The On-Site Sewage System Management Program under the direction of the Barry- Eaton District Health Department Sanitary Code is a program that endeavors to assure that the residents in the District will avoid exposure to untreated sewage and to reduce contamination of groundwater and surface water resources.
How Your Septic System Works
Why Maintain Your Septic System?
What To Do If Your Septic System Fails
The Site Evaluation (previously called "perk test") is the first step in the process of determining if an existing or proposed parcel that does not have municipal wastewater services available can be considered for an on-site septic system. After an application has been made, a sanitarian will evaluate the proposed site to determine if the conditions on the site meet the requirements that are in the Sanitary Code. Some of the specific items that are examined during the evaluation are:
To obtain an application for a site evaluation, click here.
If the results of the Site Evaluation allow for the parcel to be developed, the next step in the process is the application for a septic system permit. Once the application has been submitted and the appropriate fee is paid, the system’s construction can be authorized by one of our sanitarians.
To obtain a septic permit, click here.
If the parcel does not meet the minimum requirements for a conventional system, it may be a candidate for an alternative type septic system. The following types of alternative systems are currently recognized within the District.
Each of these types of alternative type of septic systems requires particular minimum standards in order to be used upon a parcel. If you have any questions regarding the use of an alternative type septic system, contact the Environmental Health Division at 517-541-2615 in Eaton County and 269-945-9516 (press 3 then 5) in Barry County.
Certain wastewater treatment technologies – low pressure dose mounds over slowly permeable soils, lagoons, and alternative (pretreatment) systems – may only be installed by individuals certified by the Barry-Eaton District Health Department. To view a list of Certified Alternative Wastewater Treatment System Installers, click here. Conventional wastewater treatment systems do not require a certified installer.
Proper septic system maintenance can prevent premature failures and contamination problems from occurring. It will also assure that your system operates effectively throughout its expected lifetime. Replacing a septic system is costly, so proper maintenance makes good economic sense. There are several important things that homeowners can do to ensure that their septic system is properly maintained:
For more information on prolonging the life of your drainfield please visit the following:
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Environmental Protection Agency
Septage Waste Information
National Small Flows Clearinghouse
Tank Riser and Lid Assemblies
Precast Concrete Septic Tank Installations and Inspections
Septic Tank Purpose & Function (Power Point Presentation)
Septic Tank Purpose & Function (Adobe Acrobat Version)