The Township has been updating the database system that tracks the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) septic pumping requirements. Staff will generate reminder letters directly from the database. A letter will be sent to property owners at the beginning of the calendar year in which their property is due to be pumped. Another letter will be sent to the property owner in the last quarter of the year if no pumping report has been received by that time. This process will allow a more efficient and cost effective tracking of each individual property.
Residents will no longer be based on a road schedule. The Dickinson Township Code, Chapter 159-7(A) under Ordinance 2002-02 specifies that a septic tank must be pumped once every three years from the date of the last pumping unless the resident can prove there is 1/3 or less of the capacity of the septic tank in sludge through the performance of a sludge test. Upon completion and receipt of a sludge test report from the septic hauler, the property will be exempt from pumping for three years from the date of the test. This applies to all properties including recreational cabins and outhouses.
Residents will no longer need to keep track of when their tank was last pumped; the Township will.
Residents will need to sign an affidavit that they have not put hazardous substances in their septic system. Hazardous substances as defined by Pennsylvania Code, Chapter 323 are “[h]azardous substances which are considered environment hazards because of their particular or extreme properties pose a danger if released into the environment”. The actual list follows the written section and is found at Appendix A. Click HERE to link to the list.
As an alternative to the pumping requirement, you have the right to have a Registered Septic Hauler or Inspection company perform a “sludge test” to verify that there is no more than a third (1/3) of the capacity of the tank filled with solids. If the tank is filled with 1/3 or less in solids, you will receive a waiver from the pumping requirements until the next three (3) year cycle. A report must be submitted for the solids inspection.
For helpful hints, review “Facts Every Septic System Owner Should Know”.
This Ordinance (adopted April 15, 2013) amends Chapter 159, Sewers and Sewage Disposal, to include a definition of septage pumper/hauler; to require a replacement location for on-lot sewage system only for new lots with marginal soils; to provide for three year septic system inspection and or pumping cycles based on the most recent pumping or inspection performed on an individual system; and to require the owner of the individual septic system to provide proof of the pumping or inspection and a certification regarding prohibited substances.