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On-Site Sewage Disposal

This program controls disease transmission, nuisances, and pollution resulting from exposure to human excrement.  When there is no municipal sanitary sewer system available, commercial and residential wastewater is managed through on-site disposal.  The Genesee County Health Department regulates this program through inspection of proposed on-site disposal areas, issuance of permits for all new installations, and repairs of existing systems.  Sites are evaluated to determine suitability for development.

All plumbing fixtures such as toilets, sinks, bathtubs, showers, washing machines, dishwashers, or anything else that generate sewage must be connected to an approved sewage system.  Footing drains, roof drains, storm water pipes, and water softener waste should not be connected to sewage disposal systems.  These items should discharge away from the drain field area, and in a manner that does not impact neighboring property.  Also, water softener wastewater should not discharge near wells or surface water.

Sewage systems are different from municipal sewers because they have a limited life expectancy, which can be drastically reduced if the system is improperly used or not maintained.

For more information, please call (810) 257-3603.