Operation and Maintenance Program
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When working correctly, septic systems are an excellent way to treat wastewater. However, poor maintenance can cause these systems to fail, leading to pollution of our ground and surface water. In order to avoid septic system failure, the state of Ohio has created a set of rules, Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3701-29, to help monitor and maintain septic systems. These state wide rules have made it so Defiance County Public Health had to develop its Operation and Maintenance program to include all septic systems in Defiance County. Defiance County Operation and Maintenance Supplemental Sewage Rules were adopted May 2019.
The Health Department took an Environmental Impact approach in implementing the O&M program. Permit due dates will follow the following township schedule:
Defiance, Noble, Richland June 30, 2019
Adams, Delaware, Highland June 30, 2020
Hicksville, Mark, Tiffin June 30, 2021
Farmer, Milford, Washington June 30, 2022
Funds are available to assist qualifying homeowners with the repair or replacement of their septic system. Visit the WPCLF page if you are interested in these funding opportunities.
DCGHD has records (pump reports, system permits, system locations/layouts) of septic systems in Defiance County dating back to the late 1940s, however the District does not have complete records for all properties in the County. Implementation of the O&M program will help to develop complete records for septic systems throughout our county. Fill out the request form below to receive copy of septic information for your property. Use the message box to ask specific questions about about septic system.