Effective Jan. 1, 2022, the Township of Marion will begin implementation of an On-lot Sewage Management Program (SMP). The general intent is to require everyone who owns a building served by an on-lot sewage system to maintain that system properly and have repairs made as needed to keep the system functioning correctly, thereby minimizing groundwater pollution and environmental health hazards that result from a malfunctioning sewage system.
Pennsylvania law dictates that all municipalities are ultimately responsible for assuring that the sewage systems within their borders are properly maintained. In order to address this responsibility, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) strongly encourages municipalities to adopt ordinances that provide for on-lot sewage management programs.
Marion Township’s SMP was the direct result of DEP concerns with the conditions of on-lot sewage systems throughout the Township. Marion Township was required to undertake an Official Sewage Facilities Plan (Act 537 Plan) to address all areas of the Township not served by public sewer. The Marion overall Act 537 Plan determined that for all lots not currently served by public sewers, existing on-lot sewage systems may continue in use, subject to adoption and implementation of a SMP.
The Township must annually report the SMP data to DEP. If DEP determines that the conditions of on-lot sewage systems in certain neighborhoods do not warrant continued use of the systems, DEP may, at any time, require the Township of Marion to complete additional Act 537 planning – this may require consideration of public sewers to serve these areas.
We have prepared a booklet titled "Property Owners' On-Lot Sewage Management Program Guidance". The booklet contains important information about on-lot sewage disposal and property owners' responsibilities. You may find the booklet in the SMP Downloads links or click the title above. You will most likely find the answers you are seeking in the booklet and the provided links. If you can't find what you are looking for or if you have any questions or need assistance, please feel free to call or email us and we will respond in a timely manner. All of our contact information can be found on the Bio/Contact Us page of this site.