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  • Writer's pictureTroy Todd

Conserving Water Helps Septic System

All the water you send down the pipes in your household ends up in your septic tank.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average person in a typical single-family home uses 70 gallons of water a day. A leaky or running toilet can waste as much as 200 gallons a day, the EPA says.

If you conserve more water, less will enter your septic system. That will improve the system's operation and reduce the risk of problems.


  • Do laundry throughout the week rather than all in one day. Too much in one day might not allow enough time for the septic tank to treat the wastewater, and could flood your drainfield. Run only full loads of laundry in your washing machine. If you must run a small load, make sure you’re selecting the proper load size.

  • Replace older toilets with new higher-efficiency toilets that use 1.6 gallons of water per flush. Toilets account for up to 30 percent of all water used in the home.

  • Shave a few minutes off your shower time. And install high-efficiency showerheads and faucet aerators to help reduce the volume of water going into your septic system.

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