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25 Pa. Code § 73.41. General.


§ 73.41. General.

 Effluent from the treatment tank shall be discharged to the dosing tank, to the distribution box or directly to the absorption area through a watertight line a minimum of 3 inches in diameter unless otherwise specified by local plumbing or building codes. All lines shall be placed on a minimum grade of at least 1/4 inch per foot, sloping away from the treatment tank. Where a distribution box is used, the lines from that box to the laterals shall meet the same standard. If a free access sand filter or buried sand filter is used, the lines from the treatment tank to the pump station and the filter tank to a lift station or chlorine contact tank or storage tank shall meet the standards of this section. Connections of lines to tanks and distribution boxes shall be made using water tight mechanical seals or hydraulic grouting. Use of Portland cement grouting material is not permitted.


   The provisions of this §  73.41 amended under section 9 of the Pennsylvania Sewage Facilities Act (35 P. S. §  750.9); The Clean Streams Law (35 P. S. § §  691.1—691.1001); and section 1920-A of The Administrative Code of 1929 (71 P. S. §  510-20).


   The provisions of this §  73.41 adopted August 2, 1971, effective August 14, 1971, 1 Pa.B. 1649; amended August 30, 1974, effective September 16, 1974, 4 Pa.B. 1805; amended January 21, 1983, effective January 22, 1983, 13 Pa.B. 508; amended November 7, 1997, effective November 8, 1997, 27 Pa.B. 5877. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (217325).

Notes of Decisions

   Treatment Tank

   Under this section, aerobic sewage treatment tanks may only be installed on an experimental basis, and only then, subject to the approval and continuing review of the Department. Voortman v. Bucks County Zoning Hearing Board, 343 A.2d 393 (Pa. Cmwlth. 1975).

Cross References

   This section cited in 25 Pa. Code §  73.161 (relating to general).

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