Monroe County Health Department
901 Illinois Avenue, Suite A      Waterloo, Illinois  62298
Phone: 618.939.3871    Fax: 618.939.4459 
Protecting You and Your Environment

Private Sewage Disposal Program


In a rural area such as Monroe County, many homes do not have access to a municipal sewer system. Our private sewage disposal program exists to ensure that new septic systems are constructed according to State code guidelines so that neither your health nor the environment is jeopardized. Before constructing or repairing a private sewage system in Monroe County, a permit must be obtained from the Monroe County Health Department.

Contact our office for questions regarding private sewage disposal systems, their maintenance and proper operation. The Monroe County Health Department recommends pumping of septic and aeration tanks every 3 to 5 years for optimal performance. Anonymous complaints may be filed with our department regarding private sewage systems possibly failing and contaminating the environment as well.  

*Please note that permit fees have changed. See the application cover page for updated fees.

For a Private Sewage Disposal Application click here .

For a list of contractors, please click here.

*Please note our applications have changed due to the new NPDES permit as of Feb. 10, 2014 enacted by USEPA. Property owners MUST sign private sewage permit applications submitted to the health department. Property owners are responsible for reviewing & understanding all portions of their permit application. All portions must be completed before permits are issued by Monroe County Health Department.

To view the NPDES permit click here.

To view IL Private Sewage Code click here.