The purpose of this fact sheet is to explain biomats found in on-lot wastewater systems; why they develop, their characteristics, and how they can be aerobically digested restoring the absorption area to its former functional condition.
The purpose of this fact sheet is to shed light on why septic tanks fill up with solids and why and how often septic tanks should be pumped to keep them operating properly.
For most people living in rural areas, collection, treatment, and disposal of sewage must be accomplished on site. A malfunctioning on-lot system results in sewage backup in the household, untreated sewage emerging at the land surface and/or groundwater degradation.
Proper design and operation of an on-lot sewage system hinges on the ability of the soil to absorb and renovate the wastewater flowing from the treatment tank.
The purpose of this fact sheet is to explain what an elevated sand mound is and how, on sites requiring sand mound absorption areas smaller than 2500 square feet, they should be constructed and maintained.
The purpose of this fact sheet is to describe the components and function of on-lot wastewater systems and the regulatory system governing their use.
A PSMA/NOF On-Lot Wastewater System Inspection provides homeowners, sellers, or prospective buyers with information about on-lot system components and current operating conditions. The inspection Standards and procedures were developed by the Pennsylvania Septage Management Association (PSMA) and the National Onsite Wastewater Education and Research Foundation (NOF).
On-lot sewage disposal systems can fail. Septic tanks can become overloaded or absorption fields can clog. Leaching of untreated sewage can lead to contamination of nearby water wells.
The purpose of this fact sheet is to explain the components, function, and recommended maintenance of an Individual Residential Spray Irrigation System (or IRSIS). The IRSIS was developed and is designed for sites with certain restrictive soil conditions.
Examples of Alternate systems include: Steep Slope Elevated Sand Mounds, Drip Disposal, Chamber Systems, and Peat Filters (PA Department of Environmental Protection, 2002).
For most people living in rural areas, collection, treatment, and disposal of sewage must be accomplished on site.
The purpose of this fact sheet is to explain the components and function of the on-lot wastewater disposal systems known as At-Grade and Shallow At-Grade Systems.
The purpose of this fact sheet is to explain the components and function of the Alternate On-Lot Sewage Disposal System known as Drip Irrigation.
The local Sewage Enforcement Officer (SEO) focuses on system malfunctions. The PSMA certified septic tank inspector focuses on the overall well being and health of your system. On the surface these two purposes may sound similar, but they are not.
The purpose of this fact sheet is to introduce and provide information about aerobic treatment units (sometimes called activated sludge tanks). Aerobic treatment units (ATU) are a common method of biological treatment used in nearly all municipal wastewater treatment facilities.
The purpose of this fact sheet is to inform homeowners about how to obtain low-cost financing for the improvement, repair or replacement of their existing on-lot sewage disposal systems.
F-266. The purpose of this fact sheet is to explain the purpose, components and function of the Geotextile Sand Filter on-lot sewage disposal system known as the GSF System. Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has approved the use of GSF systems as a wastewater disposal method for on-lot sewage.
The purpose of this fact sheet is to introduce and provide information about the Drip-Irrigation Micro-Mound On-Lot Wastewater System, which is a method of distributing treatment tank (septic or aerobic) effluent to the natural soil. It is usually selected for installation in cases where the depth to the Limiting Zone is less than 20 inches.