Septic Systems Targeted by State Water Board

Farm Team Action Alert

Proposed Regulations Require Every Septic System Be Inspected Take Action!

Your Comments Are Needed

Weigh-in on the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) proposed regulations targeting septic systems.

As a result of AB 885 (Jackson), signed into law in 2000, the SWRCB is required to regulate discharges of waste from on-site septic systems that impair OR threaten to impair surface water or groundwater quality.

According to the SWRCB, septic systems - which can be found in nearly every rural property in California - fall into this category. At minimum, property owners with existing systems will be required to:  <!–more–>
Inspect septic systems ($325 estimated cost) every five years
Sample & analyze groundwater from on-site domestic wells every five years
Retrofit tanks if found to be causing pollution ($45,000 estimated cost)
Click here to read Farm Bureau’s story in Ag Alert.

Landowners swarmed the workshop in Santa Rosa, forcing the SWRCB to cancel the function. Turnout like this sends a message! Join us on February 9 for the final opportunity for public comment in Sacramento. The hearing starts at 1:30pm and will be held at:

California EPA Building
1001 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
If you cannot attend, you can still weigh-in by submitting written comments here.