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Reduce with these User-Friendly Tips...

A septic system is also called an onsite wastewater treatment system. Just like the centralized wastewater facilities operated by municipalities, the basic function of a septic system is to properly treat all wastewater that goes down any drain to safe levels meeting recommended contaminant levels before it is discharged into the environment.

Check out our user-friendly tips to help REDUCE the strain on your septic system, avoid costly repairs and protect the Lake you love.


  • Have your septic tank pumped every 3-5 years.

  • Be water-wise:

  • Spread water usage over the day and throughout the week.

  • Take shorter showers.

  • Turn off water while brushing and shaving.

  • Use water conserving devices whenever possible.

  • Add reminder signs and plaques in your kitchen and bathrooms

  • Landscape the drain field with shallow-rooted plants, avoid planting shrubs and trees.

  • Use one-ply or two-ply toilet paper eco-friendly, tree-less bamboo toilet paper.

  • Use phosphate-free liquid, pods or eco-strip laundry detergents.


  • Use septic tank additive products.

  • Use a garbage disposal. Composting is a better way to recycle kitchen scraps.

  • Use household cleaners that contain bacteria-killing bleach in your sink or toilet.

  • Wash grease and oils from food down the kitchen drain.

  • Keep the water running while doing dishes and only run the dishwasher when it’s full.

  • Flush pet waste down the toilet.

  • Flush these items down the toilet:

  • cleaning wipes

  • baby wipes

  • facial tissue

  • paper towels

  • feminine sanitary products or condoms

  • dental floss

  • coffee grounds

  • medications

  • hair

For more information on operating and maintaining your septic system, visit



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