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Phase I routine inspections are due September 7, 2017.

Travis DeCaro, On-Lot Management Program Coordinator tdecaro@westtown.org


At their December 2, 2013 meeting, the Board of Supervisors approved Ordinance 2013-3 establishing the Township’s On-Lot Sewage Management Program (SMP) which requires that all on-lot sewage systems be properly maintained. This program is mandated by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and is intended to help avoid the problems that can lead from poorly maintained and malfunctioning sewage systems, such as environmental health hazards and contamination of our shared groundwater resources. A copy of the ordinance can be found here: 2013-3 On-Lot Sewage Management Ordinance

On-Lot Sewage Management Program Guidance Booklet

All property owners with on-lot sewage systems should read the On-lot Sewage Management Guidance Booklet On-lot Sewage Management Program Guidance booklet. This guide explains the background of the program and includes detailed information about on-lot sewage systems, system maintenance, and the specific program requirements. Please read the guidance booklet thoroughly before contacting the Township with any questions.

Inspections

Each on-lot sewage system must be inspected by a qualified contractor hired by the property owner using a Westtown Township inspection form. Please refer to Section IV of the On-Lot Sewage Management Program Guidance for detailed information regarding the inspection requirements.

For a listing of Pennsylvania Septage Management Association (PSMA) certified inspectiors, click here: http://www.psma.net/find_service_provider_new.cfm

Initial Inspection Timing

As set forth in Resolution 2013-16 (Resolution 2013-16 OLM Phasing schedule), adopted by the Board of Supervisors on December 1, 2013, the SMP will be implemented in four 9-month phases over the next 3 years. You must have an initial sewage system inspection completed within the schedule for your phase. A map showing the inspection phases can be found here SMP Phasing Map. Inspections must be completed in accordance with the following schedule:

Phase Start End
1 December 9, 2013 September 7, 2014
2 September 8, 2014 June 7, 2015
3 June 8, 2015 March 7, 2016
4 March 8, 2016 December 7, 2016
Total 36 months (3 Years)
Initial Inspection Form

The initial sewage system inspection form can be found here: Initial Inspection Form. This form must be completed, signed, and submitted to the Township within thirty days of the inspection. If you do not have a copy of your plot plan, you may contact the Chester County Health Department to see if they have one on file for your parcel.

Routine Inspection Form

At least once every 3 years after the initial inspection, on lot septic systems must undergo a routine inspection. The routine inspection report can be found here: SMP Routine Inspection Report SHORT.

ALL QUESTIONS AND FORMS SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO:

Westtown Township
1039 Wilmington Pike
West Chester, PA 19382
610.692.1930 x206

smp@westtown.org

Pumping

Each on-lot sewage system must be pumped out at least once every three years by a Chester County Health Department (CCHD) licensed liquid waste hauler (unless more frequent pumping is needed to manage a malfunctioning sewage system). It is recommended, but not required, that pumping be done at the same time as the sewage system inspection. If pumping is done at the same time as the inspection, a receipt from your pumper should be attached to the inspection form. If pumping is done at another time, you must submit a copy of a pumping receipt to the Township within 30 days of pumping but no later than December 7th, 2016. Additional information regarding sewage system pumping can be found in the On-Lot Sewage Management Program Guidance document.

For a list of CCHD licensed liquid waste haulers go to: www.chesco.org

Fee

At their October 19, 2015 meeting, the Board of Supervisors voted to lower the annual fee for the  On-Lot Management Program to $24 per property with an on-lot sewage system, effective January 1, 2016.  This fee will be incorporated in quarterly installments with your trash billing, and can be paid online: www.westtownpa.org/pay-bills-online.

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