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County of Madera




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Notice to Qualified Contractors and Residents

The State’s OWTS Policy became effective in May 2013 and requires local agencies to implement the statewide minimum standards of the OWTS Policy which provides provisions for low risk Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (OWTS), or develop a local program by adopting a Local Agency Management Program (LAMP). The LAMP may allow alternatives to the State Policy; however the LAMP must demonstrate that the standards achieve the same purpose as the OWTS Policy which is to protect water quality and public health.

On April 7, 2017, Central Valley Regional Water Board approved Madera County’s Local Agency Management Program for Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems under Order R5-2017-0044.

This letter will serve as notification to Qualified Contractors and Madera County residents that the implementation of Madera County’s LAMP and revised County Ordinance will be effective June 1, 2017.  An electronic copy of the LAMP and revised County Ordinance will be available on Madera County Environmental Health’s website for review and download.  A hard copy will be made available for pick-up upon request.

Moderate changes to note are as follows:

1.    New and/or replacement septic tanks – The septic tank inlet compartment shall be easily accessible via a riser installed at or above finished grade. Risers and lids that are at or above grade must be watertight and lockable or require tools to be opened.

2.    Cesspools – The use of cesspools is prohibited.  Upon the discovery of a cesspool, a destruction permit must be obtained and properly destroyed by a qualified contractor; an approved OWTS must be installed in its place. 

3.    “Hollow” seepage pits – The installation of hollow seepage pits is prohibited.  Upon the discovery of an existing hollow seepage pit, a repair permit must be obtained and the hollow seepage pit must be filled with rock by a qualified contractor.

4.    Setbacks – Updates to existing code section, see Appendix A of the approved LAMP.

5.    OWTS Deficiencies Guidelines – Chart to clarify whether permit is or is not needed for a deficiency for an existing OWTS; see Appendix H of the approved LAMP.

6.    New construction or remodel – All OWTS design proposals for both new construction and additions to an existing structure must show at least 100% reserve area for the active OWTS.


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