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SepticSmart Homeowners

Maintaining Your Septic System...

Saves you money

Top 10 Ways to Be a Good Septic Owner Regular inspection and maintenance fees of $250 to $500 every three to five years is a bargain compared to the cost of repairing or replacing a malfunctioning system. Keep in mind that the frequency of inspections and pumping will vary based on system type, how many people live in the home, and the system size.

Protects your property value

An unusable septic system or one in disrepair will lower your property value, and potentially can pose a costly legal liability.

Keeps you and your neighbors healthy

Household wastewater contains disease causing bacteria and viruses and high levels of nitrogen and phosphorus. If a septic system is well-maintained and working properly, it will remove most of these pollutants. Insufficiently treated sewage from septic systems can cause groundwater contamination, which can spread disease in humans and animals. Improperly treated sewage poses the risk of contaminating nearby surface waters threatening swimmers with various infectious diseases, from eye and ear infections to acute gastrointestinal illness and hepatitis.

Protects the environment

More than four billion gallons of wastewater are dispersed below the ground’s surface every day. Ground water contaminated by poorly or untreated household wastewater poses dangers to drinking water and to the environment. Malfunctioning septic systems release bacteria, viruses, and chemicals toxic to local waterways. When these pollutants are released into the ground, they eventually enter streams, rivers, lakes, and more, harming local ecosystems by killing native plants, fish, and shellfish. Learn more about how septic systems can help support greener, more sustainable communities.

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Governor's Proclamation for SepticSmart Week

  • don't overload the commode
  • keep it clean
  • protect and inspect
  • pump your tank
  • sheild your field
  • think at the sink
Contact Water Resources
Office of Water Resources
OWTS Program
235 Promenade Street
Providence, RI 02908-5767
Phone: (401) 222-3961