Septic System Improvements to Protect Nearby Water Sources
As 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.
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.
- Cleaning Products
Using household cleaning products that are phosphate-free reduces the total amount of phosphorus in wastewater.
- 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.
- Proper Septic System Maintenance
Regularly inspecting and pumping your septic tank protects your system and minimizes the risk of failure.
- 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.
- 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.
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.