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Sanitary Sewer System

March 28, 2018 - Update by Board President Daniel B. Norris about the Request for Bids for the Sale of the Township's Sanitary Sewer System, at the Commissioners' legislative meeting.


"After a long and thorough competitive bid process, which took many months, we received one bid. The other bidders advised us at the bid due date and time that they had determined not to bid. The bid submitted was from Aqua and it was accompanied by a very positive and encouraging letter. Our consultant team is not very surprised and they are not concerned about getting one bid as they feel it is very competitive, taking into account the nature of and complex issues with Cheltenham Township’s sanitary sewer collection system, previous professional estimates of value, and bids received by other municipalities over the past couple of years.

Nevertheless, we need to allow our consultant team to perform their due diligence and evaluate the Aqua bid, which will not be publicly disclosed this evening, in order for them to conduct a financial analysis that will be used to make a public presentation for future consideration and make a decision on which direction we may want to go. We will be in a position to announce the bid result next week at the April 4th Public Works Committee meeting and at the time we will also announce the date and time of a separate meeting when the topic of the sewer system will be discussed in greater depth."


March 6, 2018 - Controlled drilling and blasting for the Sanitary Sewer Interceptor A Project has been scheduled on Tuesday, March 6  between 11AM and 1PM west of New Second Street on Tookany Creek Parkway.  See below for more information on controlled blasting and the sanitary sewer system project.


Feb 8, 2018 - Controlled drilling and blasting for the Sanitary Sewer Interceptor A Project has been scheduled on Tuesday, Feb 13 near Carter Lane and Tookany Creek Parkway.  See below for more information on controlled blasting and the sanitary sewer system project.

Jan 31, 2018 - Third Controlled Drilling/Blasting Now Scheduled on Thursday, Feb 1 between 11AM & 1PM. See below for more info.
Jan 30, 2018 - Third Controlled Drilling/Blasting on Tuesday, Jan 30 DELAYED


The third controlled drilling and blasting for the Sanitary Sewer Interceptor A Project that was delayed by rain has been tentatively rescheduled on Tuesday, Jan 30. The work will occur behind the Fire Training Center along Tookany Creek Parkway and may include areas within the creek in Cheltenham.

Very little vibration or concussion was reported during the first two controlled blastings, which successfully fractured massive rock formations that had resisted mechanical measures including heavy duty quarry/mining equipment.

For the third blasting, the contractor will again comply with all of the requirements under the permits of both the Cheltenham Township Fire Marshal and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Mining. See information below for more details on the drilling and blasting.

January 19, 2018 - Third Controlled Drilling/Blasting Scheduled on Jan 23 DELAYED DUE TO RAIN FORECAST.

A third controlled drilling & blasting for the Sanitary Sewer Interceptor A Project has been scheduled on Tuesday, Jan 23. The work will occur behind the Fire Training Center along Tookany Creek Parkway and may include areas within the creek in Cheltenham.

Very little vibration or concussion was reported during the first two controlled blastings, which successfully fractured massive rock formations that had resisted mechanical measures including heavy duty quarry/mining equipment. For the third blasting, the contractor must again comply with all of the requirements under the permits of both the Cheltenham Township Fire Marshal and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Mining.  See more information about drilling and blasting below.


January 17, 2018 - The controlled drilling & blasting scheduled on Jan 16 was DELAYED due to inclement weather.  It has been rescheduled for Thursday, Jan 18 between 11AM and Noon.

January 11, 2018 - Second Controlled Drilling & Blasting Scheduled for the Sanitary Sewer Interceptor A Project on Tuesday, Jan 16 between 10AM & 1PM (approximately).

Because of a massive rock formation in the project area to replace Interceptor “A” in Cheltenham Township’s sanitary sewer system, officials have planned a second controlled drilling and blasting on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. The work is scheduled to occur approximately between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. behind the Fire Training Center along Tookany Creek Parkway and may include areas within the creek in Cheltenham.


