Sewage Treatment Systems

Sewage treatment systems (STS) are used to treat wastewater from household plumbing fixtures (toilets, shower, laundry, etc.) through both natural and technological processes when a sanitary sewer system is not available. If properly maintained, a septic system can provide long- term, effective treatment of wastewater. If your system isn’t maintained, it may result in costly repairs or replacement of the STS.

The average lifespan of an STS is 20-25 years.

Visit our Homeowner Resource Page for more information on STS maintenance.

SCPH issues permits and conducts inspections of STS to ensure that they are operational and to prevent contamination of water sources. Permit and inspections types include:

Sanitary Sewer Connections

For questions about sewer connection, including cost estimates and permits, please contact the local sewer authority that services your neighborhood.

Summit County Department of Environmental Services

City of Akron Utilities Business Office

Village of Richfield

City of Twinsburg 

City of Barberton

City of Hudson

City of Cuyahoga Falls

SCPH’s role when connecting a residence to sanitary sewer is to ensure the septic system is properly abandoned. The contractor connecting the home into the sewer can perform the abandonment. Once the system is abandoned, the Abandonment Report must be submitted to SCPH with the appropriate fee.

Submit an Application     Our office hours are 8am - 4pm;  Monday - Friday. A fee will apply on all credit card transactions

Drop off:

Drop off application at 1867 W. Market St., Akron. Environmental Health is located in Building C (drive to the back of the parking lot). Cash, check, and credit cards are accepted.

Mail In:

Mail application along with payment (cash or check) to: 1867 W. Market St., Akron OH 44313


Email application to Once application has been emailed, call 330.926.5600 to pay over the phone by credit card.