If you see WATER COMING OUT OF MANHOLES, please call 911.
Do not email your Commissioner or Township Manager because emails are not monitored 24/7.
Property owners are responsible for maintaining the sewer lateral line that runs from their home/business to the Township’s “main” sewer lines.
Tree roots are commonly attracted to lateral lines because of the abundance of water and nutrients in sewage. Roots can penetrate any crack or damaged joint. Once in the pipe, roots will expand until they fill all of the available space inside the pipe, which can lead to a sewer backup inside your house. The Township recommends that you schedule annual maintenance with your plumber to avoid a root problem.
During wet weather events, sewers are subject to infiltration and inflow (I & I). Surface water may enter the sewer via sump pumps, open vents or cracks in sewer pipes. Such excess water can overload the pipes and, in extreme cases, cause sewage to overflow from manholes or basement plumbing fixtures. Sump pumps in homes or businesses must be permanently piped out into a yard, seepage pit or storm drain, per Township Ordinance.
Cheltenham Public Works Department: Business hours, Monday – Friday, 7AM-3:30PMhwacker@cheltenham-township.org215-635-4600