CONCORD TOWNSHIP SEWER DEPARTMENT
Sewer Emergency Number: 610-476-1615
Leave your phone number;
the on-call operator will return your call immediately.
Sewer Department office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sewer Office Location & Mailing Address:
43 S. Thornton Road
Glen Mills, PA 19342
Sewer Administration Contact:
610-459-8911 Ext. 108
664 Concord Road
Glen Mills, PA 19342
(Please note: mail is not delivered to this location and will be returned.)
Attention: Sewer Customers with a Bill Payment service
Please update the sewer remittance mailing address with your bank or bill payer company if you utilize this type of payment service. Mail is no longer delivered to the old office location on Concord Road and anything that is sent to this address will be returned to you undelivered.
The address that should appear on your check along with your account number is:
Concord Township Sewer Department
Client ID #4970
P.O. Box 95000
Philadelphia, PA 19195-4970
Township Public Sewer Service Area Map
as of August 2013
Rules and Regulations
Sanitary Sewer System
Sewer Department Announcements:
Public Notice regarding Sewage Facilities (Act 537) Plan
The Council of Concord Township, Delaware County is considering adopting an updated revision to the Township’s Sewage Facilities (ACT 537) Plan. Prior to Council review, the Township is accepting comments on the Plan for a period of thirty (30) days beginning March 28, 2017.
The Concord Township’s Act 537 Plan “Current Plan” provides for the establishment of individual Sewer Planning Districts (District) to be used as a basis for evaluating sections of the Township for public sewer service projects or continued individual on-site disposal systems. If future evaluation of a District requires a change or modification to the sewage disposal method, an Act 537 Special Study will be performed to further detail alternatives in the District.
The Act 537 Plan can be reviewed in its entirety at the Concord Township Municipal Building, 43 Thornton Road, Glen Mills, PA between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:00 PM. Stakeholders are encouraged to make an appointment to view the document by contacting the Sewer Department at (610) 459-8911 x108. Comments will be accepted at the Township Building during the thirty (30) day public review period. The Township Council will consider adoption of this plan at the June 6, 2017 public meeting.
Please Note: Due to the size of the Plan, those wishing to view the plan online must contact the Sewer Dept. for a link.
Form can be emailed to Terri Grant at: TGrant@concordtownship.org
Smithbridge Estates Residents Meeting - CANCELLED
The meeting with Smithbridge Estates residents, originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 14 at 7 p.m., has been cancelled due to predicted weather. Residents will be notified when the meeting is rescheduled.
Sewer Facilities Draft Plan – Presentation on March 7
Concord Township is in the process of revising their Sewage Facilities Plan (Act 537 Plan) to review the status of unsewered areas in the Township. A draft of the plan will be presented at the Township Council Public Meeting of March 7, 2017.
Colonial Village Area Sewer Project
On February 28, 2017, Township Council met with residents whose properties are located in the proposed Colonial Village Sewer Project area. Invitation letters were mailed to specified project area residents.
Click Here to see the presentation slides.
Click Here to see Project Questions & Answers.
Sewer Rate Study
At the August 2, 2016 Board of Supervisors public meeting, Nate Cline, the township engineer, gave a short presentation on the Sewer Rate Fee Analysis.
Click Here to see slides from the presentation. Additional public outreach will follow.
A message regarding Phase II Sewer Project…
At their upcoming mid-month work sessions, the Board of Supervisors will be meeting residents whose properties are located in the proposed Phase II Sewer Project area.
Invitation letters have been mailed to these residents.
February 23, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. – identified residents on Mendenhall, Hitchcock, Mitchell, and Andrien
March 8, 2016 at 7 p.m. – identified residents on Concord Meeting, St. John’s and Edward Jennings
March 22, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. – for Mendenhall area residents
A message regarding recent sewer odors…
In response to concerns about odors emanating from the Township’s Sewage Treatment Facility, please click here for an update.
