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Septic Systems

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The Problem

Septic systems are a common method of onsite wastewater disposal in York County. Pollution may occur if the septic system is not properly designed, constructed, operated, or maintained. Septic systems failure is caused when either the soil under drainage area becomes clogged with solid materials from the septic tank or is hydraulically overloaded with excess water. Pollutants high in bacteria and nutrients seep to the ground surface or runoff into Codorus Creek. More importantly, failing septic systems are a health threat to you and your family.

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Untreated sewage surfacing near home foundation

BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES

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Inspect and clean system regularly

Best management practices used to prevent septic system failues include:

* Soil suitability

* Proper design & construction

* Periodic inspection

* Clean every 3-5 years

* Do not dump chemicals down drain

* Do not build over drainage area

* Landscape drainage area appropriately

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