OREGON COUNTY -- Officials with the Oregon County Health Department said recently they have had many questions regarding the construction and operation of sewage systems.
Julie Crowell, environmental specialist with the health department, said many area residents do not know their sewer system is regulated by state law.
"Any business, church or mobile home is required to obtain a permit to install an on-site sewage system. Any single family residence on less than three acres is required to get a permit before constructing an on-site sewage system or doing major renovations to an existing system," Crowell said.
Crowell said single family homes on less than three acres are exempt from the permit, provided all points of the system are 10 feet from property lines and no effluent leaves the property.
Crowell said the permits can be purchased at the local health department offices in Alton and Thayer.
"The permit fee cost is $90. This gets the property owner a site evaluation before the permit can be issued and a final inspection to ensure that the contractor has installed the system properly and according to design," Crowell said.
The environmental health specialists said property owners need to realize there is a penalty for not getting the required permit and they can be charged with a class A or C misdemeanor.
For more information call the Oregon County Health Department at Alton at 417-778-7450.