More Sewer Information:
SEWER DEPARTMENT HISTORY
In 1973, the Concord Township Sewer Authority was formed as an “Operating Authority” pursuant to Ordinance No. 82 when adopted by the Board of Supervisors on September 14 of that year. Over the years, many residents volunteered their personal time as members of the Authority Board, to assure a responsible, viable Authority. The mix of expertise offered by these Concord citizens assured the continuing success of the operation. In 2011, the Board of Supervisors approved Resolution No. 18-2011 directing that the Concord Township Sewer Authority shall dissolve and transfer its assets, both real and personal, to Concord Township. Pursuant to this resolution, Concord Township assumed all debts, obligations, contractual rights and duties of the Authority.
One of the major responsibilities of the Sewer Authority was to support the planning and development needs of the Township. The Concord Township Sewer Department (CTSD) now continues this responsibility. Whenever developers propose construction for a new residential community or commercial center, the CTSD will always be asked if there is treatment plant capacity available to provide the necessary wastewater treatment. If capacity is available and Township Council approves the development after review and recommendation by the Planning Commission, the CTSD will enter into a separate agreement with the developer for the installation of the collection lines. Whenever possible, the CTSD will attempt to have the developer install individual lateral connections for residents along the way. This offers township residents the opportunity to tie-in at a much more economical rate. As required by the PA Department of Environment Protection (DEP) under their Act 537 Plan, Township Council, from time to time, will update sewage planning for the Township through the preparation of an Act 537 plan. The CTSD also supports Township Council in this planning process.
The treatment plant and initial collection lines were constructed and installed through a unique contractual arrangement between the Authority and a group of developers who were restricted from building due to a DEP moratorium placed on new development in Concord Township. The restriction was in effect because the soil in many instances was not capable of supporting any more on-site septic systems. As a result, the developers group constructed the plant and collection system at a cost exceeding $6.9 million and the Authority negotiated a reimbursement amount of $5.1 million. The Authority was able to repay the developers group from capacity fees that were charged to subsequent developers such as Toll Brothers for Garnet Valley Woods and Concord Chase, Pulte Corporation for Smithfield Estates, and other developments such as The Shoppes at Brinton Lake, Delaware County for the George W. Hill Correctional Facility, the apartments at Summit, Cornerstone and Concord Point. The bottom line is the Authority was able to repay the entire construction obligation without any taxpayer cost.
Briefly, the wastewater treatment process being used by the Concord Township sewer plant is referred to as “Extended Aeration”. Essentially, we feed copious amounts of air and a minimum amount of chemicals to the wastewater as it is being processed. We are working with the naturally occurring microorganisms (“bugs”) to aid them in ridding the wastewater of environmentally harmful contaminants before we discharge to the west branch of the Chester Creek. Our strict discharge parameters are constantly monitored by the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). We are proud to say that we are consistently within their guidelines.
Each customer can help to maintain and/or reduce the costs for processing wastewater by doing the following:
- Maintain lawn cleanouts by keeping them at least 6″ above ground surface and the screw cap intact to prevent unwanted ground water infiltration, unwanted objects or small animals from entering the sewer system or your home;
- Use your garbage disposal unit sparingly. Scraps, large food matter, peelings, etc. should be placed in the trash;
- Do NOT flush or pour unwanted, unused or expired medications down the drain.
Dispose medications by using Delaware County’s Drug Drop Boxes;
- Never dump paint, solvent, oil, fuel, or chemicals into your sewer system;
- Separate large amounts of grease; let the grease solidify in a container and place in the trash. Grease is extremely detrimental to the wastewater process and habitually clogs sewer trunk lines;
- Swimming pool water must not be discharged into the sewer system as the chemicals in that water will kill the bacteria needed for the sewage process to function properly;
- Basement sump pumps and rain water downspouts are prohibited from connection to the sewers as they add unnecessary stress to the hydraulic load at the sewer plant, thereby adding to the process costs;
- Use phosphate-free cleaning products and detergents to protect the environment;
- Feminine hygiene products should not be disposed of in the sewer system.