Local Environmental Protection Program
The Local Environmental Protection Program, established in 1990, provided funding to enable local authorities to develop water protection plans that complemented other water quality efforts being waged by state and federal agencies. At the core of each plan was the adoption and enforcement of county environmental codes with an emphasis on onsite wastewater systems (OWWS) and private water wells (PWW). These plans were also designed to identify broader responsibilities including the management of: county-wide water and wastewater, subdivision water and wastewater, NPS pollution, sanitary landfill planning, and public water supply protection. Between 1990 and 2012, 103 counties adopted environmental codes that meet the standards outlined in KDHE Bulletin 4-2, Minimum Standards for Design and Construction of Onsite Wastewater Systems.
In 2012, funding was discontinued for this program. KDHE-Watershed Management Section continues to support the LEPP by providing technical assistance to counties. The LEPPs are the primary point of contact for a wide range of services governed by county sanitary codes, state regulations, and federal regulations. Examples of some of these activities are:
- OWWS permitting and preliminary and final inspections to verify minimum county sanitary codes and state standards are met.
- Providing the technical oversight to assist County Conservation District (CCD) offices with the cost-share program for failing OWWSs.
- Licensing of OWWS installers and septage pumpers.
- Ensuring PWWs are properly sited prior to installation.
- Conducting inspections of OWWSs and PWWs that serve foster care homes and daycare facilities as required by current KDHE regulations.
- Responding to environmental complaints and conducting follow-up investigations for failing OWWSs, PWWs, and illegal dumpsites that may include collaboration with KDHE.
- Providing education and technical assistance to elected officials and county residents.
- Maintaining databases of OWWS permits and inspections for present and future reference.
- Conducting inspections of OWWSs and PWWs when required for a real estate transaction.
- 28 5 Sewage and Excreta Disposal (PDF)
- 28 66 Local Environmental Protection Grant Program (PDF)
- Article 30 Water Well Contractors License Water Well Construction (PDF)
- Bulletin 4 2 Minimum Standards for Design and Construction of Onsite Wastewater Systems (PDF)
- KSA 19 3701 to 19 3709 Sanitation controls (PDF)
- KSA 65 159 Abatement of nuisances failure to remove penalties (PDF)
- KSA 65 201 Public Health Local Boards of Health Clinics (PDF)
- Bulletins and Environmental Health Handbook
- Waste Water Treatment Facilities Accepting Domestic Waste
- Wastewater Options for Small Communities in Kansas Manual
- Kansas EPA 503 Land Application of Septage - Updated (PDF)
- EPA Onsite Wastewater Treatment (PDF)
- Floor Drain TGD (PDF)
- Suspect Class V UIC Well Flowchart (PDF)
- Inventory Report for Class V Well(s) (PDF)
- Public Land Survey Section/Township/Range (STR) Finder
- Kennel Wastewater Permitting Technical Guidance Document (PDF)
- Graywater Systems Specifications (PDF)
- KS Lagoon Sizing Calculator (XLSX)
- KDHE Table of Certified Septic Tank Manufacturers (March 2021) (PDF)