What steps can I take to reduce water use in my home and around my property, and why is it important?

There are many things you can do to reduce water use throughout your home without reducing your quality of life. Generally, don’t let the water run and fix leaky faucets. The more water and waste down the drain, the less time there is for settling of solids in your septic tank and the more effluent the absorption field must treat. Either of these can cause a system to fail prematurely, but together you have a recipe for failure. If your home has a septic system, you should be doing most of these even if you system is functioning normally. 


 Wash only full loads of dishes in the dishwasher. However, wash them by hand during problem times.

 If you rinse your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher, fill your sink instead of letting the water run. You can do a quick rinse with clean water when finished. 

 Fill a bowl with water to wash vegetables, and do a clean-water rinse when finished.

 Fill a jug with water for the refrigerator rather than letting the water run until it is cold each time you get a glass of water. 


 Do not let the water run while brushing your teeth or shaving. 

 Secure the tub stopper, then take your shower. You’ll be surprised to see how much water you use. Take a bath or a shorter shower. 

 Install a new low-flush toilet. 

 Install a low output shower head, preferably with a shut-off option. 

 Never install a multiple head shower. 


 Wash only full loads of clothes. 

 Replace your old washing machine with a water-saving model.


 Don’t water the septic system.

 A sprinkler system should never be installed over the septic system. 

 Only water the lawn around the septic system when it NEEDS it. Most of the year, a sprinkler system set on a timer will over-water the lawn. 

 Direct sump pump lines and downspouts away from the septic system and never connect these or other clean water drains into the homes plumbing.

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1. Does the area for the septic system really need to be protected from construction traffic before constructing my house and after installation?
2. What can I plant on or near the septic system?
3. What does a typical septic system look like, and how long does it last?
4. Do those septic tank additives work?
5. How often should my tank be pumped, and what about effluent filters?
6. What steps can I take to reduce water use in my home and around my property, and why is it important?
7. How can I get information about my septic system?
8. What signs tell me my septic system may be headed for replacement?
9. What do I do if my system goes into failure?
10. My system has worked for many years. Why can’t I just replace it with what I have?
11. Can I put in my own septic system? I ran a backhoe once and my buddy has one he says I can use.
12. How do I properly abandon my septic tank or system?