Monroe recognizes Septic Smart Week

The Monroe Health Department is participating in the U.S Environmental Protection Agency’s SepticSmart Week initiative to encourage homeowners to properly maintain their septic systems and private wells.

Local Health Director Nancy Brault said that her department will have a booth at the Monroe Farmers’ Market on Friday, Sept. 21, from 3 to 6 p.m. to provide more information for interested residents.

“Learn how to maintain your septic system and private well,” said Brault. “Our town sanitarian will be on site at the Farmers’ Market to answer your questions, concerns, and to provide information on extending the life of your septic system.”

First Selectman Ken Kellogg also encouraged residents to obtain information from the Health Department on proper maintenance in order to avoid potentially larger problems later.

“A failing septic system can be very expensive to repair — $10,000 to $20,000 or more — whereas maintenance through pumping typically ranges $300-$400,” said First Selectman Ken Kellogg.

Brault said that problems with a septic system can also increase the risk of disease transmission as well as reduce the value of a home and may need repair prior to resale.

“If a system isn’t functioning properly,” said Brault, “sewage can get into wells or create human exposure by pooling at the surface of the ground.”

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