271 W. 3rd St. N.
Wichita, KS 67202
City of Wichita
271 W. 3rd St. N.
Wichita, KS 67202
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about wastewater and water wells.
Alternative advanced treatment systems
The required soil testing,
soil survey, and groundwater depth information will determine the
type of system to be installed, as well as construction standards for that
system. Each system is designed not only to dispose of wastewater but to treat
it in order to protect the natural resources of Sedgwick County.
Septic Systems are typically installed in areas where the soil is generally sandy. A
passing percolation rate of 0-60 minutes/inch is required to
install a septic system. In cases where there are environmental concerns a
higher level of treatment may be required.
Septic System Maintenance
Standard Septic System
Lagoons are constructed on lots with soils with higher clay content. A failing
percolation rate of 60+ minutes/inch indicates lagoon soils. The minimum lot
size for lagoon installation is five acres with a minimum width of 250’. On
some older platted additions with lots less than five acres and soils better
suited for lagoons, a septic system or alternative will be required.
Lagoon Maintenance Information
Lagoon Sizing, Setbacks and Construction
Fence Requirements For
Wastewater Lagoons in Sedgwick County
Lagoon Twinning Covenant
Alternative Advanced Treatment Systems are systems that treat
the wastewater to a higher quality, and it is then dispersed into the soil for
final treatment and disposal. The typical dispersal method will be some type of
pressurized distribution. These systems may be required in all types of soils
due to environmental issues.
Advanced Wastewater System
Restrictive Covenant - If waivers or restrictive covenants are
needed they will need to be filed and copies provided to the MABCD before permits will be issued.
Find Advanced Wastewater Installers and Service Providers in Sedgwick
If the property has been platted, much of this information will be on file.
However if it is unplatted acreage,
you will need to determine the status of that property before a wastewater
permit can be issued. There are many questions to be answered:
Does it need to be
Are there any
floodplain issues that need to be resolved?
Is there a minimum
pad elevation for the structure?
What soil work
needs to be done for the wastewater system?
Is the required documentation complete and
recorded (if required)?
Homeowners may not pull a wastewater permit; a
licensed wastewater installer must pull the wastewater permit. All
wastewater systems must be installed by a
licensed wastewater installer.
Properties that are located within 400 feet of
public sewer are required to hook up to these services. If this is not
feasible then a variance may be required to obtain a permit for an
on-site wastewater system.
If sewer is not available, a permit for an
on-site wastewater system must be obtained from MABCD. This includes permits for reconstruction or replacement of
existing systems. For new construction, a wastewater permit must be obtained
before MABCD will issue a building permit.
Cities and businesses that release wastewater to any surface
water must obtain a permit from the
Kansas Department of Health and
Sedgwick County requires soil testing to be
completed for all parcels of land for new construction. Soil testing that
may be required are boreholes, soil profiles, and percolation testing. This
testing is to be performed by a professional, experienced in these testing
procedures. In order to obtain a list of approved professionals please
contact this office. All soil testing is to be done in the area proposed for
the on-site wastewater system. & outside of all floodplains and easements.
A homeowner may apply for a waiver from these requirements if they feel
that adequate testing has been completed on the property around them.
Contact MABCD for specifics. For platted
properties the soil testing is typically complete and the type of wastewater
system for each lot is already determined. In some cases additional testing
may be required. This information is then used to determine the construction
standards for the wastewater system
For more information, contact the Metropolitan
Area Building and Construction Department at (316) 660-1840.
Mission: To assure quality public services that provide for the present and future well-being of the citizens of Sedgwick County.
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