Septic Program

Septic System Inspection Program for the Texas Coast

Coastal communities in Texas receive millions of dollars annually in grants from the federal government for ecosystem and tourism amenities. However, to maintain eligibility for those funds in the future, Texas is required to have a program in place in the Coastal Zone to manage pollution which results from a variety of sources, including septic systems.  The Texas General Land Office and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality have contracted with the Center for Research in Water Resources (CRWR) at the University of Texas at Austin to develop a program to promote and track septic inspections at the time of a real estate sale. In order to record septic inspections, Michael Barrett at CRWR has been charged with three things: taking an inventory of existing practices of septic inspections during real estate transactions; creating a method to track inspections that occur into the future; and creating a program to promote inspections during home sales.

This project is working with area septic inspectors, installers and other professionals to evaluate barriers to septic inspections and work towards tracking them when they occur. To satisfy the long-term tracking requirement, septic professionals in the coastal zone will be asked to submit reports of the number of inspections they perform annually. In exchange for this information, CRWR will include their contact information in education and outreach materials for distribution to home buyers and real estate agents. Participants in these data submission will receive valuable promotion of their company in exchange.

Septic Smart

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 from EPA: Septic Smart Basics
Printable Home Owner’s Guide from EPA: Septic Smart for Homeowners
Multiple Fact Sheets about specific septic system types: HGAC listing of EPA information
Printable brochure from InspectApedia: Septic Smart for Home Buyers
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Septic Information

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.