Because South Dakota is a rural state, approximately 25% of our residents rely upon on-site wastewater systems to provide their wastewater treatment needs. These systems typically consist of a septic tank and a drainfield. South Dakota has developed installation requirements for on-site wastewater systems. These design requirements ensure that wastewater discharged into these systems is treated properly and will not pose a risk to human health or the environment. A checklist of information required when submitting septic tank installation plans has been prepared for your convenience. For more information, contact Abraham Waldner at (605) 773-4647.
South Dakota's regulations for on-site wastewater systems are found in the Administrative Rules of South Dakota, Chapter 74:53:01 at this link.
South Dakota has developed a certification program for septic tank system installers. This program ensures that the installers understand the design requirements. To become a certified installer you will need to pass a written test administered by the South Dakota Plumbing Commission. For more information, please contact the South Dakota Plumbing Commission at (605) 773-3429.
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Questions? Please contact Troy Roth at (605) 773-4647.