Chapter 13.08
SEWER SYSTEM

Sections:

13.08.010    Definitions.

13.08.015    Service area.

13.08.020    Main extensions.

13.08.030    Description of service.

13.08.040    Nonliability of borough.

13.08.050    Ownership of system.

13.08.060    Sewage treatment plant.

13.08.070    Collection system.

13.08.090    Customer service lines.

13.08.095    General requirements for sewer service installation.

13.08.100    Required connections.

13.08.110    Pretreatment of sewage by major industries.

13.08.115    Sewer rates, fees, and charges.

13.08.120    Application for service.

13.08.125    Expansion charges.

13.08.130    Sewer service connection charge.

13.08.140    Sanitary sewer rates.

13.08.150    Metered commercial sewer service rates.

13.08.160    Estimated billings.

13.08.170    Residential flat rates.

13.08.180    Contract sewer service.

13.08.190    Cost recovery from industrial users.

13.08.200    Temporary sewer service charges.

13.08.220    Charges for RV dump stations and RV parks.

13.08.230    Billing and payment.

13.08.235    Notices.

13.08.240    Access to property.

13.08.250    Prohibited acts.

13.08.260    Prohibited connections.

13.08.270    Connection made without permit.

13.08.280    Interference and tampering.

13.08.290    Suspension of rules.

13.08.300    Easement.

13.08.310    Penalties.

13.08.010 Definitions.

For purposes of this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section:

A. “Applicant” means the person, persons, firm, corporation, or other entity making application to the department for sanitary sewer service under the terms of this chapter.

B. “Customer” or “user” means an applicant who has been accepted and who receives sewer service from the department.

C. “Department” means the borough sewer utility department.

D. “Interceptor” means sewer main, which consists of the pipes of relatively large diameter that are connected to and used for collection of effluent from the customer service lines and its delivery to the sewer treatment plan.

13.08.015 Service area.

The sewer service area shall be such area within the corporate limits of the borough and such contiguous territory as is immediately adjacent to the borough’s sewer collection system for which the borough has been certified by the Regulatory Commission of Alaska to operate the utility.

13.08.020 Main extensions.

A. A sewer main extension may be installed to an area not presently served with sewer only after authorization of the assembly by resolution and only in accordance with plans, specifications, and methods of funding approved by the assembly.

B. The owners of property adjacent to or benefiting from a sewer main extension shall bear all costs of the main extension, including manholes and sewer service lines, unless all or a portion of such costs is paid for by grant funds. The costs borne by the property owners shall also include design, permitting, construction, and inspection costs. The owners shall pay these costs through an owner-built or local improvement district or any other method of payment or financing authorized by the assembly by resolution.

C. Locations of Extensions. The department will make sewer main extensions only on rights-of-way, easements, or publicly owned property. Easements or permits secured for main extension shall be obtained in the name of the borough along with all rights and title to the main at the time of installation.

D. All main extension or customer service line work performed on public property or utility easement, unless performed by the borough, shall be performed by a contractor licensed by the state. As a prerequisite to commencing any work on the utility, the contractor shall furnish the borough with:

1. State of Alaska contractor’s license;

2. Proof of worker’s compensation insurance, if required by law;

3. A bond in the amount of $5,000;

4. Other proof of capability to perform such work as required by the borough.

The contractor, or the superintendent of public works if work is performed by the borough, shall provide the borough with accurate as-built plans for the work within 45 days of the completion of the installation.

E. If a property owner makes an application to have the department extend a sewer main to serve the owner’s property, the department may enter into a refund agreement with the owner under which the owner may receive a refund for part of the cost of constructing the extension. If the department approves the application and enters into a refund agreement with the owner, the owner will pay the department, prior to construction of the extension, a connection charge equal to the estimated cost of constructing the extension as determined by the department. Thereafter, the department will collect a connection charge from any property owner who, within 20 years of the completion of the extension, connects on to the extension with a service line. The amount of the subsequent connection charges shall be equal to the actual cost of the construction of the extension, divided by the total number of connection charges collected for that extension. The department will also charge a five percent administration fee whenever a connection charge is assessed. Whenever connections to the extension are approved by the department and connection charges are collected for such connections, the amounts of such connection charges shall be proportionally refunded to all persons or entities that have previously paid a connection charge. Refunds will be allowed only when service line connections are directly tapped to an extension. Refunds will not be allowed when additional extensions are connected to an extension. Refunds to an owner who pays a construction charge will follow the title of the property initially served by the extension. (Ord. 13-10-352 § 10)

