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Dos & dont’s for septic tanks

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Did you know the majority of Barossa townships’ sewerage system are actually septic tanks with either an on-site drainage system or common effluent drain (CED) system and not mains sewer?

This means all your household waste-water exits your home through a pipe to the septic tank and primary treatment of sewage is done onsite in this tank. For the system to work effectively it requires bacteria to survive to break down waste solids. So, what you put into the septic system greatly affects the functionality of the system. Rule of thumb do not place anything in your septic system which can easily go in the rubbish bins.

The Barossa Council will organise pumping of septic tanks which are connected to the CED system automatically. If the septic isn’t connected to the CED system, then an independent septic waste disposal contractor needs to be contacted. Depending on the size of the tank and/or what you put in them will depend on how frequently it needs to be pumped out.

In saying this, each household has a vital part to play in the upkeep and health of tanks.

DO

• Ensure waste water and toilet paper are the only things flushed down the toilet.

• Scrape dishes into the garbage instead of the sink and use a drain catcher to stop food items going down the drain.

• Compost kitchen wastes (organic matter) instead of using a garburator.

• Run washing machines and dish washers only with full loads or select the proper load size.

• Return leftover medication to your pharmacy.

• Dispose of grease with the regular garbage.

• Take shorter showers (shorten shower time to 5 minutes or less).

DON’T

• Don’t flush non-flushable, non-biodegradable wipes (ie. baby wipes or other wet wipes).

• Don’t flush feminine hygiene products, disposable nappies, paper towel, cigarette butts or anything plastic.

• Don’t use chemical drain cleaners or chemical-based cleaning products.

• Don’t put cooking grease down drains.

• Don’t wash food scraps, coffee grounds or cat litter down the drains.

• Don’t dispose of pharmaceuticals down your drains or toilets.

• Don’t let taps flow unnecessarily.

An unhealthy septic tank can disrupt sewage break-down inside the tank and cause a foul odour.

Ensuring everyone in your household is educated about septic use (whether you are a tenant or homeowner) will help to keep your tank healthy.

Call Lisa Akeroyd at Barossa Rental Specialists on 0414 335 660 – or drop into our Tanunda office to discuss your rental strategy.

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