Whether it’s a septic system or a sewer system, everything that goes down the drains in our house eventually makes its way into our environment.

Our wastewater (the water we’ve used for washing, flushing, etc.) directly affects the cleanliness and quality of groundwater and surface water in local waterways, the Neponset River, and Boston Harbor, impacting drinking water sources and environmental habitats.

Take these simple steps to protect our waterways:

Use fewer chemicals

  • Replace harsh chemical cleaners with non-toxic, more environmentally-friendly products.
  • Follow the directions on cleaners and use only the recommended amounts.

Research the the toxicity of household chemical cleaners, as well as personal care products, on the Environmental Working Group website.

Dispose of medications properly

  • Never pour medicine down the sink or flush it down the toilet!
  • To dispose of medication in your household trash:
    • Remove labels from containers. Mix medicine (do not crush tablets or capsules) with dirt, kitty litter or used coffee grounds, and place in a sealed plastic bag before throwing away.
  • Find a medication collection program at your local fire, police department, pharmacy, or hospital.  New federal regulations allow pharmacies and hospitals to collect old medicine. Many police and fire departments have disposal kiosks.

https://www.dev.neponset.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/septic-tank-e1418090216376.jpgMaintain your septic system

Learn how your septic system works and take care of it.

Just like any car or machine, a septic system needs to be maintained. Leaking and poorly maintained septic systems release nutrients and pathogens (bacteria and viruses) that can be picked up by stormwater and discharged into nearby waterways. Pathogens can cause public health problems and environmental concerns.

Regular maintenance of a septic system will avoid costly clean outs and repairs.

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