Springfield Township’s PA Act 537 ordinance requires residents to pump their on-lot septic system once every three years. The township mailed reminder notices in December 2017 to approximately 500 households that are in violation of the ordinance.
Some board members favor another warning notice, and others are “okay with just issuing citations to gain compliance,” said Township Manager Mike Brown.
The ordinance states that residents who fail to produce a certification of completion could face a court-imposed fine of $600 per day plus court costs between $80 to $100.
Some opponents to the on-lot septic management ordinance maintain that it doesn’t accommodate people on fixed incomes or those with minimal sewage output.