WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – A court order that told Trumbull County’s health district how to regulate septic systems has been lifted, opening the doors for new development and cost savings for residents.
The State Attorney General’s Office and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency gave the county special requirements for home septic systems through that court order, enacted ten years ago.
The announcement of it being lifted is exciting for State Representative Sean O’Brien.
“This is going to affect a lot of homeowners and a lot of communities,” he said.
Craig Butler, director of the Ohio EPA, says they wouldn’t have lifted the order if there hadn’t been significant progress.
The county now has options to fix its existing systems, instead of being forced into spending thousands of dollars on a new one complete with concrete sand traps or tying into a sewer line.
That translates into cost savings for homeowners.
“Instead of having $25,000 to put in a new system, now you can maybe do $500 or $600, get the band aid or what you need to have done to fix the system to make it in compliance,” O’Brien said.
Jack Simon with the Trumbull County Board of Health says the price of installation should also come down.
“Another big area that should be helpful now is that if you have a working system, you no longer have to abandon that system. You can apply for a variance to keep it, even if a sanitary sewer runs down your street.”
It also clears the way for development opportunities.
“Lots in the past that could not be developed now have the potential of being developed. I think that’s a tremendous importance to this county to get land developed and increase the tax base,” said Health Commissioner Frank Migliozzi.
County health officials say if a resident is in the process of replacing their septic system, they should call their contractor to find out which system they can get now that the order has been lifted. Officials say the change could save them a few thousand dollars.