Routine maintenance of your septic system is an inexpensive way to ensure your system is in proper working condition. Assess your system's condition at least every three years.
Do you know what goes into your septic system? Proper system operation begins with choices you make in your household.
Many people don't realize the difference between sewage treatment and sewage disposal. A properly designed, installed, and operated septic system provides wastewater treatment.
More than 30 percent of Minnesota's households use septic systems (onsite sewage treatment systems) to treat their wastewater. Septic systems protect human health and the environment by safely recycling wastewater back into the environment.
Sewage from homes has pathogens such as bacteria and viruses, plus nutrients, solids and cleaning products that can cause human health and environmental problems. "Failure" of a septic system means that wastewater may be allowed to come in contact with people or enter the natural environment before it is harmless.
By controlling water use, selecting appropriate products, and making wise disposal decisions, the homeowner can improve performance of the septic system and avoid major problems!