The Van Wert County General Health District Household Sewage Treatment Systems (HSTS) Program involves permitting and inspection of sewage treatment systems serving homes in areas that have no access to sanitary sewer service. A Household Sewage Treatment System Installation Permit must be obtained prior to constructing a new system as well as replacing or upgrading an existing system.
Amended Substitute House Bill 119 (Am. Sub. HB 119), passed by the 127th General Assembly, contains substantial amendments to the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) and the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) regarding the regulation of household sewage treatment systems in Ohio. The sewage treatment system rules adopted by the Public Health Council that became effective on Jan. 1, 2007, have been rescinded as required by the bill. The bill also enacts several uncodified provisions into state law that take effect July 1, 2007. These uncodified provisions are effective until July 1, 2009, and have substantial impact on the sewage programs implemented by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and local health districts.
In order to comply with these new law provisions, the Public Health Council has re-adopted the majority of the 1977 version of OAC 3701-29. This chapter provides baseline rules by which every local health department HSTS program must operate. Effective December 31, 2007 the Van Wert County Board of Health adopted the Van Wert County HSTS Rules, to facilitate continued operation of the HSTS program in compliance the new law provisions.