Understanding the administrative costs of installing a sanitation system

Understanding the administrative costs of installing a sanitation system

Posted on 27 Nov 2023 by Lise Helluy

When considering the installation of a sanitation system, it's crucial to understand the various administrative costs that can be associated with the process. Administrative costs, though often overlooked, play a vital role in setting up a system that complies with standards. In this article, we'll look in detail at the various facets of administrative costs associated with the local authorities and design offices. It's essential to have a clear view of these aspects to make informed decisions and avoid unforeseen expenses.

What are the administrative costs associated with individual wastewater treatment?

Administrative costs are relatively the same for all types of individual sanitation. It's the public utility and the engineering firms that bill for their services.

The public authority is responsible for approving or rejecting applications for the creation or upgrading of individual sanitation systems. Its role is to advise all users on all aspects of sanitation. It generally requires that the dossier be drawn up by an design office specializing in soil studies and covered by ten-year insurance.

The user is thus covered by the regulations:

  • The supplier of the treatment system provides a warranty on the equipment,
  • the digger, who covers the worksite with his warranty,
  • the design office, which guarantees the reliability of the project and, in particular, the conformity of the design with the soil in place,
  • the public authority, which finalizes the regulatory aspects of the project.

Before making a decision, be sure to consult your sanitation professional for a precise estimate of the administrative costs associated with your chosen option.

Here are the different services that a design office or public authority can charge you for:

  • Study and production of a complete administrative file including the following regulatory information: Characteristics of the plot (available surface area, soil quality, etc.) + Definition of the treatment capacity to be installed + Information for the user on the different systems available in his case + Management of treated water (discharge into the ditch or infiltration into the plot).
  • Design control based on a file drawn up by the design office.
  • Site inspection during construction and before backfilling.
  • Granting of conformity.
  • Inspection of proper operation every 4 to 10 years, depending on service regulations.

It's important to know that the public authority can only indicate the type of system you can install, in order to comply with current regulations. That said, it has no right to impose a particular brand of compact filter or micro-station.

Careful consideration of administrative costs is a crucial step when choosing an individual sanitation system. Neglecting these costs can lead to unexpected expenses. So, by fully understanding the administrative aspects associated with the various stakeholders, you can make informed decisions, guaranteeing the conformity and longevity of your wastewater treatment project.

Before committing yourself to the installation of your individual sanitation system, don't hesitate to consult a qualified professional. Get a precise estimate of the administrative costs specific to the option you are considering.  Make sure your project complies with all current regulations and offers a sustainable sanitation solution.

Take the initiative to ensure the success of your sanitation initiative and contact our team for personalized support! 

What are the maintenance costs or subsidies available for the installation of an individual sanitation system? Find out soon in a new article!

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