What You Need to Know About Your Septic System and Drinking Water

drinking water, septic system drinking waterMost homeowners don’t realize that a correlation exists between the septic system and drinking water. If you have a septic system on your property, its condition may affect the cleanliness of your water. Learn about the nature of this connection.

Septic System and Drinking Water: What’s the Connection?

A septic system’s job is to dispose of wastewater by filtering it and expelling it into the drain field. The system itself usually has nothing to do with your drinking water supply, at least not directly.

Some homes with a septic system also have a private water well. If the well is positioned closely to the drain field, contaminants from the effluent can get into the well water. This includes a plethora of harmful elements, such as bacteria, harsh chemicals, and heavy metals.

How to Avoid Contamination

You can avoid water contamination by arranging for a septic system inspection. Depending on the size of your home, we recommend a septic pumping every one to three years. Regular pumping removes solid buildup from the septic tank. Those solids contain many contaminants. Some of them could end up in the drain field, eventually leaching into the well water.

Test Your Water

To verify potential contamination, the Environmental Protection Agency recommends testing your drinking water supply annually. You can test your water with an inexpensive testing kit, which you can pick up at Amazon or at regular store.

Contaminated water is especially harmful to people with a weakened immune system, such as children and the elderly. Drinking the water can cause vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps.

Maintain Your Septic System

To ensure safe drinking water, contact Woodinville Septic Service. A properly maintained system or new septic system installation keeps the effluent away from the well. Due to the link between the drinking water and the septic system, please regularly maintain the latter.

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