Chapter 13.02


I. General Provisions

13.02.010    Short title.

13.02.020    Definitions.

13.02.030    Purpose.

13.02.040    Rules and regulations generally.

13.02.050    Relief on application.

13.02.060    Relief on council’s own motion.

13.02.070    Permits and fees generally.

13.02.080    Compliance with chapter required.

II. Use of Public Sewers Required

13.02.090    Unlawful waste disposal.

13.02.100    Treatment of wastes required.

13.02.110    Unlawful facilities designated.

13.02.120    Occupancy prohibited until regulation compliance.

13.02.130    Connection to public sewer required.

13.02.132    Approved connections.

13.02.134    Tampering with equipment prohibited.

III. Private Sewage Disposal

13.02.140    Permitted when.

13.02.150    Permit required.

13.02.160    Inspection required.

13.02.170    Design requirements.

13.02.180    Abandonment of facilities.

13.02.190    Cost of maintenance by owner.

13.02.200    Additional requirements.

IV. Building and Lateral Sewers—Connections

13.02.210    Permit required.

13.02.220    Design and construction requirements.

13.02.230    Separate sewer connections required.

13.02.240    Old building sewers.

13.02.250    Cleanouts.

13.02.260    Sewers too low to permit gravity flow—Lifting sewage.

13.02.270    Connection to public sewer.

13.02.280    Maintenance of side sewers.

13.02.290    Testing.

V. Public Sewer Construction

13.02.300    Permit required.

13.02.310    Design and construction standards.

13.02.320    Plans, profiles and specifications required—Permit issuance.

13.02.330    Subdivisions.

13.02.340    Easements or rights-of-way.

13.02.350    Persons authorized to perform work.

13.02.360    Compliance with local regulations.

13.02.370    Drawings required.

13.02.380    Completion of sewerage works required.

13.02.390    Reimbursement agreement—Generally.

13.02.400    Reimbursement agreement—Purpose.

13.02.410    Reimbursement agreement—Application.

13.02.420    Reimbursement agreement—Term.

13.02.430    Reimbursement agreement—Construction cost defined.

13.02.440    Reimbursement agreement—Terms of payment.

13.02.450    Reimbursement record.

13.02.460    Reimbursement agreement—Designation of payee.

13.02.480    Reimbursement of city-financed sewers.

VI. Use of Public Sewers

13.02.490    Drainage into sanitary sewers prohibited.

13.02.500    Wastes prohibited in public sewers.

13.02.510    Types of wastes which may be prohibited.

13.02.520    Acceptance of deleterious wastes.

13.02.530    Maintenance of pretreatment facilities.

13.02.540    Interceptors required.

13.02.550    Maintenance of interceptors.

13.02.560    Control manholes.

13.02.570    Measurements and tests.

13.02.580    Special agreements.

13.02.590    Swimming pools.

VII. Permits and Fees

13.02.600    Permit—Required.

13.02.610    Permit—Application.

13.02.620    Permit—Compliance required.

13.02.630    Permit—Application—Signature constitutes agreement.

13.02.640    Fees—Annexation charges.

13.02.650    Fees—Building sewer connection charges.

13.02.660    Fees—Assessment connection charges.

13.02.670    Fees—Additional connection charges.

13.02.680    Fees—Special connection charges.

13.02.690    Fees—Excess water disposal.

13.02.700    Payment of sewage use charges.

13.02.710    Fees—Sewer service charges outside city.

13.02.720    Fees—Permit and inspection charges.

13.02.730    Performance guarantee—Public sewer construction.

13.02.740    All work to be inspected.

13.02.750    Notification that work ready for inspection.

13.02.760    Condemned work.

13.02.770    All costs paid by owner.

13.02.780    Street excavation permit.

13.02.790    Liability.

13.02.800    Time limit on permits.

VIII. Outside Sewers

13.02.810    Permits and fees.

13.02.820    Special outside agreements.

13.02.830    Permit optional.

13.02.840    Connection agreement.

IX. Industries

13.02.850    Requirements generally.

13.02.860    Industrial customers.

13.02.870    Installation of special devices.

X. Enforcement

13.02.880    Authority of city generally—Notices of violations.

13.02.890    Nuisances designated.

13.02.900    Disconnection authority.

13.02.910    Reconnection.

13.02.920    Nuisance abatement.

13.02.930    Article provisions as means of enforcement only.

13.02.940    Lien.

XI. Miscellaneous Provisions

13.02.950    Damaging sewerage works prohibited.

13.02.960    Powers and authorities of inspectors.

I. General Provisions

13.02.010 Short title.

The ordinance codified in this chapter shall be known as the “Sanitary Code of the city of Patterson.” (Ord. 250 § 203, 1974).

13.02.020 Definitions.

For the purposes of this chapter the terms used herein are defined as follows:

A.    “Applicant” means the person making application for a permit for a sewer or plumbing installation and shall be the owner or his authorized agent of premises to be served by the sewer for which a permit is requested.

B.    “Building” means any structure used for human habitation or a place of business, recreation or other purposes.

C.    “Building sewer” means that portion of a side sewer beginning at the plumbing or drainage outlet of any building or industrial facility and running to the property line or to a private sewage disposal system.

D.    “City manager” means the city manager of the city of Patterson, or the person or persons designated by him to administer and enforce the rules and regulations of this chapter.

E.    “City sewage system” means that system of sanitary sewers designed and connected to carry away and dispose of the city’s domestic and industrial wastes, also to any annexed territory or territory served by agreement.

F.    “Combined sewer” means a sewer designed to receive both surface runoff and sewage.

G.    “Contractor” means an individual, firm, corporation, partnership or association duly licensed by the state of California to perform the type of work to be done under the permit.

H.    “Lateral sewer” means the portion of a side sewer lying within a public street connecting a building sewer to the main sewer.

I.    “Main sewer” means a public sewer designed to accommodate more than one lateral sewer.

J.    “Multiple dwelling” means a building for residential purposes containing more than one kitchen or having facilities for the occupancy of more than one person or families, including, but not limited to, the following: Hotels, motels, auto courts, trailer courts, apartment houses, duplexes, rooming houses, boardinghouses and dormitories.

K.    “Outside sewer” means a sanitary sewer beyond the limits of the city not subject to the control or jurisdiction of the city.

L.    “Permit” means any written authorization required pursuant to this or any other regulation of the city for the installation of any sewerage works.

M.    “Person” means any human being, individual, firm, company, partnership, association, private corporation and district.

N.    “Private sewer” means a sewer serving an independent sewage disposal system not connected with a public sewer and which accommodates one or more buildings or industries.

O.    “Public sewer” means a sewer lying within a street and which is controlled by or under the jurisdiction of the city.

P.    “Refuse” means solid wastes from the preparation, cooking and dispensing of food and from the handling, storage and sale of produce.

