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The Wastewater Utilities Department is responsible for the continuous safe, environmentally protectiveAbington Wastewater Treatment Plant and financially stable operation of the sanitary sewer collection system in accordance with PaDEP and U.S EPA permits and regulations.  Abington Township sanitary sewers are divided into three areas.  Abington owns and operates a wastewater treatment plant located on Fitzwatertown Road, which receives flows from the western third of the township.  The areas east of Edge Hill Road are conveyed directly to the Philadelphia Water Department’s (PWD) Pennypack interceptor sanitary sewer system and the southern areas of the township flow into the Cheltenham Township interceptor system, which is then conveyed to PWD for treatment. 

The sewer collection system consisting of approximately 250 miles of various sized pipe, 17 pump stations and the Fitzwatertown Road treatment plant.  The treatment plant average annual flow is about 2.735 million gallons per day (mgd), which is 70% of the plant’s 3.910 mgd permit capacity.  The annual average flow discharging to Cheltenham Township is 1.188 MGD, which is 17% of our average daily permitted capacity of 7.176 mgd.  The third drainage area flows directly to the Philadelphia Water Department’s Pennypack Interceptor.  The annual average flow for the Pennypack Area was 1.610 mgd or 54%  of the 2.97 mgd limit.

Please remember!  NEVER flush medicines or supplements down the drain.  The pills will dissolve and eventually pollute the streams and contaminate downstream drinking water intakes.  A drop off site is available at the Abington Township Police Department offices to properly dispose of un-used medicines.


Public Service Announcement

Please see the United States Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) press release regarding the flushing of disposable wipes and other items other than toilet paper.

EPA Encourages Americans to Only Flush Toilet Paper

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WASHINGTON (March 30, 2020) — Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is encouraging all Americans to only flush toilet paper, not disinfecting wipes or other non-flushable items that should be disposed of in the trash. Flushing only toilet paper helps ensure that the toilets, plumbing, sewer systems and septic systems will continue working properly to safely manage our nation’s wastewater. While EPA encourages disinfecting your environment to prevent the spread of COVID-19, never flush disinfecting wipes or other non-flushable items. These easy steps will keep surfaces disinfected and wastewater management systems working for all Americans.

Preventable toilet and sewer backups can pose a threat to human health and present an extra challenge to our water utilities and their workforce. Flushing anything other than toilet paper, including disinfecting wipes, can damage internal plumbing, local sewer systems and septic systems. Fixing these backups is costly and takes time and resources away from ensuring that wastewater management systems are otherwise working properly. EPA thanks wastewater utilities and their workforce for their courageous efforts at a time when resources may be stretched thin. Having fully operational wastewater services is critical to containing COVID-19 and protecting Americans from other public health risks. Our nation’s wastewater employees are everyday heroes who are on the frontline of protecting human health and the environment every single day.

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