FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, August 28, 2008
(El Paso, Texas) Thursday, August 28th, 2008 – County residents in need of a septic tank inspection will now have to contact the County of El Paso, on-site sewage Department.
As of September 1, 2008 the County of El Paso will take over the on-site inspections and regulations of septic tanks.
The new disposition comes after County Officials established that the inspections will be less costly if performed by the County personnel.
Linda Gallegos, Health Inspector Supervisor of the On-Site Sewage Department, stated the assessments of existing and new septic tanks are required by a state law and necessary to maintain the health safety and well-being of county residents.
“A failing septic system can release pollutants that damage our environment and our surface and groundwater,” Gallegos said.
Consumption of contaminated water can contribute to the outbreak of many serious diseases like hepatitis and typhoid fever.
Under the State of Texas Law, home-owners are required to have their waste units inspected on a yearly basis and failure to comply could result in fines up to $500.00
The County Attorney’s office is currently working on developing an inter-local agreement to provide services in the municipalities of Clint, Socorro and the Village of Vinton is under development.
Two weeks ago, the members of Commissioners Court approved, by unanimous vote, the hiring of three professional inspectors and a clerk to open the newly created On-site Sewage Department.
As of September 15th, 2008, the new office will be located at 14612 Greg Road, in the Montana Vista area. In the meantime, the On-Site Sewage Inspections Department will temporarily be located in the Road and Bridge Department main office located at 500 E. San Antonio, Rm. 407.
For Additional information you may contact Linda Gallegos,Health Inspector Superevisor of the On-site Sewage Department at (915) 546-2015