September 16, 2020| Environment
By: Lake Hopatcong Foundation
The EPA’s SepticSmart initiative is a nationwide public education effort that offers educational resources to explain how septic systems work and provide tips on how to properly maintain them in order to safeguard public health, protect the environment, and save money.
More than half of Lake Hopatcong is still on septic systems, which contribute nutrients into the lake that increase the chance of algal blooms and weed growth. If you have a septic system, make sure to follow all local ordinances about maintenance to minimize the environmental impact on the lake. Homeowners can make individual decisions that improve the collective health of Lake Hopatcong!
Below are several SepticSmart Week Quick Tip videos designed to assist homeowners with information on maintaining their septic system, such as how a septic system works, what not to put down the drain, the importance of getting your well water tested, and more.
Learn what not to put down your kitchen sink (such as fats, oils, or greases), how to properly dispose of food waste, and how to use cleaning supplies in moderation.
Learn about the importance of using water efficiently, staggering water use of water-based appliances, and using energy-efficient appliances.
Learn about the importance of testing your well water, and its relationship to your septic system.
Learn about your septic system’s drainfield, including how it works, and tips to take care of it.
Learn about what can be flushed down the toilet, and what should be thrown in the trash.
For more resources and information, visit www.epa.gov/septic.