Like the first controlled blasting, which successfully fractured rock that had resisted mechanical measures including heavy duty quarry/mining equipment, the blasting contractor must comply with all of the requirements under the permits of both the Cheltenham Township Fire Marshal and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Mining. Blasts will be developed to minimize ground vibrations and offer the minimal risk possible to surrounding structures. The contractor will conduct pre-blast surveys of all buildings located within 200 feet of a blast area. For safety, each blast will be preceded by a security check of the blast area to prevent unauthorized entry, then a series of warning whistles. Similar to the first effort, seismographs will be deployed to track the amount of disturbance, which is again expected to be largely undetectable to the local residents.

 

For more information, contact the blasting contractor Hayduk Enterprises, Inc., at 800-542-5352.


For more information on controlled blasting, see "December 1, 2017 - Information about Potential Controlled Drilling & Blasting for Interceptor A" and  PADEP Blasting Information Sheet




December 5, 2017 - Controlled Drilling & Blasting Utilized for the Sanitary Sewer Interceptor A Project between 10AM & 11AM on Friday, Dec 8.

Cheltenham Township’s project to replace Interceptor “A” in the sanitary sewer system has hit a rock, literally, significantly delaying the project. The Township’s contractor, R-III Construction, Inc., has exhausted a variety of increasingly more aggressive mechanical measures, including the use of heavy duty quarry/mining equipment, without success to remove a massive rock formation from the worksite near the Fire Training Center along Tookany Creek Parkway in Cheltenham. Consequently, controlled drilling and blasting will be utilized to remove the rock between 10AM and 11AM on Friday, December 8.


The blasting is permitted by both the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Mining, and the Cheltenham Township Fire Marshal. Blasts will be developed to minimize ground vibrations and offer the greatest protection possible to surrounding structures. Each blast will be preceded by a security check of the blast area to prevent unauthorized entry, then a series of warning whistles.
The extent of the rock formation within the Interceptor “A” project area is not known and the contractor will conduct surveys in the area to determine whether blasting will be required in additional areas along the Interceptor “A” project area. Residents with buildings located within 200 feet of a blast area will be contacted prior to any blast as the contractor is required to conduct pre-blast surveys.


For more information, contact the blasting contractor Hayduk Enterprises, Inc., at 800-542-5352.


December 1, 2017 - Information about Potential Controlled Drilling & Blasting for Interceptor A (PADEP Blasting Information Sheet)

To replace Interceptor A of sanitary sewer system, the Township’s contractor, R-III Construction, has undertaken numerous and exhaustive mechanical measures to remove rock from the location of the new sanitary sewer main; however; the rock has continued to be extremely difficult to remove and has significantly slowed the progress of the project. Mechanical means have included:
  • An 8,000 lb. hammer on a 100,000 lb. machine;
  • A 12,000 lb. hammer on a 120,0000 lb. machine;
  • A 14,0000 lb. hammer on a 130,000 lb. machine;
  • A drilling rig to drill holes to fracture the rock;
  • A 16,0000 lb. hammer on a 150,0000 lb. machine which is mining/quarry grade equipment.

Controlled drilling and blasting may be needed to remove the rock. If it is needed, nearby residents will be notified prior to the date and the following standards will be followed:

