Septic System

Septic System Ownership in Utah

The primary role of a septic system is to guard ground water sources from waste. Most commonly, septic systems include a tank and a drain field. Water leaving a home is carried to the septic system through a pipeline. Once there, most solids settle at the bottom. Lighter solids float, and form a layer at the water surface within the tank. The water held in the middle moves into a drain field. Ultimately, utilizing a septic system prevents contamination of ground water.

Regulation in Utah

Utah regulates septic systems through Utah Division of Water Quality and local governments. Local health departments must first conduct a thorough analysis and review of ground water and soil conditions before a septic system can be installed. The evaluation will consider whether there are adequate soil conditions beneath the proposed trenches and the location of the water table.

Requesting Variance

Sometimes homeowners must request a variance due to specific construction conditions. The State of Utah possesses a variance request process to help address these specific issues.

Licensure Process

Three levels of licensure exist for septic system professionals in the State of Utah:

  • Level 1: Certified in soil evaluation and percolation testing. Certification is granted for 5 years.
  • Level 2: Certified in design, inspection and maintenance of conventional underground wastewater disposal systems. Certification is also granted for 5 years.
  • Level 3: Certified in the design, inspection and maintenance of alternative underground wastewater disposal systems. Certification in level 1 and level 2 is required. This certification is granted for 5 years.

Contacting the Utah Division of Water Quality

P.O. Box 144870
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-4870

Physical Address:
288 North 1460 West
Salt Lake City, Utah 84116

Phone: 801-538-6146
Fax: 801-538-6016

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