The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) regulates sewage disposal via the Pennsylvania Sewage Facilities Act (Act 537). Act 537 requires proper planning in all types of sewage disposal scenarios. Local municipalities are responsible for administering the Act 537 sewage facilities program. Municipalities are required to develop and implement comprehensive official plans that address existing sewage disposal problems, provide for the future sewage disposal needs of new land development and of the municipalities. D.L. Howell coordinates the sewage facilities planning modules through the local municipalities, public and/or private municipal authorities and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for all of our subdivision and land development projects.
On-Lot Sewage Disposal Sewage Facilities Planning Modules- A Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Sewage Facilities Application Mailer must be submitted to the PA DEP to determine the specific DEP forms which will be reviewed at the state level. Coordination with the County Health Department or Municipal Sewage Enforcement Officer must take place, as on-lot testing must typically be witnessed by one of the two. Upon completion of suitable testing, the Sewage Facilities Planning Module is then submitted to the local Health Department and Municipality for review, before being sent to DEP for final state review.
Public Sewer Sewage Facilities Planning Modules- Similar to On-lot Sewage Facilities Planning Modules, a Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Sewage Facilities Application Mailer must be submitted to the PA DEP to determine the specific DEP forms which will be reviewed at the state level. Coordinating agencies associated with Public Sewer Sewage Facilities Planning include the Municipality, Municipal Planning Commission, County Planning Commission, County Health Department (if applicable), Treatment Facility or Municipal Authority, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Pennsylvania Natural Diversity Inventory, and the Department of Environmental Protection. Coordination of all necessary agencies is essential to assembling a complete Public Sewer Sewage Facilities Planning Module.
D.L. Howell and Associates, Inc. has developed strong working relationships with Municipalities, County Health Departments, Treatment Facilities, Municipal Authorities, and PA DEP to produce permitting strategies that are timely and cost-efficient solutions for our clients.
Previous D.L. Howell & Associates PA DEP Planning Projects:
1201 Airport Road Associates – Sands Property – Proposed as part of this land development plan was 276 townhouse units, all utilizing public sewer in West Caln Township, Chester County. A pump station was designed within the confines of the site, due to site topography, to convey flow off-site to an existing sewer line. Through an inter-municipal agreement between neighboring Townships, the flow was conveyed from the site to the destination treatment facility.
The Quarry Property Land Development – LA Fitness, Olive Garden, Buffalo Wild Wings, Bank, and additional Restaurant – The land development project located in East Caln Township, Chester County was comprised of a bank, three restaurants, fitness center, associated parking, and stormwater management infrastructure. Through coordination with local and state agencies, D.L. Howell and Associates successfully obtained DEP approval for the 30,000(+) gallons per day estimated to be conveyed from the site.
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