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Do your part to be SepticSmart

SepticSmart Week 2020 graphic: Do Your Part. Be SepticSmart!

SepticSmart Week 2020 is a nationwide public education effort in conjunction with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), supported by state and local governments, private sector, communities, and academia. This annual event focuses on educating homeowners and communities on the proper care and maintenance of their septic systems.

Onsite systems provide a cost-effective, long-term option for treating wastewater, particularly in sparsely populated areas. When properly installed, operated, and maintained, these systems help protect public health, preserve valuable water resources, and maintain a community's economic vitality.

The SepticSmart public education effort offers educational resources to homeowners, local organizations, and government leaders to explain how septic systems work and provide tips on how to properly maintain them. Organizations and individuals wishing to promote SepticSmart Week 2020 are encouraged to create public awareness about the event and share helpful tips such as:

  • 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.

Please join us in spreading the SepticSmart Week 2020 message that encourages homeowners, wastewater professionals, and state, tribal, and local officials to design and maintain effective systems to promote public health, water conservation, and economic wellbeing. Be part of the solution by visiting the EGLE Web site at or the EPA Web site at for an abundance of resources and information.

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