The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the United States Environmental Protection Agency have both issued directives requiring us to remove inflow from our sanitary sewerage system. What is inflow? It can best be described as rainwater which enters the sanitary sewer system through the connection of the following to the sewers:
- Roof downspouts
- Sump pumps
- Yard/patio area drains
- Exterior stairway drains
- Floor drains in basements which flood during heavy rains
The discharge of rainwater into our sanitary sewer system can lead to the following:
- Sanitary sewer overflows into creeks and other waterways
- Basement backups
- Increased sewer system operational costs
- The necessity to construct expensive major capital improvements to carry the excess water
In response to the directives, the Western Lehigh municipalities, including our township, commenced work on a corrective action plan in 2010 entitled SCARP (Sewer Capacity And Reassurance Program) which has been designed to address the inflow problem.
What can you do to help?
You can assist with the following:
- Inspect your property for any of the connections listed above. If you have or find one of these connections and need assistance fixing it, please contact our Public Works Department at 610-966-4343 x 117.
- Cooperate with the Township personnel as they perform duties required by the program including possible inspections.
- Look for and read additional notices you may receive.
- Periodically check the Township website for program updates.
We look forward to your continuing cooperation as we proceed with the program.
SCARP Plan Update as of 09/27/2010