Public and Private Sewers
Section 710.010. Definitions. [Ord. No. 1989-243 Art. I §§1 — 22, 5-16-1989]
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 (5)
days at twenty degrees Centigrade (20°C), expressed in milligrams per liter.
BUILDING DRAIN — 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 (5) feet (one and one-half (1.5) meters)
outside the inner face of the building wall.
BUILDING SEWER — The extension from the building drain to the public sewer or other place
COMBINED SEWER — A sewer receiving both surface runoff and sewage.
GARBAGE — Solid wastes from the domestic and commercial preparation, cooking and
dispensing of food and from handling, storage and sale of produce.
INDUSTRIAL WASTES — The liquid wastes from industrial manufacturing processes, trade or
business as distinct from sanitary sewage.
NATURAL OUTLET — Any outlet into a watercourse, pond, ditch, lake or other body of
surface or ground water.
PERSON — Any individual, firm, company, association, society, corporation or group.
pH — The logarithm of the reciprocal of the weight of hydrogen ions in grams per liter of
PROPERLY SHREDDED GARBAGE — The wastes from the preparation, cooking and
dispensing of food that have 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 greater
than one-half (½) inch (one and twenty-seven hundredths (1.27) centimeters) in any dimension.
PUBLIC SEWER — A sewer in which all owners of abutting properties have equal rights and is
controlled by public authority.
SANITARY SEWER — A sewer which carries sewage and to which storm, surface and ground
waters are not intentionally admitted.
SEWAGE — A combination of the water-carried wastes from residences, business buildings,
institutions and industrial establishments, together with such ground, surface and stormwaters as
may be present.
SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT — Any arrangement of devices and structures used for
SEWAGE WORKS — All facilities for collecting, pumping, treating and disposing of sewage.
SEWER — A pipe or conduit for carrying sewage.
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 fifteen
(15) minutes more than five (5) times the average twenty-four (24) hour concentration or flows
during normal operation.
STORM DRAIN (SOMETIMES TERMED STORM SEWER) — A sewer which carries storm
and surface waters and drainage, but excludes sewage and industrial wastes, other than
unpolluted cooling water.
SUPERINTENDENT — The Superintendent of Sewage Works and of Water Works of the City
of Goodman or his/her 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 laboratory filtering.
WATERCOURSE — A channel in which a flow of water occurs, either continuously or
Section 710.020. Use of Public Sewers Required. [Ord. No. 1989-243 Art. II §§1 — 4, 5-16-1989;
Ord. No. 2003-349 §4, 6-17-2003]
- 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 City of Goodman, or in any area
under the jurisdiction of said City of Goodman, any human or animal excrement, garbage
or other objectionable waste.
- It shall be unlawful to discharge to any natural outlet within the City of Goodman, or in any
area under the jurisdiction of said City of Goodman, any sewage or other polluted waters,
except where suitable treatment has been provided in accordance with subsequent
provisions of this Article.
- Except as hereinafter provided, it shall be unlawful to construct or maintain any privy,
privy vault, septic tank, cesspool or other facility intended or used for the disposal of
- The owner of all houses, buildings or properties used for human employment, recreation,
dwelling or other purposes situated within the City of Goodman and abutting any street,
alley or right-of- way in which there is now located or may in the future be located a public
sanitary or combined sewer of the City of Goodman, it is hereby required that the owner at
his/her expense shall install suitable toilet facilities therein and shall connect said facilities
directly to the proper public sewer mains in accordance with the provision of this Article
within ninety (90) days after the date official notice is issued to do so, the owner shall be
responsible for the cost of maintenance and repair of said sewer connection to the public
main. It shall also be the duty of the owner to insure that the owner’s connection to the
main is at all times in good repair.
Section 710.030. Private Sewage Disposal System. [Ord. No. 1989-243 Art. III §§1 — 8, 5-16-1989]
- Generally. Where a public sanitary or combined sewer is not available under the provisions
of Section 710.020(D), the building sewer shall be connected to a private sewage disposal
system complying with the provisions of this Article.
