CHAPTER 13. UTILITIESCHAPTER 13. UTILITIES\Article IV. Elimination Of Infiltration And Inflow Sources

Excessive inflow and infiltration of stormwater from any source, private or public, into the sanitary sewage system is a hazard to the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the City because such infiltration and inflow overloads the capacity of both the sanitary sewer lines and treatment facilities.  It is, therefore, necessary for the City to adopt a uniform system of rules, regulations and standards to eliminate sources and prevent inflow and infiltration from entering the public sanitary sewage system from private property.

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A.    Penalties for violation of any provision of this article are as described in Section 13-112.

B.    Notwithstanding Subsection (A) of this section, it shall be unlawful to refuse entry or access to the City while the City is discharging its official duties under this division.

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A.    The Director of Utilities, or designated representative, may issue an order directing the owner to disconnect a private infiltration or inflow source from the sanitary sewer system.  The order may state a deadline for compliance, but such deadline shall not be sooner than thirty (30) days nor longer than one (1) year after issuance of the order.  Within ten (10) days after receipt of the order the owner may, in writing, request a review hearing before the Director of Utilities.  The filing of such a written request shall act as a stay order until after hearing.  After such hearing, the Director of Utilities may affirm, set aside or modify such order.

B.    The Director of Utilities may terminate sanitary sewage service by discontinuing water service to any premises the owner of which failed or refused to comply with an order to disconnect an inflow and/or infiltration source from the sanitary sewer system within the time allotted.

C.    The City may abate and temporarily or permanently enjoin the continuing connection of a private infiltration or inflow source as a nuisance, in any court of competent jurisdiction.

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Financial assistance in the form of partial or full reimbursement for the cost of disconnecting prohibited infiltration and inflow sources shall be provided to persons who receive and comply with a disconnect order as described in Section 13-403.  Such reimbursement shall be in the amount and subject to the terms set out in Section 13-405.

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A.    Upon verification by the City that a prohibited private sector infiltration or inflow connection exists, the City shall issue a disconnect order to the landowner subject to the conditions set out in Section 13-402.  The disconnection work shall be performed under a permit issued by the City.  After the landowner completes the disconnection, the City shall re-inspect the premises to verify compliance with the disconnect order and verify abatement of illegal connections.  If compliance with this division is verified, the City shall reimburse the owner for the expense of disconnection in an amount equal to the actual cost of labor and materials, but not to exceed the following maximum amounts:

Source Description

Maximum Amount

Directly connected storm sump pump, per sump pump


Directly connected storm sump pump with diverter valve, per sump pump


Combination sanitary and storm sump pump, per sump pump


Area drains (driveway, patio, basement entry, etc.), each


Down spouts, each


Clean out, each


Other as determined in the sole discretion of the city, each


B.    Acceptance or the reimbursement shall constitute a consent by the person accepting such payment to a re-inspection of the premises by the City within one (1) year following payment for the sole purpose of verifying continued compliance with this division.  Such re-inspection shall be done at a convenient time.

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