In Westtown Township, 43% of properties rely on on-lot sewage disposal systems. Failing to keep the systems well-functioning results in polluted groundwater and streams, health hazards, and expensive repairs that could have otherwise been avoided. In 2013, the Westtown Township Board of Supervisors approved Ordinance 2013-3, establishing the On-Lot Sewage Management Program (SMP), to identify failing systems and ensure they are repaired in timely manner by keeping track of all ongoing inspections and pumping activities. This program is mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and is intended to help avoid problems such as environmental health hazards and contamination of our shared groundwater resources which can result from poorly maintained and malfunctioning sewage systems.
As set forth in Resolution 2013-16, 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.
Thank you, Westtown Township residents, for a 99% compliance rate!
The completion of initial sewage system inspections wasn’t the end of the program, but the first imperative step in keeping our community healthy. To be effective in the long-term, the program must be carried out in perpetuity. To comply with the SMP, each property owner with an on-lot sewage disposal system is required to:
- Complete an SMP Routine Inspection and submit an SMP Routine Inspection Report* to the Township every 3 years done by an inspector certified by the Pennsylvania Septage Management Association (PSMA).
- Pump the system at least once every 3 years OR more frequently as recommended by a Chester County Health Department (CCHD) licensed Liquid Waste Hauler, and submit a pumping receipt to the Township at least once within every 3-year period.
IMPORTANT: It is the responsibility of a property owner to provide the above mentioned documentation to Westtown Township.
*Please note that the Township will not accept the submission of septic inspection without a completed SMP Routine Inspection Report.
The On-lot Sewage Management Guidance Booklet explains the background of the program and includes detailed information about on-lot sewage systems, system maintenance, and specific program requirements. Please read the guidance booklet thoroughly before contacting the Township with any questions.
The SMP FAQs for Property Owners Brochure provides brief information on program guidance, routine inspection and pumping requirements, and answers to the most common questions regarding compliance with the SMP.
The SMP Compliance Flow Steps details steps for property owners to follow for successful compliance with the program’s requirements.
The annual fee for the On-Lot Sewage Management Program (SMP) is $24 for each property with an on-lot sewage system, billed in quarterly installments with your trash bill. For your convenience, trash and SMP fees can be paid online (www.westtownpa.org/pay-bills-online), or through automatic deduction from your bank account: (Click here to download Authorization for ACH payment form.)
ALL QUESTIONS AND FORMS SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO:
P.O. Box 79
Westtown, PA 19395