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Wastewater Management

District 4 regulates the proper treatment and disposal of human, domestic and industrial wastes. Our Environmental Health Offices are responsible for administering permits, performing inspections and investigating complaints for on-site sewage management systems, which includes new and existing septic tanks and field lines, and for wastewater workers, such as septic tank pumpers and portable sanitation contractors.

Our goal is to protect the health of individuals, families and the community by enforcing the safe disposal of waste and minimizing the occurrence of untreated human sewage. Many diseases, such as dysentery, hepatitis, thyroid and paratyphoid, and gastrointestinal problems are transmitted through the fecal contamination of food and water caused by improper waste disposal.

Rules and Regulations

The following rules and regulations oversee the permitting, installation, maintenance and repair of on-site sewage management systems and portable sanitation service providers.

Please contact your county’s Environmental Health Office for more information.

Residential Septic Systems

Homeowners sometimes have a failing septic system and must face costly repairs, which often do more harm than good. District 4’s Environmental Health Offices can help you protect your investment in the system and your home by providing technical support and work permits.

A Homeowner’s Guide to On-Site Sewage Management Systems has information on proper use and maintenance to ensure your home’s septic system functions properly for many years.

Click here to find lists of certified septic tank installers, septic tank pumpers, portable sanitation contractors and soil classifiers in Georgia.

Construction at a Residence With On-Site Septic Tank

If your home has an on-site septic tank and you want to install a swimming pool, detached garage, out building, or other additional structure, please review the manual for on-site sewage management systems above. Then, complete and submit the following to your county’s Environmental Health Office.

  • Residential Swimming Pool Construction Permit Application and applicable fee (call your county office for details)
  • A local contact, including name and phone number