Is maintenance required on my septic system?
Yes, all systems have a maintenance requirement. At least once every 3 years the septic tank and pump chamber, if applicable, must be pumped by a licensed pumping service and a report filed with the Environmental Health Department. Private onsite wastewater treatment system (POWTS) installed after July 1, 2000, have an Operation and Maintenance Manual, which dictates the type and frequency of maintenance to be performed upon the system. Failing to properly maintain the system can lead to premature system failure.

The department sends out a notice with a report form to everyone with a system meeting the specified requirements. If the owner does not file the report, as required, we are compelled to take action for compliance. This can include legal action and fines if the report is not filed.

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1. Are there any funds or grants available to help pay for replacing my failed system?
2. How do I get a sanitary permit to install a septic system for a new residence?
3. Is a septic evaluation required to sell my property?
4. Is maintenance required on my septic system?
5. What can I do to keep my septic system (mound, conventional, in-ground pressure or at-grade) working?
6. What can I plant or place over my septic system?
7. What do I need to do if I have a failing system that must be replaced?