»Septic System Improvements to Protect Nearby Water Sources
MEMBER DASHBOARD » EARN MORE POINTS » READ A LAGOON-CENTRIC ARTICLE » SEPTIC SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS TO PROTECT NEARBY WATER SOURCES
Read a Lagoon-centric article

Septic System Improvements to Protect Nearby Water Sources

by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

septic system diagramAs a homeowner, there are several steps you can take to prevent your home’s septic system from impacting nearby water sources. Some are simple while others can be more involved and expensive. Consult with a professional in your area before making significant upgrades to your septic system.

  1. Toilets
    Any chemicals or medicines that you flush down the toilet could end up in surface water, so don’t use your toilet as a trashcan. Contact your local hazardous waste disposal facility to ask about how to correctly dispose of these materials.
  2. Cleaning Products
    Using household cleaning products that are phosphate-free reduces the total amount of phosphorus in wastewater.
  3. Garbage Disposal
    Throwing out or composting food waste instead of putting it through a garbage disposal reduces the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus in wastewater. It also helps extend the life of a septic system.
  4. Proper Septic System Maintenance
    Regularly inspecting and pumping your septic tank protects your system and minimizes the risk of failure.
  5. Septic System Upgrade
    Installation of an advanced treatment system that removes nitrogen or phosphorus can help protect nearby surface waters. Newer technology is being developed for increased nitrogen or phosphorus removal in the drainfield. Shallow, pressurized wastewater flow or specialized drainage material can increase removal.
  6. Setback Distance
    When installing a new septic system or upgrading an existing one, consider the setback distance between the drainfield and any bodies of water around your home. Contamination is less likely the farther away your septic system is from a body of water.
Join your neighbors and help restore our lagoon by completing simple actions like above

BECOME LAGOON LOYAL TO EARN POINTS

Lagoon Loyal Logo a clean lagoon is everybody’s business.

Lagoon LoyalTM is a new and growing program that encourages Brevard County residents to take actions that benefit the health of the Indian River Lagoon by offering rewards from local businesses. These actions help reduce excess algae-feeding nutrients that enter our Lagoon through groundwater and stormwater.