Onsite Wastewater Program Meetings

The Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is proposing to combine all four of the onsite wastewater system regulations into one streamlined version, R.61-56, Onsite Wastewater Systems, and revise specific requirements as described below.

In an effort to ensure our valued stakeholders are able to provide input and are informed about the proposed changes, informational meetings are being held across the state. Stakeholders may also submit written comments to David Vaughan, Division Director of Onsite Wastewater, Rabies Prevention, and Enforcement, S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, 2600 Bull Street, Columbia, South Carolina 29201 or via email at vaughadr@dhec.sc.gov. To be considered, comments must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on December 27, 2018, the close of the drafting comment period. Proposed revisions include:

  • To reduce permitting timeframes, the revision will introduce a new schedule of site evaluation procedures and fees to offer the public additional options for obtaining a permit to construct an onsite wastewater system.
  • New system design standards based on current science and technology have been added. It will also improve organization of information.
  • The revision will adjust operational practices as well as refine the applicability of the regulation such that it only applies to onsite wastewater licensed septage pumpers.
  • The revision will create a tiered licensing system with associated tiered fees as well as define continuing education unit (CEU) requirements (with a delayed implementation) for all onsite wastewater system installers.

All interested stakeholders are encouraged to attend. During the meeting, Department staff will discuss proposed changes and will encourage stakeholder input. These meetings will also serve as a time for stakeholders to ask the Department questions about the proposed revisions. Establishing and fostering partnerships with our valued stakeholders is important to us and we value your input.

No registration is required to attend. Please see the dates listed below for meeting locations and times.

Friday, October 26, 2018
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Greenville Health Department
200 University Ridge, Greenville, SC 29601

Tuesday, October 30, 2018
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Pee Dee Mental Health Center
125 East Cheves Street, Florence, SC 29501

Wednesday, October 31, 2018
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Sims Building, Peeples Auditorium, 3rd Floor
2600 Bull Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Tuesday, November 6, 2018
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Charleston County Public Services Bldg. (Lonnie Hamilton III P.S.B.)
County Council Chambers Auditorium
4045 Bridge View Drive, Charleston, SC 29405


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