Proposed changes revealed for Peoria County septic code

Sep 30, 2013

The Peoria City/County Health department is considering code changes that regulate on-site wastewater systems.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports the move follows months of tweaks to the code:

 A special wastewater working group has met 11 times since April working on the proposed rules.  The group was formed to give realtors, those in the septic business and environmental representatives more input in crafting the rules.  Wil Hayes is with the Peoria City/County Health Department.  He says there are several proposed changes to the current County code for independent waste-water systems:

 “If you need a permit to come in a repair your system you have to prove the rest of your system is not creating az health hazard.  Anytime a contractor...does an inspection and there’s a public health hazard found, they have to submit that report to the health department.  Anytime a system is subject to flooding because it’s in a flood plain and it gets flooded, there’s going to have to be an inspection done that proves the system is not creating a health hazard afterwards,” Hayes says.

 Hayes says the proposed rules are less technical and easier to understand.  He says the City/County committee will decide whether to send the rules onto the full Board of Health next week.  The County Board could then consider the issue in November.