What goes down might come back around! Properly functioning septic systems will remove phosphorus, nitrogen, bacteria, and viruses from wastewater, but failing ones allow these pollutants to contaminate our waters. In fact, a failing septic system can discharge more than 76,650 gallons of untreated wastewater into Indiana’s groundwaters and surface waters every year (according to a Purdue University Extension publication). You should have your septic system inspected every three to five years to avoid failures and costly repairs.
How Much Waste?
According to the Indiana State Department of Health there are about 200,000 failing septic systems in Indiana, each discharging an estimated 76,650 gallons of untreated wastewater. This means that approximately 15.3 billion gallons of raw sewage are introduced into the environment on an annual basis. Get your septic system inspected today and help protect our water!