In Oklahoma, citizens living in rural areas rely almost exclusively on gravity type septic systems. These systems normally consist of a 1000 gallon tank located relatively close to the home, followed by a septic line, or field line.
Septic system design is typically based on a soil (perc) test, the size of the property, and the number of bedrooms in the home.
More information on Oklahoma septic system services and design options can be found at the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality.
Upon completion, and prior to backfilling, the septic system must be inspected by a state certified inspector, or a representative from the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). You can phone the DEQ at 405-702-6100.
Septic Tank Pumping
Periodic pumping is essential to the long-term operation of your septic system.
Oklahoma law requires a license for anyone engaged in the pumping and hauling of septic tank contents, and all disposal must be in accordance with DEQ rules and regulations pertaining to septage pumpers and haulers.
As a homeowner, and good steward of your local environment you should ensure your contractor is licensed. Truck should contain a minimum 1000 gallon water tight tank, or be clearly marked with capacity. Pumps and hoses should be updated to ensure no leakage at the site. Pumpers license number should be prominantly posted on both sides of truck.