The rules require that each municipality adopt the following ordinances, where applicable, in order to have a valid chapter in the County Wastewater Management Plan. The following model ordinances are provided as samples and may be modified as long as the ordinance meets the requirements of the Water Quality Management Planning Rules.
The rules require municipalities to demonstrate that areas to be served by individual subsurface sewage disposal systems (septic systems) are subject to a mandatory maintenance program, such as an ordinance, which ensures that all individual subsurface sewage disposal systems are functioning properly. This shall include requirements for periodic pump out and maintenance, as needed. (See N.J.A.C. 7:15-5.25(e)3) While municipalities with areas outside a Sewer Service Area are required to develop a plan or program, the adoption of an ordinance is optional.