John Hendershott, an environmental health program supervisor, spoke to WJBC’s Blake Haas. (Photo Courtesy: WJBC/File)
BLOOMINGTON – This week marks Septic Smart Week and local health officials are reminding the public of the do’s and don’ts of using septic tanks.
“One of the first things to remember when it comes to what not to put in your septic tank is fog, and fog stands for grease, oil and grease,” said John Hendershott, an Environmental Health Program Supervisor . “(Mist could cause clogs) and when those clogs or clogs occur, there could be an overflow or back-up of raw sewage into your garden or even into your home.”
Additionally, Hendershott said the public should avoid dumping harsh chemicals down drains.
“(Don’t discontinue things) that break down in septic systems, such as tissues, diapers, toiletries, hair, cigarette butts, even paint, medicines, you should avoid putting these in your septic system.”
According to Hendershott, there are nearly 10,000 active septic systems in McLean County.
“I would recommend that you call your health department in McLean County or even other counties to see if they have a copy of your septic permit… They will actually mail it to you; That way you have a record of where your treatment plant is.”
In the US, one in five households depends on a septic tank.
Blake Haas can be reached at [email protected].