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1677 – Wastewater


Be it ordained by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen of the City of Rich Hill, State of Missouri, as follows:


Unless the context specifically indicates otherwise, the meaning of terms used in this ordinance 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 20EC, 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 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 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 Watercourse, 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 solution.

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 ground waters are not intentionally 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 waters as May be present.

Section 14: “Sewage Treatment Plant” Shall mean any arrangement of devices and structures used for treating Sewage.

Section 15: “Sewage Works” Shall mean all facilities for collection, 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, and unpolluted cooling water, but excludes Sewage and Industrial Wastes.

Section 20: “Superintendent” Shall mean the Superintendent of Sewage Works and/or Water Pollution Control of the City of Rich Hill, or his authorized deputy, agent, or representative.

Section 21: “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 22: “Watercourse” Shall mean a channel in which a flow of water occurs, either continuously or intermittently.


Section 1: 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 Rich Hill, or in any area under the jurisdiction of said city, any human or animal excrement, Garbage, or other objectionable waste.

Section 2: It Shall be unlawful to discharge to any Natural Outlet within the City of Rich Hill, or in any area under the jurisdiction of said city any Sewage or other polluted waters, except where suitable treatment has been provided in accordance with subsequent provisions of this ordinance

Section 3: 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 Sewage.

Section 4: The owner of all houses, buildings, or properties used for human employment, recreation, or other purposes, situated within the city and abutting on 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 is hereby required at his expense to install suitable toilet facilities therein, and to connect such facilities directly with the proper Public Sewer in accordance with the provisions of this ordinance, within ninety (90) days after date of official notice to do so, provided that said Public Sewer is within one hundred and fifty (150) of the property line.

Section 5: The owner and occupier of any house, building or other structure which has such structure connected to either a public sanitary, Combined Sewer or other private Sewage disposal system Shall be responsible for maintaining, at his, her or its expense, the pipes or other Sewer connection running from such structure to the public sanitary, Combined Sewer or private Sewage disposal system (the “Sewer Connection Facilities”).  Where the City becomes aware of a leak appearing in the Sewer Connection Facilities, the City Shall give such owner and/or occupier of the property written notice thereof and such Person Shall immediately proceed to repair such Sewer Connection Facilities.  If such repair is not made within a reasonable time following such notice, as set forth in the notice, the City May discontinue water service to the property.  However, if in the judgment of the City, any leak in the Sewer Connection Facilities is of such a nature as to endanger public safety or welfare or constitute a nuisance or is the source of waste of any considerable amount of water, the City May cut off or discontinue such service without providing prior notice to the owner or occupier. However, the City will undertake to provide such notice as soon as reasonably possible after cutting off such service.


Section 1: Where a public sanitary or Combined Sewer is not available under the provisions of Article II, Section 4, the Building Sewer Shall be connected to a private Sewage disposal system complying with the provisions of this article.

Section 2: 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 $25.00 Shall be paid to the city at the time the application is filed.

Section 3: A permit for a private Sewage disposal system Shall not become effective until the installation is completed to the satisfaction of the Superintendent.  He Shall be allowed to inspect the work at any stage of 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.

Section 4: The type, capabilities, 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 10,000 square feet.  No septic tank or cesspool Shall be permitted to discharge to any Natural Outlet.

Section 5: At such time as a Public Sewer becomes available to a property served by a private Sewage disposal system, as provided in Article II, Section 4, a direct connection Shall be made to the Public Sewer in compliance with this ordinance, and any septic tanks, cesspools, and similar private Sewage disposal facilities Shall be abandoned and filled with suitable material.

Section 6: The owner Shall operate and maintain the private Sewage disposal facilities in a sanitary manner at all times, at no expense to the city.

Section 7: No statement contained in this article Shall be construed to interfere with any additional requirements that May be imposed by the Health Officer.

Section 8: 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 suitable material.


Section 1: 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.

Section 2: There Shall be two (2) classes of Building Sewer permits (a) for residential and commercial service, and (b) for service to establishments producing Industrial Wastes.  In either case, the owner or his 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 $25.00 for a residential or commercial Building Sewer permit and $25.00 for an industrial Building Sewer permit Shall be paid to the city at the time the application is filed.

