News Flash • Jefferson County, Colorado • CivicEngage

News Flash • Jefferson County, Colorado • CivicEngage

Jefferson County, Colorado. – Whether it’s eating broccoli, going to the dentist or getting a physical exam, we all know there are things we must do to take care of ourselves and our body systems. When we don’t take care of our bodies, they don’t work the way they’re supposed to. Our homes and buildings are no different.

September 19-23, 2022 is SepticSmart Week, an annual event focused on educating homeowners and communities on the proper care and maintenance of their septic systems (also known as on-site wastewater treatment systems). This week from SepicSmart, JCPH wants to make sure all owners of on-site wastewater treatment systems in the county have a full set of tools in their toolbox to be good sanitation owners.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) defines a sewage system as an underground sewage treatment structure, commonly used in rural areas without centralized sewage systems. They use a combination of nature and proven technology to treat wastewater from all household plumbing, such as those in bathrooms, kitchen drains, and laundry. A well-maintained on-site wastewater treatment system, just like any other system in your home, requires maintenance and monitoring.

To make sure your sewage system is in tip-top shape, start by counting to three:

  1. Avoid putting anything other than water and human waste into your system. Items such as cooking oils or grease, food scraps, and harsh cleaners — such as bleach, non-biodegradable products, medicines and other household chemicals — should not be disposed of in your sewage system.
  2. Dispose of non-biodegradable products, such as floss, disposable wipes, or cat litter, in the trash instead of cleaning them. Other products, such as potato peels, coffee grounds, and eggshells do not degrade quickly, so they should be discarded or composted rather than thrown away.
  3. Routinely check the sewage system. It is recommended that the tank be cleaned and pumped by a licensed sewage system maintenance company at least every two to four years, or as necessary. At least once a year, clean any filters, and check the pump or dosing siphon and any other equipment that may need maintenance.

“Water is a precious resource in Colorado and Jifco. As we deal with the effects of climate change and drought, it has become even more important that we all play our part in protecting our water supplies,” said Mitch Brown, Environmental Health Supervisor, by ensuring proper care and maintenance of wastewater treatment systems On-site sanitation, we can protect our health and water quality.”Together we can protect groundwater supplies and drinking water not only for today, but also for tomorrow and future generations.”

In Jefferson County, there are an estimated 35,000 sewer systems in use. Many residents in mountain communities or those with properties in more secluded areas of the county may rely on sewage systems for waste disposal. Effluent or sewage discharged from these systems is often part of the water that recharges groundwater resources, which provide water for drinking water wells. In 2021, Jefferson County issued 116 permits for new regulations, about 100 permits for repairs and 56 permits for expansions. In addition, we have issued more than 1,000 use permits to transfer ownership.

For more information about on-site wastewater treatment systems in Jefferson County, including information about care, maintenance, and permits, visit JCPH’s site Wastewater Treatment Systems. To learn more about SepticSmart Week, visit EPA Smart Week [external link].

About Jefferson County Public Health

Public health is what we do collectively to prevent disease and premature death and promote health in our neighborhoods and communities. Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is a nationally accredited health department committed to promoting and protecting lifelong health for all people through prevention, education, and partnerships. To learn more about JCPH, visit https://www.jeffco.us/public-health [external link]. You can also follow JCPH on Twitter Tweet embed [external link]Instagram Tweet embed [external link] and Facebook Tweet embed [external link].


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