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Introduced Senate Bill (S)

DIGEST

Septic systems, wells, and regulated drains. Provides that a fee simple interest in: (1) a dwelling connected to a residential onsite sewage system; (2) a nondwelling structure connected to a commercial onsite sewage system; or (3) a tract of land containing a water well in addition to a residential or commercial onsite sewage system; cannot be transferred unless the onsite sewage system is inspected by a qualified inspector and water from the water well is tested by a qualified tester, the test results are provided to the local health department, the county recorder, and the person to whom the fee Septic systems, wells, and regulated drains. Provides that a fee simple interest in: (1) a dwelling connected to a residential onsite sewage system; (2) a nondwelling structure connected to a commercial onsite sewage system; or (3) a tract of land containing a water well in addition to a residential or commercial onsite sewage system; cannot be transferred unless the onsite sewage system is inspected by a qualified inspector and water from the water well is tested by a qualified tester, the test results are provided to the local health department, the county recorder, and the person to whom the fee simple interest is being transferred, and any cause of failure of the onsite sewage system is eliminated. Provides exceptions. Requires the state department of health to adopt rules establishing requirements and standards for inspections and testing, qualifications for inspectors and testers, and requirements and standards for the training and certification of inspectors and testers. Authorizes a county surveyor to classify a regulated drain as a drain in need of reconstruction or a drain in need of periodic maintenance based upon the interests of public health, the reduction of undesirable environmental effects, or flood reduction benefits. Provides that the maintenance fund established for a regulated drain or combination of regulated drains may be used to: (1) better serve the interests of public health; (2) reduce undesirable environmental effects; (3) provide flood reduction benefits; (4) improve drainage control; or (5) provide drainage water storage infrastructure or technology associated with water that flows in or into a particular regulated drain or combination of regulated drains. Authorizes a county surveyor, when determining the best method of reconstructing a regulated drain or the best method of drainage for the area to which a petition to establish a new regulated drain relates, to consider cost effective drainage designs that limit undesirable environmental effects, improve public health, or provide flood reduction benefits. ... View more