Much of the Township, particularly those properties located in the Farm Residential Zoning District, are served by on-site wells. For those served by public water, Charlestown Township is served by Aqua PA. For information on public water service or for water certifications, contact:
Much of the Township, particularly those properties located in the Farm Residential Zoning District, are served by on-site septic systems. For those served by public sewer, Charlestown Township is one of six municipalities that belong to the Valley Forge Sewer Authority. For information on public sewer service and for sewer certifications, contact:
The Township’s Act 537 Plan delineates areas in which public sewer systems currently exist and where they are planned. Whenever a new land development project is proposed, the Plan is updated accordingly.
The Act 537 Plan is available for review at the Township Office.
The Chester County Health Department recommends that wells be tested at least once per year. Bacteriological testing of your private well can be performed by private labs, many of which operate in Chester County and the surrounding area. The following is a list of certified drinking water laboratories along with a list of the contaminants for which they test.
|County - Lab||Lab Contact Info||Certified Contaminants|
|15-301||Brandywine Science Center Inc.
Henry D. Clemens III
204A Line Road
Kennett Square, PA 19348
|M, TM1, N/N, F, SO, C|
|15-27||Cedar Grove Environmental Labs
Thomas J. McCaffrey, Jr.
100 Gallagherville Road
Downingtown, Pa 19355
|M, TM1, TM2, TM3, N/N, F, SO, CN, C, TTHM, VOC1, VOC2, VOC3|
|15-346||H.O. Thompson Testing Lab
Robert C. Shoemaker
104 Valley View Drive
Parkesburg, PA 19365
Our Official Sewage Facilities Plan requires a sewage management program to effectively prevent and abate water pollution and hazards to the public health caused by improper treatment and disposal of sewage. To address this requirement, the Board of Supervisors enacted Ordinance #150-2008 on November 3, 2008, which provides for the regulation, inspection and maintenance of on-lot sewage disposal systems in the Township.
Owners of lots that utilize an on-lot sewage disposal system must have the treatment tank pumped out by a liquid waste hauler and the contents disposed of at a licensed sewage disposal facility at least once every three years or whenever an inspection of the tank reveals that it is filled with solids or liquid in excess of ⅓ the liquid depth of the tank. Your hauler is required to submit proof of the required pumping and disposal to the Chester County Health Department for input into their Septage Management Data System.
Our Recommendations to owners of on-lot septic systems:
A current list of Chester County licensed liquid waste haulers is available at www.chesco.org/365/Sewage-Water along with other useful information about septic system maintenance.
A complete copy of the ordinance may be obtained by contacting the Township Office via phone or email.