h. Failure to submit
a completed periodic/self-monitoring report in any two months of any six-month
i. Failure to meet,
within ninety (90) days after the schedule date, a compliance milestone
contained in a local control mechanism or enforcement order for starting
construction, completing construction, or attaining final compliance.
j. Failure to
accurately report noncompliance.
k. Any other
violation or group of violations that the Authority/POTW determines will
adversely affect the operation or implementation of the local pretreatment
of wastewater which in concentration of any given constituent or in quantity
of flow exceeds for any period of duration longer than fifteen (15) minutes,
more than five (5) times the average twenty-four (24) hour concentration of
flows during normal operation.
means the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Act" means the Municipality Authorities Act, 53 Pa. C.S. Ch. 56
(formerly the Municipal Authorities Act of 1945), and any subsequent
Industrial Classification (SIC)" means a classification pursuant
to the Standard Industrial Classification Manual issued by the Executive
Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget, 1987 and any
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