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Sewers

This is Article 25 of the Baltimore City Code, titled “Sewers.” It contains 131 laws divided across 18 structures.

Editor's Note: Chapters 510 and 511, Acts of 2011, enacted new § 14-849.1 of the State Tax - Property Article to limit the City’s ability to sell property to enforce liens for water and sewer services. Specifically, the new law states: (a)In Baltimore City, the Mayor and City Council may not sell a property solely to enforce a lien for unpaid charges for water and sewer service unless: (1) the lien is for at least $350; and (2)the unpaid charges for water and sewer service are at least 3 quarters in arrears. (b)Notwithstanding subsection (a) of this section, the Mayor and City Council may enforce a lien on a property for unpaid water and sewer service that is less than $350 if the property is being sold to enforce another lien. § 4-1. Unmetered charges. (a) When due. From and after July 1, 1973, unmetered water charges shall be due and payable on July 1 of each and every year for the current taxable year. (b)When in arrears. Any unmetered charges unpaid on October 1 of such taxable year shall be considered in arrears and delinquent, and all water service shall be subject to turn-off for nonpayment of such charges at any time thereafter. (c) Penalties and interest. For all unmetered water charges becoming due and payable or which are overdue and in arrears on and after July 1, 1982, there are hereby imposed the following penalties, which include interest at the rate of 12% per annum, on all such unmetered water charges becoming in arrears, the same to be imposed in or for the year for which such charges were levied: (1)2% on October 1 on unmetered water charges remaining unpaid at the end of the month of September; (2)4% on November 1 on unmetered water charges remaining unpaid at the end of the month of October; (3)6% on December 1 on unmetered water charges remaining unpaid at the end of the month of November; (4)8% on January 1 on unmetered water charges remaining unpaid at the end of the month of December; (5)10% on February 1 on unmetered water charges remaining unpaid at the end of the month of January; (6)12% on March 1 on unmetered water charges remaining unpaid at the end of the month of February; (7)14% on April 1 on unmetered water charges remaining unpaid at the end of the month of March; (8)16% on May 1 on unmetered water charges remaining unpaid at the end of the month of April; (9)18% on June 1 on unmetered water charges remaining unpaid at the end of the month of May; and (10) thereafter in addition to the aforegoing penalties, a penalty at the rate of 2% per month, which includes interest at the rate of 12% per annum shall be imposed until said unmetered water charges are paid. (City Code, 1879, art. 53, §15; 1893, art. 54, §15; 1927, art. 48, §14; 1950, art. 39, §26; 1966, art. 29, §26(a), (b); 1976/83, art. 29, §26(a), (b).) (Ord. 1897-004; Ord. 48-499; Ord. 49-621; Ord. 57-1153; Ord. 58-1572; Ord. 66-901; Ord. 67-1016; Ord. 68-059; Ord. 69-391; Ord. 73-393; Ord. 82-698.)
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Definitions; General Provisions
2
Control of Sanitary and Storm Sewers
3
Wastewater Discharge Permits
4
Sampling and Monitoring
5
Pretreatment
6
Notice of Hazardous Waste Discharge
7
Upsets, Spills, and Accidental Discharges
8
Bypass of Treatment Facilities
11
Waste Haulers
13
Sewer Service Charges
14
Surcharge for Industrial Wastewater
16
House Connections
17
Disturbing Sewers, etc.
18
Jones’ Falls
19
Private Sewers
21
General Administration of Article
22
Administrative Remedies
23
Judicial Enforcement; Penalties