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The City may immediately suspend a user’s discharge (after informal notice to the user) whenever such suspension is necessary to stop an actual or threatened discharge which reasonably appears to present or cause an imminent or substantial endangerment to the health, safety or welfare of persons or property.

The City may also immediately suspend a user’s discharge (after informal notice and opportunity to respond) that threatens to interfere with the operation of the POTW or which presents or may present an endangerment to the environment.

Any user notified of a suspension of its discharge shall immediately stop or eliminate its contribution. In the event of a user’s failure to immediately comply voluntarily with the suspension order, the City shall take such steps as deemed necessary, including immediate severance of the sewer connection and/or termination of water service to prevent or minimize damage to the POTW, its receiving stream, or endangerment to any individuals, property and/or the environment.

The City may allow the user to recommence its discharge when the user has demonstrated to the satisfaction of the City that the period of endangerment has passed. If the City does not allow the user to recommence its discharge within fifteen (15) days of the emergency suspension the City shall initiate termination procedures as referenced in this ordinance.

A user that is responsible, in whole or in part, for any discharge presenting imminent endangerment shall submit a detailed written statement, describing the causes of the harmful contribution and the measures taken to prevent any future occurrence, to the City prior to the date of any show cause or termination hearing under this ordinance.

Nothing in this section shall be interpreted as requiring a hearing prior to any emergency suspension or other emergency action under this section. (Ord. 2351, 2018)