Septic Systems - Permitting & Inspection of On-Site Wastewater Disposal Systems

On-Site Wastewater Disposal System

Per City Code 16.12.010, every property owner who owns real property within a distance of 150 feet of an accessible public main or lateral sewer shall make proper and permanent connections to the available sewer line and abandon the use of any septic tank systems, on-site wastewater or alternative sewer systems. Properties that do not have available city sewer service shall have a permitted on-site wastewater system. The application/permit is to be obtained from the Environmental Health section of Wichita Public Works and Utilities. A property owner is required to obtain a Sewage Facility Application/Permit from Environmental Health for any replacements or additions to an on-site wastewater disposal system. Typically, the permit is obtained by the contractor hired to install or repair the on-site wastewater disposal system.

Air conditioner and sump pump drains, that do not contain wastewater of any kind, should not be connected to an on-site wastewater disposal system.

Septic Tank-Lateral Field System

Environmental Health recommends pumping the tank every two years. It is also recommended that a copy of the receipt for pumping is kept for personal property records. The septic tank location is to be provided to the inspector at the time of the inspection if a septic inspection is requested.

Environmental Health inspects:

  1. The septic tank-lateral field for signs of surfacing sewage.
  2. To see that sewer lines appear to drain properly.
  3. To see that the septic tank and lateral field are a minimum of 50 feet from any water well.

Waste Stabilization Pond (Lagoon)

Environmental Health inspects:

  1. To see that sewer lines appear to drain properly.
  2. The dikes to ensure that they are in good condition and that the pond is not overflowing the dikes.
  3. To see that the lagoon is weed and tree-free and that separation requirements are met.