Septic System Maintenance

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The Essex Region Conservation Authority is launching a program to help rural landowners learn more about the operation and maintenance of their septic systems.  Many rural properties have septic systems, which are individual on-site sewage treatment facilities.

Did you know…

  • That maintaining your septic system can be done for as little as a few hundred dollars every 3 – 5 years?
  • That a little maintenance goes a long way in helping to extend the life of your septic system?
  • That the cost of improper maintenance can add up to tens of thousands of dollars?

Protect Your Investment & Your Family
Septic care and water conservation will help to extend the life of your septic system. Improperly maintained septic systems are a risk to your health and the environment because they can contaminate local water sources. Maintain your septic system regularly to save you thousands of dollars in the future.

Be Septic Savvy!


  • Know where your septic system is located
  • Pump out your tank every 3 – 5 years
  • Conserve water to reduce what’s going into your system
  • Divert surface water, like downspouts, away from your leaching bed
  • Keep accurate records of septic system maintenance and service calls


  • Plant trees or shrubs, dig or drive over your septic tank or leaching bed
  • Flush hazardous chemicals, paint, cigarette butts, coffee grounds or sanitary products
  • Use a garbage disposal
  • Connect water softeners to your system, as the salt can destroy important bacteria
  • Use special additives that claim to enhance the performance of your system


Until the end of 2015, several area septic contractors will offer a 10% discount on septic maintenance if you mention you learned of their services from ERCA.  Click here for a list of  Septic Contractors 2015

Find additional resources for your septic system and its maintenance below.