Septic Leachate & Wastewater Impacts

Approximately 40% of homes in Montana utilize onsite wastewater treatment systems, otherwise known as septic systems. These underground systems separate solids in wastewater from the liquid, known as leachate. Leachate is slowly released in the ground to be treated by microbes in the soil. Septic leachate can pollute surface and groundwater and pose risks to community health when they are improperly designed, sited, operated, or maintained. Learn how you can reduce septic leachate pollution by being a responsible septic system owner!

Be a Responsible Septic System Owner

Maintain your septic system with annual inspections and pumping as needed. To keep your septic system performing its best, the U.S. EPA recommends getting your system pumped every 3-5 years depending on usage. Annual inspections can give you peace of mind that your system is functioning well and identify potential problems early before they lead to failure. You can protect your environment, health, and bottom line by regularly inspecting and pumping your septic system!

Learn about your septic system and what items can and cannot be flushed down the drain. Overusing harsh chemicals can kill the good bacteria in your septic tank that digests and breaks down waste. Certain paper products can also harm your system if you flush them down your toilet, including sanitary products, baby wipes, and tissues. Research the dos and don’ts of responsible septic system care to keep your system functioning at its best and save you maintenance costs later!

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