Residential sewage rules are changing in Ohio. The new rules will become effective January 1, 2015. The Union County Health Department held three town hall meetings (in Marysville, Jerome Township, and Richwood) to discuss the changes.
For a summary of upcoming changes, visit the Ohio Department of Health website.
For the full text of the statewide rules, visit Ohio Department of Health Rules websitee.
The Union County Board of Health also passed supplemental rules in December 2014 that will be in implemented in conjunction with the statewide rules beginning Jan. 1, 2015. For the Union County Sewage Treatment System Regulations, please reference the following document.
Two key changes in the rules will likely effect many Union County homeowners with private sewage systems.
- Regular inspections will be required on all private sewage systems. Previous to the new rules, only private systems installed after 2007 or mechanical systems were required to be inspected in Union County. The Union County Health Department is in the process of creating a new inspection cycle which will include all systems. It will likely take several years for residents to be added to an operation and maintenance (O&M) program. Septic systems will likely be added to the O&M program as nuisance complaints are received for that property.
- For some homeowners looking to install new or replacement sewage systems, the rules could potentially require a different system than required under current rules.
The Union County Health Department offers free consultations to homeowners who have questions about their sewage systems. If you have questions about the rules or your own system, please contact Jim Cogar at Holly Rast at (937) 642-2053 or email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below is a sample of the septic system inspection form used by our sanitarians.
Septic System Inspection Form