Information on Your Waushara County

-Submitted by Waushara County Zoning Department

The Waushara County Zoning Department will again begin notifying many County residents by mail that it is time to have their POWTS (Private Onsite Wastewater Treatment System) or septic system maintenance verification completed. Notices will be sent on or around April 1 and owners will have until June 15th to have the required maintenance completed and verified to our office. 

The monitoring of the septic systems by the county is required by state law and is not optional.  Changes adopted by the Wisconsin Legislature in 2005 necessitated changes to the state plumbing code, (DSPS 383.225), that mandate all septic systems located in the county must be inventoried and notices sent to the owners informing them of the POWTS inventory maintenance regulations. 

The purpose of proper septic system maintenance is to protect the ground and surface waters of the state, and to protect the health and safety of all residents. Continued inspection and maintenance of a septic system is important to make sure that the wastewater from your home or other structure is being treated properly, and to identify systems that are showing signs of malfunctioning so that the malfunction can be addressed early before serious damage is done.  

Also, keep in mind that when a failing septic system contaminates surface or drinking water, it can affect many more people than just the owner of the septic system. A properly maintained septic system may also prolong the life expectancy of the system and can reduce the need for costly repairs and replacement, which become more likely if the system isn’t monitored and maintained on a regular basis.