2011HSTS contractor meeting (Van Wert)


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This presentation includes information presented by the Van Wert County Health Department to sewage treatment system contractors during the annual educational meeting. Two additional presentations given by guest speakers are not included.

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2011HSTS contractor meeting (Van Wert)

  1. 1. 2011 HSTS Contractor Meeting February 17, 2011
  2. 2. Meeting Topics: <ul><li>HSTS Regulatory Update </li></ul><ul><li>Puraflo Type B Mound System </li></ul><ul><li>Sludgehammer Remediation Unit </li></ul><ul><li>Infiltrator Low-Profile Chambers </li></ul><ul><li>Enviro-Septic Monitoring Program Update </li></ul><ul><li>General Discussion </li></ul>
  3. 3. HSTS Regulatory Update
  4. 4. Recent Developments <ul><li>June 18, 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Governor Strickland signs Sub. SB 110 into law </li></ul><ul><li>July 1, 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Suspended portions of ORC 3718 are unsuspended </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Public Health Council has authority to adopt new rules (again) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rules effective no sooner than 1/1/2012 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ODH oversight of local programs re-established </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ODH has survey authority over local programs </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Mid-September 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Additional provisions of Sub. SB 110 take effect </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Updated definitions for bedrock, infiltrative surface, soil, vertical separation distance, water table, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Changes makeup of TAC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Establishes STS Appeals Board in each jurisdiction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ODH has survey authority over local programs </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>September 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>STS Rule Advisory Committee (RAC) established </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Meets monthly and holds a conference call monthly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides input into the rule writing process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wide variety of interests represented: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>local health departments ODNR </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>contractors industry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>county engineers home builders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>township officials engineers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>academia Farm Bureau </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Tracking the rule-writing process: </li></ul><ul><li>ODH Share Point site: </li></ul><ul><li>Information is posted prior to each RAC meeting </li></ul><ul><li>Includes discussion board for comments </li></ul><ul><li>To access to the site, contact Nathan Johnson of ODH at: </li></ul><ul><li>(614) 644-7181 or Nathan.Johnson@odh.ohio.gov </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Other ways to stay engaged… </li></ul><ul><li>Ohio Onsite Wastewater Association (OOWA) </li></ul><ul><li>YOUR professional association </li></ul><ul><li>Quarterly newsletter, and e-mail updates </li></ul><ul><li>Five representatives on the RAC </li></ul><ul><li>Ohio Septic Forum </li></ul><ul><li>Updated information posted as it becomes available </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity to discuss information with others </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Other ways to stay engaged… </li></ul><ul><li>Local health department e-mail updates </li></ul><ul><li>Not on the e-mail list? Make sure you sign up before leaving! </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Online Resources </li></ul><ul><li>ODH Share Point site </li></ul><ul><li>http://mossapps.odh.ohio.gov/sites/BEH/WaterAndSewage/default.aspx </li></ul><ul><li>ODH Sewage Treatment System Law & Rules Page </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.odh.ohio.gov/odhPrograms/eh/sewage/sewrules.aspx </li></ul><ul><li>OOWA Website </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.ohioonsite.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>Ohio Septic Forum </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.ohiosepticforum.com </li></ul><ul><li>Van Wert County Health Department Website </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.vanwertcountyhealth.org </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Stay informed and involved!! </li></ul>
  12. 12. Puraflo Type B Mound System Charlie Ray- Bord na Mona Environmental Products US Jim Charville- Norwalk Concrete Inc.
  13. 13. 15 MINUTE BREAK
  14. 14. SludgeHammer & Infiltrator Ron Robinson- Spoerr Precast Concrete
  15. 15. 20 systems currently in operation in Van Wert County Enviro-Septic System Monitoring Program
  16. 16. Post-installation system site visits 277 Systems sampled- 7 Sites where drain flow has been directly observed- 4 Sites where drain has been found backed up at sampling port- 5 Sites where no evidence of recent flow has been observed- 11 Sites where standing water has been observed in inspection ports- 10 A few more statistics…
  17. 17. Perimeter Drain Sampling
