Under the 1997 law, septic systems that have at least two feet of soil separation cannot be declared failing by local governments unless the system is functioning improperly or polluting local water sources. Local government ordinances cannot supercede this state law.

If your system has less than three but more than two feet of soil separation and is still in good working order, it should be classified as nonconforming but functional. It should not be classified as failing.

Lakeshore properties are not included in this law. They must meet all current standards.


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