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The Planning and Zoning Office issues all Sanitary Permits for the County and inspects all system installations for compliance to State codes. Wastewater carries disease-causing bacteria, infectious viruses, household chemicals and excess nutrients that must be removed. If you are not hooked up to city sewer or a sanitary district, your septic system is your wastewater treatment facility (POWTS - Privately Owned Wastewater Treatment System). Though it is much less complicated than a city's facilities, it serves a similar purpose; to protect public health and prevent pollution.

Wells are regulated by the DNR. Please click here.

Septic Maintenance Program

The maintenance forms are going in the mail in monthly batches. You will receive a bright green postcard in the mail. Pumpers will be entering this information on-line, so there is no form to be completed or handed to the pumpers, and fees are on the property tax bill, so no need to send a check to the County. When you call your pumper, please give them your file number located on the front of the postcard.  Please direct any questions to Lara Pagel Phone: 715-258-6257 or email  lara.pagel@co.waupaca.wi.us.

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DSPS 383.50 requires that all Counties in Wisconsin establish a maintenance program to ensure that all POWTS will be inspected, evaluated, maintained and serviced so that the POWTS will operate as designed and thereby protect the public health and waters of the State. Septic tanks must be inspected at least every three years and pumped when needed. We mail out forms 3 years from date of last service. See the FAQ for more information.

WHEN IS MY SYSTEM DUE/DID MY PUMPER UPDATE MY RECORD?  Follow this link to the Tax Information Search.  Enter the information you have and hit the search button. Follow the hyperlink to the right. This is the tax information screen. In the blue bar at the top of the page, you will see Zoning Info.  Click on that. Here you will see the permit information on file for this property as well as the sanitary information.  Under Pumping Due, you will see when the septic will be due for pumping/inspection again.

  • Maintenance Fees

    Waupaca County imposed a fee for administration and operation of the Maintenance Program in 2003. Since 2007 the fee has been $5/year per septic tank “set”. Multiple active septic systems on a parcel will result in multiple fees. This has historically been billed when the maintenance forms have gone out. In an effort to keep costs down and increase efficiency, starting in 2019, the maintenance fee will be placed on the property tax bill. It will appear as a Septic Maint. Fee Special Charge.  The special charge will show an annual fee of $5/year per septic system on the property.  This fee is only imposed on properties with septic systems.

  • Septic Maintenance Data Entry (for pumpers/plumbers only)

Septic Information

Possible Financial Assistance


Contractor Lists
These are not complete lists of all available contractors, but rather a list of those commonly doing work in Waupaca County and requesting that they be included on this list. Addresses and phone numbers provided are based upon information furnished by the contractors. The list of contractors shown is intended as information only and does not constitute an endorsement of their services over any other business that may be available to provide the same service to you.
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