2014/08 August Onsite Wastewater Unit Newsletter
This information is provided by the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy to assist the public and regulated community.
Form #: WAT219 Newsletter Revised: 8/12/14
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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
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NDEE Website

The Department’s website has a new look. You can still find all the familiar onsite information under Licenses & Certification – Onsite Wastewater Program (septic systems, private lagoons). The new site allows you to search for registered onsite systems and for certified professionals by name or by certification type. For your convenience the search results can be downloaded to an Excel spreadsheet. The certified professional’s page provides a quick link to NDEE information regarding the professional. Clicking on the OWT professional’s name and then selecting the System Registrations button provides a list of the systems registered by that professional. Selecting the Document List tab provides a list of documents in the professional’s NDEE file. Clicking on any document will open the page for viewing. Give it a try and let us know if you have questions.

Approved Professional Development Hours

A presentation on the concepts and science of mound systems to include mound system design with time allotted for discussion and questions.
  • August 27, 2014 - Lincoln - Advanced Mounds by UNL Extension - 6 PDH
Soil evaluations, appropriate perc testing procedures, system sizing, design, drawings, documentation, registration.
  • Sept. 29, 2014 - Alliance - Onsite Training by NOWWA - 3 PDH
  • Oct. 3, 2014 - Norfolk - Onsite Training by NOWWA - 3 PDH
Detailed soil evaluation, soil pit, soil perc test demo, utilizing soil data and presentation of site specific solutions, sandy soils alternatives, liner construction, alternative technologies, system sizing, design, drawings, documentation, registration and Title 124 changes.
  • Oct. 1, 2014 - North Platte - Onsite Training by NOWWA - 6 PDH
  • Oct. 6, 2014 - Lincoln - Onsite Training by NOWWA - 6 PDH
When a program is approved for professional development hours by NDEE it is put on our website (http://dee.ne.gov/), choose Licences & Certification, then Onsite Wastewater Program (septic systems, private lagoons); scroll down to Continuing Education; then choose Programs Approved for Continuing Education Hours.

Construction/Operating Permits

A construction/operating permit is required in the following situations :
  • the domestic wastewater design flow is more than1,000 gallons per day;
  • the design flow includes wastewater other than domestic;
  • the system may endanger human health or cause pollution; and
  • the system cannot meet all the provisions for design, setback distances and reserve area prescribed in Title 124, including: - soil percolation rates slower than 60 minutes per inch;
    • there is less than 4-foot separation from bottom of trench to groundwater; and
    • construction of a household lagoon on a lot with less than three acres.
The following types of facilities may be required to obtain a construction/operating permit – Restaurants, dog kennels/veterinary clinics, wineries, motor vehicle and equipment repair and maintenance shops (including floor drains), churches, laboratories, or trailer parks/campgrounds.

New Forms

Attached to this newsletter are new forms to be used to register traditional septic systems and lagoons. Please print them out and use from now on. The forms to register a permitted system, holding tank, and endorsed mound system remain the same and can be found on our website, along with the applications for exam, construction/operating permit and subdivision review. The new forms include additional site information in order to verify that design and sizing requirements in Title 124 are met with each installed system.