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Onsite Disposal System Resources

Onsite Disposal System Resources

Educating yourself about septic systems could help you to avoid thousands of dollars in expensive system repairs or system replacement. Don’t wait until something goes wrong with your septic system. By taking advantage of the information below, you can help protect your investment, the environment, and public health!

Septic-Specific Resources
  • Federal Information on Septic Systems (EPA): Find septic system resources for homeowners, local governments, industry professionals, and tribes, including information on technical training and funding. View website
  • Planning for Septic Systems (EPA): A factsheet about the use of online decentralized systems in Developing Areas. Download PDF
  • Septic Systems Case Studies and Demonstration Projects (EPA): Case studies that can community planners, elected officials, health department staff, state officials, and interested citizens explore alternatives for managing their decentralized wastewater treatment systems. View website
Decentralized Wastewater Resources
  • Onsite Wastewater Treatment Training Program (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service): These courses prepare maintenance providers for certification and licensing, per the education requirements of TCEQ. Download PDF
  • Onsite Wastewater Treatment and Reuse (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service): This website is full of information about onsite wastewater treatment systems (including conventional septic systems and advanced systems), operation and maintenance requirements, and upcoming programs. View website
  • Selecting and Permitting Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service): This publication explains factors to consider when choosing an on-site wastewater treatment system and lists the nine steps required to obtain a permit for one. It includes addresses and phone numbers of Texas Commission on Environmental Quality offices and a map showing the counties in the 15 TCEQ regions. Download PDF
  • Decentralized Wastewater Systems Fact Sheets (EPA): A collection of fact sheets on decentralized wastewater treatment technology. Download PDFs
  • Preferred Wastewater Systems for Rural and Small Communities (The Meadows Center): A report from The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University that provides guidance on a variety of cost-effective wastewater solutions for Texas. View report