Septic Systems

The purpose of the groundwater program in Madison County is to regulate and control the disposal of human excreta, sewage, and water-carried household wastes to prevent diseases spread through bowel and kidney discharge. Our duty is to regulate onsite wastewater disposal in a manner that is protective of the groundwater in such a way as to minimize the possibility of endangering the health and welfare of the public. The Jackson Madison County Health Department, Environmental Health Section, regulates the permitting of new conventional sewage disposal systems and the repair of systems that have failed or are not functioning properly. The Environmental Health Section oversees the construction of these systems as well as granting final approval for these systems in areas of the county where city sewer services are not accessible. All fees associated with services are in the Fee Schedule for Subsurface Sewage Disposal Systems and Ground Water Services for the Jackson-Madison County Health Department effective July 1, 2018.

If you have questions or need to reach Environmental Staff please call: 731-423-3020 and follow the prompts for the Environmental Department.

For a list of certified septic installers for the State of TN click this link:

For a list of approved soil scientists:

For State Regulations for Regulations that Govern Subsurface Sewage Disposal Systems click this link: