Private Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems & Permitting
In the above photo you see a mound private onsite wastewater treatment system (POWTS) in the foreground and a picturesque body of water in the background. Siting of this particular mound system had been accomplished with relative ease. Not because of the existing visible water table elevation, but by what gets left behind in the soil when the soil begins to dry out.
In this particular photo there is approximately 10 feet of elevation change from water surface to the ground surface at the base of this POWTS. As it turns out, the seasonal water table occurs 8.5 feet above this lake surface. Determining where the range of that fluctuating water table exists is critical to accurately determine the type of POWTS to be installed on any given property.
POWTS separation to the seasonal or permanent water table is crucial to preserving our water resources and is therefore the primary purpose for following the statewide guidelines developed for the proper siting, installation and management of private onsite wastewater treatment systems.
The Kenosha County Department of Planning and Development is the designated agent for the State of Wisconsin for the POWTS program. As an agent, the department has authority to manage all aspects of the POWTS program within Kenosha County.