OWTS (On-Site Wastewater Treatment System Permits)
What the System Is
A septic system is a method of disposing and treating household wastewater in areas where public sewers are not available.
The standard type of septic system involves a septic tank, to hold wastewater from toilets and drainpipes until solids settle out in the tank, and a system of pipes that distribute the remaining liquid waste underground over a large area --the leach field--where the wastewater "percolates" through the soil, which helps to clean the water.
On-Site Wastewater Treatment System Regulations
The goal is to make sure that this filtration
Gunnison County refers to these systems as On-Site Wastewater Treatment Systems (OWTS) Additional information is available from:
- "Principles and Design of Onsite Waste Disposal with Septic Systems" is a downloadable software program available from the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency that teaches the basics of on-site treatment using diagrams and animations of septic tanks, drain fields, mounds, water conservation. Covers principles of treatment, design, and siting, as well as soil basics and water conservation.
- Septic Systems: What are they? How do I maintain one? A wealth of information for the septic system owner from the Small Flows Clearing House.
Permit & Cost
Colorado and county regulations require that a permit be issued by the Environmental Health Office before a property owner constructs or repairs a septic system.
The cost for a permit to construct a new system or repair an old one are listed in
OWTS- On-Site Wastewater Treatment System Permit Application (PDF)
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