Penn State Extension hosts a monthly webinar series on topics related to water issues for homeowners, gardeners, water professionals, youth educators, and more. Here you can find links to previously recorded webinars that were focused on topics related to septic systems. They are free of charge for you to watch.
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.
Examples of Alternate systems include: Steep Slope Elevated Sand Mounds, Drip Disposal, Chamber Systems, and Peat Filters (PA Department of Environmental Protection, 2002).
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.
Fact sheets on a variety of on-site wastewater treatment systems
The purpose of this factsheet is to provide understanding and guidance to homeowners with on-lot wastewater disposal systems about how to keep their systems healthy.
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.
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 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 inform homeowners about how to obtain low-cost financing for the improvement, repair or replacement of their existing on-lot sewage disposal systems.
The purpose of this fact sheet is to introduce and provide information about the many Secondary Treatment Filters approved for use in On-Lot Wastewater Systems in Pennsylvania.
The purpose of this fact sheet is to introduce and provide information about the Hydraulic Load Test, which is included as a component of the PSMA On-Lot Wastewater Inspection (Fact Sheet F-166) often employed to protect both the home buyer and home seller during real estate transactions.
The purpose of this fact sheet is to introduce and provide information about the filters designed to be placed within the exit baffle of a septic tank.
Realtors are involved in most real estate transfers. They either represent the buyer or the seller, or both. When the property in question contains an on-lot wastewater disposal system the buyer should demand that the on-lot disposal system be inspected as part of the “home inspection” process. This fact sheet is designed to help realtors understand who should conduct these inspections and what outcomes to expect.