There are many reasons for adding to relocating an aerobic system’s spray heads, which make up the aerobic spray field. Pool installations may require the spray field to be relocated; also, a homeowner may want to move the spray heads to water areas of their yard that aren’t getting enough water. Whatever the reason, it is important to remember that spray fields are regulated, and these changes are not something homeowners can do themselves.
All spray fields have to be permitted through the permitting authority that enforces TCEQ regulations (often the local County office). This permitting authority requires appropriate applications and paperwork, as well as a design from an Engineer or Sanitarian.
Spray heads can only be installed or moved by a licensed Class II Installer, and the system must be inspected to show that the spray heads are in operation and are installed as designed.
It is important to note that spray fields have setbacks such as property lines, swimming pools, ponds, surface improvements, drainage easements, water wells, etc. — this means that spray fields must be installed a certain distance away from these features.
On smaller lots, or lots with these setbacks, the spray distribution area required by TCEQ may not fit in the available area on the property. In these situations a variance may be issued, or the system may have to use a drip field instead of spray heads.
The local permitting authority governs all aerobic systems per TCEQ regulations. This is to ensure that all wastewater stays on your property and is treated correctly — instead of ending up in our creeks and ultimately our drinking water.
If you’re considering installing or relocated your aerobic system’s spray heads, it is important to consult with a reputable septic maintenance company who will be able to tell you what can be legally done, and how much the adjustments would cost.
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