- Permit. Before commencement of construction of a private sewage disposal system, the
owner shall first obtain a written permit signed by the Superintendent. The application for
such permit shall be made on a form furnished by the City, which the applicant shall
supplement by any plans, specifications and other information as are deemed necessary by
the Superintendent. A permit and inspection fee of ten dollars ($10.00) shall be paid to the
City at the time the application is filed.
- Inspection. A permit for a private sewage disposal system shall not become effective until
the installation is completed to the satisfaction of the Superintendent. He/she shall be
allowed to inspect the work at any stage of the construction and, in any event, the applicant
for the permit shall notify the Superintendent when the work is ready for final inspection
and before any underground portions are covered. The inspection shall be made within
forty-eight (48) hours of the receipt of notice by the Superintendent.
- Compliance With State Standards. Tile type, capacities, location and layout of a private
sewage disposal system shall comply with all recommendations of the Department of
Public Health of the State of Missouri. No permit shall be issued for any private sewage
disposal system employing subsurface soil absorption facilities where the area of the lot is
less than seven thousand six hundred (7,600) square feet. No septic tank or cesspool shall
be permitted to discharge to any natural outlet.
- Availability Of Public Sewers. At such time as public sewer becomes available to a
property served by a private sewage disposal system as provided in Section 710.030, a
direct connection shall be made to the public sewer in compliance with this Article and any
septic tanks, cesspools and similar private sewage disposal facilities shall be abandoned
and filled with suitable material.
- Owner To Maintain. The owner shall operate and maintain the private disposal facilities in
a sanitary manner at all times at no expense to the City.
- Additional Requirements. No statement contained in this Article shall be construed to
interfere with any additional requirements that may be imposed by the Health Officer.
- Connection Of Building Sewers. When a public sewer becomes available, the building
sewer shall be connected to said sewer within ninety (90) days and the private sewage
disposal system shall be cleaned of sludge and filled with clean bank-run gravel or dirt.
Section 710.040. Building Sewers and Connection. [Ord. No. 1989-243 Art. IV §§1 — 11, 5-16-1989]
- Permit. No unauthorized person shall uncover, make any connections with or opening into,
use, alter or disturb any public sewer or appurtenance thereof without first obtaining a
written permit from the Superintendent.
- Classification Of Permits. There shall be two (2) classes of building server permits: (a) for
residential and commercial service, and (b) for service to establishments producing
industrial wastes. In either case, the owner or his/her agent shall make application on a
special form furnished by the City. The permit application shall be supplemented by any
plans, specifications or other information considered pertinent in the judgment of the
Superintendent. A permit and inspection fee of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) for a
residential or commercial building sewer permit and twenty-five dollars ($25.00) for an
industrial building sewer permit shall be paid to the City at the time the application is filed.
- Costs Borne By Owner. All costs and expenses incident to the installation and connection
of the building sewer shall be borne by the owner. The owner shall indemnify the City
from any loss or damage that may directly or indirectly be occasioned by the installation of
the building sewer.
- Each Building Served By Separate Sewer. A separate and independent building sewer shall
be provided for every building except where one (1) building stands at the rear of another
on an interior lot and no private sewer is available or can be constructed to the rear building
through an adjoining alley, courtyard or driveway, the building sewer from the front
building may be extended to the rear building and the whole considered as one (1) building
- Use Of Old Building Sewers. Old building sewers may be used in connection with new
buildings only when they are found, on examination and test by the Superintendent, to meet
all requirements of this Article.
- Construction Standards. The size, slope, alignment, materials of construction of a building
sewer and the methods to be used in excavating, placing of the pipe, jointing, testing and
backfilling the trench shall all conform to the requirements of the Building and Plumbing
Code or other applicable rules or regulations of the City. In the absence of code provisions
or in amplification hereof, the materials anal procedures set forth in appropriate
specifications of the A.S.T.M. and W.P.C.F. Manual of Practice No. 9 shall apply.
