DES MOINES – During SepticSmart Week, Sept. 23 to 27, the DNR is encouraging about one fourth of Iowans, roughly 300,000 households, to take a few simple steps to protect their septic systems and Iowa’s waters.
Surprisingly, most Iowans who depend on septic systems for wastewater treatment live in the urban fringe around large cities.
“It’s crucial to maintain and care for those systems properly to protect our health and our waters,” said Daniel Olson, a DNR environmental specialist.
System failures are costly, too. While an inspection may cost about $300, replacing a system runs about $8,000.
“Following a few simple steps for daily use and having the system inspected at least once every three years can help prevent pricey failures and repairs,” Olson said.
Septic failures are most likely to occur if you neglect your septic system. Fall is a good time to have home septic systems inspected and serviced before the ground freezes limiting access.
SepticSmart Week is a nationwide campaign sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Find more tips from EPA at water.epa.gov/infrastructure/septic/septic-smart-week-2013.cfm