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Learn about proper septic system care July 9 at Ideal Town Hall

Posted: July 1, 2013 - 5:36pm

A free Septic System Homeowner Operation and Maintenance Education class will be offered from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, at Ideal Township Hall, 35458 Butternut Point Road, Ideal Township.

Participants will learn about septic system care and the proper treatment of human wastewater. They’ll discover how 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 due to potential human health risks.

The workshop is offered through the University of Minnesota Extension Watershed Education Program and is sponsored by Whitefish Area Property Owners Association and Ideal Township.

For more information, contact Eleanor Burkett, University of Minnesota Extension, at 218-828-2326 or burke044@umn.edu.

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