Section 3: All costs and expense incident to the installation and connection to the Building Sewer Shall be borne by the owner, including but not limited to Sewer main damage; street, drainage, and sidewalk damage, other utility damage. The owner or the Person installing the building for said owner Shall indemnify said City from any loss or damage that May directly or in-directly be occasioned by said installation. Definition of a Sewer tap Shall be a 4-inch Sewer pipe with a minimum SDR of 35   installed from the Sewer main in the street or alley to the edge of the same street or alley easement.   The charge of installation of a Sewer tap Shall be $300.00. The City’s water and Sewer personnel will install all Sewer taps or a contractor authorized by the City of Rich Hill.

Section 4: A separate and independent Building Sewer Shall be provided for every building; except where one 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 Building Sewer.

Section 5: 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 ordinance.

Section 6:       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 and regulations of the city.  In the absence of code provisions of in amplification thereof, the materials and procedures set forth in appropriate specifications of the A.S.T.M. and W.P.C.F. Manual of Practice No. 9 Shall apply.

a. solid wall ABS plastic, SDR-35 conforming to A.S.T.M. Specification D-2751.  Joints Shall be by solvent welding or rubber gasket, or

b. Extra strength clay pipe and fittings conforming to A.S.T.M. C700. Joints Shall conform to A.S.T.M. C425 “Compression joints for Vitrified clay bell and spigot pipe” or A.S.T.M. C594 “Compression Couplings for vitrified clay plain end pipe”, or

c. Cast iron soil pipe and fitting conforming to A.S.T.M. A74 with rubber gasket joints conforming to A.S.T.M. c564.

(Except in regard to the ABS plastic other plastic materials May be used only if manufactured for the purpose of carrying Sewer waste material and providing the above SDR figures are maintained.)

d. The Building Sewer Shall be constructed of approved pipe and fittings meeting the current ASTM specifications

e. The Building Sewer Shall be constructed of approved pipe and fittings meeting the current A.S.T.K. specifications.

f. All joints and connections Shall be made gas tight and watertight.  Connections between pipes of different materials Shall be made by adapters specifically designed for that purpose and Shall provide a gas and watertight connection.

g. Before joining the pipe in the trench, the bell and spigot surfaces Shall be wiped free of dirt or other foreign matter, A lubricant or sealer as recommended by the pipe manufacturer Shall be applied to the bell and spigot mating surfaces just before they are joined together.

h. The spigot end Shall be positioned into the bell end of the pipe previously laid and Shall then be shoved home to compress the joint and to assure a tight fit between the interfaces. Solvent welds Shall be made using materials specifically designed for the pipe used.  “All purpose glues” Shall not be used.

i. The size and minimum slope of the Building Sewer Shall be as provided herein subject to the review and approval of the Superintendent, but in no event Shall the pipe inside diameter be less than four (4) inches The following table Shall be to determine the Building Sewer line used size requirements:

Inside Diameter    Maximum Discharge Flow Rate                      Minimum Grade

4″                                    35 gal/min.                             1.07.

6″                                    90 gal/min.                             0.67.

8”                                    150 gal/min.                           0.47.

Whenever possible the Building Sewer Shall be brought to the building at an elevation below the basement floor.  The depth Shall be sufficient to afford protection from frost.  All excavations required for the installation of a Building Sewer Shall be open trench work unless otherwise approved by the said inspector.  Pipe laying and backfill Shall be performed in accordance with ASTM specification D2321 for plastic and ASTM C12 for vitrified clay pipe. except that no backfill Shall be placed until the inspector or his representative has inspected the work.  Cast iron soil pipe Shall be installed in accordance with the requirements for vitrified clay pipe.

j. The Building Sewer line Shall be placed on bedding material with a minimum thickness of three (3) inches.  The bedding material Shall be used to provide a uniform bearing area for the pipe and joints.  Bedding material consists of crushed stone ranging in sire from a maximum 1/2″ diameter to a minimum size, which is retained on a No. 4 size.  Over excavation of the trench Shall be backfilled to the proper grade by the use of bedding materials.

k. In all buildings in which any Building Drain is too low to permit gravity flow to the Public Sewer, sanitary Sewage carried by such drains Shall be lifted by approved artificial means and discharged to the Building Sewer. No water operated Sewage ejector Shall be used.