Q.    “Sanitary sewer” means a sewer which carries sewage and to which storm, surface and ground waters are not intentionally admitted.

R.    “Sewage” means a combination of water-carried wastes from residences, business buildings, institutions and industrial establishments.

S.    “Sewage treatment plant” means any arrangement of devices and structures used for treating sewage.

T.    “Sewer” means a pipe or conduit for carrying sewage.

U.    “Sewerage works” means all facilities owned or controlled by the city except private sewers, for collecting, pumping, treating and disposing of sewage.

V.    “Side sewer” means the sewer line beginning at the foundation wall of any building and terminating at the main sewer and includes the building sewer and lateral sewer together.

W.    “Single family unit” means and refers to the place or residence for a single family.

V.    “Standard specifications” means a set of documents, containing design and construction standards for all sewerage works within the city.

Y.    “Storm sewer” or “storm drain” means a sewer which carries storm and surface or ground waters and drainage, but excludes sewage and polluted industrial wastes.

Z.    “Street” means any public highway, road, street, avenue, alley, way, public place, public easement or right-of-way. (Ord. 250 §§ 104—128, 1974).

13.02.030 Purpose.

The ordinance codified in this chapter is intended to provide rules and regulations for the use and construction of sanitary sewer facilities hereafter installed, altered or repaired within the city. The ordinance codified in this chapter shall not apply retroactively and in the event of an alteration or repair hereafter made, it shall apply only to the new materials and methods used herein. (Ord. 250 § 202, 1974).

13.02.040 Rules and regulations generally.

The following rules and regulations respecting sewer construction and disposal of sewage and drainage of buildings and connection to the sewage works of the city are adopted, and all work in respect thereto shall be performed as herein required and not otherwise. (Ord. 250 § 201, 1974).

13.02.050 Relief on application.

When any person, by reason of special circumstances, is of the opinion that any provision of this chapter is unjust or inequitable as applied to his premises, he may make written application to the council, in which he will state the special circumstances, citing the applicable provision of this chapter, and requesting suspension or modification of that provision as applied to his premises.

If such application is approved, the council may, by resolution, suspend or modify the provision complained of, as applied to such premises, to be effective as of the date of the application and continuing during the period of the special circumstances. (Ord. 250 § 206, 1974).

13.02.060 Relief on council’s own motion.

The council may, on its own motion, find that by reason of special circumstances any provision of this regulation and the ordinance codified in this chapter should be suspended or modified as applied to a particular premises and may order such suspension or modification for such premises during the period of such special circumstances, or any part hereof. (Ord. 250 § 207, 1974).

13.02.070 Permits and fees generally.

No public sewer, side sewer, building sewer or other sewerage facility shall be installed, altered or repaired within the city until a permit for the work has been obtained from the city and all fees paid in accordance with the requirements of the ordinances, rules and regulations of the city. (Ord. 250 § 209, 1974).

13.02.080 Compliance with chapter required.

Following January 1, 1975, it shall be unlawful for any person to connect to, construct, install or provide, maintain and use any other means of sewage disposal from any building in the city except by connection to a public sewer in the manner provided in this chapter. (Ord. 250 § 205, 1974).

II. Use of Public Sewers Required

13.02.090 Unlawful waste disposal.

It is unlawful for any person to place, deposit or permit to be deposited in any unsanitary manner upon public or private property within the city, or in any area under the jurisdiction of the city, any human or animal excrement, refuse or other objectionable waste. (Ord. 250 § 301, 1974).

13.02.100 Treatment of wastes required.

It is unlawful to discharge into any stream or watercourse any sewage, industrial waste or other polluted waters, except where suitable treatment has been provided in accordance with provisions of this chapter. (Ord. 250 § 302, 1974).

13.02.110 Unlawful facilities designated.

Except as herein provided, it is unlawful to construct or maintain any privy, privy vault, septic tank, cesspool, seepage pit or other facility intended or used for the disposal of sewage. (Ord. 250 § 303, 1974).

13.02.120 Occupancy prohibited until regulation compliance.

No building, industrial facility, or other structure shall be occupied until the owner of the premises has complied with all rules and regulations of the city. (Ord. 250 § 304, 1974).

13.02.130 Connection to public sewer required.

The owner of any building situated within the city and abutting on any street in which there is now located, or may in the future be located, a public sewer of the city, is required at his expense to connect the building directly with the proper public sewer in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, within ninety days after the date of official notice to do so, provided that the public sewer is within two hundred feet of the nearest point of the property. (Ord. 250 § 305, 1974).

13.02.132 Approved connections.

It is unlawful to introduce into the city sewage and storm drain systems any material or substance at all except through approved and inspected connections as provided in this chapter. (Ord. 372 § 1, 1984).

13.02.134 Tampering with equipment prohibited.

It is unlawful for any person other than a duly authorized employee of the city to remove, replace, disconnect, alter or tamper with any manhole or manhole cover, cleanout (Y), (T), sewage meter, sampling device or any other opening or equipment pertinent to the city sewage and storm drain systems. (Ord. 372 § 2, 1984).

III. Private Sewage Disposal

13.02.140 Permitted when.

Where a public sewer is not available under the provisions of Section 13.02.130, the building sewer shall be connected to a private sewage disposal system, complying with the provisions of this chapter. (Ord. 250 § 401, 1974).

13.02.150 Permit required.

Before commencement of construction of a private sewage disposal system, the owner shall first obtain a written permit signed by the city manager and/or other cognizant officials. (Ord. 250 § 402, 1974).

13.02.160 Inspection required.

A permit for a private sewage disposal system shall not become effective until the installation is completed to the satisfaction of the city. The city shall be allowed to inspect the work at any stage of construction and, in any event, the applicant for the permit shall notify the city when the work is ready for final inspection, and before any underground portions are covered. (Ord. 250 § 403, 1974).

13.02.170 Design requirements.

The type, capacities, locations and layout of a private sewage disposal system shall comply with all recommendations of the Department of Public Health of the state and health department of Stanislaus County. No septic tank or cesspool shall be permitted to discharge to any public sewer or any stream or watercourse. (Ord. 250 § 404, 1974).

13.02.180 Abandonment of facilities.

At such time as a public sewer becomes available to a property served by a private sewage disposal system, as provided in Section 13.02.130, a direct connection shall be made to the public sewer in compliance with the ordinances, rules and regulations of the city, and any septic tanks, cesspools and similar private sewage disposal facilities shall be abandoned and filled with suitable material, as determined by the city manager, at the owner’s expense. (Ord. 250 § 405, 1974).

13.02.190 Cost of maintenance by owner.

The owner shall operate and maintain the private sewage disposal facilities in a sanitary manner at all times, at no expense to the city. (Ord. 250 § 406, 1974).

