State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project ID: 2007IN216B
Title: Soil and Septic System Field Guide
Project Type: Education
Start Date: 3/01/2007
End Date: 2/28/2008
Congressional District: 1-9
Focus Categories: Education, Groundwater, Surface Water
Keywords: Septic systems, soils, pollution, groundwater, water quality
Principal Investigator: Lee, Brad
Federal Funds: $ 10,000
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 28,528
Abstract: Septic system failure is a problem throughout the United States. About 1/3rd of Hoosiers utilize septic systems, and of these 800,000 systems, the Indiana State Department of Health estimates that about 25% are failing. Many of these failures have been attributed to problematic soil conditions that are prominent throughout the state. The governing law regarding residential septic systems (Rule 410 IAC 6-8.1) is administered at the local level by county health departments. County health departments issue septic system permits based on soils information submitted in a report by consulting soil scientists. Unfortunately, many Indiana health departments lack the expertise to make sound, unbiased interpretations based on these soil reports. Instead they rely on experience, advice from consulting soil scientists and rote analysis of reports. We propose to develop a soil report reference field manual for county health department staff. This manual will be the basic "text" for the annual Soils and Septic System Workshops.

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