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ENB-4.08 - Sewer Backflow Devices, Reimbursement for Installation

Administrative Rule Adopted by Bureau Pursuant to Rule-Making Authority

1. Purpose
Chapter 17.32.10 of the Portland City Code makes provision for the reimbursement of costs for installation of sewer backflow devices on the privately maintained portion of the sewer system. This provision is intended to assist owners in protecting their property from damage due to sewer backups from the combination sewer system.

2. Organization
These administrative rules consist of three components:
Section 3.0 - Eligibility. This section addresses the specific criteria for determining the eligibility of the property owner making application for reimbursement.
Section 4.0 - Installation. This section gives constraints of the installation, ownership, maintenance responsibility and warranty.
Section 5.0 - Payment. This section establishes procedures for payment to the property owner and the maximum amount the Bureau of Environmental Services shall pay.

3. Eligibility
3.1 To be eligible, the building, dwelling or structure must be connected to the City of Portland Combination Sewerage System and have experienced sewer backups or be in an area vulnerable to sewer backups as determined by the Bureau of Environmental Services. This determination is based on the criteria of a 25-year storm event and the lack of capacity of the sewer in front of the property to handle the storm for the developed upstream area.

4. Installation
4.1 Installation of any sewer backflow device or devices shall be in conformance with Title 25, Plumbing Regulations, of the Code of the City of Portland, including, but not limited to, Chapter 25.05, Permits.
4.2 The building owner assumes ownership of all devices installed pursuant to this rule.
4.3 The building owner shall assume all duties and costs of maintenance, repair and replacement of all devices installed pursuant to this rule.
4.4  The City does not guarantee or in any manner warrant the device or devices, nor does the City give any warranty that the device will prevent future flooding and the City will not assume any responsibility for damages incurred as a result of flooding subsequent to installation of any device or devices. The owner shall be required to look only to such warranty or guarantee as may be secured from the manufacturer of the device or devices and/or the plumber.

5. Payment
5.1 Payment to the property owner of the City’s share of the expense shall be made upon the Bureau of Development Services’ final inspection and the owner’s submittal of the plumber’s billing for the work to the Bureau of Environmental Services.
5.2 The owner shall pay the first $100 of the cost of installation, the Bureau of Environmental Services will pay for additional costs up to $1,500s, and the building owner shall pay any amount in excess of $1,600.

Filed for inclusion in PPD September 29, 2004.
Signed by Environmental Services Director September 29, 2004.

Table of Contents
ENB-4.01 - Stormwater Management Manual
ENB-4.02 - Sewer Maintenance Under Streetcar Tracks
ENB-4.03 - Sanitary Discharge and Pretreatment Program Administrative Rules
ENB-4.04 - Odor Control Policy for Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant
ENB-4.05 - Sanitary System Development Charges Administrative Rules
ENB-4.06 - Sanitary Sewer Line and Branch Charges Interim Administrative Rules
ENB-4.07 - Sewer Development Services Programs
ENB-4.08 - Sewer Backflow Devices, Reimbursement for Installation
ENB-4.09 - Sewer and Drainage System User Charges Administrative Rules
ENB-4.10 - Erosion and Sediment Control Manual
ENB-4.11 - Recovering the Costs of Engineering and Superintendence Services for Public Sewer Improvement Projects
ENB-4.12 - Septage Hauler Program Administrative Rules
ENB-4.13 - Administrative Rules for Discharges to the City Storm Sewer and Drainage System
ENB-4.14 - Sewer and Drainage Facilities Design Manual
ENB-4.15 - BES Enforcement Program Administrative Rules
ENB-4.16 - Clean River Rewards Stormwater Discount Program
ENB-4.17 - Sanitary System Connection Administrative Rules
ENB-4.18 - Mandatory Sewer Connection Program
ENB-4.19 - Green Streets Policy and Green Streets Cross-Bureau Phase 2 Report
ENB-4.20 - Sewer and Drainage Rates and Charges
ENB-4.21 - Downspout Disconnection Program
ENB-4.22 - BES Public Works Enforcement Program Administrative Rules
ENB-4.23 - Treebate Program
ENB-4.24 - Public Works Permitting Services and Fees
ENB-4.25 - Extra Strength Charge Program Administrative Rules
ENB-4.26 - Fats, Oils, and Grease Removal Program Administrative Rules
ENB-4.27 - Nonconforming Sewer Conversion Program
ENB-4.28 - BES Financial Assistance Programs
ENB-4.30 - BES Title 10 Discharge Enforcement Administrative Rules
ENB-4.31 - Maintenance Inspection Program Administrative Rules
See Also Erosion Control Plan Review and Inspection Requirements
See Also Private Sewers in the Public Right-of-Way
See Also Watershed Health