Act 537 Sewage Facilities Plan

30-Day Public Comment Period for Draft Plan

East Brandywine Township is currently soliciting public comment on the draft plan.  Please use the links on this page to read and provide comment on the draft plan.

About Act 537 Sewer Facilites Planning

The Pennsylvania Sewage Facilities Act (Act 537) was enacted by the Pennsylvania Legislature on January 24, 1966 and provides for the planning and regulation of public, community and individual wastewater systems within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Section 3 of Act 537 declares the policy of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as follows:

1. To protect the public health, safety, and welfare of its citizens through the development and implementation of plans for the sanitary disposal of sewage waste.

2. To promote intermunicipal cooperation in the implementation and administration of such plans by local government.

3. To prevent and eliminate pollution of waters of the Commonwealth by coordinating planning for the sanitary disposal of sewage wastes with a comprehensive program of water quality management.

4. To provide for the issuance of permits for on-lot sewage disposal systems by local government in accordance with uniform standards and to encourage intermunicipal cooperation to this end.

5. To provide for and insure a high degree of technical competency within local government in the administration of this act.

6. To encourage the use of the best available technology for on-site sewage disposal systems.

7. To insure the rights of citizens on matters of sewage disposal as they may relate to this act and the Constitution of this Commonwealth.

The municipal Act 537 Plan should be consistent with the Commonwealth policy.

In order to ensure the municipality's Act 537 Plan is sensitive to changing conditions, the Act requires municipalities to review and, if necessary, revise its Act 537 Plan, whenever it is determined the Plan no longer provides for adequate facilities to meet the existing or future sewage disposal needs of the municipality.

During the preparation of an Act 537 Plan, a municipality is required to study problem areas and set forth various alternatives available to eliminate problems. Furthermore, once plans are adopted by local agencies and approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP), municipalities must fully implement the plan.

Act 537 Plans must also address areas having growth potential and specify the municipality’s approach to providing sewage disposal for potential growth. Where projected growth is scattered or sparse, and dependent on the use of subsurface sewage systems, the plan must carefully evaluate soil limitations, surface and subsurface conditions, and surface and ground water quality.