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July 2015

Updating Sewage Facilities Plans

Act 537 plans detail a community’s sewage facilities needs now and in the future, and they must be updated when those needs change. Communication and cooperation will help ease what can be a long and complex process.

Cautionary Words on ‘Community Bill of Rights’

Some residents who oppose certain development and industrial activity are asking supervisors to approve community bill of rights ordinances. However, courts have not looked kindly on such action.

Adopting a Sewage Management Program

Malfunctioning onlot septic systems pose a threat to public health and the environment. Townships can reduce the risk by adopting a sewage management program that requires regular system maintenance.

Options for Onlot Sewage Systems

Onlot sewage disposal is a fact of life for many Pennsylvania homeowners. Fortunately, they have a growing list of “alternative” options when conventional systems just won’t do the job.

Helping Homeowners with Septic System Loans

Township supervisors should spread the word to residents: Low-cost loans can help finance onlot septic projects and public sewer system hook-ups.

Educating Sewage Enforcement Officers

Sewage enforcement officers determine if onlot systems are working and how to replace them if they’re not. It’s a big responsibility, and ongoing education is a must to keep up with changing technology.

Testifying on Behalf of Townships

In recent testimony before state legislators, PSATS spoke out in support of incentives for volunteer firefighters and against a proposed mandate for multiple Uniform Construction Code third-party inspection agencies.

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