* 1. Did you read the report?

* 2. Did you find the report informative?

* 3. Was anything related to septic system use left out of the report?

* 4. The report cited a study conducted by Michigan State University and published in 2015 that found 100% of the rivers tested in the Lower Peninsula contained human fecal matter. Knowing this, are you:

* 5. In most counties in Michigan, after a septic system is installed, there is no required follow up. This means that there are no inspection or maintenance requirements on septic tanks once they are installed. Knowing this, are you:

* 6. On a scale of one (1) to ten (10) how serious do you feel the issue of failing septic tanks is for natural water resources in Northern Michigan?

* 7. What level of priority do you feel this issue should have with your local officials?

* 8. Do you understand the pros and cons of each option explained in the report?

* 9. In the report, four policy options were discussed in detail. Below you will find short descriptions of each option, followed by a question:

Maintaining the Status Quo--This option does not effect any change. It relies solely upon educational outreach by the Health Department, local governments, and local non-profits to inform citizens of the importance of inspecting and maintaining their septic tanks. It does not require additional action and keeps things as they are now.

What do you think about the option to Maintain the Status Quo?

* 10. Time of Transfer Inspection Ordinance--This option requires inspection of septic tanks to be completed at the time of sale or transfer of property. If issues are found during inspections, this approach usually requires a plan for remediation and a future inspection to ensure compliance.

What do you think about the Time of Transfer option?

* 11. Mandatory Pumping Ordinance--As the name suggests, this option requires septic tanks to be pumped at regular, specific time periods, and property owners are required to submit proof of compliance.

What do you think about the Mandatory Pumping option?

* 12. Mandatory Inspection Ordinance--This requires every septic tank to be inspected regularly within a certain time frame. Property owners submit proof of inspection then follow recommendations specific to them after inspection.

What do you think about the Mandatory Inspection option?

* 13. Please rank your preference for the options explained in the report (1 being the most preferred and 4 being the least preferred method).

  1 2 3 4
Maintaining the status quo
Time of transfer ordinance
Mandatory pumping ordinance
Mandatory inspection ordinance

* 14. Do you have a septic tank at your home?

* 15. Do you own any property that contains a septic tank that is not your home?

* 16. Have you ever needed maintenance or repair work on your septic tank(s)?

* 17. Do you have regularly scheduled maintenance on your septic tank(s)?

* 18. Have you ever experienced a septic tank failure?

* 19. If you currently rely upon a septic tank, do you have the financial ability to fix the tank if an issue required payment today?

* 20. Do you own or rent your home?

* 21. What gender do you identify with?

* 22. What is your age?

* 23. Please list the city or township in which you reside:

* 24. What is the annual income of your household?

* 25. Any additional comments:

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