Fort Morgan: CDPHE individual sewage disposal system stakeholder process meeting recap

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From The Fort Morgan Times (John La Porte):

The Fort Morgan meeting was part of an individual sewage disposal system stakeholder process coordinated by the state health department. Numerous committees with representatives from all over the state have been meeting, and plans call for making a recommendation for state legislation. Some involved in septic system installation and inspection, and some local government officials, believe state officials have their minds made up to adopt statewide regulations. “There’s a large group of people that think the die is cast on the direction that this group is going and the direction that the Department of Health is going,” said Dave Akers of the water quality control division of the state health department. The department’s goals, he said, are to protect ground water and public health…

“No matter how you look at it, you’re looking at an increased cost to the homeowner,” Carlson said. He asked about the possibility of tax credits to help defray those costs. Digging up septic systems for inspections could cost $1,500 to $1,800, excluding any landscaping costs, one Northeast Colorado Health Department official said…

Certification, licensing and registration of people involved in installing, inspecting and repairing systems is under study, said Kim Seipp, co-chair of the training and certification committee. She noted that many agencies have run into homeowners who are unaware of how a septic system works…

Costs, administration and implementation would be the big obstacles to a statewide licensing or certification system, she said. There is also concern that with increased requirements, some contractors who do a variety of jobs might drop septic systems, reducing the number of firms available to do them. That could hike costs. Several audience members indicated that inspections might help people buying homes to do so more confidently, knowing that the septic system was operating properly. Seipp said such inspections would present opportunities to educate homeowners on how to take care of a septic system. Some agencies think that inspections at the time of sale of a property would be a good idea.

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