  18. 18. Perimeter Drain Sampling First systems began operating - fall 2008 First opportunity to collect samples – March 2009 Four systems sampled during 2008-2009 season Five systems sampled during 2009-2010 season Zero systems sampled during 2010-2011 season (as of today) Perimeter drain effluent testing is made possible by the financial support of the Van Wert County Foundation, Ohio Department of Health, and the Van Wert County Board of Health.
  19. 19. 2008-2009 Sampling Results
  20. 20. 2009-2010 Sampling Results
  21. 21. Perimeter Drain Sampling <ul><li>CONCLUSIONS… </li></ul><ul><li>High suspended solids could be due to recently disturbed soil around the drain </li></ul><ul><li>Bacteria results are very inconsistent </li></ul><ul><li>Comparison of results between curtain drain and system inspection port suggest additional factors influencing bacterial content of drain effluent. </li></ul><ul><li>Hopefully more testing will help to provide a clearer picture, BUT testing is scheduled to end in the spring of 2011. </li></ul>
  22. 22. <ul><li>Perimeter drains don’t flow as often as originally expected </li></ul><ul><li>Water appears to be very clean prior to entering soil </li></ul><ul><li>Data suggests that outside factors may be influencing quality of perimeter drain effluent </li></ul><ul><li>Onsite systems can function in our heavy soils </li></ul>What have we learned???
  23. 23. <ul><li>Current system monitoring program </li></ul><ul><li>Sampling will end in 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Visual monitoring will continue, with frequency based on each system’s history </li></ul><ul><li>“ Phase II” </li></ul><ul><li>25 additional systems using same sizing criteria </li></ul><ul><li>Replacement installations only </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple water table monitoring wells to be installed on each site to monitor seasonal water table under and around systems. </li></ul>What’s next??? Typical water table monitoring well
  24. 24. Design Plans and As-Built Drawings
  25. 25. <ul><li>Design plan basics: </li></ul><ul><li>Clean, dark and legible drawing and print </li></ul><ul><li>Site layout drawing, approximately to scale </li></ul><ul><li>Relevant measurements* </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- Distance from septic system to well, property lines, surface water </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Dimensions of soil absorption area </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Designated benchmark which is identified at site </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Relevant elevations of system components and absorption system area </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>* Much of this information can be provided using a design template, rather than creating a very cluttered drawing </li></ul></ul>
  26. 26. Site Layout Drawing
  27. 27. <ul><li>As-built basics: </li></ul><ul><li>Clean, dark and legible drawing and print </li></ul><ul><li>- As-built drawing will become part of Health Department record and will also be mailed to homeowner. </li></ul><ul><li>Site layout drawing, approximately to scale </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- Site layout drawing from design plan may be used if no changes were made. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Signed statement indicating that the system was installed in accordance with all applicable rules and plan specifications. </li></ul>
  28. 28. <ul><li>As-built basics: </li></ul><ul><li>Make a rough sketch including all measurements and elevations before leaving the job site. </li></ul><ul><li>Submit as-built drawing to health department as soon as possible after installation is completed. </li></ul><ul><li>Remember, this requirement is expected to continue under </li></ul><ul><li>the new statewide rules. </li></ul>
  29. 29. Sample as-built drawing
  30. 30. Sample health department installation record
  31. 31. Some Random Thoughts… <ul><li>In the off-season… </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Make sure all as-built records have been submitted to the health department </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Encourage prospective customers to arrange for site and soil evaluations well before spring </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Determine system locations and layouts </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Protect future system locations using rope or caution tape </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Compile and submit all required design information to health department for site review </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Continuing education </li></ul></ul></ul>
  32. 32. Informational Resources Household Sewage Treatment Systems page of our health department website: www.vanwertcountyhealth.org Ohio Department of Health sewage page: http://www.odh.ohio.gov/odhPrograms/eh/sewage/sewage1.aspx Ohio Onsite Wastewater Association www.ohioonsite.org Ohio Septic Forum www.ohiosepticforum.com National Association of Wastewater Transporters www.nawt.org
  33. 33. For More Information: <ul><li>Many other websites offer information on specific products or system types that may be used to comply with Ohio’s STS rules. For links to specific sites or for other information, send an e-mail to jmenchhofer@vanwertcountyhealth.org </li></ul><ul><li>Or contact: </li></ul><ul><li>Jason Menchhofer </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental Health Director </li></ul><ul><li>Van Wert County Health Department </li></ul><ul><li>419-238-0808, extension 108 </li></ul><ul><li>419-203-6858 </li></ul><ul><li>“ Hard copy” information will also be provided upon request if preferred. </li></ul><ul><li>Additional resources provided in handout folder </li></ul>
  34. 34. Questions??