Welcome!  The Pennsylvania Septage Management Association (PSMA) is a non-profit trade association for onsite wastewater companies.  PSMA’s mission is to protect the Commonwealth’s citizens and our industry through sound management, proper maintenance, and environmentally conscious disposal of wastewater.

Our member companies are involved with all aspect of onsite sewage disposal system (aka septic systems) including individual & community wastewater treatment systems, anaerobic & aerobic treatment tanks, elevated sand mounds, peat filters, drip irrigation systems, at-grade systems, individual residential spray irrigation systems, septic inspections, grease traps, system installations, system maintenance, tank pump-outs, & all related issues.

Propery owners can browse our “Consumer Resource Library” to learn more about their septic system and PSMA.  We have created a video demonstration of the PSMA inspection process you can view.  And, when you are ready to find a local service provide to help you inspect, repair, service, or install your septic system, you can “Locate a Service Provider” in our searchable directory.

Wasetwater professionals who are considering joing PSMA or obtaining the PSMA inspector or pumper certification can learn more about the training opportunities and resources we offer.  And, whey ou are ready you can join the association by completing the online membership application.

Upcoming Events

Partner Education Opportunity: PASEO Training Courses

The Pennsylvania Association of Sewage Enforcement Officers (PASEO) has released its 2021 in-person training calendar for the wastewater community. Members of PSMA are are eligible for PASEO's "member discounted rate" when registering.UPCOMING PASEO TRAINING...

Installation of Onsite Wastewater Systems Training Course

July 21-22, 2021Doubletree Hotel, 101 Mall Blvd, Monroeville, PA 15146Hotel Phone: (412) 373-7300; Hotel website August 3-4, 2021Hilton Conference Center, 100 Adams Ave, Scranton, PA 18503Hotel Phone: (570) 343-3000; Hotel website September 28-29, 2021Holiday Inn...

Legislative Hearing on Act 34 of 2020

A state legislative hearing by the joint Environmental Resources & Energy Committee is planned for 9:00am-11:00am on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 regarding the enactment of Act 34 of 2020 (formerly SB1030) and its implementation by the PA Department of Environmental Protection. Representatives from PSMA will be offering testimony to the legislators along with other wastewater organizations and stakeholder groups. […]
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PSMA Inspection Standards Update

PSMA reviews & updates its Inspection Standards every three years. As part of the upcoming 2022 update, we are soliciting input from PSMA members & certified inspectors on what changes may be needed to improve the quality or clarity of the inspection protocols. Have you experienced any issues implementing the Standards? Are there areas in […]
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Capital Gains Pennsylvania – April 2021

Issue 2021.1 *** April 1, 2021 CAPITAL GAINS is a periodic newsletter on legislation, regulations and other topics produced by Novak Strategic Advisors expressly for the Pennsylvania Septage Management Association (PSMA), an organization of firms which provide various services to consumers and commercial accounts relating to septic systems and environmentally sound practices such as with […]
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Act 34 & Shallow Limiting Zone Systems

Following the enactment of Act 34 of 2020 (formerly SB1030), PA DEP issued two “All-SEO Letters” in 2021 (to date) providing information on how the Department views the new law and its interpretation of how to implement it. The February 3, 2021 All-SEO Letter covers a variety of important topics and can be viewed HERE.  It provided preliminary […]
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PSMA Newsletter – March 2021

View an electronic version of the current PSMA print newsletter from March 2021. Inside this issue: New PSMA Lobbyists; Legislative Update; PSMA Inspectors Corner; SWPs & Tank Pumping; PennDOT Bridge Tolling; Act 34 Implementation. READ NOW.

PSMA Inspectors Town Hall – Winter 2021

On February 1, 2021, PSMA held its Winter 2021 Inspectors’ Town Hall meeting virtually with the PSMA Education Committee. Members who had questions about conducting septic system inspections or the PSMA Standards were able to get answers. Worth 1 SR1 CEU (self-reported). Free for members. Watch now
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PA COVID Vaccine Plan Update for Wastewater Professionals

Pennsylvania has begun its vaccine Rollout Plan -- with initial supplies limited, the COVID-19 vaccine will be distributed to Pennsylvanians in four phases ranging from 1A to 1B to 1C to 2. We're currently (1/25/21) in Phase 1A and health providers have begun...

Miller Named Regional Director of DEP SWRO

Pittsburgh, PA – Effective January 2, 2021, James “Jim” Miller became the regional director of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Southwest Regional Office. He replaces Ronald Schwartz, PE, BCEE, who recently retired after nearly 35 years...