Will I be able to irrigate or have horses where my Soil Treatment Area (STA) is located?

Tri-County Health Department recommends that an STA be left largely untouched by homeowners. Irrigated landscaping is not recommended, since it has the possibility to saturate an STA causing the septic system to fail prematurely. You may consider planting buffalo grass or other natural grasses which do not require irrigation. Mow any grasses planted on the STA area regularly. Horses or other livestock should not be placed on an STA, because compaction of the soils may occur causing premature failure of your absorption area. We also have a guide on septic care and maintenance.

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1. How do I get a permit to build a new, or repair an on-site wastewater treatment system (OWTS)?
2. Under what conditions must an on-site wastewater treatment system (OWTS) be designed by a Colorado Licensed Professional Engineer?
3. How do I get a Use Permit?
4. Who can do Use Permit inspections?
5. I am selling my property and need to get my waste water system certified. What should I do?
6. What is the minimum lot size for an on-site wastewater treatment system (OWTS)?
7. How often do I need to pump my septic tank?
8. Will I be able to irrigate or have horses where my Soil Treatment Area (STA) is located?
9. Can I install a bathroom in a garage, barn, etc., and connect it to my existing on-site wastewater treatment system (OWTS)?
10. I am unsure where my onsite waste water treatment system (OWTS) is located. Do you have records of my system?
11. I accidentally damaged some components of my septic system. Who should I call to inspect and repair the damage? Do I need a permit?