New septic system operation program begins Jan. 1 | News, Sports, Jobs

AUSTINTOWN – The county health department will begin introducing new requirements for all sewage plant owners in Mahoning County on January 1.

Colton Masters of Mahoning County Public Health, formerly known as the Mahoning County Board of Health, knows the news potentially affects the 17,000 homeowners in the county with a septic system that collects and treats household sewage in areas without a sewer.

“I know people won’t all be happy,” he said.

The program has a cost of between $ 30 and $ 125 per year. Other costs, such as septic tank pumping, are also possible.

But Masters told Mahoning County Public Health members last week that septic owners should also be aware that the new operation and maintenance program for the home septic treatment system could keep them from paying much more.

“Yes, there is a fee associated with that. That is what people will focus on in the first place, but they have to look beyond that, ”he said. “I need her to see more than just this fee. There are real benefits not just for the community but also for the people who are involved. “

One advantage for the user is that the system “lasts longer if you take care of it. A lot of people don’t know what kind of system they have, much less how to take care of it, “said Masters.

Read more in Sunday’s Vindicator.

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