Well & Septic
If you are not on the Township municipal water system, you have a private well.
The proper disposal of solid, liquid, and sewage wastes is crucial to prevent contamination to the land and the groundwater below. The use of sewers and municipal sewage treatment plants is limited to areas where infrastructure exists.
On-site sewage disposal is the only viable alternative in areas not serviced by municipal sewers. Oakland County has over 80,000 onsite sewage disposal systems on residential and commercial properties.
The Oakland County Environmental Health Services Unit protects land resources by offering the following services:
- Issues permits and conducts construction and final inspections for the installation of residential and non-residential on-site sewage disposal systems (septic tank and field).
- Reviews and conducts site evaluations for all of Oakland County's proposed subdivisions and site condo projects in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources & Environment (MDNRE).
- Assists in the licensing of septic cleaning trucks by inspecting and make recommendations to the MDNRE.
Here you will find information on the Septic Application, Septic Fees, Site & Soil Review Fees, Perc Test FAQ, and Sewage Disposal System Installer licensing.
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Oakland County Health Division Reminds Homeowners to Test Private Wells
Oakland County Health Division reminds all homeowners with a private well to test the quality of their drinking water regularly and at the first sign of color, odor, or taste change.
- There are known problems with water in the area
- Problems have occurred near the well (i.e., flooding, land disturbances, and nearby waste disposal sites)
- Any part of the well system has been repaired or replaced
- The well has a history of bacterial contamination
- The septic system has recently malfunctioned
- Family member or house guests have recurrent incidents of gastrointestinal illness
- An infant is living in the home
- North Oakland Health Center, 1200 N. Telegraph Road, Building 34 East, Pontiac
- South Oakland Health Center, 27725 Greenfield Road, Southfield
- North Oakland Health Center: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Wednesday and 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on Thursdays.
- South Oakland Health Center: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Wednesday and 8:30 – 9:00 a.m. on Thursdays.
For more information, call the Health Division Environmental Health Services at 248-858-1312. For up-to-date public health information, visit www.oakgov.com/health. Nurse on Call is also available to answer questions at 800-848-5533 or firstname.lastname@example.org