Septic Systems

Department Functions

Currently, the County Property and Environmental Resources Department staff perform the following duties:

   - Conducting soil verifications during the design process  with septic designers

   - Reviewing plans submitted for permitting

   Issuing permits

   - Conducting inspections of new & replacement installations

   - Reviews submitted septic compliance inspections 


Treating the Community's Waste Water

Blue Earth County’s rural residents rely on septic systems to treat the wastewater generated in their homes and businesses. The proper location, design, installation, use, and maintenance of an individual Subsurface Sewage Treatment System (SSTS) protects the public health, safety, and general welfare by the discharge of adequately treated sewage to the groundwater.

Each system utilizes prescriptive design, construction, and operational standards to reasonably provide public health and environmental outcomes as a basis for a custom-designed system.

Recent Updates

With the adopted revisions to the State Rules that govern the regulations concerning septic systems (SSTS), Blue Earth County has updated their ordinance to reflect needed changes to stay in compliance with the State Rule.  The amended ordinance was adopted and became effective April 27, 2021. These environmental protection standards have been adopted countywide.