MPCA SSTS Bulletin

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SSTS Bulletin

March 2013

Second statewide talking tour a success; see you next year

In January and February, MPCA staff held 16 meetings with local SSTS program staff in locations all across Minnesota. In all, the sessions drew more than 100 people representing 63 counties, 43 cities, 22 townships, a joint powers board and a sanitary district.

Some general impressions gathered from those meetings include:

  • LGUs are moving ahead with program implementation and figuring out how to make it work in their jurisdictions. There were many good examples of problem-solving shared and we need to find ways to share successful ideas and approaches across the state.
  • Many counties are interested in using the 2006 rule as an alternative to the 2008/11 rule for residential systems under 2500 gpd and they would welcome more specific guidance on adoption language they can use in drafting their local ordinance.
  • Cities and townships would like assistance as they work on amending their ordinances following their county's adoption.

Participants at every meeting were in support of continuing the Talking Tour next year.


SSTS annual report submissions show steady progress toward upgrading systems across the state

Data provided by counties and other local SSTS program administrators at the end of 2012 show there is steady progress being made toward the goal of identifying and updating SSTS across the state. More details will be shared when the report is released later this year. Here is a peek at some of the information that will be in the report.  Looking at the total number of replacement SSTS that have been installed in the past 11 years, we see there have been more than 65,000 upgrades, which means that an estimated 4.6 billion gallons of sewage is now being properly treated, a significant environmental improvement.*

 *The 4.6 billion gallons of sewage treated each year is based on the replacement of systems over 11 years (estimated at 67,500 x 2.5 person/permit, 75 gal/person, 365 days/year).