Why does the parish need mechanical sewer plant inspections?
1.) To comply with the mandatory Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Permit received by the Police Jury in 2003. The plan required the Police Jury to identify and address sources of pollution affecting the Calcasieu River Basin.
2.) To address health and safety needs of our citizens.
What will the inspectors be looking for?
The inspectors will be looking at three main components:
Step 1) Electrical Hook up – testing to making sure that power is to the outlet, making sure that the GFCI outlet has not been tripped, making sure that the blower motor is plugged in and making sure that ants have not invaded the outlet.
Step 2) Blower motor – making sure that the blower motor is running, making sure that ants have not invaded the blower motor and making sure that all air piping is attached, secured and providing air into the tank.
Step 3) Storage tank pump out – making sure that excess sludge and solids have not built up in the tank. The inspector will measure the sludge depth with a Sludge Judge to determine if a system needs to be pumped out.
Can a homeowner repair their own on-site mechanical sewer system?
Can individuals schedule mechanical sewer system inspections with the Police Jury?
Yes. Call the Division of Planning and Development Sewer Inspection Hotline at (337) 721-3847. Keep in mind, if the homeowner wishes to be at the home during the inspection, times may have to be arranged within three hour increments (9-12 AM –1-4 PM).
Can a homeowner submit documentation to the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury indicating that their system is working?
Yes. According to state law either a certified licensed wastewater service provider or a homeowner that has obtained a Homeowners Maintenance License through DHH is qualified.