Check Your Septic Systems As Winter Approaches

JAMESTOWN, ND ( – September 19-23 is Septic Smart Week.

Marcie Bata is Director of Environmental Health at Central Valley Health. She says more than a fifth of all US homes have a septic system.

Sewage treatment plants work by collecting wastewater from your toilet, sink and shower while the solids settle to the bottom of the tank. From there, the liquids are channeled into a soil treatment area known as the ‘drain field’, where the wastewater is filtered through the soil before being connected to the groundwater below.

Bata says making sure your septic system is working properly is important to your health and the environment.

She added that it’s easy to forget about your treatment plant, but during this week and before winter comes it’s important to have it inspected or just know where it is.

Bata says people with septic systems can take precautions and take care of their systems in a number of ways. These include:

– Use high-efficiency toilets, faucets and shower heads
-Distribution of washing machine usage over the week
– Do not flush anything down the toilet except human waste and toilet paper
– Avoid chemical drain cleaners, oils, greases or oil-based paints in the sink
– Maintenance of your drainage field; Never park, drive, plant trees or keep livestock

She says another key to making sure your system is working properly is to pump and inspect the tank.

If you have questions or would like to know where your septic tank is located, you can call the Central Valley Health District at 701-252-8130 or visit

Listen to a full Let’s Talk About It with Marcie Bata below:

09/21/22 Marcie Bata, Central Valley Health …

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