13.02.200 Additional requirements.

No statement contained in this article shall be construed to interfere with any additional requirements that may be imposed by any law, ordinance, rule or regulation or by the city or of the health departments of the state or Stanislaus County. (Ord. 250 § 407, 1974).

IV. Building and Lateral Sewers—Connections

13.02.210 Permit required.

In accordance with Article VII of this chapter, no person shall construct a building sewer, lateral sewer to make a connection with any public sewer without first obtaining a written permit from the city and paying all fees and connection charges as required therein. (Ord. 250 § 501, 1974).

13.02.220 Design and construction requirements.

Design and proposed construction by any person of building sewers and lateral sewers shall be in accordance with the requirements of the city and in accordance with city standard specifications. (Ord. 250 § 502, 1974).

13.02.230 Separate sewer connections required.

No two adjacent buildings fronting on the same street shall be permitted to join in the use of the same side sewer. Every building or industrial facility must be separately connected with a public sewer if such public sewer exists in the street upon which the property abuts or in an easement which will serve the property. However, one or more buildings located on property belonging to the same owner may be served with the same side sewer during the period of the ownership. Upon the subsequent subdivision and sale of a portion of the lot, the portion not directly connected to such public sewer shall be separately connected to a public sewer, and it is unlawful for the owner thereof to continue to use or maintain such indirect connection. (Ord. 250 § 503, 1974).

13.02.240 Old buildings sewers.

Old building sewers may be used in connection with new buildings only when they are found, upon examination and test, to meet all requirements of the city. (Ord. 250 § 504, 1974).

13.02.250 Cleanouts.

Cleanouts in building sewers shall be provided in accordance with the county plumbing code and the city standard specifications. All cleanouts shall be maintained watertight. (Ord. 250 § 505, 1974).

13.02.260 Sewers too low to permit gravity flow—Lifting sewage.

In all buildings in which any building sewer is too low to permit gravity flow to the public sewer, sanitary sewage carried by such building sewer shall be lifted by artificial means approved by the city manager, and discharged to the public sewer at the expense of the owner. (Ord. 250 § 506, 1974).

13.02.270 Connection to public sewer.

The connection of the lateral sewer into the public sewer shall be made in accordance to the city standard specifications and at the applicant’s expense. The connection to the public sewer shall be made in the presence of personnel designated by the city manager and under his supervision and direction. Any damage to the public sewer shall be repaired in conformance with city standards specifications at the cost of the applicant. The applicant shall commence payment of monthly sewer service charges at the time that the sewer lateral is stubbed out to the property line. (Ord. 679 § 1(270), 2006: Ord. 250 § 507, 1974).

13.02.280 Maintenance of side sewers.

Building sewers shall be maintained by the owner of property served hereby. Lateral sewer will be maintained by the city. All properties will be required to have a four inches sewer cleanout or the same size as the lateral sewer installed to city standards at property line and accessible for maintenance crews. If a cleanout is not available at property line, the city shall not be responsible for maintenance of the sewer lateral until such time as a cleanout meeting city standards is installed at property line at the request of the property owner. (Ord. 679 § 1(508), 2006: Ord. 365 § 1, 1984: Ord. 250 § 508, 1974).

13.02.290 Testing.

All building sewers and lateral sewers shall be tested in accordance with the city standard specifications at the expense of the applicant. (Ord. 250 § 509, 1974).

V. Public Sewer Construction

13.02.300 Permit required.

In accordance with Article VII of this chapter, no person shall construct, extend or connect to any public sewer without first obtaining a written permit from the city, paying all fees and connection charges and furnishing bonds as required therein. The provision of this section requiring permits shall not be construed to apply to contractors constructing sewers and appurtenances under contracts awarded and entered into by the city. (Ord. 250 § 601, 1974).

13.02.310 Design and construction standards.

Minimum standards for the design and construction of sewers within the city shall be in accordance with the city standard specifications. Copies will be on file at the office of the city manager. The city manager may permit modifications or may require higher standards where unusual conditions are encountered. (Ord. 250 § 602, 1974).

13.02.320 Plans, profiles and specifications required—Permit issuance.

The application for a permit for public sewer construction shall be accompanied by three complete sets of plans, profiles and specifications, complying with all applicable ordinances, rules and regulations of the city, prepared by a civil engineer registered in the state, showing all details of the proposed work based on an accurate survey of the ground. The application, together with the plans, profiles and specifications shall be examined by the city manager who shall, within twenty days, approve them as filed or require them to be modified as deemed necessary for proper installation. When the city manager is satisfied that the proposed work is proper, and the plans, profiles and specifications are sufficient and correct, he shall cause the issuance of a permit predicated upon the payment of all connection charges, fees and furnishing bonds and deposits as required by the city. The permit shall prescribe such terms and conditions as the city finds necessary in the public interest. (Ord. 250 § 603, 1974).

13.02.330 Subdivisions.

The requirements of Sections 13.02.300 and 13.02.310 of this chapter shall be fully complied with before any final subdivision map shall be approved by the city. The final subdivision map shall provide for the dedication for public use of streets, easements or rights-of-way in which public sewer lines are to be constructed. If a final subdivision map of a tract is recorded and the work of constructing sewers to serve the tract is not completed within the time limit allowed in the permit, the city may extend the time limit or may complete the work and take appropriate steps to enforce the provisions of the bond furnished by the subdivider. (Ord. 250 § 604, 1974).

13.02.340 Easements or rights-of-way.

In the event that an easement is required for the extension of the public sewer or the making of connections, the applicant shall procure and have accepted by the city council, a proper easement or grant of a right-of-way having a minimum width of ten feet sufficient in law to allow the laying and maintenance of such extension or connection. (Ord. 250 § 605, 1974).

13.02.350 Persons authorized to perform work.

Only properly licensed contractors shall be authorized to perform the work of public sewer construction within the city. All terms and conditions of the permit issued by the city to the applicant shall be binding on the contractor. The requirements of this section shall apply to side sewers installed concurrently with public sewer construction. (Ord. 250 § 606, 1974).

13.02.360 Compliance with local regulations.

Any person constructing a sewer within a street shall comply with all laws, ordinances, rules and regulations pertaining to the cutting of pavement, opening, barricading, lighting and protecting of trenches, backfilling and repaving thereof and shall obtain all permits and pay all fees required prior to the issuance of a permit by the city. (Ord. 250 § 607, 1974).

13.02.370 Drawings required.

As a condition of final acceptance by the city, three sets of “as-built” drawings showing the actual locations of all mains, structures, wyes, laterals and other changes to the construction drawings shall be filed with the city manager. (Ord. 250 § 608, 1974).

