On-Lot Sewage Management Program
ON-LOT SEWAGE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
 
ON-LOT SEWAGE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
Ordinance 2011-02 requires that an on-lot sewage disposal system (OLDS) be pumped at least every three years and that proof of maintenance be provided. Please have your system pumped and provide the Township with the pumping record.

HAVE YOU RECEIVED A LETTER IN ERROR FROM THE TOWNSHIP STATING WE HAVE NO RECORD OF YOUR SYSTEM BEING PUMPED OR YOU HAVEN’T PUMPED IN OVER 3 YEARS?
 
If our records are not accurate and your system has been pumped in the last three years, please provide the pumper’s invoice or pumping record to the Township.  You may email it to info@franklintownship.us or fax it to 610-255-0659.  

OVERVIEW:  On January 24, 1966, the Pennsylvania Sewage Facilities Act (Act 537) was enacted to correct existing sewage disposal problems and prevent future problems.  The Act requires proper planning of all types of sewage facilities, permitting of individual and community on-lot disposal systems (OLDS) as well as uniform standards for designing OLDS.
With oversight by the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Franklin Township administers its sewage facilities program according to the Township’s Act 537 Sewage Facilities Plan (adopted in 2002) and Ordinance 2011-02 (updated in 2011).
 
In the management of individual on-lot sewage disposal systems, the Township’s focus is educating property owners about OLDS and monitoring to assure the necessary maintenance of individual systems.
 
Public Education:
The intent of the Township’s role, including the public education program, is to prevent system failures caused by a lack of adequate maintenance.
Several factors contribute to inadequate maintenance including:
 
Uninformed property owner:  This can occur when residents accustomed to public sewers relocate to a more rural area such as Franklin Township that relies on individual ODLS.  Frequently, they lack information on the necessity of regular maintenance of their system.
 
Poor record keeping.  The property owner may realize the system should be serviced regularly, but fails to keep a record of maintenance.
When a homeowner buys a used home, he may not be aware of when the last maintenance was performed.
 
Negligence.  Some property owners simply neglect their systems and fail to live up to their responsibilities of proper OLDS maintenance.
Click Here for a document that provides a compilation of basic information about on-lot sewage disposal systems, and addresses these common on-lot sewage issues, including maintenance procedures:
 
What is an On-Lot Sewage System?
 
Cesspools and Seepage Pits
 
How to maintain Your On-Lot System
 
Septic System Additives
 
Importance of Regular Pumping
 
Guidance on Addressing System Malfunctions
 
Permitting On-Lot Sewage Systems
 
Alternate On-Lot Sewage System Technologies



MONITORING TO ASSURE THE MAINTENANCE
OF INDIVIDUAL SYSTEMS

 
Property owners maintain ownership of their individual on-lot disposal system and are responsible or the operation and functioning of their system.  However, this needs to be done within Township guidelines:
The Township requires that individual OLDS be pumped out at least once every three years, as well as proof that this maintenance was performed.
As part of the monitoring process, each owner of an OLDS is responsible for providing proof to the township that their system is being pumped out at least once every 3 years.
updated April 10, 2015