The Shellfish Partners, Special to KP News
Do you really know what happens when you flush? If your septic system is in good working condition, the waste in your toilet bowl flows to your underground septic tank where it breaks down and remains until your next septic system pumping. The effluent from your tank drains into your drainfield where your soil filters and disposes of it safely.
Your main job, other than flushing only waste and toilet paper, is to get your septic system inspected and pumped regularly so it can continue to serve you for many years.
Taking care of your septic system is an easy way to practice good environmental stewardship, and to protect your family and your investment in your home. It all contributes to good water quality in our area, too.
Failing septics are a source of high bacteria levels that contribute to poor water quality, beach closures, interrupt shellfish harvesting and restrict recreational use of our marine waters.
Take these steps to maintain your septic system—and protect the water quality of the groundwater, creeks, lakes and beaches that make the Key Peninsula such a beautiful place to live:
Septic maintenance is a critical step in protecting local water quality, but you can also practice environmental stewardship with these actions:
The cheapest septic system you will ever have is the one you’re using now. Get it inspected so you can prevent septic system failures.
Still not convinced that maintaining your septic system is good for you and the environment? Please let us know what would change your mind. Contact us at 253-798-4788 or EHsepticsystems@tpchd.org with your comments.
The Shellfish Partners are made up of Pierce County Public Works Surface Water Management, Pierce Conservation District, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, community organizations and Key Peninsula residents. We have been at work to protect Key Peninsula’s beaches and shellfish resources since 2006. 253-798-6470 or visit tpchd.org/shellfish.
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