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Septic Smart Seal

SepticSmart Week
September 17--23, 2018

In 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency started SepticSmart Week, a public education effort to inform homeowners living on properties serviced by septic systems about the importance of properly maintaining their systems and to provide resources to help homeowners make important decisions regarding their wastewater management needs. The sixth SepticSmart Week was held September 17 through 23, 2018. The National Environmental Services Center (NESC) has highlighted below free educational materials available throughout the year for download to educate septic system owners about their wastewater system.

The National Environmental Services Center (NESC) began with the National Small Flows Clearinghouse in 1979. Small Flows developed and provided information for wastewater treatment of one million gallons and less, and became a national leader in onsite and decentralized wastewater treatment. Nearly all of the Small Flows materials are available on the NESC website: www.nesc.wvu.edu.

Specific items of interest to readers include:

We encourage visitors to use the Google site search feature on our homepage to find exactly what they need. Enter your topic and search the NESC site. If it’s related to drinking water or wastewater, odds are good you’ll find it at NESC.

Shopping Cart: Free Educational Products
NESC maintains an online shopping cart with educational products that you can download for free. All you have to do is register some basic information. Searching the shopping cart with the term “septic tank,” for example, yields more than 30 items.

Popular NESC products related to septic systems

  • Check out NESCs shopping cart at: www.nesc.wvu.edu/products.cfm

    Septic System Example
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    • Care and Feeding of Your Septic System (in English and Spanish)
    • Groundwater Protection and Your Septic System (in English and Spanish)
    • So . . . Now You Own a Septic System (in English and Spanish)
    • Homeowner Onsite System Record Keeping

    Pipeline Newsletter
    For nearly than 20 years, the National Environmental Services Center (NESC) published Pipeline, a newsletter focusing on a single wastewater topic and presented in an easy-to-read format.

    The entire Pipeline series may be accessed at: www.nesc.wvu.edu/pipeline.cfm

    • Maintaining your septic system--a guide for homeowners


    • Drainfield Rehabilitation


    • Inspections equal preventative maintenance for onsite septic systems


    • Septic Systems and Source Water Protection