On-site Wastewater

Treatment System Program


An estimated twenty-five percent of homes in Missouri rely on an onsite wastewater treatment system (OWTS) in areas where public sewers are not available. Onsite systems treat wastewater and disperse it on the property where it is generated. When functioning properly, onsite systems prevent human contact with sewage, and prevent contamination of surface and groundwater. Factors that affect the proper functioning of onsite systems include the site and soil conditions, design, installation, operation and maintenance.

Public health and the environment are protected when new systems are constructed, and failing systems are repaired or replaced, using criteria equal to or better than Missouri’s Minimum Construction Standards. Homeowner understanding of the need for regular maintenance and proper operation of their onsite sewage system is important for long-term system performance and public health protection.

Jasper County adopted their own on-site wastewater treatment systems ordinance in September of 1995. This ordinance requires any person building in Jasper County to obtain building and wastewater permits.


Building Permits


Since May, 1999 the Jasper County Health Department requires any person in Jasper County that will build, erect, install or construct any structure to be used as a residence, house, home, or as a commercial facility to obtain a building permit through the Jasper County Health Department. Building permits require the property to be checked for proper 911 address, lot size, flood plain, mine waste areas and storm water control in unincorporated urban areas. Since May 6, 1999 the County requires a minimum lot size of 0.92 acres per septic system. Owners will need to show proof of lot size via a tax receipt, survey, or warranty deed. A building permit fee is $25.00.


Wastewater Permits


Since September 1, 1995 the Jasper County Health Department requires any person that constructs, modifies, repairs or operates any sewage treatment system to obtain an Onsite Sewage Treatment System Permit issued by the Jasper County Health Department. New systems require a soil profile to be done by a licensed soil morphologist located in the vicinity of the proposed lateral lines. Homeowners can install their own onsite system but all permits still have to be attained and approved before work can start. If the homeowner chooses not to do the work themselves a state and county licensed septic installer shall be chosen from the counties list. Once the soil profile is obtained a wastewater permit should be filled out with a sketch plan of the entire septic system.

New system permit fee is $75.00. Repairs on existing systems require a repair permit from the Jasper County Health Department.Soil profiles are required for additions to lateral fields over 100 feet. Repairs under 100 feet of line are allowed on a one shot bases. If the repairs do not fix the system an updated system brought up to current code will be required. Cost for a repair permit is $25.00. Once all the permits are turned into our office they will be evaluated for approval. Approval usually takes 3 to 5 days.


Sewer Complaints


The Jasper County Health Department investigates all forms of onsite sewage complaints.Sewage complaints need to be in writing. Once a sewage complaint form is filled out a representative from the health department will investigate the complaint. If the complaint is verified a letter stating the problem is sent to the owner of the property. If there is no response to the letter an official notice of violation is sent certified mail giving the owner thirty days to correct the problem. Another thirty day extension can be given if approved by our department. If further violation persists after the designated time period, the case is then turned over to the Jasper County Prosecuting Attorney.


List of Soil Scientists, Septic Installers Licensed Septic Inspectors / Evaluators


Onsite Wastewater

Treatment Funding Assisstance


We are pleased to provide information about a new loan program that makes funding assistance available to make repairs or improvements to onsite wastewater treatment systems. Funding is available to homeowners through MACOG, the Missouri Association of Councils of Government. The MACOG loan program is funded by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Onsite Wastewater Loan program information is available online at http://www.macogonline.org/onsite/, including links to a brochure, fact sheet, and loan application. The brochure and factsheet describe eligible borrowers, eligible and ineligible activities, loan terms, homeowner responsibilities, and the documents required to apply. In addition, the nineteen (19) Missouri Regional Planning Commissions are listed.

Other sources of limited funding may still be available in certain areas.

Please also check:
Spring River Water Shed Website
USDA Rural Development
Community Action Agencies
Missouri Housing Development Commission