- Elevation Of Building Sewer. Whenever possible, the building sewer shall be brought to the
building at an elevation below the basement floor. In all buildings in which any building
drain is too low to permit gravity flow to the public sewer, sanitary sewage carried by such
building drain shall be lifted by an approved means and discharged to the building sewer.
- Illegal Connections. No person shall make connection of roof downspouts, interior and
exterior foundation drains, areaway drains or other sources of surface runoff or ground
water to a building sewer or building drain which in turn is connected directly or indirectly
to a public sanitary sewer.
- Compliance With Requirements. The connection of the building sewer into the public
sewer shall conform to the requirements of the Building and Plumbing Code or other
applicable rules and regulations of the City or the procedures set forth in appropriate
specifications of the A.S.T.M. and the W.P.C.F. Manual of Practice No. 9. All such
connections shall be made gastight and watertight. Any deviation from the prescribed
procedures and materials must be approved by the Superintendent before installation.
- Inspection. The applicant for the building sewer permit shall notify the Superintendent
when the building sewer is ready for inspection and connection to the public sewer. The
connection shall be made under the supervision of the Superintendent or his/her
- Safeguarding Excavations. All excavations for building sewer installation shall be
adequately guarded with barricades and lights so as to protect the public from hazard.
Streets, sidewalks, parkways and other public property disturbed in the course of the work
shall be restored in a manner satisfactory to the City.
Section 710.050. Use of The Public Sewers. [Ord. No. 1989-243 Art. V §§1 — 10, 5-16-1989]
- No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged any stormwater, surface water, ground
water, roof runoff, subsurface drainage, including interior and exterior foundation drains,
uncontaminated cooling water or unpolluted industrial process water to any sanitary sewer.
- Stormwater and all other unpolluted drainage shall be discharged to such sewers as are
specifically designated as combined sewers or storm sewers or to a natural outlet approved
by the Superintendent. Industrial cooling water or unpolluted process waters may be
discharged, on approval of the Superintendent, to a storm sewer, combined sewer or natural
- No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged any of the following described waters
or wastes to any public sewers:
- Any gasoline, benzene, naphtha, fuel oil or other flammable or explosive liquid, solid
- Any waters or wastes containing toxic or poisonous solids, liquids or gases in
sufficient quantity, either singly or by interaction with other wastes, to injure or
interfere with any sewage treatment process, constitute a hazard to humans or
animals, create a public nuisance or create any hazard in the receiving waters of the
sewage treatment plant, including, but not limited to, cyanides in excess of two (2)
mg/l as CN in the wastes as discharged to the public sewer.
- Any waters or wastes having a pH lower than five and five-tenths (5.5) or having any
other corrosive property capable of causing damage or hazard to structures,
equipment and personnel of the sewage works.
- Solid or viscous substances in quantities or of such size capable of causing
obstruction to the flow in sewers, or other interference with the proper operation of
the sewage works such as, but not limited to, ashes, cinders, sand, mud, straw,
shavings, metal, glass, rags, feathers, tar, plastics, wood, unground garbage, paunch
manure, hair and fleshings, entrails, and paper dishes, cups, milk containers, etc.,
either whole or ground by garbage grinders.
- Any waters or wastes having
- A five (5) day BOD greater than three hundred (300) parts per million weight,
- Containing more than three hundred fifty (350) parts per million by weight of
suspended solids, or
- Having an average daily flow greater than two percent (2%) of the average
sewage flow of the City,
shall be subject to the review of the Superintendent.
Where necessary in the opinion of the Superintendent, the owner shall provide
at his/her expense, such preliminary treatment as may be necessary to
- Reduce the biochemical oxygen demand to two hundred forty (240)
parts per million by weight, or
- Reduce the suspended solids to two hundred forty (240) parts per
million by weight, or
- Control the quantities and rates of discharge of such waters or
Plans, specifications, and any other pertinent information relating to
proposed preliminary treatment facilities shall be submitted for the
approval of the Superintendent, and no construction of such facilities shall
be commenced until said approvals are obtained in writing.
