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17.33.050 Converting Nonconforming Sanitary Sewer Connections.

(Amended by Ordinance No. 185694, effective November 23, 2012.)

A.  Applicability.  A property using a nonconforming sewer must convert to a conforming sewer connection when a public sewer is available. The new connection must be made along a route of service approved by the Director.  In addition, when a public sewer is extended into an area, the City may request that property owners in the area who are not required to connect nevertheless, volunteer to participate in the Nonconforming Sewer Conversion Program regardless of their distance from the new sewer.

B.  Exemption.  The Director may exempt properties with nonconforming sewer connections from the requirement to convert to a conforming sewer connection if:

1.  The Director determines that conversion of a nonconforming connection to a conforming connection would have detrimental effects on public health or safety or the environment; or

2.  Other circumstances exist justifying exemption as identified in BES administrative rules.

C.  Timing.  The City requires property owners to convert or abandon a nonconforming sanitary sewer connection within 180 days of the date on the notice of sewer availability. All individual sewer connections shall be made in conformance with the Sewer and Drainage Facilities Design Manual.  The City will provide written notice to all affected property owners at 180, 90, and 30 days prior to the conversion deadline.  The Director may choose to delay enforcement of this deadline for a property where a connection would be unreasonably technically difficult, a public sewer is not immediately available or substantial financial hardship would result.