TITLE: A RESOLUTION REGULATING THE DISCHARGE OF NITROGEN FROM
INDIVIDUAL SEWAGE DISPOSAL SYSTEMS FOR THE PURPOSE OF
PROTECTING THE QUALITY OF THE GROUNDWATER RESOURCES
WITHIN THE STAGECOACH GENERAL IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT.
SUMMARY: Adopts regulations for the purpose of controlling the amount of nitrogen
being discharged from all new and replaced individual sewage disposal
systems and other matters properly relating thereto.
THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE STAGECOACH GENERAL IMPROVEMENT
DISTRICT DO HEREBY RESOLVE AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1: Purpose.
The purpose of this resolution is to adopt sanitary regulations to protect the
groundwater resources of the Stagecoach General Improvement District from
contamination produced by the proliferation of individual sewage disposal systems.
Section 2. Definitions.
As used herein this resolution, unless the context otherwise requires, the words and
terms defined in this section have the meanings ascribed to them herein:
a. "District" means the Stagecoach General Improvement District.
b. "Health authority" means the officers and agents of the State of Nevada Health
Division of the Department of Human Resources or of the Lyon County Health Officer.
c. "Individual sewage disposal system" means a single system of sewage treatment
tanks and effluent disposal facilities serving:
1. A single-family dwelling; or
2. In the case of a commercial system, one or more buildings that are not used
as single-family dwellings.
d. "Nitrate removal wastewater treatment unit" means a system that receives
sewage and, through biological denitrification, chemical reduction or ion
exchange, reduces the nitrate level of the effluent to less than 10 milligrams per
liter, measured as total nitrogen.
e. "Owner" means the person owning the fee, or the person in whose name the legal
title to the property appears, by deed duly recorded in the County Recorder's
Office, or the person in possession of the property or buildings under claims of, or
exercising acts of ownership over the same for himself, or as executor,
administrator, guardian or trustee of the owner.
Section 3. Requirement for Use of Nitrate Removal Wastewater Treatment Units.
All persons seeking to obtain new water service from the District and all persons
replacing individual sewage disposal systems shall install an approved nitrate
removal wastewater treatment unit with their individual sewage disposal system
before being entitled to obtain or to continue water service from the District.
Section 4. Maintenance of Nitrate Removal Wastewater Treatment Units.
1. A nitrate removal wastewater treatment unit requires routine maintenance. The
owner of an individual sewage disposal system that will include a nitrate removal
wastewater treatment unit shall include in the design plans submitted to the
District a maintenance agreement with a service provider or the District that
covers the anticipated life span of the individual sewage disposal system.
2 The maintenance agreement for the individual sewage disposal system must
include, without limitation, at a minimum, a yearly inspection of the system, and
the components thereof, which verifies that the system is:
(a) Functioning correctly; and
(b) Producing effluent which has nitrate levels that are less than 10 milligrams per
liter, measured as total nitrogen.
3 A nitrate removal wastewater treatment unit that produces effluent with a level of
nitrate that is 10 milligrams or more per liter, measured as total nitrogen, must be
repaired or replaced in accordance with this section and sections 5 and 6 of this
regulation before the unit may be used.
4 The owner shall, in addition to submitting the design plans for the individual
sewage disposal system to the District, annually reapply to the District for the
continuation of water service to the owners property. The owner shall include
with the completed application for water service or renewal of water service:
(a) The required fee for the service; and
(b) A copy of a current maintenance agreement for the individual sewage disposal
system that includes the nitrate removal wastewater treatment unit.
5. The District shall provide water service or renew water service, as appropriate:
(a) If the required fee has been paid;
(b) If there is a current maintenance agreement with a service provider for the
individual sewage disposal system that includes the nitrate removal wastewater
treatment unit; and
(c) If the individual sewage disposal system:
(1) Has not been used, the system has been otherwise approved
and inspected by the District; or
(2) Is in use, the owner submits a report by the service provider for
the individual sewage disposal system which states that the
system has been inspected at least
once during the previous 12 months, the system is functioning
correctly and the nitrate level is less than 10 milligrams per liter.
6. As an alternative to the provision of a maintenance agreement by a service
provider, the owner may enter into an agreement with the District to provide
maintenance and inspection services.
Section 5. Standards.
1. A nitrate removal wastewater treatment unit must be approved by:
(a) The National Sanitation Foundation International pursuant to its Standard 40;
(b) Any other equivalent nationally recognized testing laboratory approved by the
health authority; or
(c) The health authority.
2. The owner of an individual sewage disposal system that includes a nitrate removal
wastewater treatment unit shall include with the application for water service:
(a) Evidence that the unit has been approved pursuant to subsection 1; or
(c) The procedures used to test the unit.
3. The use of an individual sewage disposal system that includes a nitrate removal
wastewater treatment unit must be consistent with the approved design
application and intended use for such a system.
4. A nitrate removal wastewater treatment unit must conform with all applicable
provisions of the Nevada Administrative Code and is subject to any other
requirements for design that are determined necessary by the District.
5. The design plans for a nitrate removal wastewater treatment unit must include a
schematic detailing a 24-hour operating alarm system for the nitrate removal
wastewater treatment unit.
6. A manual for the operation and maintenance of a nitrate removal wastewater
treatment unit must be submitted to the District with the design plans. The District
shall not approve a nitrate removal wastewater treatment unit if an operation and
maintenance manual has not been submitted with the design plans which operation
and maintenance manual has been approved by the District.
Section 6. Inspections.
1. The construction of a nitrate removal wastewater treatment unit must be inspected
and verified by the District's engineer. The inspections must be conducted when:
(a) The absorption trenches have been excavated or, if an elevated mound system is
to be used, when the basal area of the mound has been scarified;
(b) The distribution piping has been placed in the aggregate;
(c) The system has been covered with soil; and
(d) All the pumps, switches, alarms, aeration units and other components associated
with the individual sewage disposal system have been installed. The engineer or
District, as appropriate, shall verify that the operational liquid levels are set as
specified by the design plans.
1. If an individual sewage disposal system that includes a nitrate removal
wastewater treatment unit is designed by an engineer, the engineer shall, within
30 days after the date on which the construction of the system is completed,
submit a letter to the District stating that the system was constructed in
accordance with the approved plans.
Section 7. Duty to Report
The person occupying property on which an individual sewage disposal system that
includes a nitrate removal wastewater treatment unit exists, must report to the owner of
the property if the owner is not also the occupant of the property, to the person
providing maintenance for the unit and to the District that the alarm for the nitrate
removal wastewater treatment unit has gone off within twenty-four hours of the
occurrence of the alarm.
Section 8. Penalty
Any person who violates the provisions of this regulation may, as allowed by MRS
318.170(1 )(e), be punished by a fine not to exceed one hundred dollars ($100.00) or
imprisonment for a period not to exceed one month or by both fine and imprisonment.
PROPOSED on the 27th day of Jan- . 2005
PASSED on the 27th day of Jan. , 2005
Board of Trustees of Stagecoach General Improvement District
Charles Lawson, Chairman
Donald Schalla, Secretary of the Board