The Wayne County Health Department Environmental Health (EH) Unit is the first place to contact if you want to install a new sewage treatment system (STS), or alter, replace or abandon your existing sewage system. The EH Unit will work with you to ensure a comprehensive review of your system, property, and water use to determine the best solutions for proper wastewater treatment for your home or to determine the correct repair of a malfunctioning system. The EH Unit offers the full range of services from the site and soil evaluation to system design (depending on the system complexity required) and inspections. A permit to install or alter a system must be obtained from the local health district before beginning any construction or repair activities on a system.
Individuals may either request a parcel or tract of property be evaluated by EH Unit to determine the feasibility of installing a new or replacement sewage treatment system (STS) to serve a one, two or three family dwelling or a small flow on-site sewage treatment system (SFOSTS) for facilities which would generate less than 1000 gallons per day by any the following methods.
Once the newly installed septic system is approved for use with submitted as-built information and the system passes a 12-month inspection an operating permit shall be issued. Soil-based septic system installations must have prior approval by the EH Unit to begin construction from November 1 to April 30.
View the basic overview of the different types of STS components, the different type of STS systems and the associated maintenance with each system.
Nearly one-fifth of American households depend on septic systems to treat their wastewater and failure to maintain a septic system can lead to backups, malfunctions and early failures that can result is costly repairs. The EPA's SepticSmart programs educate homeowners about the proper system care and maintenance all year long.