State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project ID: 2008IN244B
Title: New Rural Home Buyer Septic System Extension Bulletin Series
Project Type: Education
Start Date: 3/01/2008
End Date: 2/28/2009
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: $ 21,132
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 soil information submitted in a report by consulting soil scientists. Potential homebuyers have very little if any knowledge of septic systems other than the permit requirement. We propose to develop a series of hardcopy bulletins specifically addressing the educational needs of potential buyers of homes that utilize septic systems as their form of wastewater treatment.

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