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Sanitary Sewer Evaluation Project Begins
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An eight-year program to conduct a community-wide evaluation of the sanitary sewer system begins the week of January 30.
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.

In addition to evaluating the sewer mains, contractors will also televise the private sewer laterals that connect residential, commercial and institutional properties to the township system. Property owners will receive a DVD copy of the video evaluation of their sewer lateral along with a report. They will not have to correct any damage or deficiencies identified in the report at this time. However, later this year the Board of Commissioners expects to adopt an ordinance that will establish the requirements for property owners to repair or replace private sewer laterals found to be damaged or defective. Before finalizing the ordinance, the township will hold community meetings to solicit public input. (Sign up to receive Township email notifications.)

Two contractors are conducting the work in Cheltenham Village and Glenside. They may appear multiple times on the same neighborhood streets during the evaluation process. To ensure their equipment can reach the sanitary sewer system, temporary “No Parking” signs may be posted. No excavation of roads or private property is anticipated for this project.

As the evaluation starts in other areas of the community, those residents will be notified by letter with an approximate time frame for the work. Click here for more information about the sanitary sewer system program, including projected two-week work schedules in Cheltenham Village and Glenside


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