Walworth County, Wisconsin

Linn Sanitary District

Links of Interest

Here are some links that might help you understand the care and maintenance of your Private On-Site Wastewater Treatment System (POWTS) and what is happening in the POWTS industry:

Wisconsin Department of Commerce’s new overview of private onsite wastewater treatment system information for consumers, including suggestions for winter and safety cautions, http://commerce.wi.gov/SB/SB-PowtsOverview.html

The Consortium of Institutes for Decentralized Wastewater Treatment at http://www.onsiteconsortium.org/,

The National Environmental Services Center, National Small Flows Clearing House at http://www.nesc.wvu.edu/wastewater.cfm

University of Wisconsin –Madison Small Scale Wastewater Management Project http://www.soils.wisc.edu/sswmp

National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association NOWRA at http://www.nowra.org/

Wisconsin Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association WOWRA at http://www.wowra.com/

On the links page of the web site add:

For the Walworth County Codes relative to Private Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems click on http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientId=12957. On the left hand side scroll down to and click on Chapter 70, Utilities.

To visit the Walworth County Sanitation Department web page visit:

Get the Lint Out

A practice that is gaining popularity and recognition for better treatment and protection of the soil absorption systems is the instillation of effluent filters on the outlet line of septic tanks. Many of the new synthetic materials used in clothing are contributing synthetic fibers to the waste stream. These fibers are not settling in the tank under the normal settling process. These small, often times floating fibers can get into your soil absorption system and plug both the distribution system and soils. Effluent filters trap many of these fibers and prevent them from leaving the tank. For more information of effluent filters and whether one is right for you, enter effluent filters in your computer’s search engine and see what comes up. Two web pages that may help you are:



Click Here to lean how to protect your septic system from freezing

Click Here for an Update on our POWTS Inspection Program

What to do with your POWTS after a flood