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Septic Issues – VA Status. About 1 million properties served by OSDS According to 1990 Census, 70 % served by public; 28 % by septic 18,800 new systems/year – 5-year average 2,400 replacement systems/year – 5-year average Cost-share?

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septic issues va status
Septic Issues – VA Status
  • About 1 million properties served by OSDS
    • According to 1990 Census, 70 % served by public; 28 % by septic
  • 18,800 new systems/year – 5-year average
  • 2,400 replacement systems/year – 5-year average
  • Cost-share?
    • SB 1509 allows DCR to fund out of Water Quality Improvement Fund, but not clear that money would be available
septic issues cost benefit
Septic Issues – Cost-Benefit
  • Benefits
    • Bay Program assumes 12.2 lb N/yr/system to surface water

(3.2 people per household-- 9.5lb N/person/year edge of field -- 40% delivery from edge of field to surface water)

    • Reduction efficiencies range from 25-50 % depending on technology; NSF standard exists for 50% reduction
  • Costs
    • Estimates range from $7,000 - $20,000/system for installation
    • Annual maintenance requirements and energy costs of about $200/year
septic issues local agency concerns
Septic Issues –Local Agency Concerns

(Feedback from Fairfax, Loudoun,

Montgomery, Frederick and Prince George’s)

  • Need for additional staff to handle maintenance and inspections
  • How to oversee maintenance
  • For replacement systems, risk of noncompliance