Maine is a predominantly rural state, and relies heavily on decentralized sewage disposal facilities for disposal of human waste, i.e., septic systems. The State of Maine has regulated septic systems since 1920 to varying degrees. Over the years, the Maine State Plumbing Code, Subsurface Wastewater Disposal Rules (Rules) in their various versions have been administered by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (MECDC) and its predecessors.
The MECDC has been and continues to be responsible for the Rules because they have historically been viewed as a public health code, rather than an environmental regulation.
The Subsurface Wastewater Team, within the MECDC's Division of Environmental Health, Drinking Water Program promulgates and administers the Rules. Our mission is to minimize health and safety hazards associated with improperly installed subsurface waste water disposal systems.
What's New at the Subsurface Wastewater Team
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Beyond the Basics
CANCELLED March 11, 2014 - Auburn City Hall, 60 Court Street, Auburn
March 20, 2014 - Acton Town Office, 35 H Road, Acton map
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Registration
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM Variances and Waivers
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM Break
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Expansions and Changes in Use
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM - 2:45 PM Onsite Sewage Disposal Technology
2:45 PM - 3:00 PM Break
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM "What I Want To Know Is…"
There is no fee to attend this training. Regular coffee will be provided. Attendees must make their own provisions for other refreshments and lunch.
To register, e-mail Jim Jacobsen at firstname.lastname@example.org with your intent to attend. Alternately you may call Jim at 207-287-5695.
The Division will grant 6 professional development hours for attendance at these training events for Site Evaluators, Certified System Installers, and Certified System Inspectors. Contact the Department of Economic and Community Development for information regarding credits for Local Plumbing Inspectors.
Additional locations and dates will be posted as they become finalized.
Septic System Installation
The DEP has partnered with the Division and JETCC to offer the following 4 classes in system installation. This certification may allow you to forego a second inspection of your system by the local plumbing inspector (with the LPI's approval) in many municipalities thus saving you time on your installation work.
Session # N1461 Poland, March 13, 2014, Fire Station
Session # N1463 Bangor, March 27, 2014, Parks & Rec Center
Session # N1466 Franklin, April 3, 2014, Community Center
Session # N1469 Houlton, April 15, 2014, Houlton Town Council Chamber
The Division will grant 8 professional development hours for attendance at these training events for Site Evaluators, Certified System Installers, and Certified System Inspectors. Contact the Department of Economic and Community Development for information regarding credits for Local Plumbing Inspectors.
THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF BASIC TRAINING DATES FOR THE SUBSURFACE WASTEWATER DISPOSAL RULES. THIS YEAR’S TRAINING WILL COVER SITE EVALUATIONS, PERMITTING, INSPECTIONS, AND A LOT OF OTHER ISSUES THAT WERE NOT COVERED IN LAST YEAR’S PRESENTATION
THIS WILL NOT BE THE SAME POWER POINT AS LAST YEAR
THESE CLASSES ARE FOR NEW AND SEASONED LPIs-SITE EVALUATORS – CONTRACTORS – CERTIFIED INSTALLERS AND CERTIFIED INSPECTORS, AND ANYONE WHO WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND CLASSES WILL RUN FROM 8:30-4:00, SIGN IN SHEET BEFORE 8:30, $10 PER REGISTRANT FOR WORKING LUNCH.
8 CONTACT CREDITS FOR EACH CLASS.
WE ARE PREPARING THESE CLASSES EARLY SO WE HAVE A COMPLETE SCHEDULE OF TRAININGS FOR EVERYONE.
WE WILL BE SENDING A REMINDER EMAIL TOWARDS THE END OF THE YEAR AND THE TOWNS WILL BE POSTING IN THE TOWN OFFICE
Harrison ----- February 5, 2014-----Harrison Town Hall----Mary Tremblay---583-0923/583-2241
Strong------ -February 12, 2014---The White Elephant (in Strong)--Steve Ochmanski--623-1782
Ellsworth----February 18, 2014--Ellsworth Town Hall Auditorium--Lori Roberts--667-4910--must register and pay no later than 2/10/14
Litchfield ----February 26, 2014--Litchfield Town Hall-- Steve Ochmanski--623-1782
Lincoln-------March 4, 2014--Lincoln Town Hall--Amanda Woodard--794-3372
Skowhegan----March 12, 2014--Skowhegan Recreation Center--Cynthia Kirk--474-6904
Rangeley-------March 19, 2014--Rangeley Town Office--Paul Ferguson-Packard--670-5093
Greenville-----March 26, 2014—Greenville Town Office—Jack Hart--695-2421-- email@example.com
Fort Fairfield or surrounding area will be sometime in May/June
For more information please contact Brent Lawson, State Plumbing Inspector at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-592-7376.
The Subsurface Wastewater Team has scanned all the hardcopy product files in our possession and uploaded them as Adobe PDF files to this website. The PDF files are linked from the new Products page. No confidential information was copied to our knowledge.
A new checklist is available to assist Local Plumbing Inspectors during system installation inspections.
The PowerPoint presentations and video for the 2013 Basic and the Beyond the Basics workshops are available for viewing and downloading on our training page.
Bio-Microbics' BioBarrier MBR consists of a multiple compartment tank providing primary and secondary treatment, and a membrane filter for solids removal. Permeate can be recirculated for nitrogen removal. BioBarrier MBR has been certified by the National Sanitation Foundation pursuant to ANSI/NSF Standard 40 for residential wastewater treatment systems; ANSI/NSF Standard 245 for nitrogen reduction; and ANSI/NSF Standard 350 for onsite residential and commercial water reuse treatment systems.
Infiltrator Systems, Inc.
Infiltrator Systems, Inc. IM-1530 plastic septic tank has received approval for use in Maine.
SeptiTech advanced wastewater treatment systems have received approval for use of GRAF "Carat S" polypropylene tanks.
NORWECO Hydro-Kinetic Model 600 FEU
The NORWECO Hydro-Kinetic Model 600 FEU consists of a recirculating multiple tank system which incorporates primary, anoxic, and aerobic treatment followed by clarification and recirculation. The treatment tanks are followed by a separate tank containing the NORWECO Hydro-Kinetic FEU filter. The NORWECO Hydro-Kinetic Model 600 FEU has been certified by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) pursuant to ANSI/NSF Standard 40 for residential wastewater treatment systems and Standard 245 for nitrogen reduction.
The Stahlermatic Biological Solution for Wastewater (BSW) STM 8 and AQUA percolation modules have been registered by Winkler Aqua-Service Ltd. They comprise a system with an advanced treatment unit utilizing both aerobic and anaerobic processes and a proprietary disposal area device, each rated at 72 square feet of effective disposal area and intended specifically for use with the Stahlermatic BSW STM 8.
- Site Map
- Online Rules
- Site Evaluator Licensing
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Funding for Septic Systems
- Ten Tips for Systems
- Cemeteries and Crematoria
- 2001 DHS & DEP Programs Review