Introduced House Bill (H)

Authored by

DIGEST

Connection of certain properties to sewer systems. Amends the law under which a property of at least 10 acres may be exempt from mandatory connection to the sewer system of a not-for-profit utility to provide that: (1) a property owner seeking the exemption may provide to the utility a written determination from a qualified inspector that the system is not failing; and (2) the utility shall provide a property owner with any forms needed, shall promptly respond in writing to any application, shall explain in writing any rejection of a property owner's application, and shall allow a property owner at Connection of certain properties to sewer systems. Amends the law under which a property of at least 10 acres may be exempt from mandatory connection to the sewer system of a not-for-profit utility to provide that: (1) a property owner seeking the exemption may provide to the utility a written determination from a qualified inspector that the system is not failing; and (2) the utility shall provide a property owner with any forms needed, shall promptly respond in writing to any application, shall explain in writing any rejection of a property owner's application, and shall allow a property owner at least 270 days after a rejection to revise the property owner's application or otherwise attempt to prove that the property owner is entitled to the exemption. Amends the law under which a property of at least 10 acres may be exempt from mandatory connection to the sewer system of a regional sewage district to provide that: (1) the minimum area of a property qualifying for the exemption is the lesser of: (A) five acres; or (B) the minimum acreage required in the county in which the property is located for the installation of an onsite septic system; (2) a property owner seeking the exemption may provide to the district a written determination from a qualified inspector that the system is not failing; and (3) the district must provide a property owner with any forms needed, shall promptly respond in writing to any application, shall explain in writing any rejection of a property owner's application, and shall allow a property owner at least 270 days after a rejection to revise the property owner's application or otherwise attempt to prove that the property owner is entitled to the exemption. Allows a property owner who connects to the sewer system of a regional sewage district to provide, at the owner's expense, labor, equipment, materials, or any combination of labor, equipment, and materials to accomplish the connection, subject to inspection and approval by the district. Prohibits a local health department from denying an application for a residential septic system installation permit if the applicant demonstrates that: (1) the area of the property on which the residential septic system will be installed is at least 10 acres; (2) there are on the property at least two areas that may be used for the collection and treatment of sewage and that, if used, will protect human health and the environment; (3) the waste stream from the property is limited to domestic sewage from a residence or business; and (4) the residential septic system will have a maximum design flow of at least 750 gallons per day. ... View more