HOUSEHOLD SEWAGE TREATMENT SYSTEMS
To All Registered Medina County Sewage System Installer, Pumpers and Service Providers:
Listed below are some upcoming training opportunities to help meet the 6 Continuing Education Hours required under Chapter 3701-29-03 (C)(5) of the OAC for registered contractors in the Household Sewage Treatment System Program.
Program staff at ODH has been working with local health districts, the Operator Training Committee of Ohio (OTCO) and other experts to schedule training on different sewage treatment systems topics over the summer. Since summer is a busy season for all, we wanted to make you aware of the different training events we have scheduled and the dates. All recorded webinars will be posted on the program website. Below is the list of training events scheduled to date:
*Program staff is seeking Director’s approval to authorize this training program for proof of compliance to service post-2007 approved pretreatment systems (with the exception of discharging NPDES systems).
Information regarding scheduled training will be posted on the ODH sewage program website at: http://www.odh.ohio.gov/odhprograms/eh/sewage/STSpages/curevnt1.aspx. The webinars and workshops are open to attendance by local health district staff. ODH and OTCO will be mailing/emailing the septage management workshop and service provider training information to STS contractors we have in our bonding/testing database. Local health district assistance in notifying STS contractors is appreciated as we may not have a complete list of contractors to date.
Please watch for more information on webinar connection information, or registration information in future emails or check our website link listed above. Please contact myself or program staff, Andy Thomas, Steve Schmidt or Dusty Gurney with questions.
Rebecca J. Fugitt, MS, RS
Program Manager, Residential Water and Sewage Program
Bureau of Environmental Health and Radiation Protection
Ohio Department of Health
Household Sewage Treatment Systems (HSTS), also known as septic systems, play an integral role on properties not served by sanitary sewers. These systems are relied upon to effectively treat and dispose of the wastewater generated during our everyday activities. Proper treatment and disposal ensures that our drinking water supplies remain relatively free of contamination. In order to accomplish this, thorough Site and Soils Evaluations must be conducted to determine the appropriate type(s) and size of HSTS to be used. As a result, each HSTS is designed specifically for its intended use, based on the given soil conditions at a particular property.
The Operator Training Committee of Ohio (OTCO), with the assistance of the Ohio Department of Health’s Sewage Program, has created an online version of the statewide sewage rules test. The test became available for all sewage installers, service providers, and septage haulers on December 1, 2014. No fee is required for the online version of the sewage rules test. An electronic copy of the STS rules and the exam can be accessed at the following link:
The contractor test is also available to be taken at our office by appointment. Please call 330-723-9523 to set up an appointment.
Upon completion and attainment of a passing grade, the STS contractor will need to print and keep a copy of the certificate to show as proof of compliance for completing the testing requirement to each health department when they register for the 2015 registration year.
For information about care and maintenance of septic systems, refer to our Care and Maintenance Guide or visit the US EPAs SepticSmart website.
Commercial Systems: If the system is for a business and generates less than 25,000 gallons of wastewater per day, an Ohio EPA Site Evaluation Request Form must be completed and submitted with plan specifications to the Ohio EPA for review and approval. Once approved, an installation permit is obtained from the Health Department. Throughout the installation of the system, inspections by the Health Department will be conducted to assure the system is installed according to the EPA-approved plans. An annual operation permit is required from the Health Department which involves an annual inspection of the system to assure it is being properly maintained and operated. A Site Evaluation Request Form must also be completed and submitted any time an existing business changes ownership or its intended use.
Ohio EPA Site Evaluation Request Form
Click here to visit the Ohio EPA Northeast District Office website.
Information for registration for sewage system installers/contractors, pumpers, and services providers (done annually):
Contractors, please click HERE for ODH forms you may need for registration.
Investigation and abatement of sewage-related nuisances: The discharge of untreated sewage to the ground surface or a ditch poses not only a pollution issue but a public health concern with disease transmission. Our department receives dozens of calls and reports annually from private citizens and others about suspected sewage nuisances. It is the policy of the Board of Health that a written complaint be filed with the Health Department before an investigation can be conducted. Anonymous complaints are not accepted. Click here for the Nuisance Complaint Form that must be completed and submitted to initiate an investigation.
Sewage system evaluation for real estate transfers: When homeowners sell their property, many lending institutions require that the sewage system be evaluated/inspected to assure the system is functioning properly for the new buyer. Our Health Department staff conducts dozens of these evaluations annually. Please contact our office for the form information that needs to be completed and for the associated fee for this evaluation. For more information, visit our Evaluation Request page.
If you have further questions about our Sewage Program, please contact us at (330)723-9523 weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., or click here.
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