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Simply Ways to Protect your Septic System

  • Limit your use of water

    • install low-flow toilets, take shorter showers, repair leaky faucets and toilets immediately

  • Do not flush the following items:

    • baby wipes, cigarette butts, coffee grounds, condoms, diapers, grease / fats, kitty litter, or sanitary napkins

  • Do not pour down the drain:

    • acids, bleach (in large quantity), chemicals, drain cleaners, oils, paints, pesticides, solvents

  • Limit use of garbage disposal, or don't use it at all.  It can add excess material that takes a long time to decompose in the septic tank.


For more information on septic systems visit the Onsite Sewage page (bottom link) and scroll down to the Sewage Links



Contact your Local Health Department before installing or modifying any existing onsite sewage disposal system.

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