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.
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.
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
288 North 1460 West
Salt Lake City, Utah 84116