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Section P-106 Plumbing Regulations
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In enacting this code, the Council recognizes that the department has promulgated technical regulations governing the manner in which plumbing work is to be performed and the materials that are to be used. Those regulations are hereby reaffirmed. The department is authorized to promulgate additional such regulations and to amend existing such regulations as it deems necessary or appropriate from time to time, provided no such regulations enacted after July 1, 2018 shall remain effective after June 30, 2020.
In developing or amending the technical regulations governing plumbing installations, the Department shall develop regulations based upon the model plumbing codes enacted by the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code, Act 45 of 1999, as amended (the "UCC"); to include:
- The development of any necessary local exceptions to such model plumbing codes, provided that such amendments would equal or exceed the minimum requirements of the UCC and remain subject to the following standards imposed by the UCC:
- That certain clear and convincing local climatic, geologic, topographic or public health and safety circumstances or conditions justify the exception;
- The exception shall be adequate for the purpose intended and shall meet a standard of performance equal to or greater than that prescribed by the UCC; and
- The exception would not diminish or threaten the health, safety and welfare of the public.
- National standards that eliminate to the greatest extent possible the use of lead in the installation of plumbing materials both to protect the soil from contamination and to meet the requirements of the Federal Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act.
- National standards that allow for methods and materials which promote sustainability and conservation in the City's built environment.
- Regulations that allow for alterations to existing plumbing systems installed under prior or current plumbing codes and standards, pursuant to updated plumbing codes enacted by the UCC.
- Cities around the world are increasingly focused on the challenges and opportunities associated with the generation, management and disposition of food waste.
- Food waste comprises one of the largest components of household waste.
- Approximately 10 pounds of food waste each week is generated by the average American family.
- Food waste is one of the most difficult components in the waste stream to manage because it has a high moisture content, sticks to dry recyclables, thereby reducing their potential value, and attracts pests and becomes malodorous.
- The Philadelphia Streets Department collects more than 500,000 tons of residential waste each year, which it delivers to disposal facilities at a cost of about $29,500,000 per year.
- Food waste makes up about 10% of Philadelphia's residential waste.
- Analysis of the evidence demonstrates that Food Waste Grinders are valid tools for separating kitchen food waste at its source and diverting it to treatment, use and recycling via existing infrastructure.
- Food Waste Grinders offer the best opportunity for cost savings in comparison to other alternatives.
A domestic food waste (garbage) grinder conforming to the American Society of Sanitary Engineering (ASSE) Standard 1008, "Performance Requirements for Household Food Waste Disposer Units," shall be installed in all dwelling unit kitchen areas of newly constructed buildings containing the following occupancies:
- one-family dwellings
- two-family dwellings
- multi-family dwellings
Exception: Buildings connected to an individual subsurface sewage disposal system.
Food waste grinders shall be provided with an adequate supply of water at a sufficient flow rate to ensure proper functioning of the unit.
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