Title 5 Septic Systems

Septic systems can be called by several different names, including on-site wastewater treatment systems, individual sewage disposal systems and private sewage systems. These on-site wastewater disposal systems provide an effective means of treating household sewage. However, older, poorly designed systems, inadequate maintenance and many other conditions can affect the performance of such systems. Ineffective treatment of sewage can threaten the environment by polluting local wetlands and groundwater supplies; moreover, failing systems can harm public health by exposing residents to harmful microorganisms carried in wastewater.

Proper system maintenance is essential. It is recommended that the average household septic system be inspected and pumped at least every three years by a septic system professional. Septic pumpers are licensed under the Board of Health. Please call the office for an up-to-date list of licensed pumpers.

Remember: everything that goes down the drain effects the way the septic system works.

Items That Shouldn't Be Flushed

Do not flush anything besides human waste and toilet paper. Never flush:

  • Cat litter
  • Cigarette butts
  • Coffee grounds
  • Condoms
  • Cooking grease or oil
  • Dental floss
  • Diapers
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Flushable wipes
  • Household chemicals like:
    • Antifreeze
    • Gasoline
    • Oil
    • Paint
    • Paint Thinners
  • Pesticides
  • Paper towels
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Photographic solutions