  • The drilling and blasting process must be permitted through and follow PADEP requirements as well as following the International Fire Code.
  • Emphasis will be on the safe and efficient removal of the rock existing on this project without impact to surrounding structures. Blasts will be developed so as to create adequate relief which will minimize ground vibrations and offer the greatest protection possible to the surrounding structures. In most cases individuals will not know the blasting has even occurred. Blasting will comply with the PA DEP regulations that are in place to protect all building components including plaster-on-lath. Where buildings are located within 200 feet of the blast area, a pre-blast survey of the building will be conducted. Property owners will be notified prior to the survey.
  • Blasting cannot be conducted at times different from those announced in the blasting schedule except in emergency situations, such as electrical storms or public safety required unscheduled detonation.
  • Warning and all-clear signals of different character that are audible within a range of one-half mile from the point of the blast shall be given. All persons within the permit area shall be notified of the meaning of the signals through appropriate instructions and signs posted.
  • Access to blasting area shall be regulated to protect the public from the effects of blasting. Access to the blasting area shall be controlled to prevent unauthorized entry before each blast and until the perimeter's authorized representative has determined that no unusual circumstances exist after the blast. Access to and travel in or through the area can then safely resume.
  • Each blast will be preceded by a security check of the affected area and then a series of warning whistles. Communications will be made with job site supervisors and local officials as required to ensure the safest possible operation. All personnel in the vicinity closest to the blast area will be warned. The warning whistles will follow the following sequence:
  • 2 Whistles - 2 Minutes to Blast
  • 1 Whistle - 1 Minute to Blast
  • 3 Short Whistles - All Clear
The blast site will be examined by the blaster prior to the all clear signal to determine that it is safe to resume work. No blast will be fired until the area has been secured and determined safe.
  •  All blasting will be performed in compliance with Federal, State, and Local regulations, including transportation and storage of explosives. Blasting, explosive-handling, and monitoring operations will be conducted in accordance with the latest Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards, 29 CFR 1926.900 – 1926.914 and, Occupational Health and Safety, Chapter 17 Paragraphs 77.551 through 77.965, Chapter 210 Use of Explosives and Chapter 211 Storage, Handling and Use of Explosives.

Questions may be directed to the blasting contractor Hayduk Enterprises, Inc. 1-800-542-5352


November 2017 - Discussion of Potential Sale or Lease of Sanitary Sewer System

Cheltenham Township Commissioners discussed the status of the investigation into the potential lease or sale of the Township’s sanitary sewer system during the Public Works Committee meeting on Wednesday, November 1, 2017.  PowerPoint Presentation


Earlier this year Cheltenham officials solicited “requests for qualifications” from competent agencies to explore potentially selling or leasing the township’s sanitary sewer system. Three agencies responded: Aqua Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania American Water, and Bucks County Water and Sewer. The Public Works Committee will discuss the long-term financial implications of these options and may recommend that staff draft a bid solicitation for the sale of the system. Soliciting formal bids would be the next step in the process but would not commit the commissioners to any action.


Any committee recommendation will be considered for official action during the Board of Commissioners legislative session on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at Curtis Hall beginning at 7:30 p.m.


September 2017 - Tookany Creek Parkway Closure Extended to Jenkinton Road

Beginning Monday, September 11, the Tookany Creek Parkway road closure will extend to the section between Beryl Road and Jenkintown Road, meaning the parkway will be closed between Central Avenue and Jenkintown Road. The expanded closure is needed to accommodate the progress of the sanitary sewer project to replace Interceptor A. Weather permitting, construction of this section is expected to be completed by October 31, after which this entire section of roadway will be reopened.

September 2017 - Tookany Creek Parkway & Recreational Facilities Closed 24/7

To protect public safety, Cheltenham Township officials have now completely closed the Tookany Creek Parkway and all adjacent recreational facilities 24/7 during the sanitary sewer project to replace Interceptor A at that location.

Motor vehicles, pedestrians, joggers, bikers, etc., may not access the roadway or adjacent parks and trails at any time until further notice. Barriers have been installed on Tookany Parkway at Beryl Road and Central Avenue to prevent admittance.

When the sanitary sewer project first began a couple weeks ago, access was allowed during evenings and weekends. However, the continuing excavation has made the project area too dangerous to permit access at any time.

No public is permitted on the pedestrian trail/path on both sides of the creek between Jenkintown Road and Central Avenue, in the Tookany Park Playground, on Veterans Fields or in the Kleinheinz Pond parking lot. These full-time closures will remain in effect for numerous weeks until this section of the sanitary sewer replacement project is completed.