- No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged the following described substances,
materials, waters, or wastes if it appears likely, in the opinion of the Superintendent, that
such wastes can harm either the sewers, sewage treatment process, or equipment, have an
adverse effect on the receiving stream, or can otherwise endanger life, limb, public
property, or constitute a nuisance. In forming his/her opinion as to the acceptability of these
wastes, the Superintendent will give consideration to such factors as the quantities of
subject wastes in relation to flows and velocities in the sewers, materials of construction of
the sewers, nature of the sewage treatment process, capacity of the sewage treatment plant,
degree of treatability of wastes in the sewage treatment plant, and other pertinent factors.
The substances prohibited are:
- Any liquid or vapor having a temperature higher than one hundred fifty degrees
- Any water or wastes containing fats, wax, grease, or oils, whether emulsified or not,
in excess of one hundred (100) mg/l or containing substances which may solidify or
become viscous at temperatures between thirty-two degrees (32°) and one hundred
fifty degrees (150°) Fahrenheit (0 and 65°C).
- Any garbage that has not been properly shredded. The installation and operation of
any garbage grinder equipped with a motor of three-fourths (¾) horsepower (0.76 hp
metric) or greater shall be subject to the review and approval of the Superintendent.
- Any waters or wastes containing strong acid iron pickling wastes, or concentrated
plating solutions, whether neutralized or not.
- Any waters or wastes containing iron, chromium, copper, zinc, and similar
objectionable or toxic substances; or wastes exerting an excessive chlorine
requirement, to such degree that any such material received in the composite sewage
at the sewage treatment works exceeds the limits established by the Superintendent
for such materials.
- Any waters or wastes containing phenols or other taste- or odor-producing
substances, in such concentrations exceeding limits which may be established by the
Superintendent as necessary, after treatment of the composite sewage, to meet the
requirements of State, Federal, or other public agencies of jurisdiction for such
discharge to the receiving waters.
- Any radioactive wastes or isotopes of such half-life or concentration as may exceed
limits established by the Superintendent in compliance with applicable State or
- Any waters or wastes having a pH in excess of 9.5.
- Materials which exert or cause:
- Unusual concentrations of inert suspended solids (such as, but not limited to,
Fullers earth, lime slurries, and lime residues) or of dissolved solids (such as,
but not limited to, sodium chloride or sodium sulfate).
- Excessive discoloration (such as, but not limited to, dye wastes and vegetable
- Unusual BOD, chemical oxygen demand, or chlorine requirements in such
quantities as to constitute a significant load on the sewage treatment works.
- Unusual volume of flow or concentration of wastes constituting “slugs” as
- Waters or wastes containing substances which are not amenable to treatment or
reduction by the sewage treatment processes employed or are amenable to treatment
only to such degree that the sewage treatment plant effluent cannot meet the
requirements of other agencies having jurisdiction over discharge to the receiving
- Options Of Superintendent. If any waters or wastes are discharged or are proposed to be
discharged to the public sewers, which waters contain the substances or possess the
characteristics enumerated in Subsection (D) of this Section and which, in the judgment of
the Superintendent, may have a deleterious effect upon the sewage works, processes,
equipment or receiving waters or which otherwise create a hazard to life or constitute a
public nuisance, the Superintendent may:
- Reject the wastes;
- Require pretreatment to an acceptable condition for discharge to the public sewers;
- Require control over the quantities and rates of discharge; and/or
- Require payment to cover the added cost of handling and treating the wastes not
covered by existing taxes or sewer charges under the provisions of Subsection (J) of
If the Superintendent permits the pretreatment or equalization of waste flows, the
design and installation of the plants and equipment shall be subject to the review and approval of
the Superintendent and subject to the requirements of all applicable codes, ordinances and laws.
- Grease, Oil And Sand Interceptors. Grease, oil and sand interceptors shall be provided
when, in the opinion of the Superintendent, they are necessary for the proper handling of
liquid wastes containing grease in excessive amounts or any flammable wastes, sand or
other harmful ingredients, except that such interceptors shall not be required for private
living quarters or dwelling units. All interceptors shall be of a type and capacity approved
by the Superintendent and shall be located as to be readily and easily accessible for
cleaning and inspection.
