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A sand filter is a particular type of sewage treatment system intended for locations where the soils are not very porous and exhibit poor percolation.

You can contact Environmental Health Services to obtain a plan layout and specifications for sand filters approved for construction in Chemung County.



To guide you in the construction of a sand filter, listed below are two slightly different specification sheets.  The first document is the Chemung County Health Department Sand Filter Design Specification.  The second is the sand filter design that comes straight from the NYSDOH Design Handbook.  Both documents are good resources, but if the system will be installed in Chemung County, the first specification must be used. The third document is the design specifications for the component of the wastewater treatment system that follows the sand filter called the Downstream Mound.

*Chemung County Sand Filter 

*NYSDOH Sand Filter System 

*Chemung County Downstream Mound 




Effective Grain Size (EGS) = 0.25 to 1.00 mm

Uniformity Coefficient = less than 4.0

All sand must pass the 0.25" sieve

Currently, the only source of approved filter sand in Chemung County is:

-Porter's Sand & Gravel

If you are a supplier of sand and would like to get on our "approved" list, please contact us at (607)-737-2019 to make arrangements to provide us with a sample of your sand for evaluation.

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Elmira, NY

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