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On-Lot Sewer

on-lot Sewage disposal systems
If you live in a rural area, your home is most likely not connected to the Townships' central sewer system. On-lot wastewater treatment  may be the only means of disposing the wastewater flowing from toilets, showers and sinks within your household. About 260 homes in East Pennsboro Township rely on on-lot wastewater systems, commonly called septic systems, for the proper treatment and disposal of household wastewater.  An on-lot wastewater system is a three-stage treatment system usually consisting of:

  • A treatment tank (usually a septic tank),
  • a distribution system (the pipes),
  • and a soil absorption area

Further information can be found at PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) - Onlot Disposal System.

As mandated by the municipal codes, the Clean Streams Law, 35 P.S. § 691.1 et seq., and the Pennsylvania Sewage Facilities Act, 35 P.S. § 7501 et seq., municipalities have the power and the duty to provide for adequate sewage treatment facilities and for the protection of the public health by preventing the discharge of untreated or inadequately treated sewage. The Official Sewage Facilities Plan for East Pennsboro Township has evaluated the need to implement an on-lot management program to effectively prevent potential water pollution and hazards to the public health caused by improper treatment and disposal of sewage.

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The Township On-Lot Management Program includes the inspection and proper maintenance of on-lot systems. The program requires all property owners with on-lot systems to have their tanks pumped and inspected by a registered hauler once every four years. Property owners will be notified when, in the four-year cycle, they are to have their system pumped and inspected. Included with the notification, a Septic System Report form will be provided for the hauler to complete and for the property owner to return to the Township within thirty (30) days of the system being pumped and inspected. Proper on-lot system maintenance can prevent premature system failure, contamination of local drinking water and transmission of waterborne illnesses. In order for a system owner to be considered for an extension of their pump out, they must complete the Application for Extension of Septic System Pumping.

what to flush into your septic system
ONLY normal domestic wastes shall be discharged into any on-lot sewage system:

  • Toilet Paper
  • Human Waste and Wastewater

What not to flush into your septic system
The following SHOULD NEVER be discharged into the system:

  • Industrial wastes.
  • Automobile oil and other non-domestic oil.
  • Cigarette butts, paper towels, disposable diapers, femine products, any sort of trash.
  • Toxic or hazardous substances or chemicals including, but not limited to, pesticides, disinfectants, acids, paints, thinners, herbicides, gasoline and other solvents.
  • Clean surface or ground water, including water from roof or cellar drains, springs, basement sump pumps and french drains.
Septic System Diagram

Taylor Troutman
Wastewater Operations Specialist
717-732-3621 x 1245

Heather Myers
Envirionmental Scientist/ Local Sewage Enforcement Officer

What is On-Lot Management?

Why is an Ordinance needed?

Do other Municipalities in Cumberland County have On-Lot Management Programs?

What are the homeowners' responsibilities under the program?

What if I want to have my system pumped more frequently than every 4 years?

What if I believe that pumping every 4 years is too frequent for my system?

What will the Township do with the information provided on the report form?

What if a problem is found by the pumper during the inspection?

What will happen if I do not comply with the Ordinance?