Pueblo, CO (September 20, 2021) – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—with support from state and local governments, the private sector, communities, and academia—kicked-off its annual Septic Smart Week. Septic Smart Week encourages homeowners, wastewater professionals and local officials to design and maintain effective septic systems to safeguard public health, protect the environment, and save money.

 

EPA’s Septic Smart initiative is a nationwide public education effort that offers educational resources to homeowners, local organizations, and government leaders to explain how septic systems work and provide tips on how to properly maintain them. Themes for this week are:

Think at the Sink! What goes down the drain has a big impact on septic systems. Fats, grease, and solids can clog a system’s pipes and drain field.

Don’t Overload the Commode! A toilet is not a trash can. Do not flush non-degradable items such as dental floss, diapers, wipes, and hygiene products – they can damage a septic system.

Don’t Strain Your Drain! Use water efficiently and stagger use of water-based appliances. Too much water use at once can overload a system that hasn’t been pumped recently.

Shield Your Field! Tree and shrub roots, cars, and livestock can damage your septic drain field.

Keep It Clean! Contamination can occur if a septic system leaks due to improper maintenance. Regular testing can help ensure that your drinking water is safe.

Protect It and Inspect It! Regular septic system maintenance can save homeowners thousands of dollars in repairs and protect public health.

Pump Your Tank! Ensure your septic tank is pumped at regular intervals as recommended by a professional and/or local permitting authority.

For more information, visit www.epa.gov/septic for resources and information, including recently released Quick Tip Videos.

 

Background

More than one-fifth of U.S. households use an individual onsite system or small community cluster septic system to treat their wastewater. These systems treat and dispose of relatively small volumes of wastewater and include a wide range of individual and cluster treatment options to process household and commercial sewage. These systems go by such names as septic, decentralized wastewater treatment, cluster, package plants, on-lot, individual sewage disposal, and private sewage.

Onsite systems provide a cost-effective, long-term option for treating wastewater, particularly in sparsely populated areas. When properly installed, operated, and maintained, these systems help protect public health and a community’s water resources.

For resources and how to find your septic system in Pueblo County, visit https://bit.ly/39mTcXo.

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