Act 537 Plan
In accordance with the PA Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP), The Township enacted a Sewage Management Plan on November 1, 2011. The Act 537 Plan provides a comprehensive planning document to identify and resolve existing sewage disposal problems, avoid potential sewage problems resulting from new land development, and to provide for future sewage disposal needs within the community.
NEW! PennVest and the PA Housing Finance Agency are offering low interest loans for the repair or replacement of on-lot sewage disposal systems through the PennVest Homeowner Septic Program.
On Lot Disposal Systems (OLDS) Ordinance 212
The Township enacted an Ordinance to begin a management program for on-lot sewage systems on May 15, 2013, as per PA DEP regulations.
Ordinance 212 requires residents with on-lot septic systems to pump their systems once every three years. The current cycle began January 1, 2014 and ends on December 31, 2016. A copy of a pump out receipt must be submitted to the Township dated January 2013 until December 31, 2016, via mail, email, fax, or can be dropped off at the counter. Please include your Tax Map Parcel number (52- number at the top of the letter sent by the Township, or listed on your tax bill) and check that the correct street address is clearly visible on your receipt. For more information, please read the OLDS article that was published in the Spring 2014 newsletter.
Public Sewer Service
West Rockhill Township is primarily served by "on-lot" sewage disposal systems (OLDS), although public sewer systems service the southern and eastern portions of the Township. If you are served by public sewer service, you are served by one of these suppliers: Sewer and water service area map.
East Rockhill Township 215-257-9156
Sellersville Borough 215-257-5075
Telford Borough Authority 215-723-5000
Perkasie Borough Authority 215-257-3654
Do I need a Permit to install a new on-lot sewage system?
Yes. The Bucks County Department of Health requires a permit. Please contact them at: 215-536-6500
The Township requires a review for any new sewage system as well as the establishment of a Professional Escrow Account. A Maintenance Fee and Maintenance Agreement are also required to assure that the new system in maintained in proper working order. Please call the Township at 215-257-9063 for more information.
On-Lot Sewage Disposal Systems Every homeowner with an on-lot sewage disposal system should be aware of what type of system they have, understand its operation, and know how to maintain it properly. The best designed and properly installed sewage disposal system will still malfunction if the homeowner does not properly operate and maintain the system. In addition to requiring costly repairs, malfunctioning systems can contaminate surface and groundwaters, cause various health problems, and spread disease, as well as create unsightly messes and foul odors when raw sewage surfaces in the yard or backs up into the home. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a website called Septic Smart for more information. West Rockhill Township recommends that your septic system be inspected and cleaned at least once every three years.
How an Onlot (Septic) System Functions
Sewage flows to the septic tank, where the primary treatment process takes place. In the tank, the heaviest matter settles to the bottom (forming sludge) and the lighter matter (scum) floats on top of a somewhat clear liquid called effluent. While the sludge and scum must be pumped out regularly, the clear liquid flows out of the tank to a distribution box or dosing tank, and is then directed to the absorption area by gravity flow or through pressurized pipes. Within the absorption area, this effluent exits through pipes into a layer of gravel and then percolates through the soil for additional treatment. The bacteria in the soil neutralizes many of the contaminants in the wastewater.
Signs of an onlot system in trouble include:
Conserving Water and Reducing Wasteflow
Conserving water and reducing the amount of wasteflow from household activities is an important step to ensuring long-term use. The more water-using devices in a household, the greater the burden is on the onlot system.
Following are some helpful water conservation tips and a comparison of water usage between conventional fixtures versus water-saving fixtures:
Pumping Your Septic Tank
In Pennsylvania, specific tank sizes are generally based on the number of bedrooms in the home because the number of bedrooms is an indicator of household size. For example, a home with three bedrooms must have a 900 gallon or larger septic tank. The more bedrooms, the larger the septic tank.
Your toilet is Not A Trash Can
Remember, what goes into your toilet and drains may eventually end up back in your drinking water. So instead of using caustic toilet bowl cleaners or bleach, try mild detergent or baking soda or one half cup of borax per gallon of water.
Also NEVER flush bulky, hard to decompose items such a sanitary napkins, diapers, paper towels, cigarette filters, plastics, eggshells, bones or coffee grounds down the toilet because they can clog the system.