Regulations for Sewer Hookups

This is a brief summary of regulations. The actual requirements are found in the Village Sewer Ordinance.

PERMIT: A permit is required for connection onto the sewer. The permit is valid for 6 months and costs $250.00

SEWER CONNECTION: Any residence adjacent to Village property on which a sewer is within 100 feet of the property line must connect to the sewer. Each resident must pay for the installation and connection of the building sewer to the Village Sewer. Each house must have its own building service, except in very unusual circumstances. Anyone can install the building service provided it is constructed properly, inspected and tested.

The building sewer must be constructed in accordance with the Illinois State Plumbing Code. No service shall be less than 4-inches in diameter, have a minimum slope of 1/8-inch per foot and be constructed of either ABS or PVC solvent weld pipe. The pipe shall be bedded in and backfilled to above the top of the pipe with sand. Clean-outs shall be installed at each change of horizontal direction greater than 60 degrees and as necessary for you to maintain your service.

No person shall have or make connection of roof downspouts, foundation drains, areaway drains, or other sources of surface runoff or groundwater to the building sewer or building drain, which in turn is connected directly or indirectly to the public sanitary sewer. The building plumbing must be inspected and any plumbing violations repaired and the plumbing re-inspected. The building sewer and plumbing must be accepted prior to occupancy of a new building.

Septic tanks must be disconnected, cleaned, and either removed or filled with sand or dirt. Septic tanks cannot be emptied into the sewer. The connection to the building sewer should be between the house and the inlet to the old septic tank.

TESTING AND INSPECTION: The building sewer shall be inspected and tested or replaced before a connection onto the Village Sewer. Testing may be done by connecting a temporary 90 degree bend and stand pipe at the point where the connection will be made to the public sewer. The stand pipe shall be filled with water to 10-feet above the building sewer or to the lowest building drain, whichever is least. The water level in the stand pipe shall not drop for at least 15 minutes. Only after passing the test shall the final connection be made to the sewer. If a new building sewer is installed from building foundation wall to the Village sewer, the Sewer Superintendent may waive the hydrostatic test. It shall be the duty of the permit holder to give notice to the Superintendent when the building sewer is ready for testing and inspection. No part of the building sewer shall be covered until it has been inspected, tested and accepted by the Superintendent.

Representatives of the Village, IEPA and USEPA have the authority to enter all properties for the purpose of inspection of connections to the sewer.

USER CHARGES: The sewer bill will be based on the water meter readings and will be $2.50 per 1000 gallons with a $2.50 minimum. The water bill will be in addition to the sewer bill. Users that do not have Village water will be billed a fixed sewer rate of $14.25 per month. Water and Sewer bills will be collected monthly.

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