Campers, are your deodorizers safe?

Adding chemical-based deodorizers to sewage holding tanks in campers may result in the pollution of soil and groundwater, corrosion of pipes and tanks, and the production of toxic fumes.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Use restroom facilities in parks and rest stops (while traveling) as often as possible.
  • Read labels carefully and use biodegradable (enzyme or bacterial-based) tank deodorizers only.
  • Follow deodorizer label directions and add only what is recommended.
  • Empty holding tanks only when they are full to decrease the negative chemical effects on septic systems.
  • Frequent cleaning and properly maintaining your black and grey tanks will help minimize odors.
  • Tell other campers and boaters about using only biodegradable (enzyme or bacterial-based) tank deodorizers.

Be wastewater smart!

  • Chemical-based tank deodorizers containing formaldehyde, metals or other harmful chemicals are a major cause for concern in wastewater disposal.
  • Harsh chemicals destroy beneficial microorganisms that break down sewage waste.
  • Formaldehyde is an EPA-recognized carcinogen.
  • Chemical presence in wastewater can cause soil and groundwater contamination, septic system failures and threaten nearby surface waters and water supply wells.
  • Restoration of contaminated soils and water is expensive and time consuming.
  • If a septic system fails, we may be forced to close the sanitation station until the problem can be corrected.
  • To prevent future problems, read labels carefully and avoid harsh chemicals when possible. Learn more with the resources below.

Additional Resources:

Safe Wastewater Disposal for RV, Boat, and Mobile Home Owners and Operators 

Do Your Part, Be Septic Smart

- Onsite Wastewater

- SepticSmart

- RV Holding-tank Treatments & Deodorizers in Septic Systems

- Chemical Toilet Products Advisory for Consumers