We have attempted to include all phases and aspects of this, but we must include a reminder that this is not a legal description of requirements – only an aid for you.
Septic System Maintenance:
The following links provide information compiled by Penn State University on Private Septic Systems, their maintenance, and soil/water conservation.
Sewage Testing and Permitting:
An application must be made to the Township for testing for on-lot sewage disposal systems; this is for existing lots and for potential subdivisions. Fees are paid to the Township for this testing. Arrangements for probes will be made directly between the applicant and the Township Sewage Enforcement Officer (SEO). The SEO is Gary Morrow who can be reached at (717)-319-1301.
First a probe test is performed with the applicant securing a backhoe to dig the required hole. The Township SEO will then examine the soil in the hole to determine the suitability of the soil and the site.
If the probe determines that the soil is suitable for an on-lot system, the Township SEO will then conduct the percolation test to further determine the suitability of the soil and site.
If the percolation test is satisfactory for an on-lot system, the applicant should then complete an application to the Township for a sewage permit for the subject lot or parcel. After this application is made, the applicant takes the application forms to a designer of their choice. The designer then designs a system based on the testing information provided by the Township SEO. The design is then submitted by the applicant or the designer to the Township SEO for their review and approval. When the application is approved by the Township SEO, a sewage permit is issued by the Township SEO to the applicant.
A sewage permit must be in the hands of the applicant prior to the issuance of a building permit by the township.
In the case of testing for possible subdivisions, the applicant will need to do the testing on the lots to be subdivided but may wish not to obtain the permits right away. The permits may be obtained by the subsequent purchaser of the lot or parcel. Permits are valid for three years from the date of issuance.