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Section 4.4.5 Grinder Pump and STEP Systems (8/5/10)

(a) Grinder pump systems and STEP systems are defined as the collection of tank, pump(s), electrical control panel, effluent piping, and check valve(s) adjacent to a home or business which grinds and pumps (grinder pump system) or pumps effluent (STEP system) wastewater to a low pressure main sewer line. Grinder pump and STEP systems are frequently used where access to a gravity sewer line is neither practical nor cost effective for the owner or the Authority.
(b) Grinder pump and STEP systems are susceptible to mechanical breakdown if not cared for properly and used in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines. To ensure trouble-free operation, homeowners or businesses with either system should minimize the use of paper
products and should never flush “prohibited items” into the system. 
(c) “Prohibited Items” include, but are not limited to, rags, paper towels, diapers, baby wipes, tampons or sanitary pads, applicators, condoms, condom wrappers, large food particles, chemicals, excessive detergents or bleach, or excessive fats, oils or grease, and any other items designated by the Authority or the system manufacturer as a prohibited item.
(d) Grinder pump and STEP systems which have to be repaired or replaced by the Authority due to damages from flushing prohibited items into the system shall be the responsibility of the property owner, and the cost of such repair or replacement shall be billed to the property owner. Failure to pay within 30 days shall constitute a violation of the Rules and Regulations of the Authority.
(e) All grinder pump and STEP systems are deemed to be privately owned unless they have been formally transferred by the owner and accepted by the Authority. Any privately owned system and effluent line shall be repaired and maintained by the property owner as needed for proper operation and pursuant to the requirements of the Authority.
(f) The Authority may consider taking ownership of a grinder pump or STEP system if it is installed, upgraded, or retrofitted to the Authority specifications and approved by the Authority engineer and operator, or if prior written agreements exist with the property developer.
(g) Any grinder pump or STEP system owned by the Authority shall be repaired, maintained or replaced by the Authority and at the expense of the Authority, subject to equipment abuse by the use of prohibited items.
(h) For new sewer connections where an Authority representative determines that a grinder pump or STEP system provides the best method of connection to the Authority sewer collection system, the system must the pre-approved by the Authority and installed in accordance with the specifications of the Authority. The cost of equipment and installation shall be borne by the property owner, but shall be transferred over to the ownership of the Authority for future ownership, repairs, replacement and maintenance. The outfall line from the house or business to the inlet of the pump tank shall remain the property and responsibility of the property owner. Additionally all operating electricity and the cost thereof shall be the responsibility of the property owner.
(i) Where the Authority determines that a grinder pump or STEP system is the best method for resolving an existing customer’s recurring sewer backup problems, the Authority may pay for all or part of the on-lot components from the out-fall line to the Authority main line, and the Authority shall own and maintain the system. Prior to installation, the property owner shall provide an appropriate electrical circuit connection for the control panel and following installation shall provide all electrical power needed for the operation of the system. The property owner must additionally execute in a form acceptable to the Authority (a) a right of entry for installation of the system, (b) a permanent easement for access to maintain the system, and (c) a hold harmless agreement for any sewer backup damage which occurred prior to installation of the grinder pump or STEP system.

Section 4.4.5 Grinder Pump and STEP Systems (8/5/10)(a) Grinder pump systems and STEP systems are defined as the collection of tank, pump(s), electrical control panel, effluent piping, and check valve(s) adjacent to a home or business which grinds and pumps (grinder pump system) or pumps effluent (STEP system) wastewater to a low pressure main sewer line. Grinder pump and STEP systems are frequently used where access to a gravity sewer line is neither practical nor cost effective for the owner or the Authority.(b) Grinder pump and STEP systems are susceptible to mechanical breakdown if not cared for properly and used in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines. To ensure trouble-free operation, homeowners or businesses with either system should minimize the use of paperproducts and should never flush “prohibited items” into the system. (c) “Prohibited Items” include, but are not limited to, rags, paper towels, diapers, baby wipes, tampons or sanitary pads, applicators, condoms, condom wrappers, large food particles, chemicals, excessive detergents or bleach, or excessive fats, oils or grease, and any other items designated by the Authority or the system manufacturer as a prohibited item.(d) Grinder pump and STEP systems which have to be repaired or replaced by the Authority due to damages from flushing prohibited items into the system shall be the responsibility of the property owner, and the cost of such repair or replacement shall be billed to the property owner. Failure to pay within 30 days shall constitute a violation of the Rules and Regulations of the Authority.(e) All grinder pump and STEP systems are deemed to be privately owned unless they have been formally transferred by the owner and accepted by the Authority. Any privately owned system and effluent line shall be repaired and maintained by the property owner as needed for proper operation and pursuant to the requirements of the Authority.(f) The Authority may consider taking ownership of a grinder pump or STEP system if it is installed, upgraded, or retrofitted to the Authority specifications and approved by the Authority engineer and operator, or if prior written agreements exist with the property developer.(g) Any grinder pump or STEP system owned by the Authority shall be repaired, maintained or replaced by the Authority and at the expense of the Authority, subject to equipment abuse by the use of prohibited items.(h) For new sewer connections where an Authority representative determines that a grinder pump or STEP system provides the best method of connection to the Authority sewer collection system, the system must the pre-approved by the Authority and installed in accordance with the specifications of the Authority. The cost of equipment and installation shall be borne by the property owner, but shall be transferred over to the ownership of the Authority for future ownership, repairs, replacement and maintenance. The outfall line from the house or business to the inlet of the pump tank shall remain the property and responsibility of the property owner. Additionally all operating electricity and the cost thereof shall be the responsibility of the property owner.(i) Where the Authority determines that a grinder pump or STEP system is the best method for resolving an existing customer’s recurring sewer backup problems, the Authority may pay for all or part of the on-lot components from the out-fall line to the Authority main line, and the Authority shall own and maintain the system. Prior to installation, the property owner shall provide an appropriate electrical circuit connection for the control panel and following installation shall provide all electrical power needed for the operation of the system. The property owner must additionally execute in a form acceptable to the Authority (a) a right of entry for installation of the system, (b) a permanent easement for access to maintain the system, and (c) a hold harmless agreement for any sewer backup damage which occurred prior to installation of the grinder pump or STEP system.