Best Management Practices for
Untreated Sewage

  • Check the type of sewage treatment system that is right for your area – this is related to the soil type that is on your land. Some soils are formed in wetlands. Wetlands have wet soils – DUH! If you have wet soils, then that means the groundwater is high. If the groundwater is high, then your soil is probably unsuitable for septic tanks systems. In wet soils an individual sewage treatment plant is probably the system most suitable- this system works like an aquarium pump aerator. In other words, it pumps oxygen into the wastewater coming out of the system causing the bacteria to die off.

  • Maintaining your sewage treatment system – This is probably the most important BMP for preventing untreated sewage from getting into our bayous. If you have a camp system, you have to make sure that you keep chlorine tablets loaded in the chlorine chamber. These are different tablets from the ones used for swimming pool purification. If you have a septic tank, you need to have your collection tank pumped out when it gets full. If you have an individual sewage treatment system, you have to make sure that your aeration unit (air pump) is functioning properly. Overall, it is good if you can get a service contract for maintenance of your system with a private company. Keep those waterways poo-lution free!

  • Pet Waste - see best management practices on Urban Runoff BMP page

  • Wildlife and Natural Sources – There are no real BMPs for natural sources. These are the animals that live here under natural conditions.
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