Longswamp Township follows a cycle based system to ensure that all properties that are not connected to Topton Borough’s Water Authority have their septic system pumped out every 3 years. All rules and regulations of the SMP were enacted by the Board of Supervisors on December 12th, 2006 under Ordinance 2006-238. There are a total of 3 cycles across the Township, and each of the 3 cycles is assigned to a specific area in the Township. Those locations are as follows:
Cycle 1 is generally described as the area on the North side of State Street and Mountain Road bounded by the Township line on the East and bounded by the Township line and the Borough of Topton on the West.
Cycle 2 is generally described as (1) the area on the North side of State Street bounded by the Borough of Topton on the East and bounded by the Township line on the West and (2) the area on the South side of State Street bounded on the East by Centennial Road (from State Street to Woodside Avenue) and Woodside Avenue (from Centennial Road south to the Township line) and bounded on the West by the Township line.
Cycle 3 is generally described as the area on the South side of State Street and Mountain Road bounded on the East by the Township line and bounded on the West by Centennial Road (from State Street to Woodside Avenue) and Woodside Avenue (from Centennial Road south to the Township line).
Each cycle is given 1 year to pump out their septic system. Each cycle begins on July 1st and ends on June 30th. The current schedule for all 3 cycles is as follows:
- Cycle 1 – 7/1/21 through 6/30/22
- Cycle 2 – 7/1/22 through 6/30/23
- Cycle 3 – 7/1/24 through 6/30/24
The Township sends out postcards as reminders to property owners that their tanks need to be emptied when Cycles are due to be ending soon. The only responsibility that falls on the property owner is to reach out to a Township registered Hauler to come and empty the tank(s). All registered haulers are aware that they are responsible to submit the documentation to the Township. The documentation is a pumping record form in triplicate, and the Hauler, property owner and Township all receive a form.
If any work needs to be done on the physical septic system, such as repairs, modifications or a new tank, an On-Lot Sewage Permit (OLSP) & escrow agreement needs to be filled out and signed by the property owner and filed with the Township. These applications can be picked up at the Township office.
Please remember to get your tanks emptied out at least once every 3 years to avoid being put into violation of the Ordinance by the Township. If you have any questions or concerns about the Township’s SMP program, please contact the SMP administrator at 610-682-7388 x129.