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Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems Local Agency Management Program


Introduction

California law (Health & Safety Code, §§ 116275; 116500) provides that a county health officer or a comprehensive environmental agency is responsible for permitting the installation of and regulating OWTS within its jurisdictional boundaries. In Alameda County, the Health Officer has designated the Director of Environmental Health as a Deputy Health Officer for the purpose of enforcing State and local environmental health law. Moreover, all cities within the County have designated the County's Health Officer as their jurisdictions' health officer.

The County currently administers a local wastewater management program for Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (OWTS) under the authority of Chapter 15.18 of the Alameda County General Ordinance Code. On June 19, 2012, the California State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board or SWRCB) adopted the Water Quality Control Policy for Siting, Design, Operation, and Maintenance of Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (State OWTS Policy).

The OWTS Policy became effective in May 2013 and requires local agencies to implement the statewide minimum standards of the OWTS Policy which provides provisions for low risk Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems, or develop a local program by adopting a Local Agency Management Program (LAMP). The LAMP may allow alternatives to the OWTS Policy; however the LAMP must demonstrate that the standards achieve the same purpose as the OWTS Policy which is to protect water quality and public health. The LAMP must be submitted to the San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board no later than May 13, 2016, and must be implemented prior to May 13, 2018.



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