Onsite Sewage Treatment & Disposal Systems (Support)

Onsite Sewage Treatment & Disposal Systems (Support)

HB 85 (Robinson) and SB 214 (Gruters) require the Department of Health (DOH) to identify all onsite sewage treatment and disposal systems (OSTDS) in the state by 2021, including their location and operational condition, using available information from state, local and commercial data sources. The bills direct DOH to generate a report to the Legislature that includes the number of OSTDS in each county and a statewide map of the systems. Beginning July 2022, the bills require certified contractors to inspect OSTDSs every five years pursuant to an inspection program administered by DOH. The bills direct DOH to implement program standards and adopt rules that provide for the program to phased in county-by-county over a 10-year period, with first priority given to springshed protection areas, and to include minimum standards for a functioning system, requirements for pump-out or repair, and enforcement procedures for failure of an owner to obtain an inspection and failure of a contractor to timely report inspection results to DOH and the system owner. The bills specify minimum components that must be included in an inspection and specify that inspection and pump-out costs are the responsibility of the system owner. The bills require sellers of property to provide prospective purchasers with a disclosure statement about the existence of any OSTDS on the property.  (O’Hara)