Water Resources Center
OSTP

The Water Resources Center is affiliated with the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and University of Minnesota Extension.

Septic System Owners

  • Find out why it is important to have a properly operating system
  • See the inside workings of your septic systems
  • Understand how to care for and protect your investment
  • Learn about water and product use in the home

The Onsite Sewage Treatment Program provides septic system owners with best management practices to keep their septic systems functioning properly. These practices are really about recycling water: cleaning wastewater and returning safe water to the water cycle. If a septic system is not functioning properly, clean water is not returned to our groundwater systems. Our goal is to ensure that you can treat your wastewater while protecting human and environmental health in a cost-effective manner.  

The Septic Systems Owners Guide is a useful resource for information regarding septic system ownership.

OSTP Staff are available on a limited, fee-for-service basis, to provide homeowner workshops to explain:
  • What is a septic system?
  • What is in sewage?
  • How is wastewater treated?
  • How do you take care of your septic system?

State septic system regulations are administered by local units of government, frequently the county. They review designs, issue permits, and conduct new or replacement system inspections. Most LGUs do not provide existing system inspections.
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