Sewer Use Rules and Regulations - September 2003
Article XII - Connection to the Regional Sewerage System
Section 12.01: General
1. Application for connection to the regional sewerage system shall be made to the Authority upon the permit form to be formulated and furnished by the Authority.
2. All information requested on the form shall be furnished by the Applicant, including the character and use of each structure located upon the property.
3. Any required tap connection and inspection fee shall be paid at the time of making application for permission to make a connection in accordance with the existing service agreements and any amendments thereto.
4. No work shall commence before the payment of any aforementioned tap connection and inspection fee and issuance of the aforementioned connection permit.
5. Unless written permission is obtained from the Authority, separate connections, and corresponding tap connection and inspection fees, will be required for each individual occupied building, whether constructed as a detached unit or as one of a pair or row, but a single connection with payment of the tapping fees for the appropriate number of actual units served will be permitted to serve a school, factory, apartment house or other permanent multiple unit structure whose individual apartments or units may not be subject to separate ownership.
6. Connections to the regional sanitary and combined sewers shall be completed within sixty (60) calendar days after receipt of proper notice.
7. All connections to the regional sanitary or combined sewers shall be subject to certain restrictions as to unacceptable sanitary sewerage, which are set forth herein in Article VI.
Section 12.02: Inspections
1. All connections to the Authority system shall be completed under the observation of the Authority's inspector.
2. The designated inspector shall be given at least twenty-four hours notice of the time when such connection shall be made in order that said inspector can be present to inspect and approve the work of connection. The inspector shall signify his approval of the connection by endorsing his name and the date of approval on the aforementioned connection permit in the possession of the permittees. At the time of inspection of the connection the owner or owners of properties shall permit the inspector full and complete access to all sanitary and drainage arrangements and facilities in each building and in and about all parts of the property. No building sewer line shall be covered over, or in any manner concealed, until after it is inspected and approved by said inspector.
3. It is the intention of these Rules and Regulations that the entire connection be inspected at one time: however, if the property owner feels that special conditions warrant more than one inspection, he may request the same subject to such additional inspection fees as the Authority shall determine.
Section 12.03: Design
1. All sewers to be connected to the Authority's system, including individual sewage collection systems owned and maintained by the member municipalities, shall be designed in accordance with the State "Domestic Wastewater Facilities Manual", this set of Rules and Regulations, and the Authority's current Act 537 Facilities Plan, whichever is more stringent.
2. Five copies of plans for proposed extensions shall be submitted to the Authority on 24" x 26" or 22" x 34" sheets showing plan views to a scale of 1"=50' and profiles to a scale of 1"=10' vertically and 1"=50' horizontally, a north point, a suitable title block, date and the name of the engineer or surveyor and imprint of his registration seal.
Section 12.04: Materials and Construction
1. All sewers to be connected to the Authority system shall be constructed of one or more of the following pipe materials:
a. Ductile Iron (ASTM A746)
b. Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) (ASTM D3034 or F679 as applicable)
c. Reinforced Concrete Pipe (RCP) (AWWA C302)
2. Each section of pipe shall be stamped with the manufacturer's certification (name, material, size, thickness or pressure rating, and applicable standard).
3. Joints for gravity lines shall be push-on or bell and spigot. Joints for pressure pipelines shall include provisions for thrust restraint and other anticipated forces.
4. All pipes shall be installed in strict conformance with the pipe manufacturer's recommendations.
5. All collector sewer pipes shall have a minimum diameter of 8 inches and a minimum laying length of 5 feet.
6. Minimum slopes shall be as specified in the State Domestic Wastewater Facilities Manual.
7. Minimum depth of bury shall be as specified in the State Domestic Wastewater Facilities Manual.
8. All pipes shall be laid to an even and uniform grade and straight alignment. Manholes shall be used to make changes to pipe grade or alignment.
9. All pipes shall be laid with full and even bearing. No block supports shall be allowed.
10. Bell holes shall be dug to allow sufficient space to properly make each joint.
11. Backfill shall be compacted uniformly around the pipe. All work shall be done in a workmanlike manner and shall provide a durable installation.
12. All manholes shall be constructed in accordance with the standards established by the Authority. Frames and covers for all manholes shall be fabricated of cast iron and shall conform to the standards established by the Board. Vented covers shall be furnished at the ends of lines. The installation of manhole lid inserts to prevent inflow into the manhole is strongly recommended.
13. The installation of sewers shall start at the lower end of the line and proceed upstream so that the spigot ends point in the direction of flow. The pipe shall be carefully laid to line and grade. The handling, placing and jointing of pipe shall be in strict accordance with the pipe manufacturer's recommendation.
14. Sewers shall be hydrostatically tested for leakage, at the discretion of and in the manner required by the Authority.
15. As-built drawings must be submitted to the Authority prior to final acceptance of any connection or extension. The as-built drawings shall show the angle and distance between manholes. the top and invert elevations of each manhole, and the exact location of all house sewer connections relative to the nearest manhole both downstream and upstream.
16. As-built drawings shall contain all information required to develop a GIS database, as described in Appendix B, for the affected area.
Section 12.05: Building Connections
1. All building connections shall be trapped and vented and installed a maximum of five feet from the building. The vent shall be located so as to prevent the discharge of any surface water to the sanitary sewer.
2. Commercial buildings shall comply with all local, state and federal building code requirements for sewer plumbing and piping.
3. Maintenance and repair of all building sewers shall be the responsibility of the property owner.
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