Credit: EPA

WASHINGTON — The United States Environmental Protection Agency wants to remind residents on the proper care and maintenance of their septic systems.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an official proclamation for SepticSmart Week 2020.

When properly installed, operated, and maintained, septic systems help protect public health, preserve valuable water resources, and maintain a community’s economic vitality.

The systems provide a cost-effective and long-term option for treating wastewater, especially in more remote parts of the U.P.

SepticSmart helpful tips:

  • Have your septic tank pumped, when necessary, generally every three to five years.
  • Avoid pouring harsh products (e.g., oils, grease, chemicals, paint, medications) down the drain.
  • Discard non-degradable products in the trash (e.g., floss, disposable wipes, cat litter) instead of flushing them.
  • Keep cars and heavy vehicles parked away from the septic tank and drainfield.
  • Repair leaks and use water efficient fixtures to avoid overloading the system.
  • Keep roof drains, sump pumps, and other rainwater drainage systems away from your septic tank and drainfield area.