Engineering Support and Plan Review

On-site Disposal Systems

On-site disposal systems (OSDS), called septic systems, are widely used in Alaska. Proper installation and care of these on-site systems by home-owners and contractors is essential to maintaining the health of the system, public health and Alaska's environment. This program provides training for proper installation of conventional OSDS.

In areas with difficult site conditions, poor soil or high groundwater conditions that can't support a conventional system an alternative OSDS may be needed. In some instances a waiver may be required. These systems must be designed by an engineer and plans must be reviewed and approved by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation prior to construction.

profile of septic system                  Conventional On-Site System


Program Manager:
Gene McCabe
ESPR Section Manager
Division of Water
Department of Environmental Conservation
555 Cordova St
Anchorage, AK 99501
(907) 269-7692

Other Contacts:
Area Office
Contact Number
   Anchorage    (907) 269-7519
   Mat-Su    (907) 376-1851
   Fairbanks    (907) 451-2109
   Soldotna    (907) 262-3402
   Juneau    (907) 465-5304