13.02.380 Completion of sewerage works required.

Before acceptance of any sewerage works by the city and prior to the admission of any sewage into the system, the sewerage works shall be tested at the expense of the applicant and shall be complete and in full compliance with all requirements of the standard specifications and to the satisfaction of the city manager. (Ord. 250 § 609, 1974).

13.02.390 Reimbursement agreement—Generally.

Sections 13.02.400 through 13.02.470 provide for collection and disbursement of fees for connection to a privately financed main sewer line. (Ord. 250 § 610 (part), 1974).

13.02.400 Reimbursement agreement—Purpose.

Whenever the construction of a main sewer line within the city at private expense (other than through assessment district proceedings) is completed after November 5, 1974 and the city manager finds that such main sewer line, when so contracted, potentially will serve properties of persons other than those paying the cost of construction thereof, partial reimbursement of construction cost will be determined as provided herein. (Ord. 250 § 610 (part 1), 1974).

13.02.410 Reimbursement agreement—Application.

Any person, firm or corporation proposing to construct, extend or over-size above an eight-inch diameter sewer line shall make application to the city manager for a certificate of entitlement to reimbursement. If the city manager finds that such sewer line to be constructed may reasonably be expected to benefit properties owned by persons other than those proposing to construct it and that the final construction costs as shown by itemized statements submitted are reasonable, he may recommend to the city council that a certificate of entitlement to reimbursement be granted to the applicant. If the council concurs in the recommendation of the city manager, it may by resolution, declare the applicant entitled to partial reimbursement for construction costs. In the event of disagreement with the findings or recommendations of the city manager, the applicant may appeal directly to the council for final determination. (Ord. 314 § 1, 1979: Ord. 250 § 610 (part 2), 1974).

13.02.420 Reimbursement agreement—Term.

Partial reimbursement for sewer line construction cost shall be made through payment to the applicant of such funds as are paid to the city as required in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, until such time as the reimbursable portion of the cost of the line is fully reimbursed or ten years shall have elapsed from the date of approval of the certificate of entitlement to reimbursement by the city. (Ord. 314 § 2, 1979: Ord. 250 § 610 (part 3), 1974).

13.02.430 Reimbursement agreement—Construction cost defined.

Wherever the term “construction cost” is used in this chapter it will be limited to: Excavation; type material, appurtenances and installation of same; ballast, bedding, backfill, paving materials and installation of same; sewer inspection fees and field surveying necessary for pipe installation. It will not include office engineering or overhead cost, easement costs or any other items of cost not listed immediately above. (Ord. 314 § 3, 1979: Ord. 250 § 610 (part 4), 1974).

13.02.440 Reimbursement agreement—Terms of payment.

When a person is granted a certificate of entitlement to reimbursement, the exact amount to be reimbursed, the method for determining contributions toward reimbursement from those benefiting from the construction and the terms for payment to the person by the city, shall be the subject of a special contract between the city and the person constructing, extending or oversizing a sewer. Partial reimbursement of privately financed sewers qualifying under the terms of this chapter shall be accomplished by fees collected by the city upon connection to the subject sewer by those benefiting from it. Fees shall be based upon the construction costs of the sewer divided according to property frontage along the alignment of the sewer or the pro rata share of the sewer’s capacity used by those connecting to it, or a combination of both, as determined by the city manager and approved by the city council. (Ord. 314 § 4 (part), 1979: Ord. 610 (part 5), 1974).

13.02.450 Reimbursement record.

The city manager will maintain a reimbursement record in which fees owed, collected and disbursed in accordance with the contract between the city and the applicant will be accounted for by project designation and applicant. In January of each year, after the effective date of this chapter, a review of each reimbursement record will be made to determine the pro rata share which each applicant is entitled to, which has not been reimbursed. The pro rata share of entitlement to reimbursement will be adjusted by the ratio of the current construction cost index to that prevailing at the time of construction, which will be applied on the amounts which have not been reimbursed. The construction cost index shall be as published by McGraw-Hill, Inc., in “Engineering News Record.” The amounts of reimbursement will not be altered; only the pro rata shares. Reimbursement will then be made based on the adjusted pro rata shares. (Ord. 314 § 4 (part), 1979: Ord. 610 (part 6), 1974).

13.02.460 Reimbursement agreement—Designation of payee.

The city reserves the right in granting a certificate of entitlement to reimbursement to require that a payee be named to act for and on behalf of all persons, firms or corporations interested in reimbursement where the applicant is other than an individual. (Ord. 314 § 5, 1979; Ord. 250 § 610 (part 7), 1974).

13.02.480 Reimbursement of city-financed sewers.

Whenever the city constructs, extends or over-sizes a sewer above eight inches in diameter, the city may collect fees from those benefiting from the construction in the manner set forth in Section 13.02.460 upon their connection to said sewer. (Ord. 314 § 6, 1979: Ord. 250 § 611, 1974).

VI. Use of Public Sewers

13.02.490 Drainage into sanitary sewers prohibited.

No leaders from roofs, surface drains for rainwater or storm sewers shall be connected to any sanitary sewer. No surface, stormwater, artesian well flows or cooling water shall be permitted to enter any sanitary sewer by any device or method whatsoever. (Ord. 250 § 701, 1974).

13.02.500 Wastes prohibited in public sewers.

No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged any of the following wastes to any public sanitary sewer:

A.    Any gasoline, benzene, naphtha, fuel oil, or other flammable or explosive solid, liquid or gas;

B.    Any waste containing toxic or poisonous solids, liquids or gases in sufficient quantity either singly or by interaction with other wastes, to injure or interfere with any sewer treatment process, constitute a hazard to humans, or create a public nuisance;

C.    Any waste having a pH lower than 5.5 or having any other corrosive property capable of causing damage or hazard to structures, equipment or personnel of the city;

D.    Solid or viscous substances in quantities or of such size capable of causing obstruction to the flow in sewers, or other interference with the proper operation of the sewerage works, such as, but not limited to ashes, cinders, sand, mud, straw, shavings, metal, glass, rags, feathers, tar, plastics, wood, unground garbage, paper dishes, cups, containers, etc., either whole or ground by garbage grinders. (Ord. 250 § 702, 1974).

