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On-Site Wastewater Treatment SystemsRep. Gerou & Sen. Roberts
: Quinn Girrens
What the Bill Does
Currently, “a sewage treatment system not connected to a larger system (e.g., a municipal ordistrict sanitary sewer) is known as an individual sewage disposal system” (ISDS).
The WaterQuality Control Commission (WQCC) regulates these systems.
This legislation would regulatethe application of new technological advances in sewage system management and apply thenew term of on-site wastewater treatment system (OWTS) to replace ISDS.
The bill makesdefinition changes and allows for local health agencies to collect the fees required for receivinga permit to use an (OWTS). The bill allows for these permit fees to be applied to new, upgraded,or repaired OWTS, as opposed to only new OWTS as in the original statute.
:This bill will mainly affect Coloradoans located in unincorporated areas, where most on-sitewastewater treatment systems are located, and will therefore impact local health agencies andcounty governments.
In addition to the minimum standards adopted by the WQCC forlocation, design, construction, performance, installation, alteration, and use of OWTS, eachlocal health board in Colorado is required to adopt detailed rules for OWTS within their jurisdiction.
Permit fees are utilized to offset the indirect and direct costs to the local publichealth agency, such as soil evaluations or percolation tests.
The development of state regulation of OWTS began in the 1950s to “ensure proper functioning
Alex Schatz, Fiscal Note: HB 12-1126 (Feb. 29, 2011),
C.R.S. §25-10-104(1), (2).