The Union County Health Department will hold three meetings on proposed local inspection rules linked to Ohio's new sewage guidelines.

The Union County Health Department will hold three meetings on proposed local inspection rules linked to Ohio's new sewage guidelines.

Ohio set statewide standards for private sewage treatment systems in 2015. As part of that, health departments must write rules for managing operation and maintenance programs at the local level.

The town hall meetings, all of which take place from 6-7 p.m., will be held:

* Monday, Aug. 17, Jackson Township Hall, 13500 Price Mather Road, Richwood

* Tuesday, Aug. 18, Union County Health Department, 940 London Ave., Marysville

* Thursday, Aug. 20, Darby Township Hall, 508 Fourth St., Unionville Center.

UCHD has proposed a staggered start to the program, adding all private systems over five years. Inspection cycles will vary, with the highest-risk systems inspected annually and lower-risk systems inspected biannually or less.

Inspections can be done for a fee by the health department, by a licensed service provider or by a certified homeowner.

Health commissioner Jason Orcena estimated there are about 7,000 residential/private treatment systems in the county, about 1,400 of which are currently inspected.

For more information about sewage or O&M rules, go to uchd.net or call 937-642-2053.