ARTICLE IV


DISCHARGE OF SEWAGE INTO WATER BODIES     OR WITHIN FLOOD PRONE AREAS


SEC.

11-070.00 Definitions

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     Camp: Any structure, floating or foundation-secured, used temporarily or occasionally as a dwelling; not used as a residence.

     Flood Prone: Any area which is regularly subject to flooding, as determined by United States Geological Survey or the Corps of Engineers.

     Individual Mechanical Plant: Any individual sewage system which employs aerobic bacterial action which is maintained by mechanical aeration.

     Individual Sewage System: Any system of piping (excluding building plumbing), treatment device or other facility that conveys, stores, treats or disposes of sewage on the property

where it originates, and which utilizes the individual sewage system technology as prescribed in Section 11-072.00, "Permits."

     Marine Sanitation Device (MSD): Any device designed for the handling, storage and/or disposal of domestic waste (sewage) generated aboard a vessel or camp.

     Permit: A written document issued by the State Health Officer which authorizes the installation, construction and operation of an individual mechanical plant, individual sewage system or marine sanitation device or a modification of the existing system which affects the performance of the system.

     Residence: Any structure occupied customarily or most of the time as a dwelling, a place of primary residence.

     Secondary Treatment Standard: A sewage affluent water quality standard which prescribes a maximum thirty-day average concentration of biological oxygen demand (five-day) of thirty milligrams per liter (30 mg/l), a maximum seven-day average concentration of biological oxygen demand (five-day) of forty-five milligrams per liter (45 mg/l), and a maximum daily average concentration of biological oxygen demand (five-day) of sixty milligrams per liter (60 mg/l). The daily average concentration shall be based on at least three (3) affluent portions collected at time intervals no shorter than one (1) hour each and combined in a flow-weighted composite. The thirty (30) day average, seven-day average, and the daily average are the arithmetic means of the values for all effluent samples collected in each period.

     Septic Tank System: Any individual sewage system which consists of a septic tank flowed by an acceptable method of septic tank effluent treatment or disposal. A Conventional Septic Tank System is a septic tank followed by a subsurface absorption field.

     Sewage: Human or domestic waste, except household consumer refuse, including conveying liquid from residences, buildings, industrial establishments, or other places, together with such groundwater, surface water, storm water, and other wastes as may be present.

     Sewage System: Any or all of the various components, including piping, plumbing, pumping and treatment facilities comprising a system designed for the collection and/or treatment and/or disposal of sewage.
(Ord. No. 84-209, adopted 09/20/84)

CROSS REFERENCE NOTE: See Chapter 21, Article I entitled "Performance Standards for Developments with Central Sewage and/or Water Facilities", Sections 21-001.00 - 21-006.00 of this Code.

SEC.

11-071.00 Discharge Of Untreated Sewerage Prohibited


    All individuals who own, rent, lease, operate or manage any occupied premises, public or private, where people live, work, or congregate in a flood prone area shall provide for sewage disposal in compliance with this Article. The contents or effluent from any water closet, sink, lavatory, bathtub, shower drain, kitchen fixture and/or appliance, laundry fixture and/or appliance, vault, privy, leaching pit, chemical toilet or any personal hygiene fixture or appliance not aforementioned, or septic tank, or from any portion of any individual sewage

system shall not be discharged directly or indirectly into any street, gutter, ditch, watercourse, water shed, slough, body of water, or onto the surface of the ground except where appropriate permits have been obtained. (Ord. No. 84-209, adopted 09/20/84)

CROSS REFERENCE NOTE: See Chapter 21, Article I entitled "Performance Standards for Developments with Central Sewage and/or Water Facilities", Sections 21-001.00 - 21-006.00 of this Code.

Sec.

