On-Site Sewage Facilities

Most of Fairview relies on private aerobic or septic systems known as On-Site Sewage Facilities (OSSF) for the treatment and disposal of wastewater. Over 90% of all OSSFs within the Town are Aerobic systems and all new OSSFs in Fairview are required to be Aerobic Treatment Units (ATU) by ordinance. Older, anaerobic (septic/conventional) systems currently installed are allowed to remain in use until they fail and need replacement. At that time, they must be replaced with ATUs.

 OSSFs in Texas are regulated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), through Chapter 366 Health and Safety Code, and Title 30, Chapter 285 of the Texas Administrative Code (TAC). Fairview has a “Local Order” (ordinance) approved by the TCEQ, with several more stringent requirements than those in Chapter 285.

The Town of Fairview is an Authorized Agent of the TCEQ, required to enforce these rules by the employment of a Designated Representative (DR) certified by the state to administer the OSSF program and rules. The Town’s Code Enforcement Officer also serves as the DR for Fairview and is responsible for permitting and inspections as well as investigation of malfunctioning and/or failing systems. Systems must be maintained and operated according to adopted rules and state law, and a copy of a maintenance contract must be on file with the town at all times (for ATUs).

For questions or complaints on these issues, please contact Robert White, Code Enforcement Officer at rwhite@fairviewtexas.org or (972) 886-4223.

View the Title 30 TAC Regulations: http://texreg.sos.state.tx.us/public/readtac$ext.ViewTAC?tac_view=4&ti=30&pt=1&ch=285

Local amendments can be viewed in the Town’s Code of Ordinances in Chapter 13, Article 13.05.

For a short informational video on how to properly maintain an Aerobic treatment unit – click here

For a short informational video on how to properly maintain an Anaerobic/conventional unit - click here

For an interactive flash site on Aerobic systems - click here

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