Information about Operation and Maintenance of Septic Systems
The US EPA Information for Homeowners webpage offers a list of ten simple steps to keep a septic system working properly, as well as other publications that can be downloaded or ordered. Some can be customized to include a community's logo and contact information as part of an educational outreach activity. Among them:
Homeowners Guide to Septic Systems - a shorter version and version in Spanish are also available
Homeowners Septic System Checklist to track maintenance
The Ohio EPA Division of Surface Water, while it does not directly monitor or regulate individual onsite systems, has developed some informational materials for the public, including A Guide for Onsite Sewage Disposal Systems (Septic Tank/Tile Field Systems)
Installing and Permitting a New System
Homeowners should work through their local or county health department to obtain a permit to install a new onsite wastewater treatment system, whether it is a conventional septic system or alternative treatment system.