As previously noted, Gimbel Field off Harrison Avenue remain closed to the public for the duration of the entire replacement project, which is expected to take 12 months.

SEE UPDATE ABOVE  August 2017 -   (Closures during Interceptor A Replacement Project)

To protect public safety, Cheltenham Township officials announce closures affecting the Tookany Creek Parkway and several adjacent recreational facilities during the sanitary sewer project to replace Interceptor A.

While the contractor is conducting work, typically from 7AM to 5:30PM on Mondays through Fridays, no motor vehicles, pedestrians, joggers, bikers, etc., are permitted on the parkway. In addition, no public is permitted on the pedestrian trail/path on both sides of the creek between Jenkintown Road and Central Avenue, in the Tookany Park Playground, on Veterans Fields or in the Kleinheinz Pond parking lot. The public may use these facilities on weekends and in the evenings after the contractor has left but should keep well away from all construction equipment and from any excavation sites covered with steel plates. These closures will remain in effect until this section of the sanitary sewer replacement project is completed, which is expected to take 6 to 8 weeks.

In addition, Gimbel Field off Harrison Avenue will be closed to the public for the duration of the entire replacement project, which is expected to take 12 months.


July 2017 - Replacement of Interceptor A Begins

Cheltenham Township began a 12-month project to replace nearly four miles of its public sanitary sewer system, called Interceptor A, between Old York Road and Central Avenue. Updates on the project work schedule and weekday detours will regularly be posted online.

July 2017 - Exploring Sale or Lease of Sanitary Sewer System

In April 2017, the Board of Commissioners authorized a Request for Qualifications to explore alternate management scenarios – including the potential sale or lease – of the Township sanitary sewer system. This step does not commit the Township to any action. It simply explores possible alternatives for the future operation of the system.


Three qualifying respondents, Aqua Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania American Water, and Bucks County Water and Sewer Authority, are under review and may be invited to submit a formal proposal. If any proposal presents a desirable option, the Board of Commissioners would discuss the pros and cons at public meetings before taking an action.

April 2017 - Plumbers List

In response to requests from community residents, Cheltenham Township officials prepared a list of plumbing contractors who have a track record of completing lateral repair work competently and fairly in the community. 



January 2017 - Evaluation of Sanitary Sewer Mains & Laterals Begins

Cheltenham Township began an eight-year program to conduct a community-wide evaluation of its sanitary sewer system the week of January 30, 2017. Starting in the Cheltenham Village and Glenside neighborhoods, the evaluation will include televising all Township-owned sanitary sewer mains, plus cleaning and joint repairs where indicated. The goal is to identify and eliminate sources of extraneous water entering the system, which is nearly 100 years old in sections. This excess water strains the capacity of the sanitary sewer system, which increases the costs for this vital service and can cause sewer overflows that damage property and the environment.


As the evaluation starts in other areas of the community, those residents will be notified by letter with an approximate timeframe for the work. Click here for more on the project and the projected work schedules in Cheltenham Village and Glenside.


December 2016 - Sanitary Sewer System Evaluations Authorized

In December 2016, the Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the adoption of Ordinance#2336-16 regulating private sanitary sewer laterals and prohibiting the introduction of extraneous water into the sanitary sewer system. It is the first part of a two part program. This ordinance authorizes the Township to evaluate sewer laterals. The second part of the program will cover repairing and/or replacing damaged or defective laterals. The Township will conduct community meetings when ready to move forward with the second part of the program, anticipated sometime in 2017.


In late 2016 the Township awarded two contracts that will include the evaluation of private sewer laterals to the extent accessible to the contractors -- in addition to evaluation of the public sewer mains -- in both the Cheltenham Village and Glenside areas beginning in early 2017. Property owners in these areas (residential, commercial and institutional) will receive notification of the pending evaluations.