- Preliminary Treatment. Where preliminary treatment or flow-equalizing facilities are
provided for any waters or wastes, they shall be maintained continuously in satisfactory
and effective operation by the owner at his/her expense.
- Manhole — When Required. When required by the Superintendent, the owner of any
property serviced by a building sewer carrying industrial wastes shall install a suitable
control manhole, together with such necessary meters and other appurtenances in the
building sewer, to facilitate observation, sampling and measurement of the wastes. Such
manhole, when required, shall be accessibly and safely located and shall be constructed in
accordance with plans approved by the Superintendent. The manhole shall be installed by
the owner at his/her expense and shall be maintained by him/her so as to be safe and
accessible at all times.
- Measurements, Tests And Analyses. All measurements, tests and analyses of the
characteristics of waters and wastes to which reference is made in this Article shall be
determined in accordance with the latest edition of “Standard Methods for the Examination
of Water and Wastewater” published by the American Public Health Association and shall
be determined at the control manhole provided or upon suitable samples taken at said
control manhole. In the event that no special manhole has been required, the control
manhole shall be considered to be the nearest downstream manhole in the public sewer to
the point at which the building sewer is connected. Sampling shall be carried out by
customarily accepted methods to reflect the effect or constituents upon the sewage works
and to determine the existence of hazards to life, limb and property. (The particular
analyses involved will determine whether a twenty-four (24) hour composite of all outfalls
of a premise is appropriate or whether a grab sample or samples should be taken. Normally,
but not always, BOD and suspended solids analyses are obtained from twenty-four (24)
hour composites of all outfalls whereas pHs are determined from periodic grab samples.)
- Special Agreement. No statement contained in this Article shall be construed as preventing
any special agreement or arrangement between the City and any industrial concern
whereby an industrial waste of unusual strength or character may be accepted by the City
for treatment, subject to payment therefore by the industrial concern.
Section 710.060. Damaging Sewage Works. [Ord. No. 1989-243 Art. VI §1, 5-16-1989]
No unauthorized person shall maliciously, willfully or negligently break, damage, destroy,
uncover, deface or tamper with any structure, appurtenance or equipment which is part of the
sewage works. Any person violating this provision shall be subject to immediate arrest under
charge of disorderly conduct.
Section 710.070. Authority To Enter Property To Inspect. [Ord. No. 1989-243 Art. VII §§1 — 3,
- The Superintendent and other duly authorized employees of the City bearing proper
credentials and identification shall be permitted to enter all properties for the purposes of
inspection, observation, measurement, sampling and testing in accordance with the
provisions of this Article. The Superintendent or his/her representatives shall have no
authority to inquire into any processes, including metallurgical, chemical, oil, refining,
ceramic, paper or other industries, beyond that point having a direct bearing on the kind
and source of discharge to the sewers or waterways or facilities for waste treatment.
- While performing the necessary work on private properties referred to in Subsection (A)
above, the Superintendent or duly authorized employees of the City shall observe all safety
rules applicable to the premises established by the company and the company shall be held
harmless for injury or death to the City employees and the City shall indemnify the
company against loss or damage to its property by the City employee and against liability
claims and demands for personal injury or property damage asserted against the company
and growing out of the gauging and sampling operation, except as such may be caused by
negligence or failure of the company to maintain safe conditions as required in Section
- The Superintendent and other duly authorized employees of the City bearing proper
credentials and identification shall be permitted to enter all private properties through
which the City holds a duly negotiated easement for the purposes of, but not limited to,
inspection, observation, measurement, sampling, repair and maintenance of any portion of
the sewage works lying within said easement. All entry and subsequent work, if any, of
said easement shall be done in full accordance with the terms of the duly negotiated
easement pertaining to the private property involved.
Section 710.080. Sewer Rates — Operation of Sanitary Sewer System. [Ord. No. 91A §1, 3-28-1967;
Ord. No. 182, 12-2-1980; Ord. No. 2006-373 §1, 2-7-2006; Ord. No. 2008-404 §1, 3-18-2008; Ord. No.
