Chapter 12.12


12.12.010    Unsanitary deposit of waste.

12.12.020    Treatment required.

12.12.030    Constructions unlawful.

12.12.040    Mandatory sewer connection and compulsory charges.

12.12.050    Public sewer line not available.

12.12.060    Permit required.

12.12.070    Private sewer—Permit.

12.12.080    Permit application—Inspection.

12.12.090    Private sewer must meet state regulations.

12.12.100    Public sewer becomes available.

12.12.110    Separate sewer line—Alternate plans.

12.12.120    Construction and installation of connections.

12.12.130    Excavations to be safeguarded.

12.12.140    Certain water not to be discharged.

12.12.150    Viscous materials not to be discharged.

12.12.160    Industrial sewer line—Use for domestic purposes—Rate—Location.

12.12.170    Industrial sewer line—Industrial waste discharge prohibited.

*    For sewage disposal rates—See Chapter 12.16.

12.12.010 Unsanitary deposit of waste.

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, garbage, or other objectionable waste. (Ord. 164 § 301, 1955).

12.12.020 Treatment required.

It is unlawful to discharge to any natural outlet within the city or any area under its jurisdiction, any sanitary sewage, industrial wastes, or other polluted waters, except where suitable treatment has been provided in accordance with subsequent provisions of this chapter. (Ord. 164 § 302, 1955).

12.12.030 Constructions unlawful.

Except as hereinafter provided, it is unlawful to construct or maintain any privy, privy vault, septic tank, cesspool or other facilities intended or used for the disposal of sewage. (Ord. 164 § 303, 1955).

12.12.040 Mandatory sewer connection and compulsory charges.*

The owner of each lot or parcel of real property within the city and within three hundred feet of a sewer lateral or trunk line or whose on site septic system has failed or is inadequate for the present use, not already connected to the public sewer system of the city, upon which lot or parcel of property there is situated any building or structure for human occupation or use for any other purpose, shall install suitable toilet facilities therein, and shall connect such facilities, together with all other facilities therein the use of which results in the existence of sewage as defined herein, but with the specific exception of industrial waste flows, with the public sewer system, at his own expense, within thirty days after mailing of a notice to so connect signed by the building official, to such user. (Ord. 986 § 1, 1996: Ord. 596 § 1, 1979: Ord. 164 § 304, 1955).

*    Penalty for sewer connection without permission—See RCW 35.67.350.

12.12.050 Public sewer line not available.

Where a public sewer line is not available under the provisions of Section 12.12.040, a private sewer and sewage disposal system shall be constructed, connected and maintained in accordance with provisions in this title. (Ord. 164 § 305, 1955).

12.12.060 Permit required.

No unauthorized person shall uncover, make any connection with or opening into, use, alter, or disturb any public sewer without first obtaining a right-of-way permit from public works. No unauthorized person shall open, alter, or disturb the streets or alleys of the city for the purpose of making connection with the public sewer system, without first obtaining a right-of-way permit from public works. (Ord. 1400 § 4 (part), 2014: Ord. 164 § 401, 1955).

12.12.070 Private sewer—Permit.

No person shall construct or commence the construction of a private sewer or private sewage disposal system without inquiring whether they need a right-of-way permit from public works. No person shall construct, extend, re-lay, repair, or connect a building sewer without first obtaining a right-of-way permit from public works. (Ord. 1400 § 4 (part), 2014: Ord. 164 § 402, 1955).

12.12.080 Permit application—Inspection.

An application for any permit shall be made on a form furnished by the city which the applicant shall supplement with such plans, specifications and other information as deemed necessary by the city. A sewer permit as provided in Section 12.16.280 for public sewer connections shall be paid to the city at the time the application is filed. Public works will inspect the public sewer connection at the city main before any underground portions are covered. Any portion of the pipe covered before inspection shall be uncovered at the owner’s expense within two days after notice to do so has been issued by the administrative authority. Reinspection of the site will cause the owner/contractor to be subject to a reinspection fee based on current cost of the city. (Ord. 1400 § 4 (part), 2014: Ord. 595, 1979: Ord. 164 § 403, 1955).

12.12.090 Private sewer must meet state regulations.

The type, capacities, locations, and layout of a private sewage system shall comply with all recommendations and regulations of the department of public health of the state of Washington. No septic tank or cesspool shall be permitted to discharge to any public sewer or natural outlet, or to ground surface. 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. 164 § 404, 1955).

