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Article 3 Sewage Disposal or Purification

Section 11-301 Sewage Disposal or Purification System.

The Council may construct, reconstruct, enlarge, alter, modify, equip, operate and maintain a sewage disposal or sewage purification system within or without the corporate limits or both, including but not limited to: all methods of storm drainage, intercepting sewers, diversion sewers, relieving or interconnection sewers, sewers to separate storm and sanitary sewage, pump or ejector stations and equipment, and plants for the treatment and disposal of sewage. For that purpose the City may acquire by any lawful means property, real or personal, interests in property, equipment, and related facilities and may make all expenditures which the Council finds necessary or appropriate to carry out such purposes, either within or without the corporate limits. The City may sell or otherwise dispose of any or all by-products or salvage products from this operation. The City also may contract with any other person, public or private, to further purification of public waters or protection of the public health. [Nov. 8, 1938, new sec. 347; 1942 recod., sec. 9-604; rev. Nov. 8, 1966.]

Section 11-302 Service Charges.

For all purposes relating to design, construction, acquisition, operation, maintenance and contract requirements of sewage treatment or purification facilities and related facilities, the City may fix fees and charges for connection or use or both of sewers and sewage purification or disposal systems to be paid by property which is served or is capable of being served for use of the sewage disposal system. Sewer user service charges may be collected by the Water Bureau which shall be compensated for such service as determined by the Council. The City may establish procedures for collection and may provide for penalties, interest and costs. The City may establish requirements and impose regulations as it finds appropriate. Sewer user service charges shall be paid for all premises connected with City sewers, directly or indirectly, notwithstanding that such premises may have been assessed or may in the future be assessed for construction of sewers under local improvement assessment procedures or may have otherwise paid for sewers.

The City may enter into contracts relating to sewage disposal, treatment or purification or all such functions. The City may impose charges for sewage transportation, disposal, treatment or purification or any or all such functions, on property outside the City served through City facilities, at rates no less than those imposed for similar service inside the City to similar classifications.

Proceeds of such charges shall be placed in the Sewage Disposal Fund, and may be expended for any matter connected with the sewer or sewage disposal or treatment system of the City, and bonded debt and debt service related thereto. [Added Nov. 8, 1938, sec. 347; 1942 recod., sec. 9-604; Nov. 8, 1960, new sec. 9-606; rev. Nov. 8, 1966 as sec. 11-302; am. May 26, 1970.]

Section 11-303 Use of Sewers.

The Council may require any property located within one hundred (100) feet of a right of way in which there is a City sewer to connect to that sewer.

The Council may prohibit discharge of sewage or harmful matter or impurities into any stream or river within the City. This prohibition may extend to any source whatever, including ships, houseboats and water craft of all kinds. These sources may be required to connect to the City's sewer system when physically possible, or otherwise to construct and use a prescribed sewage or waste disposal system.

To facilitate sewage treatment and protect the City's sewage facilities, the City may limit the classes or kinds of sewage that may be discharged or may continue to be discharged into public sewers, may prohibit discharge of wastes other than domestic sanitary sewage into public sewers or facilities, and may require private pretreatment before discharge, upon terms fixed by the City Engineer. [New sec. Nov. 8, 1966.]

Section 11-304 Intent of Article.

This Article shall be construed as granting additional authority, and not in derogation of any authority granted elsewhere in this Charter. This Article shall not affect authority of the Council concerning local sewer improvements and the assessment of benefits therefor. The Council also shall have all authority now or hereafter granted by statute concerning disposal and purification of sewage and waste. [New sec. Nov. 8, 1966.]