On-Site Wastewater Treatment Systems


El Paso County Public Health will be CLOSED from 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 6, 2014

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We inspect and regulate on-site wastewater treatment systems (OWTS), also known as septic systems. We protect public health and the environment by preventing human exposure to sewage and the contamination of our groundwater by ensuring the proper placement, design, installation, and maintenance of OWTS. We focus on regulation of wastewater treatment systems associated with both commercial and residential facilities that are not serviced by a municipal wastewater system. There are an estimated 35,000 operating OWTS in El Paso County.

UPDATE:  The El Paso County Board of Health approved the proposed new On-site Wastewater Treatment System (OWTS) Regulations, Chapter 8, on February 24, 2014. The new OWTS Regulations became effective on April 10, 2014, with the exception of the Transfer of Title section which will have an effective date January 1, 2015.   New El Paso County Board of Health Regualtion Chapter 8 - OWTS - Effective April 10, 2014

  • Owner/Contractor Contact Information
  • Licensed On-site Wastewater Treatment System Designers (Engineers)
  • How to Obtain a Copy of an Existing OWTS Permit and Record Drawing
  • How to Obtain an On-Site Wastewater Treatment System (Septic) Permit
  • Application for an On-Site Wastewater Treatment System (OWTS) Permit
  • Checklist for NEW OWTS Permit Submittal
  • Checklist for MAJOR REPAIR OWTS Permit Sumittal

TRAINING:   Certified Inspector training classes have been scheduled.  Please review the attached letter, and get signed up for a training class. Also, please note the upcoming National Association of Wastewater Technicians (NAWT) training class that will be held here at the Citizens Service Center on May 22nd and 23rd. 

Soils Training:  Colorado Professionals of On-Site Wastewater (CPOW) July 10-11, 2014 For more information visit CPOW.net

Technical Advisory Group (TAG)

The On-Site Wastewater Treatment Systems' Technical Advisory Group meets quarterly to discuss on-site wastewater policy, current science, technology, and trends. Meetings are held at the Public Health offices in the Citizens Service Center located at 1675 W. Garden of the Gods Road. For more information, contact Mike McCarthy, Program Manager (719) 578-3131 or by e-mail at mikemccarthy@elpasoco.com.








Operation and maintenance of your system

Septic systems are usually not considered an essential part of a home. But replacing a residential septic treatment system may cost between $8,000 and $15,000!  Periodic inspection and timely repair of your system components can prevent damage to the soil and water in the ground around your home, and may extend the useful life of your system.

Please note: low interest or even 0% interest loans are available to citizens with failing septic systems who meet qualifying criteria. Please contact Colorado Springs Housing Development at (719) 385-5912 for further information regarding this loan program.

Why should you maintain your septic system?

  • To protect public health.
  • To protect our drinking water.
  • To protect your investment.
  • Transfer of Title Q and A
  • Brochure: Maintaining Your Septic System
  • Licensed On-site Wastewater Treatment System Installers
  • Licensed On-site Wastewater Treatment System Cleaners (Pumpers)
  • Licensed On-site Wastewater Treatment System Designers (Engineers)
  • How to Obtain a Copy of an Existing OWTS Permit and Record Drawing
  • How to Obtain an On-site Wastewater Treatment System (Septic) Permit








  • Licensed On-site Wastewater Treatment System Installers
  • Licensed On-site Wastewater Treatment System Cleaners (Pumpers)
  • How to Obtain a Copy of an Existing OWTS Permit and Record Drawing
  • Brochure: Maintaining Your Septic System

The new El Paso County Board of Health Regulations, Chapter 8, were approved by the Board of Health on February 24, 2014. Section 8.4.O, Transfer of Title, on page 24 was also approved, and has an effective date of January 1, 2015. Training schedules for the real estate industry on this new requirement will be announced soon.   Transfer of Title Q and A

Our program goal is to help assure that the OWTS is inspected properly by a Public Health certified OWTS inspector, and all system components being maintained and operated as designed.  Results of the inspections will be made available to the real estate industry quickly through a website dedicated for the certified OWTS inspector to record all OWTS inspection results.  The results would then be easily accessed and available for those involved in the property transaction.

Assurance that OWTS are maintained and operating as designed is a vital part of protecting groundwater and surface water quality, as well as the health of the public.