The Peoria City/County Health Department is proposing new rules to manage independent waste-water systems. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports area realtors are expressing concern over the proposed changes:
Currently homes sold in Peoria County must have an inspector sign-off on the properties’ waste water treatment system. Tonya Burris is president-elect Peoria Area Association of Realtors. She says the group is concerned there aren’t guidelines in place to tell inspectors what to look for when evaluating a wastewater system: “We want to know what the standards are going to be. We want to know what we’re going to be looking for so we can tell our homeowners and purchasers what we’re going to be looking down the road for and what they need to maintain and how to direct them to the people that can inform them of this,” Burris says. Burris says what needs to be fixed in a wastewater system is open to interpretation if there are no guidelines. Wil Hayes is with the Peoria City/County Health Department. He says the Department plans to meet with realtors and septic installers to draft the rules for property inspections: “So that way it’s not a matter of contractor one does an inspection like this and contractor two does an inspection like this and they’re completely different. So it’s about creating a standardized process,” Hayes says. Hayes says the proposed changes require property transfer inspectors follow the rules once they’re crafted. The proposed changes now head to the County Board committee.