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Sanitarian's Meetings

Posted by Beth Rowlands on November 12, 2013 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Hays - November 14

Chanute - December 10

Lawrence - December 11

Wichita - December 12

Contact your Watershed Field Coordinator for more details.

 

Lagoon Maintenance Contract

Posted by Beth Rowlands on November 12, 2013 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Is anyone using a Lagoon Maintenance Contract form?

Funeral Homes and Onsite WW Systems

Posted by Beth Rowlands on April 10, 2013 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

In the State of Kansas, only domestic wastes may be directed to an onsite wastewater system. Domestic waste, as defined by the State of Kansas, includes waste originating primarily from kitchen, bathroom and laundry sources, and includes wastes from food preparation, dishwashing, garbage grinding, toilets, baths, showers and sinks. Wastewater generated from the activities at a funeral home would not fall within this definition. If wastewater, other than that carrying domestic waste, from a funeral home was to be directed to an onsite wastewater system, that system would be considered a Class V industrial waste injection well subject to regulation by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment's (KDHE) Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program.

Information available to KDHE indicates the following wastes are often generated by funeral homes.

 Blood and bodily fluids

 Formaldehyde

 Cleaners and sanitizers

 Shampoos

 Chlorinated solvents

 Infectious diseases

These wastes have the potential to contaminate ground and/or surface water in the following ways:

 Blood and bodily fluids have much higher biological oxygen demands and nitrogen content than domestic wastes.

 Formaldehyde is a potential carcinogen and may also be harmful to soil bacteria.

 Wastewater from cleaning utensils and laundry, and sanitizing the preparation room may contain phenols and mercuric chloride.

 Some shampoos used may contain chlorinated hydrocarbons.

 Chlorinated solvents are sometimes used for cleaning purposes.

 Some infectious diseases are known to be transmissible from human corpses to living humans. Examples include, but are not limited to, rabies, meningococcal infection, anthrax, and Ebola.

KDHE strongly recommends that funeral home waste not be directed to an onsite wastewater system. If feasible, these wastes should be directed to a municipal sewer system. If this option is not feasible, we recommend a water tight holding tank be installed and periodically pumped. If a holding tank is to be installed we suggest the following inquires be made prior to installation:

 Ask the local septic tank pumpers if they would be willing to haul this type of waste.

 Contact the public wastewater treatment facility to determine if they will accept wastewater pumped from the holding tank.

Retail Food Inspection Videos

Posted by Beth Rowlands on March 19, 2013 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Excerpt from the NEHA E-News March 2013

Environmental Health Video Resources

Environmental health professionals are often asked, “What do you do?” A thoughtful NEHA member has taken the time to search the Web for videos to answer this question and has shared some of those video links with us. We thought these videos would be a valuable tool that you can share with policy makers, community members, colleagues, and even your family and friends. They are also great resources to help orient new employees to what work in this field entails.

• Environmental health professionals inspecting retail food facilities:

o http://vimeo.com/9210006

o http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MRHFMXFV5o&feature=player_embedded

• Environmental health professionals inspecting swimming pool facilities:

o http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=EVow5WemVX0

o http://vimeo.com/20842569

Swimming Pool Inspection Videos

Posted by Beth Rowlands on March 19, 2013 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Excerpt from the NEHA E-News March 2013

Environmental Health Video Resources

Environmental health professionals are often asked, “What do you do?” A thoughtful NEHA member has taken the time to search the Web for videos to answer this question and has shared some of those video links with us. We thought these videos would be a valuable tool that you can share with policy makers, community members, colleagues, and even your family and friends. They are also great resources to help orient new employees to what work in this field entails.

• Environmental health professionals inspecting retail food facilities:

o http://vimeo.com/9210006

o http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MRHFMXFV5o&feature=player_embedded

• Environmental health professionals inspecting swimming pool facilities:

o http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=EVow5WemVX0

o http://vimeo.com/20842569

Rock Concert Sanitation Requirements

Posted by Beth Rowlands on March 11, 2013 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (4)

Looking for help determining what requirements would be appropriate for a mass gathering, such as a Rock Concert, in terms of number of chemical toilets per amount of people; how much drinking water should be required; trash dumpsters; etc. Does anyone have any pointers?

Resale Inspections of Onsite Private Sewage Disposal Systems

Posted by James on February 19, 2013 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (16)

Do you require a resale inspection of onsite private sewage disposal systems?

Does the governing body complete the inspection or private contractors?

James Kraatz
Leavenworth County

 

LEPP Funding - Senate Bill 32

Posted by Beth Rowlands on January 25, 2013 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (1)

 

Session of 2013

SENATE BILL No. 32

By Legislative Budget Committee

1-16

AN ACT making and concerning appropriations for the fiscal year ending

June 30, 2014, for the department of health and environment; relating

to the local environmental protection programs.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:

Section 1. (a) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014,

appropriations are hereby made, restrictions and limitations are hereby

imposed, and transfers, capital improvement projects, fees, receipts,

disbursements and acts incidental to the foregoing are hereby directed or

authorized as provided in this act.

(b) This act shall not be subject to the provisions of subsection (a) of

K.S.A. 75-6702, and amendments thereto.

(c) The appropriations made by this act shall not be subject to the

provisions of K.S.A. 46-155, and amendments thereto.

Sec. 2.

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT – DIVISION OF

ENVIRONMENT

(a) There is appropriated for the above agency from the state general

fund for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, the following:

Local environmental protection program.....................................$1,000,000

Provided, That any unencumbered balance in excess of $100 as of June 30,

2014, is hereby reappropriated for fiscal year 2015.

(b) During the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, all expenditures by

the department of health and environment – division of environment from

the local environmental protection program fund shall be made for

purposes of developing and implementing environmental protection plans

and programs pursuant to the provisions of K.S.A. 75-5657, and

amendments thereto.

Sec. 3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its

publication in the statute book.

Can too much toilet paper in the septic tank cause a back up?

Posted by James on January 22, 2013 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (1)

I have a resident who is having sewage backup into the house.  The tank was pumped on 31 Dec 2012 and the pumper indicated that there was about 1.5 - 2' of toilet paper in the bottom of the tank and that toilet paper was everywhere in the tank.  It was difficult to pump the tank due to the amount of toilet paper and it was like pumpig a tank that had not been pumped in years.  They attribute the amount of toilet paper as the cause of the backup.  Gound was frozen and not able to probe.

It is a new house and system, installed Oct 2011.
1,200 gallon tank      2,500 SF lateral    perc rate 37 mintues per inch    load rate .2 G/SF/Day per soils chart
4 people are living in the house and they are using 4,000 - 6,500 gallons of water/month (233 gallons/day)

It is reasonable that too much toilet paper is causing the backup?  The installer checked pipe elevations at inlet, outlet and first lateral prior to the tank pumping and they were all good. 

I appreciate input.

Jim Kraatz     [email protected]     913 684 1084


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