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NORTH DAKOTA
Population: 642,200

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Contacts| Regulations, Statutes & State Codes | Quick Facts | Septic Stats

Onsite Demonstration Programs | Onsite Management Communities

 

 

Contacts:
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Dick Bechtel, R.S.
Custer District Health Unit
210 Second Avenue Northwest
Mandan, North Dakota 58554
(701) 667-3370
(701) 667-3371 (fax)
dbechtel@state.nd.us

or

Terry Ludlum, R.S.
Fargo/Cass Public Health
410 3rd Avenue North
Fargo, North Dakota 58102
(701) 241-1360
tludlum@ci.fargo.nd.us

http://www.health.state.nd.us/localhd/CDHU/

 

Regulations, Statutes & State Codes:
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North Dakota State Regulations

North Dakota Constitutions, Statutes and Codes

North Dakota State Plumbing Code
Individual Sewage Disposal Systems for Homes and Other Establishments
Where Public Sewage Systems Are Not Available
Chapter 62-03-16
February 1996

Onsite regulations for North Dakota were last updated in February 1996. Regulations are not currently under revision, and there are no plans to do so within the next year.

All technologies are considered "alternative technologies" available for any use by administrative authority contained in North Dakota Plumbing Code 62-03-16.

Surface discharge is not an option for onsite septic disposal systems in North Dakota.

State Code does not allow for drainfield area/size reduction, regardless of the technology.

No funding program exists to assist homeowners either replacing failing systems or installing new ones. Questions regarding funding programs or mechanisms may be directed to:

Dennis Fewless
North Dakota Department of Health
1200 Missouri Drive
Bismarck, ND 58505
(701) 328-5220
(701) 328-5200 (fax)
dfewless@state.nd.us

Currently, there are no known ongoing onsite wastewater demonstration, research, or testing projects in the state.

North Dakota Code does not recognize or require management programs/contracts or districts to monitor and maintain onsite systems or individual liquid waste systems, and there are no plans to develop such a program. Local health units may adopt stricter standards than those in the Code.

The number of permits issued is not tracked for new construction or for system repair or replacement. Any records are independently maintained at the local level.

In North Dakota, a failed system is one that cannot accept the wastewater load from a home or where there is surfacing effluent. The most common reason for system failure is probably undersizing the system in poor soils.

No State onsite certification or licensing program for wastewater professionals exists, and there are no plans to develop such a program within the next year. However, local units may license wastewater professionals. Sanitarians are licensed/certified to perform site evaluations/inspections in North Dakota.

Question regarding municipal wastewater regulations should be directed to:

Jack Long, P.E.
Director
Municipal Facilities
(701) 328-5220
jlong@state.nd.us

 

Quick Facts:
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Total number of onsite systems: 1990 U.S. census reports about 65,000 systems.

Number of new systems installed each year: About 600.

Failure definition: Backup into house, or surfacing effluent.

Number or proportion of systems presently failing: About 18,000.

Number or proportion repaired annually: About 1000.

Number or proportion replaced annually: About 600.

Number or proportion of repairs or replacements that require alternative technology (e.g.,
sand filters, pressure dosing):
Mounds and communal systems (oversizing) are used, but, in
general, very few alternatives are accepted by installers as cost-efficient to take on.

Number or proportion of repairs or replacements that require advanced technology (e.g.,
disinfection, nutrient removal):
Virtually none.

Cost of a conventional septic system installation: About $4000; range, $1500-$9000.

Cost of a centralized sewer tie-in (including fees and cost of the sewer lateral): About $5000;
range, $6000-$7000; housing developments connecting to municipal sewers have lower costs
than rural central sewers.

 

