University of MN's Onsite Sewage Treatment Program - organizational options for responsible management entities.
Consider local SSTS program responsibilities when deciding the responsible management entity for city septic systems. In certain situations a city may wish to grant (back) to the county authority to be the RME for septics within the city.
See requirements for cities and townships that choose to have a Subsurface Sewage Treatment System program.
County is the RME; city promotion of MPCA-licensed septic service providers.
Management through a subordinate service district sponsored by the city.
RME is the city, who monitors system conditions, requires submission of maintenance pumping records, and does compliance inspections.
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Bloomington - 3 star
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The City’s efforts began in 1991 and have continued through today. With the Collaboration of different Divisions within the City and the residence of Bloomington, the total number of active ISTS systems has reduced to less than 40 households. These systems are currently monitored by the City of Bloomington’s Utilities Division and the Hennepin County Environmental Health Management group.
The city adopted Carver County's SSTS, which was based on MN state rules and MPCA guidelines, in 2011 and assumed responsibility for monitoring, compliance and inspections. The city added customized setbacks for bluffs and shoreland as well as escrow requirements if inspections can't be done due to frozen soil.
The city ordinance that regulates the approximately 40 septic systems in Mendota Heights is identical to that of Dakota County ordinance 113 and meets all Metropolitan Council and MPCA requirements. The ordinance requires inspection of septic systems every 3 years by a person having a current MPCA sewage contractor license. The city works with the county to manage communications and compliance.
The City monitors the condition of the existing individual septic systems. Maintenance pumping records are required to be submitted, and compliance inspections are performed every three years. The low number of private systems in the City is small enough that annual record review is sufficient to insure that system maintenance is being performed by the property owners.
The city of Stillwater building department runs inspections on septic tank connections before they are buried. Washington County monitors the maintenance of septic systems by sending out letters to residents telling them it is time to have their septic tank checked and/or emptied.
City of Wyoming Building/Zoning official Fred Weck holds individual certification as a advance inspector by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Cert#C5199 expiring 6-25-2022. Mr. Weck is the City of Wyoming management entity for the proper design, siting, installation, operation monitoring and maintenance of septic systems.
The City and Mower County rely on local licensed contractors for design, installation, monitoring and maintenance of septic systems. Mower County reviews the designs to make sure they are in compliance with MPCA and County standards. Mower County keeps records of systems that require maintenance and keeps records of those systems; sometimes requiring annual reporting. Mower County also keeps a data base of systems that are in compliance or have received notice of non-compliance or have been abandoned. Mower County's ordinance requires a systematic review of systems when: 1) a bedroom is being added to a home, 2)anytime a permit is requested on a property located within a Shoreland area; 3) any time the property does not meet the minimum lot sizerequirement of the district; 4) any time a complaint is received that is found to be valid of a non-compliant system.
In 2013 the City of Maplewood adopted a new SSTS ordinance that complies with the new rules of the MPCA. The city requires proper permitting for the management, operation, compliance inspections and maintenance of Subsurface Sewage Treatment Systems.
The City administers the SSTS program and all provisions of the 2011 SSTS Ordinance. The City has a plumbing inspector that is responsible for administering the ordinance and inspecting the SSTS systems
Over 8,700 homes in Scott County rely on a septic system for their on-site wastewater treatment. A septic system is a large and important investment. It is vital that homeowners understand how their system works, and that they do what they can to extend the life of their Septic System. The positive benefits of a properly functioning and long-lasting septic system are both financial and environmental.
All ISTS system installed in Scott County requires a permit/license through Scott County and compliance inspection. Inspection/enforcement of failing systems in Scott County are inspected by the County and not by the City of Savage.