Residents of Putnam County that do not have access to public sewage rely on individual on-site sewage disposal systems. All on-site sewage system installations must be done by a Certified On-site Sewage System Installer.
The process for installing a new on-site sewage system, modifying an existing on-site sewage system, or repairing a failing on-site sewage system starts with choosing a certified installer.
A certified installer will perform a percolation test and evaluate the site to see if it is suitable for an on-site sewage system or modification or evaluate a failing system to see what repairs can be made. The certified installer will then make recommendations to the homeowner/property owner for what type of system or repair should be installed. The homeowner/property owner and/or certified installer will fill out an on-site sewage system application and submit it to the health department.
Once an application is received an environmental health specialist will schedule a visit to the site of the proposed new system, modification, or repair.
Once the environmental health specialist has approved the site a permit for the new system, modification, or repair will be issued by the health department. The certified installer may begin construction/repair of the system at that time. If the certified installer encounters any issues during construction/repair that would require them to modify the plan that was approved by the health department, they must contact the health department before continuing with construction/repair.
When construction/repair of the system is finished, but before the system is covered up, the certified installer must contact the health department for a final inspection. The environmental health specialist will evaluate the completed system to make sure that it was installed correctly and in accordance with the approved construction plan.
Additional information may be found WV DHHR Bureau for Public Health’s Public Health Sanitation site.