Below you will find answers to some of Dover Township’s most Frequently Asked Questions:


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Sanitary Sewer Collections

Please provide the Township office with contact information such as telephone number and mailing address.  We recently made public announcements through our auto dialer system and were told by several residents that their neighbors got the call but they did not.

The reason:  We did not have your contact information.  PLEASE make sure you get the next notification should there be one, by providing us with your telephone number and e-mail address.

Dover Township owns and operates the Township’s water system.

The Dover Township Sewer Authority owns our sewer system, the Joint (inter-municipal) Interceptor and the Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Dover Township operates our sewer system, the Joint Interceptor and the wastewater treatment plant.

The township taxes do not pay for the cost of utilities (water and sewer).  The utilities are paid totally by users’ fees.  Treatment costs for septic and holding tank wastes must be paid for by the contracting haulers.  It’s not fair for township residents that pay a sewer fee to subsidize residents that are not hooked into the sewer.

Between 8:00am and 4:30pm, please call Dover Township at (717) 292-3634.

After hours please call 911.

Between 8:00am and 4:30pm call the township building at (717) 292-3634.

After hours, please call 911.

Here a several things you can do to reduce your risk of sewer overflow:

  • Do NOT pour grease, fats, and oils down your drain
  • Do NOT use the sewer system as a means to dispose of food scraps.
  • Do NOT use the toilet as a wastebasket.

For more information, please read the article: Beware of “The Unflushables”

Between 8:00am and 4:30pm please call the township building at (717) 292-3634.

After hours please call 911.

It starts at the property line or the first cleanout closest to the street.

Dover Township requires that Schedule 40 PVC be used for sewer laterals.

I&I stands for Inflow and Infiltration?

Inflow Examples (down spouts, sump pumps, foundation drains, uncapped cleanouts or vent pipes, or anything else that allows ground water to enter directly into a sanitary sewer system)

Infiltration Examples ( cracked or broken lateral pipes, cracked or broken main line pipes, faulty pipe connections, leaking manholes)

Dover Township is inspecting basements and downspouts to make sure there are no ground or rain water connections to our sanitary sewer system. This helps reduce I&I. It is also part of our Consent Order Agreement with PADEP.

A Consent Order Agreement is a legal agreement with PADEP to eliminate sanitary sewer overflows. It states you must stop I&I or anything else that may cause a sanitary sewer overflow.

  • Please make sure all downspouts and sump pumps discharge to your yard.
  • If you are missing a sewer vent cap or cleanout cap please call the Township for further assistance (717) 292-3634.
  • Please do Not put grease or non-flushable items down your drains
  • Please avoid planting trees and bushes close to your sewer laterals in the yard.
  • Please do NOT flush baby wipes or the wipes labeled flushable wipes, as these do not break up like toilet paper and can cause a sanitary sewer clog.

For more information, please read the article: Beware of “The Unflushables”


Only township employees should be accessing manholes.

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