Onsite Sewage Program
Onsite sewage treatment and disposal systems (OSTDS), commonly referred to as septic systems, are a safe and effective means of wastewater disposal for 30 percent of Florida’s population. With an estimated 2.6 million systems in operation, Florida represents 12 percent of the United States’ septic systems. Properly designed, constructed, and maintained systems protect Florida’s ground water which provides 90 percent of Florida’s drinking water. Permitting and inspection of OSTDS in Madison County is handled by the Environmental Health Section at the Florida Department of Health in Jefferson County.
Any time a septic system is installed, repaired, altered, modified, or abandoned a permit is required. When a septic system is in failure in must be repaired. New homes and additions require a permit to be issued on any applicable septic system. An application including legal description, floor plan and site plan is required to evaluate the specific conditions for the onsite sewage system. An onsite soil investigation will also be conducted to determine the loading rate (how much water the soil can take) and the estimated water table (how deep underground is the water in the soil). These factors along with site specific set-backs to pertinent features must all be assessed to determine the specifications of the permit.
Regular maintenance is required on all types of septic systems, it is recommended that tanks are pumped out by a disposal service once every three years to keep solids and greases form building up in the tank, otherwise they will be carried to the drain field and cause it to become clogged and no longer percolate the waste water into the soil.
Applications for Septic Tank Permit:
Please contact the Environmental Health Section at the Florida Department of Health for information.
The above site contains information regarding the Florida Department of Health's Onsite Sewage Program. This site includes links to application forms, publications, maintenance entity and septic search, along with a link to 64E-6 Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.).
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