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Unless the context specifically indicates otherwise, the meaning of terms used in this chapter shall be as provided in this section:

“Approving authority” means the director of public works, or other designated official of the city or his duly authorized deputy, agent or representative.

“Biochemical oxygen demand” (BOD) means the quantity of oxygen utilized in the biochemical oxidation of organic matter under the standard laboratory procedures during five days at 20 degrees Celsius, expressed as milligrams per liter. Quantitative determination of BOD shall be made in accordance with procedures set forth in the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Standard Methods.”

“Building drain” means that part of the lowest horizontal 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 five feet outside the inner face of the building wall.

“Building sewer” means the extension from the building drain to the public sewer or other place of disposal.

“City” shall mean the city of Electric City.

“Domestic waste” means any wastewater emanating from dwellings or from domestic activities which are performed outside the home in lieu of a home activity directly by or for private citizens.

“Equivalent residential unit (ERU)” means the average amount of sewage contributed to the wastewater collection and treatment system by a single-family residential household. In the city of Electric City, one ERU shall be equivalent to 250 gallons per day of wastewater with domestic strength. Users with wastes which differ significantly in strength from the average domestic waste strength of 250 mg/l BOD and suspended solids (SS) shall be charged a special rate according to the rate schedule.

“Industrial waste” means the wastewater from industrial process, trade or business, as distinct from sanitary sewage.

“Owner” means property owner, part owner, joint owner, tenant in common, joint tenant, tenant by the entirety, or the whole, or a part of such building or land.

“Person” means any and all persons, including any individual, firm, company, municipal or private corporation, association, society, institution, enterprise, governmental agency or other entity.

“Public sewer” means any sewer provided by or subject to the jurisdiction of the city. It shall also include sewers within or outside the city boundaries that serve one or more persons and ultimately discharge into the city sanitary sewer, storm sewer, or combined sewer system, even though those sewers may not have been constructed with city funds.

“Sanitary sewage/sewage” means a combination of water-carried wastes from residences, business buildings, institutions and industrial plants (other than industrial wastes from such plants) together with such groundwater, surface water and storm water as may be present. The preferred term is “sanitary wastewater.”

“Sanitary sewer/sewer” means a pipe or conduit that carries liquid and water-carried wastes from residents, commercial buildings, industrial plants, and institutions, together with minor quantities of groundwater, storm water and surface water that are not admitted intentionally.

Shall and May. “Shall” is mandatory; “may” is permissible.

“Storm drain” (sometimes termed “storm sewer”) means a drain or sewer for conveying water, groundwater, subsurface water, or unpolluted water from any source.

“Storm water runoff” means that portion of the rainfall that is drained into the sewers.

“Suspended solids (SS)” means solids that either float on the surface or are in suspension in water, sewage, or other liquids, and which are removable by laboratory filtering.

“User” means a person using any part of the public treatment works of the city of Electric City.

“Wastewater” means the spent water. From the standpoint of source, it may be a combination of the liquid and water-carried wastes from residences, commercial buildings, industrial plants, and institutions, together with any groundwater, surface water, and storm water that may be present.

“Wastewater facilities” means the structures, equipment, and processes required to collect, carry away, and treat domestic and industrial wastes and dispose of the effluent. (Ord. 524 § 1, 2017)