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A Homeowner's Onsite System Guide and Record Keeping Folder 

Order copies for the homeowners you work with

Overview of NOWRA Septic Locator


Consumer FAQs on Septic Systems

Septic Systems: What to Do after the Flood

Homeowner Septic System Checklist (PDF)

Septic System Homeowner Resources Page

Avoid Common Culprits of Septic System Failure


 



What is a septic system? How do I maintain one?

Part 1 -So... now you own a septic system (pdf) - How it works, what to put in and keep out, plus some illustrations.
Part 2 -The care and feeding of your septic system (pdf) - When to pump it, reducing flow, and health tips.
Part 3 -Groundwater protection and your septic system (pdf) - Recharge, separation distances, and contaminant information.


Septic Tank Additives (pdf)- Small Flows magazine, Winter 2002
- Different types of additives are discussed as well as research.


Maintaining Your Septic System: A Guide for Homeowners (pdf) - Pipeline newsletter, Fall 2004 - Proper operation and maintenance of your septic system can have a significant impact on how well it works and how long it lasts, and in most communities, septic system maintenance is the responsibility of the homeowner.

Septic Tank Inspection Q&A (pdf) - Technical Assistance Unit (TAU), Small Flows magazine, Winter 2004 - Inspections are a necessary part of the operation and maintenance of a septic tank. This article provides a guide on how to get one.

Soil Evaluation Techniques Q&A (pdf) - Small Flows magazine, Summer 2002

Landscaping Septic Systems (pdf) - Small Flows magazine, Fall 2002


Roof Drains and Septic Systems (pdf) - Technical Assistance Unit (TAU), Small Flows magazine, Fall 2004

Septic Systems: A Practical Alternative for Small Communities (pdf) - Pipeline newsletter, Summer 2004 - When properly designed, installed, and maintained, septic systems can be the most cost-effective and efficient method of wastewater treatment a homeowner can choose.


Managing Septic Systems to Prevent Contamination of Drinking Water (pdf)

Water Conservation Page

Bathroom Revamp: Savings by the Gallon National Geographic Society - How much water is your old bathroom using? Maybe much more then you think.

DIY Household Cleaners(Web site), National Geographic Society - This article explains how to make your own cleaners from healthier

Green Home Makeover(Web site), National Geographic Society - Whole house examination, from products to paints, this useful interactive guide is well done and fun.
 
Regulations Database- NESC provides electronic copies of each state's onsite wastewater regulatory documentation. Users should note that these are not official regulatory documents.

National Summary Citations(Onsite Wastewater Regulations by State)- View a summary of each state's regulatory agency activities regarding onsite wastewater information.

Regulatory Agencies- NESC maintains a current list of links to U.S. departments that govern state onsite wastewater system regulations.

Wastewater Regulatory Contacts(pdf) - Contacts are listed by state and updated quarterly.
 



CIDWT Homeowner's Guide to Evaluating Service Contracts





Bathroom Revamp: Savings by the Gallon National Geographic Society - How much water is your old bathroom using? Maybe much more then you think.

DIY Household Cleaners(Web site), National Geographic Society - This article explains how to make your own cleaners from healthier

Green Home Makeover(Web site), National Geographic Society - Whole house examination, from products to paints, this useful interactive guide is well done and fun.