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Tips for Septic System Owners

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Malfunctioning septic systems are a potential source of water pollution. Water and harmful bacteria seeping from a failing septic system can pollute groundwater, local waterways and the ocean. Once in the ocean, bacteria can cause illnesses in swimmers and beach goers.

Here are a few good housekeeping practices you can take to maintain your septic system. These tips will maximize its efficiency, reduce problems and expenses and protect water our local creeks, rivers and beaches.

  • Conserve water in your house to prevent system flooding - this also saves money.

  • Flush only human waste, waste water and toilet paper into septic systems.

  • Inspect and pump out your septic system at least once every three years.

  • Use only reputable, licensed septic waste haulers to pump out or repair your system.

  • Consider connecting to the sanitary sewer system. Call the City of Los Angeles at 3-1-1 for more information.