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THE LAW

          EVERY HOME IN TEXAS THAT IS NOT CONNECTED TO CITY SEWER MUST POSSESS AND MAINTAIN A LEGALLY PERMITTED SEPTIC SYTEM.  EXISTING SYSTEMS THAT WERE INSTALLED BEFORE SEPTEMBER 1, 1989 MAY CONTINUE TO OPERATE WITHOUT A PERMIT, AS LONG AS THE SYSTEM IS NOT CREATING A NUISANCEIT HAS NOT BEEN ALTERED AND IT IS NOT IN NEED OF REPAIR.

         HOWEVER, ONCE YOUR SYSTEM FAILS,YOU ARE REQUIRED TO OBTAIN A PERMIT FOR
CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW ON-SITE SEWAGE FACILITY (OSSF), WHICH MEETS STATE 
REQUIREMENTS. 

CHECK BEFORE YOU BUY YOUR LAND:

     a.  MAKE SURE THAT THE LOT IS LARGE ENOUGH

         - AT LEAST 1 ACRE WITH A WATER WELL OR
         - 1/2 ACRE WITH CITY WATER
         - 
NOTE THAT SMALL LOTS ARE ALLOWED TO HAVE NEW OSSFS PERMITTED, AS LONG AS
            IT WAS LAST SUBDIVIDED BEFORE SEPTEMBER 1, 1989

     b.  CHECK THE SOIL CONDITIONS

         - HAVE A SITE EVALUATION PERFORMED
         - THIS WILL DETERMINE WHAT TYPE OSSF WILL WORK FOR YOUR SITE

Questions?

Please call or come by the Health Department

221 N. Texas

432-498-4141

Office Hours: 8 am - 9 am & 1 pm - 2 pm M-F



  Water Quality Announcement: We have recently notified licensed septic system installers that they will need to provide the Health Department with a changed drawing when their construction for a septic system differs from the approved drawing, before they call for a final inspection.

Notice to Installers - Change in Construction


Permits and Application forms and Contractor Lists Available On-Line


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