13.02.510 Types of wastes which may be prohibited.

No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged the following described substances, materials or wastes if it appears likely in the opinion of the city manager that such wastes may harm either the sewers, sewage treatment process or equipment, or can endanger personnel or property or create a public nuisance. In forming his opinion as to the acceptability of these wastes, the city will give consideration to such factors as the quantities of subject wastes in relation to flows and velocities in the sewers to which they discharge, sewer material, treatment process, treatment plant capacity and other pertinent factors. The substances so subject to prohibition include, but are not limited to:

A.    Any liquid or vapor having a temperature higher than one hundred fifty degrees Fahrenheit;

B.    Any water or waste which may contain more than one hundred milligrams per liter of fat, oil or grease;

C.    Any garbage that has not 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 in any dimension;

D.    Any waters or wastes having a pH higher than 9.0 or having any other corrosive property capable of causing damage or hazard to structure, equipment and personnel of the city;

E.    Any waters or wastes containing suspended solids of such character and quantity that unusual attention or expense is required to handle such materials in the sewerage works;

F.    Any septic tank sludge or other digested sludge;

G.    Any wastes containing phenols or other taste or odor producing substances, in concentrations exceeding limits which may be established by the city manager;

H.    Any radioactive wastes or isotopes of such half-life or concentration as may exceed limits set by the city in compliance with state or federal regulations;

I.    Materials which exert or cause:

1.    Unusual concentrations of inert suspended solids,

2.    Excessive discoloration,

3.    Unusual BOD, chemical oxygen demand or chlorine requirements in such quantities as to constitute a significant load on the sewage treatment plant,

4.    Unusual volume of flow or slugs. As used herein, “slug” means any discharge of water, sewage or waste which in concentration of any given constituent or in quantity of flow exceeds for any period of duration longer than fifteen minutes more than five times the average twenty-four-hour concentration or flow during normal operation;

J.    Wastes containing substances which are not amenable to treatment by the sewage treatment process employed, or are amenable to treatment only to such degree that the sewage treatment plant effluent cannot meet the requirements of the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Region. (Ord. 250 § 703, 1974).

13.02.520 Acceptance of deleterious wastes.

If any wastes containing the characteristics listed in Section 13.02.510, which in the judgment of the city manager may have a deleterious effect upon the sewerage works, process, equipment or receiving water, is to be discharged to a public sewer, the city manager may do one or more of the following:

A.    Require pretreatment to an acceptable condition prior to discharging to a public sewer;

B.    Require control over the quantities and rates of discharge;

C.    Require payment, in an amount established by the city manager, to cover the added cost of handling and treating the wastes.

If the city manager recommends pretreatment or equalization of flow, the design and installation of the plants and equipment shall be subject to the review and approval of the city manager and no construction of such facilities shall commence until the approval is obtained in writing. (Ord. 250 § 704, 1974).

13.02.530 Maintenance of pretreatment facilities.

Where pretreatment facilities are provided for any waters or wastes, they shall be maintained continuously in satisfactory and effective operation by the owner at his expense and to the satisfaction of city. (Ord. 250 § 705, 1974).

13.02.540 Interceptors required.

Any type of business or establishment where grease or other objectionable materials may be discharged into a public or private sewage main or disposal system shall be required to provide a grease, oil and sand interceptor when in the opinion of the city one is necessary for the proper handling of liquid wastes, containing grease in excessive amounts, or any flammable wastes, sand and other harmful ingredients. Grease interceptors, including grease traps, are grease removal devices that interrupt the flow of wastewater, allowing grease and solids to separate out before the wastewater enters the public sewer system. Interceptors shall conform to the following:

A.    The size of grease interceptors shall be determined as described in the Uniform Plumbing Code and as approved by the city.

B.    Interceptors shall be so installed and connected that they shall be at all times easily accessible for inspection, sample collection, cleaning and removal of grease and other ingredients.

C.    Waste discharge from fixtures and equipment in establishments which may contain grease or other objectionable materials including, but not limited to, scullery sinks, pot and pan sinks, dishwashers, food waste disposals, soup kettlers, and floor drains located in areas where such objectionable materials may exist may be drained into the sanitary waste through the interceptor when approved by the city; provided, however, that toilets, urinals, wash basins, and other fixtures containing fecal material shall not flow through the interceptor.

D.    Discharges entering interceptors shall not exceed one hundred ten degrees Fahrenheit.

E.    Abandoned interceptors shall be emptied and filled as required for abandoned septic tanks. (Ord. 739 (part), 2013: Ord. 250 § 706, 1974).

13.02.550 Maintenance of interceptors.

All grease, oil and sand interceptors shall be maintained by the owner, at his expense, in a continuously efficient operation at all times.

All grease, oil and sand interceptors shall be maintained by periodic removal of the accumulated grease. The use of chemicals to dissolve grease is specifically prohibited. No accumulated grease shall be introduced into any drainage piping or public or private sewer.

The discharger shall develop and maintain a record of periodic maintenance and pumping of the grease interceptor. Records shall be retained for a period of not less than three years. A copy of the cleaning record shall be maintained at the facility and made available to the city upon request.

Pumping shall be sufficiently frequent to prevent objectionable odors, surcharge of the removal device causing pass-through or interference with the operation of the sanitary sewer system.

When a grease interceptor is cleaned, the removed sediment, liquid and floating material shall be legally disposed of in a manner other than to city’s collection system.

All interceptor owners shall provide immediate access to the interceptor chambers at all times for the purpose of inspection, sampling, cleaning and maintenance. At no time shall any material, debris, obstacles or other obstructions be placed which will prevent immediate access to the interceptor.

Regular inspection of grease interceptors will be conducted by the city, the frequency of which will be determined by the public works director. (Ord. 739 (part), 2013: Ord. 250 § 707, 1974).

13.02.560 Control manholes.

When required by the city, the owner of any property served by the side sewer carrying industrial wastes shall install a suitable control manhole in the side sewer to facilitate observation, sampling and measurement of wastes. Such manhole, when required, shall be accessibly and safely located, and shall be constructed in accordance with plans approved by the city manager. The manhole shall be installed by the owner at his expense, and shall be maintained by him so as to be safe and accessible at all times. (Ord. 250 § 708, 1974).

13.02.570 Measurements and tests.

All measurements, tests and analyses of the characteristics of waters and wastes to which reference is made in this chapter shall be determined in accordance with the latest edition of “Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater,” and shall be determined at the control manhole. In the event that no special manhole has been required, the control manhole shall be considered to be the nearest downstream manhole in the public sewer to the point at which the side sewer is connected. (Ord. 250 § 709, 1974).

13.02.580 Special agreements.

No statement contained in this article shall be construed as preventing any special agreement or arrangement between the city and any industrial concern whereby an industrial waste of unusual strength or character may be accepted by the city for treatment, subject to payment therefor by the industrial concern and subject to such terms and conditions as might be required by city. (Ord. 250 § 710, 1974).

13.02.590 Swimming pools.

It is unlawful for any person to discharge the contents of a swimming pool into a sanitary sewer without notification to city manager, twenty-four hours in advance. (Ord. 250 § 711, 1974).

VII. Permits and Fees

13.02.600 Permit—Required.

No unauthorized person shall uncover, make any connection with or opening into, use, alter or disturb any public sewer or appurtenances on any lateral or building sewer without first obtaining a written permit from the city manager. (Ord. 250 § 801, 1974).