13.08.030 Description of service.

Sewer service shall be provided by the department, which will exercise reasonable diligence to ensure the uninterrupted operation of the system.

13.08.040 Nonliability of borough.

The borough shall not be liable for damages resulting from interruption in service or lack of service. Temporary suspension of service by the department for improvements and repairs will be necessary from time to time. Whenever possible, and when time permits, all customers affected by a temporary suspension of service will be notified prior to the suspension by notice through news media.

13.08.050 Ownership of system.

All interceptors, pump stations, valves, fittings, lagoons, outfall pipes, lift stations and force mains, aeration equipment, inlet and outfall facilities, and other appurtenances, except “customer service lines” as defined in HBC 13.08.090, shall be the property of the borough.

13.08.060 Sewage treatment plant.

The borough shall construct, own, and maintain a facility to be used for the treatment of effluent deposited in the sanitary sewer collection system.

13.08.070 Collection system.

The collection system shall consist of all pump stations, interceptors, customer service lines, valves, fittings, lift stations, collector lines, manholes, and other appurtenances used for the collection and transmission of effluent to the sewage treatment plant.

13.08.090 Customer service lines.

The customer service line of any customer shall be that part of the system that is situated on the customer’s property or other private property over which the customer has control.

A. Ownership. The customer shall own, install and maintain the customer service line.

B. Size of Customer Service Line. The minimum inside diameter of a residential customer service line shall be four inches and of any other customer service line, six inches. The department may refuse to allow the installation of a customer service line that is undersized or oversized as determined by the assembly.

C. Changes in Size of Customer Service Line. A change of connection of a customer service line to an interceptor due to changes in the size of the customer service line requested by the customer shall be treated as a new connection and paid for according to HBC 13.08.130.

D. Number of Service Lines. The owner of a single parcel of property may apply for and receive as many customer service lines as the owner and the owner’s tenants may require, provided the owner’s application or applications meet the requirements of this chapter and the lines are approved by the department. Each customer service line connected to the borough’s interceptor will be billed as a separate hook-up and be subject to the minimum hook-up fees plus any additional costs of installation per HBC 13.08.130.

E. Construction Requirements. When the applicant installs a customer service line, the superintendent of public works must establish that the line is properly constructed and is of sufficient size to carry the sewage. No excavation required by such work shall be filled or any of the facilities covered without first being inspected by the department to see that such installation is properly made and that there is no violation of HBC 13.08.260 and 13.08.270. The customer shall be required to pay such connection fee as is established by this chapter for connecting to the interceptor. No connection will be made to an interceptor except by the borough at the request of the customer or by the customer under the supervision and control of the department. If the connection is made by the customer, an inspection fee established by this chapter shall be collected in advance. If the actual costs of the connection exceed the minimum hook-up fee collected by the borough, the chief fiscal officer shall bill and collect from the customer an amount equal to the borough’s actual costs of labor and material, a reasonable charge for equipment used, and an allowance of 15 percent of such costs and charges for overhead expenses.

F. Customer’s Plumbing. The customer’s plumbing, which shall include the customer service line and all plumbing, piping, fixtures, and other appurtenances carrying or intended to carry sewage, shall comply with the Uniform Plumbing Code and requirements of the Department of Environmental Conservation or other state or federal codes/guidelines which may apply.

13.08.095 General requirements for sewer service installation.

A. Size. The department will furnish and install a service of such size and at such location as the applicant requests; provided, that the requested size is appropriate for the anticipated use and the location is reasonable. The minimum inside diameter of a residential service line shall be four inches, and of any other service line, six inches. The department may refuse to install a service line which is, in the department’s opinion, undersized or oversized.

