FAQs

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

 

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Sanitary Sewer Collections

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.


A CMP has been required by PA DEP (on January 10, 2020) to self-limit connections until the Consent Order and Agreement is reviewed and approved.

 


Please provide Dover Township with your contact information, including your name, phone number and email address. If you are a property owner, but have tenants living in your home, please also provide us with your tenant’s contact information. If there is an emergency, we will make a public service announcement through our automated phone system to the phone number that we have on file.  If we do not have the correct information, we will not be able to contact you.


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.


Immediately call Dover Township at 717-292-3634. Normal business days, between 8:00am and 4:30pm,

After hours, please call 911.


Immediately call Dover Township at 717-292-3634. Normal business days, between 8:00am and 4:30pm,

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”

If you do have a sewer overflow, immediately call Dover Township at 717-292-3634. Normal business days, between 8:00am and 4:30pm,

After hours, please call 911.


Immediately call Dover Township at 717-292-3634. Normal business days, between 8:00am and 4:30pm,

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 and 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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