13.02.610 Permit—Application.

Any person legally entitled to apply for and receive a permit shall make such application together with payment of a fee of ten dollars to the city manager. He shall give a description of the character of the work proposed to be done and the location, ownership, occupancy and use of the premises in connection therewith. The city manager may require plans, specifications or drawings and such other information as he may deem necessary.

If the city manager determines that the plans, specifications, drawings, descriptions or information furnished by the applicant is in compliance with the ordinances, rules and regulations of the city, he shall issue the permit applied for upon payment of the required fees as hereinafter fixed. (Ord. 250 § 802, 1974).

13.02.620 Permit—Compliance required.

After approval of the application, evidenced by the issuance of a permit, no change shall be made in the location of the sewerage work, the grade, materials or other details from those described in the permit or as shown on the plans and specifications for which the permit was issued, except with written permission from the city manager. (Ord. 250 § 803, 1974).

13.02.630 Permit—Application—Signature constitutes agreement.

The applicant’s signature on an application for any permit shall constitute an agreement to comply with all the provisions, terms and requirements of the ordinance codified in this chapter and other ordinances, rules and regulations of the city, and with the plans and specifications he has filed with his application, if any, together with such correction or modifications as may be made or permitted by the city, if any. Such agreement shall be binding upon the applicant and may be altered only by the city upon the written request for the alteration from the applicant. (Ord. 250 § 840, 1974).

13.02.640 Fees—Annexation charges.

The owner or owners of lands within areas proposed to be annexed to the city shall deposit with the city a sum to be fixed by the council and agreed upon prior to commencement of proceedings by the city on the proposed annexation. (Ord. 250 § 805, 1974).

13.02.650 Fees—Building sewer connection charges.

Connection charges for single-family units, for multiple dwellings, commercial, industrial, public and other uses and for changes in use of existing properties, within or without the boundaries of the city, shall be paid to the city by the owner, or by any other person obligated to pay such charge, who desires the connection of any such property to the sewerage works of the city or to make any changes in existing connections thereto based on the following schedules:

A.    Connection Charges by Type of Facility.

1.    Residential Users.

a.    Single-family residences, including mobile homes: $2,800.00

b.    Duplexes, apartments or other multiple bedroom family dwellings, studio and one bedroom apartments (per unit): $2,800.00

c.    Such fees shall be paid by the subdivider prior to filing of any final map or parcel map in the case of subdivisions and division of land, and at the time of issuance of a building permit in all other instances.

2.    Commercial Users. Auto dealership; bakeries; banks and financial institutions; barbershops; bars; beauty shops; bowling alleys; carwashes; dry cleaners; garages; halls, lodges and auditoriums; health studios and gymnasiums; hotels and motels; laundries; markets (supermarkets and convenience markets); medical and dental offices; mortuaries; offices and commercial enterprises (sanitary facilities only); public agencies; used car lots; warehouses; restaurants; service stations; theaters: $2,800.00 plus one dollar per square foot of building space over three thousand square feet.

3.    Institutional Users.

a.    Hospitals; places of worship (excluding residences); rest and convalescent homes; dormitories; boarding homes; schools (with cafeteria, gym and showers), (with cafeteria only), (without cafeteria, gym or showers).

b.    Connection charges for institutional users shall be as recommended by the city engineer and fixed by the city council.

4.    Miscellaneous.

a.    Swimming Pool Sewer Fees.

1.    Under 5,000 gallons: $100.00

2.    Over 5,000 gallons: 200.00

b.    Connections outside city limits—Twice existing city charges.

c.    Miscellaneous connection charges for specific commercial areas, or other uses not covered above, shall be as recommended by the city engineer and fixed by the city council.

d.    Industrial Connection Charges. The sewer connection charge for industry is set at fifteen thousand dollars per acre, or as recommended by the city engineer and fixed by the city council. (Ord. 601 (part), 1999; Ord. 484 § 4, 1993: Ord. 420 § 1, 1987: Ord. 314 § 7, 1979: Ord. 250 § 806, 1974).

13.02.660 Fees—Assessment connection charges.

For any unit or lot, or part of the property which may be annexed that abuts on or can be directly served by any existing sewerage works of the city constructed or acquired pursuant to a special assessment proceeding, an additional connection charge may be established by action of the council. (Ord. 250 § 807, 1974).

13.02.670 Fees—Additional connection charges.

In addition to any other fees and charges established by the ordinances, rules and regulations of the city, there shall be collected, prior to connection to the sanitary sewer system of the city, special additional connection charges for any parcel, unit, lot or part of any property that abuts on or can be served by an existing main sewer or sewerage works of the city constructed by or at the expense of the city for which the parcel, unit, lot or part of any property did not pay its proportionate cost of installation. The charges shall be collected where the facilities to serve the property consist of a main sewer or any sewer manhole, pumping station or any other sewer facility, together with all appurtenances thereto, which was constructed by or for the city in order to coordinate the construction of the facilities with any street improvement program, or to meet the requirements of the city for facilities to serve areas, or for meeting the anticipated requirements for sewer service from the city, or for any other reason, which facilities were paid for by the city, which additional connection charge shall be in a sum to be computed by the city on the basis of the actual cost of the installation of the service, sewer lateral, sewer main, manhole or pumping facility, including all expenses incidental thereto and all engineering, legal, inspection and other charges. (Ord. 250 § 808, 1974).

13.02.680 Fees—Special connection charges.

In addition to any other charges established herein, the city may establish special connection charges for any sewer connection when, in the opinion of the city, the circumstances of such connection necessitate the establishment of unusual conditions or necessitates the payment of charges over and above those established herein. (Ord. 250 § 809, 1974).

13.02.690 Fees—Excess water disposal.

A service charge, of two hundred fifty dollars per million gallons, pro-rated on the basis of the actual amount of water discharged, shall be charged to any person or business utilizing the facilities of the city and discharging in excess of ten thousand five hundred gallons per month of sewage of normal strength.

A.    Billing. The city will bill the user quarterly.

B.    Metering. The user will provide a metering device at his expense, approved by city, to determine the volume of water being discharged into city’s system.

C.    Violation. Upon violation of the requirements of this section or the failure to pay service charges within thirty days after billing, the city may, upon ten days’ notice, order the user to disconnect his premises from the city’s facilities. (Ord. 314 § 8, 1979: Ord. 250 § 810, 1974).

13.02.700 Payment of sewage use charges.

A.    There is a levied and assessed upon each improvement premises having any sewer connection available to the city sewage which ultimately passes through the city’s sewage system, a monthly service charge to be paid on a monthly basis:

1.    Residential Users. For residential users including single-family residences, mobile homes, duplexes, apartments, studios and one bedroom apartments and other multiple bedroom family dwellings, the flat fee of twenty-eight dollars and forty-seven cents per month for the first year and will increase over the years as listed in this section.

