The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that almost 25% of homes in the United States use septic systems. EPA investigators also estimate that as many as 50% of all septic tank-soil absorption systems are not operating properly. This can lead to more than four billion gallons of wastewater dispersed into the ground per day.
If you are the owner of a house with a septic-tank system, here are some measures to help reduce septic system pollution. Make sure to have a reputable contractor pump out the system every 2-3 years. You also can distribute heavy water use throughout the week to conserve considerable amounts of water. In addition, you should avoid putting grease, solids, and non-biodegradable materials into the system.
*water surfacing from non-functioning septic system*