2013/10 October Onsite Wastewater Unit Newsletter
This information is provided by the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy to assist the public and regulated community.
Form #: WAT210 Newsletter Revised: 10/1/13
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Onsite Unit, Wastewater Section, Water Quality Division

Suite 400, The Atrium, 1200 N Street,
PO Box 98922
Lincoln NE 68509-8922
Phone (402) 471-4285 - Fax (402) 471-2909
Web Site:-
Report a Problem:
Onsite Program email:

System Registrations

Inside bottom width of chambers - The effective width of the trench for a system using gravelless chambers (with at least six inches of slotted sidewall, specifically designed for use without filter material) may be up to 1.5 times the bottom width of the chamber, measured as the distance between the inside edges of the base flanges of the chamber (see example below). The effective width calculation does not apply when filter material is used in the trench (Filter material is 1/4 inch or up to 2 ½ in. gravel, rock, or other material as per Title 124, Chapter l.).


Total trench length – This is the length of all trenches added together. Example if you install four (4) fifty (50) ft. trenches the total trench length is 200 ft.
Perc Test – The percolation test method is described in Title 124, Chapter 6. Please review this information.
Site Scaled Drawing – The required information for each onsite wastewater system is described in Title 124, Chapter 4, 001. Please review this information.


All certifications expire on December 31, 2013. You will need to have earned the required professional development hours before that date to renew. To check the number of hours NDEE has on file for you go to our website (dee.ne.gov then select “Licenses & Certification” then “Onsite Wastewater Program (septic systems, private lagoons)” and then “Continuing Education”, then “Record of Earned Professional Development Hours of Continuing Education by Certification Number”). Renewal notices will be mailed to each certified professional in early November. If you need hours for renewal, the programs below have been approved:

Programs for Professional Development Hours (PDH)

Approved programs are also listed on the NDEE’s website (dee.ne.gov then select “Licenses & Certification” then “Onsite Wastewater Program (septic systems, private lagoons)” and then “Continuing Education”). Each day has been approved for 6 PDH.
UNL Title 124 Update & Review
November 12, 2013 – Holdrege
December 10, 2013 – Norfolk
December 12, 2013 – Ithaca

UNL Introduction to Mound Systems
November 13, 2013 – Holdrege
December 11, 2013 – Norfolk
December 13, 2013 – Ithaca

NOWWA Advanced Treatment for Wastewater
(Three Locations)
October 28, 2013 – Ogallala
October 30, 2013 – Grand Island
October 31, 2013 – Lincoln

To sign up or obtain more information please contact either UNL Extension directly at 402.472.9390 or contact NOWWA directly at 402.476.0162.
New Face in the Onsite Program

Sheila Elliott joined the Onsite Wastewater Unit in August as an Environment and Energy Program Specialist. Sheila will be responsible for planning, investigation, surveillance, monitoring, and enforcement of Nebraska Administrative Code Title 124-Rules and Regulations for the Design, Operation and Maintenance of Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems. She has performed regulatory and compliance activities while employed at a local company.