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Private Sewers & Septic Systems

Septic Systems aka On-site Wastewater Treatment Systems (OWTS)


Septic Systems are highly efficient, self-contained, underground wastewater treatment systems that dispose of sewage on-site. Septic systems are used when properties are not connected to municipal sanitary sewers.

Governing OWTS Policies and Reulations

Latest OWTS Program Updates

  • Sewer Connection Financial Assistance Program (SCFAP)
    • The City of Los Angeles is currently in the process of establishing a Sewer Connection Financial Assistance Program (SCFAP) that will assist Septic System owners in connecting to sewers. Further details regarding this Program will be provided as they become available.
  • Chandler Septic-To-Sewer Project
    • Success story! The OWTS Program has worked with others to obtain approval to construct a sewer that will connect properties and businesses that are currently expanding in the North Hollywood area.
  • Mandeville Canyon Septic-To-Sewer Project
    • The OWTS Group recently submitted a grant application to the State Water Board and was invited to provide a Detailed Application. This project consists in connecting about 300 septic systems into the City sewer that is along Mandeville Canyon. This project is needs residents’ support in order to move forward.

Important Dates
Local Agency Management Program (LAMP) Submittal – May 12, 2016

  • The LAMP enables the City of Los Angeles to regulate septic systems. If no LAMP is submitted by the due date (May 12, 2016), the State will have to regulate septic systems in the City based on the criteria listed in the State OWTS Policy. As of now, it appears that the City may not submit a LAMP and some of the impact to septic systems owners may include the following.

OWTS Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

For answers to our most Frequently Asked Questions, please see our FAQ’s Handout

Potential State & Federal Funding
The On-site Wastewater Treatment Systems (OWTS) Program is currently applying for State and Federal grants and loans to fund Projects that would involve the construction of public sewers within unsewered portions of the City, especially those designated as high-risk areas and disadvantaged communities (DACs). Potential Projects will specifically target DACS to reduce the financial cost imposed on OWTS owners to connect to public sanitary sewers.


To better help you maintain your septic system and prevent needless repairs or replacement, please click on the links below:

Best Practices for Maintaing OWTS in Safe Operating Conditions:

How Policy Affect Homeowners?


Maps of the Septic Systems in Los Angeles



List of High Risk OWTS in the City of Los Angeles


Listening Sessions #1

Listening Sessions #2

Listening Sessions #3

Listening Sessions #4

Related Links:


Annual Progress and Implementation Reports to Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB):


For further information:

For your septic systems concerns or questions, please email us at septic.system@lacity.org, Hyginus.Mmeje@lacity.org (323) 342-6241, or Erik.Avila@lacity.org (323) 342-6232.

Si necesita asistencia en Español, favor de comunicarse con Erik Avila al (323) 342-6232 o Diandra Ortiz al (323) 342-1560.

Should you prefer to write us you may contact us at:

City of Los Angeles
Department of Public Works
Bureau of Sanitation
Wastewater Engineering Services Division
Attention: Hyginus Mmeje, Manager, OWTS Program
2714 Media Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90065

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For other questions, call (213) 978-0333
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