EPA’s SepticSmart program is a nation-wide initiative to share information on the proper care and maintenance of septic systems and encourage public stewardship in caring for these wastewater treatment systems. The SepticSmart program provides a wealth of online resources for homeowners, local organizations and government leaders to facilitate an understanding on:
- how to properly care for and use your septic system,
- how simple septic maintenance can save you money and protect your property value,
- why maintaining your septic system can protect your family’s health and the environment.
The SepticSmart program emphasizes seven simple messages to help homeowners and users of septic systems understand how to be “SepticSmart.”
Follow these SepticSmart quick tips every day:
- Think at the Sink!
Learn what not to put down your kitchen sink (such as fats, oils, or greases), how to properly dispose of food waste and how to use cleaning supplies in moderation.
- Don't Strain Your Drain!
Learn about the importance of using water efficiently, staggering water use of water- based appliances and using energy efficient appliances.
- Keep It Clean!
Learn about the importance of testing your well water, and its relationship to your septic system.
- Shield Your Field!
Learn about your septic system’s drainfield, including how it works, and tips to take care of it.
- Protect It and Inspect It!
Learn about a typical septic system inspection, how often an inspection should be performed and considerations for advanced systems.
- Don't Overload the Commode!
Learn about what can be flushed down the toilet, and what should be thrown in the trash.
- Pump Your Tank!
Learn about a typical septic tank pump-out service, and how a septic tank works.