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County talks changes to septic tank rules
Change could allow some property owners to avoid connection fee
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The Bryan County Board of Commissioners discussed possible changes to the county’s sewer ordinance regarding septic tanks on Tuesday during a called meeting held at the County Administrative Complex.
Though no action was taken at the meeting, about 10 attendees listened as new County Administrator Ray Pittman went over a bulleted list of potential changes, which would allow septic tanks on some lots.
Concerned with the more than $6,000 price tag per home to connect to the sewer line that runs from WaterWays Township to the new Richmond Hill Middle School, developers in January began requesting that the county allow septic tanks on certain large tracts of land.
These requests prompted discussions about changing the county’s current ordinance, which states any home within 200 feet of an available public water source must tie into that line. State law also requires homes within 200 feet of an available public water source to connect.
But the changes presented Tuesday would:
- Allow septic systems on lots platted prior to Dec. 18 as long as the soil is suitable and state guidelines were met.
- Require lots platted after Dec. 18 and within 1,000 feet of the sewer line to connect.
- Require lots currently on septic systems within 200 feet of the sewer line to connect if the septic system fails.

Read more in the Dec. 22 edition of the News.

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