Title: Section 155.1 - City of Yonkers

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Section 155.1 City of Yonkers. (a) Application. The rules and regulations hereinafter given, duly made and enacted in accordance with the provisions of sections 70, 71 and 73 of chapter 45 of the Consolidated Laws (Public Health Law) shall apply to Grassy Sprain Brook, from its sources to the dam forming the Grassy Sprain Reservoir; Sprain Brook, from its sources to a point where it is diverted into the Grassy Sprain Brook, including the diversion canal from Sprain Brook to Grassy Sprain Brook; Nepperham River, also known as Saw Mill River, from its sources to the intake of the filtration plant of the City of Yonkers; the low service distributing reservoir known as Fort Field Reservoir; the small reservoir at the high service pumping station on Lake Avenue and to all natural and artificial reservoirs on the aforementioned streams and all watercourses tributary thereto or ultimately discharging into said streams and reservoirs, these bodies of water being sources of the public water supply of the City of Yonkers.

(b) Definitions. (1) The term watercourse wherever used in this section is intended to mean and include every spring, pond (other than the artificial reservoirs and filter basins), stream, ditch, gutter or other channel of any kind, the waters of which, when running whether continuously or occasionally, eventually flow or may flow into the public water supply of the City of Yonkers.

(2) Wherever a linear distance of a structure or object from a reservoir or from a watercourse is mentioned in this section, it is intended to mean the shortest horizontal distance from the nearest point of the structure or object to the high-water mark of a reservoir or to the edge, margin or precipitous bank forming the ordinary high-water mark of such watercourse.

(c) Privies adjacent to any reservoir or watercourse. (1) No privy, privy vault, pit, cesspool or any other receptacle of any kind used for either the temporary storage or the permanent deposit of human excreta shall be constructed, placed, maintained or allowed to remain within 100 feet of any reservoir or within 50 feet of any watercourse tributary to the public water supply of the City of Yonkers.

(2) No privy, privy vault, pit, cesspool or any other receptacle used for the permanent deposit of human excreta shall be constructed, located, placed, maintained or allowed to remain within 150 feet of any reservoir or within 75 feet of any watercourse tributary to the public water supply of the City of Yonkers.

(3) No cesspool, pit or other receptacle of any kind used for the temporary storage of human excreta or sewage shall be constructed, located, maintained or allowed to remain between the limiting distances prescribed by paragraph (1) of this subdivision and the limiting distances prescribed by paragraph (2) of this subdivision unless said cesspool, pit or other receptacle is made watertight and so arranged and equipped that the said excreta or sewage are at once removed by pump or other satisfactory means through watertight pipes or conduits to some proper place of ultimate disposal, as hereinafter provided, or unless suitable removable vessels or receptacles for the temporary storage of said human excreta or sewage are provided and at all times maintained in an absolutely watertight condition and in such manner as to permit of convenient removal of said excreta or sewage to some place of ultimate disposal as hereinafter set forth.

(4) The excreta collected in the aforesaid removable receptacles permitted under paragraph (3) of this subdivision shall be removed and the receptacles thoroughly cleaned and disinfected as often as may be found necessary to maintain the privy in proper sanitary condition and to effectually prevent any overflow upon the soil or upon the foundation or floor of the privy. In effecting this removal the utmost care shall be exercised that none of the contents be allowed to escape while being transferred from the privy to the place of disposal hereinafter specified and that the contents, while being transferred from the privy to the place of disposal, shall be thoroughly covered and that the least possible annoyance and inconvenience be caused to occupants of the premises and the adjacent premises.

(5) Unless otherwise specially ordered or permitted by the State Department of Health, the excreta collected in the aforesaid removable receptacles permitted under paragraph (3) of this subdivision shall, when removed, be disposed of by burying in trenches or pits at a depth of not less than 18 inches below the surface and at a distance not less than 300 feet from any reservoir or watercourse tributary to the public water supply of the city of Yonkers.

