WQ- Home Sewer Systems

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May 15th Workshop @ Koran, Bob Norred, LaDHH,  discusses different types of Home Sewer Systems in Louisiana.

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Bob Brotherton also introduced the Weed Warden Program on May 15th .



Experts say there are a lot of  people in Louisiana with home sewer treatment systems.   septic-system2

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

  1. Septic Tank & Soil Absorption System (most common waste disposal system used in La)
  2. Oxidation Pond?
  3. Sand Filter Bed?
  4. Mechanical Waste Water Treatment Plant
  5. 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