What you can do...
Your on-site septic system.
When your homeâ€™s on-site septic system fails, itâ€™s more than a wet, stinky mess. Itâ€™s expensive to repair and itâ€™s a health hazard to you, your family and your pets. And, the problem may not be limited to your yard. When you take care of your septic system, you are taking care of yourself, your wallet, and your community.
Bonus points!Maintaining your septic system also helps you:
A good septic system takes care of most health or environmental threats posed by household sewage and wastewater. But septic systems need regular maintenance. Without it, they can fail and overflow. Runoff can then carry untreated sewage across your yard to your neighborâ€™s property or into surface watersâ€”lakes, streams or Puget Sound.
Public health impacts from failing septic systems can be widespread. Bacteria, viruses and other pollutants from the sewage can contaminate fish and shellfish and make water unsafe for swimming or drinking. Fishing and shellfish industries can be closed. Drinkingwater wells and groundwater can be come contaminated. Beaches and waters can be closed for recreation, too.
A septic system doesnâ€™t have to be a problem.
How will you help?
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION GUIDES
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