Sec. 34-3. Sewer connections to premises within the city; extensions of mains.
(a) A separate connection shall be required for each subdivision lot upon which a building is constructed. Only one (1) sewer service connection will be required where multiple lots are used to construct a building.
(b) The city will grant the right to use the sewerage system and will extend sewer mains where in the opinion of council it is practical and economically feasible under the following methods:
(1) Sewer mains installed by the city in the preservation of the health and general welfare of the citizenry for reasons of public necessity,
(2) Sewer mains installed in response to citizen request when evidenced by petition,
(3) Sewer mains installed in conjunction with industrial development and/or residential subdivision development.
(c) Additionally, connection to the city sewerage system shall be required for the following conditions:
(1) Septic system failure on improved property
As authorized by Virginia Code Section 15.2-5137, the owner of any improved property that utilizes a private septic system for sewage disposal and has city sewer available as defined in Section 34-3(c)(3), shall connect to such sewer when that septic system has failed and can not be repaired according to Virginia Department of Health Regulations. The owner must make connection to the system by application and payment of applicable fees. The property owner will be responsible for providing the appropriate piping to connect to the city approved connection point and for the abandonment, cleaning and filling of the existing septic tank in a proper and lawful manner. The property owner must obtain appropriate permits from the city building official to install new sewer piping and appurtenances.
The following cannot be connected to the city sewer system: septic system tanks or drain lines; effluent pump systems utilizing the existing septic tank as a holding tank; any privy or cesspool; or any other manner of private sewerage disposal.
(2) Septic system for new construction
Any new construction on unimproved property requiring sewage disposal shall connect to the city sewer system where available as defined in Section 34-3(c)(3). The owner must make connection to the system by application and payment of applicable fees. It shall be unlawful for any owner or tenant to use a septic system or any other alternative sewage disposal system when city sewer lines are available for connection.
(3) Sewer availability
Sanitary sewer service is considered to be available to a property when the sewer is located:
a. anywhere on the property,
b. in a segment of public right-of-way that is immediately adjacent to the property,
c. in a public right-of-way and within fifty (50) feet of the property, or
d. in a public easement which abuts the property on an adjoining parcel.
Sewer service availability shall not be influenced by the ground topography either on a property or in relationship to adjacent right-of-way or adjacent parcels. Sewer service is considered to be available whether the service is by gravity flow or pumping. Sewer service is not available if a new public easement through another parcel is required to serve the property.
The director of utilities may allow exceptions to paragraph (c) of this section provided that the owner or tenant can demonstrate that compliance with these provisions creates an extreme hardship.
Any person, firm, partnership, corporation or other legal entity that violates the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a class 1 misdemeanor. Each day such violation occurs shall constitute a separate offense. (Code 1959, § 29-6.2; Ord. of 6-15-77; Ord. No. O-87-265, § 1, 11-24-87, eff. 1-1-88; Ord. No. O-12-012, 1-24-12)
Last updated date: 1/27/2012 8:38:04 AM