September 2016

Community Meeting on September 28, 2016 at the Cheltenham High School Little Theater

Handouts

Presentations

Meeting Video


August 2016

In response to a Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) order, Cheltenham Township officials are working diligently to explore multiple approaches to resolve defects in sanitary sewer mains and laterals.


The issues are the direct result of an aging infrastructure, with some sections of the approximately 120 miles of sewer collection system approaching the century mark. Over time, pipes can crack or break, joints can separate, and tree roots can cause blockages. Mortar in brick manholes also can deteriorate, and rims can be dislodged.


When these conditions occur, clean rain and ground water sometimes can enter the sanitary sewage system, inflating the cost of treating sewage or overwhelming the system. If the problem is left uncorrected, sewage can back up into homes and businesses.


The Township is exploring several options to resolve the situation. Initially, we were focusing our efforts on relining and replacement projects in the sewer mains. However, the DEP is pressing the Township to place priority on private laterals – the small, privately owned lines that connect homes, businesses and institutions to the sanitary sewer mains.

So in May 2016, the Public Works Committee reviewed a draft ordinance designed to establish an inspection and repair requirement for sewer laterals.  There are several possible approaches for such an ordinance:

  • Require sewer lateral inspection and repair whenever a property is sold or transferred. All of our sewage runs through Philadelphia to the Northeast Treatment Plant, so the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) is substantially involved in this issue. In response to concerns raised by residents, the Commissioners decided to consider a point-of-sale ordinance. However, in a meeting on August 3, both DEP and PWD said this approach would take too long to achieve significant results.
  • Begin inspections for both the mains and laterals this fall but defer any required lateral repairs until next spring or up to 16 months following the inspection. For this approach, a list of certified plumbers and local financial assistance options would be compiled to help affected property owners.
  • Inspect and repair only sewer mains and adjacent lateral connections in the public right of way starting this fall.
  • In addition, the Township is considering various alternatives for financing the work.

First, please know that we are very sensitive to the concerns of our residents regarding this matter.  It is important to note that property owners have always been responsible for the maintenance and repair of their sewer laterals. This is not a new requirement that is being instituted with the proposed ordinance. 


Second – and contrary to information that has been presented in the media – the Township has been implementing corrective action to protect and repair the vital infrastructure since 2005. Prior to crafting an action plan, the Township employed contractors to inspect the main sanitary sewer lines, using a device with a small camera designed to find defects. The device was also able to immediately grout small cracks. Larger problems in the infrastructure were noted for later repair.


Additionally, the Township launched a sump pump inspection campaign to locate and remove any sump pumps that were illegally connected to the sanitary sewer from homes, businesses or institutions.


Efforts were again increased in 2010 following the heavy spring rains and high water table that was created by the winter snow melt, which when combined, overwhelmed the system. It was at this time that the Township was fined by the DEP. Soon afterwards, a sanitary sewer bypass, known locally as “the black pipe,” was installed as a temporary solution while more permanent repairs were being completed.


In both 2010 and 2012, the Township also presented the DEP with updated, corrective action plans that were developed with the assistance of BCM Engineers. The plans included ordinances and the requirement to rehabilitate and replace some private laterals that connect homes, businesses and other structures to the sanitary sewer system.


From 2013 until now, Arro Consulting Inc. worked to complete a comprehensive draft of an Act 537 Sewage Facilities Plan, which will establish waste planning for the community’s current and future needs.

The Township has also completed the first phase of major upgrades to Sewer Interceptor A (a sewer main) by lining 11,000 linear feet between Rices Mill and Old York Roads. Our next step will be to replace 3.75 miles of Interceptor A between Old York Road and Central Avenue. This work originally was scheduled for this past spring but had to be postponed when the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission determined an archaeological and geomorphic study of the area was required before a water encroachment permit could be issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  While the study unearthed a few pre-contact Native American relics, the discovery will not derail the project, which is now expected to begin in late fall or early 2017.


