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Proper septic system use and maintenance

April 8, 2009
By Richard Gast, Franklin County Cornell Cooperative Extension

The importance of properly using and maintaining your home septic system cannot be overstated. A failing or malfunctioning septic system can allow disease-causing organisms and other pollutants to threaten the health of plants, animals and people, especially as contaminants find their way into lakes, streams and drinking water wells. On the other hand, proper use and maintenance of your septic system will help to safeguard health and protect our environment.



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