EPA initiative encourages proper maintenance of homeowners’ septic systems, private wells

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Monroe Town Hall on a sunny afternoon. Photo by John Babina

MONROE, CT — The Monroe Health Department is participating in the U.S Environmental Protection Agency’s Septic Smart Week initiative, Sept. 20-24, to encourage homeowners to properly maintain their septic systems and private wells.

For information, visit the Monroe Health Department’s booth at the Monroe Farmers’ Market on Friday, Sept. 24, from 3 to 6 p.m.

First Selectman Ken Kellogg encourages residents to obtain information from the Health Department on proper maintenance 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 from $300 to $400,” Kellogg said.

A failing septic system also reduces the value of your home and may need repair prior to resale, according to Kellogg.

“Learn how to maintain your septic system and private well,” he said. “Our chief 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.”

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