B. Changes in Service Size. Any changes in the size of the service line requested by the customer shall be paid for by the customer on the basis of actual cost to the department for making the change.

C. Location. All sewer services shall be installed no closer than five feet from a side lot line and must be a minimum of 15 feet from a fire hydrant and a minimum of 10 feet from any other utility appurtenances such as water lines, light or power poles, or buried electrical services.

D. Installation. All sewer services shall be installed in straight lines, perpendicular to the sewer main, at a uniform grade. If necessary, a sewer main shall be extended to allow the service line to be perpendicular to the sewer main. Sewer services shall be buried a minimum of three feet.

E. Materials. All sewer services shall be constructed of a size and of materials meeting borough standards.

F. All sewer services installed by personnel other than borough personnel shall be installed only after borough approval of the location, materials, and methods of construction of the sewer service. All such sewer service installations shall be subject to borough inspection.

13.08.100 Required connections.

A. Wherever there is now or may hereafter be constructed within the borough limits an interceptor for the purpose of transmitting sewage to the sewage treatment plant, the owner or owners of the property abutting on any street, alley, or right-of-way along which the interceptor is constructed must connect all improvements on such property in which sewage or liquid waste is produced with a customer service line and an interceptor. Whenever the borough shall notify in writing any owner or owners of property to connect such improvements to such line and interceptor, it shall be the duty of such owner or owners to make application, pay the prescribed fees, and complete the connection with the interceptor within 30 days from the date of said notice. The department may, for good and sufficient reason, extend the time for completion of the connection.

B. Failure to connect any property that is required to be connected to the sewer system is a minor offense subject to penalty as set forth in Chapter 1.24 HBC for each offense. Each week a property that is required to be connected to the sewer system is not connected constitutes a separate offense. (Ord. 15-06-413 § 35)

13.08.110 Pretreatment of sewage by major industries.

A. All major industries discharging into the borough sewer system shall comply with the pretreatment standards established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, as applicable.

B. “Major industries” are defined as those industries that:

1. Have a wastewater flow of 50,000 gallons or more per average work day;

2. Have a wastewater flow greater than one percent of the flow carried by the borough sewer system; or

3. Include the discharge of a toxic material.

13.08.115 Sewer rates, fees, and charges.

All rates charged or assessed for sewer service shall be charged or assessed either as set forth in this chapter or as specified in the current assembly-approved water-sewer rate schedule. The assembly shall review the rates during the annual budgetary process. (Ord. 07-11-173 § 4)

13.08.120 Application for service.

A. Application Form. Each applicant for sanitary sewer service shall sign an application form provided by the chief fiscal officer giving the date of application, the date the applicant desires service to begin, purpose for which service is to be used, the billing address, the construction standards of the private service line, and such other information as the borough may reasonably require.

B. Applications for sewer service hook-up shall be processed as follows:

1. The applicant shall provide the information required by subsection (A) of this section and shall submit the required fees and charges as specified in the current assembly-approved water-sewer rate schedule.

a. Application Fee. There shall be a nonrefundable sewer hook-up application fee for individual sewer hook-ups. There shall be a special nonrefundable application fee if the application is for sewer service in a subdivision or development involving an extension of sewer mains or the installation of five or more sewer hook-ups. The purpose of the application fee is to cover administrative costs to review the application.

b. Permit Fee. If the proposed hook-up requires permits or approvals from other agencies, the borough may either require the applicant to obtain these approvals at the applicant’s expense prior to approval of the hook-up application, or the applicant shall submit the permit fee and an administrative charge (HBC 13.08.115) as specified in the current assembly-approved water-sewer rate schedule to the borough and the borough shall make application for the required permits.

2. The applicant shall sign a statement on the application verifying that the applicant agrees to be responsible for any and all of the borough’s costs above the minimum hook-up fee. By signing the application, the applicant agrees to abide with the requirements of this chapter. The application is a request for service and does not bind the borough to furnish service.

