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Del. Gov. Carney promises to invest in the environment, education in State of the State. He reiterated his proposal to spend millions on a Clean Water Trust to ensure clean water for residents. Delaware residents with septic systems can assist by following DNREC's septic guidelines below:

DNREC’s Division of Water recommends these do’s and don’ts to be a responsible and successful septic system owner:

  • Have your septic system inspected and pumped every three years by a qualified professional, according to DNREC recommendations and permits.
  • Contact a DNREC-licensed Class E septic system contractor if you have a problem with your disposal system or suspect it may be failing.
  • Repair leaks and use water-efficient fixtures to avoid overloading your septic system.
  • Use soaps and detergents that are low-suds, biodegradable and low-phosphate or phosphate-free.
  • Discard non-biodegradable products, such as dental floss, disposable wipes and cat litter, in the trash instead of flushing them.
  • Avoid pouring harsh products, such as oils, grease, chemicals, paint and medications, down the drain; these products may disrupt the essential decomposition processes in your septic tank.
  • Do not use any additives in your septic system – additives are not allowed by DNREC septic regulations.
  • Maintain plants and vegetation near your septic system to ensure roots do not block drains.
  • Keep cars and heavy vehicles parked away from the septic tank and drainfield to avoid damaging or crushing its components.
  • Do not place sheds, decks or swimming pools over the existing drainfield or the spare (reserve) area.
  • Don’t climb into a septic tank or pump tank. Methane and hydrogen sulfide gases, which are present from the decomposition processes, may cause illness or death.
  • Prior to selling your house, have a Class H septic system inspection in accordance with DNREC regulations. Top of Page

To learn more about septic system care and maintenance, visit Simply Septics: A Guide for Homeowners about Onsite Wastewater Treatment and Disposal Systems on the DNREC website

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