Sewer Department

Sewer Engineer:
Dan Jageman
djageman@whitetownship.org

Sewage Enforcement Officer: 
Robert Ream
724.463.8585

SEWER TAP INFORMATION
The sewer permit fee is $1800 per EDU (Equivalent Dwelling Unit), which equals a sewage flow of 350 gallons per day.  Each dwelling unit requires a sewer permit regardless of sewage flow. For development other than residential, the sewer permit fee is based on the projected daily water usage divided by 350 x $1,800.

SEWER PERC TEST INFORMATION

ON-LOT SEWAGE
If you are in an area of White Township that does not have public sewers then you must have a sewage permit before a building permit can be issued. You may call the White Township Sewage Enforcement Officer (SEO) to discuss your specific needs. In general, if you plan on building a new home there are several steps involved in obtaining a sewage permit:

  1. The SEO will do a preliminary on-site visit to your proposed building site to do an evaluation for site suitability relative to soil mapping, slope and isolation distances.
  2. If there are no obvious “red flags” from the preliminary evaluation, you will be asked to fill out an Application for Sewage Permit. 
    You will then make an appointment with the SEO to conduct the soils testing. At least three business days prior to the appointment date you must call PA ONE CALL at 811 to notify utilities to mark any underground lines in the proposed dig area. This is required even if you know there are no underground utilities in the area. For the test pits you will need an experienced backhoe operator on site to dig the holes
  3. If the test pits are suitable, the SEO will schedule the percolation test as soon as possible, weather permitting. This test will be conducted by the SEO.
  4. The results of the percolation test; soils evaluation; proposed sewage flow and other site conditions will determine the type and size of the septic system you will need. The SEO will provide you with the design parameters for your system and you must contact a person that is competent in septic system design to provide one.
  5. If the design is satisfactory and there is no subdivision needed, a permit is issued. If a subdivision is required, the appropriate Sewage Planning Module will first need to be approved by the White Township Planning Commission, White Township Supervisors and DEP.

 

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