Did you know that one in five households in the U.S. has an on-site septic system or depends on small community systems to treat its wastewater? Since many of these households also have a private well for drinking water, proper septic system care and maintenance is essential. A failing septic system can cause backups and pose the risk of contaminating nearby private wells, putting families’ health at risk and costing thousands of dollars in repair or replacement.

EPA’s SepticSmart initiative is a nationwide public education effort with resources for homeowners, local organizations and government leaders. By taking small steps to care for and maintain your septic system, you not only help protect public health and the environment, but you can save money and protect your property value.

What NSF International does is certify wastewater treatment systems verifying they produce an acceptable quality of effluent during a six-month test. What this means to homeowners is that their system will work properly and protect the environment from pollution. We list all certified wastewater systems, effluent filters and certified wastewater inspectors on our website.

Learn more about the do’s and don’ts of septic system care by downloading the SepticSmart poster.

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