Household Sewage Treatment Systems
Lorain County Public Health (LCPH) inspects, monitors, and issues permits for over 24,000 household sewage treatment systems (like septic systems) in Lorain County. LCPH’s water quality program helps protect local streams, rivers, and other watersheds of Lake Erie. LCPH also helps educate owners on how to take care of their household sewage treatment systems.
Contact Lorain County Public Health at 440-322-6367 with questions about household sewage treatment systems. Click here to report a septic or sewage issue.
Household Sewage Treatment System Grant Program
LCPH has a Grant Program to assist homeowners who lack the financial resources to replace failing household Sewage Treatment Systems (STS), especially those cases that pose an immediate threat to the health and safety of the occupant, the public, and the environment. Funding may also be used to assist homeowners that need to connect to an existing sanitary sewer and properly abandon their STS.
Funding availability is limited, time sensitive, and requires specific income criteria. Please contact Jill Lis at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 440-322-6367, to ask about funding availability, general program questions, and applications.
Operation and Maintenance Program (O&M)
The O&M program protects water quality by tracking and monitoring the proper operation and maintenance of household sewage treatment systems (STS) or “septic systems”. LCPH is responsible for overseeing approximately 20,000 STS across Lorain County. This program is required by the State of Ohio and ensures these systems are not harmful to the environment. LCPH is hosting town hall meetings across the county in 2020 and 2021 to inform residents about this program. A listing of upcoming meetings is maintained below.
Program Commonly Asked Questions
How to Properly Maintain your Sewage Treatment System
For homeowners with a sewage treatment system:
Site Review Application for New and Replacement Sewage Treatment Systems
Site Review Factsheet
Septic Evaluation Request of a Household Sewage Treatment System (Home sale inspection)
Property Improvement Application for Homes with Sewage Treatment Systems
How to properly maintain and operate your household sewage treatment system
Septic Systems (Leaching tile fields, design sand mounds, leaching trenches)
Aeration Systems (Leaching tile fields, design sand mounds, leaching trenches)
Spray Irrigation Systems
National Pollutant Elimination Discharging System- NPDES
How to abandon an existing sewage treatment system
Lot Split Evaluations
Rules and Regulations
Ohio Revised Code- 3718
Ohio Administrative Code- 3701-29
For contractors of household sewage treatment systems:
Lorain County Registration Applications
2020 Installer Application PDF
2020 Service Provider Application PDF
2020 Septage Hauler Application PDF
Commonly Requested Forms
Septage Hauler Vehicle Inspection Form
Surety Bonds, General Liability Requirements, Continuing Education Requirements and Classes
Ohio Department of Health’s Website
Ohio Department of Health Sewage Treatment System Page
SepticSmart Homeowners [U.S. EPA]
Have a question? Click the map to contact the Sanitarian for your area.