New Construction Requirements
The DeKalb Sanitary District takes care to insure that new sanitary sewer infrastructure is of a type and quality that will serve the citizens of the District well in the future.
Before Construction Begins
Meet with Mark Eddington, P.E., District Manager early in your project planning. Understanding DeKalb Sanitary District and Environmental Protection Agency procedures, rules and regulations will help avoid delays in your project schedule.
- Annexation or Pre-Annexation
- If the property is not already in the Sanitary District, annexation or pre-annexation procedures must be implemented. The fee for annexation is $3,000 per acre.
- Plan Review
The District reviews all plans associated with each project. Plan review fees as established by Ordinance #496 (passed March 15, 2006) are assessed based on the size and complexity of the project.
- An initial meeting with property owner or developer (concept meeting) at no cost.
- Upon submission of formal plans (beyond concept drawings) a minimum, non-refundable administrative fee of $1000.00 is due.
- The final administration fee (payable at permit processing) will be 1% of engineer's estimate for the sanitary portion of the project minus the initial $1000.00 plus any District out of pocket expenses.
- All outstanding or additional fees owed the District must be paid in full prior to any sewer activation.
- Wastewater Assessment
- The quantity in gallons and the pounds of concentration of Biological Oxygen Demand, Total Suspended Solids and Nitrogen Ammonia for the proposed wastewater must be assessed to determine if downstream sewers, as well as the treatment works can handle the additional loads.
- Sewer Construction Permits
- The District must approve and sign-off on all permit applications which must then be approved by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. The IEPA has a permit fee, and IEPA review of the application and issuance of permits can take up to 40 days.
- Discharge Permit (if required)
- The discharge of certain chemicals and heavy metals is strictly regulated by the District and by State and Federal Environmental Agencies. If these may be present in the wastewater discharge, pretreatment may be required before the waste from the facility is accepted. Regular testing will take place to assure that discharge limits of regulated chemicals and metals are not being exceeded.
- Sewer System Isolation
- The District will install isolation plugs to protect the "live" downstream sanitary sewers from extraneous water and debris during the sewer construction process. The plugs cannot be removed until the new sewers have passed the required tests and inspections. Tampering with or removal of the isolation plugs is a violation of DeKalb Sanitary District Ordinance No. 259. Any person violating said ordinance provision is subject to fines, legal action and immediate arrest.
- Acceptable Construction Standards
- The material types and construction methods must comply with District and IEPA requirements. As a minimum these standards must be adhered to:
- "Standard Specifications For Water and Sewer Main Construction in Illinois"
- "Illinois Design Standards For Sewage Works"
- "DeKalb Sanitary District Standard Details"
After Construction Before Acceptance
- Quality Assurance
- The new system will be inspected for conformance with standards. All costs associated with the quality assurance testing are the developer's responsibility. Testing and inspection will include the following:
- Low-pressure air test for sewer piping and laterals.
- Manhole integrity testing.
- Deflection testing on all flexible pipe.
- Pipe lamping.
- Pipe televising.
- Record Drawings
- The developer must supply the District with two sets of Record Drawings that indicate the final placement and actual materials used. The Record Drawings must include the following:
- The rim and invert elevations of each manhole.
- The percent grade, size, pipe material and distance from manhole to manhole.
- The distance from a defined manhole to each service wye or tee.
- The location of laterals at lot property lines (measured from lot line pins).
- Size and material of laterals installed.
- DeKalb Sanitary District Standard Details.
- Connection Fees
- A connection fee in the amount of $400.00 per Population Equivalent is required before permission to connect to the sanitary sewer is granted. One P.E. is defined as 100 gallons of wastewater per person per day. For example, a single family home is rated at 3.5 P.E. and will have a connection fee of $1,400.00. Connection fees are payable directly to the District by anyone desiring to connect to any sanitary sewer within the District or otherwise served by the District.
- GASB 34 Requirements
- The Governmental Accounting Standards Board requires government agencies to list their infrastructure assets. If a development's sanitary infrastructure is going to be dedicated and accepted by the DeKalb Sanitary District as public system, the costs associated with the installation of the sanitary system are to be provided to the Sanitary District.
- A Living Document
- The DeKalb Sanitary District maintains a Facilities Plan that outlines the District's plans for expansion of treatment and collection capacity to meet the needs of its community. While the District has a stance of responding to development rather than initiating it, intensive study has been done to provide for the demands the growth of the area places on the District. The plan is updated on a regular basis to keep pace with changes in our community.