Wastewater Utilities - 13.12

13.12.010 Definitions
  1. “Building drain” means that part of the lowest piping of a drainage system which receives the discharge from soil, waste, and other drainage pipes inside the walls of the building and conveys it to the building sewer beginning two feet outside the building wall.
  2. “Building sewer” means that part of the horizontal piping of a drainage system which extends from the end of the building drain which receives the discharge of the building and conveys in to the public wastewater collection line or private wastewater collection line that discharges into a public wastewater collection line. Responsibility for maintenance and repair of a building sewer shall rest with the building owner.
  3. “Cooling water” means clean and unpolluted wastewater, from air conditioning, industrial cooling, condensing and similar apparatus, and hydraulically powered equipment.
  4. “Domestic wastewater” means that common liquid or water-carried wastes from human dwellings and from toilets, lavatory fixtures, and other facilities in buildings other than dwellings.
  5. “Dwelling” means a building or structure designed or used as the living quarters for one or more families and shall include mobile homes and recreation vehicles but not motels, hotels, or rooming houses.
  6. “Dwelling unit” means one (1) or more rooms providing complete living facilities for one family, including equipment and facilities for cooking and room or rooms for living, sleeping, and eating.
  7. “Family” means a single individual or a collective body of persons living together in a domestic bond occupying a dwelling unit.
  8. “Garbage” means solid wastes from the domestic and commercial preparation, cooking, and dispensing of food, and from the handling, storage, and sale of produce. Properly shredded garbage shall mean garbage that has been shredded to such degree that all particles will be carried freely under the flow conditions normally prevailing in public wastewater collection lines with no particle greater than one-half inch in any dimension.
  9. “Hotel/motel” means a building containing rooms intended or designed to be used or which are used, rented, or hired out to be occupied or which are occupied for sleeping purposes by guests, and where kitchen or dining facilities, if any, are provided at a common location within the building or in an accessory building.
  10. “Industrial wastewater” means any liquid or water-­carried wastes resulting from an industrial, trade, or business process and carrying quantities of oils, grease, fats, abrasives, chemicals, hydrocarbons, toxic materials, and other substances not fitting the definition of domestic wastewater.
  11. "Non-residential unit” means each twelve hundred square feet (1,200) of floor area in any building or structure used for purposes other than for a dwelling. Floor area includes all areas primary to the functioning of such use and excludes stairwells, hallways, corridors, dead storage, and space occupied by heating, air-conditioning, and other utility equipment.
  12. “Plant investment fee” means a share of the capital cost of the wastewater collection system and wastewater treatment plant.
  13. “Pretreatment” shall mean the reduction of the amount of pollutants, the elimination of pollutants, or the alteration of the nature of pollutants in wastewater prior to discharge into a public wastewater collection line.
  14. “Rooming house” means any dwelling in which more than three (3) persons; either individually or as a family, are housed or lodged for hire, with or without meals. A boarding house or furnished room house shall be deemed a “rooming house”.
  15. “Service unit” means any dwelling unit and any other unit other than a dwelling unit used in the calculation of sewer service charges.
  16. “Slug” shall mean any discharge of domestic or industrial wastewater which in concentration of any given constituent or in quantity of flow exceeds any period of duration longer than fifteen (15) minutes more than five (5) times the average twenty-four (24) hour concentration or flows during normal operations.
  17. “Storm water” means the runoff or discharge of rain, snow melt, and other clean water from roofs, land surfaces, whether pubic or private, or elsewhere, but not including the flow from a watercourse.
  18. “Wastewater collection line” means a pipe conduit, manholes, and other appurtenances, but not including a building sewer, intended to convey only domestic wastewater and, as specifically authorized by the town, industrial wastewater.
  19. “Wastewater collection system” means wastewater collection lines, pumping stations, force mains, and other facilities necessary and incidental to the collection of wastewater.
  20. “Wastewater facilities” means the wastewater collection system and wastewater treatment plant including all devices, equipment, wastewater collection lines, and other facilities associated with the collection, pumping, treating, and disposing of wastewater.
  21. “Watercourse” means a draw, creek, or other channel in which a natural flow of water occurs, either continuously or intermittently.