11-071.01 Sewage System Required


    a) The owner of any property which is situated in a marsh or swamp, or on, over, or contiguous to any river, stream, bayou, lake, or other waterway within or bordering the unincorporated portion of St. Tammany Parish, and on which there is located a residence, camp, or any other structure which is occupied customarily or occasionally as a dwelling, must connect the toilet facilities and other plumbing fixtures within the said residence, camp, or structure to a community-type sewage system where available, or to an individual sewage system specifically approved for the premises by the State Health Officer after determining that connection to a community-type sewage system is not feasible and that the installation and operation of an individual sewage system will not create a nuisance or public health hazard. (Ord. No. 92-1676, adopted 11/19/92)
    
    b) Violation of this section shall constitute a misdemeanor and shall be punishable in accordance with the provisions of Sec. 1-008.00 of this Code of Ordinances.

    c) Enforcement of this Section shall be effected only by employees or agents of the Water Services Commission of St. Tammany Parish pursuant to the authority provided in R.S. 33:4064.1 et seq. (Ord. No. 92-1676, adopted 11/19/92)

    d) For any existing residence, camp, or other structure subject to the provisions of paragraph a) of this Ordinance, the effective date for enforcement of said provisions shall be July 1, 1993. (Ord. No. 92-1676, adopted 11/19/92)

SEC.

11-072.00 Permits


    (1)     Camps: No person shall install, cause to be installed, materially alter, or operate an individual sewage system of any kind without first having obtained a permit from the State Health Officer. No person shall install, cause to be installed, or materially alter an individual sewage system of any kind except in accordance with the plans and specifications for the installation which have been approved as a part of a permit issued by the State Health Officer prior to the start of the installation or alteration. Any such permit shall be in writing and shall be issued only for marine sanitation devices. Detailed plans and specifications for each installation of an individual sewage system for which a permit is requested shall be submitted in advance for approval to the State Health Officer.

    (2)     Residences: No person shall install, cause to be installed, materially alter, or operate an individual sewage system of any kind without first having obtained a permit from the State Health Officer. No person shall install, cause to be installed, or materially alter an individual sewage system of any kind except in accordance with the plans and specifications for the installation which have been approved as a part of a permit

issued by the State Health Officer prior to the start of the installation or alteration. Any such permit shall be in writing and shall not be issued until the property and its surroundings have been inspected and it has been determined that connection to community-type sewage systems is not feasible, and that the condition of the soil, the natural drainage, the estimated population density, and other related factors are such that the construction and use of properly designed individual sewage facilities are not likely to create a nuisance or public health hazard. All permits for residences shall be for secondary sewage treatment only. Detailed plans and specifications for each installation of an individual sewage system for which a permit is requested shall be submitted in advance for approval to the State Health Officer.
(Ord. No. 84-209, adopted 09/20/84)

CROSS REFERENCE: See Chapter 21, Article I entitled "Performance Standards for Developments with Central Sewage and/or Water Facilities", Sections 21-001.00 - 21-006.00 of this Code.

SEC.

11-073.00 Maintenance And Operation


    Individual sewage systems shall be kept in service and in a serviceable condition sufficient to ensure compliance with the secondary treatment standard and to avoid creating or contributing to a nuisance to the public. (Ord. No. 84-209, adopted 09/20/84)

CROSS REFERENCE: See Chapter 21, Article I entitled "Performance Standards for Developments with Central Sewage and/or Water Facilities", Sections 21-001.00 - 21-008.00 of this Code.

SEC.

11-074.00 Enforcement


    Enforcement of this Article shall be the responsibility of the Parish Engineering in conjunction with the State Department of Health and Human Resources, the State Department of Environmental Quality and the Parish Health Unit as supportive enforcement activists. (Ord. No. 84-209, adopted 09/20/84)

SEC.

11-075.00 Penalties


    Any individual, owner of premises and/or installer of sewage system shall both be responsible for violations of this Article and subject to the following penalty provisions:

        (1)          First Offense: One Hundred Dollar ($100.00) fine and thirty-day abatement notice.

        (2)          Second Offense And Each Offense Thereafter: Five Hundred Dollar ($500.00) fine and mandatory thirty-day sentence. Failure to abate within the thirty-day notice shall subject offenders to second offense penalties.

(Ord. No. 84-209, adopted 09/20/84)

CROSS REFERENCE: Chapter 21, Article I, entitled "Performance Standards for Developments with Central Sewage and/or Water Facilities", Sections 21-001.00 - 21-008.00, Code of Ordinances of St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana for Ord. No. 86-630, which stated legislative purpose is "to provide a Parish regulatory vehicle to insure that owner/developers properly install, operate and maintain sewage and water facilities provided in residential, commercial and industrial developments.

STATE REFERENCE : Act No. 934 of the 1986 Louisiana State Legislature being LSA R.S. 33:4064.1 through R.S. 33:4064.6.



                                    



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