2011-431 §1, 4-19-2011; Ord. No. 2014-452 §1, 1-21-2014; Ord. No. 2014-467 §1, 1-6-2015]
Sewer Usage (gallons) Rate
0 to 1,000 $15.78
1,001 to 2,000 $17.74
2,001 to 3,000 $21.20
3,001 to 4,000 $24.66
4,001 to 5,000 $28.12
5,001 to 6,000 $31.58
6,001 to 7,000 $35.04
7,001 to 8,000 $38.50
8,001 to 9,000 $41.96
9,001 to 10,000 $45.42
10,001 to 11,000 $48.88
11,001 to 12,000 $52.34
12,001 to 13,000 $55.80
13,001 to 14,000 $59.26
14,001 to 15,000 $62.72
15,001 to 16,000 $66.18
16,001 to 17,000 $69.64
17,001 to 18,000 $73.10
18,001 to 19,000 $76.56
19,001 to 20,000 $80.02
The sewer bill for the first one thousand (1,000) gallons is fifteen dollars seventy-eight
cents ($15.78); with an increase of $2.96 for the second one thousand (1,000) gallons and then an
additional $3.46 for each one thousand (1,000) gallons after the first two thousand (2,000)
Section 710.090. Owners of Improved Real Estate Within City Limits To Connect With Sanitary
Sewer System — Notice — Failure To Comply. [Ord. No. 114 §§1 — 3, 12-9-1969]
- All owners of improved real estate abutting upon or adjoining any sanitary sewer system as
now established or built or which shall hereafter be established or built are hereby required
to connect their premises and houses with such sewers as are in the alley or street on which
their property abuts or adjoins and to do so in the manner prescribed by other ordinances of
this City and all such premises and houses not connected with sanitary sewers are hereby
declared to be nuisances.
- Any owner, agent or occupant of real estate mentioned in the preceding Subsection who
shall fail after thirty (30) days’ written notice served on him/her or in the case of a
corporation, served on any officer thereof or person in occupancy of such real estate, such
service to be made personally by the Marshal of this City or by certified United States mail
sent by the City Clerk, to begin and to prosecute diligently to completion a sanitary sewer
system as required in the foregoing Subsection of this Article shall be deemed guilty of a
misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be punished by a fine as provided in Section
100.220 of this Code.
- In case the owner of real estate required to be connected with the sanitary sewer as set out
in this Article is a non-resident of the City or one who cannot be found within the City of
Goodman, the provisions for notice of the preceding Subsection will be complied with by
serving such notice within the City of Goodman upon the agent handling such property or
upon any occupant therein of the age of twenty-one (21) or more or by certified United
States mail properly addressed to the last known address of such owner.
Section 710.100. Improved Real Estate Connected With Sanitary Sewer System — Deposits
Required By Purchasers, Tenants, Etc., To Secure Payment of Sewer Billings. [Ord. No. 1990-251
- §1 — 2, 8-21-1990; Ord. No. 1999-321 §§1 — 3, 11-16-1999]
- All purchasers of improved real estate within the City limits of Goodman, Missouri, which
real estate is connected with sanitary sewer system shall at the time of acquisition of the
water meter for said owned premises deposit with the City of Goodman, Missouri, the sum
of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) which deposit shall be held to insure payment by such
owner of the sewer charges which are provided by the previous ordinance by the City of
- All lessees, tenants or renters of improved real estate within the City limits of Goodman,
Missouri, which real estate is connected with the sanitary sewer system shall at the time of
acquisition of the water meter for said rented, leased or occupied real estate deposit with
the City of Goodman, Missouri, the sum of fifty dollars ($50.00) which deposit shall be
held to insure payment by such lessee, occupant or tenant of the sewer charges which are
provided by the previous ordinance by the City of Goodman, Missouri.
- Such purchaser, renter or lessee, upon the sale or termination of the lease hold estate in said
real property, provided said person is current in payment of all sewer charges, shall, upon
proof of termination of occupancy and/or ownership, receive a refund of his/her sewer