l. The connection of the Building Sewer into the Public Sewer Shall be made at the “t” or “y” branch designated for that property if such branch is available at a suitable location.  Any connection not made at the designated “t” or ‘y” branch in the main Sewer, Shall be made only as directed by the said inspector. 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 S.P.C.F. Manual of Practice No. 9.  All such connections Shall be made gastight and watertight.  The Superintendent before installation must approve any deviation from the prescribed procedures and materials.

m. Outside the foundation, the Building Sewer line Shall have a cleanout installed complete with a watertight cap installed at the ground surface. An additional cleanout Shall be placed at each bend in direction of forty-five (45) degrees or greater.  The alignment of the Building Sewer line Shall be straight with bends made using fittings designed for the degree of bend required.

n. All excavations for Building Sewer installations 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 said City.


Section 1:   No Person Shall discharge any storm water, surface water, groundwater, roof runoff, subsurface drainage, including interior and exterior foundation drains, other sources of surface runoff or groundwater, uncontaminated cooling water, or unpolluted industrial process waters to any Sanitary Sewer.

Section 2:   Storm water 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 Outlet.

Section 3:   No Person Shall discharge or cause to be discharged any of the following described waters or wastes to any Public Sewers:

a. Any gasoline, benzene, naphta, fuel oil, or other flammable or explosive liquid, solid, or gas.

b. 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 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.

c. Any waters or wastes having a pH lower than 5.5, or having any other corrosive property capable of causing damage or hazard to structures, equipment, and personnel of the Sewage Works.

d. 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, un-ground Garbage, whole blood, paunch manure, hair and fleshing, entrails and paper dishes, cups, mild containers, etc., either whole or ground by Garbage grinders.

Section 4: 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 an 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 treat ability or wastes in the Sewage treatment plant, and other pertinent factors.  The substances prohibited are:

a. Any liquid or vapor having a temperature higher than one hundred fifty (150) E F (65E C).

b. 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 (32) and one hundred fifty (150) E F (0 and 65E C).

c. Any Garbage that has not been properly shredded. The installation and operation of any Garbage grinder equipped with a motor of three-fourths (3/4) horsepower (0.76 hp metric) or greater Shall be subject to the review and approval of the Superintendent.

d. Any waters or wastes containing strong acid iron, pickling wastes or concentrated plating solutions, whether neutralized or not.

e. 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.

f. 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.

g. 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 Federal regulations.

h. Any waters or wastes having a pH in excess of 9.5.

i. Materials which exert or cause:

  1. Unusual concentrations of inert Suspended Solids (such as, but not limited to, Fillers earth, lime slurries, and lime residues) or of dissolved solids (such as, but not limited to, sodium chloride or sodium sulfate).
  2. Excessive discoloration (such as, but not limited to, dye wastes and vegetable tanning solutions).
  3. Unusual BOD, chemical oxygen demand, or chlorine requirements in such quantities as to constitute a significant load on the Sewage treatment works.
  4. Unusual volumes of flow or concentration of wastes constituting “Slugs” as defined herein.

j. 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 the other agencies having jurisdiction over discharge to the receiving waters.

k. Any waters or wastes having

  1. A 5-day BOD greater than 300 parts per million by weight, or
  2. Containing more than 350 parts per million by weight of Suspended Solids, or
  3. Having an average daily flow greater than 2 percent of the average Sewage flow of the city Shall be subject to the review of the Superintendent.

l. Where necessary in the opinion of the Superintendent, the owner Shall provide, at his expense, such preliminary treatment as May be necessary to

  1. reduce the biochemical oxygen demand to 300 parts per million by weight, or
  2. reduce the Suspended Solids to 350 parts per million by weight, or
  3. control the quantities and rates of discharge of such waters or wastes.
  4. pay additional surcharge ( Reference is made to Appendix A of this Ordinance)
  5.       BOD Surcharge = $0.49 per lb.SS Surcharge = $0.42 per lb.

m. Plans, specifications, and any other pertinent information relating to propose 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.

