Nearly 25 percent of the U.S. population—more than 25 million homes—disposes of wastewater through onsite, or unsewered systems. With unsewered systems, homeowners are responsible for treating and maintaining the disposal of wastewater.
The most popular method used is a septic system. Septic systems use settling and soil to treat small wastewater flows. When properly designed, installed, and maintained, septic systems are safe and reliable.
- See the U.S. EPA’s new SepticSmart Web site.
- View videos on septic system operation and maintenance
- National Onsite Waste Water Recycling Association
http://www.septiclocator.com/ (800) 966-2942 or (410) 798-1697
- Visit the National Small Flows Clearinghouse
- Contact the Clearinghouse at (800) 624-8301 or (304) 293-4191
Some state agencies have a mechanism in place to assist homeowners with repair/replacement of failing septic systems, while others do not. For more information, contact your state regulator, and/or read about your state’s regulatory program at the Clearinghouse Web site in the National Summary Citations.