One in five U.S. homes have septic systems. Yours may be one of them. If your septic system is not properly maintained you may be risking your family’s health, hurting the environment, and flushing thousands of dollars down the drain.

EPA’s SepticSmart initiative is a nation-wide public education effort with resources for homeowners, local organizations, and government leaders. Learn how septic systems work and get simple, everyday tips on how to properly maintain them:

helpful Links

  • Top 10 Ways to Be a Good Septic Owner PDF
  • Quick Steps to Keep Your SepticSmart PDF
  • SepticSmart Brochure - English PDF
  • SepticSmart Brochure - Spanish PDF

All data & images courtesy of Environmental Protection Agency