Poop happens—Maintain and Protect Your Septic System to Keep Things Flowing

When you live on a property with an onsite wastewater treatment system (also known as a septic system), the last thing you want is to get into a stinky situation. That’s why today, as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wraps up its annual SepticSmart Week, Arapahoe County Public Health is reminding all residents with septic systems to protect and preserve them. 安全, well-maintained septic systems keep our water supply from potentially harmful contamination, and the best way to keep things clean and healthy is to get down and dirty with septic maintenance.  

When you live outside of municipal water and sewer service areas, your waste treatment is your own responsibility. Our County has issued about 9,000 许可证 for onsite wastewater treatment systems, which means across our community, thousands of residents live on impacted properties. Arapahoe County Public Health supports our residents through our inspection and permitting process, as well as through education and referrals to septic servicers and installers in our community. 

The bottom line is to take the time before things back up to mind your numbers 1 and 2. Make sure you understand the ins and outs your system, including what can and cannot go down the drain, how often to inspect and service your system, and what kind of permitting is required. The EPA offers a helpful guide for homeowners about septic systems, as well as a video series about system care, maintenance, and repair.  

This SepticSmart Week, and every week, take the time to do your septic duty. A well-functioning, safe system can help keep you, your neighbors, and your community healthy, as well as save you money in the long run by preventing serious problems. 毕竟, the only thing worse than flushing money down the drain is seeing what comes back up on the other side.