BEAVER TOWNSHIP Health board to mail septic-pump reminders



The county started its septic system reminder program in 1997.
NORTH LIMA -- Mahoning County District Board of Health will soon begin mailing pumping reminders to 839 Beaver Township residents with septic systems to get those systems serviced.
"There is no law that requires homeowners to get their septic tanks pumped," said Matthew Stefanak, Mahoning County health commissioner. "But reminding homeowners to get their septic systems serviced regularly can save them thousands of dollars in repair costs."
Health board records show 839 township households rely on septic systems to treat their household sewage.
Septic tanks should be pumped at different intervals depending on household size and water usage, health officials said.
A four-person household with a 1,000-gallon septic tank should have its septic tank pumped every three years. Homeowners will receive a pumping interval recommendations and a list of licensed pumpers with their reminder letter.
Notification to board
Pumpers notify the health board when they pump a septic tank and the board uses this information to keep track of when a septic system was last pumped.
The board reminder program has prompted thousands of county homeowners to do preventive maintenance on their septic systems since the program began in 1997.
"We believe the program has helped keep many septic systems functioning properly that would have otherwise malfunctioned and threatened public health and the environment," Stefanak said.
More information about preventing water pollution from household sewage disposal systems can be found on the board's Health Reports/Advisories page on its Web site at www.mahoning-health.org.

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