3. Hook-Up Fee. The purpose of the hook-up fee is to pay for the borough’s cost of material, labor, and equipment to install the sewer service line from the sewer main to the applicant’s property line. The hook-up fee shall be the minimum fee amount, plus any additional cost to the borough related to the actual hook-up installation. The sewer hook-up fee and any other fees shall be a lien against the property served in the same manner and to the same extent as a lien for special assessments and shall be enforced in the same manner provided for special assessment liens.

When the department approves the application, the applicant shall submit the minimum hook-up fee as required in subsection (B)(2) of this section, as well as the expansion charge as required by HBC 13.08.125. Following full payment of these fees, the chief fiscal officer shall acknowledge payment on the application form. Provided all other approvals are complete, the chief fiscal officer’s record of receipt of fees constitutes final approval of the application. The hook-up shall not occur prior to full payment of fees and final approval of the application.

4. Inspection Fee. If, in situations such as subdivisions or in local improvement district projects, the borough does not perform the work to connect the sewer service from the sewer main to the adjacent property line, the applicant shall pay an inspection fee for each hook-up in lieu of a hook-up fee. If the project involves a sewer main extension, there shall be an additional minimum inspection fee for the inspection of the first 100 feet of main extension or portion thereof, and an additional charge for each foot over 100 as specified in the current assembly-approved water-sewer rate schedule.

C. Deposits and Establishing Credit. At the time application for service is made, the applicant shall establish the applicant’s credit with the borough. The credit of the applicant will be deemed established if the applicant has made a cash deposit to secure the payment of bills for sewer service as specified in the current assembly-approved water-sewer rate schedule. No service shall be furnished until the deposit has been made with the chief fiscal officer.

1. Receipt for Deposit. At the time the deposit is given, the applicant will be given a receipt for the same. The deposit is not to be considered as a payment on account. In the event that water service is discontinued as provided in subsection (C)(2) of this section, the deposit will be applied to the total amount due for sewer service and any amount in excess of the total amount due will be refunded. The borough will not pay interest on any deposit.

2. Forfeiture of Deposit. If an account becomes delinquent for sewer service, construction costs or a connection fee, the deposit shall be applied to the unpaid balance due. Service will be discontinued as provided by HBC 13.08.230(C) and will not be restored to those premises or that customer at a different premises until all outstanding bills due the department from the customer have been paid, the cash deposit is replaced, and the nonrefundable service charge as specified in the current assembly-approved water-sewer rate schedule has been paid (HBC 13.08.230(C)(4)). (Ord. 13-10-352 § 11; Ord. 07-11-173 § 4)

13.08.125 Expansion charges.

A. Minimum expansion charges are established for all sewer connections on real property after November 1, 1994.

B. The purpose of the expansion charge is to allocate to new customers a share of the nongrant-supported costs incurred by the borough for prior investments in plant and equipment used for the benefit of providing utility services to new areas within the area served by the utility and to allocate to new customers the cost of expanding sewer treatment or to meet demands placed on those facilities by new customers.

C. Revenue received for new customer expansion charges shall be regarded as restricted assets and may be used only for reduction of debt incurred for the sewer system, for capital outlays to replace sewer system plant and equipment at the conclusion of its useful life, or for expansion of sewer treatment facilities.

D. All applicable expansion charges, as specified in the current assembly-approved water-sewer rate schedule, shall be paid in full prior to the final connection of the customer’s service.

E. Expansion charges shall be based upon the size of the line used for domestic or commercial water service. There shall be no expansion charge for fire protection equipment water supply lines. (Ord. 07-11-173 § 4)

13.08.130 Sewer service connection charge.

At the time an applicant applies for sewer service where no service previously existed, or if an applicant is applying for a change in service location or size at a location requiring a connection between the interceptor and customer service line, the applicant shall submit with the application the minimum service connection charge in accordance with the procedure specified in HBC 13.08.120. The final signing of the application form will verify the applicant’s understanding that the applicant will be liable for the borough’s actual cost of installing the connection from the main to the property line. Additional costs, if any, shall be billed at the completion of the work.

