The sewage program for Jefferson County is performed in accordance with the Illinois Private Sewage Disposal Licensing Act
and Code "to prevent the transmission of disease organisms, environmental contamination and nuisances resulting from
improper handling, storage, transportation and disposal from private sewage disposal systems," (Local Health protection
Grant). Any new, replaced or renovated system must be installed by a licensed contractor or the homeowner and permitted through
JCHD. The agency must receive an application for permit and the appropriate fee from the contractor/homeowner. Once reviewed
and approved, a permit is issued and an inspection of the system is conducted during and after construction. JCHD also investigates
all private sewage disposal system complaints.