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Septic Systems

SepticSmart Week 2017

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.

SepticSmart Week Seal - September 18-22, 2017

SepticSmart 2017, held September 18-22, 2017, focused on educating homeowners and communities on the proper care and maintenance of their septic systems.


Join the effort to raise awareness by:


SepticSmart Week Proclamations

Check out the states and leaders who have declared SepticSmart Week 2017 in their communities:

  • Governor Holcomb, State of Indiana
  • Governor Brown, State of Oregon
  • Senate Resolution No. 171, State of Pennsylvania
  • Governor Scott, State of Vermont
  • Governor Inslee, State of Washington
  • Governor Otter, State of Idaho
  • Governor McAuliffe, Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Governor Snyder, State of Michigan
  • Governor Walker, State of Alaska
  • Governor Dayton, State of Minnesota
  • Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission, Indiana
  • Board of Commissioners, Porter County, Indiana
  • Town Council, Town of Chesterton, Porter County, Indiana
  • House of Representatives, State of Michigan
  • Town Council, Beverly Shores, Indiana

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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