Septic System Decommissioning Form: A septic system decommissioning form is used when municipal sanitary sewers are present and you would like to discontinue use of your septic and connect to the municipal sewer. Proper decommissioning methods will help ensure that our health, safety and environment are protected.
Septic tanks are full of untreated wastewater. Wastewater is loaded with contaminants including bacteria, viruses, parasites and nitrates which can cause diseases or other health or environmental problems. If abandoned and not properly decommissioned, wastewater will eventually leak out, contaminating the soil, groundwater and polluting local watercourses.
Septic tanks that have not been properly taken out of service can also create a safety hazard. If an abandoned septic tank has not been filled in with soil, the lid or top of the tank may collapse or cave in. There have been serious injuries and even deaths caused by a fall into an abandoned septic tank when the lid collapsed.
Note: Septic systems can include holding tanks, pretreatment tanks, pump chambers and advanced treatment units.
By following this decommissioning and inspection process, homeowners will have the peace-of mind that their family’s health and safety is protected. This official record certifying the decommissioning will also provide value-added support during future real estate transactions.