Homeowner Well and Septic Workshop

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Thursday, March 26, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Agriculture Building Auditorium – 65 East Chatham St., Pittsboro

FREE – Call 919-545-8460 to pre-register

A workshop on the use and maintenance of home septic systems and wells will be held in the auditorium of the Agriculture Building, 65 East Chatham St., in Pittsboro at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, 2015. The workshop is sponsored by the Environmental Health division of the Chatham County Public Health Department and hosted by the Chatham County Center of N.C. Cooperative Extension.

This annual workshop has been especially popular among residents who are new to the use of onsite septic systems and private wells. “Onsite septic systems work very well with minimal care and maintenance,” according to Kim Warren, Onsite Program Supervisor with the Environmental Health division. “But improper use and poor maintenance can lead to system failure – an emergency situation that no one wants in their yard.”

The two hour program will be conducted by Environmental Health staff members who work daily in the well and onsite program and will explain how septic systems are sited, designed and installed; system use and maintenance; signs of failure; permits and repairs. In addition, Charlotte Glen, Chatham Extension horticulture agent will briefly discuss issues related to gardening on or near your septic field.

There will also be information provided on how wells are sited; well use and maintenance; well water testing; common well issues; permits, repairs and abandonments.

There is no fee for this informative workshop but you are requested to pre-register by calling 919-545-8460.

For more details, contact Kim Warren at 919-545-8319.

Learn more about wells, septic systems and their care from these NC Extension publications:

Landscaping over septic drain fields (from Clemson Extension):

Use Extension Search to find research based information from Cooperative Extension systems across the U.S.

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