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Septic Regulations in Alaska

The disposal of solid waste poses a significant challenge in Alaska, particularly in rural areas where open landfills often serve as makeshift waste disposal sites. Recognizing the urgency of this issue, regulatory bodies have implemented various measures to address the problem, leading to the widespread adoption of septic systems.

Regulation of Septic Tank Systems

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC), specifically the Division of Water, serves as the governing body responsible for administering and regulating sanitary systems across the state. Information regarding installation permits, certified installers, and septic system maintenance can be obtained from ADEC offices.

Licensure Requirements for Septic System Contractors

To become a certified septic system installer, individuals must possess a valid contractor’s license, work for a government or health corporation, or operate under the supervision of a licensed contractor. Licenses are granted to individuals who successfully complete ADEC-approved training classes and pass a comprehensive examination. Additionally, there is an annual certification fee. Certified installers are required to attend refresher classes and retake the examination every two years to maintain their license.

Homeowners can obtain authorization to install a septic system on their own property by attending a four-hour lecture on the Onsite Wastewater Installer’s Manual and passing a written examination. Upon passing the exam, homeowners are granted permission to install one septic system within the subsequent year.

Installing a New Septic System

ADEC maintains a directory of certified professional installers. Whether the installation is carried out by a certified homeowner or a professional installer, it is mandatory for a professional engineer to conduct soil tests and assess other relevant criteria before excavation takes place.

How to File a Complaint

Complaints regarding septic systems or any related issues need to be taken up with the Division of Environmental Health at the following address:

State of Alaska, Department of Environmental Conservation
Division of Environmental Health
Drinking Water and Wastewater Program
555 Cordova St.
Anchorage, Alaska 99501
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