Subsurface Sewage Disposal Systems
The subsurface sewage disposal system program regulates the installation and operation of septic systems within the district. The Connecticut Public Health Code mandates that all sewage be disposed of by subsurface sewage disposal systems, also known as septic systems, or by connection to public sewers. As part of that mandate, the North Central District Health Department permits and oversees all installations of septic systems within the district. In order to ensure compliance, the district will issue a permit to discharge only after all inspections have been performed and the installation deemed to be in compliance with public health code regulations. If a septic system ceases to function properly and creates a public health nuisance, the permit to discharge is revoked and the district enforces the public health code requiring the repair or replacement of the malfunctioning system issuing a new permit to discharge after the repair or replacement is complete.
As of January 1, 2000, a revision to the Public Health Code Technical Standards, began a requirement that all existing septic tanks exceeding a depth of 12 inches below grade, be retrofitted with a riser at the time of tank cleaning. Multiple risers would be necessary if the tank's configuration makes proper cleaning difficult from one access hole.