Susquehanna Township has been required by the PA Department of Environmental Protection to enact an Act 537 law. This law requires mandatory inspection/pump-out of on-lot disposal systems (O.L.D.S.) every three years. All properties with on-lot septic disposal systems, including cesspools, are required to pump out as scheduled. Treatment tanks, dosing tanks, lift tanks, and any other tanks associated with your on-lot system should be pumped out.
When a system has been pumped out, even if it is before the mandatory pumping date, the Pump Hauler Report should be submitted to the Township.
Regular pumping will extend the life of your septic system. Haulers will be looking for maintenance problems that you might not otherwise realize until a major problem occurred. Pumping every three years is much less expensive than having to replace a septic system or connect to public sewer.
Low interest loans are available through the PENNVEST Homeowner Septic Program to homeowners to cover costs associated with repairing or replacing on-lot septic system. The program now offers low interest loans to cover the cost of connecting to a public sewer system. More information can be found by clicking here or at the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency website.