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12:00 PMFamily Fun Day
10:00 AMFree Compost Workshop
Monterey County Health Department Encourages Safe Food Practices during This Holiday Weekend
Picnics and barbecues offer lots of opportunities for outdoor fun with family and friends. But these fun events also present opportunities for foodborne bacteria to thrive. As food heats up in summer temperatures, bacteria multiply rapidly.
Memorial Day Weekend Events
5/19/2017 1:35:00 PM
Californians Urged to Remove Standing Water to Reduce Mosquitoes
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) urges all Californians to eliminate standing water around their homes and businesses to help reduce mosquito populations in an effort to prevent Zika and West Nile virus infections.
5/15/2017 11:53:00 AM
Information about OWTS (Septic Systems)
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Local Agency Management Plan (LAMP) Development
- Carmel Highlands Onsite Wastewater Management Plan
- OWTS Maintenance Tips: Food Facilities
- OWTS Homeowner’s Guide
- Wet Weather Soils Testing
- Local OWTS Regulations (Monterey County Code)
- Online Contractor Notification For Start of OWTS Installation
Conventional & Alternative OWTS (Septic Systems)
Conventional OWTS (Septic System)A conventional gravity flow septic system consists of a series of tanks or a compartmented tank followed by a drainfield. The septic tanks are used to settle out solids and partially treat wastewater before it reaches the subsurface drainfield. Certain areas may not be suitable for conventional systems; for example, areas with nearby nutrient-sensitive waters, high densities of existing conventional systems, highly permeable or shallow soils, shallow water tables, large rocks or confining layers, and poorly drained soils.
- OWTS Application
- Variance to Setbacks
- OWTS Performance Evaluation
- Approved Septic Contractor List
- Septic Tank Capacity and Drainfield Sizing: Residential
Alternative OWTS (Supplemental Treatment System)
Alternative OWTS are used in areas where conventional OWTS cannot provide adequate treatment of wastewater effluent due to site constraints. Supplemental systems feature components and processes designed to promote degradation and/or treatment of wastes through biological processes, oxidation/reduction reactions, filtration, evapotranspiration, and other processes. Some examples of Alternative (supplemental) OWTS include mound systems, fixed-film contact units, wetlands, aerobic treatment units, and low-pressure drip applications.
Currently, Monterey County does not have authority to issue permits for new Alternative Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems, only for repairs to existing OWTS. Monterey County is in the process of drafting a Local Agency Management Program for Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (LAMP) that will subsequently allow Alternative OWTS to be utilized for new construction. The use of Alternative OWTS as the basis for demonstrating onsite wastewater disposal feasibility will not be allowed.