VDH and governor team up for SepticSmart Week

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(WFXR) — The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is promoting proper care and maintenance of septic systems.

Gov. Ralph Northam and VDH teamed up for SepticSmart Week which runs from Monday, Sept. 20 to Monday, Sept. 26.

“VDH understands how septic systems can be out of sight out of mind for some Virginians.  However, proper use and maintenance of your system is vital to protecting the health of your family, your community, and the environment.  We encourage owners to follow the simple Septic Smart tips year-round to protect their investment and their health,” said Lance Gregory, Director, Division of Onsite Sewage and Water Services.

Approximately 1.1 million households in Virginia use septic systems. These systems provide a cost-effective, long-term option for treating wastewater.

The VDH provided tips on how to be SepticSmart:

  • Think about what you are throwing down your sink. Fats, grease, and solids can clog pipes and drainfield.
  • Watch what you are flushing down the toilet. Disposable diapers and wipes, feminine hygiene products, coffee grounds, cigarette butts, and cat litter can damage the system.
  • Don’t overload the system with too much water.
  • Keep an eye out for tree and shrub roots, cars, and livestock that can damage your septic drainfield.
  • Test your drinking water regularly because contaminated water can happen when a septic system leaks due to improper maintenance.
  • Get regular septic system maintenance.
  • Get your septic tank pumped at regular intervals as professional and/or local permitting authority recommend.

For more information about septic systems visit VDH’s website or check out the Environmental Protection Agency’s website.

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