- What septic system options are available in Idaho?
- Do septic systems require any permits?
- How often should septic tanks be checked for pumping?
- Where can I dispose of septage?
What septic system options are available in Idaho?
Several types of septic systems can be used in Idaho:
- STANDARD SEPTIC SYSTEMS — consist of sewage and wastewater transport lines from dwellings to septic tanks.
- COMPOSTING TOILETS — non-water using toilets in dwellings that store and treat human wastes, converting the wastes into compost.
- ENGINEERED SYSTEMS — professionally designed septic systems which resolve special soil permeability or groundwater problems.
- HOLDING TANKS — sealed underground vaults for temporary storage of sewage which will later be pumped and shipped to a treatment site.
- OUTHOUSES (pit privies) — buildings over an excavation in natural soil for the disposal of human wastes.
- PORTABLE SANITATION UNITS — portable self-contained toilets for temporary use a gatherings or constructions sites.
Do septic systems require any permits?
In most cases, yes. Contact your local health district for information about permit requirements. Some systems such as holding tanks, outhouses, and portable sanitation units have special conditions for approval.
How often should septic tanks be checked for pumping?
Every year is preferable, but check your septic tank at least every three years. Regular maintenance activities such as pumping septage will help control odors and reduce disease threats. It can also help prevent system failures that could require replacing the system.
Where can I dispose of septage?
All septic tank pumpers are required to have permits; contact your local health district. If you do have a permit, disposal can be handled by the following methods:
- Shipment to a municipal wastewater treatment plant
- Shipment to public sites for septage disposal approved by the health district.
- Landspreading on private or public lands in accordance with existing rules and regulations.