Many viruses, parasites and bacteria, such as E. coli, Shigella, Giardia and norovirus, can cause illness including various types of gastrointestinal problems. These pathogens can be transmitted through fecal contamination which can be due to the improper disposal of human wastes. By regulating and monitoring septic systems in the county, this program prevents contamination thereby protecting the health of families and the community. A septic system properly designed, installed where soil and site conditions are favorable and properly maintained can provide safe disposal of waste materials.
The septic system program reviews plans, analyzes soil reports and conducts site evaluations for residential and commercial systems. It also approves and issues permits, evaluates new and repaired septic systems and investigates complaints of failing systems. Furthermore the program issues permits for septage removal and inspects septage removal vehicles for compliance.