Households not served by public sewers depend on a septic system to dispose of wastewater. Proper maintenance of the system is as important as changing the oil in your car on a regular basis. Maintenance extends the life of the system and helps prevent the need for expensive emergency repairs which can cost thousands of dollars and which often occur at the worst possible times. Furthermore, poorly functioning septic systems can potentially be a serious cause of water pollution to area streams which can adversely affect human health.
In order to ensure a clean safe drinking water supply for you and your family, WSA modified its Rules and Regulations in 1991 to require, among other things, proper maintenance of septic tank systems as a condition of receiving water service for homes and businesses in the Dog River Drainage Basin. Dog River is the primary source for Douglas County's drinking water supply. Certain homes in the Dog River Basin are required to pump their septic tanks every five (5) years. Leaking or failing septic tanks are linked to the fecal coliform detections in Douglas County streams. The Dog River Drainage Basin is located in the western portion of our county.
To view a map showing the location of the Dog River drainage basin (shown here in green) as it relates to the other drainage basins in the county, please click here.
For more information about septic tanks such as their design and operation and some ways you can help protect their operation, please click here.