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The Delaware Septic Rehabilitation Loan Program Eligible Applicants: Property owners with on-site wastewater disposal systems that need replacement; new construction of system; and central sewer connection, are required to meet program income guidelines, and can demonstrate the ability to repay the loan. See the Delaware Rehabilitation Loan Program Information Delaware Rehabilitation Loan Program

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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