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Keeping Your Septic System Environmentally-Friendly

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"Going green" and keeping your septic tank environmentally friendly

“Going green” is a popular term these days. But even if you aren’t reusing rainwater or carpooling to work, there are some easy things you can do to help protect the environment (and your pocketbook) by being environmentally friendly with the use of your septic system.

3 steps to a “greener” septic system

Don’t put harsh chemicals/wastes down the drain

This includes standard things like paint or paint thinner from art projects, but many people flush items like old medications. These can kill the good bacteria needed in your septic tank and soil absorption field and cause contamination.

Conserve water

The more water introduced to your system, the bigger toll it takes. Economy in the use of your water not only can help the longevity of your septic system, but can also lower your monthly water bills if you use a public water supply.

Check for and replace leaking septic tanks

A leaking tank is usually not detectable until the tank lid is opened and checked; pumping out your tank on a regular basis is an easy way to check. If the liquid level is low, or if water flows back into the tank from the seam or a hole, your tank may be leaking.

The wastewater seeping out of a leaking tank has had less treatment than the effluent filtering through the system’s absorption area. This less-treated water eventually filters into the underground drinking water supply, and less treatment equals higher risk for contamination.

Free “green” consultation

Van Delden Wastewater Systems offers free phone consultations to those looking for more ways to keep their septic system environmentally-friendly (or who have questions about any part of their septic system). We’d love to help, so give us a call!

[Image: Daniel R. Blume]


2 thoughts on “Keeping Your Septic System Environmentally-Friendly

  1. Some good tips for anyone with a septic tank system, even though you guys are in the US would advise our customers similar tips here in the UK , as you probably do too too we pull all sorts of tings form customers septic tanks over the years.

    • I’ve seen so many different items in tank that should not be there that I am no longer surprised. Its a shame homeowners put harmful items in their systems, but I guess most people think as long as its “flush-able” then it’s OK. Thanks for the comment. Best wishes!

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