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Private Sewage Disposal Regulations

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Reviewed Date: June 23, 2021

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Sep 21, 1999


Private Sewage Disposal Regulations

An ordinance regulating private sewage disposal and requiring use of public sewers when available.

BE IT ORDAINED by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen of the Town of Dowelltown:

Section 1. Definitions. (1) For the purpose of this ordinance, the terms "sewer" or "sewage" shall mean all human excrement, water-carried human and household wastes from residences, buildings, institutions or industrial establishments, together with such ground, surface, or storm water as may be present.

(2) "Public sewer system" means the conduits, sewers, and all devices and appurtenances by means of which sewage is collected, pumped, treated or disposed of finally. "Public sewer system" does not include systems for private residences or dwellings.

(3) "Private sewage disposal system" means any privately owned system in which sewage is collected and disposed of on site and in accordance with rules and regulations of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. A "private sewage disposal system" is not a "public sewer system."

Section 2. It shall be unlawful for any person to place, deposit, or permit to be deposited in any unsanitary manner on public or private property within the Town of Dowelltown, or in any area under the jurisdiction of the town, any human or animal excrement, sewage, garbage, or other objectionable waste.

Section 3. When a public sewer system is not available, the building sewer shall be connected to a private sewage disposal system complying with the provisions and requirements of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

Section 4. It shall be unlawful, except as provided herein, to construct or maintain any privy, privy vault, septic tank, cesspool, or other facility intended or used for the disposal of sewage.

Section 5. The owner of any public or private property shall operate and maintain private sewage disposal facilities in a sanitary manner, at all time, at no expense to the Town of Dowelltown.

Section 6. The penalty for violation of this ordinance shall be $50 per incident, with each day that the violation is allowed to continue constituting a separate incident.

Section 7. This ordinance shall become effective upon final passage, the public welfare requiring it.

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Approved as to form:_____________________________
City Attorney

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