Best Practices in Use of Water and the Disposal of Waste

• Institute and enforce a water conservation program within the home by all household members. This may be especially difficult with teenage children, however they have to understand that excess water use may cause the septic system to back up and make their home barely livable.

  • • Frequently check for leaks throughout the inside and outside of the house and immediately correct them.
  • • Install water restriction valves where appropriate to reduce the amount of water being used in the structure.
  • • Do not throw anything down the toilets or other drains other than human excrement.
  • • Do not attach a garbage grinder where the contents go into the septic tank system.
  • • Do not empty water softener materials into the septic tank system.
  • • Use a separate system for the disposal of swimming pool waste from cleaning filters.
  • • Maintain adequate vegetative cover over the absorption field, but do not allow trees or shrubs to be there because the roots will grow toward the effluent disposal lines and can block them.
  • • Do not allow surface water from other properties or this property to flow over the effluent disposal field.
  • • Do not allow heavy equipment, trucks, or automobiles to travel across or be parked on the effluent disposal field.
  • • Do not do any kind of digging unless it is done by a professional to correct the problem in the disposal field.
  • • Install a manhole over the septic tank which cannot be easily moved by children and animals and is used for inspection of the septic tank.

Holding Tanks

A holding tank is a large tank which is used to receive the flow of a house sewer or other sewer structures on a temporary basis until the sewer line is available for hookup to the treatment plant. This time period has to be guaranteed to be no more than 6 months. The tank has to be periodically pumped out by licensed sewage haulers and the contents taken to the sewage treatment plant for disposal. This is a very expensive process and frequently the haulers are not paid, thereby leading to secession of service and a potentially serious environmental hazard. Many states do not allow the use of holding tanks.

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