Welcome to Emigration Canyon. In addition to enjoying the wildlife, clear air, and the dark skies, you are now in charge of your own sewage. If you’ve never had a septic tank or associated drain field, here are a few tips for their care and feeding.
- Don’t use the toilet for trash disposal. Things advertised as “flushable” – aren’t. Feminine hygiene products, baby wipes, etc. belong in the trash.
- The septic tank requires occasional pumping out. Pumping frequency depends on the size of your household (the amount of use) and the size of the septic tank. Every 5 years is a ballpark estimate. If you neglect this, your system will suffer, and require expensive repairs.
- Products advertised to “help” the system – won’t. The anaerobic microorganisms that are doing the “work” in the septic tank – breaking down the solids – work just fine without them. For example, some recommend flushing oxygen bleach products to give the microorganism oxygen. These organisms thrive without oxygen, and suffer with it. Save your money.
- USU extension has published an excellent fact sheet regarding septic systems. http://extension.usu.edu/smac/files/uploads/Factsheets%20and%20Surverys/FAS6_septic_factsheet.pdf
- More detail about septic systems from El Dorado County, California: https://www.edcgov.us/Government/EMD/EnvironmentalHealth/Homeowner_Manual_Septic_Tanks.aspx