The chief fiscal officer shall calculate the bill upon completion of the work by the borough for the customer, based upon the actual costs of labor and material, a reasonable charge for equipment used, and an allowance of 15 percent of such costs and charges for overhead expenses.

13.08.140 Sanitary sewer rates.

The monthly rates to be charged for sanitary sewer service and for making connections shall be determined by ordinance. Such monthly charges for sewer service shall be designed to assure that each recipient of waste treatment service will pay the recipient’s proportionate share of the cost of operation and maintenance of the treatment works, including replacement of such facilities during the life of the project, in accordance with the requirements of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, as applicable.

13.08.150 Metered commercial sewer service rates.

Sewer charges shall be billed at the same time as water charges. In addition, each sewer account shall be billed a service charge which shall be deposited in the sewer revenue fund. See the current assembly-approved water-sewer rate schedule. The minimum commercial rate, not including the service charge, shall not be less than the residential flat rate. (Ord. 07-11-173 § 4)

13.08.160 Estimated billings.

A. Absence of Reliable Water Meter Readings. If a water meter is not functioning properly as determined by the department, or if a meter reading is not taken for a given month, the billing for that month shall be determined by averaging a customer’s last four reliable water meter readings within the appropriate six-month period (October through March or April through September), as determined by the department and chief fiscal officer. The readings may be taken from a period as long as three years previous to the billing, as long as a customer occupied the same building at that time. If such reliable readings are not available, the billing may be based upon another customer’s average consumption for four appropriate months (as determined above); provided, that the other customer is reasonably comparable with respect to the number of people living in or using the establishment, number of washing machines, dishwashers, showers, water closets, or other facilities requiring a significant volume of water.

B. Adverse Conditions. When weather or other conditions make it impractical to read water meters, monthly billings for metered customers shall be based on an estimated consumption in accordance with the procedure set forth above. The next month in which the water meters are read, the billings shall be based upon the sum of the average monthly consumption for each month between the most recent and previous actual reading of the water meter, less the amount of estimated usage during the period the billings were based upon estimated usage.

13.08.170 Residential flat rates.

The residential flat rate is charged per residential unit as defined in HBC 13.04.040(A), plus a monthly service charge as specified in the current assembly-approved water-sewer rate schedule. (Ord. 07-11-173 § 4)

13.08.180 Contract sewer service.

Rates for any contract sewer service shall be specified in a contract with the borough, taking into consideration strength, volume, and flow characteristics.

13.08.190 Cost recovery from industrial users.

The borough shall recover from all industrial users, as defined in the most current issue of the North American Industry Classification System, who discharge waste for treatment into the borough sanitary sewer system that portion of the amount of all grants for the construction of the treatment facilities awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that is allocable to the treatment of wastes from such users. The contribution required to be paid by each industrial user shall be determined and assessed by the assembly annually in the month of September and the first assessment shall be made within four months of the completion of the improvements and additions to the sanitary sewer system commenced in 1974, a portion of the cost of which was from a grant by the Environmental Protection Agency. Such assessments shall be made for 30 consecutive years which is referred to herein as the “recovery period.” The assessments shall be made in such amount each year against each industrial user as is necessary for each to pay the user’s allocable share of one-thirtieth of such grants. The determination of each industrial user’s share shall be based on all factors which significantly influence the cost of the treatment works, including strength, volume, and flow characteristics. The system for industrial cost recovery and all assessments shall be made, implemented, and maintained in accordance with the requirements, guidelines, and regulations of the Environmental Protection Agency.

13.08.200 Temporary sewer service charges.

Charges for temporary service shall be as determined by the manager in consultation with the chief fiscal officer and sewage treatment operator in advance of approval to connect.

13.08.220 Charges for RV dump stations and RV parks.

A. RV Dump Stations. Charges for RV dump stations shall be at a flat rate per month in addition to any other water and sewer charges as specified in the current assembly-approved water-sewer rate schedule.

