Concern Over Possible Sewer Connection Ban

Newtown Borough officials are looking to work with the township to confront a possible sewer connection ban.


A hydraulic overload at a water pumping station in Bensalem could lead to a ban on new sewer connections, which would halt all new building projects in the area.

Newtown Borough officials spoke with water authority officials about the possible ban, BucksLocalNews.com reported this week.

In June, the state Department of Environmental Protection placed a ban on new sewer connections over concerns that a Bensalem pump station that collects sewer water from 13 area communities would become overloaded, the story said. The June ban was lifted several weeks ago.

The Bucks County Water and Sewer Authority has until September 21 to submit a corrective action plan to the DEP, according to comments attributed to a Newtown Authority official. The official said the ban could be back on if the DEP does not approve the corrective action plan.

Newtown Borough Council President Bob Walker has reached out to Newtown Township officials to see if the two communities could work together in confronting the issue, the website reported.

The previous ban has already caused delays in at least one project in Newtown Township, an official told Patch last week.

Read the full story at BucksLocalNews.com.


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Ellen August 20, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Is this problem occurring because the sewage treatment plant cannot keep up with development or is the system breaking because it is old and falling apart? Either way, it's not working. Raw sewage in waterways isn't good for people or the environment.


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