Regulates and monitors residential and commercial on-site sewerage management systems (OSSMS or septic systems) to minimize the risk of health problems related to untreated human sewage.
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 and 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 inspect septage removal vehicles for compliance.