2.    Commercial Business and Professional Offices. A fee of twenty-eight dollars and forty-seven cents per month for the first one thousand cubic feet of water consumed for the first year and will increase over the years as listed in this section. In addition to the flat rate they will be required to pay an additional sum of one dollar and sixty-two cents for every one hundred cubic feet of water consumed above the initial one thousand cubic feet and will increase over the years as listed in this section.

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3.    Whenever there are multiple businesses served at a single location or building (such as a shell building) the number of monthly sewer service accounts billed shall be the same as the number of water meters billed.

4.    Unclassified Users. Unclassified users (which does not include industrial businesses), will be charged the same as commercial businesses and professional offices, or as fixed by the city council.

5.    Other Users. The following other users shall be assessed on the basis of water flow data records according to the following rates, as recommended by the city engineer and fixed by the city council.

6.    Excluding residential, the following rate structure will be used for any nonmetered service, or other that cannot be charged for actual usage: The rate will be based on the number of full-time employees, with the rate being fixed by one dollar and fifty cents per full-time employee, per month, with the minimum rate being the current residential rate.

B.    Each year in connection with the adoption of the budget for the next succeeding fiscal year, the city council shall review the rates, fees and charges established in this section and if it is determined that an increase is needed, the city council shall adopt such increase for sewer service(s) by resolution. (Ord. 714 (part), 2010; Ord. 679 § 1(700), 2006: Ord. 610, 2000; Ord. 609*, 2000; Ord. 601 (part), 1999; Ord. 507 § 1, 1993; Ord. 484 § 1, 1993: Ord. 429 § 1, 1988: Ord. 314 § 9, 1979: Ord. 250 § 811, 1974).

*    Code reviser’s note: The provisions of Ordinance 609 concerning adoption of fee increases by resolution was inadvertently omitted from Ordinance 679. The provisions have been added as subsection B of this section pursuant to the intent of the city.

13.02.710 Fees—Sewer service charges outside city.

Sewer service charges for any connection now served and outside of city shall be twice the established city rate. (Ord. 420 § 3, 1987: Ord. 314 § 10, 1979: Ord. 250 § 812, 1974).

13.02.720 Fees—Permit and inspection charges.

A.    Single-family Units, Multiple Dwellings, Commercial, Industrial, Public and Other Uses. A fee of thirty dollars shall be paid to the city for issuing a permit and inspecting each building sewer installation.

B.    Alteration of Existing Sewer Installation. A fee of thirty dollars shall be paid to the city for issuing a permit and inspecting the work adding to, altering or extending any existing building sewer installation.

C.    Failure to Obtain Permit. In the event any part of the side sewer is installed without the issuance of a permit and the inspection of said sewer, the fee for the issuance of said permit and the inspection of said sewer shall be double the amounts listed in Sections (A) and (B) above plus an additional fee of fifty dollars. (Ord. 484 § 2, 1993: Ord. 250 § 813, 1974).

13.02.730 Performance guarantee—Public sewer construction.

The applicant shall post a surety bond, cash or other security satisfactory to the city to guarantee the faithful performance of any agreement for public main extension entered into with the city. The surety bond, cash or security shall be in the sum of one hundred percent of the estimated costs of the work or in such other sum as may be fixed by the city, and shall in addition to guaranteeing the faithful performance of the work, guarantee the maintenance of the sewer main for a period of one year following the completion and acceptance of the work by the city. (Ord. 250 § 814, 1974).

13.02.740 All work to be inspected.

All sewer construction work shall be inspected by an inspector acting for the city to insure compliance with all requirements of the city. No sewer shall be covered at any point until it has been inspected and passed for acceptance. No sewer shall be connected to the city’s public sewer until the work covered by the permit has been completed, inspected and approved by the inspector. If the test proves satisfactory and the sewer has been cleaned of all debris accumulated from construction operations, the city shall issue a certificate of satisfactory completion. For public sewer construction, the owner or owners and/or contractor shall deposit with the city a sum to be fixed prior to commencement of work. The sum shall be estimated to equal the cost of inspecting the work and other expenses regularly incurred in connection therewith. Should the amount of the deposit exceed the costs incurred by the city, the excess shall be refunded to owner or owners and/or contractor following the conclusion of the work. Should the amount of the deposit be insufficient to pay such costs incurred by the city, the owner or owners and/or contractor shall advance such additional sums as shall be necessary to pay the costs prior to the final inspection of the work. (Ord. 250 § 815, 1974).

13.02.750 Notification that work ready for inspection.

It shall be the duty of the person doing the work authorized by permit to notify the city manager in writing that the work is ready for inspection. Such notification shall be given not less than forty-eight hours, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays excluded, before the work is ready to be inspected. It shall be the duty of the person doing the work to make sure that the work will stand the tests required by the city before giving the above notification. (Ord. 250 § 816, 1974).

13.02.760 Condemned work.

When any work has been inspected and the work condemned and no certification of satisfactory completion given, a written notice to that effect shall be given instructing the owner of the premises, or the agent of such owner, to repair the sewer or other work authorized by the permit in accordance with the ordinances, rules and regulations of the city. (Ord. 250 § 817, 1974).

13.02.770 All costs paid by owner.

All costs and expenses incident to the installation and connection of any sewer or other work for which a permit has been issued shall be borne by the owner. The owner shall indemnify the city from any loss or damage that may directly or indirectly be occasioned by the work. (Ord. 250 § 818, 1974).

13.02.780 Street excavation permit.

A separate permit must be secured by owners or contractors intending to excavate in a public street for the purpose of installing sewers or making sewer connections, together with filing a deposit of an amount to be agreed upon by the city to guarantee satisfactory restoration of the surface. (Ord. 250 § 819, 1974).

13.02.790 Liability.

The city and its officers, agents and employees shall not be answerable for any liability or injury or death to any person or damage to any property arising during or growing out of the performance of any work by such applicant. The applicant shall be answerable for, and shall save the city and its officers, agents and employees harmless from any liability imposed by law upon the city or its officers, agents or employees, including all costs, expenses, fees and interest incurred on defending same or in seeking to enforce this provision. The applicant shall be solely liable for any defects in the performance of his work or any failure which may develop therein. (Ord. 250 § 820, 1974).

13.02.800 Time limit on permits.

If work under a permit is not commenced within six months from the date of issuance of the permit or if after partial completion the work is discontinued for a period of one year, the permit shall thereupon become void and no further work shall be done until a new permit has been secured. A new fee shall be paid upon the issuance of the new permit. (Ord. 250 § 821, 1974).

VIII. Outside Sewers

13.02.810 Permits and fees.

It shall be the policy of the city that areas outside of the city, and not now served by the city sewerage system, shall be served only after annexation agreements have been completed, and financial arrangements agreed upon with the council, at which time any special arrangements which may be required as pertain to permits and fees will be entered into. (Ord. 250 § 901, 1974).

