Pulling Together

A thorough approach and a collaborative style help a Missouri regulator foster respect for her work and improve cooperation among local installers.
Pulling Together
St. Charles County wastewater system inspector specialist Sandy May monitors drainfield trenching and pipe installation at a home in Defiance, Mo. Matt Hauser from Jody Schmidt Well & Sewer Service sets the grade in the trench. (Photography by Tom Tu

An engineer in St. Charles County, Mo., hired 18-year-olds to do his percolation tests, designed the onsite systems on his kitchen table, and charged homeowners $1,500.

In the drainfield, he used a land block system, which fills the first trench until hydraulic pressure forces...

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