Survey of Approval Practices for Onsite Sewage Treatment Systems in Ohio

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In 1997, a survey of all county and local health departments was conducted to learn more about the use of onsite wastewater treatment systems. The goal of this study was to assess approval practices for onsite wastewater treatment in Ohio. The survey results indicate limited use of modern site evaluation techniques to determine site suitability for onsite wastewater treatment systems. System selection is not closely tied to site characteristics. In over 70% of Ohio's counties the onsite sewage systems are designed by the person issuing the permit. The lack of land-use planning is cited as a major obstacle to protecting public health and local health departments are looking for state leadership to make the local regulators' job easier.


Author Institution: Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering, The Ohio State University



The Ohio Journal of Science. v99, n3 (June, 1999), 38-43