Advisory to Residents – Improperly Abandoned Septic Systems
Abandoned septic systems (including septic tanks, seepage pits, dry wells, cesspools and dosing tanks) must be pumped of all waste and then either removed or filled in completely with gravel, stones or clean soil which is void of vegetative matter or wood.
With the construction of the Township’s sewerage facilities over fifty (50) years ago, many property owners abandoned their septic systems. If your home was originally built with a septic system, you should make sure that it was abandoned in accordance with the procedure noted above. Abandoned septic systems not property filled run the risk of caving in. This could cause an extremely serious condition. Some seepage pits built within the Township may be greater than twenty feet in depth. Depressions in either the front, side or rear yard may indicate the presence of a septic system on the verge of possible collapse.
If you have any additional questions, contact the Health Department at 973-515-6640.