U.S. EPA SepticSmart Program Educates About Care and Maintenance

February 21, 2013

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Photo courtesy of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched the SepticSmart program to encourage homeowners to maintain their septic systems and prevent repairs and pollution that could harm waterways and public health, according to an EPA news release.

The national public education effort promotes septic system care and maintenance, educates about proper use and maintenance requirements, and provides community, government, and industry organizations with educational tools and materials.

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Nearly 25% of U.S. households and one-third of new developments use septic systems. EPA is using its new program to spread what it calls “SepticSmart tips.” Some tips include spreading laundry and dishwasher loads throughout the day; not pouring fats, oils, and grease down drains; inspecting systems every 3 years; and not parking or driving on a system’s drainfield to avoid damaging underground pipes and components, the news release says.

The SepticSmart website provides basic information about septic systems, benefits of proper maintenance, steps for proper care and maintenance, resources for homeowners, and outreach materials.

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