Waste Water (Sewage Disposal)

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) regulates sewage treatment systems across the state through statutory authority established under Ohio Revised Code (ORC) Chapter 3718 and Ohio Administrative Code Chapter 3701-29, which was updated and became effective on Jan. 1, 2015. Permitting, inspections and enforcement are conducted by the local health districts and local health districts may adopt more stringent rules and standards.

Sewage treatment systems include one, and three-family dwellings and small flow on-site sewage treatment systems (facilities that treat up to 1,000 gallons per day). Proper system siting and design, soils evaluation, system owner education and operation inspections and maintenance of systems are essential to help prevent future contamination and public health nuisances.

Law and Rules

As of January 1, 2015 new law and rules went into effect that govern Sewage Treatment Systems (STS) and Small Flow On-Site Sewage Treatment System (SFOSTS)

Sewage Treatment Systems Fact Sheets

The following fact sheets may assist you in exploring the various STS types and technologies by providing a brief description of each system type along with the operation and maintenance required and average system costs for Ohio:

 

Staff Contacts

Name Title
Mary Helen Smith, MPH, CPH, RS, REHS Director, Environmental Health Services
Amos Sarfo, MS, RS Supervisor