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SSTS Bulletin

August 2015

More counties, cities, townships adopting point-of-sale SSTS inspection programs to help identify/fix problems



The questionnaire for the MPCA SSTS Annual Report asks counties, cities and townships that regulate SSTS if they a require compliance inspection of a home's septic system before the property can be transferred to new ownership. Based on completed questionnaires received by the MPCA in 2014, The percentage of LGUs with point-of-sale inspection programs increased from 2013 to 2014. 

In 2013, 225 LGUs responded to the question. Of those, 116 had such a program in place and 109 did not.  In 2014, 230 answered the question. Of those, 141 had a program and 89 did not.

In 2013, 52 of 86 reporting counties (60%) said they had a property transfer/SSTS compliance inspection program. For cities, it was 47 of 85 (55%). Sixteen of 52 reporting townships (31%) had a program.

For 2014, 59 of 86 counties (69%) reported a property transfer program. For cities, it was 54 of 84 (64%); for townships it was 26 out of 58 (45%).

Point-of-sale inspection programs are one of the tools local governments can adopt to identify and fix septic systems that pose an imminent threat to public health, are in need of repair or are too close to groundwater.  

The point-of-sale question results reported by the Olmsted TCPA is included with township numbers.


SSTS grant application process underway


As noted in an earlier edition, the MPCA is offering grants to counties for administering SSTS programs, special projects to improve SSTS compliance rates, and to assist low-income homeowners with SSTS upgrades.

The MPCA will determine grant allocations after reviewing all the applications. Funds will flow to counties through the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) Natural Resources Block Grants (NRBG) in 2015.

An email was sent in July to all counties with details of the grant application process. The application submission deadline is August 12 at 4:30 p.m.

The application allows you to click “Submit” and it will automatically email your completed application back to .

If you have problems with this function, you can save the form and attach it to an email to that same address. An email will be sent to confirm that your application was received. The goal is to notify grant recipients of awards during the first week of September or before if possible.

If you still have questions, please send them to or call Aaron Jensen at 651-757-2544. A PDF copy of the grant application is available on the MPCA’s website.