Report Sewage Discharge Problems
Household Sewage Treatment Systems (HSTS) treat household wastes in areas without access to public sewers or where a public sewer system is not feasible. An estimated 25 percent of the U.S. population relies on onsite wastewater systems to treat and dispose of their household waste (USEPA).
A number of factors can cause HSTS to fail, including:
- Unsuitable soil conditions
- Improper design and installation
- Inadequate maintenance practices
- The age of the system
When HSTS fail, untreated sewage is discharged into the environment. Any contact with untreated human waste can pose health risks. Untreated wastewater from a failing HSTS can contaminate your drinking water supply, your neighbor's drinking water supply, and contaminate streams, drainage ditches, rivers and lakes. There is a potential that untreated sewage from failing systems could carry disease-causing organisms.
A household sewage treatment system is causing a public health nuisance if it is discharging onto the ground, into a stream, river or lake, or into a storm sewer or ditch. If you see this or smell sewage, report the details using the button above so Franklin County Public Health staff can investigate and work with property owners to correct the problem.