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Article I - Definitions

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

SECTION 1.      “BOD” (denoting Biochemical Oxygen Demand) shall mean the quantity of oxygen utilized in the biochemical oxidation of organic matter under standard laboratory procedure in five (5) days at 20° C, expressed in milligrams per liter.

SECTION 2.      “Building Drain” shall mean 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 (1.5 meters) outside the inner face of the building wall.

SECTION 3.      “Building Sewer” shall mean the extension from the building drain to the public sewer or other place of disposal.

SECTION 4.      “Combined Sewer” shall mean a sewer receiving both surface runoff and sewage.

SECTION 5.      “Garbage” shall mean solid wastes from the domestic and commercial preparation, cooking and dispensing of food, and from the handling, storage, and sale of produce.

SECTION  5A.  “Grease Trap” shall mean a watertight structure in which grease is separated from sewage.  As amended A.T.M. 5/4/84.

SECTION 6.     “ Industrial Wastes” shall mean the liquid wastes from industrial manufacturing processes, trade, or business as distinct from sanitary sewage.

SECTION 7.      “Natural Outlet” shall mean any outlet into a water-course, pond, Ditch Lake or other body of surface or groundwater.

SECTION 8.      “Person” shall mean any individual, firm, company, association, society, corporation, or group.
SECTION 9.      “pH” shall mean the logarithm of the reciprocal of the weight of hydrogen ions in grams per liter of solutions.

SECTION 10.     “Properly Shredded Garbage” shall mean 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 (1/2) inch (1.27 centimeters ) in any dimension.

SECTION 11.     “Public Sewer” shall mean a sewer in which all owners of abutting properties have equal rights, and is controlled by public authority.

SECTION 12      “Sanitary Sewer” shall mean a sewer which carries sewage and to which storm, surface, and groundwater are not intentional admitted.

SECTION 13.     “Sewage” shall mean a combination of the water-carried wastes from residences, business buildings, institutions, and industrial establishments, together with such ground, surface and storm water as may be present.

SECTION 14.     “Sewage Treatment Plant” shall mean any arrangement of devices and structures used fro treating sewage.

SECTION 15.     “Sewage Works” shall mean all facilities for collecting, pumping, treating, and disposing of sewage.

SECTION 16.     “Sewer” shall mean a pipe or conduit for carrying sewage.

SECTION 17.     “Shall” is mandatory; “May” is permissive.

SECTION 18.     “Slug” shall mean 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.

SECTION 19.     “Storm Drain” (sometimes termed “storm sewer”) shall mean a sewer which carries storm and surface waters and drainage, but excludes sewage and industrial wastes, other than unpolluted cooling water.

SECTION 20.     “Suspended Solids” shall mean 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.

SECTION 21.     “Watercourse” shall mean a channel in which a flow of water occurs, either continuously or intermittently.

SECTION 22.     “Sewage Commissioners” shall mean the D.P.W. Board of the Town of Lenox or their authorized deputy, agent, or representatives.

SECTION 23.     “Superintendent” shall mean the Superintendent of Public Works of the Town of Lenox, or his authorized deputy, agent, or representative.

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