privy construction

TAYLOR COUNTY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE SANITARY PRIVY

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Culvert Vault Diagram
Pre-Fab Vault Diagram
Pit Diagram
Sanitation Information

I. LOCATION
Privies shall be located at a minimum horizontal distance of

  1. 25′ from habitable buildings
  2. 10′ from slab constructed accessory buildings
  3. 75′ from navigable waters and watercourses
  4. 10′ from sideyard lot lines
  5. Setbacks from highways are as follows:
Class of Highway
From Centerline
From R-O-W
State or Federal
110′
50′ whichever is greater
County
75′
42′ whichever is greater
Town
55′
22′ whichever is greater
Private
25′
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6.   50′ from water supply well
7.    3′ from above high ground water or bedrock (unless equipped with watertight vault)

II. GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

A. All privy buildings should be fly tight and vermin proof.
B. Privies should be provided with concrete floors and risers and the interior painted.
C. Privies should be provided with a suitable approach, such as concrete, gravel, or cinder.
D. The entire installation should be kept clean and sanitary. Freshly slaked lime or other equally effective disinfectants shall be used in the vault at frequent intervals. Floors, walls, seats and urinals should be scrubbed as often as possible. The vault should be cleaned out at proper intervals and the wastes properly disposed of in accordance with NR 113, Wis. Adm. Code.
E. All windows, ventilators, and other openings should be screened with 16 mesh screening to prevent entrance of insects.

III. FOUNDATION AND VAULT REQUIREMENTS

A. The outer base of the privy should be banked with earth.
B. Concrete or cement block foundation walls should extend six inches above the ground and twelve inches below the ground to prevent entrance by insects and vermin.
C. The bottom of open pits shall be at least three feet above bedrock or high groundwater level unless the pit is equipped with a permanently water tight vault such as concrete or steel.
D. An exterior vermin-tight access opening, for cleaning of vault, should be provided where water tight vault has been installed.

IV. PRIVY VENTILATION REQUIREMENTS

A. Vaults should be ventilated with a pipe of at least three inches in diameter which terminates at least 8 inches above the roof of the privy and is provided with an effective ventilating hood.

V. SUPERSTRUCTURE REQUIREMENTS

A. Walls and ceilings should be completely covered with smooth plastic, galvanized metal, wood or other suitable materials, provided joints are properly sealed.
B. Steel or masonry buildings are acceptable if properly constructed.

VI. ADDITIONAL SUGGESTIONS

A. Privy doors should swing and be self-closing.
B. Privy seats should be provided with hinged covers.
C. Privies for public buildings shall comply with Comm 91, Wis. Adm. Code.
D. A privy vault shall be constructed of watertight plastic, fiberglass, coated steel or monolithic concrete. Privy construction shall comply with Comm 91.12 Wis. Adm. Code, and Taylor County recommendations for the construction of a sanitary privy.
E. The privy shall be kept clean and sanitary. The contents of the pit or vault shall be disposed in accordance with NR 113, Wis. Adm. Code. Privy abandonment shall be in accordance with Comm 91.12(5) Wis. Adm. Code.
F. Refer to attached information pertaining to Comm 91.10, Composting Toilets; Comm 91.11, Incinerating Toilets; and Comm 91.12, Privies.
G. This application shall be binding on the owner, their heirs and assignees.