OREGON COUNTY -- In an effort to keep the drinking water safe the Oregon County Health Department regulates on-site sewage systems in Oregon County.
According to health department Administrator Sheila Russell, "If you are a business, church, mobile home park or other, you are required by county ordinance to obtain a permit from our office to install an on-site sewage system."
Russell said if a homeowner owns less than three acres or is doing major renovation to an existing system they are also required to obtain a permit from the health department office.
"It is important to note that if the homeowner does not get the required permit and installs an illegal system they can be charged with a class A or class C misdemeanor and will be required to get a soils report, permit and a whole new system may be required," Russell said. She said the contractor who installs the illegal system will be prosecuted and required to post a $5,000 bond before doing any more sewage work.
Russell said to contact Julie Crowell, Environmental Public Health Specialist at the Oregon County Health Department with any questions or concerns.