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Upper Makefield Township residents value preservation and believe it improves their quality of life. With tax dollars and individual actions, they support preservation of land, water, energy, and even history.
Upper Makefield does not offer public water or sewer in most areas of the township, so residents must carefully dispose of wastewater, especially from sewage systems. Improper wastewater disposal could result in contamination of your own water supply, and that of your neighbors.
On-lot Sewage System Requirements
All owners of on-lot sewage disposal systems are required to have their tanks emptied by a licensed hauler every 2-3 years depending on location. Please contact the Planning & Zoning Department at 215-968-2868 for specific requirements for your OLDS. After pumping the tank, the property owner must submit a copy of the hauler’s report to the Planning and Zoning Office.
Septic services in the area include:
|B & C Septic Service||215-257-8544|
|Bucks Mont Environmental, LLC||215-345-1238|
|Clemens Septic Service||215-723-2122|
|Franc Environmental, Inc.||215-997-0920|
|Stinky’s Septic Tank Pumping||609-466-5422|
|George Allen Wastewater Management||215-997-3299|
|McGovern Environmental, LLC||610-458-9333|
|Norbill Disposal Service||215-348-2123|
|Regional Septic Disposal||215-357-0963|
|Gary's Septic Service||215-766-1913|
As a rural, residential community, Upper Makefield’s residents are served mostly by on-lot sewage disposal systems and private wells. Public sewer and public water serve the 3 residential developments of Heritage Hills, Traditions, and Lakeside. The Dutchess Farm development is served by a centralized sewer system. The Enclave development is served by centralized water and sewer systems. The Township maintains these public facilities.
In accordance with the regulations of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the adequacy of both the public and private sewage disposal systems within the Township must be periodically reviewed. To do that requires formal, comprehensive updates to the Township’s PA Act 537 Sewage Facilities Plan, first adopted by Upper Makefield officials in 1978. By 2010, an increasing number of on-lot sewage disposal systems in several areas of the Township were determined by the Bucks County Health Department (BCHD) to be malfunctioning, creating potential public health concerns.
ACT 537 Update:
View the Final Act 537 Plan Update approved by the Dept. of Environmental Protection September 2015 (without Appendices) at this link.
Appendix A - 2013 Wasteload Management (Chapter 94 Reports) - Heritage Hills Wastewater Treatment Plant and Dutchess Farms Wastewater Treatment Plant)
Appendix B - On-Lot Sewage System Survey of Taylorsville Area (attachments to Appendix B available for review at the Upper Makefield Township Building)
Appendix C - On-Lot Sewage System Surveyof Dolington Area (attachments to Appendix C available for review at the Upper Makefield Township Building)
(D) OLDS Ordinance; (E) Stormwater Management Districts; (F) PA DEP Preliminary Treatment Requirements for Stream Discharge Effluent Disposal Alternatives; (G) On-Lot Treatment System Manufacturer Confirmation of Compliance with PA DEP Preliminary Treatment Requirements; (H) Proof of Public Notice (I) Plan Update Review Correspondence; (J) Municipal Adoption Resolution; (K) Plan content and Environmental Assessment Checklist
View Ordinance No. 311 amending Chapter 18, Part 1 of the Township Code,On-Lot Disposal System (OLDS) adopted by the Board of Supervisors November 15, 2016.
2016 Act 537 Plan Update Implementation Report
The Township has committed to implementing measures to address the short-term and long-term sewage disposal needs of two specific On-Lot Sewage Disposal System (OLDS) problem areas, identified as the Taylorsville and Dolington Areas within the Act 537 Plan Update.
The implementation of the Five-Year Planning Period Tasks included within the Implementation Schedule of the Act 537 Plan Update, focuses on addressing the short-term sewage disposal needs of both the Taylorsville and Dolington Areas of the Township. The OLDS Ordinance Amendment that was recently adopted by the Township includes additional provisions for property owner oversight and maintenance requirements in an effort to improve the performance of the existing OLDS in the Taylorsville and Dolington Areas.
The Township is also creating a database as part of the OLDS Conditions Monitoring Program within the Taylorsville and Dolington Areas that will be used to catalog and track property owner compliance with the new ordinance requirements and act as a repository for existing and new OLDS performance documentation
Township Staff will be able to use the Township’s existing GIS system to readily access OLDS data for any property in the Taylorsville and Dolington Areas and view compliance status as well as all known BCHD records, permits, and other OLDS related documents. The database will also have the capability to be continually updated with the annual OLDS inspection reports that are required by the OLDS Ordinance Amendment and track any noncompliant properties.
Efforts will also be made to increase property owner awareness of OLDS operation and maintenance requirements, particularly within the Taylorsville and Dolington Areas. Property owners will be encouraged to attend Township sponsored information sessions that will present the new OLDS monitoring and maintenance requirements and review procedures for compliance.
If you have questions now about your specific property, please call the Township Manager at 215-968-3340.
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