On-Lot Sewage Management Program (SMP) Background
At their December 2, 2013 meeting, the Westtown Board of Supervisors approved Ordinance 2013-3, establishing the 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 such as environmental health hazards and contamination of our shared groundwater resources, that can result from poorly maintained and malfunctioning sewage systems. The ordinance can be viewed here: 2013-3 On-Lot Sewage Management Ordinance.
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 was implemented in an initial cycle of four 9-month phases over a period of 3 years. Property owners were required to have a comprehensive initial sewage system inspection completed within the schedule for the phase assigned to each property. The initial cycle of the program ended December 7, 2016, and the results of the first cycle of the SMP were reported to the DEP.