Onsite Sewage Treatment in Region 9
- Poor siting
- Poor design
- Excessive loading
When properly sited, constructed, operated and maintained, onsite wastewater treatment systems do not endanger underground sources of drinking water. Where these systems provide higher levels of treatment, they may actually serve as a valuable source of aquifer recharge (check state and local reuse standards).
When is an onsite wastewater treatment system a Class V well?
- The system has capacity to serve 20 or more persons per day.
- The system receives non-sanitary waste, such as that generated by manufacturing, chemical processing, industrial fluid disposal, automotive repair or recycling, or if the system receives sewage containing biocidal agents (such as sewage from recreational vehicles or portable toilets.)
If you own or operate a system that meets one of these criteria, you must submit inventory information using this online form, or, if you prefer to mail it to EPA, use Form 7520-16: Inventory of Injection Wells and mail it to the Tribal UIC Wastewater Contact listed below.
NOTE: Single family residential septic systems receiving only sanitary waste are not regulated as Class V injection wells but are subject to local and state regulations.
40 CFR part 144.12. No other specific federal requirements apply to these systems, however, EPA may impose further requirements (e.g., permitting on a case-by-case basis).Local and state regulations apply to onsite wastewater systems throughout Region 9. Injection well owners are responsible for determining all applicable requirements for their system. In addition to the inventory requirement noted above, all onsite sewage treatment systems must comply with the requirement to not endanger underground sources of drinking water found at
Leslie Greenberg (email@example.com)
Drinking Water Protection Section (WTR-3-2)
US EPA Region 9
75 Hawthorne Street
San Francisco, CA 94105