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What should not be flushed through a septic system?
- Cooking grease, oils, or fats
- Paints, paint thinners
- Disinfectants and other household chemicals
protect your drinking water quality, locate your septic system and all
potential contamination sources as far as possible from your well. Many
State Departments of Health requires that new septic tanks or human-waste
lagoons be installed at least 50 feet from a well. Septic tank drain fields
must be at least 100 feet from a well. However, many health departments have different regulations so check your local health department for requirements applicable to your location. Although an existing septic system
closer to a well may be safe, it is important to maintain these systems
properly. State health laws also require all household wastewater, including
sink, tub, shower, and wash water, to enter the septic system. Discharging
household wastewater off your property violates state health laws. Before
installing a new septic system, check with your county health department
for any additional requirements.
if significant amounts of any of these enter drinking water, they could
produce health problems for you, your family, your pets and livestock,
or your neighbors. As a general guidance, personal drinking water wells
should have a minimum horizontal distance of 50 to 100 feet from such
potential sources of groundwater contamination. It is recommended and sometimes required (depending on the state) that all wells providing drinking water be checked at least once a year for bacteria.
If a man’s home is his castle, then the surrounding land is his kingdom. It makes sense for people to care for their environment and nature in order to ensure that future generations will inherit a better world. Our planet is marvelous in its infinite beauty; the least we can do is to become a better caretaker!
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