There are over 5,000 household sewage treatment systems in Seneca County that if properly maintained, can be a safe and effective mean of wastewater disposal. However, failed or improperly discharging sewage systems can cause sewage to contaminate our surface and ground water, the same water that we all swim in and drink.
The mission of the Seneca County General Health District is to minimize the threat of surface water and ground water contamination from malfunctioned or improperly designed, installed or maintained household sewage treatment systems (HSTS) in order to prevent disease transmission and to protect the quality of surface and ground water. Seneca County General Health District performs inspections, regulates contractors, educates homeowners, and enforces sewage regulations.
Home Sewage Treatment System Grant
Eligible county residents could get financial assistance through a grant program administered by Seneca Regional Planning Commission on behalf of the Seneca County General Health District. The Home Sewage Treatment System grant is to assist income eligible homeowners in repairing failing septic systems. A pool of $150,000 is available and funding is dependent on household income. For more information or to see if you are eligible, contact Brittany Bisher at the Regional Planning office, (419) 443-7936, ext. 1108
HSTS 2nd Half Reminder Notices
Household Sewage Treatment System (HSTS) 2nd half Reminder Notices were mailed out in July. All services must be completed by December 31, 2019 and inspection forms must be returned or post marked to the SCGHD NO LATER than January 15, 2020.
Please watch for one of the following:
Green Card (Home Owner Leach Field Inspection)
Tan Card (Septic Tank Pumping)
Blue Card (Registered Service Provider Inspection/Maintenance)
To begin the process of installing a septic system please read the Homeowners guide to installation (2018). This document is an overview of the process of installing a septic system. The specific sewage rules for the Seneca County General Health District are available here.
Operation and Maintenance Program
All new septic systems installed after Jan. 1, 2007 are required to maintain an Operational Permit. Lot splits and real estate inspection requests will also require an Operation and Maintenance Permit (O&M) regardless of the systems age. The SCGHD is continually expanding the O&M program (as required by law) and eventually every Home Sewage Treatment System (HSTS) in Seneca County will need to have an O&M permit. The Operational Permit outlines what specific inspections are required to ensure your septic system is operating properly. Depending on the type of septic system installed, registered service providers may be required to perform these inspections. Septic tanks are also required to be pumped on a regular basis as determined in the O&M permit. A list of licensed pumpers can be found here.
The Seneca County General Health District(SCGHD) is beginning the process of renewing the Operation and Maintenance permits that were purchased in 2015. These permits have a 5 year effective time frame and are now requiring renewal, the renewal fee is $175 and the permit is good for an additional 5 years. If renewal fee is not paid and permit returned inspections will continue to be required and appropriate penalties will be imposed.
For Installers/Service Providers
71 South Washington Street
Tiffin, OH 44883
(419) 447-3691 ext. 321
Environmental Health Division
Seneca County General health District
71 South Washington Street
Tiffin, OH 44883
Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
The discharge of untreated sewage to the ground surface or a ditch poses not only a pollution issue but a public health concern with disease transmission. Our department receives dozens of calls and reports annually from private citizens and others about suspected sewage nuisances. Anonymous complaints are accepted, and may be submitted here.
Real Estate Transactions
When homeowners sell their property, many lending institutions require that the sewage system be evaluated/inspected to assure the system is functioning properly for the new buyer. Our Health Department staff conducts dozens of these evaluations annually. Please contact our office for the information that needs to be completed and for the associated fee for this evaluation. For more information, visit our Real Estate Program page.