Title 124 - Rules And Regulations For The Design, Operation And Maintenance of Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems
Chapter 15 - Maintenance of Septic Systems and Lagoons

001 The owner of a septic tank shall have a Master or Journeyman Pumper, a professional engineer, or a registered environmental health specialist periodically inspect the septic tank and remove septage from the tank whenever the top of the sludge layer is less than 12 inches below the bottom of the outlet baffle or whenever the bottom of the scum layer is less than three inches above the bottom of the outlet baffle.

002 Pumping and disposal of domestic septage shall be in accordance with this Title.

003 The owner of a lagoon shall operate and maintain the lagoon in the following manner:

003.01 The liquid level in a lagoon shall be maintained at a minimum depth of two feet. Additional water shall be added as necessary to maintain the two foot minimum depth.

003.02 The lagoon area shall be mowed to keep grass and other plants at six inches or less in height on the lagoon slopes and top of dike.

003.03 The lagoon shall be operated to prevent the liquid level from encroaching on the one foot freeboard requirement of the lagoon.

003.04 Solids will be removed from the lagoon if needed through the services of a Master or Journeyman Pumper, a professional engineer, or a registered environmental health specialist and disposed of in accordance with this Title.

004 All dike surface areas from the design high operating waterline to the outside toe of the dike and all other areas which were disturbed during construction shall be seeded or sodded, and a grass cover maintained to prevent soil erosion. Short grasses, such as blue grass are preferred and shall be mowed frequently to prevent overhanging vegetation. Alfalfa and long rooted grasses which might damage the integrity of the lagoon shall not be used. Weeds, cattails, reeds, and other wetland plants shall be removed by physical or chemical treatment as they emerge. Trees and brush shall not be allowed to grow within the setback distances identified in Chapter 5.

Enabling Legislation: Neb. Rev. Stat. ยง81-1505(8).

Legal Citation: Title 124, Ch. 15, Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality.