How can the Sewer Authority force residents to connect if their current system is working fine and they don’t want to?
State Law gives the Township the authority to enact a “duty to connect” ordinance. The Township does have such an ordinance, which states, in part, that each and every owner of property accessible to, and whose principal building is within 250 feet of a new sewer extension shall connect.

As a practical matter, utility infrastructure such as sewers is not something that you can build to serve a percentage of the people and then upgrade every few years, as more people want to connect. Such an approach is cost prohibitive. Thus when such a system is provided, everyone is required to connect to keep the cost to all at a reasonable level.

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1. The letter I just received is the first I have heard of new sewers. Why weren’t we kept informed?
2. The Authority claims that part of the reason for this project is, “to help protect our environment.” Isn’t it true that a septic system poses no more danger than public sewage treatment facilities?
3. Doesn’t the Authority know that there is a recession and this project will be difficult for many to afford?
4. How can the Sewer Authority force residents to connect if their current system is working fine and they don’t want to?
5. Why is Mr. Donze doing this?
6. Has there been any provision for public comment on the plan?
7. I do not share the Sewer Authority’s contention that a central sewer system is better for the local ecology; I have read far too many stories of such systems causing terrible problems.
8. Why are you installing a low-pressure system (LPSS) versus a gravity system?
9. What type of pump will be installed?
10. How much will the pump cost me?
11. Will financing be available?
12. Who will be responsible for operation and maintenance of the pump?
13. Where will the pump be located?
14. How much power will the pump use?
15. What will happen to my pump during power outages?
16. How will I know if there is a problem with my pump and whom would I call if I do experience problems?
17. What do I need to do with my existing septic system?
18. Will you be disturbing my property (ex: driveways, landscaping) during the installation of the system?
19. Will there be any odors associated with the pump?
20. What will the pump look like when it is installed?
21. Will I be able to use my existing basement-plumbing configuration?
22. What type of power will be required for the installation of the pump?
23. Will my taxes increase when sewers are installed?