B. RV Parks. Sewer charges for RV parks shall be billed at the same time as water charges at the standard metered commercial rate. In addition, each sewer account shall be billed a service charge which shall be deposited in the sewer revenue fund. The minimum charge, excluding the service charge, shall not be less than the residential flat rate. See the current assembly-approved water-sewer rate schedule. (Ord. 07-11-173 § 4)

13.08.230 Billing and payment.

A. Liable Parties. All sanitary sewer service charges, except the connection fee, shall be placed on the bill for borough water service, but those who do not receive water service shall be billed separately. The rates and charges herein established and as specified in the current assembly-approved water-sewer rate schedule shall be collected from the owners of the premises receiving service. Passage and publication of the ordinance codified by this chapter shall be deemed notice to all owners of real estate of their liability for sewer service supplied to any occupant or user of such service on their property.

B. Payment Deadline. All charges for sanitary sewer service shall be due when the bill containing the water and/or sewer service charges is mailed. If the bill is not paid by the billing due date specified on the bill, the account shall be considered delinquent.

C. Delinquent Accounts.

1. Delinquent Notice. A reminder of account delinquency may be sent, at the discretion of the chief fiscal officer, to each delinquent customer on or after 10 days after the account has become delinquent.

2. Turn-Off or Court Notice. On or after 15 days after an account becomes delinquent, a turn-off notice or a letter of intent to go to small claims court shall state a date on or after which either the sewer or water will be disconnected or turned off or court action will be initiated, if the delinquent account is not paid in full prior thereto. Such date will not be less than five nor more than 15 days from the date of notice. A delivery to the premises served or mailing to the address of record of the customer shall be considered a delivery to the customer.

3. Service Turn-Off. On the turn-off date, the authorized department official or other agent of the borough shall turn off the service. The borough shall not be liable to tenants for damages resulting from sewer disconnects or water turn-off because of a landlord’s failure to pay delinquent accounts.

4. Service Charge. In all instances where the sewer has been disconnected or the water turned off because of a delinquent account under this section, a nonrefundable service charge as specified in the current assembly-approved water-sewer rate schedule shall be made for the restoration of services in addition to replacement of cash deposit as required in HBC 13.08.120(C).

5. Liens. If a lien has been recorded, any delinquent amount owed to the utility shall constitute a lien upon the real estate for which water service is supplied, and the utility is authorized to file sworn statements showing such delinquencies in the office of the recorder of the Haines recording district.

D. Interest Charges. Accounts will be charged one and one-half percent interest per month after becoming delinquent.

E. Exemptions and Adjustments to Charges. The manager and the chief fiscal officer shall have the authority to make all necessary adjustments or exemptions to the charges and fees established in this title when directed to do so by the assembly or if, in the opinion of the manager or chief fiscal officer, such actions are in the public interest. Any adjustments or exemptions shall be made a part of the borough’s public financial records along with an authorizing statement by the responsible party as to the reasons for the action taken. The decision of the manager or chief fiscal officer shall be final unless overruled by the assembly.

F. Residential Sprinkler Allowance. For the period from June 1st to August 31st of each year, a metered residential customer may apply to the utility for a “sprinkler allowance.” Upon submittal of the completed application form to the borough by the customer, the borough shall authorize the allowance. Such allowance shall be determined by calculating the metered usage which exceeds the minimum 4,000 gallons per month. Any amounts in excess of the 4,000 gallons per month per unit during this period will only be charged at 50 percent of the metered usage. The purpose of this allowance is to make an adjustment for the metered usage based upon water meter registers where not all the water used is collected and treated by the sewer system. (Ord. 13-10-352 § 12; Ord. 11-04-263 § 4; Ord. 07-11-173 § 4)

13.08.235 Notices.

A. Notice to Customers. Notices from the department to the customer will normally be given in writing and either mailed or delivered to the customer at the last known address. Where conditions warrant, and in emergencies, the department may notify by either telephone or messenger.

The cost of notifying a customer of pending discontinuance of service due to nonpayment of an account, or any similar correspondence, shall be borne by the customer. These costs shall include all certified mail charges and may also include a reasonable charge for staff time.

