Ordinance 61 Amendments Adopted + Contractor Open House Meeting

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April 10, 2023

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Ordinance 61 Amendments adopted by the St. Louis County Board

Greetings! After much discussion, collaboration, and consideration, the On-Site Wastewater Division (OSW) is pleased to announce that the St. Louis County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted in favor to adopt the proposed SSTS Ordinance 61 amendments. The Division would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your feedback and engagement during this process. If there are any additional questions or concerns regarding these changes, please contact the Division at the information listed below. For the adopted version of SSTS Ordinance 61, click here: LINK

Reminder for April 13, 2023, Open House Meeting

As a friendly reminder, the OSW Open House Meeting will take place on April 13, 2023, at the Virginia Public Works Building 7823 Hwy 135, Virginia, MN 55792, from 9 AM- 12 PM. Coffee and cookies will be provided, along with printed copies of the updated version of SSTS Ordinance 61. The topic items on the agenda consist of

• New System vs. Replacement System clarification on applications
• Ordinance 61 amendments updates and technical standards changes
• SSTS Document expectations and requirements
• Final Inspection Expectations

We look forward to seeing you there!

Be Prepared. What to do with Your Septic System During a Flood

With all the heavy snowfall this winter, and deeper than usual snowpack for this time of year, there is a high risk for spring flooding to occur. It’s especially important to educate property owners on what to do with their septic systems during a flood. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) recently published some new informational documents to prepare homeowners and contractors alike if such an instance was to occur. To access the MCPA information, click here: LINK.

Some proactive questions to consider as we enter the spring season:

• Is your property located in a flood-prone area?
• Do you have a licensed plumber and/or septic contractor that assists you with your septic needs?
• Are your system inspection caps in place?
• If your system has a backflow preventer, do you know where the manual valve is located?
• Do you know how to turn off all electrical devices associated with your system?
• Do you have a contact for well testing in case of contamination?

If you struggle to answer the following questions, feel free to reach out to the OSW Division to provide the additional resources needed.

Contact us

On-Site Wastewater

If you have any questions about On-Site Wastewater or need assistance, please contact:

Duluth Office: (218) 725-5200
Virginia Office: (218) 749-0625
Email: oswinfo@stlouiscountymn.gov

Ryan Logan
On-Site Wastewater and Water Manager