13.02.820 Special outside agreements.

Where special conditions exist relating to an outside sewer, they shall be the subject of special contract between the applicant and the city. (Ord. 250 § 902, 1974).

13.02.830 Permit optional.

The granting of permission for outside areas to connect to city sewers shall be optional with the city. (Ord. 250 § 903, 1974).

13.02.840 Connection agreement.

In no event shall such permission be granted unless the applicant first enters into a contract in writing whereby he shall bind himself, his heirs, successors and assigns to abide by all ordinances, rules and regulations in regard to the manner in which such sewer shall be used and the manner of connecting therewith, and also shall agree to pay all fees required for securing the permit and a monthly fee in the amount set by the city for the privilege of using such sewer. (Ord. 250 § 904, 1974).

IX. Industries

13.02.850 Requirements generally.

A.    All applications for connections to the city sewage system from industries of any sort shall be submitted to the city manager for consideration and approval before permission is granted for the connection and use. The city manager shall have the power to regulate both the quantity and quality of any industrial waste, and monthly sewage use charges.

B.    The applicant shall install approved type screens to remove all solids which are retained on the mesh screen required by the State Board of Health.

C.    The applicant shall install an approved flume and automatic recording device, all at the company’s expense, when required at any time by the city.

D.    The city shall have the right at all times to check the operation of the recording mechanism and to make a record of the readings. (Ord. 250 § 1001, 1974).

13.02.860 Industrial customers.

Customers in the industrial category shall be charged monthly based on the following rates:










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(Ord. 714 (part), 2010: Ord. 484 § 3, 1993: Ord. 250 § 1002, 1974).

13.02.870 Installation of special devices.

The city may require the installation of city-approved recording and sampling devices, or sewage meters on the premises for use by the city at the customer’s expense. Such devices or meters shall be available for inspection at any reasonable time. Recording devices shall be capable of recording instantaneous and accumulated flows, and sampling devices shall be automatic and capable of twenty-four-hour storage and maintenance of temperature between thirty-five and forty degrees Fahrenheit and have a five-gallon capacity. The customers shall be responsible for the maintenance, repair and replacement of all sampling or recording devices and equipment. The customer shall in all events be responsible for any damage or expense in repair or replacement for which the customer or his agent, officers or employees are responsible. (Ord. 250 § 1003, 1974).

X. Enforcement

13.02.880 Authority of city generally—Notices of violations.

The charges and rentals levied pursuant to the ordinance codified in this chapter shall be collected by the city manager, who shall make and enforce such regulations as may be necessary for safe, economical and efficient management and protection of the city sewage system, the city sewage treatment and disposal works, and such regulations as may be necessary for the regulation, collection, rebating and refunding of such charges or rentals.

In the event of a violation of any of the laws of the state, the ordinances of the city or rules and regulations so established referring to the discharge of sewage, the city shall notify the person or persons causing, allowing or committing such violation, in writing, specifying the violation and requiring or implementing any or all of the following actions as determined by the city.

A.    Require the user to submit, for approval, a detailed time schedule of specific actions the user shall take in order to correct or prevent said violation.

B.    Require user to cease or prevent further violation within five days after the receipt of such notice.

C.    Immediately disconnect sewer service.

D.    When discharge of wastewater causes an obstruction, damage, or other impairment to public sewerage facilities, the city manager may assess a charge against the user for work required to clean or repair the facilities and add such charge to the user’s monthly charges for use of public sewerage facilities.

E.    Violation of the provisions of this chapter may result in fines levied at twenty-five dollars for the first offense, fifty dollars for the second offense and one hundred dollars for the third and subsequent violations.

F.    Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be liable to the city for any expense, loss or damage occasioned the city by reason of such violation. (Ord. 739 (part), 2013: Ord. 250 § 1101, 1974).

13.02.890 Nuisances designated.

Continued habitation of any building or continued operation of any industrial facility in violation of the provisions of the ordinance codified in this chapter or any other ordinance, rule or regulation of the city is a public nuisance. The city may cause proceedings to be brought for the abatement of the occupancy of the building or industrial facility during the period of such violation. (Ord. 250 § 1102, 7974).

13.02.900 Disconnection authority.

As an alternative method of enforcing the provisions of the ordinance codified in this chapter or any other ordinance, rule or regulation of the city, the city shall have the power to disconnect the user or subdivision sewer system from the sewer mains of the city. (Ord. 250 § 1103, 1974).

13.02.910 Reconnection.

When service has been disconnected as provided in this chapter, the city may require that the person or persons requesting that service be reestablished furnish a surety bond in the sum of five hundred dollars payable to the city and conditioned upon compliance with the provisions of this chapter before granting permission to make such reestablishment of service and any other terms imposed by the city. (Ord. 250 § 1104, 1974).

13.02.920 Nuisance abatement.

During the period of such disconnection, habitation of such premises by human beings constitutes a public nuisance; whereupon the city shall cause proceedings to be brought for the abatement of the occupancy of the premises by human beings during the period of such disconnection. In such event, and as a condition of reconnection, there is to be paid to the city a reasonable attorney’s fee and cost of suit arising in the action. (Ord. 250 § 1105, 1974).

13.02.930 Article provisions as means of enforcement only.

The city declares that the foregoing procedures are established as a means of enforcement of the terms and conditions of its ordinances, rules and regulations, and not as a penalty. (Ord. 250 § 1106, 1974).

13.02.940 Lien.

Each charge or rental levied by or pursuant to this chapter on property within the city is made a lien upon the premises. The property owner is solely responsible for all sewage use or connection charges. (Ord. 250 § 1107, 1974).

XI. Miscellaneous Provisions

13.02.950 Damaging sewerage works prohibited.

No unauthorized person shall maliciously, willfully or negligently break, damage, destroy, uncover, deface or tamper with any structure, appurtenance or equipment which is a part of the city sewerage works. Any person violating this provision shall be subject to the penalties provided by law. (Ord. 250 § 1201, 1974).

13.02.960 Powers and authorities of inspectors.

Any duly authorized employee of the city shall carry evidence establishing his position as an authorized representative of the city and upon exhibiting the proper credentials and identification shall be permitted to enter in and upon any and all buildings, industrial facilities and properties for the purposes of inspection, reinspection, observation, measurement, sampling, testing and otherwise performing such duties as may be necessary in the enforcement of the provisions of the ordinances, rules and regulations of the city. All persons shall be held strictly responsible for any and all acts of agents or employees done under this chapter. Upon being notified by the city manager of any defect arising therefrom in any sewer or of any violation of this chapter, the person or persons having charge of the work shall immediately correct the same. (Ord. 250 § 1201, 1974).