A septic system (also known as an on-site sewage management system) is a wastewater treatment system designed to use the soil to treat the wastewater generated by a home, business or other building intended for human occupancy or congregation. These types of systems are utilized in areas where central public sewage treatment is not available. The system is “on-site” because the sewage treatment and disposal is accomplished entirely on the property. One of the major differences between being on a septic system instead of a public sewer system is that the septic system must be maintained by the property owner.
Portable sanitation refers to the companies and contractors that supply and service self contained non-flush portable toilet facilities, which are often found at construction sites, festivals, and other temporary events. Public health is responsible for certifying the companies and contractors that service portable toilets and issuing waste removal and disposal permits. Individual contractor testing and the issuance of waste disposal and removal permits are services provided by Cobb & Douglas Public Health.