Does my septic system affect the Rouge River? Does your household use a septic system for wastewater treatment? If so, it has the potential to negatively affect water quality in the Rouge River Watershed if not maintained properly. The Rouge River Watershed is all the land area and waterways that drain into the Rouge River. So if you’re septic system isn’t correctly located, adequately designed, carefully installed and properly managed, it may be contributing to pollution in the Rouge River, which affects everybody!
Septic systems are wastewater treatment systems that use septic tanks and drain fields to dispose of sewage in the soil. The tank receives untreated household waste, bacteria break down the solid material and the drain field distributes the remaining liquid from the septic tank to the surrounding soil. The soil then acts as the final filter for wastewater treatment. A septic system failure can cause serious problems including sewage backup, human and animal illness, contaminated water supplies, and costly repair bills!
Signs of a Malfunctioning System
· Toilet running sluggish,
· Sewer odors in the house,
· Sponginess around the septic tank or field area and surfacing
There are many ways individuals and households can help keep their septic systems operating properly and also be environmentally sensitive. Here are some suggestions: