Onsite Wastewater Regulation Revisions
The Onsite Wastewater Program presented their Notice of Final Regulation (NFR) at a public hearing on November 12, 2020. The NFR has been submitted to the legislature for review; the proposed changes are available via the State Register link below.
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 make other revisions as outlined below.
- To reduce permitting timeframes, the revision will introduce a new schedule of site evaluation procedures when pertaining to subdivisions.
- 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 applies to onsite wastewater licensed septage pumpers, installers, and manufacturers all within a same, uniform document.
- The revision will create a tiered licensing system as well as define continuing education unit (CEU) requirements for all onsite wastewater system installers. There will be a delay in implementation of the CEU requirements.
- Any other improvements brought forth during the revision process and deemed essential.
During the meeting, Department staff discussed proposed changes and encouraged stakeholder input. These meetings also served 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.
The sessions were recorded and can be viewed below.