Doña Ana County

COUNTY ADVISES OUTSIDE SEPTIC DISPOSAL SERVICES TO STOP IN 2020

COUNTY ADVISES OUTSIDE SEPTIC DISPOSAL SERVICES TO STOP IN 2020

            In an effort to accommodate a growing number of households that will be connecting to Doña Ana County’s South Central Waste Water Treatment Plant (SCWWTP) in Vado, independent septic haulers have been notified that the county will no longer accept outside septic waste after April 20, 2020.
            A letter was sent in April to all 13 area businesses that will be affected, including the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED), advising them that alternate disposal options will have to be sought.
            The SCWWTP was originally built to protect groundwater by providing sewer service to area residents, businesses and schools in southcentral Doña Ana County; it was never part of the original design to accept outside septic waste. However, the SCWWTP’s capacity allowed it to also handle septic waste.
            The decision to stop accepting septic waste was made at the direction of the Doña Ana Board of County Commissioners, and was part of a presentation at a regular meeting on April 9. In that presentation, engineers concluded that the additional capacity of the SCWWTP will be needed to accommodate additional households that will be connecting to the sewer system. 
            In an effort to aid in the transition, the county is working with the outside hauling companies to identify additional resources. Currently, septic waste is accepted at the SCWWTP and two other privately-owned septic waste facilities in Doña Ana County. 
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