Maine Subsurface Wastewater Team

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Maine is a predominantly rural state, and relies heavily on decentralized sewage disposal facilities for disposal of human waste, i.e., septic systems. The State of Maine has regulated septic systems as a public health issue since 1920 to varying degrees. Over the years, the Maine State Plumbing Code, Subsurface Wastewater Disposal Rules (Rules) in their various versions have been administered by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (MECDC) and its predecessors.

The Subsurface Wastewater Team, within the MECDC's Division of Environmental Health, Drinking Water Program is charged under 42 MRS § 42 (3, 3-A, 3-B) to adopt rules which regulate subsurface sewage disposal systems, licensing of persons to evaluate soils for subsurface wastewater disposal systems, and inspection of plumbing and subsurface waste water disposal systems.

What's New at the Subsurface Wastewater Team

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Upcoming Training

Septic System Installation
To register, contact JETCC at: 253-8020

Session# N1556 Portland, March 25, 2015 Portland Water District

Session# N1557 Augusta, March 31, 2015, Augusta Armory  

Session# N1558 Newport, April 9, 2015, Community Center
Session# N1559 Lincoln, April 15, 2015, Town Office        

Trainers are Glenn Angell of Maine DHHS & David Rocque of USDA. Focus of class on soils, hydorology, wetlands, waterbody regulation & effects of malfunctions on the environment.


Update for Local Plumbing Inspectors

When installed inside a building advanced treatment devices are regulated by and subject to the Maine Internal Plumbing Rules. Associated disposal fields are still regulated by  the Subsurface Wastewater Disposal Rules.  For more information on the Internal Plumbing Rules LPIs are advised to contact the Plumbers Examining Board at (207) 624-8603.


New Form

The HHE-239 Form, Certificates of Approval, has been updated. This form is used by Local Plumbing Inspectors to keep track of installation inspections.


Policies Update

The Subsurface Wastewater Team is reviewing policies which are either outdated or have been superseded by revisions to the Subsurface Wastewater Disposal Rules. More information.


Products Page

The Subsurface Wastewater Team has scanned all the hardcopy product files in our possession and uploaded them as Adobe PDF files to this website. The PDF files are linked from the new Products page. No confidential information was copied to our knowledge.


Inspection Checklist for LPIs

A new checklist is available to assist Local Plumbing Inspectors during system installation inspections.


2013 Workshop Presentations

The PowerPoint presentations and video for the 2013 Basic and the Beyond the Basics workshops are available for viewing and downloading on our training page.


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Product Approvals

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Fuji Clean USA, LLC

The Fuji Clean CE5, CE7, CE10, CE21, CE 30 and PCN100 have been certified by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) pursuant to ANSI/NSF Standard 40 for residential wastewater treatment systems, achieving combined BOD5 and TSS levels below 30 mg/l. They consist of multiple compartment fiber reinforced plastic tanks. The first compartment provides primary solids settling and separation. The second chamber provides anaerobic contact and treatment. The third chamber provides aerobic contact and treatment utilizing a blower(s) integral to the devices. Air lift pumps circulate process wastewater and solids back to the first chamber for further treatment. Contact Fuji Clean USA, LLC for more information.


OxyPro Mound Buster

The Aeration Systems LLC Mound Buster was originally designed and approved for use with the Aeration Systems LLC OxyPro System. The Division has approved the manufacturer's request that the Aeration Systems LLC Mound Buster be allowed for use in the State of Maine with any device which produces effluent with a combined BOD5 and TSS of less than 30 mg/L. Contact Aeration Systems for more information.


Infiltrator Systems, Inc.

Infiltrator Systems Inc.'s ATL System is a multiple component system for the treatment of domestic wastewater.  It consists of six concentric components: a four inch diameter pipe, large-diameter synthetic aggregate; coarse geotextile; small diameter synthetic aggregate; fine geotextile; and six inches of ASTM C33 system sand.  The first five components comprise cylindrical units  which are bedded in the ASTM C33 sand.  There is a minimum of 12 inches of sand between the units, six inches of sand below the units, and none above the units.  The units are rated at 5.0 square feet of effective area per linear foot.


Bio-Microbics, Inc.

Bio-Microbics' BioBarrier MBR consists of a multiple compartment tank providing primary and secondary treatment, and a membrane filter for solids removal. Permeate can be recirculated for nitrogen removal. BioBarrier MBR has been certified by the National Sanitation Foundation pursuant to ANSI/NSF Standard 40 for residential wastewater treatment systems; ANSI/NSF Standard 245 for nitrogen reduction; and ANSI/NSF Standard 350 for onsite residential and commercial water reuse treatment systems.


Infiltrator Systems, Inc.

Infiltrator Systems Inc. IM-1530 plastic septic tank has received approval for use in Maine.


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