Beginning in March 2012, the Loudoun County Health Department has been sending out letters to the 1,400 plus owners of alternative septic systems each year advising them that they are required to have their system inspected no later than July 1 of that year.
The Health Department has also begun sending out cards to owners of conventional systems of the need to have their septic system tanks pumped out every five (5) years.
The Loudoun County Ordinance Chapter 1067 - Ordinance to Regulate the Establishment, Operation, and Maintenance of Alternative On-site Sewage Disposal Systems
established requirements for operation, maintenance, and inspection of these alternative septic systems.
Examples of alternative systems by some of their colloquial names are:
- Aerobic treatment unit (ATU)
- Drip distribution
- Low pressure distribution (LPD)
- Peat filters
- Sand filters
- Spray irrigation
Manufactures names, include:
- American Drip
If you have one of these systems, it is most likely that you have a alternative system and if you did not receive a letter from the Health Department, you should call the department at 703-777-0234.