Clean Water is Everyone’s “Duty” – Geauga SWCD Promotes SepticSmart Week 2019!

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Throughout 2019, the Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is promoting stormwater runoff reduction and water protection strategies.  This week (September 16th – 20th) is nationally recognized as SepticSmart Week, showcasing the importance of proper care and maintenance of our home sewage treatment systems. 

With one-fourth of U.S. homes using septic systems, more than 4 billion gallons of wastewater are dispersed below the ground’s surface every day.  Septic systems need to be monitored and pumped every two to three years to ensure proper function throughout their service lives.  Well-maintained systems effectively eliminate most human health or environmental threats posed by household wastewater.  However, malfunctioning systems can discharge bacteria, viruses, nitrogen and other pollutants, contaminating nearby surface and ground water resources.  Preventative maintenance of your septic not only extends the life of the system, but also protects your investment, our water resources, and the public health.

To assist homeowners and residents with their understanding of septic systems, Geauga SWCD and Geauga Public Health are offering a free SepticSmart Program on Thursday, September 19th from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Patterson Center (14269 Claridon-Troy Road, Burton, OH  44021).  Reservations are required due to limited seating and the deadline to register is Monday, September 16th.  Don’t miss your chance to win a free septic tank pumping service donated by Absolute Septic, Tim Frank Septic Tank Cleaning Co., or Judd Septic Services!  Register at geaugasepticsmart.eventbrite.com or contact Geauga SWCD at 440-834-1122 or gprunty@geaugaswcd.com

This program is part of the Runoff Reduction: Stormwater, Phase 2, and You! education series.  You can also learn more about septic systems maintenance in Geauga County by the visiting Geauga Public Health at geaugacountyhealth.org/Environmental-Health/Sewage or find more information about SepticSmart Week at epa.gov/septic.

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