State law requires septic tanks located in the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Areas (CBPA) be pumped out at least once every 5 years. The Department of Public Works monitors compliance of these state requirements for Hanover County. The program requires reporting updated information about your septic tank to the County.
The Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area (CBPA) also includes Resource Protection Areas (RPA) and Resource Management Areas (RMA).
Additional information about the CBPA and an FAQ about the septic tank pump-out program can be read on the County’s website here. Answers to frequently asked questions can be read here.
If you wish to avoid pumping out your septic tank, a sewage handler can inspect the system and certify it does not need to be pumped. You can also install a Virginia Department of Health (VDH) approved plastic filter. Plastic filters require on-going maintenance. You can contact the Virginia Department of Health for more information about these filters.
To comply with requirements, you will need to provide the County with your name, address and the date your septic tank was pumped out or inspected. You will also need to confirm that your drainfield is not located in the CBPA or alternatively, that your system has an approved plastic filter.
If you have questions or want to report your information, email [email protected] or call 804-365-6263. It is a 24/7 septic voicemail line.
Pumping your septic system is not mandatory if you are outside of a CBPA; however, pumping and inspecting your septic system may extend its life.