Private Sewers &
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.
* LATEST OWTS PROGRAM UPDATE *
Status of the Proposed OWTS Ordinance
Due to public concerns and the new standards issued by the state, we will need to reassess the initially drafted and adopted ordinance by the Board of Public Works Commissioners to address the new issues raised in the New State Policy, adopted June 19,2012 including the regulation of commercial and multifamily OWTS, and the phasing out of cesspools. We will keep you informed of progress in this reassessment effort.
OWTS Fact Sheet – Proposed OWTS Ordinance Framework
Proposed OWTS Ordinance
OWTS Board Report and Transmittals
OWTS Ordinance Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Potential Financial Assistance Loan Program
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.
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. Again, we will keep you informed on this grant application process as further details become readily available.
To better help you maintain your septic system and prevent needless repairs or replacement, please click on the links below:
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, Hyginus.Mmeje@lacity.org (323) 342-6241, or Troy.Ezeh@lacity.org (323) 342-1590.
Si necesita asistencia en español, favor de comunicarse con Diandra Ortiz (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