On-Lot Sewage Disposal System (OLDS) Inspection and Pump- out Requirement
West Nottingham Township’s sewage management program (SMP) requires that each on-lot sewage disposal system (OLDS) be inspected, with excess waste removed, every three years, starting with sewage service Area 1 in 2019 and moving on to Area 2 in 2020 and 2021 respectively (see map).
To avoid malfunction, sewage sludge and scum should never fill more than about 30% of a septic tank. An OLDS appropriately designed for the home it serves will reach that standard in about three years. Thus, our SMP ordinance sets a three-year cycle of pump-outs and inspections. Click here for resources on the operation and maintenance of OLDS.
A lack of adequate maintenance is the leading cause of system failure. A few hundred dollars for a full OLDS service can prevent the cost (now approaching $15-20 thousand) of installing a replacement OLDS when the existing system fails.
If the capacity of your tank exceeds the needs of your home or you had the tank pumped last year, you may apply for a one-year waiver [link pending] based on professional certification.
Our community expects each of us to take basic steps to protect our families, neighbors and the environment from household wastewater pollution. The Township will reach out to households that fail to meet the December 31 deadline. Section 13 of the On-lot Sewage Management Program Ordinance provides for fines and legal sanctions for property owners who fail to comply with the requirements of the SMP.
CCHD provides sewage enforcement services for the Township. Our Sewage Enforcement Officer is Austin Abernethy, (610) 344-6519.