Forward Into the Future

Forward Township, Butler County Pennsylvania

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In the last few years our township has experienced a large increase in both residential and commercial development.  In addition, a number of residents have chosen to carry out improvements to their properties.  Both of these facts indicate that we are in the midst of economic and population growth.  For this reason, the Board of Supervisors feels that it should take this opportunity to remind all of us that there are several existing local ordinances designed to manage this growth.  These ordinances require residents and others planning certain projects to obtain permits and submit documentation for the approval of the Township and other county and state authorities.  At the present time, the Township requires, among others, building permits, sewage permits, driveway permits, and stormwater management permits.  The purpose of this letter is to provide some important information on two of these existing ordinances. If you are planning any improvement or construction project, including paving or modifying your existing driveway, please review the existing ordinances below.

Forward Township Stormwater Management Model Ordinance (#1 of 2011)

Streets and Access Management Ordinance (June 2006)

On-Lot Septic Systems Maintenance:

As you know, the vast majority of Forward Township residents are served by individual on-lot septic sewer systems. When septic systems are properly designed, constructed, and maintained, they can effectively reduce or eliminate most human health or environmental threats posed by household wastewater.

Septic systems need to be monitored and maintained to ensure they work properly throughout their service lives. A key reason to maintain your septic system is to save money! Failing septic systems are expensive to repair or replace. Your system will need pumping depending upon the number of people that live in your house and the size of your system. Also, having your septic system inspected regularly can head off issues before they become expensive problems to fix.

The Environmental Protection Agency recommends that you should have your septic system inspected by a qualified professional once every 3 years and your tank pumped as recommended by the inspector once every 3 to 5 years. A tank inspection will focus on the sludge and scum layers in the tank. If the bottom of the surface (top) scum layer is within 6 inches of the bottom of the tank outlet OR the top of the bottom sludge layer is within 12 inches of the outlet pipe, your tank needs pumped.

Septic Tank Maintenance Guide (PDF)