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What is Oregon Septic Smart?
 
The ODEQ is joining efforts with industry professionals and private citizens to help educate Oregonians about the importance of septic systems and proper septic system maintenance.
The Oregon Septic Smart initiative has two main goals:
  1. Provide Oregonians with easy access to important information about their septic systems
  2. Provide Oregonians with easy access to certified industry professionals that perform septic system inspections (Existing System Evaluations)​

Oregon Septic Smart Fact Sheet

Why Oregon Septic Smart?

 

Information you should know 
The owner of a septic system is 100% responsible for the operation and maintenance of their septic system. If you currently own a septic system, or are thinking about buying a home with a septic system, please click on the links below to access important information you need to know about septic systems.
Educating yourself about septic systems could help you to avoid thousands of dollars in expensive system repairs or system replacement. Don’t wait until something goes wrong with your septic system. By taking advantage of the information below, you can help protect your investment, the environment and public health!

Printable brochure: Septic Smart for Homeowners
Printable brochure: Septic Smart for Home Buyers
 
 
How septic systems work
Properly functioning septic systems treat sewage to minimize groundwater and surface water pollution. A malfunctioning system is a health hazard to your family and your neighbors, and will harm natural resources.
 
Read more about how septic systems work.

 

New home buyer survey 

Oregon Septic Smart needs YOUR help!
If you purchased a home with a septic system within the last year, please take a moment to let us know about your experience.

The DEQ and our industry partners are working hard to provide you with informed and thorough service. By participating in this voluntary and confidential survey, you can help make Oregon Septic Smart a success!

Oregon Septic Smart Inspectors
What's the big difference? Installers, Pumpers and Maintenance Providers
The type of work that an onsite wastewater professional may perform is limited by the certification and/or license that they hold (select a specific license or certification database by using the links below):
  • An Installer must be certified and licensed to perform work such as:
    • install new onsite systems
    • perform minor and major repairs
    • perform minor and major maintenance
    • perform Existing System Evaluations, also called septic system inspections
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  • A Maintenance Provider must be certified to perform work such as:
    • perform major and minor maintenance
    • provide maintenance for annual service maintenance contracts
    • perform Existing System Evaluations, also called septic system inspections
       
  • A Pumper must be licensed to perform work such as:
    • pump out or clean onsite systems, including portable toilets
    • perform minor maintenance on septic systems that don't require an ongoing maintenance contract.
       
  • An Installer/Pumper is licensed to work as an Installer and a Pumper.

If you are looking for someone to perform an Existing System Evaluation, also called septic system inspection, check out the
Oregon Septic Smart Inspector List. All of the onsite professionals on this list are also able to perform minor and major maintenance.

To find out more about septic system activities defined as maintenance, and septic system activities defined as repairs, see OAR 340-071-0100. There is a difference!

 

Existing system evaluation reporting
 
Frequently Asked Questions: Existing System Evaluation Report form and inspections 
 
Existing System Evaluation Report Form 
The Existing System Evaluation Report form must be used when reporting the findings from a septic system inspection. If you are a qualified septic system inspector, please provide this form to your client(s) upon completion of the septic system inspection.