Septic Systems


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    Septic Systems


    Septic systems are commonly installed in areas without public sewer systems and treatment plants. Septic systems are underground structures that treat wastewater from household plumbing (kitchen drains, bathrooms,  and laundry). Proper installation and maintenance of these systems are important to keep our water clean. Malfunctioning septic systems can release bacteria, viruses, and chemicals that end up in our groundwater and surface water. This poses a danger to drinking water and may harm local ecosystems by killing native plants and animals. Each year over one trillion gallons of waste to subsurface and surface water is contributed by failing septic systems.

    Causes of Septic Failure:

    • Excessive use of garbage disposal
    • Pouring harmful substances down drains
    • Tree roots clogging pipes
    • Driving over drain field
    • Failure to install according to septic codes
    • Inadequate maintenance practices
    • Unsuitable soil conditions
    Tips to Keep Your Septic System Working Well:
    • Avoid using your garbage disposal to process large quantities of wastes
    • Avoid flushing toxins down the drain
    • Avoid watering or planting trees or large shrubs on the leach field
    • Don't flood the system with excessive water use
    • Don't put vehicles or livestock over the leach field
    • Regularly pump out the septic tank and inspect the physical components of the system

    To find certified septic system contractors and on-site system professionals in your area

    contact your local health department: