What if I have an alternative septic system?
Most alternative systems require additional maintenance beyond what is required for a traditional septic system. Pumping the septic tank is still a component of an alternative system. In addition, some on-site alternative systems permitted by the Virginia Department of Health may require the owner to have an annual maintenance plan to ensure the proper functioning of such systems. These systems should be maintained according to the manufacturer’s specifications. A copy of the latest maintenance inspection report will suffice in place of a pump out receipt from the hauler.

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1. What is a Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area (CBPA)?
2. What if I have multiple septic systems on my property?
3. Are septic systems with alternating drainfields also required to be pumped out?
4. What if I don’t know where my septic tank is located or if I even have a septic tank?
5. What if I don’t know when my septic tank has been pumped out?
6. Do I have to keep records of any pump out?
7. What if I have an alternative septic system?
8. Who is responsible for the costs associated with the required maintenance of my on-site septic system?
9. If I need more information, who should I contact?