12.12.100 Public sewer becomes available.

Whenever a public sewer becomes available to a lot or parcel served by a private sewage disposal system, as provided in Section 12.12.040, a direct connection shall be made to the public sewer in compliance with this chapter, and any septic tanks, cesspools, and similar private disposal facilities shall be abandoned and filled with suitable material. (Ord. 164 § 405, 1955).

12.12.110 Separate sewer line—Alternate plans.

A separate and independent building sewer line shall be provided for each building, for connection with the public sewer system; provided, that where feasible this requirement may be waived upon submission of alternate plans approved by and thereafter constructed under the supervision of the building inspector. (Ord. 164 § 406, 1955).

12.12.120 Construction and installation of connections.

All connections and building sewer lines connecting with the public sewer system shall comply with the City of Othello Public Works Design Standards, adopted September 12, 2012, or as hereafter amended. (Ord. 1400 § 4 (part), 2014: Ord. 164 § 407, 1955).

12.12.130 Excavations to be safeguarded.

All excavations for building sewer installations shall be properly safeguarded with lights and barricades so that the same may not be a menace to public safety. All streets, sidewalks, alleys, parkways, and other public property disturbed in the course of the work shall be restored in a manner satisfactory to the city. (Ord. 164 § 408, 1955).

12.12.140 Certain water not to be discharged.

No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged any storm water, surface water, ground water, roof runoff, subsurface drainage, cooling water or unpolluted industrial process waters into the public sewer system. (Ord. 164 § 501, 1955).

12.12.150 Viscous materials not to be discharged.

No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged into the public sewer system any flammable or explosive liquid, solid or gas, any ashes, cinders, sand, mud, oil, grease, straw, shavings, metal, glass, rags, feathers, tar, plastics, wood, or any other solid or viscous substance capable of causing obstruction to the flow in sewers or other interference with the proper operation of the sewage treatment plant, according to Public Works Design Standards, adopted September 12, 2012, or as hereafter amended. (Ord. 1400 § 4 (part), 2014: Ord. 164 § 502, 1955).

12.12.160 Industrial sewer line—Use for domestic purposes—Rate—Location.

(a)    Any person, firm or corporation applying for a sewer connection to the Othello municipal domestic sewer system for domestic, but not industrial, waste sewer service furnished to facilities located within the city of Othello, which connection shall make use of either directly or remotely, a certain fifteen-inch concrete “industrial” sewer line, installed and located as hereinafter described, for the disposal of “domestic,” that is, human waste, as distinguished from “industrial” waste, for use by commercial, industrial, or manufacturing establishments, employing more than three employees, shall pay for the use of the municipal sewer service as set forth in Appendix S to Chapter 12.16:

The city clerk shall be permitted to audit the payroll records of such employer at any reasonable time to verify the amount charged and paid for such sewer service.

(b)    This rate schedule shall apply to users of municipal domestic-type sewer service connected directly or remotely to the industrial sewer line situated in the city of Othello, county of Adams, state of Washington, and more particularly described as follows:

A fifteen-inch concrete sewer line located in the city of Othello, Adams County, state of Washington, situated as follows:

Commencing at a point in the right-of-way of North Broadway Avenue, in said city of Othello, approximately forty-two feet east of the west line of said street, approximately one thousand eight hundred sixty-five feet north of the point of intersection of Broadway Avenue and Fir Street, thence southerly along Broadway a distance of one thousand eight hundred seventy-five feet, and thence westerly along a line approximately ten feet south of the north line of Fir Street, a distance of approximately three hundred ninety feet to a point approximately ten feet east of the west line of Railroad Avenue, thence southerly along the right-of-way of Railroad Avenue to Main Street, thence westerly along the north right-of-way line of Main Street, a distance of one hundred seventy-five feet, thence south on a line perpendicular to Main Street, a distance of one hundred thirty feet to the sewer outfall line. (Ord. 1222 § 1, 2006: Ord. 741 §§ 1 and 2, 1985; Ord. 646 § 7, 1981: Ord. 591 § 1, 1979: Ord. 490 § 1, 1975: Ord. 164 (part) 1955).

12.12.170 Industrial sewer line—Industrial waste discharge prohibited.

The ordinance codified in Section 12.12.160 and this section does not authorize the discharge of “industrial” waste of any kind into the so-called “industrial” fifteen-inch sewer line, and the use therefor is expressly prohibited. (Ord. 490 § 2, 1975: Ord. 164 (part), 1955).