Household Sewage Treatment System Program
A household sewage treatment system (HSTS) is required to be installed on properties where public sewer is not available.
Properly designed and installed HSTS, along with periodic maintenance, is important in the protection of the public and
environment from disease-causing organisms and toxic pollutants.
Lawrence County Environmental Health Specialists work with the public to minimize water pollution discharges from HSTS in
of individual sewage disposal systems serving one, two, and three family dwellings.
The LCHD Sewage Program Staff:
Issues permits for the installation or alteration of household sewage disposal systems
Licenses installers and pumpers of sewage disposal systems
Conducts site evaluations
Conducts annual inspections of household septic systems
Inspects existing septic systems for homeowners or proposed buyers of a home and for refinancing
Investigates septic complaints and helps bring failing HSTS into compliance with ODH standards
Works through Ohio EPA via the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) to correct systems that would otherwise be difficult to bring into compliance by other means
Assists financially-challenged homeowners in remediating failing HSTS through the Ohio EPA-sponsored Water Pollution Control Loan Fund
Sewage Treatment System Permit Process