When septic systems are properly working, they can effectively treat household wastewater. However, septic system failure is all too common. Septic systems are designed to last about 30 years, after which time, failure is likely. Signs of septic system failure include water backing up, foul odors, and mushy ground with lush growth in your yard. A failing system threatens drinking water, human health, and wildlife habitat. Exposure to human waste from untreated or partially treated wastewater can cause severe illness.
The most common reason for early failure of a septic system is poor maintenance.
Do your part, be septic smart!
- Inspect your system every 3 years
- Pump your tank every 3-5 years
- Use water efficiently
- Don’t dispose of hazardous waste in sinks or toilets
- Do not drive or park on your drain field, and only plant grasses on the area
The Shiawassee Conservation District offers homeowners in portions of the Upper Maple River Watershed financial assistance to replace failing septic systems.
- A confidential home risk assessment with a Shiawassee Conservation District staff member
- Free septic system inspection by the Shiawassee County Health Department
- Reimbursement of up to 75% of the cost of a septic system replacement
To qualify for financial assistance, the home septic system must
- Be the homeowners primary residence,
- Be in a state of failure,
- Located in eligible areas of the Upper Maple River Watershed. See map below.
Contact the Shiawassee Conservation District for more information today!
This program is made possible through a nonpoint source pollution prevention grant awarded to the Shiawassee Conservation District intended to improve water quality in the Upper Maple River Watershed.