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October 24, 2011

Pennington County Septic System Ordinance

In July 2010, the Pennington County Commission passed the Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems Ordinance. Government documents and media stories as well as a timeline are outlined here.


Sections 200-503 pertain to the Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems Ordinance, the subject of all links to government documents and media stories below.

October 2011

Media Stories

Septic Tank Inspection Can Be a Lengthy Process

 Pennington County requires a septic tank inspection every six years. This article describes problems some have had with the process of the inspection.

Rapid City Journal, October 23, 2011

 Results of Septic Inspections Startling

County officials finding more problems with septic systems than anticipated when the ordinance went into effect in 2010.

Rapid City Journal, October 23, 2011

 September 2011

Media Stories

County Revisits Septic System Issues

The Pennington County Commission heard from citizens asking for a repeal of the ordinance. Commissioners voted 3-1 to not repeal.

Rapid City Journal, September 27, 2011

 Rural Homeowners Disappointed With Septic System Ordinance

Story on homeowner reaction to the 3-1 vote by the Pennington County Commissioners that turned down the request to repeal the ordinance.

KOTA-TV, September 27, 2o11 

Judge Rejects Group's Attempt to Repeal Septic Ordinance

Lawsuit requesting that State's Attorney file a lawsuit to challenge the ordinance was dismissed.

Rapid City Journal, September 28, 2010

Government Documents

County Commission Minutes--September 27, 2011

Commissioners voted 3-1 to not repeal the Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems Ordinance.

January 2011

Media Stories

County Should Allow Septic Aid

Editorial on the denial of aid by the County Commission for those who may face hardship when complying with the ordinance.

Rapid City Journal, January 21, 2011

December 2010

Media Stories

Opponents of Septic Ordinance Appeal Circuit Court Ruling

Appeal filed with highest court to challenge the Circuit Court ruling from September 2010.

Rapid City Journal, December 1, 2010

August 2010

Media Stories

Opponents Take Septic Tank Ordinance to Court

After failing to collect enough signatures to force public vote, 200 opponents of the new ordinance are petitioning the courts to repeal.

Rapid City Journal, August 12, 2010

Septic Tank Opponents Fail to File Petitions

Public vote on issue will not be held in November.

Rapid City Journal, August 10, 2010

July 2010

Media Stories

Septic Ordinance Challenged

Lawsuit has been filed to challenge the Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems Ordinance.

KOTA-TV, July 19, 2010

Pennington County Approves Septic Tank Ordinance

Ordinance approved by the County Commission.

KOTA-TV, July 6, 2010

 June 2010

Media Stories

Septic Ordinance Sails Through First Reading

The first reading of the Septic Ordinance passed through the County Commission.

KOTA-TV, June 22, 2010

Government Documents

County Commission Minutes--June 22, 2010

First reading of the Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems ordinance reported.

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