Section 5: If any waters or wastes are discharged, or are proposed to be discharged to the Public Sewers, which waters containing the substances or possess the characteristics enumerated in Section 4 of this Article, 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 to constitute a public nuisance, the Superintendent May:

a. Reject the wastes,

b. Require pretreatment to an acceptable condition for discharge to the Public Sewers,

c. Require control over the quantities and rates of discharge, and/or

d. 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 Section 10 of the Article.

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.

Section 6: 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, 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.

Section 7: 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 expense.

Section 8: 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 expense, and Shall be maintained by him so as to be safe and accessible at all times.

Section 9: All measurements, tests, and analyses of the characteristics of waters and wastes to which reference is made in this ordinance 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 of constituents upon the Sewage Works and to determine the existence of hazards to life, limb, and property.  (The particular analysis involved will determine whether a twenty-four (24) hour composite of all outfalls or 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 24-hour composites of all outfalls whereas pH analyses are determined from periodic grab samples.)

Section 10:  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 1: 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 1: 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 ordinance.  The Superintendent or his 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.

Section 2: While performing the necessary work on private properties referred to in Article VII, Section 1 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 city employees 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 by this ordinance.

Section 3: 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, on said easement, Shall be done in full accordance with the terms of the duly negotiated easement pertaining to the private property involved.


Section 1: Any Person found to be violating any provision of this ordinance except Article VI should be served by the city with written notice stating the nature of the violation and providing a reasonable time limit for the satisfactory correction thereof.  The offender Shall, within the period of time stated in such notice, permanently cease all violations.

Section 2: Any Person who Shall continue any violation beyond the time limit provided for in Article VIII, Section 1, Shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction thereof Shall be fined in the amount not exceeding $150.00 dollars for each violation.  Each 24-hour period in which any such violation Shall continue Shall be deemed a separate offense.

Section 3: Any Person violating any of the provisions of this ordinance Shall become liable to the city for any expense, loss, or damage occasioned the city by reason of such violation.

Section 4: The remedies provided for in this Article VIII Shall be in addition to such other remedies as are provided in this Ordinance, including the discontinuance of water service to the property as provided for in Article II, Section 5 of this Ordinance.


Section 1:  It is determined and declared to be necessary to the protection of the public health, safety, and welfare of the City to collect charges from all users who contribute wastewater to the City’s treatment works in a fair and equitable manner.  The proceeds of such charges so derived will be used for the purpose of operating and maintaining such public wastewater treatment works.

Section 2: Each user Shall pay for services provided by the City based on his use of the treatment works as determined by water meter(s) acceptable to the City.

Section 3: Monthly user charges will be based on each user’s monthly water usage.  Each user inside the city limits will pay a minimum charge of $15.00. Each user will pay a user charge rate for operation and maintenance in the amount of $.00580 per gallon of water used. Users outside the city limits will pay a minimum charge of $16.00.  Each user will pay a user charge rate for operation and maintenance in the amount of $.00680 per gallon of water used.

Section 4: In instances where more than one (1) customer is served by one (1) water meter, the property owner will receive a bill for the total amount of Sewer charge due and Shall be duly notified that it is the property owner’s responsibility to guarantee that the Sewer billing is paid in full.

Section 5:  All Sewer service charges established by this ordinance Shall be part of but noted as a separate item on the water bill of each user, and Shall be billed, collected, and become delinquent at the same time and in the same manner as the water bill.  Any user of the city’s Sewer system who is delinquent in the payment of the Sewer service charge provided herein Shall be disconnected from the city water service and from the Sewer system in the same manner and at the same time as provided for in other ordinances for disconnection from the water system.

Section 6: When a customer believes an inequity has occurred due to a water leak and they have met all the requirements for a water adjustment as stated in the water ordinance, the City will adjust their Sewer billing to their average bill.

Section 7: A replacement schedule has been developed to fund a Replacement Account to replace equipment over the life of the Sewage Works.  (See Appendix A)

Section 8:  Wastewater service charges Shall be reviewed annually by the City and may be reviewed at such other times as the City in its discretion may require or permit.

Section 9A customer may receive one extension per year on your utility bill.   The user must have an active account with the City of Rich Hill for 6 months.  A year will be from January 1st to December 31st.  The user will be required to pay 25% of the bill at the time the extension is given and must pay 25% per week until the bill is paid in full.

