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The City Of Los Angeles Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems Management Program

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The City of Los Angeles Onsite Wastewater Treatment System (OWTS) program goals are to enable the City to regulate septic systems and protect public health and environment. There are about 12,000 properties in the City of Los Angeles that are served by OWTS. In 2000, AB885 was enacted into California Water Code that required the State to delegate implementation of these standards to Qualified Local Agencies through memorandums of understanding (MOU). In 2005, City of Los Angeles entered into a MOU with Regional Water Quality Control Board that specified minimum requirements for permitting, operating, and monitoring of residential OWTS.

The City of Los Angeles is currently working with regulatory agencies, stakeholders, and industry associations, to establish an effective OWTS program ordinance consisting of the following five programs that will be presented at the conference: construction & operation permits, inspection certification, operation & maintenance, monitoring & reporting, and public education.

Keywords: OWTS; Septic system; onsite

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2009

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