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CAERNARVON TOWNSHIP LANCASTER COUNTY June 17, 2013.

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1 CAERNARVON TOWNSHIP LANCASTER COUNTY June 17, 2013

2 INTRODUCTIONS INTRODUCTIONS CAERNARVON TOWNSHIP REPRESENTATIVES Township Rural/AG Character & Vision for Policies ACT 537 PLAN OVERVIEW (De-centralized sewer focus) VISION ENGINEERING-TOWNSHIP ENGINEER AND SEO (SEWAGE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER) ACT 537 PLAN OVERVIEW Sewage Management Ordinance component of ACT 537 PURPOSE OF MEETING PURPOSE OF MEETING CONSIDERATION OF A NEW ORDINANCE (SEWAGE MANAGEMENT) REGULATING ON-LOT SEWERS

3 Act 537, enacted by the Pennsylvania Legislature in 1966, requires that every municipality in the state develop and maintain an up-to-date sewage facilities plan. OR IN OTHER WORDS… Caernarvon Township has been delegated by PADEP as the local authority to oversee and manage the Townships on- lot sewers in accordance with the Sewage Facilities Act (Act 537).

4 General requirement. Municipalities are required to develop and implement comprehensive official plans which provide for the resolution of existing sewage disposal problems, provide for the future sewage disposal needs of new land development and provide for the future sewage disposal needs of the municipality. Official plans shall be developed, submitted to the Department for approval and implemented by municipalities under the act and § § , 71.21, 71.22, 71.31, and Subchapters CF.

5 General requirements. Municipalities are required to assure the proper operation and maintenance of sewage facilities within their borders. Proper operation and maintenance of sewage facilities is essential to the provision of adequate sewage treatment and disposal over the functional life of a sewage treatment system. Municipalities shall, therefore, address long- term operation and maintenance in official plans and revisions to official plans. Subchapters B and C (relating to official plan requirements; and new land development plan revisions) and this subchapter provide the planning requirements to identify, evaluate and implement the operation and maintenance needs of existing and proposed sewage facilities within a municipality. The establishment of a sewage management program as part of an official plan or revision to an official plan provides a method of assuring proper operation and maintenance of sewage facilities. The evaluation and implementation of operation and maintenance needs through a sewage management program shall be consistent with the provisions of this subchapter.

6 SEWAGE MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS Are for health, safety and welfare of the public Protects our environment and water resources Ensures maximum use & operation of on lot systems (protection of resources) …keeping our Township in proper balance

7 IF THE TOWNSHIPS ON-LOT SEWER SYSTEMS ARE NOT MAINTAINED (i.e. malfunctions and violations)…public sewer may be required to comply with PADEP regulations. TYPICAL EFFECTS OF PUBLIC SEWER TYPICAL EFFECTS OF PUBLIC SEWER COSTLY INFRASTRUCTURE (revenue needed) INCREASED DEVELOPMENT (farmland lost)

8 MAINTAIN RURAL CHARACTER OF TOWNSHIP AVOID EXCESS DEVELOPMENT ON THE AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITY UTILIZE PROPER MAINTENANCE OF ON-LOT SEWAGE SYSTEMS VOLUTARILY COMPLY WITH PADEP REGULATIONS FOR PRESERVATION OF ENVIRONMENT AND AVOID COSTLY FINES AND CHANGES (PUBLIC SEWER)

9 IS CONSIDERED A DECENTRALIZED APPROACH, (an individual or cluster approach to managing sewer, that is more cost effective and more affordable) rather than… A CENTRALIZED APPROACH (a traditional or public sewer approach to managing sewer that is less cost effective and less affordable)

10 EDUCATE PUBLIC AND MONITOR PROPER MAINTENANCE OF ON-LOT SYSTEMS BRING BENEFITS TO HOMEOWNERS, NEIGHBORS AND COMMUNITY Longevity of on-lot system Maintain quality water resources (wells, aquifers, streams) Public health and safety Minimize cost of sewage disposal

11 COMMON IMPLEMENTATION IN RURAL AREAS SUCH AS CAERNARVON TOWNSHIP FOR DECADES MORE COST EFFECTIVE TO WASTEWATER TREATMENT THAN CENTRAL SEWER PLANTS REQUIRES PROPER USE AND MAINTENANCE FOR LONG TERM EFFECTIVENESS

12 UNDERSTANDING YOUR SEPTIC SYSTEM IS KEY TO ITS LONGEVITY AND A SEWAGE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM VIDEO DOWN THE DRAIN: SEPTIC SYSTEM SENSE

13 AVERAGE PUMPING COST $200-$250/3-year cycle about $5-$7 a month (about $5-$7 a month) AVERAGE PUBLIC SEWER COST $65 or more per month $65 or more per month (in rural areas) COST OF REPAIRS OR NEW SYSTEM $5,000-$25,000

14 TO DATE Model DEP Ordinance has been utilized to develop draft Caernarvon Township Sewage Management Program (DEP provides technical assistance, but no longer financial aid) Feedback from other local communities/programs has been obtained Printed copies of the draft ordinance are available upon request Draft ordinance will also be posted on the Township website THE PROCESS Public meeting for resident education and input Board of Supervisors to review and evaluate resident input and feedback Board to consider adoption of Ordinance

15 REGIONAL ROTATIONS Township equally divided into three districts-North, South & Central Pumping cycles will be on a rotating three year cycle. Each district will pump their system every three years. Residents who had their system recently pumped (prior to the programs implementation) can be considered as compliant. THE REGIONS & POTENTIAL TIME FRAMES District #1: Central Region-Churchtown Area, 2014 District #2: Southern Region-Beartown Area, 2015 District #3: Northern Region, 2016

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17 RESIDENTS NOTIFICATIOINS AND REMINDERS TO RESIDENTS Initial notification and permit Quarterly reminders of those not completing maintenance (post card) Residents responsible for: Completing permit application Paying permit fee Sending completed pumping inspection report to Township HAULERS REGISTRATION OF AREA HAULERS Haulers help track required inspections and complete inspection forms Haulers must comply with Township requirements

18 ANOTHER STEP TOWARDS MAKING CAERNARVON TOWNSHIP A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE

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