City of Scandia, MN

The City posts Washington County Department of Public Health and Environment's septic program newsletter.  This is an effort to communicate in a uniform manner with septic contractors and stakeholders on matters affecting the County's program and processes.

The County was getting questions related to staff retirements, departures and their replacements, so they decided on the newsletter format to include staff pictures on the bottom of the first page.

Also, from the University of Minnesota, Septic System Owners Resources

Training Events

The UMN Onsite Sewage Treatment Program along with the Minnesota Department of Health are offering FREE septic system and private well homeowner education classes across Minnesota.  

Mille Lacs Historic Courthouse, Board Room 
625 2nd Street SE, Milaca, MN
December 16, 2020
Contact: Corrine Webb,, 320-983-8458,

If you are interested in hosting a class, please contact Sara Heger

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SepticSmart Week 2020 is over for this year but maintaining your wastewater system is a daily job. Be sure you know your septic system. The two big "do’s" are:

▪ Inspect it (at least every 3 years); and 
▪ Protect it.

Properly maintaining your septic system helps safeguard human health, protect the environment, and save money. Septic system repairs caused by a lack of understanding about how they work, or even simple neglect, can be very costly. Refer to this guide for more information -Septic System Do's and Dont's.

Additional resources:

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency-Subsurface Sewage Treatment Systems

University of Minnesota-Onsite Sewage Treatment Program

Environmental Protection Agency-Septic Systems

Washington County Subsurface Sewage Treatment Systems (SSTS)

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