The Planning and Zoning Office issues all Sanitary Permits for the County and inspects all system installations for compliance to State codes. Wastewater carries disease-causing bacteria, infectious viruses, household chemicals and excess nutrients that must be removed. If you are not hooked up to city sewer or a sanitary district, your septic system is your wastewater treatment facility (POWTS - Privately Owned Wastewater Treatment System). Though it is much less complicated than a city's facilities, it serves a similar purpose; to protect public health and prevent pollution.
Wells are regulated by the DNR. Please click here.
Septic Maintenance Program
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DSPS 383.50 requires that all Counties in Wisconsin establish a maintenance program to ensure that all POWTS will be inspected, evaluated, maintained and serviced so that the POWTS will operate as designed and thereby protect the public health and waters of the State. Septic tanks must be inspected at least every three years and pumped when needed. We mail out forms 3 years from date of last service. See the FAQ for more information.
- Maintenance Fees.
Waupaca County imposed a fee for administration and operation of the Maintenance Program in 2003. Since 2007 the fee has been $5/year per septic tank “set”. Multiple active septic systems on a parcel will result in multiple fees. This has historically been billed when the maintenance forms have gone out. In an effort to keep costs down and increase efficiency, starting in 2019, the maintenance fee will be placed on the property tax bill. It will appear as a Septic Maint. Fee Special Charge. The special charge will show an annual fee of $5/year per septic system on the property. This fee is only imposed on properties with septic systems.
- Septic Maintenance Data Entry (for pumpers/plumbers only)
- Septic Education
- Ins and Outs of Septic Systems
- Septic System Additives
- Suggested Plants for a Mound System
- Dos & Don'ts for Septic Systems