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

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...

Summary of COVID-19 Resources

The linked file below was provided by OSHA, and includes a list of general COVID-19 resources grouped by agency, a section with resources on reopening workplaces, cloth face coverings and respiratory protection, and vaccines, and additional industry-specific COVID-19...

Planned Inspector Training for 2021

With COVID-19 restrictions making it difficult to run face-to-face training, PSMA has been trying to schedule inspector certification courses (101 Basic, 102 Advanced, 103 Experienced) as possible. While restrictions on indoor gathering sizes and hotel requirements...

National Vacuum Truck Technician Training Course

If you own or operate a vacuum truck to clean septic tanks, aerobic treatment units, holding tanks or grease traps, this 6 hour online training course and certification test is for you or your employees. Individuals who complete the course work and achieve a passing grade on the post-training exam become Certified NOF/PSMA Vacuum Truck Technicians. (Worth 6 […]
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How are Regulations Made in Pennsylvania?

The PA General Assembly passed the Regulatory Review Act (RRA) in 1982. The RRA established the Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) to provide uniform oversight of the rulemaking process in Pennsylvania and to act as a consensus builder among Commonwealth agencies, legislative standing committees, and interested parties. IRRC is charged with reviewing all regulations that […]
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How are Laws Made in Pennsylvania?

Have you ever wished that government would just step in and pass a law to correct some situation you find totally unacceptable? Fortunately for all of us, it’s not that simple. Making law in Pennsylvania is a meticulous process – and for good reason. State laws influence our environment, economy, education, our families, our health, […]
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