Wells & Sewage Disposal Systems
Prince George's County Health Department provides several services to residents as part of the Environmental Engineering Program, including:
- Percolation tests to determine the suitability of soils for individual sewage disposal systems are now processed in Momentum.
- Septic system permitting for the replacement/remodel of failing septic systems and permitting of onsite sewage disposal systems for commercial buildings. Note: The Health Review Section under DPIE issues well and septic permits for new construction with wells and/or onsite sewage disposal systems. Applications for Work Orders and Health Hazard requests are now processed in Momentum.
- Site evaluations for replacement wells
- Well replacement permitting and inspections for properties with existing structures.
- Information requests for home and properties with well and septic systems, or where percolation testing has been conducted. Information requests are now processed in Momentum.
- Disbursement of funds from the State's Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund for the installation of Best Available Technology (BAT) nitrogen-reducing septic tanks or connection to the public sewer. Bay Restoration Fund applications are now processed in Momentum.
- Oversight for backfilling of abandoned wells
- Review and approval of subdivision plats to be served by individual wells and/or septic systems
- Site evaluations for the potential installation of Innovative and Alternative (I&A) Septic Systems where conventional septic systems cannot be installed
- Routine monitoring of I&A systems
- Inspection and licensing of septage haulers to operate within the county
- Sanitary water and sewer surveys in problem areas in conjunction with the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC)
- Investigate complaints regarding sewage disposal problems, public sewer overflows (in conjunction with WSSC), well water not meeting standards, pollution of County streams and waterways and improper disposal of oil, household waste, industrial waste, hazardous waste and special medical wastes, etc.
- Evaluation of septic systems and wells for the operation of new foster care homes, adult and childcare facilities, camps, schools, and other institutional facilities. Health surveys, compliance, and evaluation for these operations are now processed in Momentum.
The Health Department works with Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) on different levels to reduce the amount of fats, oils and grease getting into its sewer system.
License & Permit Applications
For Onsite Sewage Disposal System Permit applications, visit the Prince George's County Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement (DPIE) Health Forms page.
For Health Hazard Requests, Health Compliance Letters, Percolation Tests, and Work Order applications, please visit the Momentum portal.