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

accordance with OAC 3701-29 and ORC 3718 Regulatory Standards concerning the construction, installation, and maintenance

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

Sewage Site Review Application

Septic Hauler Application

Septic Installer Application

Sewage Overflow Management