(6) Whenever, owing to the character of the soil or of the surface of the ground or owing to the height or flow of subsoil or surface water or other special local conditions, it is considered by the State Commissioner of Health that excremental matter from any privy or aforesaid receptacle or from any trench or place of disposal or the garbage or wastes from any dump may be washed over the surface or through the soil in an imperfectly purified condition into any reservoir or watercourse, then the said privy or receptacle for excreta or the trench or place of disposal or the said garbage or waste dump shall, after due notice to the owner thereof, be removed to such greater distance or to such place as shall be considered safe and proper by the State Commissioner of Health.

(d) Sewage, house slops, sink waste, etc. (1) No house slops, bath water, sewage or other excremental matter from any water closet, privy, cesspool or other source, except the purified effluent from a properly constructed and operated sewage disposal plant approved by the State Department of Health, shall be thrown, placed, led, conducted, discharged or allowed to escape or flow in any manner, either directly or indirectly, into any reservoir or watercourse tributary to the public water supply of the city of Yonkers, nor shall any such matters be thrown, placed, led, discharged or allowed to escape or flow onto the surface of the ground or into the ground beneath the surface except into watertight receptacles, the contents of which are to be removed as provided by paragraph (4) of subdivision (c), within 250 feet of any reservoir or 150 feet of any watercourse tributary to the public water supply of the city of Yonkers.

(2) No sewage disposal plant, the effluent from which is to be discharged or allowed to flow directly or indirectly into any watercourse tributary to the public water supply of the city of Yonkers, shall be constructed, enlarged, altered or put in operation until plans for the same shall have been approved by the State Department of Health and a copy of the plans, as approved, filed with the department of public works of the city of Yonkers.

(3) No garbage, putrescible matter, kitchen or sink wastes, refuse or waste matter from any creamery, cheese factory or laundry nor water in which milk cans, utensils, clothing, bedding, carpets or harness have been washed or rinsed nor any polluted water or liquid of any kind shall be thrown or discharged directly or indirectly into any reservoir or watercourse, nor shall any such liquid or solid refuse or waste be thrown, discharged or allowed to escape or remain upon the surface of the ground or to percolate into or through the ground below the surface in any manner whereby the same may flow into any reservoir or watercourse within a distance of 100 feet from any reservoir or within 50 feet from any watercourse tributary to the public water supply of the city of Yonkers.

(4) No clothing, bedding, carpets, harness, vehicle, receptacle, utensils nor anything that pollutes water shall be washed, rinsed or placed in any reservoir or watercourse.

(e) Bathing, animals, manure, compost, etc. (1) No person shall bathe nor shall any animals be allowed to swim, wade or stand nor be washed in any reservoir or watercourse tributary to the Nepperham River within six miles measured along the stream above the intake of the filtration works of the city of Yonkers or the Grassy Sprain Brook within six miles above the dam of the Grassy Sprain Reservoir. This shall not, however, be construed to prohibit animals from being watered in any portion of the watercourses tributary to the public water supply of the city of Yonkers, distant at least one mile measured along the stream from the intake of the filtration plant of the city of Yonkers or from the dam of the Grassy Sprain Reservoir, but no watering place shall be maintained in such a way as to pollute with muddy leachings or excremental matters any watercourse tributary to the public water supply of the city of Yonkers.

(2) No stable for cattle or horses, barnyard, hogyard, pigpen, poultry house or yard, hitching place or standing place for horses or other animals, manure pile or compost heap shall be constructed, placed, maintained or allowed to remain with its nearest point less than 100 feet from any reservoir or within 50 feet of any watercourse tributary to the public water supply of the city of Yonkers, and none of the above named objects or sources of pollution shall be so constructed, placed, maintained or allowed to remain where or in such a manner that the drainings, leachings or washings from the same may enter any such reservoir or watercourse without first having passed over or through such an extent of soil as to have been properly purified, and in no case shall it be deemed that proper purification has been secured unless the above drainings, leachings or washings shall have percolated over or through the soil in a scattered, dissipated form and not concentrated in perceptible lines of drainage for a distance of not less than 100 feet from any reservoir or 50 feet from any watercourse tributary to the public water supply of the city of Yonkers.

