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SepticMaintain your Septic System

If you have a septic system, it's important to properly maintain it. Failed or broken septic systems can threaten the health of humans and wildlife in a watershed by releasing harmful microbes and chemical contaminants. Even the most efficient tanks require maintenance. If you see excessive moisture or standing water in the drainfield, noxious odors in the yard, dead grassor other plants over the drain field, depressions around or over the septic tank, or slow or plugged drains it's time to call a licensed professional and make sure your tank is maintained.


Check out this great video by the National Environmental Servies Center: Squishy Feet


Links and Resources

Download the Stormwater SMART Maintained Septic Systems = Clean Water brochure.

A Homeowner's Guide to Septic Systems [PDF Format] - This 15-page booklet describes how a septic system works and what a homeowner can do to help the system treat their wastewater efficiently. The Spanish Version of this document is now available. EPA 832-B-02-005


Homeowner Septic System Checklist [PDF Format] - This worksheet allows homeowners to keep track of septic system inspections and maintenance. This checklist is included in the booklet above or may also be used separately. Printed copies are no longer available from EPA. EPA 832-F-03-006
Homeowner's Guide to Septic Systems [PDF Format] - This short brochure is based on the booklet above. EPA 832-B-02-006
State Revolving Fund
Funding Decentralized Wastewater Systems Using the Clean Water State Revolving Fund [PDF Format] - This fact sheet describes options for using the Clean Water State Revolving Fund to finance installation, repair, and upgrading of septic systems. EPA 832-F-03-003


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