Proper septic system operation and maintenance can save homeowners money while protecting the environment.
With proper maintenance, septic systems can effectively treat wastewater for 20, 30 or more years. Improper maintenance can lead to system failure and the need for expensive repairs in 10 years or less.
It is much cheaper to pump a septic tank on a regular basis, monitor water use and regulate products that go down the drain than it is to replace a septic system drain field.
Properly designed, constructed, operated and maintained septic systems reduce the levels of fecal coliform bacteria and nutrients discharged into streams and groundwater. Elevated levels of fecal coliform bacteria from human wastes are of special concern because of potential human health risks.
Crow Wing County residents are invited to attend a free Septic System Care (Septic System Homeowner Operation and Maintenance Education, HOME) class at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 8, to learn more about the proper treatment of human wastewater.
The one and one-half hour class will be held at the Crow Wing County Land Services Building, 322 Laurel St., Room 2, Brainerd.
The workshop is offered through the University of Minnesota Extension Watershed Education Program and is sponsored by Crow Wing County Land Services.
For more information, contact Eleanor Burkett, University of Minnesota Extension at 218-828-2326, firstname.lastname@example.org.