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Septic Systems

SepticSmart Week

Each year, EPA holds SepticSmart Week with outreach activities to encourage homeowners and communities to care for and maintain their septic systems.

During SepticSmart Week, EPA seeks to inform homeowners on proper septic system care and maintenance, assist local agencies in promoting homeowner education and awareness, and educate local decision makers about infrastructure options to improve and sustain their communities.

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September 17-21, 2018

This annual event focuses on educating homeowners and communities on the proper care and maintenance of their septic systems.


Join the effort to raise awareness by:


Outreach Toolkit


Septic Systems Can Impact Nearby Water Sources

How Your Septic System Can Impact Nearby Water Sources
Septic systems can impact local drinking water wells or surface water bodies. The extent of this impact depends on how well your septic system is maintained and if it is used properly. View interactive graphics to learn more about how septic systems interact with drinking water wells or surface water bodies and how to keep them healthy.


How State and Local Governments Promote and Proclaim SepticSmart Week

  • Moderator:
    • Kevin O'Donovan, MDB, Inc.
    • Zach Lowenstein, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Wastewater Managment
  • Presenters:
    • Jeremy Simmons, Washington Department of Health
    • Gene McCabe, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
    • Susan Mihalo, Town of Ogden Dunes, Indiana

  • Presentation:

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