Sewer district discussed for East Side |

Sewer district discussed for East Side

The East Side is rife with pressure from new development, which makes guarding the drinking water more critical than ever.

Soon local stretches of the Weber River, which provides water for most of Summit County, could be used to capture treated sewage.

"We are trying to bring something that is innovative and proactive," interim Summit County Community Development Director Don Sargent said.

Septic tanks, so far, have served eastern Summit County well. But the number of tanks on the East Side is approaching levels that could harm water quality in several locations.

The new Eastern Summit County Water Conservancy Special Service District will create a body politic to allow consideration of community wastewater systems for unincorporated parts of the county.

"We wholeheartedly support this effort, it’s a very good thing and something that is badly needed," said Alison Weyher, a planner in Francis.

The Summit County Health Department can only permit individual septic systems with flows less than 5,000 gallons per day, according to Sargent.

So-called major subdivisions, which consist of more than three lots, currently must connect to a city sewer system or install a treatment facility, he explained.

"Community onsite wastewater systems serving more than one household with flows greater than 5,000 gallons per day are regulated by the state [Division of Water Quality] and must be managed by a ‘body politic,’" a report from Summit County states.

There are currently more than 6,000 septic tanks in Summit County, according to Sargent.

He recommended creating the new sewer district to control "the proliferation of septic tanks."

"The county’s intention is not to get into the sewer business All costs will be borne by the developers proposing the development," Sargent said about subdivisions that require sewer treatment facilities.

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