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Frequently Asked Questions

Questions and Answers

Quincy Township

Septic Tank Pumping Program

 

 

 

1.       Q.   Now that I have received this notice, what should I do?

  1. Determine when you want to have your tank pumped, talk with your neighbors to determine if any are interested in joining together to use one hauler to save money, find your septic tank opening, contact a few haulers to determine the best rates, have the tank pumped, and finally, provide or have the hauler provide proof of the pumping to the Township office.

 

2.       Q.   What should I do if I can’t find my septic tank opening?

  1. Discuss this problem with your selected hauler to determine what it will cost to find the opening. 

 

3.       Q.   What do I do if there is not a septic tank in my system?

  1. Call the Township office and arrange for the Township’s Sewage Enforcement Officer, Jim Maun, to visit your property to discuss your options.  A repair permit from the Township will be required.

 

4.       Q.   If I currently pump my tank every year, should I stop?

  1. No.  This ordinance requires every septic tank to be pumped at least once every five years.  Pumping more often, especially if required to keep your system working properly, is not affected by this ordinance.

 

5.       Q.   How much will this cost and who do I pay?

  1. The haulers will set their own rates.  That is why we are suggesting that you call a few of the haulers on the list and compare prices.  You will pay the hauler directly for their services.  In addition, an administrative fee of $25.00 will be due to Quincy Township.

 

6.       . Q.   I have used the same on-lot system for thirty years and have never had it pumped.  Why                should I have to start pumping it now?   

A.      According to Penn State University, an unmaintained septic tank is no longer protecting the soil absorption field from solids.  In plain language, property owners with unmaintained systems to some degree or another are polluting both their own and their neighbors’ ground water.  Since most Township properties with on-lot systems also have on-lot wells, the need for regular maintenance is extremely important for the health and safety of everyone’s water.

 

 

7.        Q.   Should I mark the top of my tank so that I can easily find it in five years when my tank will need to be pumped again?

A.   The ordinance requires each property owner to place a permanent marker in the ground or adjacent

                to the septic tank lid (if the lid is not extended to the ground surface) for ease of locating the

                opening in the future.