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Operation & Maintenance Tracking Program Resources for Local Health Districts

This page includes links of resources for local health districts starting and/or maintaining an operation and maintenance tracking program for sewage treatment systems (STS) and gray water recycling systems (GWRS).

EPA’s Handbook for Managing Onsite and Clustered (Decentralized) Wastewater Treatment Systems


This handbook goes in depth explaining management tools and information for implementing EPA’s management guidelines. Includes tools like how to identify stakeholders and their roles, how to evaluate an operation and maintenance tracking program, and how to fund management activities with specific possible funding sources. In addition, the Handbook also includes fact sheets regarding public education and participation, performance, inspection and monitoring, certification/licensing, operation and maintenance, recordkeeping, and financial assistance and funding.   


EPA’s Voluntary National Guidelines for Management of Onsite and Clustered (Decentralized) Wastewater Treatment Systems

These guidelines are aimed to enhance the performance and reliability of decentralized wastewater treatment systems through improved management programs. The Management Guidelines will help improve system performance by encouraging institutionalizing the concept of management; raising the quality of state, tribal, and local management programs; and suggesting minimum levels of activity.


EPA’s Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems Manual


This design manual is a very detailed guidance on the design, construction, and operation of onsite wastewater treatment systems. It also discusses specific issues related to operation and maintenance tracking programs such as program goals, public outreach, questions the public will have, how to implement performance requirements and evaluations, listing activities LHDs should consider in setting up certification and licensing, how frequent and type of monitoring is appropriate, how to implement operation and maintenance oversight programs, and listing broad funding options.


Washington State Department of Health’s O&M, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly


Has key elements for an effective operation and maintenance tracking programs including education materials. It also offers examples of health departments successfully implementing operation and maintenance tracking programs, funding, and data collection policies.    


EPA’s The Clean Water State Revolving Fund


The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) program is a federal-state partnership that provides communities a permanent, independent source of low-cost financing for a wide range of water quality infrastructure projects.



page updated 5/18/18