Sewage Information

We have attempted to include all phases and aspects of this, but we must include a reminder that this is not a legal description of requirements – only an aid for you.

Approved Pumpers for Franklin Township:

Associated Products Svs., Inc., 2 Ed Rd., Mechanicsburg, PA 17050 Ph.: (717) 766-5397

Baymont On Call, PO Box 697, Dillsburg, PA 17019 Ph: (717) 432-8727  

Central Penn Septic LLC, 725 Edgewood Lane, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055                    Ph.: (717) 713-4088     email: Centralpennseptic@gmail.com

Dillsburg Septic, 516 Range End Rd., Dillsburg, PA 17019   Phone: (717) 432-9704

J.S. Septic, 349 Beck Mill Rd., Hanover, PA 17331   Phone: (717) 316-9805  

Peck’s Septic Services, 68 Pine School Rd., Gardners PA 17324   Phone: (717) 486-5548

Safe Septic Services, LLC, PO Box 343, East Berlin, PA 17316  Phone: (717) 491-1740

Youngs Sanitary Septic Srvs., PO Box 704, Dillsburg PA 17019   Phone: (717) 432-3514

To be an approved septic pumper for Franklin Township, the following is required:

  • Septic Hauling License and Proof of Insurance/Certificate of Liability
  • A list of the types of trucks/tankers you will be utilizing and your disposal locations
  • Provide Franklin Township a copy of a Septic Pumping receipt each time a septic is pumped in Franklin Township. Forms are provided for this use which may be picked up at the township office at 150 Century Lane, Dillsburg, PA 17019. Please notify us ahead of the number of forms needed.
  • Please visit our web page at www.franklintownship.org to review the Sewage-Amend On-Lot Disposal System Ordinance-Adding a New Pumping District, eff. 2/17/2005.

Septic System Maintenance:

The following links provide information compiled by Penn State University on Private Septic Systems, their maintenance, and soil/water conservation.

How to Prevent your Septic System from Failing

On-Lot Wastewater Systems

Sewage Testing and Permitting:

An application must be made to the Township for testing for on-lot sewage disposal systems; this is for existing lots and for potential subdivisions. Fees are paid to the Township for this testing. Arrangements for probes will be made directly between the applicant and the Township Sewage Enforcement Officer (SEO). The SEO is Gary Morrow who can be reached at (717)-319-1301.

First a probe test is performed with the applicant securing a backhoe to dig the required hole. The Township SEO will then examine the soil in the hole to determine the suitability of the soil and the site.

If the probe determines that the soil is suitable for an on-lot system, the Township SEO will then conduct the percolation test to further determine the suitability of the soil and site.

If the percolation test is satisfactory for an on-lot system, the applicant should then complete an application to the Township for a sewage permit for the subject lot or parcel. After this application is made, the applicant takes the application forms to a designer of their choice. The designer then designs a system based on the testing information provided by the Township SEO. The design is then submitted by the applicant or the designer to the Township SEO for their review and approval. When the application is approved by the Township SEO, a sewage permit is issued by the Township SEO to the applicant.

A sewage permit must be in the hands of the applicant prior to the issuance of a building permit by the township.

In the case of testing for possible subdivisions, the applicant will need to do the testing on the lots to be subdivided but may wish not to obtain the permits right away. The permits may be obtained by the subsequent purchaser of the lot or parcel. Permits are valid for three years from the date of issuance.