WQ- Home Sewer Systems
May 15th Workshop @ Koran, Bob Norred, LaDHH, discusses different types of Home Sewer Systems in Louisiana.
Bob Brotherton also introduced the Weed Warden Program on May 15th .
Estimates are as many as 50% may be malfunctioning.
87% of the soil associations in Louisiana are considered inadequate for conventional septic tank systems.
- A total of 153,511 onsite wastewater treatment systems have been permitted since August of 2001.
- In 2011, 805 installer and maintenance licenses have been issued to qualified individuals.
- To date, 57 of the 64 parishes in Louisiana have enacted onsite sewage ordinances.
- Approximately 45,625,000,000 gallons of wastewater per year is treated by onsite wastewater treatment systems in the state of Louisiana.
* source: LaDHH & La DEQ
1. Types of household sewage systems; most commonly used in Louisiana
- Septic Tank & Soil Absorption System (most common waste disposal system used in La)
- Oxidation Pond?
- Sand Filter Bed?
- Mechanical Waste Water Treatment Plant
- Suggest expert speaker invited choose which ones to cover –
2. Proper System Maintenance – (Handout, allow people time to fill out Risk Assessment Form)
a. What is the homeowner’s responsibility – how to take care of and extend the life of septic system.
*Household Practices that hurt or help septic systems (ex. Avoiding pouring chemicals into system)
b. Typical timeline for inspections & maintenance
c. Pros of keeping system properly running
* Protect your investment and increase the value of your home
* Protect health of your family & neighbors by protecting your drinking water
* Avoid costly repairs through proper maintenance.
* Protect (insert parish name)’s water quality.
*Prevent toilet & sink back-ups, smelly sewage in yard
3. Inspection Process; who to call – where to go
a. Signs of trouble – how to recognize a system that needs attention or repair
4. Environmental Impact; Water Quality
After Attending This Workshop Participants Will Be Able To
- Understand how a septic system works; types available
- Confidently manage your home’s sewage system
- Reduce costs associated with expensive repair from neglect; will know how to look for signs ahead of time and when the system should be pumped and inspected
- Reduce possible pollution to water sources from faulty septic systems
- Protect your home’s value and family health