Septic Smart Week

MOWA joins other partners to support this event to bring awareness to the onsite wastewater industry.  Learn some fun facts about septic systems and how to educate anyone you work with.

Resources are listed below that you and your company can take advantage of.  Join us September 16-20, 2024, to educate about our industry!

Free Training Opportunity for Property Owners! 

The University of Minnesota Onsite Sewage Treatment Program will offer a free training opportunity on ‘Being Septic Smart’ in September to celebrate SepticSmart Week (September 16-20, 2024).

An online webinar will be held on Tuesday, September 17, from 7 to 9 p.m. The ‘Being Septic Smart’ webinar teaches property owners the basics about how their septic systems work, including how to care for and maintain a septic system so it can function during or beyond its design lifetime.

Sara Heger, researcher and instructor in the Onsite Sewage Treatment Program for the Water Resources Center, said "Attendees will leave this class learning something NEW about how their septic system works or how to properly use and maintain it". 

Septic systems are designed to last 20-30 years but can last longer depending on use, care, and maintenance. Being Septic Smart provides information that enables property owners to maximize their septic investment so their system can function during and beyond its design lifetime, with information that includes:

  • How a septic system works
  • The purpose of the septic tank and drain field or mound
  • How a properly operating septic system protects ground and surface water
  • How often the septic tank should be pumped
  • Whether additives are a good idea
  • How to prevent winter freeze-ups, and much more

While the webinar is free, participants must register to obtain the webinar link for the event.

The Onsite Sewage Treatment Program provides education and technical assistance to homeowners, small communities, onsite professionals, and local units of government regarding onsite wastewater treatment. The Water Resources Center is a unit of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences and the University of Minnesota Extension.

SepticSmart Week is an annual event that occurs the third week of September. Communities, local groups, and state governments can bring attention to the importance of caring for and maintaining septic systems by organizing homeowner education events, sponsoring workshops, or sharing social media from the SepticSmart program.

Webinar co-sponsors

Counties:  Blue Earth, Carver, Clearwater, Lake, Le Sueur, Nicollet, Otter Tail, Renville, Waseca

City:  Blaine

Organizations: Minnesota Onsite Wastewater Association (MOWA), Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), Minnesota Lakes and Rivers, Minnesota Land Improvement Contractors of America (MNLICA), Minnesota Realtors

Townships: Athens

EPA Resources for Septic Smart Week

EPA has many resources available for business owners to help promote the week and customers about Septic Smart Week.  See the link below to see the resources available.

Septic Smart Week Resources