Septic System Cesspool Enforcement
For information concerning on-lot septic systems/cesspools contact:
Keith Hunnings, Sewage Enforcement Officer
Eric Swiger, Alternate Sewage Enforcement Officer
ATTENTION: OWNERS OF SEPTIC SYSTEMS AND CESSPOOLS
As part of the PA Department of Environmental Protection Act 537 Plan, Hopewell Township is required to adopt a maintenance plan for all septic systems and cesspools located in the Township. This maintenance plan will require all of these systems to be pumped (septic systems) or inspected (cesspools) once every four years. The program will commence on January 1, 2014.
The Township has been divided into four separate “districts”. Residences in the fourth district received letters in January 2017 and the first again in 2018 and so on and so on. Those with septic systems that do not have a 24” inside diameter clean-out pipe will be required to have one installed. This will enable the septic hauler to clean out the tank more efficiently and thoroughly.
Once the tank has been pumped by a licensed pumper/hauler, they must fill out a “manifest report”, which needs to be provided to the Township within 30 days of the date pumped. Note: If your tank has been pumped within one year of the time you receive your pumping notice, you can provide written proof of such pumping and will not be required to pump that year.
If your home is served by a cesspool, you have the option to have the Sewage Enforcement Officer, Keith Hunnings, do a visual inspection of your area rather than pumping the cesspool.
Following is the ordinance which outlines the new Act 537 requirements:
Ordinance #3-2013 – An Ordinance Establishing Regulations For The Inspection, Maintenance, Operation, And Rehabilitation Of Individual And Community On-Lot Sewage Disposal Systems And The Creation Of An On-Lot Management Program For Hopewell Township, York County, PA