Best Practice Actions [See action tools, guidance, city reports]
Optional for category A, B and C cities
All Category A, B and C cities that choose to implement this best practice are recognized upon completion of at least one action.
Throughout Minnesota, failing septic systems in smaller towns and rural areas have relatively direct connections to surface and ground waters. These connections can cause detrimental impacts on the environment and can create an imminent threat to public health and safety. Standard septic systems with drainfields can also hinder cost-effective tax-base growth in small towns by preventing denser development. Cities can help structure assistance to septic owners, allowing them to implement best practices around septic systems and to access financial programs for upgrades.
connection to state Policy
Minnesota Rules chapters 7080 - 7083 (linked to from the MPCA septic web site) provide the framework for regulation of onsite wastewater treatment. Counties are in the process of updating their ordinances to meet this rule, which was passed in 2008. Cities that choose to regulate onsite wastewater treatment must be as stringent as their county's ordinance.