|The Menominee County Zoning Department oversees Private Onsite Wastewater Treatment System (POWTS) installation and maintenance on all fee lands within Menominee. The goal of the program is to treat household wastewater onsite properly so that groundwater and surface waters of Menominee do not become contaminated from septic systems. Human health and clean waters for people and animals are the main objectives of the local and State rules that are in place.
Local and State Regulations
The State of Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) oversees the State codes related to POWTS. Here is a link to the State website
Menominee County has a Sanitary Ordinance (#40) that governs POWTS in Menominee you can view here.
Ordinance Action Notification Right
Any citizen has the right to be notified of any pending Ordinance actions (changes) that could affect the allowable use of their property. Please see this letter that explains the process on how to get on the notification list.
Permits are required for all new POWTS, alterations to or replacement POWTS, and reconnections of existing systems. Click on this link for the sanitary permit application packet. This is a fillable document, but you need to right click on it, save it to your computer, then open it as a pdf form in order to fill it out electronically.
You can view the 2021 updated fee schedule for sanitary permits here.
Maintenance of Existing Septic Systems
Per Ordinance #40, all POWTS in Menominee County shall have the treatment tank serviced by an individual qualified per COMM 83 (now SPS 383) within three (3) years of the date of installation, and at least once every three (3) years thereafter, or when the combined sludge and scum level reaches one-third (1/3) of the liquid capacity of the tank. The sludge level of the tank must be determined by a licensed pumper or licensed plumber.
Also, the property owner shall submit, to the Menominee County Zoning Office (at least every three 3 years) a maintenance report form, to be provided by the Zoning Office. The report must be filled out and signed by someone qualified by COMM 83.54 and certifying that the owner’s septic tank has been recently pumped and properly maintained or was inspected and is less than one-third (1/3) full of sludge and scum.
Inspection cards are sent out each spring for POWTS that are due that calendar year. The deadline for each year is specified on the card and non-compliance is enforceable by citation. Please have your POWTS inspected as soon as possible after receiving a card from either the County or the Legend Lake Protection & Rehabilitation District. The Lake District handles all cards for the Legend Lake area and the County handles the cards for the rest of the county. It is important to make sure the card is sent to applicable office after the inspection is complete. You may be required to fix or replace your POWTS if the inspection shows some fault or failure.
Failing Septic Systems
Systems that are failing or have completely failed are a serious threat to groundwater, surface waters and human health. If you need to replace your system due to failure, you might be eligible for the Wisconsin Fund Program. The State of Wisconsin, through the Department of Safety and Professional Services, offers grant dollars to help reimburse eligible owners of failing septic systems. Click here for a link to the State website for more information or inquire within this department for eligibility and applicaitons.