The Township is working diligently to review all options and to resolve the issue in a manner that is both fiscally responsible and beneficial to the whole community, including the possible sale of the sanitary sewer system outright to an independent sewer authority.  Please know that no decisions will be made in haste without the opportunity for input from our residents.

For that reason, the Township held a special Community Meeting dedicated solely to the issue of the inspection and repair of sewer laterals on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. at CHELTENHAM HIGH SCHOOL (Little Theater). 500 Rices Mill Road in Wyncote.


June 2016

Township DELAYS REVIEW OF SEWER LATERAL INSPECTION PROGRAM ORDINANCE

In response to feedback and concerns from residents, Cheltenham Township officials have postponed consideration of a proposed ordinance regarding a township-wide inspection program of its sanitary sewer system including sewer laterals.


The Township is exploring other potential approaches to addressing the problem of defects in sewer mains and laterals allowing stormwater into the sanitary sewer system. At best, such stormwater unnecessarily inflates sewage treatment costs; at worst, it may overwhelm the system, causing sewage to backup into homes and businesses or out of manholes. The Township continues to receive significant pressure from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to address defects in sewer laterals, which DEP believes is a significant cause of stormwater entering the system. 
Under consideration is an ordinance that requires a sewer lateral inspection and repair when a property is sold or transferred.

Another possibility is proceeding with an inspection and repair of the sewer mains this fall under the currently proposed ordinance but deferring any action required of property owners to make repairs of defects in laterals until next spring. Both types of ordinances may work together.
To learn when the matter will be discussed at a future meeting,  sign up to receive E-Notifications of meeting agendas; monitor www.facebook.com/CheltenhamTownship; or watch Channel 42 (Comcast) or 1960 (Verizon).


May 2016

Presented AND TABLED at the Public Works Committee meeting in May 2016: Proposed Ordinance on regulating private sanitary sewer lateral maintenance, correction, replacement and repair


History of Township Sanitary Sewer System
• Collection system consists of approx. 120 miles of 8” to 33” diameter pipes which convey sewage to Philadelphia for treatment.
• Much of the Collection system is nearly 90 years old.
• Most of the Collection system is made of Vitrified Clay Pipe.
• Over time, the pipes can crack or break, pipe joints can become separated, tree roots can intrude into the system causing blockages.
• Brick manholes can lose bricks through the deterioration of mortar, and manhole rims can become dislodged.
• Inflow and Infiltration (I/I) becomes a problem.
  - Inflow is the direct flow of stormwater into the sanitary sewer such as through sump pumps, area drains and roof drains or the direct flow of stormwater into the top of an open manhole.
  - Infiltration is groundwater entering the sanitary sewer through cracks, open joints, and other defects in a pipe or manhole.

Why is it I/I a problem?
• I/I costs the Township money to treat at the treatment plant.
• I/I takes up valuable space in the treatment plant.
• I/I takes up valuable space in the Township’s Collection System.
• When the capacity of the Township’s Collection System is taken up by I/I, there may not be enough room for the actual sanitary sewer flows. This can cause the flows to leave the pipes and manholes and go into people’s homes or onto the ground or into the streams. These are SSOs (Sanitary Sewer Overflows).

Regulatory Actions on the Township’s Sanitary Sewer System
• 2005 – The first Corrective Action Plan (CAP) was developed to reduce I/I in the system.
• 2005 – An inspection program for illegal sump pump connections was started.
• 2006 – PADEP required the Township to enter into a Consent Order and Agreement due to excessive SSOs.
• 2010 – Temporary sanitary sewer bypass pipe (the “black snake”) was installed to accommodate I/I flows and reduce SSOs until system repairs are made.

