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Septic Management

Doylestown Township passed Ordinance No. 299 in 2001.  This ordinance requires all residents who currently have on-lot disposal systems (septic systems) to have them inspected by a Doylestown Township approved pumper/hauler/installer every three years. The pumper/hauler is required to submit a pumper’s report to the township and should give the homeowner a copy of that report.  The information is kept on file at the Township. Pumping must occur from the manhole.  Pumping cannot occur from the inspection port. In some instances, the Township may not receive the pumper’s report from your pumper. Please do not be alarmed if you receive a letter from the Township stating that you didn’t comply with the ordinance.  Should you receive one of these letters, please contact your service provider to resend the pumper’s report to the Township.

Residents also must have their water tested for Coliform Bacteria every three years. Please be advised the Bucks County Health Department performs these well water tests for $20 or you may use a private water testing company.  The homeowner shall provide a copy of the water test results to the Township in accordance with the ordinance.  IT IS THE HOMEOWNER’S RESPONSIBILITY TO FORWARD THIS TEST TO THE TOWNSHIP REGARDLESS OF THE RESULTS OF THE TEST.  Water testing facilities including the county Health Department will not send us a copy.  If your water tests positive for coliform bacteria you may have to take some additional steps to correct the issue (we will send you an informative letter once we receive your polluted test results), but you will have complied with our ordinance so forward the result to us as soon as you receive it.

The program has been divided into three cycles, based on geographic region. To find out what Cycle you live in please consult the Septage Management Program Map

Cycle One:  January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016

Cycle Two:  January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2017

Cycle Three:  January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018

List of Approved Pumper/Hauler/Installer/Designers

Frequently Asked Questions:

I had my septic system pumped and inspected but not in the correct year? What do I need to do?

If you pumped and inspected your system or had your water tested out of cycle that is fine!  We just need you to pump and inspect your system or test your water every three years.  Its best to be in cycle because it is easy to remember when to comply, but we understand that with ownership transitions and other circumstances sometimes homes get into a different schedule.

I thought I sent my water test to the Township; I dropped it off on Almshouse Road?

You take your water test and receive your water testing results from the Bucks County Health Department located on Almshouse Road.  They do not forward the Township a copy of those results.  You have to send us, via fax, mail, email or in person a copy of your testing results.

What happens if I forgot to comply with this ordinance in the correct year?

Please just have your water tested and septic system inspected as soon as possible.  Forward the information to the Township to prevent enforcement actions.

How is the Septic Management Ordinance 299 Enforced?

If you fail to get your septic system inspected and your well water tested, you begin the process of non compliance.  We send you a notice of non compliance.  If you ignore your notices of non compliance your property will be forwarded to Bucks County Health Department for an onsite inspection of your septic system.  If you do not get your water tested you will be cited through District Court and if we do not receive a copy of your water test, you could be fined $1000 plus all court costs.

What should I do if I receive a citation of non compliance and summons to Court?

You should contact the township.  We will withdraw your citation once we receive a copy of your water test.  You will be responsible for covering the postage costs which usually amount to around $12.00.

Check back often for further updates or contact the Administration Office at 215-348-9915.

Septic System Maintenance Information

Click the button below to check out Septic Management brochures from the National Small Flows Clearinghouse. These brochures are also available at the Township Administration building.

Septic System Brochures

Visit the PA Department of Environmental Protection website to view information on Septic Systems. Click on Water Topics, then Wastewater Information.

Think you have a problem with your system? Check out DEP’s information on alternate systems like Soil Air.

DEP

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