Section 10:  A customer will not be charge sewer charges on water to fill a pool as long as they meet the following requirements.


a. They can only get this credit one time a year.

b. Must notify city hall of the date for the pool to be filled.

c. Must submit a copy of the pool specifications in regards to how much water the pool holds.

d. City will take a reading before the pool if filled a reading after the pool is full to make sure the water was used.


a. They must agree to drain part of the water in front of the city superintendent so that we can verify the drain system is not attached to the sewer system.

b. They can only get this credit one time a year.

c. Must notify city hall of the date for the pool to be filled.

d. Must submit a copy of the pool specifications in regards to how much water the pool holds.

d. City will take a reading before the pool if filled a reading after the pool is full to make sure the water was used

Once all specifications have met, City Hall will make the adjustment to the billing.  The adjustment will be for, only the water used to fill the pool in accordance with the pool specifications provided.


Section 1: All ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict herewith are hereby repealed.  .

Section 2: The invalidity of any section, clause, sentence, or provision of this ordinance Shall not affect the validity of any other part of this ordinance, which can be given effect without such invalid part or parts.


Section 1: This ordinance Shall be in full force and effect from after its passage, approval, recording, and publication as provided by law.


Section 2:

First Reading November 14, 2018

Second Reading November 14, 2018

Read two times and passed and adopted by the Board of Aldermen of the City of Rich Hill, State of Missouri on the 14th day of November 2018, by the following vote:


Ayes: Humble, Robb, Pilcher, Kassner

Nays: None


All ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict with this ordinance are herby repealed.




Jason Rich, Mayor





Brittany Schenker, City Clerk


This appendix contains a replacement schedule that was developed to determine the amount of revenue needed to fund the Replacement Account.  The replacement schedule lists the equipment in the treatment works, the estimated dates when the equipment will have to be replaced, and the estimated cost of replacement (including an allowance for inflation) over the useful life of the treatment works. Also listed is the estimated cash flow that will occur in the Replacement Account. The replacement dates and costs shown are estimates: the actual replacement dates and costs could be significantly different from those shown.  If the actual replacement expenses differ significantly from those listed in the replacement schedule, the funding of the replacement account Shall be adjusted accordingly.

Replacement Schedule




Operation        Main Replacement Item         Expenditure              Income*         Balance

1                      Bearings and Bushings           $7,500.00                    $20,000.00                                $12,225.00

2                      Belts and Couplings, etc        $7,500.00                    $20,000.00                                                     $24,939.0333

3                      Control Panel Components    $15,000.00                  $20,000.00                              $29,836.00

4                                                                      $15,000.00                  $20,000.00                                                         $34,378.00

5                      Bearings and Bushings           $15,000.00                  $20,000.00                              $38,697.00

6                      Belts and Couplings, etc.       $15,000.00                  $20,000.00                              $42,782.00

7                      Control Panels                        $15,000.00                  $20,000.00                                                      $46,471.00

8                      Rotor Overhaul                       $15,000.00                  $20,000.00                              $49,745.00

9                      Clarifier Components             $22,500.00                  $20,000.00                              $42,982.00

10                                                                    $21,000.00                  $20,000.00                                                        $36,961.00

11                    Sludge Truck Overhaul          $37,500.00                  $20,000.00                              $7,000.00

12                    Flow meter, etc                       $15,000.00                  $20,000.00                              $5,995.00

13                    Bearings and Bolts                 $15,000.00                  $20,000.00                              $4,224.00

14                    Diffusers                                 $12,500.00                  $20,000.00                                                      $5,581.00

15                    Pump Overhaul                       $15,000.00                  $20,000.00                              $2,610.00

16                    Extensive Electric Overhaul  $12,500.00                  $20,000.00                              $27,241.00

17                    Control Panel Components    $10,000.00                  $20,000.00                              $6,378.00

18                    Sampler                                   $10,000.00                  $20,000.00                                                      $9,697.00

19                    Rotor Overhaul                       $12.500.00                  $20,000.00                              $8,307.00

20        Bearings and Belts     $15,000.00      $20,000.00                  $1,572.00

* Based on inflation @ 3%and interest of 5%