Septic Systems 101

AWWA partners with York County Soil and Water District (YCSWD) to offer Septic Socials.  Neighbors gather at private homes or the town hall to learn the basics of septic system function and the do’s and don’ts of maintenance.  YCSWCD Project Manager Theresa Galvin delivers an informative and entertaining presentation.

Improperly functioning septic systems can have a devastating effect on water quality. Unlike phosphorus from sediments, phosphorus from wastewater is immediately biologically available. Maintain your septic system. Remove trees and shrubs from your leach field. Have your tank cleaned every 3 to 5 years. For more information, see Septic Systems: How they Work and How to Keep them Working.

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What you can do:
Visit our “Alternative to Hazardous Chemicals” page to see safe alternatives that will help protect the longevity of your septic system.

If you would like to host a Septic Social in your neighborhood please contact AWWA at or (603) 473-2500 for more information.