(3) No human excreta and no compost or other matter containing human excreta shall be thrown, placed or allowed to escape into any reservoir or watercourse nor to be placed, piled or spread upon the surface of the ground at any point on the watershed tributary to the public water supply of the city of Yonkers, nor shall such human excreta, compost or other matter containing human excreta be dug or buried in the soil at a less depth than 18 inches below the surface nor within a distance of 300 feet from any reservoir nor within 200 feet of any watercourse tributary to the public water supply of the city of Yonkers, and no manure or compost of any kind shall be placed, piled or spread upon the ground within a distance of 100 feet from any reservoir or within 50 feet from any watercourse tributary to the public water supply of the city of Yonkers.

(4) No decayed or fermented fruit or vegetables, cider mill wastes, roots, grain or other vegetable refuse of any kind shall be thrown, placed, discharged or allowed to escape or pass into any reservoir or watercourse, nor shall they be thrown, placed, piled, maintained or allowed to remain in such places that the drainage, leachings or washings therefrom may flow by open, blind or covered drains or channels of any kind into any reservoir or watercourse without first having passed over or through such an extent of soil as to have been properly purified, and in no case shall it be deemed that sufficient purification has been secured unless the above mentioned drainings, leachings or washings shall have percolated over or through the soil in a scattered, dissipated form and not concentrated in perceptible lines of drainage for a distance of not less than 75 feet before entering any reservoir or 25 feet before entering any watercourse tributary to the public water supply of the city of Yonkers.

(f) Dead animals, offal, manufacturing wastes, etc. No dead animal, bird, fish or any part thereof nor any offal or waste matter of any kind shall be thrown, placed, discharged or allowed to escape or to pass into any reservoir or watercourse. Nor shall any such material or refuse be so located, placed, maintained or allowed to remain that the drainage, leachings or washings therefrom may reach any such reservoir or watercourse without having first percolated over or through the soil in a scattered, dissipated form and not concentrated in perceptible lines of drainage for a distance of 200 feet from any reservoir or 75 feet from any watercourse tributary to the public water supply of the city of Yonkers.

(g) Fishing, boating and ice cutting. No boating of any kind or fishing from boats or through the ice and no ice cutting or any trespassing whatever shall be allowed in or upon the waters or ice of the Fort Field Reservoir, the Lake Avenue Reservoir or any natural or artificial pond or reservoir on the Nepperham River or its tributary within one mile above the intake of the filtration plant of the city of Yonkers or on Grassy Sprain Brook within one mile above the dam of the Grassy Sprain Reservoir.

(h) Camps. No temporary camp, tent, building or other structures for housing laborers engaged on construction work or for other purposes shall be located, placed or maintained within a distance of 300 feet from any reservoir or 100 feet from any watercourse tributary to the public water supply of the city of Yonkers.

(i) Cemeteries. No interment of a human body shall be made within a distance of 300 feet from any reservoir or 150 feet from any watercourse tributary to the public water supply of the city of Yonkers.

(j) Inspections. The department of public works of the city of Yonkers shall make regular and thorough inspections of the reservoirs, streams and drainage areas tributary thereto for the purpose of ascertaining whether the above rules and regulations are being complied with, and it shall be the duty of said department of public works to cause copies of any rules and regulations violated to be served upon the persons violating the same with notices of such violations; and if such persons served do not immediately comply with the rules and regulations, it shall be the further duty of the department of public works to promptly notify the State Commissioner of Health of such violations. The department of public works shall report in writing annually, on the first day of January, the results of the regular inspections made during the preceding year, stating the number of inspections which have been made, the number of violations found, the number of notices served and the general condition of the watershed at the time of the last inspection.

(k) Penalty. In accordance with section 70 of chapter 45 of the Consolidated Laws (Public Health Law), the penalty for each and every violation of or noncompliance with any of these rules and regulations which relate to a permanent source or act of contamination is hereby fixed at $100.

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