Village of
New York Mills
Oneida County, NY



162-3.  Definitions.


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

BOD (denoting biochemical oxygen demand)  -- The quantity of oxygen utilized in the biochemical oxidation of organic matter under standard laboratory procedure in five days at 20 C. (68 F.) expressed in parts per million (ppm) or milligrams per liter (mg/l).  

CHLORINE DEMAND  -- The difference between the amount of chlorine added to water, sewage or industrial wastes and the amount of residual chlorine remaining at the end of a twenty-minute contact period at room temperature.  

COMBINED SEWER  -- A sewer designed to receive and transport both surface runoff and sewage.  

COOLING WATER  -- The water discharged from any system of condensation, air conditioning, cooling, refrigeration, or other sources. It shall contain no polluting substances which would produce BOD, or suspended solids, in excess of 10 parts per million by weight, or toxic substances as limited elsewhere herein.  

COUNTY  -- The County of Oneida.  

COUNTY COMMISSIONER  -- The Commissioner of Public Works of the County of Oneida or his duly authorized agent.  

COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS  -- The Oneida County Department of Public Works.  

COUNTY SEWER  -- Any sewer owned and operated by the County of Oneida.  

COUNTY SEWER DISTRICTS  -- Any county sanitary sewer district as created, altered, or modified by action of the Oneida County Board of Legislators.  

COUNTY TRUNK SEWER SYSTEM  -- The trunk sewers, force mains, pumping stations, sewage regulators, water pollution control plants (sewage treatment plants) and other appurtenant structures owned and operated by the County of Oneida.  

GARBAGE  -- Solid wastes from the domestic and commercial preparation, cooking and dispensing of food, and from the handling, storage and sale of produce.  

INDUSTRIAL WASTES  -- The liquid wastes from industrial manufacturing processes, trade or business as distinct from sanitary sewage.  

NORMAL SEWAGE  -- Sewage, industrial wastes or other wastes, which when analyzed showed by weight the following characteristics:  

A.  BOD 2,000 pounds per million gallons (240 milligrams per liter) or less.  

B.  Chlorine demand 208 pounds per million gallons (25 milligrams per liter) or less.  

C.  Suspended solids 2,500 pounds per million gallons (300 milligrams per liter) or less.    

OTHER WASTES  -- Garbage (shredded or unshredded), refuse wood, eggshells, coffee grounds, sawdust, shavings, bark, sand, lime, cinder, ashes, and all other discarded matter not normally present in sewage or industrial wastes.  

PERSON  -- Any individual, firm, company, association, society, corporation, or group contributing directly or indirectly to the county trunk sewer system.  

pH  -- The logarithm of the reciprocal of the weight of hydrogen ions in grams per liter of solution. It indicates the intensity of acidity and alkalinity of the pH scale running from 0.0 to 14.0. A pH value of 7.0, the midpoint of the scale, represents neutrality. Values above 7.0 represent alkaline conditions and those below 7.0 represent acid conditions.  

PROPERLY SHREDDED GARBAGE  -- The wastes from the preparation, cooking and dispensing of food that has been shredded to such a degree that all particles will be carried freely under the flow conditions normally prevailing in public sewers, with no particle having a dimension greater than 1/2 inch in any dimension.  

PUBLIC SEWER  -- A sewer controlled by public authority.  

RECEIVING WATERS  -- A natural watercourse or body of water into which treated or untreated sewage is discharged.  

SANITARY SEWAGE  -- Sewage discharging from the sanitary conveniences of dwellings (including apartment houses and hotels), office buildings, factories or institutions, and free from stormwater, surface water, industrial wastes and other wastes.  

SANITARY SEWER  -- A sewer which carries sewage and to which stormwaters, surface waters and groundwaters are not intentionally admitted.  

SCAVENGER WASTES  -- The matter collected from privies, septic tanks, cesspools and chemical toilets.  

SEWAGE  -- A combination of the water-carried wastes from residences, business buildings, institutions, and industrial establishments, together with such groundwater, surface water and stormwater as may be inadvertently present. The admixture of sewage as above defined with industrial wastes or other wastes also shall be considered "sewage" within the meaning of this definition.   

SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT (water pollution control plant)  -- Any arrangement of devices and structures used for treating sewage.  

SEWER  -- A pipe or conduit for carrying sewage.  

SEWERAGE SURCHARGE  -- The demand payment for the use of a public sewer and/or sewage treatment plant for handling any sewage, industrial wastes or other wastes accepted for admission thereto in which the characteristics thereof exceed the maximum values of such characteristics in normal sewage.  

SEWERAGE SYSTEM  -- All facilities for collecting, regulating, pumping, and transporting sewage to and away from the sewage treatment plant.  

"SHALL"  -- Is mandatory; "may" is permissive.  

SLUG  -- Any discharge of water, sewage or industrial waste which in concentration of any given constituent or in quantity of flow exceeds for any period of duration longer than 15 minutes more than five times the average twenty-four-hour concentration or flow during normal operation.  

STORM SEWER (storm drain)  -- A sewer which carries stormwaters and surface waters and drainage, but excludes sewage and industrial wastes other than cooling waters and other unpolluted waters.  

SUPERINTENDENT  -- The Superintendent of Streets or his duly authorized deputy, agent or representative.  

SUSPENDED SOLIDS  -- Solids that either float on the surface of, or are in suspension in water, sewage, or other liquids, and which are removable by flotation, skimming and sedimentation. Measurement shall be as set forth in the latest edition of "Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater."  

TOXIC SUBSTANCES  -- Any substance whether gaseous, liquid or solid which when discharged to a public sewer in sufficient quantities may be hazardous to sewer maintenance and personnel, tend to interfere with any biological sewage treatment process, or to constitute a hazard to human beings or animals, or to inhibit aquatic life, or to create a hazard to recreation in the receiving waters of the effluent from a sewage treatment plant.  

VILLAGE SEWER  -- Any sewer owned and operated by the Village or located in the Village.  

VILLAGE TRUNK SEWER SYSTEM  -- The trunk sewers, force mains, pumping stations, sewage regulators, water pollution and control plants, sewage treatment plants and other appurtenant structures owned and operated by the Village.