Ensuring Safety with New ICC Sewage Disposal Code

March 14, 2017

The International Code Council along with the National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association are co-publishing best practices for raw sewage and waste treatment. 

To guarantee the safety and welfare of communities and businesses alike, the International Code Council (ICC) and National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association (NOWRA) will co-publish the International Private Sewage Disposal Code® (IPSDC).

The IPSDC outlines the best practices and technologies that apply in-house, onsite wastewater solutions. Now adopted in 17 states and 102 jurisdictions, the U.S. territories of Guam and Puerto Rico, as well as in Abu Dhabi, the IPSDC is fast becoming the key resource for communities wanting to implement safe, affordable private sewage disposal solutions.

“NOWRA is pleased to collaborate with ICC on development of the next version of the IPSDC,” says Jim Bell, NOWRA Board of Directors President. “This agreement will help local and state jurisdictions ensure that their own regulations encompass the greatest advances in the science and technology of onsite and decentralized wastewater treatment.”

The collaborative effort with the IPSDC will facilitate the use of the latest science-based best practices and innovative technologies in safely handling onsite, decentralized wastewater, thereby reducing customers’ costs. The IPSDC addresses inconsistencies within many regulations that dictate how decentralized systems can be designed, installed, and operated.

“Decentralized solutions are not only acceptable but, in many cases, the preferable means for effectively and efficiently handling wastewater,” says ICC Board of Directors President M. Dwayne Garriss. “These systems can sustainably serve single homes, neighborhoods, and entire communities, including commercial and industrial facilities.”

The code development cycle for the 2018 IPSDC is complete and the latest issue will be available through the ICC and NOWRA websites in 2017. Communities looking for more information to adopt the IPSDC can contact Sara Yerkes, ICC Senior Vice President of Government Relations at [email protected].

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