In order to receive service from the Greater Peoria Sanitary District, potential customers must have an available sanitary sewer system, be annexed into the corporate limits of the District, and pay certain fees. The following is a brief description of the procedures to follow in order to obtain wastewater collection and treatment service. For all of these steps, the District’s Planning and Construction Department must be contacted at (309) 637-3511 extension 4844 or (309) 272-4844.
New Connections Outside Existing Corporate Limits (Annexation Procedure)
The Greater Peoria Sanitary District is a municipal corporation that is separate from the cities, villages, and county it serves. As such, the District’s corporate boundaries are not the same as the municipalities that are within the District. Before service can be established, a potential customer must be annexed into the corporate limits of the District. If a customer is already within the corporate limits, no annexation is necessary. If a potential customer is outside of the corporate limits, a couple of things must be determined before annexation can proceed. First, is the area under consideration contiguous to the current corporate limits? An area must be contiguous in order to annex. Second, is service available? The District must determine whether the collection system can be extended to serve a new area. This determination must consider location, depth, and capacity of the existing sanitary sewers.
Once the District’s staff has determined that annexation is possible, the next step is to prepare a Petition to Annex Territory that will be presented to the Sanitary District’s Board of Trustees for consideration. District staff can prepare the petition document in our standard format; however, the petitioner must provide a legal description and CAD drawing of the land to be annexed. Once the petition has been prepared, it will be added to the agenda of a regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees. The Trustees must make final approval of the annexation.
New Connections Within Existing Corporate Limits
There are undeveloped lots and larger tracts of land that are located within the existing corporate limits of the Greater Peoria Sanitary District. In this case annexation is not required. The questions to answer in this case, are: Does the existing sewer system have the capacity to accept the flow from the proposed development? Can the existing sanitary sewer system be extended to the development? These questions can be answered by working with the District’s Planning and Construction Department.
Extension of Public Sanitary Sewers
If the existing public sanitary sewer system is immediately adjacent to the property to be served, the new home or business can be connected directly to this sewer. However, prior to connection, all fees must be paid and a permit must be obtained as detailed below.
If an existing sanitary sewer is not adjacent to the property, an extension of the sanitary sewer system will be required. In order to extend public sewers, the developer must have plans approved by the District, have a construction permit from the Illinois EPA, and have a Permit to Construct from the District. Actual construction will be inspected on a full time basis by the District to ensure that District standards are followed. The developer is responsible for all costs associated with the public sewer extension, including the cost of the District’s inspector. Final approval of the sewer extension includes resolution of all punch list items and payment of all fees as detailed below.
When public sewers are extended, two fees are due to the District prior to any new connection to the sanitary sewer system. These are the Sewer Extension Charge and the Treatment Capacity Charge. Both charges reflect the public investment to provide sewer service to the specific area being served. As such, the rate is location specific.
Sewer Extension Charge
The Sewer Extension Charge (SEC) is due for almost all properties that have never previously been served by the District. In some cases, the SEC has been prepaid and would be noted in District records. The charge is based on the area of the property (in acres).
The Sewer Extension Charge is used to offset the portion of the District’s cost for construction of trunk sewers that serve a large area. The Planning and Construction Department must be contacted for a calculation of the Sewer Extension Charge.
Treatment Capacity Charge
The Treatment Capacity Charge ( TCC ) is sometimes called the annexation fee. It is due for almost all properties that have never previously been served by the District and were annexed after 1982. In some cases, the TCC has been prepaid and would be noted in District records. The charge is based on the area of the property in (acres).
The TCC is used to offset of portion of the District’s capital costs for wastewater treatment facilities. The Planning and Construction Department must be contacted for applicable rates and calculation of the TCC .
Building Connection Charge
At the time a building is constructed, a Building Connection Charge is due. The purpose of this charge is to recover additional public capital investment in sewer construction. This charge is based on the use of the building and reflects the amount of sewage expected to be generated within that building. Since this charge is dependent on the building being constructed, contact the Planning and Construction Department to determine the amount.
Building Sewer Permit
After annexation, construction of needed public sewers, and payment of all applicable charges, the final step before installation of a building sewer is to obtain a permit from the Planning and Construction Department. The permit will be issued only to a company or person that is licensed and bonded as required by District ordinance. The fee for residential development is based on the number of living units being served. A fixed fee applies to commercial.
The District inspects all building sewers to verify compliance with ordinance requirements and construction standards. The inspection must be done after pipe installation and prior to back filling the trench. Re-excavation will be required when a trench is back filled prior to inspection by the District.