Repairs Completed/Planned on the Township’s Sanitary Sewer System
• Various repairs have been performed on the system since at least 2000.
• Repairs have intensified in nature since 2011 with pipe replacements and pipe re-lining.
• Updated Corrective Action Plans (CAP) were prepared in 2010 and 2012 per PADEP. A CAP revision is underway for 2016 with oversight from PADEP and PWD.
• Per the 2016 CAP, neighborhood sanitary sewer rehabilitation projects are set to start in late 2016.
• Interceptor A, Phases 2A, 2B, 3, and part of 4 is scheduled for replacement in 2017.

Sewer mains and manholes are only part of the issue. The other piece is the Private Sanitary Sewer Lateral.

What is the Private Sanitary Sewer Lateral?
• Typically a 4-inch diameter pipe from the structure to the sewer main.
• Carries wastewater from toilets, tubs, washer, kitchen, etc. from the structure to the sewer main.
• Most property owners don’t think about their lateral until there is a blockage in the pipe.

Reasons for a Saintary Sewer Lateral Maintenance and report Ordinance
• Laterals are usually as old as the structure they serve.
• They are usually made of Cast Iron Pipe (CIP) which corrodes over time.
• DEP has found that as much as 75% of a system’s I/I can be coming in through private laterals.

What does the Ordinance mean to Property Owners?
• The Township will be undertaking intensive neighborhood sanitary sewer repair projects for the next 8 years.
• Part of these projects will involve using a small camera to look into the Township’s collection system and into the private laterals.
• Using the camera, we will be able to see cracks, joint separation, roots, broken pipes, illegal connections, etc., that are causing I/I to enter into the Township’s sewer system.

Where will the neighborhood sewer work take place?
• The work will take place throughout the entire Township over the course of the next 8 years. All neighborhoods will be addressed.
• The first 4 project areas have been identified based on high flows in wet weather.
• Additional specific project areas will be identified as work progresses.
• See maps below. NOTE: These are general project area depictions. The actual work locations will be finalized and released prior to the bidding of the contracts for the work.

What actions should Property Owners undertake prior to the Sanitary Sewer Lateral inspection?
• Permanently disconnect and remove any and all downspout, gutter, sump pump, area drain, yard drain, hose and other connections to the sanitary sewer system conveying drainage, rainwater, surface water and/or groundwater. These types of connections are currently illegal and will remain illegal in the future.
• Look into the use of rain gardens, rain barrels and/or the disbursement of collected rain water over a large lawn area as an acceptable substitute for the above.
• Replace any missing clean out and/or vent cap on your property.
• Report any damaged or missing manhole covers on your property.
• Avoid placing objects which are not water-soluble in the sanitary sewer system. Other than septic-safe toilet tissue, no other objects should be placed in the toilet except human bodily discharge. Feminine hygiene products and disposable diapers should not be placed in the toilet. Clearing obstructions from the private sanitary sewer lateral are the responsibility of the private property owner.

Options that May help Defray the Cost of Private Lateral Sewer Repairs
Homeowners may consider entering into a maintenance plan with a company such as HomeServe®*, which offers plans for repair/replacement service for private lateral lines. Discount rates are available for AARP members and disadvantaged homeowners. See HomeServe USA website* for more information.

*NOTE: Cheltenham Township is not affiliated with HomeServe®. HomeServe® has a relationship with Aqua America, Inc. They have no relationship or agreement with Cheltenham Township. The Township is not a sponsor of HomeServe®. HomeServe® made a presentation at a Township meeting for informational purposes only. There is no requirement for any property owner in the Township to enter into an agreement with or pay anything to HomeServe® or to any similar service provider. Such services are an option that some may consider.

Township staff is working with a few local banks to explore low-interest loans at better than usual rates. More information will follow as those products are developed in the coming months. The loans could be available for both residential and non-residential (commercial, institutional) properties, too.
Public Works Committee
The Public Works Committee has been reviewing sanitary sewer system issues for several years and now features monthly updates.

Click here for Public Works Committee agendas and minutes.
 
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