B. Notices from Customers. Notices from a customer to the department may be given by the customer or the customer’s authorized representative in writing at the office of the clerk or to an agent of the department.

13.08.240 Access to property.

All duly appointed employees of the department shall have free access at all reasonable hours of the day to any and all parts of structures and premises from which sewage is carried for the purpose of inspecting connections, the condition of pipes and fixtures, and the quantity and composition of the sewage. The department does not, however, assume any duty to inspect customer service lines, plumbing, and equipment, and shall not be responsible therefor.

13.08.250 Prohibited acts.

It shall be unlawful and a violation of this chapter for a customer or any other person to deposit or allow to be placed in the sanitary sewage collection system any of the following materials:

A. Petroleum, coal tar, vegetable and mineral oils and products, and their derivatives and wastes;

B. Greases, oils, and sludges from service stations, garages, repair shops, machine shops, cleaning establishments, or other industries or establishments;

C. Explosive or inflammable liquids and gases;

D. Acids, alkalis, or other corrosive liquids, gases, or substances of sufficient strength to damage sewers, manholes, pumping stations, or treatment plant units;

E. Paints or waste products from paint manufacturing;

F. Substances which will form deposits or obstructions in the sewage collection system or which, when mixed with sewage, will precipitate material and thus form deposits in said system;

G. Ashes, cinders, sand, earth, coal, rubbish, or metals of any kind;

H. Live steam, exhaust steam, or water having a temperature above 140 degrees Fahrenheit;

I. Ground or unground refuse, garbage (except for kitchen food waste processed through a disposal), or waste materials;

J. Offal from slaughterhouses and fish processing plants;

K. Dead animals;

L. Sulfite or sulfate liquor and “white” water from pulp mills and paper mills.

13.08.260 Prohibited connections.

It shall be unlawful and a violation of this chapter for any customer or other person to connect or cause to be connected to the sanitary sewer system any inflow source. The term “inflow source” is defined as any source of water from such sources as, but not limited to, roof gutters, cellar, yard, and area drains, foundation drains, cooling water discharges (unless specifically approved by borough manager or designee), drains from springs and swampy areas, manhole covers, cross connections from storm sewers and combined sewers, catch basins, storm waters, surface runoff, and street wash waters or drainage, but does not include water entering the sanitary sewer system from the ground, through such means as, but not limited to, defective pipes, pipe joints, connections, or manhole walls. All new sewers and connections from wastewater sources to the sewer system shall be designed and constructed in accordance with such guidelines as the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, as applicable, shall publish from time to time. (Ord. 15-08-418 § 4)

13.08.270 Connection made without permit.

A. It shall be unlawful for any customer or other person to connect a customer service line to an interceptor without first making application, paying the connection fee, and securing a permit therefor from the clerk.

B. Any person who connects or attempts to connect a service line in violation of this section commits a minor offense subject to penalty as set forth in Chapter 1.24 HBC for each offense. Each week a property is connected in violation of this section constitutes a separate offense. (Ord. 15-06-413 § 36)

13.08.280 Interference and tampering.

It shall be unlawful and a violation of this chapter for any unauthorized person to open any manhole or sewage lift station, enter into, interfere with, or tamper with any sewer, manhole, sewage lift station, property at the sewage treatment plant, or stabilization pond.

13.08.290 Suspension of rules.

No employee of the department is authorized to suspend or alter any of the provisions contained in this chapter without specific approval or direction of the assembly, except in cases of emergency involving potential loss of life or property or which would place the operation of the sanitary sewer system in jeopardy.

13.08.300 Easement.

Each applicant and user gives and grants to the borough an easement and right-of-way on and across the applicant’s or user’s property for the installation of customer service lines, interceptors, valves, and other necessary equipment.

13.08.310 Penalties.

Unless otherwise specifically provided, any person violating a provision of this chapter shall be punished by a fine in the amount set forth in HBC 1.24.040, or if no fine is there established, a fine of not more than $300.00. (Ord. 15-06-413 § 37)