Septic Stats:
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TOTAL PERSONS TOTAL HOUSING UNITS PUBLIC SYSTEM DRILLED WELL DUG WELL OTHER PUBLIC SEWER SEPTIC TANK OTHER MEANS
NORTH DAKOTA 638,800 276,340 218,257 45,932 7,021 5,130 204,328 66,479 5,533
COUNTIES
ADAMS 3,174 1,504 943 531 19 11 954 500 50
BARNES 12,545 5,801 4,802 513 375 111 3,876 1,862 63
BENSON 7,198 3,163 1,463 1,230 369 101 1,400 1,643 120
BILLINGS 1,108 533 98 317 98 20 92 182 259
BOTTINEAU 8,011 4,661 2,696 1,376 275 314 2,794 1,618 249
BOWMAN 3,596 1,691 1,121 529 26 15 1,072 586 33
BURKE 3,002 1,691 875 610 63 143 901 682 108
BURLEIGH 60,131 23,803 21,798 1,933 59 13 21,119 2,419 265
CASS 102,874 42,407 40,861 1,295 154 97 39,018 3,315 74
CAVALIER 6,064 3,038 1,511 1,371 123 33 1,495 1,495 48
DICKEY 6,107 2,763 1,729 833 135 66 1,619 1,044 100
DIVIDE 2,899 1,667 902 513 107 145 879 739 49
DUNN 4,005 2,057 790 921 136 210 719 1,252 86
EDDY 2,951 1,470 1,036 305 109 20 930 508 32
EMMONS 4,830 2,200 1,299 813 64 24 1,121 915 164
FOSTER 3,983 1,876 1,199 523 116 38 1,184 663 29
GOLDEN VALLEY 2,108 1,035 700 302 22 11 693 294 48
GRAND FORKS 70,683 27,085 26,372 320 138 255 24,307 2,669 109
GRANT 3,549 2,011 845 957 204 5 837 1,040 134
GRIGGS 3,303 1,660 1,036 329 238 57 822 754 84
HETTINGER 3,445 1,637 1,011 610 10 6 1,009 591 37
KIDDER 3,332 1,672 517 1,081 65 9 733 908 31
LA MOURE 5,383 2,434 1,311 911 166 46 1,255 1,107 72
LOGAN 2,847 1,335 643 669 20 3 688 589 58
MCHENRY 6,528 3,320 1,747 1,003 432 138 1,606 1,487 227
MCINTOSH 4,021 2,031 1,316 546 141 28 1,310 659 62
MCKENZIE 6,383 3,178 1,332 1,656 50 140 1,376 1,622 180
MCLEAN 10,457 5,515 3,016 2,028 188 283 3,034 2,182 299
MERCER 9,808 4,496 3,229 918 61 288 3,209 1,195 92
MORTON 23,700 9,467 7,647 1,672 127 21 7,577 1,779 111
MOUNTRAIL 7,021 3,675 2,130 1,121 185 239 2,131 1,369 175
NELSON 4,410 2,261 1,546 616 60 39 1,361 822 78
OLIVER 2,381 968 365 486 103 14 358 566 44
PEMBINA 9,238 4,294 3,691 228 280 95 2,537 1,719 38
PIERCE 5,052 2,355 1,386 770 146 53 1,464 742 149
RAMSEY 12,681 5,616 3,610 1,814 112 80 4,236 1,305 75
RANSOM 5,921 2,569 1,620 781 150 18 1,520 1,004 45
RENVILLE 3,160 1,558 1,153 139 102 164 803 695 60
RICHLAND 18,148 7,394 5,913 1,408 63 10 5,160 2,178 56
ROLETTE 12,772 4,742 3,614 715 196 217 2,434 2,047 261
SARGENT 4,549 2,057 1,131 876 22 28 1,036 970 51
SHERIDAN 2,148 1,061 429 563 56 13 451 597 13
SIOUX 3,761 1,175 788 330 31 26 738 382 55
SLOPE 907 481 96 336 38 11 94 354 33
STARK 22,832 9,585 7,739 1,614 162 70 7,875 1,644 66
STEELE 2,420 1,311 964 107 133 107 520 732 59
STUTSMAN 22,241 9,770 7,904 1,604 201 61 7,294 2,365 111
TOWNER 3,627 1,770 1,031 651 36 52 1,026 705 39
TRAILL 8,752 3,770 3,490 160 31 89 2,478 1,240 52
WALSH 13,840 6,093 4,735 802 166 390 3,880 2,015 198
WARD 57,921 23,585 20,933 2,104 302 246 20,116 3,311 158
WELLS 5,864 2,869 2,235 487 113 34 1,727 1,005 137
WILLIAMS 21,129 10,180 7,909 1,605 243 423 7,460 2,413 307

 

Onsite Demonstration Programs:
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There is no information available on Onsite Demonstration Programs in North Dakota.

Onsite Management Communities:
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There is no information available on Onsite Management Communities in North Dakota.