On-Site Sewage Facility

OSSF Program (On-Site Sewage Facilities)

About
When people build structures outside the City limits of Cities, there are not service lines that carry sewage to municipal treatment plants. On-site sewage facilities (OSSF) are designed to provide a safe method of disposal for sewage without harm to people or the environment. Since the late 1970’s the Amarillo Bi City-County Health District has permitted and inspected septic systems within Potter and Randall Counties.

The Environmental Health Department is the Permitting Authority for the Authorized Agents (Potter and Randall Counties). This department employs Designated Representatives licensed with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. This authorization is granted to Environmental Health by County Order in both Potter and Randall Counties. Title 30 of the Texas Administrative Code Chapter 285 On-Site Sewage Facilities provides rules that detail the minimum standards for permitting, installing and operating OSSF within Texas.

Each year Environmental Health permits over 500 septic systems within Potter and Randall Counties. Any owner of a facility or home that does not produce more than 5000 gallons of domestic sewage per day and does not have a usable sewer tap within 200 feet of the structure may apply for a permit to construct an OSSF. Owners of single-family dwellings may install their own septic system. Certified Installers that hold valid licenses issued by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality must install all other OSSF. If you follow this link you can read the entire rules for installing an On-Site Sewage System in Texas.

Links
Texas Administrative Code  (TITLE 30 ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
PART 1 TEXAS COMMISSION ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
CHAPTER 285 ON-SITE SEWAGE FACILITIES)

 

Documents
On-Site Sewage Facilities (Rules, Regulations, and Guidelines)

Why Untreated Surfacing Sewage is Considered a Public Health Nuisance

Forms/Applications
Inspection Request for an Existing Septic Systems
OSSF Application
Site and Soil Evaluation
Water Sample Collection Form