Today wraps up SepticSmart Week, and IDEM tells residents it’s important to know where waste water goes once it leaves your home. They say say properly using and maintaining your septic system can go a long way in reducing nonpoint source water pollution, considered the largest source of water contamination today. That’s when storm water or melting snow washes pollutants over the terrain and into nearby waterways. While pollution caused by excess pesticides and fertilizer are notable examples, overloaded or failing septic systems are another common problem, causing nutrients and bacteria to flow into lakes and streams, as well as the groundwater used for residential wells.
More information about nonpoint source water pollution and how to protect water quality can by found on IDEM’s website.