In the United States, 1 out of every 5 households depends on septic systems to treat their wastewater. Septic systems provide an effective, environmentally friendly, and economic option for homes that cannot connect to a public sewer system. However, when a septic system is not properly maintained, it can contaminate ground water with disease-causing pathogens, pollute surface waters, and threaten the health and safety of communities.
Across the country, local environmental groups, health departments, governments, and septic system service providers face challenges posed by failing septic systems. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) assists these local organizations in promoting homeowner education and awareness. Each year, the EPA holds SepticSmart Week to encourage homeowners and communities to properly care for and maintain their septic systems. Throughout the week, the EPA provides you with helpful videos, case studies, and educational resources, such as this free magnet.
Mark your calendar for September 14-18, 2020 to participate in a week of septic system education!