The Environmental Health Department regulates all household sewage treatment systems (HSTS) in accordance with Chapter 3701-29 of the Ohio Administrative Code and any other resolutions adopted by Geauga Public Health. This includes all 1, 2 and 3 family residential dwellings served by an individual household sewage treatment system. of the estimated 32,350 housing units in Geauga County, approximately 70% rely on household sewage systems to dispose of waste water.
In addition to the OAC Chapter 3701-29 Household Sewage Treatment systems, the Geauga County Board of Health adopted the following local codes that are in the Document List below: Supplements to Section 6, Inclement Weather Occupancy Permit, For Sale of Property Evaluation, Rules for Land Application of Septage.
Sanitary sewage systems that convey sewage to a central wastewater treatment plant are regulated by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and maintained by the Geauga County Department of Water Resources or the municipality in which they are located.
For household sewage treatment systems Geauga Public health provides the following:
- Site evaluation for new systems
- Permits for new systems
- Permits to alter existing systems
- Investigation of complaints for malfunctioning systems
- Enforcement measures for failure to comply with these regulations ( which includes hearings before the Geauga County Board of Health and referral to the Geauga County Prosecutors Office for placement on the docket of the Common Pleas Court)